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عن صعود الطائفية السياسية في العراق و تفكيكها

يخبرني أحد المسؤولين الأمريكيين الذين انخرطوا في الجدل الأمريكي الرسمي الذي تلا سقوط نظام صدام، أن مسألة اختيار "ممثلين" للشعب العراقي كانت إحدى نقاط الاختلاف الرئيسية، وأنه كان ضمن مجموعة رفضت التركيز حصراً على التصنيف الهوياتي ...

[Gaza bombardment. Image by Amir Farshad Ebrahimi from Flickr.]

Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza—Debunked

Israel has killed almost 800 Palestinians in the past twenty-one days in the Gaza Strip alone; its onslaught continues. The UN estimates that more than 74 percent of those killed are civilians. That is to be expected in a population of 1.8 ...

[Image of the border between Mauritania and the Western Sahara. Image by David Holt/Flickr.]

Maghreb Media Roundup (July 26)

[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 ...

Video: When Media Coverage Of Gaza And Israel Becomes The Story

  When it comes to news about Israel and Palestine, the media coverage itself often becomes the story. For AJ+ Labs, host Dena Takruri looks at where the US media got it wrong and how social media is keeping the mainstream ...


Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 15)

[Kuwaiti Protest Outside Government Offices. 8 March 2011. Photo by Ra'ed Qutena]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating about 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 GCC recognizes new Syrian opposition bloc A news report on the Gulf Cooperation Council’s recognition of the National Coalition of the Syrian opposition, on Al-Jazeera English.  Qatar and UAE look to bolster defence systems A news report on the efforts of ...

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Getting Past the Brink: Protests and the Possibilities of Change in Jordan

[Jordanian policemen prepare to disperse protesters blocking a main road during a demonstration against a rise in fuel prices in downtown Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, 14 Nov. 2012. Hundreds of Jordanians chanted slogans against the king and threw stones at riot police as they protested in several cities for a second day Wednesday amid rising anger over fuel price hikes. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)]

On Tuesday, 13 November 2012, protesters took to the streets across several cities in Jordan. The immediate spark for the protests was the government’s announcement that it would cut fuel subsidies as a means of addressing its budget deficit and securing a two billion dollar loan from the International Monetary Fund. Such cuts are poised to generate price increases of fifty percent for cooking gas, thirty-three percent for heating gas, and fourteen percent on lower car gasoline. Specific figures have been difficult to ascertain, but estimates for the Amman protest average at two to three thousand people, while those in Salt and other urban centers outside the ...

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Exclusive: Shahin Najafi on the Perils of Being an Artist in Iran

[cover of Shahin Najafi's album Hich Hich Hich. photo by Reza Ahmadi]

Iranian musician and songwriter Shahin Najafi describes himself as an artist who shows no mercy to any group or any part of the political spectrum. In his work nothing appears to be sacred; his lyrics constantly question political authoritarianism, social injustice, ideological dogmas, and cultural taboos. Shahin Najafi’s defiant spirit put him at loggerheads with the authorities in Iran and compelled him to leave the country in 2004 in order to continue his work without fear of persecution. But even that did not end his troubles with Iranian authorities. Earlier this year, he had to take temporary refuge in a house near Cologne, Germany after a cleric in Iran ...

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Tadween Publishing Joins The Jadaliyya Community Today

Tadween Publishing is a new kind of publishing house that seeks to institutionalize a new form of knowledge production. A subsidiary of the Arab Studies Institute, Tadween aims both to publish critical texts and to interrogate the existing processes and frameworks through which knowledge is produced. Specifically, Tadween is dedicated to four fundamental goals: To join the current that challenges the monopoly of the mainstream publishing world by expanding and deepening the notion of what is publication-worthy; To offer readers thoroughly interactive products that bring the benefits of technology to refined ...

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Why Not Jordan?

[Protesters gathered at Duwwar al-Dakhiliyyeh in Amman on 13 November 2012. Image from screen shot of YouTube video]

The 13 November withdrawal of fuel and electricity subsidies has sparked vigorous demonstrations in Jordan, prompting renewed speculation about whether the wave of Arab uprisings that began in late 2010 has finally arrived in the Hashemite Kingdom. Indeed, amidst the rush of scholarly attempts to explain why uprisings did or did not occur in various Arab countries in 2011, Jordan is proving a stubborn case. Jordan fits nearly all the criteria for an uprising, but sustained protest has yet to take root. If social media and Internet access drove the revolts, then Jordan should have already had an upheaval, for it ranks well ahead of Egypt and Libya and is ...

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Jadaliyya Launches Photography Page

With this bouquet of articles and photo essays, Jadaliyya is hereby launching a Photography Page. The Photography Page aims to provide a space for reflection on photography in its various forms and uses in the Middle East. We showcase the work of photographers active in the region and cultivate critical thinking about photographic practices, representations, and history. The page publishes photo essays, articles, interviews, reviews and more. It also provides information on photographic archives, agencies, and institutions, exhibits, events, and publications. Submissions to the Photography Page are welcome at photos@Jadaliyya.com. Here are our launching ...

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The Swallows of Syria

[Jdeideh, Lebanon - Karam, twenty-eight, from Homs]

[Note: The views and testimonies herein are the refugees’ own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the author or of Jadaliyya.] Somaya left Homs, Syria after finding the corpse of her tortured son in a sewage ditch. Zaynab escaped with her family when she discovered that Syrian soldiers kidnapped, raped, and killed three of her schoolmates. Aziza fled after snipers killed both her husband and sister-in-law. Reports indicate that refugees and residents have also been subjected to abuse and assault by unknown, non-regime, fighters. Thousands of other Syrian women like them have escaped to Lebanon and are hiding in small villages within a few kilometers of the ...

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“I Have the Picture!” Egypt’s Photographic Heritage between Digital Reproduction and Neoliberalism (Part I)

[Library of Alexandria. Image by Dennis Jarvis.]

Egypt has no sole institution devoted to the preservation and study of its one hundred fifty-year-old photographic history. Instead, photographs lurk in multiple private and institutional collections across the country. Plagued by decades of decreasing budgets, institutional neglect, and excessive gate-keeping, photographic collections share the fate of the archival collections of which they are part: uncatalogued and uncared for, often unknown even to their custodians, they become easy victims of loss, destruction, and theft. The state, academic community, and general public in Egypt mostly understand photographs to be “images of something,” valued for their visual ...

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Cairo Event: In tribute to the history of studio photographic practice in Egypt: On Photography, at Studio Viennoise (14 November - 16 December 2012)

[Shop sign for Studio Viennoise.]

Cairo Event: In tribute to the history of studio photographic practice in Egypt: On Photography, at Studio Viennoise 14 November - 16 December 2012 (Soft Opening: 14 November at 7 pm. Closing event, “Finissage”: 16 December at 6 pm.) 7 Champollion Street, Downtown Cairo Daily 11am to 8pm, until 10pm during events Curated by Heba Farid and Paul Ayoub-Geday Keep Reading »

Egypt Media Roundup (November 12)

[Protests in downtown Cairo. Image originally posted to Flickr by Zeinab 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.]     “Who calls shots at Egypt's presidential palace, analysts ask” Recent cancellation of plans to close businesses at 10pm shows that presidency faces challenges implementing its decisions. “Egypt's prosecutor General not under investigation” Prosecutor General denies allegations posted on the Muslim Brotherhood’s website that he ...

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بعد ما بعد الحداثة: مقالات في الأدائية وتطبيقات في السرد والسينما والفن

[“كتب” هي سلسلة جديدة على صفحات “جدلية” نستضيف فيها المؤلفين والمؤلفات في حوار حول أعمالهم الجديدة ونرفقه بفصل من الكتاب.] "بعد ما بعد الحداثة: مقالات في الأدائية وتطبيقات في السرد والسينما والفن" تأليف: راؤول ايشلمان. ترجمة: أماني أبو رحمة. عن دار أروقة.   جدلية: كيف تبلورت فكرة الكتاب وما الذي قادك نحو الموضوع؟  أماني أبو رحمة: بدأت فكرة الكتاب منذ عامين تقريباً وأثناء بحثي عن موضوعات كتاب “ما وراء القص: دراسات في رواية ما بعد الحداثة”، كنت أقرأ وأبحث كثيراً لاختيار الموضوعات المناسبة. ولفت انتباهي أثناء البحث حديث منظري ما بعد الحداثة البارزين من أمثال ليندا هتشيون وإيهاب حسن ووليم غاس عن نهاية ما بعد الحداثة ـ وأن تطبيقاتها ...

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Conditions on Aid and the Politics of Development

[Crop of image of the West Bank illustrating control of territory under the Oslo Accords. Image from UN OCHA-B’tselem]

It is mid-August and the heat in the eastern occupied West Bank is oppressive. The air is dry, wind whips up dust, and sand makes its way into the crevices of shoes, pores, and hair. The landscape is covered with settlement agricultural plantations, military outposts, and winding stretches of asphalt. In between this matrix of settlements and outposts are the stretches of makeshift Palestinian encampments – tin shacks and tents that look as though they would fly away with the slightest gust. Goats, camels, and sheep graze nearby while shepherds sit on rocks and sweat in the heat of the afternoon. Next to them are layer upon layer of cement block homes, some painted ...

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الأطراف والمصالح التي تعوق التغيير الحميد في الخليج

يبدو لي أن هناك أعداداً متنامية من المطالبين بالتغيير الذين بدأوا يشكلون كتلةً حرجةً ترى أن بقاء الأمور على حالها في الخليج أمرٌ غير مستدام، وأنه أصبح الآن أمراً واجباً المطالبة بالتغيير علناً، حتى لا تنزلق المنطقة في درب غير حميد قد يأكل الأخضر واليابس. اختلفت الآراء بشأن حجم هذا التغيير وماهيته ووتيرته، بناءً على الأفكار والانتماءات والمصالح المترتبة. لايزال المطلب الأكثر تردداً بين التيارات السياسية الرئيسية في الخليج هو الإصلاح، وإن وصلت في بعض دوله إلى المطالبة بما هو أكثر من ذلك. في رأيي أن ما ...

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Syria Media Roundup (November 15)

[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   The Struggle of Twice-Displaced Refugees: Palestinians Fleeing Syria to Lebanon Dina Amer tells the story of Meesar Lahan, one of many ...

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Timeline: Israel's Latest Escalation in Gaza

Earlier today it was reported that Israel assassinated the leader of Hamas’ military wing, Ahmed Jabari, breaking a tentative truce with Palestinian fighters that had been in place since Monday. The truce followed an escalation in violence that began last Thursday in which six Palestinian civilians were killed, including three children, and more than fifty others injured. The IMEU offers the following timeline of the recent violence and a fact sheet on previous Israeli ceasefire violations. I. ...

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غزة "القلعة الأخيرة" والأولى

أتذكر في خضم الأحداث الثورية في مصر، كنت دائماً أميل لفكرة التصعيد على حساب التسليح التي راجت بين شباب الثورة المصرية رداً على توحش العسكر والداخلية وتحديداً في فترات محمد محمود وأحداث مجلس الوزراء والعباسية. والفارق بين التصعيد والتسليح فارق كبير من حيث مخزون الردع/التدمير في المواجهات، فالتصعيد لا يشترط أن يكون بالسلاح المركب "المعقد"، قد يكون التصعيد هو وسيلة لتعطيل مخزون الردع/التدمير الخاص بسلاح الطرف الآخر كالبندقية وقنابل الغاز مثلاً مما يفقده أفضليتها الميدانية، مثال ذلك في الثورة كان ...

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DAM: Crime, Honor, and Hip-Hop

Palestinian rap trio DAM dropped their latest video “If I Could Go Back in Time” a week ago at a press conference in Ramallah. Working in cooperation with UN Women, the subject of the song is domestic violence and crimes against women. With this release, DAM members Mahmoud Jreri, Suhell Nafar, and Tamer Nafar affirm their reputation as audacious socially-conscious rappers by continuing to take on taboo issues in Palestinian society. They do so through hip-hop, whose mainstream stars are all too often ...

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"قراءة نقدية في مفهوم ''أوروبا المسيحية

لدى تناول موضوع أوروبا وفهمها لذاتها وبخاصةٍ لدى تناول قيمها، يبقى الحديث عن أوروبا "المسيحية" شائعًا وبشكل واسعٍ، وكما يبدو على نحوٍ متزايدٍ، أو تتم الإشارة على الأقل إلى جذورها المسيحية ويجري الإصرار على الطابع المسيحي الناتج عن ذلك. بيد أنَّ الاستقامة السياسية تقتضي حظر استخدام كلمة "مسيحي" في هذا السياق على نحو حصري، لذا تسارع أصوات حسنة النية جدًا إلى الحديث بدلاً عن ذلك عن تقاليد مسيحيةٍ-يهوديةٍ أو عن التراث اليهودي-المسيحي في أوروبا، ولكن هذا لا يبدل في خطأ الفهم كثيرا. إنما ...

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Imagining Tahrir

I. Egyptians saw themselves for the first time through their own eyes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in January and February 2011, and reveled in that encounter. Participating in and recording that experience was to become part of the consciousness of a community that was ready to move heaven and earth to restructure Egyptian society for the better. The consciousness was individual in that it established one person’s experience among the crowd, it was moral because recording everything became imperative for ...

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Living Under Threat of Expulsion: Palestinian Women Photograph Life in Susiya Village

These photographs were taken by women residents of Susiya village from the Nawaja family, ranging from teenagers to the elderly. Here are their names: Wadcha, Basma, Iman, Iam, Hitam, Ula, Rabicha, Samicha, Sane, Samma, Hadija, Sanaa, and Khitam. In 2011, the women of Susiya documented their lives as a part of a participatory photography project conducted by Activestills photographer Keren Manor and guest photographer Mareike Lauken. This project was one of many activities of the village’s Creative ...

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Cairo Event: PhotoCairo 5 "more out of curiosity than conviction" (14 Nov - 17 Dec 2012)

Cairo Event: Photo Cairo 5: more out of curiosity than conviction 14 Nov – 17 Dec 2012 Photo Cairo 5: more out of curiosity than conviction is a large-scale contemporary art project in Downtown Cairo. Exhibition : 14 November-17 December 2012 Preview: 8pm, 14 November Artists: Mohamed Abdelkarim, David Degner, Ahmed El Ghoneimy, Samir ElKordy, Saskia Holmkvist, Iman Issa, Hassan Khan, Basim Magdy, Elizabeth Price, André Romão, Ben Russell, Hanaa Safwat, Sarah Samy, Noura Seif, Mahmoud Tarek, and ...

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Counting Calories and Making Lemonade in Gaza

The calorie is a crucial measurement in our self-imposed scrutiny of the body. As a recently released Israeli government document shows, it is also an instrument of rule. After a two-year legal battle, the Israeli human rights organization Gisha has secured the release of “Food Consumption in the Gaza Strip — Red Lines.” Measurement obsession In September 2007, after Hamas took control of Gaza, the Israeli cabinet restricted the passage of goods, fuel, and people to and from the strip. Prepared in ...

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Five Texts by Zakaria Tamer

Five Texts by Zakaria Tamer Translated by Marilyn Hacker Who are you? Who is the Syrian? The Syrian is an unknown citizen, he did not become famous for having chosen death, prison, and endurance over suffering and self-abasement as the path to freedom. The Syrian is a citizen living outside Syria and a citizen living within its borders readying himself to leave as soon as he is able, and what unites Syrians inside and outside Syria is a loathing of tyrants and their regimes from A to Z. The ...

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Letter to IMF From Egyptian Parties, NGOs, Syndicates and Political Movements

[The following letter was issued on 11 November 2012 in light of the ongoing negotiations between the government of Egypt and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It was issued by various organizations, political parties, movements, and syndicates to express their disapproval of this process.] Dr. Hisham Qandil Prime Minister of Egypt Magles El Shaab St., Kasr El Aini St.Cairo Ms. Christine Lagarde Managing Director International Monetary Fund, 700 19th Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20431 11 ...

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