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Egypt Two Years after the Coup

Today marks two years since the 3 July 2013 coup that paved the way to the rise of President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and the military-sponsored regime that he leads. On this occasion, Jadaliyya brings its readers a diverse set of ...

[Mahienour Al-Masry protests with the families of those killed on the 25th of January 2011 in front of the court during the trial of the officers responsible. 13 October 2013. Photo by Heba Khamis.]

Mahienour Al-Masry: An Icon of the Revolution in Prison

Text and Photos by Heba Khamis Translated by Eman Hashim Whether as a revolutionary activist chanting at protests or as an attorney advocating on behalf of the underprivileged in the courtroom, Mahienour Al-Masry is a strong voice ...

Meydan Politics: Taksim in Flux after Gezi

Political engagement in contemporary democracies can easily be reduced to private individuals voting separately in anonymity. Yet, politics is a state of constant negotiation, preferably where individuals are in each other’s presence to ...

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The Saudi Leaks and Egypt: A Recap

It was not long after Wikileaks had released the Saudi cables that the dirty laundry it revealed about Egypt’s political elite began circulating in news reports and social media. Although many of the leaks have only confirmed what ...

Resisting Tear Gas Together

[Tear gas fired by police in Istanbul, 11 June 2013. Photo by Eser Karadag, via Flickr.]

You are never quite able to forget the first time you are teargassed. If you’re fortunate, you see the tear gas first being deployed and have enough time to make sure you avoid the canisters’ ballistic paths (police often aim for your head when firing them). Immediately after, the loud hiss of the gas pouring out of the cans drowns out every other sound while white clouds rapidly fill the air and engulf you, obscuring your vision and forcing their way into your body through your lips, eyes, ears, and nostrils. The sharp burning in your lungs and sinuses brought on by the gas leaves with you with the sharp impression that you’re not getting enough ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (June 10-16)

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.   Is Everywhere Taksim?: Public Space and Possible Publics Contours of a New Republic and Signals from the Past: How to Understand Taksim Square The Right to the City Movement and the Turkish Summer A Pro-Government Newspaper in Turkey Blasts Jadaliyya for Its Role in the Protests! Occupy Gezi: The Limits of Turkey’s Neoliberal Success 'Ottomanalgia' and the Protests in Turkey The ...

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الانترنت والعولمة الثقافية

منذ ظهور تكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات واتخاذها حيزاً رئيسياً من حياة الانسان اليومية، جذبت اهتمام الباحثين في علم الاجتماع والاقتصاد والسياسة، نظراً لارتباطها في مناحي الحياة المختلفة خاصة في عصر العولمة. و من أهم تكنولوجيا المعلومات وأكثرها إثارة في هذا الحقل هو الانترنت وما يشكله من حلقات رابطة بين السياسة والاقتصاد والثقافة. لعل "القرية العالمية" التي أشار إليها مارشال ماكلوهان في منتصف القرن التاسع عشر هي التي أثارت الأسئلة حول امكانية اندماج الشعوب وثقافاتها لتتحول بالفعل الى قرية واحدة. وعلى الرغم من صعوبة اختبار صحة هذه الفرضيات إلا أن العديد من الأمثلة توضح صعوبة هذا التجانس المطلق. فقد تتغير عادات الاستهلاك اليومية لسلع معينة وكماليات في حياة ...

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It Is About the Park: A Struggle for Turkey’s Cities

[Photo of protestors in Istiklal Boulevard on 9 June 2013. This particular protest organized residents of the tens of neighborhoods in Istanbul threatened by urban renewal projects. The map they are carrying in the photo documents where urban transformation projects are currently planned and colors code levels of project implementation and degrees of eviction from the neighborhoods. Image by members of the Taksim Dayanışması/Solidarity Movement.]

It is with alarming regularity that I read coverage of the protests and ensuing police brutality that erupted in Gezi Park and Taksim Square, Istanbul that emphatically insists that the confrontations are about “so much more than a park.” Reassuring their readers that the protests are not about something as silly or simple as the defense of a small park against redevelopment, analysts are eager to enumerate a bundle of decisions taken by the Turkish government, and in particular the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyıp Erdoğan, ranging from the regulation of public consumption of alcohol to media censorship and journalist arrests to the brutal violence with which the regime ...

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إصلاح بروتوكول باريس في عامه العشرين: أسئلة وأجوبة لإرضاء الإصلاحي العنيد

[كلنتون مع عرفات ورابين عند توقيع إتفاقيات أوسلو في ١٣ أيلول ٢٠١٣ في البيت الأبيض. الصورة من فنس موسي ]

"على طول برج المراقبة، رصد الأمراء المشهد، والنساء يرحن ويجئن والخدم حافي الأقدام. بعيداً في الخارج، مُواء القط البرّي، اقترب فارسان، وعَوَت الرياح. (بوب ديلان، "على طول برج المراقبة") يأتي هذا المقال، كغيره من المقالات التي ستنشر خلال هذه السنة دون شك، ليذكرنا أن عام 2013 هو ذكرى مرور عقدين على توقيع إعلان مبادئ أوسلو بين منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية وإسرائيل. إن صمود ذلك الإتفاق الذي كان يفترض أن يكون لمدة خمس سنوات مؤقتة، أصبح موضع دراسة وإهتمام متزايد من قبل كل من صانعي السياسات والأكاديميين والمنظمات الدولية والجهات المانحة والجمهور الفلسطيني بشكل عام. في حين أن مثل ذلك الإهتمام كان متوقع، لدواعي حنين العودة إلى مرحلة عملية السلام في التسعينات ...

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Syria Media Roundup (June 13)

[Preparing a mortar to shell the Mennagh military airport. Aleppo countryside. 8 June 2013. From Lens of a Young Halabi.]

[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 by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Perspectives The New Problem From Hell Aaron David Miller argues that the United States should not intervene in Syria but it might just be headed that direction anyway.  Syrian Displacement Reopens Child Exploitation Debate Faten Elhajj says there is an increasing problem of child labor in Lebanon, tied to the Syria ...

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Debunking the Myth of the Zionist Left

[Crop of image of cover of Tikva Honig-Parnass,

Tikva Honig-Parnass, False Prophets of Peace: Liberal Zionism and the Struggle for Palestine. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2011. Aharon Cohen, a senior member of MAPAM, the Israeli United Workers Party, observed in 1948 that “a state based on national enmity and the rule of one people over another will certainly breed chauvinism and reaction in its internal life.” Cohen understood that the relationship between Arabs—Palestinian and non-Palestinian alike—and Israelis would profoundly shape the new state. And so it did, and MAPAM, bound to its nationalist commitments, enabled and participated in the construction of exactly that antagonism, becoming the early standard bearer ...

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The Spring of Turkey, The Fall of Erdogan

[Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives speech at USAK, 3 February 2010. Image by NIlgun Gulcan, from Wikimedia]

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s insistence on demolishing Gezi Park and building a shopping mall on it was only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the causes behind the demonstrations that have shaken Turkey. The real reason is composed of three elements: rising authoritarianism, declining secularism, and stalled democratization. On 28 December 2011 at 9:37 pm, the Turkish Air Force bombarded a group of Turkish citizens around a Kurdish village whose income draws on smuggling. Under government pressure, for almost two days the mainstream media could not report on the incident. Thirty-four civilians were killed. Prime Minister Erdoğan, who only ...

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A Pro-Government Newspaper in Turkey Blasts Jadaliyya for Its Role in the Protests!

[Screenshot from the said Turkish newspaper, Yeni Safak]

[This article, by Elif Ince, was published in the Turkish newspaper Radikal on 13 June 2013. It was written in part as a response to an article published by the pro-government newspaper Yeni Şafak on 10 June 2013, in which Jadaliyya was accused of leading the wave of critical analysis and conspiracy against the Turkish government. The article was translated from Turkish by Emrah Yildiz. Following the article is the rough text of the interview conducted with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad, and the original text of the Radikal interview in Turkish]     The Foreign Conspirators of the Gezi Park Speak Up Keep Reading »

Tahrir to Taksim: We Demand the Fall of the System (Video)

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The following video expresses the Mosireen media collective’s stance of solidarity with the on-going demonstrations around Istanbul’s Taksim Square, and in several other Turkish cities. It begins with images of trees being uprooted in Istanbul’s Gezi Park, to make way for the government’s planned conversion of the area into a commercial space–the original trigger of the peaceful protests. It then shows the many parallels between the challenges that Egyptian and Turkish protesters have faced due to police violence, as well as between the methods of resistance that they have improvised in their respective public squares. This video comes days after solidarity ...

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DARS Media Roundup (June 12)

[Woman in red becomes leitmotif for Istanbul's female protesters. Image by 757Live, 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 by Sunday night of every second week.]  News & Commentary Today we are all someone new! By Müştereklerimiz The resistance for Gezi Park ignited the collective capacity to organize and act between us common citizens. The journey which started in Gezi has nurtured our strength and courage with its tenacity, creativity, ...

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معتقلو موريتانيا في غوانتانامو

انتشرت في الساعات الأولى من فاتح يونيو2013 أنباء تفيد بأن المعتقلين الموريتانيين في سجن غوانتنامو، محمد ولد صلاحي وأحمد ولد عبد العزيز، قد تم تسليمهما إلى موريتانيا. ولم تتداول هذه الأنباء مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي فقط، بل مؤسسات اعلامية دولية وعربية كذلك. كانت تلك الإخبار مصدر فرح لدى عائلات المعتقلين ولدى الكثيرين من أبناء موريتانيا ، لكن سرعان ما تبدل ذلك الشعور إلى خيبة أمل، بعدما نفت الولايات المتحدة الخبر رسمياً. حيث نقلت وكالة ألأنباء الفرنسية، عن المتحدث باسم وزارة الدفاع الأمريكية، البنتاغون، ...

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Will the Presidential Elections “Cure the Pain” of the Iranian People?

Do not just look at the pictures of Iranians celebrating late into the night in Tehran’s streets. Listen, they are singing Yar-e Dabestani-ye Man [My Grade School Friend]. This old Iranian protest song has become the unofficial anthem of the student movement. Tyranny’s welt on our flesh Has not faded with time The fields of our culture Have grown wild with neglect... Who but you and I Has power to cure our pain?  Unlike the highly contentious presidential elections in 2009, the morning after ...

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#resistankara: Notes of a Woman Resisting

Thousands of women filled the streets and squares in Ankara and took them back: spraying anti-teargas solutions in someone’s eyes, picking up the trash, advising people not to use swear words, but still talking, screaming, not keeping silent, swallowing, and walking, and walking again. The Gezi Park protests can be, and are being, analyzed in multiple ways. Meanwhile, on its nineteenth day as this piece is being written, the protests and the solidarity of the protestors continue to advocate for a life ...

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'Ottomanalgia' and the Protests in Turkey

It was the sixth day since a peaceful sit-in had begun in Gezi Park in Istanbul to protect the last remaining green space in the center of the city. Protests had spread throughout the country due to the excessive use of force by police, including tear gas, water cannons, and plastic bullets against protesters from various backgrounds. On this same day, 2 June, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave a talk on the importance of preserving the Ottoman heritage at the opening ceremony of the new facility ...

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Report from Istanbul: Koray Caliskan on Democracy Now

This is an interview conducted with Koray Caliskan on 12 June, addressing the ongoing protests in Istanbul. The interview addresses the violent repression of protests, including the use of tear gas and water canons, as well as the context of the protests, relating to what led to the mobilization and greater demands. Turkish riot police have forcibly removed throngs of protesters from Istanbul’s Taksim Square after nearly two weeks of demonstrations. Beginning Tuesday and lasting overnight, officers ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (June 14)

[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 by Thursday night of every week.]  Algeria Pourquoi l’article 88 de la constitution n’a pas été appliqué. Baki 7our Mansour explains why constitutional procedure was not followed with ...

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Iran’s Presidential Elections: The Live Embers of a Democratic Opposition Glow

Something significant and electric is taking place in Iran, and consuming many Iranians around the world in advance of the presidential elections that are set to take place on Friday, 14 June 2013. Over the last few days, segments of a broad Iranian democratic opposition have increasingly taken to the streets in multiple cities across the country. They have claimed public space in a way that has been inconceivable since the brutal repression of the large and broad-based popular civil rights movement that ...

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On the Margins Roundup (June)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to]  Somalia Somali central bank chief has experience of troubled jurisdictions The new governor of the Central Bank of Somalia shares his vision to transform ...

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A Crucial Election for Iran's Reform Movement

Today, Iranians cast their vote for the country’s eleventh presidential election. It certainly will not be an easy decision, with a field of candidates that lack any sense of major diversity in their policies and ideologies. With one glaring exception, the deck is stacked in favor of the conservative elites. As any astute student of Iran knows, predicting the outcome of the election is virtually impossible. The only conclusion thus far is that the road has not been kind to the reformists this election ...

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Praise for the 'Marginal Groups'

All those recently labeled as “Marginal Groups” are legal. Precisely because they routinely come under attack by the state and are forcibly choked in gas despite being legal formations, they know state violence well and know even better how to resist it. Today the odor of the gas does not leave my body. The scent of those who have tried to rot us from within is still on my body; it refuses to fade away. The gas my lungs collected yesterday still does not leave enough space for ...

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The Complicated Legacy of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leaves office, after finishing his second four-year term as Iran’s president, his tenure as the firebrand public face of a country, almost exclusively seen in Western media as a pariah and a threat to world security, will have left a lasting impact on the international stage. Mainly on account of a series of politically distasteful opinions, from his denial of the Holocaust and calls for the destruction of Israel to the claim that no gays exist in Iran, his international legacy ...

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New Texts Out Now: Thomas Pierret, Religion and State in Syria

Thomas Pierret, Religion and State in Syria: The Sunni Ulama from Coup to Revolution. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Thomas Pierret (TP): The main incentive was the dearth of scholarly literature on two issues I am interested in: the role of the ulama in contemporary societies, and Islam in Syria. Until the late 1990s, common wisdom had it that the ulama had suffered a significant decline throughout the twentieth century, to the ...

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