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Some Torture Facts: Revelations from the Recent SSCI Report on the CIA Detention and Interrogation Program Making Sense of Tripoli I: The Security Trap or Conflating Cause and Effect to carry sisyphus عن دولة ملوك الطوائف في مصر The Quest for a Way Out of Tunisia’s Constitutional Quagmire
[Wall surrounding a gated community, Saudi Arabia. Image by Amelie Le Renard.]

The Politics of "Unveiling Saudi Women": Between Postcolonial Fantasies and the Surveillance State

With the consolidation of the Saudi state starting in the 1960s, the regime has progressively imposed unified dress codes for Saudi men and women, that for the latter has meant wearing a long, black cloak [‘abaya] and veiling. Various ...

[Ahmet Davutoğlu presents Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with a gift, 30 September 2014. Image by Hüsnihat, via Wikimedia Commons.]

Turkey Media Roundup (December 16)

[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 ...

The Islamic State: The Fear of Decline?

Following a series of military setbacks, Dabiq—the propaganda magazine of the Islamic State (IS)—is issuing calls for the unity of followers to compensate for the dwindling number of its fighters. Through its powerful media apparatus, IS ...

[Tripoli. Image by author]

Making Sense of Tripoli II: The Institutional Catch 22

Root Causes: What They Are Not Tripoli’s conflict is not well understood. Media, and even many policy accounts, often focus on either a simplistic sectarian explanation or “Syrian spillover.” Yet, these two explanations are as inaccurate ...

Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (January 2013)

[The anti-sexual harassment march to Tahrir on February 6. Image originally posted to Flickr by Gigi Ibrahim.]

This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Egypt. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Egypt-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]. الشباب والثورة: فقدان الوجهة Muhammad Alaraby says that old political elites have managed to take ...

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Internet Legislation: A Lack of Creativity

[The following article was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more information on the publishing world as it relates to pedagogy and knowledge production, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.] The memorial for Aaron Swartz in Washington, DC, this week refueled the conversation about Internet legislation. Many are wondering if Swartz’s disproportionate prosecution and his subsequent suicide was a case of an overzealous prosecutor or the result of an out-of-date law that needs to be reformed. The answer is probably both, and it is difficult to separate the two. Activists and lawmakers ...

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Assassinat de Chokri Belaid : Onde de choc internationale

[Chokri Belaid. Image de Sebastian Baryli/Flickr.]

Les capitales occidentales et l’ONU dénoncent un assassinat politique Très rapidement, dès la confirmation de la mort du charismatique leader de gauche Chokri Belaid, c’est François Hollande qui est parmi les premiers à réagir en dénonçant le meurtre « d’une des voix les plus courageuses et les plus libres » de Tunisie dans un communiqué de l’Élysée. « Ce meurtre prive la Tunisie d’une de ses voix les plus courageuses et les plus libres », estime le président français, qui ajoute que « la France est préoccupée par la montée des violences politiques en Tunisie et appelle au respect des idéaux portés par le peuple tunisien lors de sa révolution » en 2011. Dimanche, ...

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إعتقال تركي الحمد: تكريم القاتل وإهانة المبدع

[صورة لصفحة

لو بحثنا في كلِّ الأوصاف التي يمكنُ أن تنطبق على نظامِ الحكمِ في السعودية لوجدنا أنّه ليس سلطة تكرّم القاتل والمغتصب والإرهابي وقامع حرّية النّاس باسم "الأمر بالمعروف والنّهي عن المنكر" وإنما هو عبارة عن سلطة حكم تهين المبدع وتعتقله وتلاحقه وتعرضه الى أبشع وأحط حملات التشويه مثلما يُعذب ويَعتقل ويُلاحق من يطالب بالحرية والعدالة والمساواة في المجتمع ، لأنه خارج عن الملّة ومثير الموبقات والنّزوع نحو الغربنة والفساد والفسق والفجور والخروج عن طاعة ولي الأمر...الخ . وحين نُحصي الحوادث البشعة، التي تعزّز الصّفات أعلاه، التي حدثتْ في السعوديةِ وحظيت بتكريمٍ أو صمتٍ حكومي رسمي ومنذ أعتقال الكاتب والروائي تركي الحمد لوجدنا إنّ كلّ يوم يمرّ والسعودية تنتجُ فضيحة تعكسُ ...

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Why Did Bulgaria Link Hizballah To The Burgas Bus Blast?

[The Official Party Flag of Hizballah]

On Tuesday, 5 February, Bulgarian interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov directly accused Hizballah of carrying out the bus bombing in the Black Sea resort of Burgas on 18 July of last year, killing five and injuring another thirty-two Israeli tourists. Although speculations have circulated among local and international media since the attack, it took six months for the Bulgarian secret services to officially declare that the military wing of Hizballah was responsible for the explosion. Two key phrases should be noted in Tsvetanov’s speech: “There is data showing the financing and connection between Hizballah and the two suspects,” and, “What can be established as a ...

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Spring 2013 Internships at ASI . . . Now Available!

  The Arab Studies Institute (ASI) is now offering new internship opportunities that involve training and production at various levels in one of ASI’s five organizations: Arab Studies Journal, Jadaliyya, Forum on Arab and Muslim Affairs, Quilting Point, and Tadween Publishing.           The internships offered are in several areas, but we are particularly looking for the following:  Area (A):   Research (with writing Skills) Area (B):   Video Editors (with knowledge of Final Cut Pro) Area (C):   Graphic Designer/Artist (Mac User with Photoshop skills or equivalent) Area (D):  Media ...

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المـوجات الثـلاث للثـورة المصرية

ليست المرة الأولى التي تُلقي إحدى موجات الثورة زجاجات المولوتوف الحارقة في مواجهاتها مع السلطة، ويبدو أنها لن تكون الأخيرة. فهناك دم سال على خطوط المواجهات وفي أقبية السلطة، وهناك ثورة لم تخمد لأنها عصية على القمع، وتمرد لا يهدأ لأن السلطة لم تتغير. تدعي السلطة الحاكمة وجهاز الدولة (ويجادل بعض المثقفين) أن هذه الموجة الأخيرة من الثورة هي أكثرها لاعقلانية وعنفاً، ولا تعرف ماذا تريد. ويرون أنها تحيد عن مسار الثورة السلمي والراقي. وبالطبع تُتهم بالعمالة والتمويل الخارجي أو الداخلي من بقايا فلول النظام السابق. هذه الادعاءات ليست جديدة في شيء. فلقد كانت هي الأخرى حاضرة منذ اليوم الأول، تماماً مثلما كان المولوتوف حاضراً. خطاب الثورة المضادة كيف يمكن فهم الموجة الثالثة من ...

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“The awakening of a radical reality”? Reflections on PhotoCairo 5

[From A Monument of Buzzwords, 2012, by Samir El-Kordy.]

(PhotoCairo 5 was held between 14 November and 17 December 2012. It was organized by the Contemporary Image Collective in Cairo and curated by Mia Jankowicz.) PhotoCairo 5 was not photography and not Cairo. It was a mélange of video, conceptual art, installations, and photographic productions by local and international artists that generally required knowledge of the English language and international art practices and theories to be comprehensible. Indeed, this would have been a fine exhibition in a European or American city where the fragmentation of society has led to art made for specialists shown in institutions that attract small audiences. So, if life and death, ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Feb 4-10)

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. Two Years of Meta-Narratives: How Not to Cover Syria This Is A Mass Sexual Assault . . . We Will Resist (Video) Tires over Tyre: US Ambassador Ruins Ruins Why Students in Solidarity with Palestine Should Not Join The Olive Tree Initiative The Syrian Regime Bravely Condemns the Israeli Airstrike on Syria Morsi Mubarak Email Exchange between Glenn Greenwald and Alan Dershowitz لقاء ...

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دروس في تحرير الخيال وتعبئة الحشود الزئبقية

[.الغرافيتي على السور أمام الاتحادية. الصورة لكيرولوس ناثان ومركز القاهرة لدراسات حقوق الإنسان]

"كانت بالنسبة لي الدنيا متكونة من سلطة ومال يا أدهس خلق الله برجلي .. يا أسرق وأبقى رجل أعمال جه الأولتراس نور طريقي ووصلني لعالم الخيال فكرة تمحي هموم الدنيا وتخرج مني الضلال بعد العتمة وبعد الشدة كان لا بد من طريق ياخد بإيدي وبإرادتي وأعرف فيه معنى الصديق .. حاولتوا كتير تكتموا صوتنا بس ده كان مستحيل عندي قضية أهم مني والموت أهون لي كتير إعلام وشرطة وصحافة ومسؤولين كورة فاسدين حرب عليكم هتفضل قايمة لحد ما يتم التطهير" من أغنية "أسلوب حياة" لمجموعة أولتراس "وايت نايتس"، مشجعي نادي الزمالك عن الأوهام وضلالات النشطاء أول ما ت

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Reports Roundup (February 9)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugee Rights reports on the various ways in which the human rights of Palestinians have been violated by the existence of settlements.  HRW Statement on Sweeping Injustices in Saudi Arabia Human Rights Watch reports on the recent crackdown on activists in Saudi Arabia and the need for judicial reforms.  Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (February 8)

[Assassinated Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid. Photo credit: Amine Ghrabi on Flickr]

[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 Algeria, Mali: another front in the “Global War on Terror”? Hamza Hamouchene analyzes the French intervention in Mali as a lens through which to critically examine the War on Terror. What lies beneath: the stifling of regime resistance in Algeria and its consequences Zena Kalli describes pitalls of authoritarian ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 12)

[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.] CIA’s Saudi Airbase Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans Michael Isikoff elaborates on the Justice Department’s “white ...

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Assassination, Resignations, and Reshufflings: Tunisia’s Latest Developments

The Beginning: Rise of the Troika On 23 October 2011, Tunisians took to the polls resulting in Ennahda’s electoral victory. An Islamist party previously oppressed by ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s regime, a majority of voters hoped this opposition party would bring much-needed change following the revolution that began a year prior. A coalition, more commonly referred to as the Troika, was quickly formed to lead the new government, with Ennahda’s Hamadi Jebali as Prime Minister, Ettakatol’s ...

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المُماتُ الحيُّ

لِحُسْنِ الحَظِّ أوْ لِسُوءِهِ، تَتَمَيّزُ العَرَبِيّةُ بِوجُودِ إخْتِلافِ كَبِيرٍ بَيْنَ المَحْكِيّ/العامِّيّ/الدّارِج والمَكْتُوبِ/الرَّسْمِيّ/الفَصِيحِ. لِكُلِّ ناطِقٍ ذَخِيرةٌ مِنْ الكَلِم الفصيح وأخرى مِنْ الكَلِم العامي، تتشابكان أو تتراكبان أحياناً فِي المعاني وأحْيانا كثيرة تتقاطعان. ولأنّ الدّارِجَة هيَ أولُ ما يَتلقّنه/يَقتبسهُ المَرْءُ فِي المهد فهي لغتهُ الأم، ينبسُ بها ما إن يملكُ القدرةَ عَلى تَحريكِ لسانه وتَستَمرُُّ مَعهُ حَتَّى يَلْفظَ ما يَلْفظُ فِي العَلَزِ الأخير، وأما الفُصْحَى ...

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Ben Affleck's "Argo": A Movie about a Movie

Argo. Directed by Ben Affleck. USA, 2012. 1. Suspense and Espionage for a New Era As the awarding of the Oscars draws near, one is reminded of what is not being said. The kerfuffle around Zero Dark Thirty's representations of torture has been interesting, but no less than the docile reception among reviewers and awards voters regarding the far more competitive of the film's set in West Asia, Ben Affleck's Argo. At one level, Affleck has created a rousing espionage entertainment for our times. The ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 11)

[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.]  “Muslim Brotherhood want aide as top Egypt cleric” Mulim Brotherhood member Abdul Rahman al-Bar is the most likely candidate to win the selection for the position of Grand ...

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Media On Media Roundup (February 11)

[The "Media On Media Roundup" is an initiative to survey published material in the news and broadcast media that deals with journalism, coverage, or mass communication practices about the region. The items collected here do not reflect the views of the Media Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Friday night of every week.] Iran Shows Footage of Captured Drone  Al-Akhbar reports that ...

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If You Are From the North, You Are Guilty: On the Alienation and Abandonment of Internally Displaced Northern Malians

A displaced Timbuktian entered a store in Bamako. “As-salamu alaykum,” he said. The manager stiffened and eyed him suspiciously. “Why do you greet me with ‘As-salamu alaykum?’” he asked. “Because we are both Muslim,” the Timbuktian said in the heavily-accented Bambara typical of the Songhay of northern Mali. “No, we are in Bamako. Here we do not say ‘As-salamu alaykum.’ And why don’t you speak Bambara?” “I do speak some Bambara,” the Timbuktian replied. “But I am from the north, where we don’t speak ...

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Judith Butler's Remarks to Brooklyn College on BDS

[The following remarks were given by Judith Butler at a recent boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) event held at Brooklyn College. The event was the subject of a major public campaign (via false accusations and threats to withdraw funding) to pressure the Department of Political Science at the college to withdraw their co-sponoshorship of the event. The remarks were first published on The Nation.] Usually one starts by saying that one is glad to be here, but I cannot say that it has been a pleasure ...

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Mohamed Morsi Mubarak: The Myth of Egypt's Democratic Transition

Two years ago today, Egyptians celebrated their toppling of President Hosni Mubarak and looked ahead to a future of change. Yet the second anniversary of Mubarak’s departure has been marked by further demonstrations, bloodshed, and new scenes of extreme state violence. Amid the now-routine use of tear gas and live fire on protests nationwide, there was the incredible footage of the repeated beating and violation of a citizen stripped naked by a gang of policemen in riot gear, and the death by brutal ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (February 12)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention, and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to by Monday night of every other week] News "Pro-Palestine Speakers at Brooklyn College Attract Protests Outside", Vivian Yee The New York Times reports on a lecture by Judith ...

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قراءة في رواية "موظف عادي جداً" لـ فينشيزو تشيرامي

قد تكون رواية "موظف عادي جدا"، مجرد خلية مجهرية، مستأصلة من نسيج مجتمع إيطالي في مرحلة ما من القرن المنصرم. وقد لا تعني الكثير لقارئ عربي، يخوض نزاعاته الشخصية، إذا صح القول، بعيداً عن رومانسية الثقافة، ووفقاً لما تقتضيه فلسفة البقاء، وتعزيز شروط الأنا، ودفعها باتجاه الأعلى. من هنا، يبرز إلى الواقع، مجتمع ملون بشتى أطياف العنف، كسمة تدبغ سلوك الكثيرين، وتبين مدى التأثير من خلال طريقة الكلام، أو الفعل، الفردي أو الجماعي كأداة وحيدة لتحصيل الحق. يتبين في مقابل ذلك، مدى الضرر الذي تصاب به شرائح ...

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Lawfare and Armed Conflict: Comparing Israeli and US Targeted Killing Policies and Challenges against Them

In this public lecture, I engage the concept of lawfare (an amalgamation of “law” and “warfare”) to compare Israeli and US twenty-first century armed conflicts. Specifically, I focus on both states’ targeted killing policies and the legal rationales that have been advanced to try to project their lawfulness, and legal challenges to these policies in order to tell a larger story about the relationship between contemporary practices of law and war. In order to tell this story, I expand the lawfare concept ...

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