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[Qarm Qart in conversation with Margot Badran on 2 November at Mashrabia gallery. Image courtesy of the author.]

Moving in the Maze with Cairene Artist Qarm Qart

Qaram Qart Restart  until 13 November 2014   Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo    People in Cairo, especially intensely in wust al-balad (central Cairo), are living in a maze imposed by the state.  Along with the ...

Last Week on Jadaliyya (November 17-23)

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 ...

I am Rama. I wish I could have my old classroom back. I am 10 years old and in fifth grade. My classroom in Gaza has been destroyed. I hope that it is rebuilt one day soon so I can study with my friends inside it once more. I have so many fond memories in this place. Photo by UNRWA.

Give Palestinian Children a Voice

Twenty-five years ago today world leaders adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most complete statement in history of humanity’s aspiration to give children universal rights protection to achieve their full potential. This ...

[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 ...


Fixing the Paris Protocol Twenty Years Later: Frequently Asked Questions for Diehard Reformers

[Yitzhak Rabin, Bill Clinton, and Yasser Arafat at the Oslo Accords signing ceremony on 13 September 1993. Image by Vince Musi/The White House.]

"All along the watchtower, princes kept the view While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too. Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl." Bob Dylan, All Along the Watchtower As many articles like this will certainly remind us that this year, 2013, commemorates two decades since the signing of the Oslo Declaration of Principles between Israel and the PLO. The endurance of what was supposed to be a five-year interim agreement is likely to be the subject of growing scrutiny from policy-makers, academics, international organizations, donors and Palestinians more generally. While such a ...

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The Dignity of Hamada Saber

[Hamada Saber beaten up by police forces on 1 February 2013. Photo from ElFagr.org]

Depictions of bruised and battered bodies have had an enormous influence upon the waves of protest Egypt has witnessed since the initial stirrings of the January 25 Revolution – from the graphic post-mortem photograph of Khaled Said to images of what is widely known as the “blue bra incident.” However, I suspect few Egyptians would question the particular force of the brutality depicted in a video shot in front of the Ittihadiyya Palace on the evening of 1 February, even as compared to the infamous scenes just mentioned. In an incident that was broadcast live to Egyptians on Al-Hayat television, and then rebroadcast to an international audience on CNN, a man is beaten, ...

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The Thin Line between Revolution And Sedition

[Mohamed Morsi at a press conference on 18 June 2012. Photo by Jonathan Rashad (from Wikimedia Commons)]

I read with great sadness – but unfortunately not much surprise – Professor Adel Iskander’s deeply misguided article, “A Nation Derailed,” published on 28 January 2013 on Jadaliyya. Iskander’s attempt to play politics with the tragic deaths of nineteen deceased train accident victims is, well, not the classiest of moves. In the article, Iskander makes a very simplistic, and all too played out three-pronged argument: First, the Mohamed Morsi administration is failing miserably; second, the Egyptian government’s failure is a fundamental cause of the train accident, other accidents occurring recently in Egypt, and the horrendous conditions that characterize the country’s ...

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The Syrian Regime Bravely Condemns the Israeli Airstrike on Syria

[Syrian President Bashar Assad, center, stands next to Syrian Defense Minister Gen. Dawoud Rajha, right, and Chief of Staff Gen. Fahed al-Jasem el-Freij, left, during a ceremony to mark the 38th anniversary of the October 1973 Arab-Israeli war.(AP Photo/SANA, File)]

Several days after Israeli air force struck targets inside Syria, President Bashar al-Asad bravely condemned the assault. Moreover, he also asserted with defiance that Israel is trying to “destabilize” Syria, debunking thereby the claims that, by striking a part of Syria's sovereign territory, Israel was trying to promote Arab unity and social justice from the gulf to the ocean. The Syrian regime reserved for itself once more the right to retaliate when it sees fit, augmenting thereby the rights that it affords itself to retaliate to Israeli strikes inside Syrian territories. In 2007, Israel also struck targets north of Syria and the regime was not quick in responding ...

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The Very Risky Bet of Hollande in Mali: The Probable Long-Term Disaster

[French President, François Hollande. Image from Rrance.Diplomatie/Flickr.]

On 11 January, France's President François Hollande sent in troops to Mali, a few immediately but then 3500, a sizeable number. The stated objective was to fight against the various Islamic fundamentalists who had taken control of northern Mali. It was what the French would call a gageure - a word that derives from gage in the sense of a bet. It basically means undertaking something very difficult to achieve. I think one might best translate it as a "risky bet" and in this case, I would say it was a very risky bet.  What did Hollande bet, and why did he do it? It is easy to see his reasoning as to why it was a good idea. He received a formal request from ...

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Fun, Football, and Palestinian Nationalism

[Al-Wihdat fans. Image by Jihad Nijem]

Some of the most enduring memories of fieldwork in al-Wihdat refugee camp are the several evenings I spent watching football matches in the company of my friends.  Al-Wihdat is a Palestinian refugee camp established in 1955 on the outskirts of Amman, the capital of Jordan. The camp today is fully incorporated into the city through urban expansion. When I began my fieldwork in 2009, I expected Palestinian refugee camps to be highly politicized. Setting out to document the significance of Palestinian nationalism in the everyday life of refugees, I was puzzled to observe an ostensible absence of politics–an absence all the more striking as my fieldwork coincided with ...

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شاهد عيان

[قوات الشرطة المصرية تضرب رجلاً وتجره بالشوارع بعد أن تعريه، ثم تضعه في سيارة الشرطة. 1 فبراير، المصدر ا.ب]

  فيما يلي شهادتي باعتباري شاهد عيان لاعتداء ضباط قوات الأمن على متظاهر تم تجريده من ملابسه بالكامل مساء الجمعة، بالقرب من القصر الجمهوري.  وأعلم أن الكثيرين منكم قد شاهدوا الشريط المصور، الذي التقط خفية، وعلى الرغم من ذلك أرجو قراءة شهادتي: كنت في ذلك المساء أقف في شرفة البيت، التي تطل على شارع الميرغني بالقرب من مقهى كوستا، وأراقب هجوم قوات الأمن المركزي على المتظاهرين وهم يحاولون الفرار إلى الشوارع الجانبية في ضاحية مصر الجديدة (هليوبوليس). كانت الجموع تحاول الهرب من قوات الأمن المركزي، عالية التسلح، والتي بدأت تلاحقهم راجلة. وفرت لي الإضاءة في شارع الميرغني تحت الشرفة رؤية جيدة وكافية لما يدور، على الرغم من أنها كانت خافتة بعض الشيء.  لفت نظري ظل ...

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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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Why Students in Solidarity with Palestine Should Not Join The Olive Tree Initiative

The Olive Tree Initiative (OTI) calls itself a “conflict analysis” project. Started in 2007 at the University of California Irvine, it is now present at multiple UC campuses. OTI is often referred to as a “dialogue project,” and its mission statement reads as follows: The mission of the Olive Tree Initiative (OTI) is to promote conflict analysis and resolution through Experiential Education by providing students and community with the education, training, and experiences needed to better ...

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Police Brutality Persists Two Years after Egypt Revolution: Rights Activists

Following the recent death of activist Mohamed El-Gendy, who allegedly died after being subject to torture by police, several Egyptian rights activists issued a report on Sunday detailing what they see as the persistence of oppressive police tactics employed by the state. According to the report, 225 people have been detained from the vicinity of Cairo's Tahrir Square since the second anniversary of Egypt's January 25 Revolution, which coincided with mass rallies against the government and President ...

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Morsi Mubarak

                     

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نجوان درويش بطاقة هوية وأشعار أخرى

بطاقة هُويّة رغم أَنّ الكردي مشهورٌ بقساوة الرأس ــــ كما يتندّر الأَصدقاء ـــــ إلا أَنني كنتُ أَرقَّ من نَسْمة الصيف وأَنا أَحتضنُ إِخوتي في أَربع جهات الأَرض.  وكنتُ الأَرمني الذي لم يصدِّق الدموع تحت أَجفان ثلجِ التاريخ وهي تغطّي المقتولين والقَتَلَة أَكثيرٌ بعد ما حَصَل أَن أُسْقِط مخطوطةَ شعري في الوحل؟ وفي جميع الأَحوال كنتُ سورياً من بيت لحم أَرفع مخطوطةَ أَخي الأَرمني وتركياً من قونيّة يدخلُ الآن من باب دمشق. وقبل قليلٍ وصلتُ "بيادر وادي السِّير" واستقبلني النّسيم الذي ...

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Two Years of Meta-Narratives: How Not to Cover Syria

Bassam Haddad mentioned in his article entitled “The Triumph and Irrelevance of Meta-Narratives Over Syria: “Rohna Dahiyyah” that people writing about Syria are often detached from the pain and realities of the people on the ground. We believe this argument is rather fallacious and unfair. Some of those producing media on Syria have gone the extra mile to get as close to the heart of the issue as they could, encapsulating the complexity of the struggle and giving a voice to the Syrian people who live in ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 05)

[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.] Reports and Opinions From football to military might, how Qatar wields global power Jane Kinninmont examines the expansion of Qatar’s international influence, in ...

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Syria Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (January 2013)

[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 ...

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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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