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Daoud’s Camus Fanfiction Is More of the Same

Kamel Daoud, The Meursault Investigation. Translated by John Cullen. New York: Other Press 2015. Algerian journalist Kamel Daoud’s debut novel The Meursault Investigation, recently translated into English, retells the story of Albert ...

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تدمر، واحة للظلام

تعرضت تدمر منذ مدة لغزوة بربرية في وقت قياسي، وتردد صدى الخبر في أنحاء سوريا والعالم لأن تدمر تتمتع بشهرة خاصة كونها رمزاً ثقافياً وحضارياً، ونظراً لموقعها الجغرافي الذي جعل منها في الأزمنة القديمة محطة لطرق القوافل بين سوريا وبلاد ما بين ...

[The Israeli Knesset in session.]

Quick Thoughts: John Reynolds on Recent Amendments to the Israeli Penal Code

[On 20 July 2015 Israel’s parliament adopted legislation pursuant to which individuals convicted of throwing stones at moving vehicles can be sentence for up to twenty years in prison. To be applied to Israel’s Palestinian citizens and the ...

Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 20-26)

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 ...


Courage Is Contagious: Glenn Greenwald on the Ethics of Edward Snowden and the Difference between Real Journalism and Stenography

[Glenn Greenwald speaking at the Young Americans for Liberty's Civil Liberties tour at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, along with Glenn Jack Hunter and Jacob Hornberger on 18 October, 2012. Image by Gage Skidmore.]

Glenn Greenwald was a featured speaker at the Socialism 2013 conference in Chicago. Greenwald, who writes for The Guardian, along with Laura Poitras, broke one of the biggest stories of the year: the heretofore unknown scope of National Security Agency spying. Their source, also part of the story, is Edward Snowden, who leaked documents revealing truths about the largest spy agency in the world. Jeremy Scahill, another world-class investigative journalist, introduced Greenwald: In a moment when we have a war on journalists at home, a war on journalists abroad, when whistleblowers are being prosecuted in record numbers under the Espionage Act by Mr. Nobel Peace ...

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Jadaliyya Coverage of Egypt on 30 June 2013

For almost all Egyptians, 30 June 2013 was a day of celebration. Yet, while partisans of the Muslim Brotherhood were celebrating the one-year anniversary of Mohamed Morsi’s presidency, the twenty-two million Egyptians who signed on to the Tamarod Campaign petition--calling for early president election--were celebrating its end. To shed light on this critical juncture in the living history of the January 25 Revolution, the Egypt Page Editors at Jadaliyya would like to bring to your attention to a collection of articles that grapple with the complexities of the lead-up to 30 June and what it means for the future of Egypt.   FEATURED ARTICLES Context, Dynamics, ...

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Tamarod: Egypt's Revolution Hones its Skills

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Since Mubarak's dramatic toppling on 11 February 2011, Egypt has been center stage in most discussions, theoretical and methodological, on the role of social media in political communication and dissent. There is no shortage of treatments on the topic from the popular press to scholarly writings. In just two years, notable manuscripts have been published that tackle every aspect of these online activities.[1] And while most of these address this question from complimentary perspectives, they are nevertheless confined to actions in the past rather than developments in the present or what might be anticipated in the future. With Egypt on the eve of another dramatic ...

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June to June: The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same

[Egyptian air force pilots touring US aircraft carrier, Suez Canal, Egypt. Image originally posted to Wikimedia Commons]

A year is a long time in politics, especially those of contemporary Egypt. In June 2012 the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) appeared to be firmly in the saddle. Acting in league with elements in the Supreme Constitutional Court, it prorogued parliament and then unilaterally amended the constitution, bolstering its powers while undermining those of the about to be elected President. In the ménage à trois of officers, Brothers, and “secular” oppositionists, the latter two were in a tactical embrace to oust the former. At the time, however, that seemed a rather fruitless liaison, for the military seemed to be in an unassailable position.  Fast forward to ...

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Intimidation and Resistance: Imagining Gender in Cairene Graffiti

[Caption: “Don’t categorize me”. Photo by Mona Abaza (Captured 13 September 2012)]

The issue of women’s empowerment continues to be of paramount significance in determining the future of the incomplete Arab revolutions. Numerous scholars, activists, and feminists have commented with concern about the precarious position of women after the contagious revolutions, which started in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Many have expressed anxiety that the controversial gender issue in the Middle East will dominate the coming years, as even Christian leaders transmit Islamists’ pressure on women to dress “more modestly” to their communities. Others have remarked that misogynist attitudes are observable today across the post-revolutionary Arab states, because the ...

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الديمقراطية التشاركية والثورات العربية

عندما طالبت الشعوب العربية باسقاط النظام هنا وهناك، لم يكن لديها تصوّر مُفصّل حول طبيعة نظام ما بعد الثورة تتعدّى كونة نظاماً ديمقراطياً يتميّز بالشفافية واحترام حقوق المواطن وانعدام الفساد والمسؤليّة امام الشعب. ولكن بروز نزاعات صفرية بين مختلف القوى السياسية وممارسات اقصائية وحالة من الاحتقان والشعور بالاحباط في البلاد التي شهدت سقوط النظام القديم، كلّها تنبع من تجاهل عام لاطروحة مبدئية وبسيطة، الا وهي أن النظام الأكثر مناسبة لمرحلة ما بعد الثورة هو نظام يُجسّد روح الثورة. ولكن بدلاً من التفكير الخلاق حول ماهية روح الثورة وكيفية تسجيدها، اتجهنا فوراً إلى بناء أنظمة تعتمد أنماطاً مألوفة من التجربة الغربية، حيث تتمحور الحياة السياسية حول الأحزاب وصراعاتها وتحالفاتها ...

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توني موريسون: وطن

[توني موريسون. الصورة من إن بي آر]

[مقطع من رواية “وطن” لتوني موريسون (نيويورك، كنوبف، ٢٠١٢) التي ستصدر بالعربية بترجمة سنان أنطون قريباً.] التنفس. كيف يقوم به بحيث لا يعرف أحد بأنه مستيقظ. يفبرك شخيراً عميقاً منتظماً ويترك الشفة السفلى تتدلى. والأهم هو أنّ الجفنين يجب ألا يتحركا ولا بد من وجود نبض منتظم ويدين رخوتين. في الثانية صباحاً، عندما فحصوا ليتأكدوا مما إذا كان بحاجة إلى حقنة مهدئة أخرى، رأوا المريض على الطابق الثاني في الحجرة رقم ١٧، غارقاً في نوم المورفين. إن اقتنعوا، فقد يعدلون عن زرق الحقنة ويرخون القيود حول يديه كي تستمتعا بقليل من الدم. إن السر في تقليد ما يشبه الغيبوبة، كالتظاهر بالموت عندما يكون المرء مستلقياً على وجهه في أرض معركة موحلة، يكمن في التركيز على شيء محايد. شيء يفني أي إشارة ...

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Between Inaction and Complicity: The Shi‘a and the Brotherhood

[Eyewitness and videographer Hazem Barakat describing the attack on Shi'a in Giza. Image from Mosireen]

Some have commented on the incident of sectarian violence in the village of Zawiyat Abu Musallam in the Giza district on 23 June 2013 as the product of a "simple" people and a "crowd" mentality. The figure of the "simple" like that of the "poor" have become straw men who liberals, leftists, and Islamists target as the cause of social illness and dysfunction. The murder of four Shiites that the artistic collective, Mosireen captured and documented in the video below is an ugly moment. It speaks volumes about two coinciding phenomena. On the one hand, it reflects a deep and broad discontent. Egyptians are finding it increasingly ...

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Syria’s Third Grueling Summer: What Should One Write About?

[Map displaced Syrians. Image from Wikipedia]

For the past several weeks in Beirut, I have been inundated with emails and comments from colleagues and observers about developments in Syria. The same goes for Jadaliyya’s coverage. Why, the question goes, is coverage thin on Syria? I am also asked by the kinder variety if I am afraid of something, or if I am avoiding something. These questions come from the left and center-right, from proponents of the opposition(s) and their detractors. Often, they assume that writing on Syria today really matters, irrespective of whether there is something significant to say; and irrespective of the locale of those of us not too close to the scene, which makes much of our writing ...

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Back to the Margins

[Tamarod Campaign poster. Image from Tamarod Facebook Page]

Like many, I came home yesterday after hours of being stuck in traffic congestion, thanks to the long lines of cars queued at gas stations due to an acute fuel shortage. But instead of throwing myself in my bed and ranting about the apocalyptic feel bestowed upon Cairo this day, I stayed in the street and started cleaning my car frantically at 1 a.m.. While I was driving through the Ministry of Defense sit-in earlier, where army supporters were calling for a military come back to end the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), a protestor coercively stuck a red poster on my car. It read, “Go down to the street on 30 June. Do not be a coward.” In another life, this would ...

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Should Egyptians Believe Morsi?

[Demanding

On 26 June, President Morsi gave a long-winded two and half hour speech that could be described as a “state of the nation” speech. It was labeled as an “accounting” of his accomplishments in the first year since his election. There was a hope that he would respond to the demands put forth by the Tamarod (“Rebellion”) Campaign, which has collected over fifteen million signatures since April, from Egyptians no-confidencing their president. The campaign is planning massive nationwide demonstrations on 30 June, the first anniversary of Morsi’s presidency. The speech, however, took a different path. Morsi began by outlining the challenges that Egypt is currently facing, and ...

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قالوا عليّ ملحد

 [Egy Lions Family الصورة مأخوذة من فيديو الأغنية وهي لفريق]

[تختار جدليّة في فقرة ”نغم“ عملاً فنياً مميّزاً للتعريف به وبالمبدعين الذين يقفون وراءه] ”قالوا عليّ ملحد“ أغنية راب لفريق Egy Lions Family من  كلمات الأغنية ”وأنتو قولتو إن أنتو لينا إخوان، فلما أمنت أخويا خانّي بدأ بالخيانة وخان  قفل قنوات، قتل حريتي، كمّم أفواه  كفّرني وهدر دمي بإسم الدين والله  ضللتو ناس كتيرة كانوا فاكرينكم طوق نجاه  فكل واحد شاف الغدر منكم ده خلّاه  ملحد بفكرك اللي كفّرني وقت الإستفتاء، ملحد بحكمك اللي بينزف كل يوم شهداء  ملحد بعلمك اللي فقدتو بيه معنى الحياء فالثورة لسّه مستمرة على الإخوة الأعداء.“ Keep Reading »

The Growing Challenge to The Syrian Regime and the Syrian Uprising

It was bound to happen. And we are simply witnessing its tip: growing opposition to the militant opposition, on similar ethical grounds used to critique the regime.  First, some basic related observations are in order. The following video was uploaded by Syria - Civil State on June 18, 2013. The clip shows a protest in Raqqa, Syria in front of the headquarters of Jabhat al-Nusrah (JAN) where protesters are calling for the release of prisoners that have been imprisoned by the takfiri group ...

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Obsessed with Turkish Models in Egypt

Shortly after the outbreak of Turkey’s Gezi Park protests, Egyptian public forums were flooded with a variety of expressions that drew parallels between the respective situations in each of the two countries. The trend reinforced the international media’s initial characterization of protests in Turkey as the manifestation of a region-wide backlash against ruling Islamist parties. Scholars and researchers immediately responded with meticulous explanations for why Turkey is not Egypt, highlighting the ...

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Gender and the People in Revolutionary Times

For decades, the "people" and the very possibility of politics in the Arab world have been objects of despair. Proclaiming the extinction of the Arab people’s capacity for politics and their acquiescence to a seemingly impermeable authoritarian state system had become conventional wisdom. The “Arab street,” activists seemed too comfortable professing, had failed to realize its historical promise. The inevitable march into history seemed eternally postponed or, worse yet, impossible to ...

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Egypt’s Ultras: No More Politics

Swinging between politics and football, the Egyptian “Ultras” football fans have spent the two years since the beginning of the 25 January Revolution trying to discover, redefine, and highlight their collective identity as youths who came together to express their love for sport in general, and for their chosen football clubs in particular. Before the revolution, the presence of these groups in the public sphere was limited, and tied to their contentious relationship with the state security forces, who ...

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Statement by Comrades from Cairo: We Can Smell the Tear Gas from Rio and Taksim to Tahrir

[The following statement was recently released by Comrades from Cairo] To You at Whose Side We Struggle: June 30th will mark a new stage of rebellion for us building on what started 25 and 28 January 2011. This time we rebel against the reign of the Muslim Brotherhood that has brought only more of the same forms of economic exploitation, police violence, torture and killings.  References to the coming of "democracy" has no relevance when there is no possibility of living a decent life ...

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What Happens on 30 June? The Silver Lining

Numerous questions surround 30 June protests, most of which revolve around whether or not President Mohamed Morsi will be pushed out. The subtleties surrounding such questions are more important to note. What will the Muslim Brotherhood do? What will people do? Will the protests turn violent? How will security services react? What positions will the police, and, more importantly, the army adopt? It is no secret that the level of popular discontent with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) reached an all time ...

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Turkiet: Upprorets sommar ar har

[This article was originally written by Jay Cassano, and published by Jadaliyya in English. It was translated/published in Swedish by FriaTidningin.]   I skrivande stund är Istanbul under belägring. Stadens polisstyrka – den största i Europa – har med full kraft slagit ner kraft på fredliga ockupanter i Geziparken. Protesten började den 27 maj, till synes mot byggandet av ett köpcentrum över en park vid det centrala Taksimtorget. Men massiva folkliga rörelser som den här uppstår ...

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!بحثّاً عن حلف تاريخي جديد

ما هو الخطر الأكبر على الثورة؟ يخطئ من يظن أنه السلطة، أو حتى الثورة المضادة أيًا ما كانت درجة شراستها. الخطر الأكبر على الثورة هو قيادة غير ثورية تلجم، تنحرف يمينًا، وتخون. أناقش في هذا المقال مسألة الطابع الطبقي لـ30 يونيو، أو بمعنى أدق التناقض الطبقي بين قيادتها والقوى الاجتماعية المُنتظر أن تشارك بكثافة فيها. من نوفمبر إلى يونيو يختلف 30 يونيو 2013 عن 26 نوفمبر 2012 على الأقل في مسألة جوهرية واحدة. آنذاك كانت قوة دفع الحركة سياسية: محاولة الإخوان المسلمين الاستئثار بالسلطة عبر إعلان 22 نوفمبر ...

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White Turks, Black Turks, and Negroes: The Politics of Polarization

On 11 June, in the midst of the return of the Istanbul police forces to Gezi Park and Taksim Square, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rose in the Turkish parliament and expressed his frustrations with the protestors occupying the park. The protests began as an effort to save one of Istanbul’s last green spaces from being flattened to make room for a shopping mall, but subsequently transformed into a greater movement against excessive use of force by the police and Erdoğan’s increasingly authoritarian ...

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Nostalgia, Hope, and Fear on the Path to 30 June

[This is the first in a series of dispatches that Mona Atia will be sending from Egypt to present some views from the ground about the lead up to 30 June protests and their aftermath. As part of her annual research trips, she has spent the last month researching poverty politics, and on the way collected narratives of the revolution from Cairo, Sinai and Assiut.] The sentiment on the streets of Cairo has changed immensely over the course of the past year. Last year people could not help themselves from ...

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Unpacking Anti-Muslim Brotherhood Discourse

Noam Chomsky’s Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda argues that effectively crafted and controlled media messages can turn otherwise rational people into “hysterical” warmongers. Chomsky’s analysis focuses on how western governments and elite-led media in democratic societies have successfully employed propaganda campaigns to achieve political aims. Egypt has experienced its own propaganda program in recent months. What is perhaps unique about Egypt’s propaganda campaign is that it ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (June 28)

[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 Algeria twenty years on: words do not die Karima Bennoune commemorates the twenty year anniversary of the war on culture and intellect in ...

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