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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.3 is Live! Celebrating Our One-Year Anniversary

Amidst the rambunctious MESA (Middle East Studies Association) conference atmosphere, we and all our partner organizations are happy to announce the release of STATUS/الوضع Issue 2.3. By far, this is our richest and most diverse ...

[Image of the Eiffel Tower illuminated with the Tricolor following the Paris attacks. Image by Passion Leica/Flickr]

A Moveable Feast? Reflections on the French Coverage of the Paris Attacks

Writing on the relationship between acts of terror and the mystification of liberalism in 1947, Maurice Merleau-Ponty wrote that, “cunning, violence, propaganda, and realpolitik” appeared “in the guise of liberal principles” and were “the ...

[Data from Banque du Liban ( Graph by the author. The ratio of dollar to Lebanese lira deposits is taken as a confidence indicator in the Lebanese economy.]

The Diaspora, Debt, and Dollarization: Unraveling Lebanon’s Resilience to a Sovereign Debt Crisis

There are no official statistics on the numbers of Lebanese who have emigrated and are working abroad, nor on the immense sums of money they transfer to their home country. According to World Bank estimates, remittances comprised between ...

[لوحة للفنان الروسي فالسيلي كيندنسكي]

يكفيني أن ألمس ورقة خضراء حتى أرى

              ورقة خضراء قبل أن أنقل حياتي البسيطة إلى هذا الزمان،  لم تكن أحلامي لترتفع أعلى من سماء، تغطي دالية عنب،  حيث الحكمة في متناول كل حي * كان يكفيني أن ألمس ورقة ...

حَضٌّ عَضٌّ، لقاءٌ عِقابٌ

[لوحة للفنان السوري مروان قصاب باشي]

حَضٌّ عَضٌّ، لقاءٌ عقابٌ.  محتقرينَ، كَــ. هــاء مـيم جيم. يستدركون، كاتّهامٍ مخزٍ متلِفٍ، دورَ المثقَّف العضويّ. يطالبونك به يا أستاذُ؟ أنا المخاطَبُ، أنا، حقّاً؟   نضالٌ مَرَضٌ عُضالٌ، فَعَّالٌ لما يريد، ربٌّ تعالى، تعالَ، إليّ، سؤالٌ، هيّا، لكنْ، رِدْفُها، سائرة كالضوء إلى الباب، يتموّجُ. خصرٌ ليّنٌ يهفُّ خلف ثنيات فستانها المزين بقعاً حمراء بيضاء فحميّة. أجملُ تنقّلٍ، كأنه النَّفَسُ مرئياً. هشٌّ ضئيلٌ، مع ذلك، ولعٌ  مُرٌّ مهيمنٌ.     استُرُوا المعاصي، أمرٌ يُطاعُ لا يطاعُ أبداً. خيركُمْ أتلفَ الشرَّ. لكننا نُعصَرُ يا سفنُ، يا بحارُ، ياشمسُ. نُعصَرُ ولا نجفّ!  لا أحد يقترب منّا سوى الخشية، سوى المرض، سوى اللعنة. مَنْسَلُ البشر، ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ray Bush, Turmoil in North Africa

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Turkey Media Roundup (September 3)

[People gathered to protest a potential attack on Syria in Kadıkoy, Istanbul. © Adnan Onur ACAR / Nar Photos.]

[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 by Sunday night of every week.] English Domestic Politics Turkey’s Main Opposition Party No Threat to Erdoğan Amberin Zaman argues that the Republican People’s Party (CHP) is not a credible opposition to the ruling party, the AKP. Turkish Envoy: Ankara’s Urgent Problems Internal, Not External Tuğba Tekerek translates an interview between Taraf and former Minister of Foreign ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 3)

[Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan - who has offered Russia an oil deal in return for their support for removing the Asad regime - meeting with Vladimir Putin in 2008. Image from]

[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 by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria Ambrose Evans-Pritchard discusses leaked transcripts between Prince Bandar bin Sultan, head of Saudi intelligence, and Vladimir Putin regarding Syria.  Saudi Arabia studies report on Egypt’s financial needs A news report on the ...

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خمسةُ أنهار في الجحيم

[لوحة للفنان السوري يوسف عبدلكي]

              خمسةُ أنهار في الجحيم الفرات (إلى الصديقين أحمد حافظ وعلي العائد) أيّها النهر، أين نجد شموعاً لجميع القبور، ملائكةً تسهر على الجراح، آذاناً إلهيّة تصغي للأنين، لحشرجةِ الموتى في أنفاسنا؟ في دخانٍ يُموِّهُ الفَجْر ويَرْميه كتلةَ لهبٍ فوق الوجوه، في أشلاء طفْلٍ حالمٍ أمامَ العتبة، وأحلا

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"Never and Forever": Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Discusses the Peace Process on Al Jazeera's "Empire"

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2013 marks the twentieth year since the historic signing of the Oslo Accords on the White House Lawn. In the two intervening decades, Israel's settler-colonial regime has become more entrenched and a viable and just solution to the Palestinian-Israel conflict is more elusive than ever. Since assuming his post as Secretary of State,  John Kerry has exerted significant diplomatic energy to renew the peace talks  which last collapsed in 2010 over Israel's refusal to halt its settlement expansion in Occupied Palestinian Territory. While Secretary Kerry's efforts have successfully brought Palestinians and Israelis back to the negotiating table, there is nothing ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (August 2013)

[U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry views the Mrajeeb al-Fhood camp for Syrian refugees as he flies back to Amman, Jordan, from visiting the nearby Za'atri refugee camp on July 18, 2013. Image from US Department of State / Public Domain]

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-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 [click "Submissions" on the main page for more information] "Letter to a Syrian Friend Who Said: ...

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Syria News Update (1 September 2013)

[Homs: Dablan neighborhood. 1 September 2013. From Lens of a Young Homsi.]

[This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Developments Ahmed Jarba: We Will Block Arms From Extremists Because They Will Kill Us if We Don’t Hassan Hassan provides a run down of an interview conducted by Lebanese Television Channel (LBC) with the president of the Syrian opposition’s National Coalition. How Will Hezbollah Respond to a Western Strike on Syria? Some sources close to Hezbollah share three possible scenarios with Al-Monitor. New Fears for Syria’s Jihadists Charles Lister says “in recent days, a notable number of members of the online jihadist community -- some involved directly and others indirectly in ...

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Letter to a Syrian Friend Who Said: ‘Your Opposition to the US Attack on Syria Means You Support the Asad Regime’

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Dear Friend: You are in Syria, somewhere in Damascus. You have been involved in various protests to fight for more democratic space in Syria, and then, after the early months of 2011, to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Asad. I have learned a great deal from people like you, about your country and about the nature of the struggles that confront you. You have seen the tide go out in your disfavor on two fronts: first, an international environment that seemed to be in harmony with your goals, but then turned out to be as conflicted about “regime change” as you are certain about it; second, an internal opposition that seemed to mimic the early wellsprings of the Arab ...

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Syria Statement by International Crisis Group

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[The following statement was issued by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on 1 September 2013.] Assuming the U.S. Congress authorises them, Washington (together with some allies) soon will launch military strikes against Syrian regime targets. If so, it will have taken such action for reasons largely divorced from the interests of the Syrian people.  The administration has cited the need to punish, deter and prevent use of chemical weapons - a defensible goal, though Syrians have suffered from far deadlier mass atrocities during the course of the conflict without this prompting much collective action in their defence. The administration also refers to ...

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Syria News Update (31 August 2013)

[Children play with toy weapons in Babila. 29 August 2013. Via Lens Young Dimashqi.]

Syria News Update (31 August 2013) [This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.]  Developments Consensus, Then About-Face From Obama on Syria The United States will seek congressional approval for his strike on Syria.  Analysis of Syria Gas Attack Could Take Weeks “The team, which included nine experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and three from the World Health Organisation, arrived at the OPCW's Hague headquarters on Saturday evening after leav

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الهجمات بالسلاح الكيمياوي والتدخلّات العسكرية

[مصدر الصورة اسوسياتيد بريس/ مكتب مدينة دوما]

إن صور الجثث المصفوفة على الأرض والمكفنة بالشراشف البيضاء، دون أثر لدم أو إصابة انتشرت الأسبوع الماضي عبر الإعلام الاجتماعي وفي نشرات الأخبار كي تشير إلى مرحلة أخرى مروّعة في الحرب السورية. ففي الرابع والعشرين من آب، أفادتْ منظمة أطباء بلا حدود أنّ كثيراً من المصابين، الذين تلقوا العلاج في أعقاب الهجوم في الغوطة الشرقية، ظهرت عليهم "أعراض التسمم العصبيّ"، رغم أنّ المنظمة شددت أنها لا تستطيع أن تبرهن ذلك علمياً أو أن تحدّد السبب. مذاك، لم تترك مجموعات أخرى عديدة ـ وبينها مركز توثيق الانتهاكات ـ مجالاً للشك بأنّ هجوماً من نوع ما بالسلاح الكيماوي قد شُنّ في الحقيقة. إن النسبة الكبيرة للمعاناة في سوريا ـ عدد القتلى الذي وصل إلى مائة ألف وملايين المهجّرين ـ  ...

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DARS Media Roundup (September 4)

[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 Arab Springs, Arab Falls, by Ian Black A review of Toby Matthiesen’s new book Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, ...

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Statement on Dismissal of Title VI Claims at Three University of California Schools

[The following statement was issued by a coalition of US West Coast chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine on 3 September 2013.] Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapters on the West Coast celebrate the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE’s) dismissal of Title VI claims against three University of California schools, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Irvine, alleging that activism supportive of Palestinian human rights creates a hostile educational environment for Jewish ...

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Syria News Update (2 September 2013)

 [This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Developments  Le Figaro Interviews Bashar al-Assad Georges Malbrunot interviewed the Syrian president and questioned him about the chemical weapons attack and the regime’s reply to a potential attack on Syria.  Two Separate Rafsanjani Comments on Syria Denied, Deleted Arash Karami reports on the leak wanting that the former president of Iran accused the Syrian regime for the August 21 ...

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(Dis)integration: Palestinian Refugees in the Syrian Civil War

One of the most potent discourses used to describe events in Syria has been that of social disintegration or fragmentation. The diverse tapestry of ethnic, religious, and national identities that characterized Syrian society is unraveling into sectarian strife and will be difficult to reconstitute in a post-conflict environment. Of course, such a discourse should not elide more complex and nuanced forms of social identification and association and reduce the conflict to a war between irreconcilable ...

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الإخوان المسلمون وسؤال النشأة المستأنفة

حظيت حركة الإخوان المسلمين من اسمها بنصيب وافر، خصوصا فيما يتعلق بكونها "حركة". فلم يكن هاجس المؤسس الأول حسن البنا فكرياً بقدر ما كان حركياً: الحركة من أجل حُلم عودة الخلافة الإسلامية، حركة لا تتعامل مع سؤال الحداثة، الذي فرض نفسه على الخلافة العثمانية في القرن الثامن عشر وعلى مصر مع دخول الحملة الفرنسية في 1789، ولا مع سؤال التراث، الذي ولد كمقولب لسؤال الحداثة، وكانت طريقة التعامل هي اللاتعامل وطريقة الفعل هي الامتناع عن الفعل. "دقت ساعة العمل"، كان هذا شعار النشأة الأولى ...

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Masmou3: Audible / Heard / Listened to

“Masmou3”[1] began as curfew fell. The idea is simple. If you refuse the choice between fascism masquerading as religion, and Mubarak’s state masquerading as nationalism, silence is not enough. Make your voice heard. Every night at 9:00 p.m., pick up a pot and make banging noise for five minutes. Announce your position, and invite others to challenge you or join. Say that your condemnation of the actions or crimes of either side does not mean you believe they are equivalent in all things, that it is ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (August 26-September 1)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles, videos and roundups. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series.    Chemical Attacks and Military Interventions Final Sahnesi: Rojava As the United States Prepares to Strike Syria: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Democracy Now Syria Media Roundup (August 29) From ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 2)

[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 by Sunday night of every week.]  “Who's Who: Nominees for Egypt's 50-member constitution committee” The list of the fifty members that will make up the constitutional committee. “Khaled Said case adjourned to 1 ...

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The Irony of Rights: Healthcare for Queer and Transgender Refugee Applicants in Turkey

The crowd in front of the police station is chatting in clusters in the brutal summer heat. Refugee applicants occasionally stop their conversation to say hello to friends and acquaintances who arrive on foot or on bicycles. It is Wednesday, the signature day (rooz-e emzaa) in Kayseri; a weekly ritual in every “satellite city” in Turkey, when refugee applicants are required to appear in person at designated local police stations to sign and prove that they are there. Until this spring, Marjan also came ...

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US Strike on Syria An "Uncalculated Adventure": Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on MSNBC

MSNBC Headine "Haddad: Mulling Syria strike is an 'uncalculated adventure'" Former State Department Spokesperson P.J. Crowley, Mouaz Moustafa from the Syrian Emergency Task Force, Bassam Haddad from George Mason University, Reuter's David Rohde and MSNBC military analyst and former army Colonel Jack Jacobs join MSNBC's Craig Melvin to discuss the possible outcomes to the President's decision on seeking congressional approval before taking action on Syria. . . . Video #1. . . [at ...

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Syria News Update (29-30 August 2013)

[This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Developments Cameron Forced to Rule Out British Attack on Syria After MPs Reject Motion U.S. Had Intel on Strike Before it Was Launched A Foreign Policy article reveals that “American intelligence agencies had indications three days beforehand that the Syrian regime was poised to launch a lethal chemical attack that killed more than a thousand people and has set the stage for a possible US military strike on ...

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As the United States Prepares to Strike Syria: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Democracy Now

As the United States continues to try to build an international coalition, Democracy Now interviewed Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Bassam Haddad, Director of the Middle East Studies Program at George Mason University. The interview includes commentary on the latest developments in the efforts to strike Syria for the regime's alledged use of chemical weapons and the potential consequences. Bassam opposed the grounds on which talk of an impending strike is based, noting the tainted record of the United States ...

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