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Stasis Shift: Guernica Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Founder Bassam Haddad

Jadaliyya co-founder on telling alternative stories about the Arab world, understanding the life cycles of revolution, and confronting “the weight of ancient problems.”   In the fall of 2010, I was crossing a crowded hotel ...

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Tahrir, Taksim, Tempelhof: Between Political Fields

Sitting in Engels—one among many of Neukölln's cosy, candlelit, hipster-friendly cafés—I read on a sticker the slogan: “Tah[r]ir, Taksim, Tempelhof: Das Feld gehört uns allen!” (Tahrir, Taksim, Tempelhof: The Field belongs to us all!). ...

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غزة والبحر

[ هذا المقال جزء من ”أصوات من أجل غزة" وهو ملف خاص تنشره جدلية على مدار شهر كامل. للإطلاع على بقية المقالات اضغط/ي هنا] يتساوى فلسطينيو غزة أمام جرائم الاحتلال وسطوته على أرواحهم وممتلاكتهم ومكنونات هويتهم، إلا أنهم ...

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Event: Angela Davis and Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat on Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine (19 April, Evergreen State College)

Peace Works 2014 Yet Again Captives: Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine April 19, 2014 The Evergreen State College Olympia, Washington Keynote discussion with Angela Davis and Noura Erakat 7:00 PM Washington ...


On the Nature of the Hashemite Regime and Jordanian Politics: An Interview with Tariq Tell (Part 1)

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The following is the first installment in a two-part interview on the history and politics of the Jordanian regime. The interview was conducted during the first two weeks of August 2012 with Tariq Tell, a Jordanian scholar and activist. In this first part, Tell discusses the history of the Hashemite regime and Jordanian state formation as well as the broad outlines of the political field that such a history has engendered. In the second part (click here to access) Tell discusses the positions of various contemporary socio-political forces towards the Hashemite regime and outlines important areas for much-needed further research on the history and politics of state ...

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The South Gathers in Tehran

[Map of the NAM member and observer nations. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

Next week, representatives from one hundred and eighteen of the world’s one hundred and ninety two states will gather in Tehran, Iran for the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit. Created in 1961, the NAM was a crucial platform for the Third World Project (whose history I detail in The Darker Nations). It was formed to purge the majority of the world from the toxic Cold War and from the mal-development pushed by the World Bank. After two decades of useful institution-building, the NAM was suffocated by the enforced debt crisis of the 1980s. It has since gasped along. In the corners of the NAM meetings, delegates mutter about the arrogance of the North, ...

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ما هو الاستعمار الاستيطاني؟

[الأجداد. الصورة من أرشيف الكاتبة]

في أسبوع الرابع من تموز في كل عام تقريباً تقوم عائلتي برحلة الساعات الإثنتي عشرة من منزلهم في ميشيغان إلى مكان يسمونه "المزرعة". امتلكت أسرتي هذه الأرض منذ أن أنشئت محمية " قبيلة باد ريفر" على بحيرة سوبيرير بموجب معاهدة 1854 بين أوجيبوي والولايات المتحدة. تملك عائلتي وثائق تثبت حقها في الأرض التي تحاذي نبع بير، ولكن، وحسب نصوص المعاهدة، فإن الولايات المتحدة تحتفظ بالملكية الكاملة للأرض وقد قامت بتأجيرها للسكان الأصليين وورثتهم مدى الحياة، طالما أن هؤلاء الورثة لم يخرقوا أياً من شروط المعاهدة. لدي علاقة متناقضة مع حقيقة كوني من سكان أمريكا الأصليين. هذا التناقض يعود في جانب كبير منه لعامل الوراثة، حيث أمضى جدي حياته وهو ينكر أنه " هندي". لم ...

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An Invisible Nation: The Gulf’s Stateless Communities

[Kuwaiti Bedoon living in the desert near the border with Iraq. Image from I. Piccioni-A. Tiso/Molo7 Photo Agency.]

The issue of statelessness in the Gulf is as old as the post-colonial oil states from which they are actively being excluded. Until the 1980s, the status of the Bedoon was not seen as a political issue, with the fledgling governments more concerned with state building functions than with further limiting citizenship rights. The oil bust of the 1980s, however, strained the budgets of the Gulf regimes, who responded by constraining social services and restricting citizenship laws. The brunt of these restrictions largely fell on the stateless population—and in some Gulf states on migrant workers as well—who had been allowed health care and public education. Their intent was ...

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مأساة الكتب في مصر

واقعتان مررت بهما الأسبوع الماضي جعلتاني أتحسر على وضع الكتب والقراءة والثقافة بوجه عام في مصر. الواقعة الأولى حدثت لي في مكتبة جامعة نيويورك حيث أقضي هذا الصيف في محاولة لكتابة الفصل الأخير من كتاب عن التاريخ الاجتماعي والثقافي لمصر في القرن التاسع عشر. الكتاب يتضمن فصلين عن تاريخ الطب، الأول عن تاريخ مؤسسة القصر العيني، والثاني عن تاريخ الصحة العامة في البلد ككل وليس القاهرة فحسب. أحد الأسئلة المحورية التي أطرحها في هذا الكتاب هو معرفة موقف المجتمع المصري من الطب الحديث، وتحديدا من تلك الممارسات الطبية التي قد تبدو متعارضة مع الدين والشرع، لذا اهتممت بدراسة قضايا مثل التشريح وفتح الجثث والتطعيم والكشف على الأموات وغيرها من الممارسات الطبية الحديثة. وللإجابة على هذه ...

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Dark Humor Facebook Pages of the Syrian Opposition

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The uprising in Syria has unleashed a wave of dark humor and satire across a range of media, from the clever posters of the Local Coordinating Committee of Kfarnebel to the short sketches from YouTube series “Freedom and nothing else.” Therefore, it’s not surprising that along with the thousands of Facebook pages for organizing coordinating committees calling for freedom of imprisoned protesters and honoring those killed in the uprising, a number of satirical pages for the uprising have sprung up over the last year and a half. How much resonance these pages have is uncertain. There are some hints, such as number of likes, but this is hardly a reliable indicator. The ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 20)

[A woman holds a picture of President Morsi in the streets of Tahrir, Cairo. Image originally posted to Flickr by Johnathan Rashad.]

[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.]  “Rethinking 24 August” Ziad Akl says the protest planned for 24 August can work towards the country’s interest if protesters distance themselves from public figures with specific interests calling for the demonstration. “Movement plans patrols to counter sexual harassment during Eid” Social activists to coordinate efforts to prevent mass sexual ...

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Reports Roundup (August 18)

[Protester in support of intervention in Saqba. Image by Manuel via Google Images]

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Saudi Arabia Between Conservatism, Accommodation, and Reform The Islamic Research Project discusses issues of social reform in Saudi Arabia, including changing intellectual trends, civil society, and the role of women in society.  US Pursues Return of Palestinian TV Station's Equipment The Committee for the Protection of Journalists reports on the confiscation of Wattan TV's video equipment and the steps taken by the United States to secure its return.  Light at the End of their Tunnels? Hamas & the Arab ...

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مرسي والانقلاب والثورة: قراءة بين الأسطر الحمراء

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حاز قرار الرئيس محمد مرسي الأخير والقاضي بإحالة قادة عسكريين كبار إلى التقاعد على إشادة باعتباره خطوة كبيرة على طريق إنهاء عسكرة الدولة المصرية. يمثل هذا القرار بالنسبة لبعض المتفائلين نصراً للثورة على أعدائها داخل المؤسسة العسكرية. لا شك أن هذا الفعل سيكون تاريخياً وبأنه ربما يكون المقدمة لعهد جديد في العلاقات المدنية- العسكرية في مصر. في الوقت نفسه، ورغم الإثارة التي تحملها ترجمة الأحداث الأخيرة كانقلاب مدني على حكام مصر العسكريين، فإن هناك مؤشرات أن ما حدث كان نتاج حركة بين الرتب العسكرية لتجنب مواجهة وشيكة مع القوى السياسية المدنية، ولإعادة النظر في دور الجيش في السياسة بطريقة تترك الحكم الذاتي للجيش ومصالحه طويلة الأمد مصانة لا تمس.  لا تزال الظروف التي أحاطت ...

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Families of Kidnapped Lebanese in Syria Cut Off Access to the Airport in Beirut

[The Moqdad familly and eleven kidnapped Lebanese block the old airport road in Beirut. Image by Natalia Sancha.]

In an irony of history, the old Lebanon, feared in the decade of the 1970s for its hijackers, is now the victim of kidnappings. The confusion is greater when Lebanese are kidnapped in Syria and Syrians are kidnapped in Lebanon as a deliberate proxy war between pro-Syrian regime groups in Lebanon, and detractor groups in Syria. [Families of the eleven Lebanese kidnapped respond to press and ask for immediate release of their relatives.]   The media reports began to filter in on Wednesday afternoon with the news that either four or eleven of the Lebanese kidnapped last May in Syria had died after the shelling of Izaaz by the Syrian army. Relatives of the eleven ...

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خمس كاميرات مكسورة

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”نفذت التذاكر“ كتب على شباك بيع التذاكر في سينما ”فيلم فورم“ في نيويورك لأحد العروض الافتتاحية للفيلم الوثائقي الفلسطيني ”خمس كاميرات مكسورة“ بحضور المخرجين عماد برناط وجاي دفيدي. وحتى هؤلاء الذين اشتروا تذاكر مسبقة للعرض، وقفوا بالصف ليتمكنوا من الدخول قبل غيرهم ويختاروا المقاعد الأفضل، فالتذاكر غير مرقمة في القاعة التي تتسع لمئتي مقعد تقريباً. بدأ عماد برناط إبن مدينة بلعين التصوير عام 2005، ولم يكن يفكر آنذاك أن التصوير العائلي الذي بدأه في البيت سرعان ما سيتحول ليصبح توثيقاً لكل ما يحدث في بلعين، تلك البلدة الصغيرة في الأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة عام 1967، والتي إشتهرت بمقاومتها السلمية لبناء السلطات الإسرائيلية  لجدار الفصل والمستوطنات على أراضيها، والتي أصبحت ...

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Exile and Memory in Contemporary Western Armenian Literature

[Covers of Krikor Beledian's novel

A thick stack of black and white photographs flutters to the floor. A man stands over the jumbled pile and, looking past bent corners and nibbled edges, sees dozens of faces staring up at him. These faces are vaguely familiar—an old neighbor, a distant cousin, an aunt who used to spend summers with him. Some photos land face down and, from his height, the man can just make out the names and dates scribbled in purple ink across the backs. He kneels down and, with the tips of his fingers, quickly rakes the photographs into a haphazard mound. He leans over it to inspect the faces more closely and immediately a voice begins whispering in his ear. Memories begin to flood the ...

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Seam Zones Turn 50,000 Palestinians into "Internally Stuck Persons"

Seam zones are sections of Palestinian land within the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) which fall between the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall and the 1949 Armistice Line (The Green Line) and are therefore severed from the OPT. These swaths of land have been designated by Israel as closed military areas. Access to these isolated areas is controlled by an Israeli-controlled permit system thereby severely restricting Palestinian access to their lands. Statistics suggest that approximately 50,000 ...

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Divesting from All Occupations

In response to ongoing violations of international law and basic human rights by the rightist Israeli government of Benyamin Netanyahu in the occupied West Bank and elsewhere, there has been a growing call for divestment of stocks in corporations supporting the occupation. Modeled after the largely successful divestment campaign in the 1980s against corporations doing business in apartheid South Africa, the movement targets companies that support the Israeli occupation by providing weapons or other ...

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The PhD's Job Crisis

[The following analysis of the academic job market was published on marccortez.com]

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (August 21)

[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.] Reports and Opinions Embracing Crisis in the Gulf Toby Jones analyzes the influence of the Arab uprisings on the Gulf states and the US position towards them, ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Aug 13-19)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes the most read articles and the latest videos. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series.    Morsy, the Coup and the Revolution: Reading between the Red Lines Frantz Fanon and the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Nigel Gibson أزمة اليمين في مصر: من مبارك إلى الإخوان Syrian Refugee Photo Essay ...

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Aesthetic Politics: Iranian Performance and the Challenge of Modernity

Amir Baradaran, Marry Me to the End of Love. Cite internationale des Artes, Paris, France, 23-30 June 2012. Curated by Feri Daftari.   Not often is a performance as variegated in its political significance or as generous to critical exposition as Amir Baradaran's recent interactive piece, Marry Me to the End of Love. Inserting itself into current debates surrounding the politics of marriage and Islam in relation to Western modernity, as well as the origin and viability of ...

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الفيّاضيّة الجديدة

المتتبع لمواقف رئيس الحكومة سلام فياض المعلنة يلاحظ أن هناك فيّاضيّة جديدة بدأت بالظهور خلال العام الماضي، أبرز معالمها اختلاف متزايد ما بين برنامج الرئيس وبين ما يمكن أن يطلق عليه برنامج رئيس حكومته، فبعد حالة من الانسجام بين الرجلين تخللتها بعض الخلافات؛ تزايدت وظهرت إلى العلن بعد توقيع اتفاق القاهرة في أيار 2011، وبعد إعلان الدوحة الذي اتفق فيه على تجاوز فياض عند تشكيل الحكومة الوفاقية والاتفاق على أن يترأسها الرئيس "أبو مازن". لكي نفهم ما جرى علينا أن نبدأ من عند وصول خطة بناء ...

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Abdelilah Benkirane : du chef de gouvernement au simple petit fonctionnaire du Makhzen

Abdelilah Benkirane restera dans les annales politiques du Maroc comme le 1er ministre de façade qui aura incarné jusqu’à la caricature le rôle d’impuissant représentant de la légitimité du vote populaire devant la machine despotique du Makhzen. Ni ses blagues de mauvais goût, ni ses saillies qui tranchent avec le sérieux de la fonction et avec la gravité de la conjoncture économique, ni son populisme débonnaire n’auront suffit à cacher la réalité d’un homme impuissant devant le roc des injustices et de ...

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The Emergence of Salafism in Tunisia

Political Islam did not really play a prominent role in the success of the Tunisian revolution. Islamists were notably absent from the protests and the revolutionary slogans were about freedom, dignity, and jobs rather than Sharia law or the creation of an Islamic state. This made it reasonably easy for Europeans and Americans to support the Tunisian uprising, as it looked surprisingly non-threatening to the West. In fact, the Tunisian protesters seemed to have much in common with their European and ...

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Frantz Fanon and the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Nigel Gibson

The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon’s magnum opus, was published in 1961, a few days after his death. The book was not only influential for several generations of grassroots movements and activists in Africa, the United States, and Latin America; it was also discussed and debated extensively in intellectual circles across the globe. The reception of the book was more mitigated in the Arab world. This might be due to Fanon’s sweeping criticism of national bourgeoisie, which seized power after ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (August 16)

[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 Wednesday night of every week.] Algeria Algerian president under pressure to sack generals, follow in Egypt’s footsteps  Massoud Hadna suggests that Mursi's actions have reignited desires to ...

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ظاهرة حرق الدواليب تخترق قصور العدل: الحق في محضر العصبية

خلال الأشهر الماضية، شهد الرأي العام اللبناني نشوء ظاهرة جديدة مفادها قيام مجموعات بحرق دواليب وقطع طرق وأحياناً التسبب باشكالات أمنية بالغة الخطورة للضغط على القضاء لاتخاذ قرار معين. وقد تجلت هذه الظاهرة بشكل خاص مع توقيف الشاب شادي المولوي بتهمة انتمائه إلى تنظيم إرهابي مسلح. فقد أعقب ذلك اعتصام في ساحة النور مع قطع طرقات في أماكن متفرقة، فضلاً عن اشتعال المنطقة الفاصلة بين باب التبانة، جبل محسن (يراجع الإعلام في الفترة الفاصلة بين توقيفه في 12-5 والإفراج عنه في 23-5). وتبعاً لنجاح هذا الأسلوب، سارع ...

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