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Syria Media Roundup (and Beyond) اليأس كسلاح للاستبداد البهلوان The Price of Love: Valentine’s Day in Egypt and Its Enemies
[Husayn with his wife, Fatima, 1980. With thanks to Ghassan Nasser]

Remembering Husayn Muruwwah, the ‘Red Mujtahid’

On 17 February 1987, during one of the bloodiest periods of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), the prominent journalist, literary critic, intellectual, and activist Husayn Muruwwah (or Hussein Mroué[i]) was assassinated at his home in ...

Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

[This is an ongoing post that will be updated regularly. It was first published on 6 December 2016. The updates appear at the bottom.] The conflict in Yemen seems set to intensify as 2016 draws to a close. The deposed president Abd ...

[1945 map of Beirut.]

Why Space Matters in the Arab Uprisings (and Beyond)

Many non-scholarly and scholarly accounts on the societies, culture, and political economy of the Middle East post-“Arab Uprisings/Spring” still deal with cities and regions as mere repositories of social, cultural, political, and ...

[لوحة ليوسف عبدلكي]

اليأس كسلاح للاستبداد

«الراديكاليّة الحقّيقيّة هي أن تجعل الأمل ممكناً، لا أن تجعل اليأس مُقْنِعاً.»  ريموند وليامز  تحل هذه الأيّام الذكرى السابعة لانطلاق الثورات العربيّة، والتي تسمّى أحياناً «الربيع العربي». ومهما اختلفنا حول كونها «ثورات» أو ...


Call for Applicants: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Military Mobilities, Ports, and Transport Infrastructure in the Middle East

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Department of Politics and International Studies SOAS, University of London Duration: 3-Year Fixed Term (Start: 1 January 2015 or ASAP thereafter) Location: London Salary: 32,862 to 38,795 (inclusive of London Allowance) Application Deadline: 1 August 2014 Description We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on a project funded by the UK’s Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC). This inter-disciplinary project will seek to understand the emergence of ports and transport infrastructure in the Arabian Peninsula at the conjuncture of wars, military movements, and commercial activities. You ...

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Israeli Police Brutally Beat Palestinian-American Youth

[Photos provided and published with consent from the Abu Khdeir family.]

[The following press release was issued by friends and family members of Tarek Abu Khdeir on 4 July 2013.] For Immediate Release Following the brutal abduction and murder of 16-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem, his cousin, 15-year-old Tarek Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian-American child in Jerusalem on holiday from Tampa, Florida is in Israeli detention after being beaten by two undercover Israeli police agents last night.  Despite needing critical medical attention for severe injuries to his head and face, the Israeli authorities denied medical treatment for 5 hours before he was transferred to Hadassa Hospital. He was then taken directly to court and is ...

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The Beginning of the End of Palestinian Security Coordination with Israel?

[Two Palestinian police standing in front of the Church of the Nativity. Image by James Emery.]

While Mahmoud Abbas’s infamous speech at the conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has sparked widespread condemnation and outrage among Palestinians, it has also provoked renewed questioning of the increasingly suspicious role of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) security sector. In his speech, Abbas defended security coordination with Israel under any and all circumstances, claiming that such coordination is a “Palestinian national interest.” Meanwhile, he had previously characterized it as “sacred.”  Criticism of the PA’s security coordination with Israel is not new. But recent events demonstrate the egregiousness of the double standard: warm ties ...

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عن موقع حبر كمساحة للحوار النقدي: مقابلة مع رئيسة التحرير لينا عجيلات

في 30 حزيران سنة 2014، حجبتْ الحكومة الأردنية موقع حبر. كان هذا الحجب الثاني للموقع في العامين الماضيين.  نُفِّذَ الحجبُ الأول على موقع 7iber.com وهو الـ URL الأول للمجموعة. أما الحجب الأخير فقد نُفِّذَ على عنوان  7iber.org  وهو الـ URL البديل للمجموعة منذ الحجب الأول. أجريت مقابلة مع رئيسة التحرير لينا عجيلات منذ سنة من أجل معرفة المزيد عن طبيعة حبر كفسحة جماعية ومنتدى عام. في ما يلي أجزاء من تلك المقابلة التي تتناول تأسيس حبر، وتنظيم المجموعة ...

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Reporting Egypt: From Passion to Purpose

[Photo courtesy of Ahmad Hammoud via Flickr.]

Throughout the last year, my main challenge as a journalist has been to get myself to take the news seriously. But at times, when the absurdities became too tragic to laugh at, the bigger challenge was to deal with injustice on a daily basis, especially as it kept hitting increasingly close to home. As journalists, we have been constantly alternating throughout the last year between being at the heart of laughable charades and unspeakable tragedies, and it has taken its toll. It is not as easy to care about the details of the story when it has become crystal clear that the events are driven by the will of the powerful few and have little to do with any law or ...

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عن إقتحامنا لبرنامج 'كلام الناس': التطوير العقاري لن يحقق أحلام الشعب اللبناني

[ اللافتة التي تم انتزاعها قبل ظهورها على الكاميرا. الحملة الأهلية للحفاظ على دالية الروشه ]

قام ناشطات وناشطون من «الحملة الأهلية للحفاظ على دالية الروشة» "باقتحام" حلقة الخميس 26 حزيران 2014 من برنامج «كلام الناس»، والتي كانت تتناول موضوع التطوير العقاري في لبنان، ببث مباشر للحلقة من معرض ”DREAM REAL ESTATE EXPO“ في البيال (وسط بيروت). وقد صبّت جميع مُداخلات المدعوّين لهذه الحلقة الخاصة من البرنامج، في تصوير الملكية السكنية كحلم جميع اللبنانيين وكحلّ لمشاكلهم السكنية يسعى القطاع العقاري الى تحقيقه. إضافة لذلك تم مُحاولة طرح هذا القطاع على أنه الركيزة الأساسيّة للإقتصاد اللبناني، وبأن نموّه يزيد فرص العمل، يحّل مشكلة السكن، ويشكّل سنداً أساسيّاً للدولة اللبنانية. كما عرضت الحلقة أهمية جمعية المطورّين العقاريين التي أُنشأت حديثاً من أجل ...

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DARS Media Roundup (July 2)

[Iraq/Palestine. Image by Helga Tawil Souri, via Flickr.]

[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 DARS@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every second week.] News & Commentary Boycott in the Air, by Haaretz Editorial The winds of international boycott of the settlements are quickening and picking up. On 27 June, the Spanish and Italian governments warned citizens against conducting business with settlements in the Golan Heights, the West Bank, ...

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"فصل من "أنا ونامق سبنسر

[غلاف رواية

كنت أتأمل في مويجات الماء الناعمة، في هذا الغروب الشفيف، وتذكرت مرة أخرى ذلك العالم البعيد الذي عشته مع ماري قبل أن يخلق الأولاد. تذكرت نصفي البرازيلي. عشت رحلتنا ثانية بعد سنين من حدوثها. تماهيت مع الرحلة ونسيت بحيرة دامهوس التي أحدق بمياهها الزرقاء. أمر لفت بصري، ورأيته موجودا في أغلب الأمكنة. انهم الأطفال. الأطفال الذين ولدوا في الشوارع، ولايملكون أبا أو أما. يسرقون، يشتغلون في اللواطة وتجارة المخدرات، يمتهنون أحط المهن، ويموتون وحيدين. كانت هذه حالة أطفال البرازيل الذين شاهدتهم. هؤلاء يخشاهم السواح الأوربيون أشد ما تكون الخشية، اذ أن انقظاظهم على الانسان أمر طبيعي، وهم يحملون السكاكين عادة. أطفال يكونون أحيانا في الثامنة أو العاشرة من عمرهم ويتحولون إلى قتلة. قالت لي ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 1)

[CHP-MHP joint presidential candidate Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, right, shown meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in January 2011. Image by Asianet-Pakistan via Shutterstock.]

[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 turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Presidential Elections, AKP, and Democracy Erdoğan Seems Decided to Replace Gül Murat Yetkin reports that there is an undisclosed poll, allegedly showing more than fifty-two percent of popular support for Erdoğan to become a presidential candidate. On the Way to Çankaya (1)-(2)-(3)-(4) “On Tuesday, July 1, Prime Minister Erdoğan's ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (July 1)

[Khalil al-Mazrooq, a member of the Bahraini opposition group Al Wefaq, was acquitted of all charges and released this week. Image from Mohamed CJ.]

[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.] Regional and International Relations 'Thank God for the Saudis': ISIS, Iraq, and the Lessons of Blowback Steve Clemons analyzes Prince Bandar’s support of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and Senator John McCain’s praise of the Saudi prince. Iraq and the 'Saudi question' Imran Khan examines the influence the Saudi regime ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 30)

[1 August 2011, army beats a protester. Image originally posted to Flickr by Nora Shalaby.]

[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.] Egypt’s Secret Prison: ‘Disappeared’ Face Torture in Azouli Military Jail Partick Kingsley “interviews former detainees reveal up to four hundred Egyptians being held without judicial oversight amid wider crackdown on human rights.” Blog: The "Court" Lina Attalah writes on the court session of twenty-three detainees who are charged with ...

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NEWTON Summer Reading

As we head into the summer, Jadaliyya would like to remind you of some of the most creative and groundbreaking works in Middle East studies that we have featured in our New Texts Out Now (NEWTON) page during the 2013-2014 academic year. Whether you are an instructor thinking about texts for the fall, a student doing research, or a reader making a summer reading list, you will find a wealth of interviews about and excerpts from works across a range of topics and disciplines. We have provided a list of all the NEWTONs we have published since last summer, divided into categories according to topic and region. To stay up to date with ongoing discussions by scholars and ...

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Sun Ra in Egypt, 1971

Sun Ra in Egypt, 1971 By Tom Bogaert May - June 2014 Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo   This art project by Tom Bogaert takes as its starting point Sun Ra's 1971 visit to Egypt. The legendary American jazz pioneer, mystic, poet, and philosopher was born as Herman Poole Blount, but changed his name to Le Sony'r Ra after a visionary experience led him to believe that he came from the planet Saturn. From then on, Sun Ra was fascinated by both outer space and ancient Egypt. Incorporating the ...

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Israel and the Palestinian Territories Lonely Planet: Systematic Erasure and Casual Racism

Haifa is a picturesque city of hills, gardens, and trendy cafes perched along the slopes of Mount Carmel in northern Israel. If the Lonely Planet guidebook is to be believed, Haifa is notable because Arabs and Jews live in “visible harmony,” and residents consider themselves a “model of tolerance” for the region (158). In Israel/Palestine, it seems, all it takes for harmony to prevail is for Arabs and Jews to sip lattes together—or at least close to each other, while speaking in Hebrew of course. After ...

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Video: Israeli Settlements Explained

In this three-minute episode, which originally aired on AJ+ Labs, host Dena Takruri explains what Israeli settlements are, the violence they cause to Palestinians, and their critical role in fueling conflict.      

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ليلة سقوط نينوى: احتجاز راوي الحكومة

كما لو أن الملائكة والشياطين هبطوا في الوقت ذاته الى مدينة نينوى. لفّ سماء المدينة غموض مريب ليلة العاشر من حزيران / يونيو. سقطت المدينة بشكل دراماتيكي بيد مسلحي «الدولة الاسلامية في العراق والشام» («داعش») خلال ساعات محدودة، على الرغم من وجود حوالي 56 ألف عنصر أمن متوزّعين بين الجيش والشرطة والمخابرات، وكذلك وجود قائدين يعتبرهما نوري المالكي، رئيس مجلس الوزراء والقائد العام للقوات المسلحة، من الصقور الذين يعتمد عليهما في المهمّات الصعبة. كيف سقطت المدينة هكذا؟ من المسؤول؟ كيف ستستعاد؟ هل سيكون الحل ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Responds to Israeli General Consul Regarding Operation Brother’s Keeper On Al Jazeera America

On June 12, 2014, three Israeli settler boys were kidnapped on a hike near the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. Although a police recording indicated that one of the boys had been immediately killed, Israel set off a national search for the boys, entitled “Operation Brother’s Keeper,” in which it killed six Palestinians, arrested 545 others, and violently invaded 1,300 Palestinian sites. On 30 June 2014, the bodies of the three boys were found in Halhul, just north of Hebron. ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (June 2014)

[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 ...

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New Texts Out Now: Pascal Menoret, Joyriding in Riyadh: Oil, Urbanism, and Revolt

Pascal Menoret, Joyriding in Riyadh: Oil, Urbanism, and Revolt. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Pascal Menoret (PM): I started working on the urbanization of Riyadh in 2001. I initially came to the city to teach French as a second language, and I was blown away by the place. With its single-family houses, its endless grid of avenues, and its absolute reliance on cars, the landscape of Riyadh looked very American to me. Yet it was ...

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Jordanian Government Blocks 7iber Again

Yesterday the Jordanian Media Commission blocked access to 7iber.org, the alternate domain we have been using for the past year after the Jordanian government first blocked 7iber.com along with around two hundred other websites based on the amended Press and Publication Law. Despite the ban, or perhaps in part because of it, 7iber went through some exciting changes and developments this past year. Our content and research teams have grown. We have produced numerous reports, multimedia ...

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The Moral Economy of Settler Colonialism: Israel and the “Evacuation Trauma”

The evacuations of settlements in a colonial situation can represent moments of potential rupture and reversal of a political order rooted in dispossession. In the case of Israel and Palestine, however, such moments are characterized by the re-articulation and re-legitimization of the settler colonial enterprise. This takes place through the development of a specific settler moral economy founded on the political mobilization of trauma.  I utilize the notion of moral economy of settler colonialism ...

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Announcing Arab Studies Journal Vol. XXII: Cultures of Resistance

Editors’ Note In “Cultures of Resistance in Palestine and Beyond: The Politics of Art, Aesthetics, and Affect,” Sophie Richter-Devroe and Ruba Salih introduce the imperatives, questions, and ideas that inspired the special issue we are featuring here. Encompassing a broad array of approaches, methodologies, and perspectives, Rania Jawad, Adila Laïdi-Hanieh, Maha Nassar, Helga Tawil-Souri, Miriyam Aouragh, Craig Larkin, Brahim El Guabli, Hanan Toukan, and Yazid Anani each take on the relationship between ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (June 23-29)

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. Quick Thoughts: Maya Mikdashi on the Current Situation in Lebanon Quick Thoughts: Zainab Saleh on Iraq ابحثوا عن السعودية Letter to Obama Administration on Egyptian State Violations of Human Rights ما هي خصائص الثورة المضادة؟ ...

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From the World Cup to the 'Great Replacement': Football and Racist Narratives in France

Football is the greatest of all sports. And yet, despite the beauty of the game, what happens can become so distasteful that it is difficult to continue watching. I cannot help but feel that during the World Cup, a wide coalition of imbeciles is actively plotting to ruin my pleasure. I am not speaking of Luis Suarez and the biting incident but instead of France and Algeria. If you are following the competition, you already know that Algeria qualified for the knockout stage on Thursday night for the first ...

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