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Meydan Politics: Taksim in Flux after Gezi

Political engagement in contemporary democracies can easily be reduced to private individuals voting separately in anonymity. Yet, politics is a state of constant negotiation, preferably where individuals are in each other’s presence to ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami, Literary Subterfuge and Contemporary Persian Fiction: Who Writes Iran?

Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami, Literary Subterfuge and Contemporary Persian Fiction: Who Writes Iran? London and New York: Routledge, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami (MMK): In the summer of 1997, the ...

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The Light Bulb and the Oak Tree: Politics of Space Meets the Ballot Box

Browsing the depths of social media for alternative and local takes on politics is not merely a form of procrastination but also, and more so, a great way to learn about unpublished concerns, rumors, and disappointments. And the fact that ...

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خطوط مرسومة على خريطة فارغة: حدود العراق وأسطورة الدولة المصطنعة الجزء الأول

 قد لا تكون هناك دولة ـ أمة حديثة دُعيت "مصطنعة" أكثر من العراق. وبينما يُقرّ معظم الباحثين بأن جميع الدول ـ الأمم مصطنعة، بمعنى أنّ بشراً أنشأوها، فإن العراق، على ما يبدو، مصطنع أكثر منها كلها. وتبدأ القصة دوماً بمعاهدات ...


Defining the Terrain of Struggle in Taksim

[Police confront protesters in Istanbul, 1 June. Photo by Carole Woodall.]

In the past weeks, the Gezi Park occupation has weathered a ferocious police deployment accompanied by an almost ceaseless barrage of tear gas, plastic bullets, and water cannons directed at the peaceful congregration at the heart of Taksim. According to the latest report of the Turkish Medical Association, as of 17 June, 7,882 people have been hospitalized; four are confirmed dead while another fifty-nine have severe injuries and nine are in critical condition. For many first-time protesters, the Turkish state’s ruthless response to the demonstrations across the country has shattered the illusion that those who are subjected to the harsh treatment of the state are ...

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حديثي مع الشيطان

[مصدر الصورة د.ب. ا]

 ٣٠ يونيو وما بعدها (الحلقة الأولى) لا يكون الواحد منا متجنياً إذا قال إن النظام السياسي الذي أسسه الإخوان، أو قل تأسس نتيجة للمسار الانتقالي الذي قاده المجلس العسكري ثم الإخوان المسلمين، قد ولد ميتاً، وإن هذا النظام الجديد الذي يحمل الكثير من ملامح النظام القديم قد ولد حاملاً لكافة أزمات دولة مبارك المترهلة غير الكفء والمهترئة مؤسسياً، وأنه قد بدأ من حيث انتهى مبارك في مواجهة تجليات أزمة اجتماعية متفاقمة، وسيولة سياسية لم تمتص بعد من قبل أي ترتيب مؤسسي رغم توالي الاستفتاءات والانتخابات وتعدد إجراءات القمع والترويع من السلطة الحاكمة.   في صبيحة اليوم التالي لإقرار أول دستور مصري بعد ثورة يناير خرج الرئيس محمد مرسي ليعلن انتهاء المرحلة الانتقالية إذ ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 18)

[Construction workers in Dubai. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

[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 The Gulf and Lebanon: Is It a Declaration of War? Ibrahim al-Amin argues that the Gulf Cooperation Council’s threats to forbid the Lebanese Shia from working in the region aim to exert pressure on Hezbollah to withdraw from Syria. Saudi Arabia Eurofighter talks back on track Carola Hoyos ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (17 June)

[Village of Battir. Image by Idobi. From Wikimedia Commons.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention, and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.]   News "NSA Collecting Phone Record of Millions of Verizon Customers Daily," Glenn Greenwald Greenwald details a secret court order wherein the NSA obtained the communications records of all domestic call data. "Palestine Drops Bid to Register New UNESCO Heritage Site," Ammar Owaineh, ...

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Resisting Tear Gas Together

[Tear gas fired by police in Istanbul, 11 June 2013. Photo by Eser Karadag, via Flickr.]

You are never quite able to forget the first time you are teargassed. If you’re fortunate, you see the tear gas first being deployed and have enough time to make sure you avoid the canisters’ ballistic paths (police often aim for your head when firing them). Immediately after, the loud hiss of the gas pouring out of the cans drowns out every other sound while white clouds rapidly fill the air and engulf you, obscuring your vision and forcing their way into your body through your lips, eyes, ears, and nostrils. The sharp burning in your lungs and sinuses brought on by the gas leaves with you with the sharp impression that you’re not getting enough ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (June 10-16)

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.   Is Everywhere Taksim?: Public Space and Possible Publics Contours of a New Republic and Signals from the Past: How to Understand Taksim Square The Right to the City Movement and the Turkish Summer A Pro-Government Newspaper in Turkey Blasts Jadaliyya for Its Role in the Protests! Occupy Gezi: The Limits of Turkey’s Neoliberal Success 'Ottomanalgia' and the Protests in Turkey The ...

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الانترنت والعولمة الثقافية

منذ ظهور تكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات واتخاذها حيزاً رئيسياً من حياة الانسان اليومية، جذبت اهتمام الباحثين في علم الاجتماع والاقتصاد والسياسة، نظراً لارتباطها في مناحي الحياة المختلفة خاصة في عصر العولمة. و من أهم تكنولوجيا المعلومات وأكثرها إثارة في هذا الحقل هو الانترنت وما يشكله من حلقات رابطة بين السياسة والاقتصاد والثقافة. لعل "القرية العالمية" التي أشار إليها مارشال ماكلوهان في منتصف القرن التاسع عشر هي التي أثارت الأسئلة حول امكانية اندماج الشعوب وثقافاتها لتتحول بالفعل الى قرية واحدة. وعلى الرغم من صعوبة اختبار صحة هذه الفرضيات إلا أن العديد من الأمثلة توضح صعوبة هذا التجانس المطلق. فقد تتغير عادات الاستهلاك اليومية لسلع معينة وكماليات في حياة ...

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It Is About the Park: A Struggle for Turkey’s Cities

[Photo of protestors in Istiklal Boulevard on 9 June 2013. This particular protest organized residents of the tens of neighborhoods in Istanbul threatened by urban renewal projects. The map they are carrying in the photo documents where urban transformation projects are currently planned and colors code levels of project implementation and degrees of eviction from the neighborhoods. Image by members of the Taksim Dayanışması/Solidarity Movement.]

It is with alarming regularity that I read coverage of the protests and ensuing police brutality that erupted in Gezi Park and Taksim Square, Istanbul that emphatically insists that the confrontations are about “so much more than a park.” Reassuring their readers that the protests are not about something as silly or simple as the defense of a small park against redevelopment, analysts are eager to enumerate a bundle of decisions taken by the Turkish government, and in particular the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyıp Erdoğan, ranging from the regulation of public consumption of alcohol to media censorship and journalist arrests to the brutal violence with which the regime ...

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إصلاح بروتوكول باريس في عامه العشرين: أسئلة وأجوبة لإرضاء الإصلاحي العنيد

[كلنتون مع عرفات ورابين عند توقيع إتفاقيات أوسلو في ١٣ أيلول ٢٠١٣ في البيت الأبيض. الصورة من فنس موسي ]

"على طول برج المراقبة، رصد الأمراء المشهد، والنساء يرحن ويجئن والخدم حافي الأقدام. بعيداً في الخارج، مُواء القط البرّي، اقترب فارسان، وعَوَت الرياح. (بوب ديلان، "على طول برج المراقبة") يأتي هذا المقال، كغيره من المقالات التي ستنشر خلال هذه السنة دون شك، ليذكرنا أن عام 2013 هو ذكرى مرور عقدين على توقيع إعلان مبادئ أوسلو بين منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية وإسرائيل. إن صمود ذلك الإتفاق الذي كان يفترض أن يكون لمدة خمس سنوات مؤقتة، أصبح موضع دراسة وإهتمام متزايد من قبل كل من صانعي السياسات والأكاديميين والمنظمات الدولية والجهات المانحة والجمهور الفلسطيني بشكل عام. في حين أن مثل ذلك الإهتمام كان متوقع، لدواعي حنين العودة إلى مرحلة عملية السلام في التسعينات ...

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Syria Media Roundup (June 13)

[Preparing a mortar to shell the Mennagh military airport. Aleppo countryside. 8 June 2013. From Lens of a Young Halabi.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Perspectives The New Problem From Hell Aaron David Miller argues that the United States should not intervene in Syria but it might just be headed that direction anyway.  Syrian Displacement Reopens Child Exploitation Debate Faten Elhajj says there is an increasing problem of child labor in Lebanon, tied to the Syria ...

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Debunking the Myth of the Zionist Left

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Tikva Honig-Parnass, False Prophets of Peace: Liberal Zionism and the Struggle for Palestine. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2011. Aharon Cohen, a senior member of MAPAM, the Israeli United Workers Party, observed in 1948 that “a state based on national enmity and the rule of one people over another will certainly breed chauvinism and reaction in its internal life.” Cohen understood that the relationship between Arabs—Palestinian and non-Palestinian alike—and Israelis would profoundly shape the new state. And so it did, and MAPAM, bound to its nationalist commitments, enabled and participated in the construction of exactly that antagonism, becoming the early standard bearer ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 17)

[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.]   “Morsi appoints 17 new governors” Seven of the newly appointed governors belong to the Muslim Brotherhood.  “Egypt tourism insiders voice misgivings over Luxor’s new ...

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New Texts Out Now: Markus Dressler, Writing Religion: The Making of Turkish Alevi Islam

Markus Dressler, Writing Religion: The Making of Turkish Alevi Islam. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Markus Dressler (MD): I have been working on Alevism and religion in modern Turkey on and off for more than fifteen years. During this time, I became more and more interested in the way that contemporary discourses on Alevism are informed by modern ideologies, in particular nationalism and secularism. I realized just how deeply most ...

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فرانكشتاين في بغداد

[فصل من رواية "فرانكشتاين في بغداد" لأحمد سعداوي التي صدرت هذا الشهر عن دار الجمل] الكذّاب 1 كي يجعل لقصته جاذبية أكثر كان هادي العتاگ حريصاً على ايراد التفاصيل الواقعية. وهو يتذكر هذه التفاصيل كلها ويوردها في كل مرة يروي فيها أحداث القصة التي حدثت معه. ها هو في مقهى عزيز المصري على التخت الذي في الزاوية الملاصقة لزجاج واجهة المقهى، يجلس ويمسح على شاربيه ولحيته المفرقة، ثم يطرق بالملعقة الصغيرة بقوة في قعر استكان الشاي ويرشف رشفتين قبل أن يبدأ بسرد الحكاية من جديد، وهذه المرة على شرف بضعة ...

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هل يمكن تطوير الجدل حول المثلية الجنسية؟

كلما أثيرت قضية المثلية الجنسية في مصر تهيج العواصف قليلاً ثم تهدأ بلا إحراز أي تقدم. قد يكون السبب في ذلك طغيان القضايا السياسية والحقوقية الكبرى، والانتهاكات الموسعة بدنياً واقتصادياً واجتماعياً، فضلاً عن الصراع حول انتزاع الحق في المجال العام إجمالاً دون خوض في فرعيات أو تفاصيل. ولكن يبقى السؤال: لماذا لا يحدث تقدم نسبي كلما تجدد الجدل عن المرة السابقة؟ وهنا أرى الإشكالية في غياب الجدل أساساً، فما يسود بخصوص المثلية الجنسية، كما غيرها، ما هو إلا حوار طرشان يصمم كل منهم أن يتحدث بمنطقه الأحادي، تاركين ...

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معتقلو موريتانيا في غوانتانامو

انتشرت في الساعات الأولى من فاتح يونيو2013 أنباء تفيد بأن المعتقلين الموريتانيين في سجن غوانتنامو، محمد ولد صلاحي وأحمد ولد عبد العزيز، قد تم تسليمهما إلى موريتانيا. ولم تتداول هذه الأنباء مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي فقط، بل مؤسسات اعلامية دولية وعربية كذلك. كانت تلك الإخبار مصدر فرح لدى عائلات المعتقلين ولدى الكثيرين من أبناء موريتانيا ، لكن سرعان ما تبدل ذلك الشعور إلى خيبة أمل، بعدما نفت الولايات المتحدة الخبر رسمياً. حيث نقلت وكالة ألأنباء الفرنسية، عن المتحدث باسم وزارة الدفاع الأمريكية، البنتاغون، ...

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Will the Presidential Elections “Cure the Pain” of the Iranian People?

Do not just look at the pictures of Iranians celebrating late into the night in Tehran’s streets. Listen, they are singing Yar-e Dabestani-ye Man [My Grade School Friend]. This old Iranian protest song has become the unofficial anthem of the student movement. Tyranny’s welt on our flesh Has not faded with time The fields of our culture Have grown wild with neglect... Who but you and I Has power to cure our pain?  Unlike the highly contentious presidential elections in 2009, the morning after ...

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#resistankara: Notes of a Woman Resisting

Thousands of women filled the streets and squares in Ankara and took them back: spraying anti-teargas solutions in someone’s eyes, picking up the trash, advising people not to use swear words, but still talking, screaming, not keeping silent, swallowing, and walking, and walking again. The Gezi Park protests can be, and are being, analyzed in multiple ways. Meanwhile, on its nineteenth day as this piece is being written, the protests and the solidarity of the protestors continue to advocate for a life ...

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'Ottomanalgia' and the Protests in Turkey

It was the sixth day since a peaceful sit-in had begun in Gezi Park in Istanbul to protect the last remaining green space in the center of the city. Protests had spread throughout the country due to the excessive use of force by police, including tear gas, water cannons, and plastic bullets against protesters from various backgrounds. On this same day, 2 June, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave a talk on the importance of preserving the Ottoman heritage at the opening ceremony of the new facility ...

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Report from Istanbul: Koray Caliskan on Democracy Now

This is an interview conducted with Koray Caliskan on 12 June, addressing the ongoing protests in Istanbul. The interview addresses the violent repression of protests, including the use of tear gas and water canons, as well as the context of the protests, relating to what led to the mobilization and greater demands. Turkish riot police have forcibly removed throngs of protesters from Istanbul’s Taksim Square after nearly two weeks of demonstrations. Beginning Tuesday and lasting overnight, officers ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (June 14)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Maghreb and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Maghreb Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to maghreb@jadaliyya.com by Thursday night of every week.]  Algeria Pourquoi l’article 88 de la constitution n’a pas été appliqué. Baki 7our Mansour explains why constitutional procedure was not followed with ...

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Iran’s Presidential Elections: The Live Embers of a Democratic Opposition Glow

Something significant and electric is taking place in Iran, and consuming many Iranians around the world in advance of the presidential elections that are set to take place on Friday, 14 June 2013. Over the last few days, segments of a broad Iranian democratic opposition have increasingly taken to the streets in multiple cities across the country. They have claimed public space in a way that has been inconceivable since the brutal repression of the large and broad-based popular civil rights movement that ...

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On the Margins Roundup (June)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Somalia Somali central bank chief has experience of troubled jurisdictions The new governor of the Central Bank of Somalia shares his vision to transform ...

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