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[Members of the US 1st Battalion 9th Infantry Division posing with members of the Sofia Militia in Iraq. Image by Gonzo13fox via Wikimedia Commons]

Iraq: A State or Militias?

The events that have transpired in Nineveh province, namely the meek capitulation of Iraqi troops against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), do not provoke suspicions about the existence of conspiracies and treasons. Rather, they ...

[Image by Mohamed Ashry, via Flickr.]

DARS Media Roundup (September 20)

[This is a monthly 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 ...

[Public intellectual Muhammad Abduh]

Muhammad Abduh: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“  is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and ...

[Angela Davis in 2006. Image by Nick Wiebe.]

Progressive Struggles against Insidious Capitalist Individualism: Interview with Angela Davis

In this interview, Angela Davis, and activist, teacher, author, and icon of the Black Power movement, talks about the linkages among global struggles. Touching upon black feminism, the importance of the collective, Palestine, the ...


Inside Syria: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad Interview with David Barsamian

[Screenshot of radio show segment webpage.]

David Barsamian conducted the following interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on 19 November 2012. It does not cover recent events. Instead, it features an in-depth discussion of the historical and contemporary contexts of the uprising in Syria, as well as the essential dynamics inside the country and their concomitant effects on the state, society, and unfolding events. The interview also discusses the regional context within which the Syrian crisis is lodged. The topics covered include: 1. History and Background of the Syrian Uprising 2. Sectarianism and Claims of Sectarianism in Syria 3. The Syrian Opposition 4. The Deterioration and ...

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Regional and International Players in Syria's Civil War, The Protest Movement In Bahrain: Interviews with Bassam Haddad and Toby Jones

[Anti-government protesters in Bahrain chant against the police on April 19, 2012. Hasan Jamali/AP]

On Monday, 17 December, during a mass protest in Bahrain, twenty-five people were arrested, among them prominent human rights activist Yousef al-Muhafedha, who is the acting head of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. 17 December is recognized unofficially as Martyrs' Day in Bahrain. On that fateful day, in 1994, two young men, Hani Khamis and Hani Al Wasti, were shot and killed during protests demanding the re-instatement of the 1973 Constitution and the release of political prisoners. Last October, the interior ministry banned all public gatherings in Bahrain, but people have been defying the ban. According to some reports, there have been more than one hundred ...

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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.]  How to De-Risk Book Publishing By Steve Rosenbaum (Huffington Post) As the nature of the publishing world shifts gears, Steve Rosenbaum claims that authors need to re-evaluate the way they approach publishing a book. For starters, social media and public appearances are essential to getting your words, literally, out there. The Digital Publishing Explosion: INFOGRAPHIC By Dianna Dilworth ...

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Morsi's Democracy Devoid of Press and Media Freedoms

[Several Independent and private newspapers ran this cover on 4 December 2012 in protest against infringement on their freedoms]

“No one will touch media freedoms. There will be no pens broken, no opinions prevented, no channels or newspapers shut down in my era.” This confident claim was uttered by Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi soon after his election, and at the time was met with doubt, as no action had yet been taken to prove its credibility. Today it is a representation of one of the most glaring mistruths perpetrated by Morsi towards the people of Egypt. Freedom of expression and speech are among the most basic and necessary of political human rights. They are enshrined in myriad constitutions, and in articles 19 of both the United National Declaration for Human Rights and the United Nations' ...

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New Texts Out Now: Amahl Bishara, Back Stories: US News Production and Palestinian Politics

[Cover of Amahl A. Bishara,

Amahl A. Bishara, Back Stories: US News Production and Palestinian Politics. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Amahl Bishara (AB): Back Stories is an ethnography of the production of US news during the second Palestinian Intifada. I started this project in New York City around the beginning of the uprising. I would wake up every morning, and my first step would be to reach for the news. But obviously the news represented only a narrow slice of Palestinian ideas about and experiences of national struggle. I wanted to explore the multiple, complex factors that make it difficult for diverse Palestinian perspectives ...

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UC Berkeley's New Chancellor Endorses the Falsehood: Criticizing Israel is Anti-Semitic

[Nicholas Dirks]

[The following statement was issued on 19 December 2012 by a group of Columbia University professors in response to recent comments by the newly appointed chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, Nicholas Dirks, wherein he equated the criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism.] A recent interview conducted by UC Berkeley’s Public Relations office and timed with the appointment of the new university Chancellor, Nicholas Dirks, begins, “Floating around the Internet is a claim that at some point in your past... you signed a petition for Columbia to divest in all things Israel.” The interviewer asks the Chancellor-designate to clarify his role. But let ...

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الطائفة الشرطية وحكومة الرئيس مرسي: تحالف يقوم على رؤية أمنوقراطية للدولة

[قوات الامن المصرية أمام جامعة القاهرة 2009. تصوير سارة كار]

عادت القوات المسلحة للظهور على الساحة السياسية، ولم يكن ظهورها هذه المرة فقط للإدلاء بالبيانات التي تحاول شرح أسباب اصرار بعض ضباط القوات الجوية على إيقاظ سكان المدن من النوم مبكراً عن طريق التحليق المنخفض بالمقاتلات فوق الأحياء السكنية، أو تبرير آخر انتهاك تورط فيه أفراد الجيش (على غرار البيان الذي تلاه المتحدث الرسمي للقوات المسلحة عصر الثامن عشر من نوفمبر لتبرير الاعتداء على جزيرة القرصاية) — ولكن هذه المرة كان الظهور للحديث عن الشأن السياسي العام والتعبير عن موقف (وإن كان مبهماً وحمّالاً للأوجه) من موجة الاحتجاجات العنيفة التي تبعت الاعلان الدستوري الصادر بتاريخ 22 نوفمبر، وهو ما آثار حفيظة البعض والتفاؤل الساذج عند البعض الآخر والقلق عند الكثيرين. أضف إلى هذا القلق ...

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مي وملح في إضراب الأسرى

  لعله إذ يقول: (كما لم اعلق على مظاهرتكم وتجمعكم، فلتتركوني اسمع "عبري" كما أريد!) ، رداً على تلك الصبية التي طلبت منه على الاقل أن يحترم المظاهرة المناصرة لإضراب الأسرى في سجون الصهاينة، بما أنه لن يشارك، وذلك أثناء مروره بسيارته التي تصدح منها ألحان وأغان عبرية، في أحد أحياء مدينة القدس التي تشهد إعتصامات داعمة لإضراب الأسرى الجائع للحرية، لم يدرك بعد أنه يعد تمثلاً جلياً لأحد إثنين من "أجهزة الدولة" كما عرَّفهم لويس التوسير، إذ صنفهم ذلك الأخير إلى "أجهزة قمعية" والتي هي عتاد أنظمة السلطة في ممارسة التحكم والهيمنة المادية على المكان والأفراد بواسطة العنف والقمع والقوة المادية الصلبة من خلال أجهزة الشرطة والجيش وقانون العقوبات، أما ...

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Ghada Assamman: A Profile from the Archives

[Ghada Assamman. Image from the archives of Assafir newspaper.]

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a new series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa.] Name: Ghada Known as: Assamman Father’s name: Ahmad Mother’s name: Salma Ruwaiha Date of birth: 1942 Nationality: Syria/Lebanon Place of birth: Damascus Category: Author Profession: Writer Ghada Assamman Syrian with Lebanese citizenship. She is one of the most famous Arab women writers and the most daring. She left a significant impact on Arabic literature. She ...

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The Interactive Lebanese Flag

[Flag of the Republic of Lebanon.]

The interactive Lebanese flag, it keeps everyone happy and works for special occasions:

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الواقع يرفض بديلكم الوحيد

 “هذا هو البديل الوحيد”، كم مرة سمعنا هذه الجملة منذ يناير ٢٠١١. ربما تكون مرة أو مرات مصحوبة بالأسف لأن الظروف لا تسمح بأكثر من ذلك ولأن الضرورة تفرض ما هو صعب: ليس أمامنا سوى توقيع قرض الصندوق، حتى وإن كان مشروطاً وإلا الإفلاس، يجب وقف الإضرابات العمالية وإلا انهارت البلد، لا يمكننا تطهير جهاز الدولة لأنه لا توجد كفاءات (وكأنه كان بأى شكل كفئاً)، لابد وأن نلعب الدورى العام حتى وإن كنا غير قادرين على تأمين حياة المتفرجين، لا نملك سوى أن نقول نعم لدستور معيب مشوه معادي للحريات وللعدالة الاجتماعية أو أن نقول لا فتمتد سلطات الرئيس الاستثنائية وتمتد المرحلة الانتقالية عاماً آخر على الأقل دون برلمان. هكذا يتم تصوير الأمور وتقليص اختياراتنا وتصفيتها فى درب واحد، دائما ...

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Bedouin Resolution: Standing Firm in the Jerusalem Periphery

[This young woman volunteers in the Khan Ahmar school and dreams of pursuing an education but does not have access to transportation to get to the nearest city of Jericho. She said she is afraid of marrying young and having that be her only option in life. Photo by Tanya Habjouqa.]

[Photos by Tanya Habjouqa. Text by Francesca Albanese.] On 2 December 2012, in a cynically prompt move the day after Palestine’s successful bid for upgraded non-member observer state of the United Nations, Israel announced its plans to spearhead settlement expansion in the E1 area in the Jerusalem periphery. By constructing approximately 3500 new settler housing units in this area, Israel would fulfill the long harbored plan to connect the illegal settlements east of Jerusalem with Jerusalem itself, creating a large Jewish-only continuum between settlements such as Ma’ale Adumim and Jerusalem. This plan, in defiance of international law prohibiting the settlement of ...

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From Yarmouk to Sabra-Shatila: The Guardian's Martin Chulov on Palestinian Refugees Fleeing Syria

Following the recent bombing of Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, over 2000 Palestinian residents of the camp have arrived in Lebanon, and the figures are expected to grow in the coming days. The Guardian’s Middle East correspondent, Martin Chulov, spoke with Malihe Razazan about the plight of the Palestinian refugees who have made it to Lebanon. Chulov talked to many of the Palestinas who fled Syria and are now taking refuge in the Sabra-Shatila refugee camp in ...

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Egypt’s Draft Constitution in Focus – The Role of the Army [Video]

[The following video is part of a series of clips produced by the Mosireen collective to promote greater awareness around the draft constitution currently under consideration in national referendum in Egypt. The full series can be accessed by clicking here.] Political researcher Ibrahim El Houdaiby and Hossam Bahgat, Director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, explain how the draft constitution puts the Army and its extensive industrial activities—estimated to be between twenty-five and ...

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The Battle for Sinai

Half a million people live in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip. For decades, they have been governed by a strong security paradigm and the Camp David accords with Israel – underwritten by billions of dollars in US military aid. The true test of the evolving Egyptian relationship with the US then may lie in Cairo’s ability to control any instability in the peninsula. Now they are back in the international spotlight because of an increase in militant attacks, arms smuggling ...

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Tadween Blog Comes To Jadaliyya

Jadaliyya's sister organization, Tadween Publishing, launched recently (see announcement here). Tadween is a new kind of publishing house that seeks both to produce knowledge and to scrutinize the process of knowledge production. It will produce thoroughly interactive publications in both hard-copy and e-book formats, and its content will be disproportionately geared towards pedagogy and the classroom.  As part of the new Tadween project, we are happy to announce the discussion forum Tadween Blog, ...

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DAM Explores the Unmapped in Their New Album "Dabke on the Moon"

DAM’s latest album “Dabke on the Moon,” released in November 2012, details the lives of prisoners of the occupation. This refers to both prisoners literally detained in Israeli jail cells as well as the millions of Palestinians who move – relatively – more freely, but are still held prisoner in the tight clench of Israeli apartheid. “Dabke on the Moon” is a reflection on Palestine amidst revolutionary change in the region. It pushes the boundaries of traditional hip-hop with a myriad of ...

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Egypt’s Draft Constitution in Focus: Labor Rights [Video]

[The following video is part of a series of clips produced by the Mosireen collective to promote greater awareness around the draft constitution currently under consideration in national referendum in Egypt. The full series can be accessed by clicking here.] In response to a government-sponsored campaign to promote the draft constitution currently under consideration in a national referendum, Fatma Ramadan, the Vice President of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions and Ahmad Sayed Al-Naggar, ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 18)

[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.] Regional and International Relations From Manama to Gaza: Solidarity Between Bahrain and Palestine Yazan al-Saadi writes on a solidarity trip to Gaza paid ...

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Memory Wars and the Messiness of History: An Interview with Jim House on the Commemoration of 17 October 1961

[Dr. James (Jim) House is a Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Leeds. His research interests have focused on the history and memory of the Algerian War of Independence along with antiracism in France. His monograph, "Paris 1961: Algerians, State Terror, and Memory," which he co-authored with Neil MacMaster, looks at the events the 17 October Massacre in the context of colonial violence and social memory. Dr. House's current research focuses on shanty-downs (bidonvilles) in ...

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Year Three

Two years after Muhammad Bouazzizi’s self-immolation sparked a wave of uprisings in the Arab world, the region remains in turmoil. In what has become a lengthy process of fundamental transformation, there is little indication of when, how or on what basis stability will again be achieved. Given the transitional nature of developments to date, the temptation to proclaim winners and losers needs to be resisted. If 2012 put paid to the initial notion that youth movements were displacing sclerotic elites ...

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الأقباط وصراع السلطة على الأحوال الشخصية

حين قام الرئيس حسني مبارك بتعديل الدستور عام 2007، عاد إلى السطح الموضوع الذي طالما أثار جدلا واسعاً وهو وضع الشريعة في القانون المصري. ومن ضمن أكثر المشاركات في النقاش الذي تلى هذه التعديلات مفاجأة كان ما أدلى به البابا شنودة الثالث. ففي موقف يتناقض جذرياً مع مواقفه السابقة التي اتخذها في السبعينات إبان صراعه مع الرئيس السادات حول أسلمة المجتمع المصري، اتخذ البابا شنودة موقفاً تصالحياً عام 2007 تجاه الاسلاميين.  وبالتأكيد فإن البابا قد جازف حين تبرأ من تصريح لأحد أساقفته والذي دعا فيه إلى ...

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The Triumph and Irrelevance of Meta-Narratives Over Syria: “Rohna Dahiyyah”

Do not try to simplify what is going on in Syria. You will fail. We also cannot yield to complexity. So many of the discussions on Syria—especially those occurring outside Syria—are simply detached from the tragedy, including perhaps my own writings. For instance, for the first time after fifteen years of extensively researching Syria’s politics and society, with multiple and often long visits per year, I spent the last two years writing (and agonizing) about Syria without having the opportunity to ...

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A Faraway Neighbor

For those of us who have grown up Arab, Palestine is a constant presence. From childhood to adulthood, we hear about the Palestinian cause, from the news, from friends and family, from parents and grandparents, from school, from songs. Palestine is close to our hearts, while its reality is so far away. The land itself feels distant; despite its proximity, one can only dream of seeing it.  If there is a small glimmer of light emerging from the Egyptian revolution, it is that the reality of ...

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