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[Image by Ed Greevey. Photo of attendees and participants at Closing Event 1 December 2014.]

Aloha Aina: Notes From The Struggle in Hawai’i

In late November 2014, I had the honor of visiting the occupied Kingdom of Hawai’i as an invited guest. I prepared for the trip with ample readings J. Kehaulani Kaunaui both wrote and shared with me, along with book recommendations that my ...

Installation view of Hany Rashed's

Historical Realities of Concept Pop: Debating Art in Egypt

Today, every phenomenon of culture, even if a model of integrity, is liable to be suffocated in the cultivation of kitsch. Yet paradoxically in the same epoch it is to works of art that has fallen the burden of wordlessly asserting what is ...

[Wall surrounding a gated community, Saudi Arabia. Image by Amelie Le Renard.]

The Politics of "Unveiling Saudi Women": Between Postcolonial Fantasies and the Surveillance State

With the consolidation of the Saudi state starting in the 1960s, the regime has progressively imposed unified dress codes for Saudi men and women, that for the latter has meant wearing a long, black cloak [‘abaya] and veiling. Various ...

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Soma, Ermenek, Yirca: Can Anti-Coal Activists Defend Coal Miners and Olive Farmers?

The coal-mining town of Soma in the western Aegean region of Turkey hardly made headlines until last May. A mining disaster that took the lives of 301 mine workers in Soma on 14 May 2014 brought forward the country’s fragile mix of social ...


La Langue Amazighe : Parcours et Entraves de Son Enseignement au Maroc

[Amazigh demonstration in Morocco. Photo from the Facebook of Photoshop Amazigh.]

Ce papier étudie les revendications du Mouvement culturel amazigh marocain et quelques uns des obstacles qui empêchent la réussite de l’intégration de la langue amazighe dans le système éducatif marocain. Bien que la Charte nationale de l’Éducation et de la Formation, élaborée en 1999 par la Commission spéciale sur l’Éducation et la Formation (COSEF), recommande son enseignement et que l’Institut Royal de la Culture Amazighe (IRCAM) et le Ministère de l’Éducation nationale (MEN) aient entamé sa généralisation progressive dans les écoles primaires marocaines depuis 2003, la situation de l’Amazighe à l’école n’est pas rassurante pour l’ensemble des acteurs ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Feb 11- 17)

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. Mohamed Morsi Mubarak: The Myth of Egypt's Democratic Transition Spring 2013 Internships at ASI . . . Now Available! Clashing with the Ultras: A Firsthand Account Ben Affleck's "Argo": A Movie about a Movie عقوبات الغرب على إيران Tires over Tyre: US Ambassador Ruins Ruins Dear Bahrain... With Love The Maspero Massacre: Adding Injustice to Insult and Injury Two Years ...

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Remembering Bloody Thursday

[A sign at Pearl Roundabout reads, “Attention: On this spot a child was weeping, a woman was wailing, an old man was bleeding. This spot was enriched with the blood of the wounded, where the martyrs’ souls ascended. This was Bloody Thursday. How can we forget them?” Image from Saeed Saif, 20 February, 2011]

Today marks the two-year anniversary of “Bloody Thursday,” as 17 February 2011 is now known in Bahrain. The previous day, two days after the uprising began, and two martyrs later, the King allowed protesters to assemble at the Pearl Roundabout. People felt safe and were eager to embrace this freedom, unaware of the fate that awaited them. At about 3 a.m. the next day, roughly one thousand police suddenly stormed the roundabout, firing shotguns, tear gas, rubber bullets, flashbang grenades, and wielding knives and clubs. According to witnesses, police used knives to slice through tents, beating and firing birdshot at the occupants, some of whom were still ...

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Media On Media Roundup (February 17)

[An Egyptian Court instructed authorities to impose a one-month ban on YouTube for hosting

[The "Media On Media Roundup" is an initiative to survey published material in the news and broadcast media that deals with journalism, coverage, or mass communication practices about the region. The items collected here do not reflect the views of the Media Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to media@jadaliyya.com by Friday night of every week.] February 13 is World Radio Day UNESCO has declared February 13 as World Radio Day and Daoud Kuttab writes about the ways in which radio is changing in the Arab world. Attacks on the Press: CPJ's Risk List (Video) The Committee to ...

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Maghreb Monthly Roundup (January)

[Timbuktuan manuscript image from Robert Goldwater Library.]

 [This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Maghreb. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Maghreb-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)]. An Update from the Timbuktu Manuscripts Project A statement released by director of ...

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بورتسودان: تلك المدينة الزهرة

[بطاقة بريدية، بورتسودان، ١٩٤٠]

[مدن، زاوية جديدة على "جدلية" يكتب فيها الكتاب والكاتبات عن مدنهم المفضلة. يفتتح السلسلة الكاتب السوداني أمير تاج السرّ] بالرغم من أنني ولدت في قرية صغيرة شمال السودان، إلا أنني ارتبطت كثيراً بمدينة بورتسودان، الميناء الذي أنشأه الاستعمار الإنجليزي، بديلاً عن ميناء مدينة سواكن المجاورة، التي غدت بعد ذلك ولزمن طويل، مجرد تاريخ مهجور تحفه الفوضى والأساطير الغامضة، بعد أن سرقت بورتسودان رونقها وعمالها، وسفن الرحيل المتعددة التي كانت تغشاها زماناً، قبل أن تنتعش من جديد مؤخراً، وتستخدم كميناء آخر، لتجارة أقل شأناً. لقد نشأت في مدينة بورتسودان، بحكم عمل والدي موظفاً في جمارك الميناء جزءاً كبيراً من حياته. خبرت شوارعها وبيوتها، وظمأها وارتواءها، وفرحها وحزنها. درست ...

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Bahrain As I Remember It

[An image from a protest in Bahrain on 14 February 2013. Image provided by author.]

On that day, 14 February 2011, there was a sense that things would change. The energy of the crowd was electric and contagious. The frustration that had built up for years unfolded in the form of peaceful protests in Pearl Square—the revolutionary space that had housed hundreds of thousands of Bahrainis for months, and had been subsequently destroyed by authorities. On that day, 14 February 2011, history repeated itself in Bahrain, as the sources of power repressed the majority through the forceful dispersion of protests, extrajudicial killings, the use of imported tear gas, arbitrary arrests, and systematic torture. Despite the hollow gestures of "reform" ...

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عقوبات الغرب على إيران

[عن موقع قنطرة]

منذ عقود يُبرِّر الغرب عقوباته المفروضة على إيران بفكرة سردية تفترض أن العقوبات ستجبر الحُكام المتسلطين في إيران على العودة إلى رشدهم وستضع حداً لانتهاكاتهم، سواء خارج البلاد أو داخلها. ويرى الغرب أن تلك العقوبات "الجراحية" تضيّق حبل المشنقة حول عنق الطغاة بدقة متناهية، بشكل سيجعلهم يراجعون بتعقل سياستهم الخارجية ويرفعون أيديهم الملطخة بالدماء عن عنق شعبهم المغلوب على أمره. ويبدو للغرب جمال هذه الفكرة من حيث أنها قد تضرب عصفورين بحجر: فالعقوبات تضيّق، من جهة، الخناق على مرتكبي الانتهاكات والجرائم، ومن جهة أخرى تحرر الشعب المضطهد وتمهد الطريق أمامه إلى الديمقراطية. لكن هذه العقوبات في الحقيقة لن تؤدي إلى هذه النتائج على أرض الواقع. فمع كل جرعة جديدة من ...

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Syria Media Roundup (February 14)

[Guernica in Aleppo. Designed by Syrian artist Wissam al-Jazairy.]

[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   Rethink Civil Society Amid Arab Turmoil Rami Khouri writes that “one of the profound developments now taking place in the ongoing Arab uprisings and transformations is the breakdown of these neat categories we have long used to understand and analyze political life.” Keep Reading »

Dear Bahrain... With Love

[Visiting the grave of Martyr Sayed Jawad Sayed Hashim in Sitra. Image from Saeed Saif, March 2012]

Valentine’s Day and the color red symbolize love. The world over, shops and streets are decked out with red decorations, red boxes, red wrapping paper, red cards, and red roses. In Bahrain, the color red also symbolizes love, just a different kind of love. Streets there are covered in red too, the red of the blood that has been shed over the past two years. The lost lives in the fight for freedom, justice, and democracy. Red roses on the graves of loved ones who were killed by regime forces. Valentine’s Day in Bahrain, it’s a different kind of love.  14 February 2011 was not about Valentine’s Day; it was about protesting the tenth anniversary of the National Action ...

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The Maspero Massacre: Adding Injustice to Insult and Injury

[State TV building

Amidst the marches, street battles, and political deadlock covered night after night by the Egyptian media, one recent story almost escaped notice. On 4 February Michael Farag and Michael Shaker were each sentenced to three years in prison for having stolen weapons from the armed forces. With noteworthy decisions handed down by Egyptian judges on an almost daily basis, these sentences might seem, at first glance, rather mundane. What makes the media inattention harder to comprehend, however, is the context in which the theft was said to have occurred – the evening of 9 October 2011, at the Egyptian State Radio and Television Union Building in Cairo, commonly known as ...

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New Texts Out Now: Na'eem Jeenah, Pretending Democracy: Israel, An Ethnocratic State

[Cover of Na'eem Jeenah,

Na’eem Jeenah, editor, Pretending Democracy: Israel, An Ethnocratic State. Johannesburg: Afro-Middle East Centre, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you publish this book? Na’eem Jeenah (NJ): The book emerged out of a conference organized by the Afro-Middle East Centre and which was held in Pretoria, South Africa. The conference brought together important scholars who have being thinking and writing about the issue of the nature of the Israeli state, those who are affected by this, and also ways in which to move beyond the ethnocratic state that Israel is towards a future that can address the injustices that have been heaped on Palestinians by Israel’s Zionist policies ...

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The Show Trial of Port Said

The second anniversary of the January 25 Revolution, and the first under Muslim Brotherhood rule, was never going to pass peacefully. Nationwide, pro-democracy demonstrations were planned in protest at undemocratic decrees and increased police brutality under the current government, and the general lack of progress made in meeting the demands of the revolution raised two years earlier. In the Canal Zone cities of Suez, Ismailiyya and Port Said, it was marked by protests and battles between civilians and ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 18)

 [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.]  “Egyptian police publicly beat to death man suspected of killing officer” Police officers beat to death a man who they suspected was involved in the murder of a captain in ...

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Exposing Sexual Violence in Morocco: An Interview with Nadir Bouhmouch

[This article features an interview with Moroccan filmmaker and activist Nadir Bouhmouch. See Bouhmouch’s first film My Makzhen and Me here: My Makhzen and Me and a clip for his upcoming film, 475, here: www.475lefilm.com.] “The state-backed raping of poor women undermined the class solidarity that had been achieved in the anti-feudal struggle. Not surprisingly, the authorities viewed the disturbances caused by such policy…as a small price to pay in the lessening of social tensions, obsessed ...

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Positioning Gender Fluidity in Francophone Maghrebi Literature

The journey of self-discovery is a recurring theme in Francophone Maghrebi literature and film. Authors and directors place characters in a struggle against forces in both French and Maghrebi society, evoking various themes through which characters define themselves. While these characters embark on different paths in terms of their search for self-discovery, they prove that identities are not rigid. A multitude of factors contribute to the formation of these identities, illustrating a fluidity that ...

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Reports Roundup (February 16)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Film-Portrait of Dr. Saud Mukhtar Al-Hashimi, Human Rights Defender, Saudi Arabia Alkarama Foundation highlights the humanitarian work of Dr. Saud Mukhtar Al-Hashimi, co-laureate of the 2012 Alkarama Award. Dr. Al-Hashimi was sentenced to thirty years imprisonment by the Riyadh Special Criminal Court in November 2011. Judith Butler's Remarks to Brooklyn ...

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Clashing with the Ultras: A Firsthand Account

A march, scheduled earlier today, demanded that members of the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces (SCAF) be brought to justice for past crimes and abuse against revolutionary activists and Ultras protesters. The march started at El Fath mosque and was supposed to reach the area surrounding the Ministry of Defense. The call for the march, which was endorsed by prominent activists, was initiated by an Ultras Ahlawy member and activist in an attempt to unify the efforts of revolutionary activists and ...

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إغتيال عيد العرب

تونس ليست لبنان. قلتها فانهالت علي الشتائم والتهم. لكني أعيدها، تونس ليست لبنان من حيث الإغتيالات السياسية. فقد عانى لبنان في الستين سنةً التي تلت استقلاله عشرات الإغتيالات المدبرة، حصدت أرواح رؤساء وزعماء أحزاب ووزراء ورجال دين وغيرهم من القيادات. أما تونس ما بعد الإستقلال فقد شهدت جريمةً واحدةً من هذا الحجم، تلك التي استهدفت صالح بن يوسف، منافس الحبيب بورقيبة رئيس الدولة آنذاك، سنة 1961. وتمت العملية في ألمانيا. أصبح الإغتيال السياسي منذ ذلك الوقت يعني، بالنسبة للمواطن التونسي، سجناً مؤقتاً وأحياناً ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (February 15)

[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 How to be different together: Algerian lessons for the Tunisian crisis Hicham Yezza draws parallels between Algeria in 1992 and Tunisia in ...

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Two Years and Counting: The Bahrain Uprising, in Pictures

Over the last two years, the fickle eye of the international media has strayed from the ongoing demonstrations in Bahrain. In February 2011, with the advent of the Arab uprisings, Bahrainis took to the streets to demand constitutional reform, equal rights, and, eventually, the overthrow of the ruling Bahraini monarchy. These protests were not new: Bahrain has a long history of organized activism, and Bahrainis have protested for political reform and more labor rights since the 1930s. While the ...

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Two Years of Deaths and Detentions

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights publishes a second anniversary report: "Two Years of Deaths and Detentions: Documenting Human Rights Abuses During the Pro-Democracy Movement in Bahrain (February 2013)"  An Opening Letter From Maryam Al-Khawaja: In the two years that the pro-democracy movement has been ongoing, eighty-seven people have died as a direct result of the excessive use of force applied by the King’s brutal security forces, including thirteen children under the age of ...

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New Texts Out Now: Dina Rizk Khoury, Iraq in Wartime: Soldiering, Martyrdom, and Remembrance

Dina Rizk Khoury, Iraq in Wartime: Soldiering, Martyrdom, and Remembrance. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Dina Rizk Khoury (DRK): The 2003 US invasion of Iraq was the chief impetus for writing this book. I had been about halfway through writing a book on the politics of reform and rebellion in Ottoman Baghdad when the build-up for the 2003 invasion began. Ottoman Baghdad receded very quickly from my focus. I was frustrated as a ...

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تكنولوجيا الاتصالات والتنظيم الثوري في القرن الحادي والعشرين

لا يعني إيمان أفراد بنفس الهدف أو الفكرة السياسية أنهم يشكلون كيانا. ما يقيم الكيان أو يدمره هو مدى تناغم حركة أولئك الأفراد، مدى قدرتهم على تنسيق المواقف، مدى سرعتهم على الحشد والتعبئة، أي قدرتهم على الاتصال السريع بينهم لوحدة الفعل. عندما يتناول تراثنا الماركسي عملية بناء الحزب السياسي نجد الإستعارات والتشبيهات من قاموس العسكرية لا تنتهي وهذا ليس مستغربا. الحزب الثوري كالجيش. الفارق الوحيد هو أن قيادات الحزب وغالبية "ضباطه" ينتخبون من "الجنود" ويحاسبون دوريا من القواعد. عدا ...

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