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شعراء ما بعد الطوفان

توطئة كان التغيير نفقا مجهولا ننتظر الضوء في آخره، وكنا نياما في المركب لا نعلم بأمر الطوفان، الطوفان في نهاية النفق. خرج لنا جيل ما بعد التغيير بصورة لامعة ومتفردة، مزج ألم الماضي بأمل المستقبل واضعين جسرا من التساؤلات بينهما. فتحت ...

[Image of dugout canoes on the beach at Iconi, the onetime capital of Grande Comore, Union of the Comoros. Image from David Stanley/Flickr]

On the Margins Roundup (November)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins ...

[Cover of Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer,

New Texts Out Now: Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer, The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication

Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer, The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication. London: Hurst UK and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and ...

Status Audio Journal is Live! Listen Away and Contribute

We are very excited to share the launching of Status Audio Journal, with regional and national partners.*  Status، الوضع,  is an evolving critical, collaborative, and independent monthly Audio ...


Popularly Elected Apartheid

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 4)

[Anniversary of the January 15th revolution. Image originally posted to Flickr by Al Hussainy Mohamed.]

[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.]  “1 dead, scores injured on Egypt's 'Friday of Deliverance'" Clashes erupt at the presidential palace as political forces blame each other for the violence. “Update: One reported dead as police fire tear gas, birdshot at protesters” Clashes continue between protesters and police at Simon Bolivar Square. “Update: Protesters decry ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Jan 28- Feb 3)

 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.   The Meaning of Revolution: On Samira Ibrahim The Gendered Body Public: Egypt, Sexual Violence and Revolution Syria and the United States: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Al-Jazeera's "Empire" Another Year of Rage The Meaning of Yair Lapid Meet AbdelRahman Mansour Who Made 25 January A Date to Remember Was There A January 25 Revolution? Slaying ...

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Permission to Caption

[“Yasmine and Fatima”, C-Print, 2003. By Alessandra Sanguinetti.]

Ever since the start of the first Intifada in 1987, the West Bank and Gaza have become the center not only of Palestinian politics but also of international coverage of the Palestinians. On the ground, these processes of media production are collaborative and dialogical. Working with visiting journalists, photographers, and other media makers, Palestinians translate, set up interviews, and navigate checkpoints. They not only interpret Arabic; they also interpret facial expressions, city streets, and landscapes. But once the visiting media makers go home and material is edited, published, and circulated, Palestinians can be cut out of the conversation. The media produced ...

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موسم السياحة 2013: فلسطين المحتلة، زوروها وافرحوا بها

ليس هناك ألطف من أن تكون جماعة ما مُستَعمِرة حضاريّة ومنفتحة. فحينما تتوافر شروط الحداثة بما تشمله من علائم الديموقراطية، والمدنية، والعولمة، والابتعاد السياسي والاجتماعي عن الدين والانفتاح على كافة أنواعه؛ يصير الاستعمار تفصيلاً هامشياً ومتقهقراً أمام كل هذا. يصبح همّ المجتمع أن يحيا التفاصيل اليومية متناسياً أعقاب الماضي، متذكراً خطواته الحاضرة الذاهبة إلى غدها لا غير. وليس أوفى على توثيق تلك الخطى من جرائد هذا الاستعمار، التي لا يقتصر عملها على توثيق وتدوين هذا الواقع، بل أيضاً على إنتاجه وإحالته لأمر مفروغ منه. وهذه هي قصة جريدة «هآرتس» الإسرائيلية، الواجهة التقدمية و«اليسارية» للمجتمع الإسرائيلي. عمر هذه الجريدة هو بعمر الحركة الصهيونية، أي عمرها بعمر الاستعمار ...

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Romancing the Throne: The New York Times and The Endorsement of Authoritarianism in Jordan

[A Jordanian pedestrian passes by a Jordanian parliamentary campaign poster, in Amman, Jordan, on Thursday 3 January 2013. The Arabic writing on the poster reads,

On 23 January 2013, elections were held for the seventeenth parliament of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. During the past several months, the monarchy and its allies hailed the 2013 parliamentary elections in Jordan as both the symbol and litmus test of the regime's commitment to "reform" in the country. Alternatively, the Islamic Action Front (IAF)—the political wing of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood and the leading political opposition group since at least the early 1990s—called on Jordanians to boycott the elections in protest of what they described as an unrepresentative political system. These two opposing views represent a conflict over the definition ...

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Reports Roundup (February 2)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Letter Concerning Incidents at the Marmara University Faculty of Communications The Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association expresses its concern over the actions of Yusuf Devran, the government-appointed dean of the Faculty of Communications at Marmara University in Turkey. Under Dean Devran, specific students and faculty have been subjected to surveillance, verbal and physical abuse, and disciplinary proceedings accusing them of PKK affiliation.  Syria's Kurds: A Struggle Within a ...

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Mohamed Majd

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The great Moroccan actor Mohamed Majd passed away last Thursday, at the age of seventy-three, at a clinic in Casablanca. He was admitted the week before for respiratory problems, following a short stay in Dubai to promote Noureddine Lakhmari’s latest feature Zero (2012). Majd plays one of the lead roles in this film about police corruption, social exclusion, and an anti-hero's redemption through love found in the film-noirish streets of downtown Casablanca. The renowned actor was laid to rest in Casablanca, where he was born in 1940. His death follows the recent loss of many figures of Moroccan cinema's first generation of directors (Ahmed Bouanani), actors (Hassan ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (January 2013)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of January 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, and we now have a page dedicated to all roundups.    Orientalist Feminism Rears its Head in India The Naked Bodies of Alia Who Failed Rizana Nafeek? The Meaning of Revolution: On Samira Ibrahim The

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Slaying Saints and Torching Texts

[In this Oct. 19, 2012 photo, men pray beside the tombs of locally venerated Islamic saints, whose mausoleums were destroyed by Islamist group Ansar Dine, in Timbuktu, Mali. (AP Photo)]

When I first journeyed to Bamako to research Sufism in Mali in 2006, my American students generally asked two questions: Where is Mali and what is Sufism? Today, the answer to both of these questions is found daily in the headline news. Cultural heritage in Mali is under attack. But just as the armed conflict there is not simply a battle between Islamic extremists and a weak Malian army supported by the French, the destruction of Sufi shrines and Islamic manuscripts not merely the result of an iconoclastic and intolerant religious fanaticism. While these violent attacks on Mali’s Islamic heritage are indeed tragic, they are sadly not isolated or unique. Sufi shrines ...

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Syria Media Roundup (January 31)

[Shelling during a attempt to rescue survivors from under the rubble. Douma. 29 December 2013. Via Lens Sam.]

[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 Syria and the US: The Complicity of Silence Al Jazeera’s Empire program discussing the US’ role in Syria, with guests Bassam Haddad, David Pollock, Juan Cole and Stephen Starr. The US and Syria: Six Lessons from the Past Marwan Bishara’s take on the role of Washington in the Syrian crisis. Syrie: Ou ...

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Setting New Precedents: Israel Boycotts Human Rights Session

[Damaged and destroyed buildings in Gaza, January 2009. Image by Al-Jazeera Creative Commons Repository. From Wikimedia Commons.]

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique mechanism that intends to review the behavior of states without distinction. The UN General Assembly established it in 2006 as part of the functions of the Human Rights Council. It is a state-driven process to comprehensively assess a state's compliance with human rights law. The Human Rights Council is to hold three two-week sessions each year during which time they review the files of sixteen member states. Accordingly each state will undergo the review every three years. As of 2011, all 193 UN member states had undergone a review. The Human Rights Council conducted Israel's UPR in 2009.  In response to the ...

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"May in the Summer": 2013 Sundance Review

Written and directed by Cherien Dabis, May in the Summer -- which opened the 2013 U.S. Dramatic Competition of the Sundance Film Festival -- is a disarmingly humorous, sharply observed and deeply affecting story about a Palestinian-American writer, May, who returns to her childhood home in Jordan in preparation for her summertime wedding. Distinct from the well worn immigrant narratives familiar to American independent film, May in the Summer charts terrain rarely explored on screen: the emotional impact ...

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Iraq’s Hackerspace

[The following article was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more information on the publishing world as it relates to pedagogy and knowledge production, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.] Faced with Iraq’s rival politics, one group based in Baghdad is seeking change by promoting collaboration and entrepreneurship through public spaces. Fikra Space, based on the Arabic word fikra meaning “idea,” finds its roots ...

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With Our Ideas, We Take Our Portrait: Reflections on the Work of Alessandra Sanguinetti

In this collection of essays, three young Palestinian photographers and refugees respond to the work of Alessandra Sanguinetti, an Argentinian-American photographer who visited Palestine twice during the second Intifada. Mohammad Al-Azza, Yasmeen Saleem, and Areej Asad were children when Sanguinetti took some of her photographs in their community. Years later, they found these photographs personally and politically resonant. Sanguinetti documented the aftermath of military violence, but she also captured ...

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This Is A Mass Sexual Assault . . . We Will Resist (Video)

The following video was produced by Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault. It shows a public and mass sexual attack on a female protestor in Tahrir Square and the efforts to ensure her safety. The footage was edited to highlight exactly what is happening in the moving crush of bodies caught on video. It shows several men publically raping a protestor, with several other men pressing in to partake in the assault. This is not the first time a woman is sexually assaulted during a protest in ...

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هل يعود العسكر لحكم مصر من بوابة قناة السويس؟

تقدير موقف ظهرت منذ شهرين بعض الشواهد المريبة - أكثر ريبة من نظيراتها - في مهاجمة مقرات الحرية والعدالة في مدن القناة تحديداً، وبدا أن الأمور تسير في إتجاه تبرير نزول العسكر إلى شوارع مدن القناة بدعاوي حفظ الأمن وتأمين المجرى الملاحي ومصالح الأمن القومي. وكانت هذه الشواهد تتضافر لتشير إلى اقتراب استحداث فزاعة جديدة بعد استهلاك فزاعة سيناء واستنفاد فاعليتها، وذلك بغية استحقاق وضع عسكري استثنائي في الحياة المدنية. والترابط المنطقي الذي ظهر في الأفق حينها يمكن تلخيصه في الآتي: • تم تحقيق أحد أهداف ...

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Regarding the Torture of Others in "Zero Dark Thirty"

Much of the hype and controversy surrounding Zero Dark Thirty centers on the issue of torture. The acting director of the CIA as well as three US senators have criticized the film for exaggerating the role of “enhanced interrogation techniques” in the search for Osama bin Laden, while commentators have criticized the film for advocating torture, some going so far as to call the film’s director, Kathryn Bigelow, an “apologist for evil.” Cinematographically, the film has received rave reviews, garnering ...

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الحائِرُ بِحَياتِهِ

اليوم تذكّرتُ الحياةَ. تذكّرتُ أني حين ركضتُ خلفَ الحياة تركتُ الحياة خلفي. شعرتُ بِرُهاب كبير. أخفيه ولكنه يتسرّبُ من جوارحي. رأيتُ أحدهم  يضحكُ فعجبت. رأيته يشعر بالبهجة فغبطته.  لم أغبطه. كأنه عندي كان يفتعل السعادة. تساءلتُ كيف يشعر من يكون على ما يرام. كان يحاول أن يجذبني إلى حديثه ولكن كان يذعرني الحديث إليه. كنت أخشى أن يحدّق فيّ. كانت هواجسي تتشاجرُ. كنت أحاذرُ أن يسمعني. كنت أخاف أن أقترب منه أو يقترب مني. إرتعبت وتلمست جسدي كأنني كنت أخشى أن تفزعه ثآليلي.  هكذا كنت ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (January 25 and February 1)

 [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 Wednesday night of every week.]   Algeria Ya Ali Ya Ali L'Algerie est redevenue francaise Amar Cheballah laments the forgotten spirit of the Algerian revolution. Algerian hostage ...

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UK Professors Push Back against Government Plans for Open Access

[The following article was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more information on the publishing world as it relates to pedagogy and knowledge production, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.] In the aftermath of Aaron Swartz’s death, which propelled the argument over open access into the headlines, a collection of university professors in the United Kingdom are pushing back against a new government policy that is ...

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عن الدين والطائفية في الرواية

١ المجتمع العراقي متنوع دينياً وإثنياً ولغوياً وبالتالي فالكتابة عن حقيقته وواقعه لا يمكن أن تقفز فوق كل هذه الاختلافات والتناقضات، أو تمحو الهامشي، إذا أرادت أن تنفذ إلى صميم هذا المجتمع وحيواته وأفراده، وإلا خسرت الكثير. لكن الكاتب يكون في كثير من الأحيان تحت وطأة أيديولوجية ما تتحكم بالكتابة فتصور مجتمعاً نمطياً مؤمثلاً يمحو ما يجب محوه لكي “تستقيم” الصورة. وتراوغ وتحاذر كي لا تتعامل مع هذا التنوع الذي قد يكون إشكالياً، خصوصاً عندما تترجمه الخطابات السياسية والصراعات إلى عملة رابحة أو خاسرة. والرقابة ...

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"انتصارالـ "ميتا – خطاب" على سوريا وعدم ارتباطه بها: "رحنا ضحيّة

لا تحاول تبسيط ما يجري في سوريا لأنك ستفشل. ولكننا لا نستطيع أن نذعن للتعقيد كذلك.  إن العديد من النقاشات حول سوريا – وخصوصاً تلك التي تجري خارج سوريا– هي وبكل بساطة منفصلة عن واقع المأساة في هذا البلد، وقد تكون كتاباتي من بينها. فمثلاً، ولأول مرة بعد خمس عشرة عاماً من البحوث المعمقة عن السياسة والمجتمع السوري، بما تطلبه ذلك من زيارات متعددة ومطولة في كل سنة، أمضيت العامين المنصرمين وأنا أكتب (وأتعذب) حول سوريا دون أن تتاح لي الفرصة للزيارة، وذلك يعود بشكل رئيسي لأنه قيل لي بأني غير مرحب بي ...

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ثورية الوسيلة وسلطوية الغاية

فض الأمن اليمني اعتصاماً سلمياً بالقوة يوم 25 ديسمبر الماضي عندما اتجهت مجموعة من الشباب نحو دار الرئاسة مطالبين بقرارت صريحة لعزل أحمد علي عبدالله صالح وعلي محسن من الجيش، وغالب القمش مدير جهاز الأمن السياسي. هذا الخبركان سيبدو مفهوماً قبل أكثر من عام، لكن بعد تنحي الرئيس الذي ثارت ضده الجماهير فأن الخبر يدعو للاستنكار.  فهؤلاء الشباب جاؤوا لإحياء الذكرى الأولى لمسيرة الحياة الراجلة من مدينة تعز لصنعاء بمسافة 280 كم على طريق جبلي وعر وكانت مسيرة شعبية ضخمة انضم لها الآلاف من قرى ومدن اليمن التي ...

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