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New Wars and Autonomous Self-Defense One Hundred Arab Intellectuals Demand the Release of Palestinian Poet Ashraf Fayadh from Saudi Prison  Terreur partout, humanité nulle part Egypt Media Roundup City Talks: Timothy Mitchell on the Materialities of Political Economy and Colonial History

STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.3 is Live! Celebrating Our One-Year Anniversary

Amidst the rambunctious MESA (Middle East Studies Association) conference atmosphere, we and all our partner organizations are happy to announce the release of STATUS/الوضع Issue 2.3. By far, this is our richest and most diverse ...

[Data from Banque du Liban ( Graph by the author. The ratio of dollar to Lebanese lira deposits is taken as a confidence indicator in the Lebanese economy.]

The Diaspora, Debt, and Dollarization: Unraveling Lebanon’s Resilience to a Sovereign Debt Crisis

There are no official statistics on the numbers of Lebanese who have emigrated and are working abroad, nor on the immense sums of money they transfer to their home country. According to World Bank estimates, remittances comprised between ...

[لوحة للفنان الروسي فالسيلي كيندنسكي]

يكفيني أن ألمس ورقة خضراء حتى أرى

              ورقة خضراء قبل أن أنقل حياتي البسيطة إلى هذا الزمان،  لم تكن أحلامي لترتفع أعلى من سماء، تغطي دالية عنب،  حيث الحكمة في متناول كل حي * كان يكفيني أن ألمس ورقة ...

[Cover of Safinaz El Tarouty,

New Texts Out Now: Safinaz El Tarouty, Businessmen, Clientelism, and Authoritarianism in Egypt

Safinaz El Tarouty, Businessmen, Clientelism, and Authoritarianism in Egypt. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Safinaz El Tarouty (SET): This book is based on my PhD dissertation ...

Syria News Update (5-6 September 2013)

[By Syrian artist Mohamed Omran.]

[This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Developments  Reid Introduces Syria Resolution in Senate  Exclusive: Defecting Assad Ally Reaches Istanbul On General Ali Habib’s current whereabouts Keep Reading »

Open Letter and Petition to Revoke Ban of SAIA and Hammam Farah at York University

[Members of the York University Board of Governors walking out on Students Against Israeli Apartheid during a board meeting. Image screenshot from video below]

[The following open letter was issued by Students Against Israeli Apartheid - York University to York University in Toronto, ON on August 7, 2013] RE: Attempted intimidation of student activists, anti-democratic invocation of University regulations, and abuse of administrative power, April 30, 2013 and May 3rd 2013 The York University community of progressive student activists and allies around the world have documented your dissemination of messages of intimidation to participant speakers of the Palestine solidarity rally on March 27, 2013 in Vari Hall.  We have also documented the York administration’s unwarranted and unjust invocations of sections 3(1) ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (August 2013)

[2 February 2012, Mansour St. battle with police, Egypt. Image originally posted to Flickr by Gigi Ibrahim]

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 [click “Submissions” on the main page for more information]. REVOLUTION Khalil Bendib’s caricature commenting on the release of Hosni Mubarak. بورسعيد: ليلة ...

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The Egyptian Military and the 2011 Revolution

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The Egyptian military has emerged as one of the most powerful and influential actors since the inception of the modern Egyptian state. Despite this, since the late 1970s, there has been relatively little work that contextualizes and historicizes the military, even though it has continued to play a role in Egyptian political and economic life, as an institution and a community of elites.[1] The importance of such a line of inquiry cannot be overstated in our current moment. Specifically, it could shed a great deal of light on the conditions that deepened the military’s engagement in politics in recent years, most notably during the 2011 eighteen-day uprising and its ...

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Gezi Hareketi ve secimler

[Protesters occupying Yoğurtçu Parki in Istanbul’s Kadikoy district, July 2013. Image via]

Gezi Hareketi ve seçimler[1] Gezi Ayaklanması’nın ilk haftalarından beri, hareketin seçimlerdeki tavrının ne olması gerektiği hararetle tartışılıyor. Konumlanışlar muhtelif ama, üç ana hattın ön plana çıktığı görülüyor. Bunların artıları olduğu kadar eksileri de var. Neyse ki bu üç ana hattın artılarını eklemleyen yeni bir yaklaşım mümkün. En çok taraftar toplayan görüş, hem yerel hem genel seçimlerde hareketin bir adayı olması gerektiği. Bu görüşün bir çeşitlemesi de, hareketin AKP’yi devirebilecek güçteki bir partiyi desteklemesi. Şu ana kadar en belirleyici tartışmalar, bu adayın (ya da partinin) kim olacağı üzerinden yürütüldü. İkinci bir görüş, seçimlerin yeni ...

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Syria News Update (4 September 2013)

Alawite residents of mountains near Tartous, Syria 28 October 1921 By Pierre Fournié and Jean-Louis Riccioli, La France et le Proche-Orient : 1916-1946 (Ottoman History Podcast Facebook page)

 [This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.]  Developments Senate Committee Approves Resolution Authorizing U.S. Strikes on Syria in a 10-7 vote, which means the resolution will now move to the Senate. Senate Resolution on Syria Rep. Brad Sherman Explains How the White House Could Win the Syria Vote An edited interview conducted prior to the above vote, giving an insider perspective on how one member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee thinks. Putin Warns Against ‘Illegal’ Military Action in Syria, Bypassing UNSC A 10-minute interview with Vladimir Putin on Russia TV, where he talks about the chemical ...

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Akademisyenlerin cozum sureci ile ilgili imza metni uzerine

[Image via Özgür Gündem.]

Akademisyenlerin çözüm süreci ile ilgili imza metni üzerine Bu hafta içinde Türkiye’nin farklı üniversitelerinden 250’yi aşkın akademisyen, Türkiye dışındaki üniversitelerdeki meslektaşlarının da desteğiyle çözüm sürecinin gidişatından endişe duyduklarını belirten bir açıklama yaptı. Bu açıklamayla AKP hükümetini, çözüm için adım atmaya ve dünyada gerçekleşmiş çeşitli barış süreçlerinde geliştirilmiş olan bazı standartlara ve kriterlere uymaya davet ettiler. Bu kriterlerden en önemlilerini ise şeffaflık, tarafların müzakerelere eşit katılımını sağlayacak şartların geliştirilmesi, süreci yürütecek çeşitli komisyonların kurulması -ki bunların içinde güvenlik reformu, ...

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"A Strike Against Syria Forecloses the Possibility of a Political Solution": Bassam Haddad on MSNBC's Chris Hayes Show

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ALL IN with Chris Hayes on MSNBC Syria: The Case for War The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing Tuesday on a U.S. military strike against Syria, in which Secretary of State John Kerry offered dire warnings about the consequences of inaction. Chris Hayes is joined by Senator Jim Rish, R-Idaho, Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Bassam Haddad, Director of the Middle East Studies Program at George Mason University, to discuss the hearing and the resolution parameters that Congress will vote on in coming weeks. [Transcript and Video Below] Chris Hayes (CH): Joining me, director of the Middle East Studies Program at George Mason University. He's a scholar ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (August 2013)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of August 2013. It also includes the most recent roundups, editors picks, videos and most read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our Monthly Edition series.   Chemical Attacks and Military Interventions Statement from the Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists on the Massacre in Cairo The Revenge of the Police State From Revolution to War on Terror: Reflections on Post-3 July Egypt Neither Heroes, Nor Villains: A Conversation with Talal Asad on Egypt After Morsi ما الذي يحدث في مصر الآن؟ The Toxicity of ...

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حَضٌّ عَضٌّ، لقاءٌ عِقابٌ

[لوحة للفنان السوري مروان قصاب باشي]

حَضٌّ عَضٌّ، لقاءٌ عقابٌ.  محتقرينَ، كَــ. هــاء مـيم جيم. يستدركون، كاتّهامٍ مخزٍ متلِفٍ، دورَ المثقَّف العضويّ. يطالبونك به يا أستاذُ؟ أنا المخاطَبُ، أنا، حقّاً؟   نضالٌ مَرَضٌ عُضالٌ، فَعَّالٌ لما يريد، ربٌّ تعالى، تعالَ، إليّ، سؤالٌ، هيّا، لكنْ، رِدْفُها، سائرة كالضوء إلى الباب، يتموّجُ. خصرٌ ليّنٌ يهفُّ خلف ثنيات فستانها المزين بقعاً حمراء بيضاء فحميّة. أجملُ تنقّلٍ، كأنه النَّفَسُ مرئياً. هشٌّ ضئيلٌ، مع ذلك، ولعٌ  مُرٌّ مهيمنٌ.     استُرُوا المعاصي، أمرٌ يُطاعُ لا يطاعُ أبداً. خيركُمْ أتلفَ الشرَّ. لكننا نُعصَرُ يا سفنُ، يا بحارُ، ياشمسُ. نُعصَرُ ولا نجفّ!  لا أحد يقترب منّا سوى الخشية، سوى المرض، سوى اللعنة. مَنْسَلُ البشر، ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ray Bush, Turmoil in North Africa

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Turkey Media Roundup (September 3)

[People gathered to protest a potential attack on Syria in Kadıkoy, Istanbul. © Adnan Onur ACAR / Nar Photos.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Sunday night of every week.] English Domestic Politics Turkey’s Main Opposition Party No Threat to Erdoğan Amberin Zaman argues that the Republican People’s Party (CHP) is not a credible opposition to the ruling party, the AKP. Turkish Envoy: Ankara’s Urgent Problems Internal, Not External Tuğba Tekerek translates an interview between Taraf and former Minister of Foreign ...

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The Final Stage: Rojava

The latest developments in Syria have taken on an increasingly complicated shape, threatening a tragic repeat of its recent past. Oppositional forces remain Sunni-majority and multi-brigaded. Sustained attempts by these oppositional forces to exclude Kurds from the political struggle in Syria, despite Kurds’ organizational capacity and the self-interested (rather than stability-oriented) calculations of international forces, make it clear that peace remains a distant horizon for Syria. The current ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (September 6)

[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 by Thursday night of every week.]  Algeria Algérie : L'approvisionnement de l'Europe en gaz algérien est-il plus important que les droits humains ? Hamza Hamouchene deems Europe’s quest for ...

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الموتى لا ينتظرون الحزن من أحد

              الموتى لا ينتظرون الحزن من أحد    قصّية كالموت كنتِ حينذاك وتبكيني الآن، كأنكِ أقرب عليّ منه.   ولا يربكني من موتي سوى أني نسيت كيف يعود الطريق إليكِ لا لشيء، بل لأؤنبكِ كعادتي: "خذيني على محمل الهزلِ حتى أعمِّر طويلاً"

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Syria Media Roundup (September 6)

[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 by Monday night of every week.] Daily Updates Focusing on the Intervention and the Chemical Weapons Conversations  Syria News Update (4 September 2013) Syria News Update (3 September 2013) Syria News Update ...

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مكان للثقافة، وقت للفن

رغم الاشتباكات المتقطعة واختطاف السلطة والممارسات القمعية تجاه حرية التعبير التي تشهدها مصر حالياً، فإن مجال الثقافة والفن في مصر ما فتئ يزدهر منذ يناير ٢٠١١ وحتى اللحظة. وفي الوقت الذي يشعر فيه الكثير من الفنانين أنهم غير قادرين كأفراد على الرّد بنجاعة على الأحداث السياسية عبر أعمالهم الفنية، خصوصاً وأن المؤسسات التقليدية تواجه العديد من التحديات؛ فقد ظهر خلال العامين الماضيين العديد من المساحات والمبادرات المفعمة بالنشاط. وبذلك يصبح تنظيم الفنانين لأنفسهم -وليس فقط العمل الفني ذاته- تعبيراً عن نوع جديد ...

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What’s Next for Syria’s Kurds?

As events in Syria continue to dominate news headlines across the world, the ascendency of Syria’s geopolitically significant Kurdish minority has brought a new twist to the increasingly bloody conflict. The Kurds gained control of majority Kurdish towns along the Syria-Turkey border, including Afrin and Ayn al Arab (Kobanê) in North Syria, and Ras al Ayn (Serêkaniyê) in North-East Syria, in July 2012. The majority Kurdish areas do not constitute a continuous enclave, and areas populated by Arabs and ...

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Kashmir Mass-Rape Survivors Struggle as Kafkaesque Justice Reigns

Twenty-two years and six months is probably enough time for India to think it has policed memories and fostered institutionalized forgetfulness in Indian-administered Kashmir. But such efforts have proven counterproductive. On the wintry night of 23-24 February 1991, an Indian Army unit systematically executed a mass-rape in Kunan and Poshpora villages in north Kashmir’s Kupwara region. The Army cordoned the villages, forced the men out of their houses and then took them into custody. The troops ...

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Syria News Update (3 September 2013)

[This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Developments Running Transcript: Kerry, Hagel, and Dempsey Testify at Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Syria  Tensions Escalate as US and Israel Test Missiles Over Mediterranean A few hours before the hearing on Syria, many outlets reported that the United States was already testing its missiles. Syrian Official Seeks Dialogue, Warns Against U.S. Action Sam Dagher interviewed Deputy ...

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لبنان في حرب... افتراضية

درج الخطاب الرسمي بعد اتفاق الطائف والذي أعلن رسمياً انتهاء الحرب الممتدة بين العامين 1975 و1990، على تصوير لبنان على أنه بلد الأمان والسياحة والازدهار العمراني. فهو أشبه بطائر الفينيق الذي ينتفض دائماً منتصراً من تحت الركام لينعم بحياة مشرقة من جديد. لكن الحروب والأزمات وحلقات العنف ما برحت تتكرر منذ ذلك الحين خصوصاً مع العدوان الإسرائيلي المتكرر (1993، 1996، 2006)، والاغتيالات السياسية المتعددة ومعارك متفرقة وعلى نحو خاص القتال المستمر بين باب التبانة وجبل محسن في شمال لبنان. كل هذه الأحداث شكلت، بما ...

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DARS Media Roundup (September 4)

[This is a bi-weekly roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Resistance and Subversion in the Arab world and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the DARS Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each bi-weekly roundup to by Sunday night of every second week.] News & Commentary Arab Springs, Arab Falls, by Ian Black A review of Toby Matthiesen’s new book Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, ...

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Statement on Dismissal of Title VI Claims at Three University of California Schools

[The following statement was issued by a coalition of US West Coast chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine on 3 September 2013.] Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapters on the West Coast celebrate the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE’s) dismissal of Title VI claims against three University of California schools, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Irvine, alleging that activism supportive of Palestinian human rights creates a hostile educational environment for Jewish ...

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Syria News Update (2 September 2013)

 [This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Developments  Le Figaro Interviews Bashar al-Assad Georges Malbrunot interviewed the Syrian president and questioned him about the chemical weapons attack and the regime’s reply to a potential attack on Syria.  Two Separate Rafsanjani Comments on Syria Denied, Deleted Arash Karami reports on the leak wanting that the former president of Iran accused the Syrian regime for the August 21 ...

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