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On Palestinian Cinema: The State of Israel vs. Suha Arraf

Suha Arraf is a Palestinian filmmaker based in Mi’ilya in the Galilee in Israel. Arraf is a journalist by training. This interview with Arraf was conducted following the recent screening of her debut feature film, Villa Touma, at the ...

[Commemoration ceremony in Istanbul, 24 April 2014. Photo by Heghnar Watenpaugh.]

Let Us Make a New Beginning: Speech for the Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration in Istanbul

[The following is a speech delivered by Heghnar Watenpaugh in Armenian and Turkish on behalf of Project 2015 at a ceremony commemorating the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. The ceremony was held in Taksim Square in Istanbul on 24 April ...

Water Management in Jordan in Response to the Syrian Crisis: Between Neoliberal Pressures and Social Tensions

Since 1948, the Kingdom of Jordan has taken in a considerable number of refugee populations fleeing conflicts in Palestine, Iraq and now Syria. While this brings the country significant international aid, it also raises the question of the ...

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Goodbye, Antoura

[The following is an excerpt from Goodbye, Antoura: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide. The English translation, by Simon Beugekian, edited by Aram Goudsouzian, was published in 2015.] At night, elderly Turkish women patrolled up and down ...


Always with the Oppressed: A Farewell to Akiva Orr 1931-2013, Humanist, Radical, Heretic

[Akiva Orr (center) as a seaman in the 1950s. Courtesy of Akiva Orr Archive]

In February 2013 I participated with a small group of Israelis and Arabs in bidding farewell to Akiva Orr. I could not help recalling our first meeting nearly forty five-years earlier and my mind went back to the genealogy of individuals and events stretched across geography and time that had originally led me to his door in London, soon after my return from my first visit to Israel...and to Palestine. Though many of them never knew each other directly, in my mind, the thread linking them together (as well as my meeting with Akiva Orr) was a shared stance within radical politics. It was one based on a stubborn attachment to a host of universal values and solidarities ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (April 29-May 5)

 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 Terror of Capitalism From “Islamic Art” to “Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia”: Reliving the Distortions of History "صادق جلال العظم يحسم أمره وينتقل إلى التنظير العلني للسُّنة ولفكر "الإسلام السياسي البزنسي Salman al-Awdah: In the Shadow of Revolutions The Active Feminine: Performance Art in Lebanon with Reference to Marya Kazoun Not in ...

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Maghreb Monthly Edition (April 2013)

[Refugee camps in Western Sahara, where MINURSO peacekeeping efforts have been extended. Photo courtesy of Anticapitalistes.net.]

[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)]. Alternative Worlds at the 2013 Social Forum in Tunis Frances Hasso describes her experiences ...

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Syria Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (April 2013)

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 [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 post@jadaliyya.com [click "Submissions" on the main page for more information] Aid Inside Syria: Too Little, But Not Too Late A report by Refugees International, ...

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السلفيون الجهاديّون في تونس: سر انتشارهم الواسع في الأوساط الشعبيّة

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مثّلت حادثة السفارة الأميركيّة في 14 أيلول/سبتمبر 2012، (الاحتجاجات العنيفة على فيلم «براءة المسلمين» التي أدّت الى اقتحام وحرق بعض مباني تابعة للسفارة، وإلى سقوط 4 متظاهرين قتلى برصاص الأمن) منعرجاً فارقاً في تناول الظاهرة السلفيّة في تونس. إذ بدا واضحاً أنّ «الاحتواء المتبادَل الحذِر» الذي ميّز العلاقة بين حركة النهضة (الإخوانيّة) الحاكمة والتيّار السلفي الجهادي لم يعد قادراً على الاستمرار. فمع الاحتجاج الأميركي القويّ على ما جرى في تونس كما في مصر وليبيا وأقطار أخرى - اضطرّ الحاكمون الجُدُد إلى إبداء قدر غير مسبوق من الحزم في تعاملهم مع هذا التيّار الذي اتّهموه مباشرة بالوقوف وراء اقتحام السفارة. وقد أصدر القضاء التونسي لأوّل مرّة منذ خلع بن علي أحكاماً بسجن ...

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Allegory of a Revolution: José Clemente Orozco’s “The Trench”

[Detail of José Clemente Orozco’s “The Trench” (1926). Photographed by the author.]

José Clemente Orozco was the oldest of Los Tres Grandes, the celebrated modernist painters who led Mexico’s twentieth-century muralist movement. Among “The Big Three,” he was also the least politically dogmatic and the most outwardly pessimistic. Whereas Diego Rivera idealized the armed struggle of the Mexican Revolution (1910-20), having missed the deadliest periods of combat while active in Cubist circles in Paris, Orozco was haunted by the carnage and chaos he had witnessed firsthand. Like Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros—a brazen militant and diehard labor organizer—often depicted the revolution and the future of the nation through the image of the worker at the center ...

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Arabian Peninsula Monthly Edition (April 2013)

[USS Ponce, part of the US 5th Fleet, pulls into Kingdom of Bahrain. Image from Flickr/Official US Navy Imagery.]

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Arabian Peninsula. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Arabian Peninsula-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely those of the 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.]
 Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 30) A weekly collection of ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (April 2013)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of April 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.   قطري حبيبي": ملهاة الإخوان ومأساة الناصرية" The Necessity of Revolutionary Violence in Egypt Settler Colonialism and Alliance: Comparative Challenges to Pinkwashing and Homonationalism The Naked Bodies of Alia The Terror of Capitalism The End of an Era: The Less than Grand Opening of the New Ottoman Archives Imperialist Liberalism and the Egyptian ...

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Blurring the Borders: Syrian Spillover Risks for Turkey

[ICG Logo. Image from crisisgroup.org.]

[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 30 April 2013.] Blurring the Borders: Syrian Spillover Risks for Turkey Executive Summary Turkey has struggled to find the right response to the Syrian civil war, which has brought shellfire, bombs, militias, refugees, sectarian tensions, and uncertainty to its southern border. It has so far generously welcomed at least 300,000 Syrians. But this number could triple this year and prove unsustainable, with Turkey and the international community slow to work together, the Syrian conflict in a stalemate, and Syria tu

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Jonathan Rashad on Freelance Photojournalism in Egypt

[Image of Jonathan Rashad.]

[This post is part of an ongoing Profile of a Contemporary Conduit series on Jadaliyya that seeks to highlight distinct voices primarily in and from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.] Jadaliyya (J): Are you a freelancer or do you work with an agency? Why did you choose this path?  Jonathan Rashad (JR): I have always been a freelancer. I chose this path as it gives me much more time to focus on issues I am interested in covering, not routine news and stories I would be commissioned to cover by news outlets or magazines. I get to guide my own editorial interests.  The main benefits are the freedom and time, which allows me to work on longer ...

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Syria Media Roundup (May 2)

[The Deir Ezzor Suspension Bridge, destroyed today. 1 May 2013. From Aiham Van Syria.]

[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 Sheikh Assir Declares Arrival of his Mujahideen in Syria Amal Khalil says the sheikh is openly encouraging his followers to “fill out applications for jihad.” Syrian Refugees Flee to Relative Safety of Gaza In the past two years, around 500 Syrians sought refuge in Gaza The Kurds of Syria and the Opposition ...

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Pierced Memories: The Lebanese Archive of Diab Alkarssifi

[Fatima Hammdo in a traditional dress and an army uniform, from the Alkarsiffi family album, 1970s.]

[Text by Ania Dabrowska, photos courtesy of Diab Alkarssifi.] The Lebanese Archive of Diab Alkarssifi is a project about a collection of photographs belonging to an ordinary man with a passion and a story. It is also a project about the process of an artist (myself) transforming this collection into an archive within this particular cultural context: two migrants living in London, a Polish artist and a retired Lebanese journalist, an artist’s residency in a homeless people’s hostel. We are not supposed to believe that a treasure might one day unexpectedly land on our doorstep. Yet, this is precisely what happened when Diab Alkarssifi’s collection came into my life in ...

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هل يعيد التاريخ الاقتصادي الفلسطيني نفسه؟

  من الأفضل البقاء بعيداً عن هؤلاء   الذين يحملون خرطوم الحريق والحفاظ على الأنف نظيفا  ومراقبة هؤلاء بالملابس المدنية ولا تحتاج إلى خبير الأرصاد    لمعرفة الاتجاه التي تهب لها الرياح (بوب ديلان ) ليس من السهل حتى للمراقبين "المتطلعين" الوصول إلى المعلومة المؤكدة أو الموقف الثابت بشأن السياسات الفلسطينية لاقتصادية والمالية والتجارية، حتى في خضم الجدل العام الدائر منذ حين في الصحف والورش وأروقة السلطة، الذي يتصاعد بتحدي، ثم يخمد بتواطئي وهذا منذ ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (May 6)

[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.]  “Hundreds protest 'Brotherhoodisation' of Alexandria after governor complaint” Alexandrians stage anti-Brotherhood protests after governor accuses his deputy of being loyal to the ...

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Egyptian Women: Between Revolution, Counter-Revolution, Orientalism, and "Authenticity"

The Egyptian revolution appears to present a “gender paradox.” On the one hand, women have been marginalized in many formal political institutions since the downfall of Hosni Mubarak. On the other hand, representations and images of women and women’s bodies have been ubiquitous. Representations of women through media and art, as well as the regulation of women’s sexuality through state laws and constitutions are an essential part of defining national identity and national difference, marking ...

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Algeria Between “la Boulitique” and la Politique: A Tale of Two Youths

La politique est une réflexion sur la manière de servir le peuple.
 La «boulitique» est une somme de hurlements et de gesticulations pour se servir du peuple. La politique is a reflection on the manner to serve the people. La boulitique is an accumulation of screams and gestures (invoked) in order to use the people. - Malek Benabi Rarely is the noise in Algiers as deafening, or the traffic as disorderly. If young Algerians are often depicted as hittistes, hanging out in public spaces with no ...

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إعادة التفكير بإسرائيل – فلسطين

إعادة التفكير بإسرائيل – فلسطين فيما وراء موطن البانتو وفيما وراء المستوطنات   بينما باشر الرئيس باراك أوباما رحلة الاستماع في الشرق الأوسط، فمن المرجح أنه شهد  أثر عقدين من عملية أوسلو للسلام؛ عشرون عاماً وعشرات القمم وملايين الدولارات جميعها لم تقرّب الفلسطينيين والإسرائيليين من تأسيس سلام قابل للنجاح. لقد ارتبطت الاتفاقية التي رعتها الولايات المتحدة برُقْية تأسيس دولتين لشعبين تعيشان جنباً إلى جنب. في الواقع، فإن إسرائيل موجودة كدولة منذ 1948 وقد بقي الفلسطينيون فيها كنازحين داخليين، ...

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Why Domestic Politics Still Matter in Iran’s Nuclear Policymaking

The first round of nuclear talks in Kazakhstan raised optimism on the prospect of reaching a diplomatic solution for Iran’s nuclear crisis. Sanctions are crushing Iran’s economy. Meanwhile, the turmoil in its ally Syria and the rise of Sunni Islamism in the Middle East is undermining Iran’s strategic position. The overall regional and domestic situation appears to have forced Iran to revise its nuclear approach. Therefore, not surprisingly, Iran started the first round of recent nuclear talks with a ...

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Reports Roundup (May 4)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Press Release from Love in the Time of Apartheid Campaign on Extension of Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law The Love in the Time of Apartheid campaign discusses the re-ratification of Israel's Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, which denies Palestinian families the right to reunification under one roof.  Sara Roy on Dispossessing Palestine (Video) ...

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Beyond the Banality of Evil: The Challenge of Professional Photography in Syria

“You gave me mud and I turned it into gold.” - Charles Baudelaire    This year, photographs on Syria have swept the Pulitzer prize. Five Associated Press (AP) photographers, Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen have been awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news photography for their stunning work on the Syrian crisis, a news that was received by many Syrians with a mix of pride and gloom.  Pulitzer prizes have traditionally been given ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (May 3)

[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 Algerians in London protest against shale gas the lack of a national debate The Algeria Solidarity Campaign and Algerian Cultural Collective highlight ...

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Libya: Which Fate for Gaddafi’s Henchmen?

On 24 March 2013, about 200 former rebel fighters in Libya besieged the prime minister's office, demanding that he resign in accordance with a political isolation law banning members of the former regime from political life. Ali Zeidan, the current prime minister of Libya, served as a diplomat under Gaddafi. The draft political isolation law being debated applies to anybody who held an official position during the final two decades of Gaddafi’s rule, which includes many who have played a prominent ...

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New Texts Out Now: Charles Tripp, The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East

Charles Tripp, The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Charles Tripp (CT): The origins of the book lay initially in my feeling that a great deal of space had been devoted to the analysis of elites, the resilience of regimes, and the dominance of the state in the Middle East. This is perfectly understandable and has produced some outstanding studies. However, there did ...

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