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جدلية في عامها الرابع

 دخلت “جدلية” عامها الرابع في أيلول\سبتمبر، وكنا قد وعدنا في مثل هذا الوقت من العام الماضي أنه سيكون أمامنا عام مليء بالعمل، لكننا كنا مخطئين نوعاً ما، فقد كان عاماً جنونياً بالفعل. استهْلَكنا، على المستوى الداخلي، بناءُ صفحات وفرق ...

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Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution (George Mason University, 20 October 2014)

Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution (George Mason University, 20 October 2014) Johnson Center, C October 20, 2014, 4:00 PM   George Mason University’s Middle East Studies Program, Global ...

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إشكالية المجتمع المدني في المغرب

 الحديث عن المجتمع المدني في المغرب هو بالضرورة حديث عن الأزمة، أزمة المفهوم و أزمة الممارسة، وهذا المعطى لا يستقيم إلا إذا حددنا طبيعة هذه الأزمة على المستوى النظري والعملي، فنعرض في المرحلة الأولى للمفهوم من حيث مضامينه، وسياقه ...

[Cover of Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda, and Joumana al Jabri, editors,

New Texts Out Now: Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda, and Joumana al Jabri, Creative Refuge

Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda, and Joumana al Jabri, editors, Creative Refuge. Washington, DC: Tadween Books, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What is Febrik? Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda, and Joumana al Jabri (RC/MH/JJ): Febrik is a not-for-profit ...


University of California Student Petition Against HR-35 Surpasses 1,000 Signatures

[University of California logo. Image by Shogun via Wikimedia Commons]

[The following press release was issued by University of California Students for Justice in Palestine on 9 January 2013.]  Students voice their united opposition to California Resolution HR-35 and thank the UC Students Association for vocally opposing it while taking a morally consistent stand against racism. HR-35 proposes broad bans on student speech supporting Palestinian rights and criticizing discriminatory Israeli policies. Today a petition signed by UC students and recent graduates who support the University of California’s Student Association (UCSA) resolution regarding HR-35 surpassed 1,000 signatures. Signers applauded UCSA “for standing up on ...

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Reports Roundup (January 12)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Turkey's Kurdish Impasse: The View from Diyarbakır International Crisis Group reports on the Kurdish situation in Turkey's biggest Kurdish majority province, Diyarbakır. Crackdown on Activists Continues in UAE The Gulf Center for Human Rights reports on the recent arrests of human rights acvitists and journalists in the UAE; as of 5 January, 77 individuals have been detained.  European Footballers Declare Support for Palestine Following the November bombing of a sports stadium in Gaza, a group of ...

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Visualizing Human Rights for Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon

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[Text by Jeremy Menchik. Workshop organized by Joumana Ibrahim and Dima Saber. Graphics by designers listed below each graphic.]  Five decades after the development of the kefala [sponsorship] system, Lebanon’s 200,000 migrant domestic workers continue to be denied their inalienable rights, including freedom of movement, just conditions of work, the right to marry and to found a family, the right to legal recognition, and freedom from inhuman or degrading treatment. In recognition of International Migrants Day on 18 December, Migrant Workers’ Task Force, AltCity.me, and graphic designer Joumana Ibrahim worked with a group of young graphic designers to visualize ...

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Migrants' Rights & International Solidarity: Interview with Catherine Tactaquin

[International Migrants Day rally organized by the Northern California Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride. Image by Brooke Anderson.]

December 18th is International Migrants Day, when in 1990 the U.N. General Assembly signed the Migrant Workers Convention, an agreement that establishes the rights of one of the most vulnerable global populations within a framework of human rights. The problem is the only countries that have actually ratified the convention are mostly countries in Global South, countries of origin for many migrants that experience the negative consequences of mass migration. Neither the United States, nor China, nor a single EU member have signed. The work of migrant rights activists has been cut out for them. War Times marked this past International Migrants’ Day with an interview ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (January 10)

[Rap group L'Bassline. Image from L'Bassline's Facebook page.]

[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 Nouvelles révélations sur le prince saoudien qui a casqué 100000 dollars pour voir Bouteflika Farid Alilat reports on Saudi Prince Al Sultan Al Saoud Muhamad Al Kabir’s visit to President Bouteflika. Latest detention underlines Algeria’s ongoing harassment of activists Amnesty International reports on arrest and ...

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Al Jazeera America: Purely a Business Endeavor? Interview with Adel Iskandar

[Al Jazeera and Current Logo]

Last week, Qatar-based media giant Al Jazeera purchased Al Gore’s failing Current TV for five hundred million dollars. After years of being snubbed by American cable networks, is Al Jazeera’s expansion purely a business endeavor? This week, Malihe Razazzan spoke with Jadaliyya's Media and Reporting Co-Editor and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Adel Iskandar about the motives behind Al Jazeera's buy-out, the station's background and influence, its funding from the emirate of Qatar, and prospects in the United States. Iskandar is the co-author of first book published about the network entitled Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is ...

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Settler Colonialism: Then and Now (Video)

[Map of European colonial expansion/settlement of territories that become the United States, 1800-1820. Image from from The National Atlas of the United States of America (1970) via PCL Map Collection of the University of Texas at Austin Library]

Settler Colonialism: Then and Now A Lecture by Mahmood Mamdani This lecture was delivered on 6 December 6 2012 at Princeton University for the 10th Annual Edward W. Said '57 Memorial Lecture. Mahmood Mamdani is an academic, author, and political commentator. He is the author of, among other books, Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism (1996), When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda (2002), Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror (2010), and, most recently, Define and Rule: Native as Political Identity (2012). His works explore the intersection between politics and ...

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University of California System and The Three-Pronged Attack on Free Speech and Campus Organizing

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In the following episode from AJE's The Stream, Palestine solidarity activists from various University of California (UC) campuses discuss a three-pronged attack on free speech and campus organizing throughout the UC system: A "Jewish Student Campus Climate Report" co-authored by Anti-Defamation League's Richard Barton, which cherry-picked interviews to create the perception that Jewish students largely agreed that Palestine solidarity advocacy was anti-Semitic and should be responded to by limiting who can be invited to speak on campus, enforcing balance at political events, banning hate speech, and defining anti-Semitism in ways that would include ...

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Repossessing the Dispossessed

[Entrance Hall to Espace Cléopâtre. Image taken by Laryssa Chomiak and Robert P. Parks.]

To mark the end of 2012, a somewhat bumpy year for Tunisia’s political transition, the Tunisian Ministry of Finance organized a spectacular event: a public auction and sale of goods and trinkets nationalized from Ben Ali’s private palace in Sidi Dhrif, a palatial home overlooking the Bay of Tunis and the idyllic sea side town of Sidi Bou Said. Simply named Confiscation, the event was widely advertised around Tunisia with a website showcasing objects to be sold off to Tunisia’s public beginning on 23 December 2012. To display the confiscated objects ranging from interior décor, a luxury car collection, and designer clothing, handbags and shoes formerly worn by Tunisia’s ...

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المثليّات المضمرة في أغاني رباب والخليج العربي

[تنشر هذه المقالة ضمن إتفاقية شراكة وتعاون بين "جدلية" و"معازف"] الخطاب المشفّر للأغنية الأنثويّة العربيّة    تتبدّى لنا في تجربة المغنية رباب (1958-2010) عراقيّة الأصل وكويتيّة الانتماء، بعد مسيرة تجاوزت الثلاثين عاماً في الحقل الثقافي على مستوى الشعر والموسيقى والغناء، وبعد أرشيف من الأغنيات المصورة، سواءً لصالح الدراما (كالمسلسلات) أو للعرض التلفزيوني، صورة محددة الملامح يمكن تمييزها هنا:  - الشخصية الثقافية وعلاماتها في تكريس النموذج المتحول. - القيمة الثقافية والجودة في أثر وفعالية أرشيف وذاكرة غنائيتين. - خصوصية التجربة والحالة على مستوى الأنوثة الأخرى.  وإذا كنا رصدنا، مع تراكم التجربة والخبرات، تحوّلات موضوعات ...

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Announcing the New Issue of Middle East Report Winter 2012

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EGYPT: THE UPRISING TWO YEARS ON On January 25, 2011, spirited bands of protesters joined hands in the epochal popular revolt that would unseat Husni Mubarak, Egypt’s dictator of 30 years. Where is the country headed, with a new civilian government (for now) at the helm? The winter 2012 issue of Middle East Report offers reflections upon “Egypt: The Uprising Two Years On.” 2012 was not 1952, as historian Ahmad Shokr writes: Unlike the Free Officers who seized power 60 years ago, the Muslim Brother-led cabinet that eventually replaced Mubarak had a narrow mandate and no comprehensive vision for national rebirth. The Brothers are struggling to ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (January 8)

[Al-Jazeera Newsroom. February 2006. Image from flickr/Sugar Cubes]

[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 UAE busts cell ‘linked to Egypt Brotherhood’ A news report on the arrest of ten people belonging to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, accused of threatening the stability of the Gulf state, on Al-Jazeera English. Wealthy London residents clash with millionaire Arab boy racers Martin Evans reports on the ...

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Who Failed Rizana Nafeek?

Rizana Nafeek was beheaded on 9 January, less than two days after a final appeal made by Sri Lankan President Rajapakaa. The several clemency appeals made by Sri Lanka, other states, and human rights organizations failed largely due to the disastrous interplay between Saudi’s flawed legal system and Sri Lanka’s miserly support for migrant workers. Saudi Arabia holds one of the world’s highest execution rates, ranking second after China in 2011. Amnesty is granted to convicts only by “forgiveness” from ...

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الرئيس مرسي وعدم القدرة على الخروج من بوتقة السمع والطاعة

الإنجاز الكبير بالنسبة للمرحلة الانتقالية للثورة المصرية ليس في كونها جاءت برئيس منتخب يمثل الإخوان المسلمين، وإنما كان الانتصار لحرية الإختيار، التى جعلت الكفة تكاد تكون متساوية بين المرشحين. ولم ترجح كفة الرئيس مرسي إلا قليلاً. وهو، ما ظهر تأثيره بفاعلية مؤخراً، في ثقافة الرفض لسياساته التي تكللت بمظاهرات إحتجاجية لا تقل في حجمها عن تلك التى أسقطت النظام السابق. ومن هنا، نحن كباحثين يفترض بنا أن نجلس ننتظر ونرى ونحلل، فعلى الرغم من انقضاء ما يزيد عن خمسة أشهر من الحكم، ظهر الرئيس مرسي ...

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La somme de tous les rêves brisés d'Anfgou et d'ailleurs

Qui mieux qu’un misérable saurait narrer la tragédie qui frappe les siens ?  Et comment raconter aux autres l’indicible horreur, lorsqu’à la tragédie s’ajoute la barrière de la langue ? Pour ce qui nous concerne, tout ce que nous pourrions jamais décrire de  la noirceur de cette misère-là, de la morsure du froid, de l’insupportable enclavement ou de la mort du nourrisson, ne vaudra pas tripette, tant la tâche est insurmontable.  Tout commence au bord d’une route incertaine. ...

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عدّ الكالوريات وصناعة الليمونادا في غزة

تعتبر السعرة الحرارية مقياساً ضرورياً في عملية الرقابة – الذاتية التي نفرضها على أجسادنا. وكما أظهرت وثيقة قامت الحكومة الإسرائيلية بإصدارها مؤخراً، فالسعرة تشكّل أيضاً أداة حكم. وكانت مؤسسة حقوق الإنسان الإسرائيلية "جيشا"، قد تمكّنت بعد معركة قانونية استمرت لمدة سنتين، من الحصول على هذه الوثيقة التي تحمل عنوان "إستهلاك الطعام في قطاع غزة – خطوط حمراء".   الهوس بالقياس بعد اعتلاء حماس سدّة الحكم في غزة في أيلول عام 2007، فرضت الحكومة الإسرائيلية قيوداً على مرور البضائع ...

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Syria Media Roundup (January 10)

[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 Lebanon and the Future of ‘Greater Syria’ Mohammad Harfoush asks whether “the change in Syria for the first time since the dawn of ...

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Imagining Justice Beyond the ICC

The International Criminal Court’s acquittal of Congolese militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo on 18 December did not exactly make headlines in Palestine. Ngudjolo was accused of commanding fighters who raped and hacked to death approximately two hundred people, including children, in a single day in February 2003. Arguing that witness statements were unreliable, ICC judges determined that the Court did not have sufficient evidence to prove Ngudjolo’s complicity in these crimes. Not surprisingly, the Court’s ...

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Tadween Publishing Roundup: News and Analysis from the Publishing World

[The following is a roundup of the latest news and analyses from the publishing world that relates to pedagogy and knowledge production. It was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more updates, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.]  Penguin Random House merger begins a new chapter for publishing By Stephen Page (The Guardian) Stephen Page puts a positive spin on the Penguin Random House merger, advocating ...

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New Texts Out Now: Lisa Hajjar, Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights

Lisa Hajjar, Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights. New York: Routledge, 2012 [“Framing Twenty-First Century Social Issues” series]. Jadaliyya (J): What inspired you to write this book? Lisa Hajjar (LH): Torture is my great and terrible obsession. I think, read, write, and talk about torture all the time, as anyone who knows me can attest. I was inspired to write this book in order to share my knowledge, my passion, and—to be blunt—my anger about torture with college students, although ...

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عن التفجير والأزمة الطائفية: محاولة للفهم وأخرى للهدم

إن حادث كنيسة القديسين –وتداعياته- كان بكل المقاييس خاطفاً للعقول ونقطة تحول خطيرة في المجتمع وحدود الجنون والشطط الطائفي. فلقد كان التفجير بمثابة التفتيت في اللحم المهلهل والتكسير في العظام المهشمة. ومع انفجار الشظايا، لم تُشق فقط أجساد الضحايا، وإنما شق أيضاً الشارع المصري المنقسم على ذاته. ومع اندلاع النيران اندلع الغضب. ومع تطاير ألسنة اللهب تطايرت الألباب واحترقت القلوب مع احتراق الجثث. وأصبح الكل مستباحاً. وهكذا تتحول الأمور والحوادث وردود الأفعال إلى أنماط ومعايير مجتمعية. وتنتج الذات وتصورها عن ...

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An Open Letter to Lebanese MP Nayla Tueni

Dear MP Nayla Tueni: In your article, العبء الفلسطيني مجدداَ (al-Nahar, 31 December 2012), you put aside all journalistic integrity and regurgitated a xenophobic Lebanese discourse that tirelessly uses Palestinians to cover up the failings of a sectarian political system in Lebanon. Had your article been written by an American or French journalist about Lebanese immigrants abroad, she would have surely been asked to resign in order to save the newspaper from accusations of racism and even lawsuits. ...

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Don't Play Apartheid Israel: Summary of 2012 Cultural Boycott

[The following summary list was published by Don't Play Apartheid Israel on 31 December 2012.] The year 2012 was an amazing year full of many successes in the campaign for the cultural boycott of Israel. This summary focuses on the cultural boycott with an emphasis on musical artists and groups. The fall of South African apartheid was preceded by the movement by artists of conscience to boycott “Sun City.” A similar anti-apartheid movement is rapidly growing, and musicians increasingly do not want to ...

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رد فرقة الدام على مقال التقاليد والآلة المناهضة للسياسة

!" رد فرقة الـ"دام" على مقال: "التقاليد والآلة المناهضة للسياسة: "جرائم الشرف" تغوي فرقة الدام لقد كنا سعداء أن نجد على صفحات "جدلية" أصدقاء وأناس داعمين ومدركين لعملنا ويحترمون ما نقوم به منذ سنوات طويلة كفانين وأفراد في مجتمعنا. إلا أننا نشعر أيضاً بالحاجة للرد على التحليل الذي قدمته ليلى أبو اللغد ومايا مكداشي لأعمالنا، حيث أننا نأخذ الموضوع والنقد على محمل الجد. وإن كنا لا نشعر عادة بحافز للرد على نقد يخص ...

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