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ستاتوس\الوضع: العدد 2.1

يسرنا أن نعلن صدور العدد الثاني من مجلة "ستاتوس\الوضع" الصوتية. "ستاتوس\الوضع" مجلة صوتية مستقلة، تعاونية ونقدية وناشئة، تصدر شهرياً وتجمع بين التحليل والتغطية الأخبارية والسخرية. تنشر مقابلات\محادثات وتقارير ميدانية ...

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موسى أساريد: أربعة نصوص

              -I- روح الصحراء تُفَسّر إحدى الأساطير الرّائعة سببَ بقاء ...

Galliny, uncle of Gerges Samir, 20, and Malak Ibrahim, 25.

Minyan Village Mourns: A Photographic Essay

Between agony and happiness, the village of Al-Aour in the Egyptian governorate of Minya received the news that thirteen of its sons were among the twenty-one Egyptian Christians recently beheaded by the Islamic State (IS) organization in ...

[Azaz, Syria. Photo via Wikimedia.]

Cities Media Roundup (February 2015)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the ...


Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (March 2013)

[A burned school near Tahrir clashes. Image originally posted to Flickr by Mohamed Azazy.]

This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Egypt. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Egypt-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a release form to post@jadaliyya.com [click “Submissions” on the main page for more information]. The Impact of World Bank Policy and Programmes on the Built Environment in Egypt A report by Egyptian ...

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NEWTON in Focus: Thinking Through Gender and Sex

[NEWTON logo]

This week we highlight various NEWTON texts relevant to the study of gender and sexuality. The authors of these texts write from a wide range of perspectives, approaching questions relevant to the MENA region from a variety of cultural and political contexts and (inter)disciplinary approaches. We encourage you to integrate these texts into your curricula in the coming semesters. If you wish to recommend a book or peer-reviewed article for a feature in NEWTON—on any topic relevant to the region—please email us at reviews@jadaliyya.com. To stay up to date with ongoing discussions by scholars and instructors in the field, be sure to sign up for Jadaliyya’s ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (March 2013)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of March 2013. It also includes the most recent videos, roundups and the most read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our Monthly Edition series.   The Empire of Sexuality: An Interview with Joseph Massad Zainab Al-Khawaja: Letter From A Bahraini Prison King Abdullah II of Jordan, World Statesman? زينب الخواجة: رسالة من سجن بحريني The Full Story: Silencing English-Language Media in Egypt The Lens of a Youth Photography Collective: Documenting Life and War in Syria Perpetual Recalculation: Getting Syria ...

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قراءة في كتاب: هوامش على دفتر الثورة

“هوامش على دفتر الثورة” للكاتب أحمد بلال، الصادر عن وزارة الثقافة -الهيئة العامة لقصور الثقافة/ القاهرة- مصر، 2012. أحمد بلال من مؤسسي اتحاد الشباب الاشتراكي المصري وعضو حزب التجمع وانتخب في  شهر آذار الماضي، كعضو مكتب سياسي في التجمع، كما أنه يعمل كصحفي متخصص في الشأن الاسرائيلي في صحيفة المصري اليوم. يقوم أحمد بتصوير واقع الثورة المصرية وتبلورها من خلال تفاصيلها الدقيقة التراكمية على مدى سنوات، وينبه القارىء لعدة نقاط وأمور علينا أن ندركها لنفهم كيف تبلورت الثورة وكيف انطلقت وأين. يُهدي بلال كتابه إلى "كل الذين ناضلوا من أجل هذه الثورة، ولم يدركوها.. إلى كل من دفع ثمن هذه الثورة وفضل أن يكون جندياً مجهولاً في الميدان". ويحتل الشهداء في ...

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Celebrating El Haqed’s Freedom: Soundtracking Resistance

[Mouad Belghouat, also known as El Haqed, gives a press conference in Casablanca following his release from prison. Image via Dire Li Bghiti Facebook Page.]

After being arrested twice and serving a one year jail term for his critical lyrics “Dogs of the State,” Mouad Belghouat, whose alias is El Haqed, is finally free. His outspoken lyrics are known for critiquing corruption, clientelism, the monarchy’s excessive wealth, and oligarchy. El Haqed’s trial attracted huge crowds and brought international and national scrutiny on the supposed new reforms and freedom of expression in Morocco.  Under the new constitution, article 25 states: “Freedom of thought, opinion and expression in all its forms are guaranteed. Freedom to create, publish, and display literary and artistic materials and scientific and technical research are ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (March 2013)

[Feb. 4, 2012: International Day of Action: NO U.S. War on Iran. Activists rally in Times Square, NYC and march to UN and Israeli Embassy to protest war mongering against Iran, sanctions and drone strikes. Photo by David M. Grossman.]

 [This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a release form to post@jadaliyya.com [click "Submissions" on the main page for more information] Caught Shopping While Iranian: ...

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Iraq: Ten Years Later

[Crop from cover of Spring 2013 issue of Middle East Report]

“The Iraq war is largely about oil,” wrote Alan Greenspan in his memoir The Age of Turbulence(2007). “I’m saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows.” It may indeed be self-evident that the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, as the former Federal Reserve chairman says, because of oil. But what does this proposition mean? The answer is not so obvious. Part of the plan may have been that regime change in Iraq would open the country’s oilfields to exploitation by Western energy conglomerates. The ensuing insurgency and civil war forced Big Oil to wait for years before cutting deals, but today such “super-majors” as BP, Chevron, ...

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A Tale of Two Movements: Divergent Trends at the World Social Forum-Free Palestine

[Members of the Brazilian trade union, CUT, march on 29 November (2012), the International Day in Solidarity with the Palestinian People, in the Forum’s inaugurating procession. Image by Charlotte Kates]

From 28 November to 1 December 2012, around three thousand people from all over the world gathered in Porto Alegre, Brazil for the World Social Forum-Free Palestine (WSF-FP). Like any mass gathering, this Social Forum served both as a point of contact for activists to network and plan new initiatives, as well as bring out the movement’s inner tensions and challenges in strange—and sometimes uncomfortable—moments. In particular, the unprecedented size and ambition of this convergence spread a distinct air of high tension, expectation, and urgency throughout those three short blistering days in Porto Alegre—especially since they occurred so soon after the unexpected ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 1)

[Protests outside Morsi's Presidential Palace. Image originally posted to Flickr by Jonathan Rashad.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]  “Bassem Youssef arrives at court in satirical style” Comedian accused of insulting the president arrives to court wearing a giant version of the hat worn by Mohamed Morsi during a university ceremony in Pakistan. “Egypt top prosecutor orders arrest of political satirist Bassem Youssef" Bassem Youssef was sent an arrest warrant over a case ...

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حورية المطلقة في سن الثالثة عشرة لا تنفع إلا لقراءة كتب الاطفال

[الطفلة اليمنية نجود محمد التي تم تزويجها في الثامنة من عمرها في عام ٢٠٠٨]

رأيتها في بيت إحدى صديقاتي ، كانت تجلس في زاوية «الديوان» كما نسميه في اليمن. تنظر إلي وتبتسم إبتسامة خجولة. كل ماعرفته عنها أنها إبنة عم صديقتي: فتاه صغيرة تبدو في الإعدادي. لم تتفوه بكلمة طوال الجلسة. لم أعرف عنها شيئاً غير أنها ابنة عم صديقتي. مرت أيام وشهور. لما سألت عنه حورية، قالت لي صديقتي إن ابنة عمها تطلقت. سألتها عن السبب فحكت لي حكاية حورية: حورية فتاة يتيمة في الثالثة عشرة من العمر تعيش في بيت أخيها مع أمها العجوز وزوجة أخيها وأولادهما في منطقة متواضعة يغلب عليها الفقر. لم تكمل دراستها. منعها أخوها من الذهاب للمدرسة بعد الصف الخامس بحجة أنه ليس هناك من يرافقها للمدرسة ومع أن لديها رفيقات ولكنه لم يكن يثق بأحد وليس لديه الوقت ليرافقها بنفسه. وربما كان ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (March 25-31)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles and roundups. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series. Zainab Al-Khawaja: Letter From A Bahraini Prison زينب الخواجة: رسالة من سجن بحريني أصداء الربيع العربي فــي المملكة السعودية Al-Moqattam Clashes in Photos A (Neocolonial) Musical Introduction to Lebanese Political Actors, complete with Wikipedia Hyperlinks Jadaliyya Launches DARS Page: Daily Acts of Resistance and Subversion Noura Erakat and Rashid Khalidi on US-Israeli Relations: ...

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March Culture

[Art by Mahmoud Shubbar, Iraq]

In Jadaliyya's monthly culture bouquet Ella Shohat re-members Baghdad elsewhere, Sinan Antoon translates poems by Iraqi poets Saadi Youssef and Salah Faik, Samia Halaby writes on Abed Abdi and liberation art, and John Halaka contributes to the series Visuals in 1500. Ella Habiba Shohat, "Remembering A Baghdad Elsewhere: An Emotional Cartography." Saadi Youssef, "Genesis 34" (tr. Sinan Antoon) Salah Faik, "On the Tenth Anniversary of Murdering my Country." (tr. Sinan Antoon) Samia Halaby, "Abed Abdi and the Liberation of Art in Palestine." John Halaka, "Ghosts of Comfort and Chaos." You can access all previous ...

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Women Under Seige: Stateless in Lebanon

Lebanon, and its capital Beirut, are often represented by the media as islands of freedom in the Middle East. The well-heeled neighborhoods of Achrafieh and Downtown are reminiscent of a Parisian boutique; while nightlife in Gemmayze and Hamra could compete with the scene in Berlin. But, behind the glossy images of ultra-futuristic skyscrapers and flawless female bodies, Lebanon is a country where women are not allowed to pass citizenship on to their children, or to their non-Lebanese husbands. The ...

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Battle for the .book Domain

Amazon has come under critical fire recently in the publishing world for its attempt to take control of generic top-level domains (gTLD) that end in .book, .author, and .read. The Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers, and Amazon rival Barnes & Noble have all taken issue with Amazon’s pursuit of the domain names. By allowing Amazon to have the monopoly on such domain names would give them greater and unchecked authority over the presence of the publishing world on the internet. ...

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أثرثر مع النهر

رأسي المنفيّ عن جسدي  يولول، يريد العودة إلى ما كان عليه ذات يوم وساوس احتلته مذ سنتين ولم يبق فيه إلا غربان عديدة تنعب لا تحلّق عالياً. * عريشة كرمة خضراء ختيار يقتعد تحتها وحيداً عصفور يزقزق . * ما قبل الغروب يحوم أبو زهور حول شجرة الحامض يزقزق مسبّحاً كل ما في الكون يحط على غصن ثم ينام. * في شهر شباط ينوّر شجر اللوز الأبيض يجذب كل الأنظار التائقة إليه دمعتان تسقطان على خدين جافين . * ورقة من رزمة أوراق تطير تحط على شجرة لا أحد يعرف ما خط عليها سوى مؤرخ ...

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Protests in Ouargla: Focusing on Job Creation in Algeria

[The National Committee for the Rights of the Unemployed (Comité national pour la défense des droits des chômeurs, CNDDC) made a call for protests that brought together thousands (more than ten thousand, according to some) of people in Ouargla, in the south of Algeria, on 14 March 2013. Despite the regime’s accusations that Tahar Belabbès (national coordinator of the CNDDC) was "plotting against the integrity of his country" with assistance from Qatar and other foreign powers, Belabbès stressed ...

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!موريتانيا :الشعب يريد إسقاط النظام

 كان لإحراق المواطن التونسي محمد البوعزيزي نفسه يوم 17 ديسمبر/كانون الأول عام 2010 ، وما أعقبه من انتفاضة شعبية في وطنه تأثير كبير على نقاشات الموريتانيين. ولم يمض إلا شهر واحد حتى تحول النقاش من فعل البوعزيزي وثورة التونسيين إلى قيام المواطن الموريتاني يعقوب ولد دحود في يوم17 يناير 2011 بإضرام النار في نفسه أمام مجلس الشيوخ الموريتاني وتركه وصية على موقع التواصل الاجتماعي فيسبوك، دعـى فيها الشباب الموريتاني إلى ”الخروج والصمود في وجه النظام حتى تتحقق طموحاتهم، وطالب فيها بإلغاء جميع الرسوم والضرائب ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 2)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Saudi says detained ‘spy ring’ linked to Iran A news report on the arrest of eighteen people allegedly linked to Iran ...

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Announcing The New Issue of Middle East Report Spring 2013

IRAQ TEN YEARS LATER With few exceptions, the rush of reflections on the decennial marker of the US-led invasion of Iraq ignored the fact that the war happened mostly for Iraqis. Already devastated by 20 years of war, sanctions and dictatorship, Iraq suffered another decade of foreign occupation, civil strife and mass displacement. The spring 2013 issue of Middle East Report takes a hard look at “Iraq Ten Years Later,” including the question of why the Bush administration ...

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Melancholia and the Possibility of a Geopolitics of Mourning

Nouri Gana, Signifying Loss: Toward a Poetics of Narrative Mourning. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2011. In the preface to his recent book, Signifying Loss, Nouri Gana argues that “[i]n a world marked by the swift and sanitized infliction of loss and suffering, especially as a result of the insidious banalization of global warfare and everyday violence,” “signifying loss is crucial to adjusting to a persistently mutating and alienating reality and, simultaneously, to carrying out sociopolitical ...

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Port Said in Revolt

Tears in the eyes, bullets on the ground, and blood on the pavements - as injustice prevails. That is Port Said. The city has witnessed unrest again in March in response to an Egyptian court ruling that sentenced twenty-one Port Said residents to death for alleged involvement in killings that happened during a 1 February 2012 football riot, which left seventy-four dead . More than forty-six were killed in Port Said over the past two months during clashes.             ...

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Syria Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (March 2013)

 [This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Syria. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Syria-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a release form to ...

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Remembering A Baghdad Elsewhere: An Emotional Cartography

A widespread narrative has maintained that Israel rescued Jews from the Arab/Muslim lands, brought them from the Diaspora to the Promised Land, thus ending a millennial Babylonian Exile. Could it be, I have asked, that this engineered In-gathering of the Exiles itself engendered new exiles that resulted in a series of traumatic ruptures? In the wake of these new diasporizations, what memories could be narrated and which were to be erased in order to fit the official picture of Jew-versus-Arab? Nostalgia ...

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Caught Shopping While Iranian: Diasporic Solidarity and the Globalization of Collective Punishment

In recent years, the Iranian New Year, Norooz, has become a fairly predictable time for US presidents to gesture towards “dialogue” and mutual respect between the United States and the Iranian people, while criticizing the repressive policies and nuclear aspirations of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). George W. Bush spoke often of the Iranian people’s right to live in a “free society,” and ended his presidency with an opulent haft sin display in the dining room of the White House. More recently, ...

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