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[In the northern West Bank. Photo by Ahmad Al-Bazz.]

Snapshot: Palestinian Spring

As a Palestinian photojournalist living in the West Bank my daily work is very far from the quiet and fabulous nature that is seen in these pictures. Every week I spend hours covering protests, clashes, and the military operations of the ...

[photo by Collin Anderson via Flikr Creative Commons]

Yemen at Crossroads: An Interview with Activist Hisham Al-Omeisy

Yemen has grabbed the world's attention as the country’s political crisis appears to have been deepened with the Saudi-led military intervention. According to The Guardian and other news organizations, the U.S. is providing “logistical and ...

[Cover of Don Karl and Basma Hamdy,

New Texts Out Now: Don Karl and Basma Hamdy, Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution

Don Karl and Basma Hamdy, editors, Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution. Berlin: From Here to Fame Publishing, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Don Karl and Basma Hamdy (DK & BH): Our main goal ...

[Image from ruins of the Palestinian village of Damoun, featuring a plaque by the Zochrot Truth Comission. Image by the author.]

Boycott, Sovereign Anxieties, and the Decolonizing Temporality of Return: A Note on Adi Ophir’s Remarks on BDS

And so it is not I who make a meaning for myself, but it is the meaning that was already there, pre-existing, waiting for me. – Frantz Fanon[1] It is fair to say that the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign ...

بمباركة ملكية: إصلاحات يقودها القطّاع الخاص في الأردن


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New Texts Out Now: David McMurray and Amanda Ufheil-Somers, The Arab Revolts

[Cover of David McMurray and Amanda Ufheil-Somers,

David McMurray and Amanda Ufheil-Somers, editors, The Arab Revolts: Dispatches on Militant Democracy in the Middle East. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013. Published in association with Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP). Jadaliyya (J): What made you compile this volume? David McMurray & Amanda Ufheil-Somers (DM & AU): MERIP recently published an edited volume with Verso on just the events in Egypt, examining the initial eighteen days of the uprising as well as looking back on the political and social shifts of the previous two decades that gave shape to the revolt: economic reforms and restructuring, the activities of organized ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 9)

[Yemen's Counter Terrorism Unit. 12 January 2010. Image from flickr/Ammar Abd Rabbo]

[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 Saudi Arabia expels thousands of Yemeni workers Ian Black reports on the expulsion of thousands of workers in Saudi Arabia following new employment regulations, in The Guardian. Qatar gambles on Egypt power struggle Roula Khalaf examines Qatar’s economic and political influence in Egypt, ...

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بربري في روما


"‫لقد حرّرتُ الملايين من البربريّة." جورج بوش، الغارديان، ١٥ حزيران، ٢٠٠٨‬ ١‬ ‫“هل ستذهب إلى بلدك هذه الإجازة؟“‬ ‫سألتني إحدى زميلاتي قبل سنوات في المصعد قبل العطلة الربيعيّة. وكانت الحرب الأهلية في بغداد أيامها في أكثر مراحلها دموّية. إنه سؤال مشروع، بالطبع، لكن عندما يكون المرء من بغداد، فإن صياغة جواب مناسب تصبح عملية صعبة ومعقدة. الجواب الذي خطر لي في تلك اللحظة هو: هل شاهدت الأخبار في السنين الأربع الماضية؟ إنها الزميلة التي تعرف تمام المعرفة من أين أنا. ولكنني مستنزف ومتعب ولا أرغب في الدخول في حوار أعرف تفاصيله مسبقاً، ولا في مراقبة آثار الشعور العابر بالذنب في موقف محرج. عليّ أن أغفر لزميلتي.‬ ‫هكذا هو الحال في روما. الأخبار عن الحروب التي تخوضها ...

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الشوارع تبكي

[اللوحة للفنان العراقي صدام الجميلي]

‫تتلصص ذاكرتي، البطيئة في النمو، على آذان من سطور الماضي المحمل بأتربة الطفولة، الذي تحول لطين هو الآخر بسبب " طاسات " الماء المنسكبة كل يوم خلف ظهر أحلامي. لفرط خوف والدتي على أحلام بناتها. ها أنا أسير ببطء شديد، أحاول تهدئة بعض الحروف المدونة قرب الارض التي ألتهمها سغب الارصفة. أحاول التمسك بنملة، لأبرحها ضرباً. والتوجه لجدار وشم على جسده شعارات البعث وفدائيي صدام. أعود للحادية عشر خريفاً! أردد في ذهني القاتم: هل جلبت أحذية كافية لتعيلني على الجري في هذه السنة المدقعة بخمر البكاء؟. . . والصراخ !! ‬ ‫البكاء وحده لا يكفي، فالتوابيت بحاجة لتمزيق جسدها الخشبي، والعلم الذي أجهل وجوده في حياتنا، هو فقط لأجل احتضان شهدائنا، هو متواجد فقط للوقوف في ساحة مدرستي كل ...

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من دفتر الحرب

[من تخطيطات كريم رسن، العراق]

[ تخطيطات بالحبر الصيني على الورق للفنان العراقي كريم رسن]                 

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Has Citizenship Got a Future in Egypt?

[Demonstration in Cairo near the Maspero denouncing religious sectarianism. 8 May 2011. Photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy]

The sectarian spectacle that dominated so much Egyptian television coverage – at least that of the private networks – on Sunday, was unprecedented in modern Egyptian history. Even at the lowest points of modern Coptic-Muslim relations, the Coptic Cathedral and Patriarchal headquarters have not experienced the sort of siege that was violently imposed by plainclothes assailants and their abettors in the police, as mourners commemorated the lives of four Christians lost to sectarian violence in the Qalyubiya village of Khusus a day prior. I say “spectacle” not to minimize the human cost of the siege – at the time of writing, two individuals were said to have lost their ...

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Maghreb Monthly Edition (March 2013)

[An Ennhada rally in Sidi Bouzid. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.]

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Maghreb. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Maghreb-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)].  A qui profite la récupération des biens de Ben Ali ? Laryssa Chomiak and Robert P. ...

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Social Media Bouquet from Syria

[Room lined with protest banners from Kafranbel. Image from the Kafranbel Coordinating Committee.]

[This is part of a collection of multi-media items that have circulated on Syrian social media networks over the past two years of the uprising. The collection does not necessarily reflect the views of Jadaliyya, but represents salient themes and recurring motifs.] Point Zero On 26 September 2012, an explosion ripped through the headquarters of the army chief of staff, opposite the Institute of Advanced Theatrical Arts, shattering glass windows in the Institute and causing extensive damage. Parts of the Institute have been repaired since the explosion, but just last month authorities initiated more comprehensive renovations. The following video is a strikingly ...

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World Social Forum Highlights Shock Doctrine in Tunisia

[Banner from the World Social Forum in Tunisia. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

An estimated fifty thousand people from five thousand organizations in 127 countries spanning five continents participated in the World Social Forum (WSF) in Tunisia over the past week. By choosing to come together in Tunis, this year’s Forum evoked the sprit of the 2011 revolt that inspired uprisings around the world. The WSF also focused attention on the complicated status of that revolt, which in Tunisia has not brought the political or economic changes many hoped for. Conversations with local activists often focused on the recent assassination of opposition leader Chokri Belaïd and government dealings with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Many in the ...

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تودّد، أو الثورة التي لا تؤنَّث لا يعوّل عليها: الجزء الرابع: تفحيل الألوهة وحصار الذات


[هذه المقالة هي الرابعة في سلسلة مقالات. يمكن قراءة الأجزاء السابقة هنا.]   "أما تعليم النساء القراءة والكتابة فأعوذ بالله، إذ لا أرى شيئاً أضر منه بهن، فإنهن لما كن مجبولاتٍ على الغدر كان حصولهن على هذه الملكة من أعظم وسائل الشر والفساد، وأما الكتابة فأول ما تقدر به المرأة على تأليف الكلام بها، فإنه سيكون رسالة إلى زيد ورقعة إلى عمرو، وبيتاً من الشعر إلى غرب وشيئاً آخر إلى رجل آخر، فمثل النساء والكتب والكتابة كمثل شرير سفيه تهدي إليه سيفاً، أو سكير تعطيه زجاجة خمر ، فاللبيب من الرجال من ترك زوجته في حالة من الجهل والعمى فهو أصلح لهن وأنفع".  خير الدين نعمان بن أبي الثناء، "الإصابة في منع النساء من الكتابة."   ولأن وجود المدلول ...

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Two Saints and a Sinner

[Two Saints Church in Alexandria following the 2011 New Years bombing. Photo from]

The name Ahmad Lutfi Ibrahim does not, for most people, evoke any particular memories. It would hardly surprise me if a few friends thought I had meant to type Ahmad Lutfi Al-Sayyid, the renowned and sometimes reviled leader of the Egyptian Constitutional party of nearly eighty years ago. And yet there he was, Ahmad Lutfi Ibrahim, on 25 January 2011 staring somberly out from the front page of the daily Al-Masry al-Youm.  He was, the paper reported, accused of being the leader of a group of about twenty members of the Palestinian based Islamic Army (IA) who had set off a bomb that took the lives of twenty-four people at the Qiddisayn (or Two Saints) ...

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DARS Media Roundup

[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 After Victory, Palestinian Village Runs Into A Wall, by Ali Gharib This month, the Palestinian village ...

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New Texts Out Now: Esam Al-Amin, The Arab Awakening Unveiled

Esam Al-Amin, The Arab Awakening Unveiled: Understanding Transformations and Revolutions in the Middle East. Washington, DC: American Educational Trust, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book, and how would you describe it? Esam Al-Amin (EA): The Arab Awakening Unveiled: Understanding Transformations and Revolutions in the Middle East is a collection of essays about the Arab uprisings and awakening movement, arguably the most important phenomenon that has taken place in the Middle ...

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إحتلال بغداد: ملف خاص

 في اليوم التاسع من شهر نيسان عام ٢٠٠٣ أسقط جنود الاحتلال الأمريكي تمثال صدّام حسين في ساحة الفردوس أمام عدسات الإعلام العالمي. وأصبحت تلك اللحظة، رسمياً، نهاية نظام البعث في العراق وبداية عهد الاحتلال الأمريكي. ولعل العقد الذي مر به العراقيون منذ تلك اللحظة هو الأكثر تعقيداً وعنفاً في تاريخهم الحديث. ولازالت الجراح، القديمة، والجديدة، كما الأسئلة، مفتوحة وعميقة. أعدّت ”جدلية“ هذه الباقة من النصوص التي تستذكر اللحظة وتبعاتها: أحمد سعداوي، ”طعم الحرية والخيبة“ كريم رسن، ”من دفتر الحرب“ علي ...

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طعم الحريّة والخيبة

 مشاعر غامضة انتابتني وانا أستمع لأحدى الإذاعات الدولية وهي تقوم باعادة بث لمقاطع من نشرات أخبار كانت قد بثتها قبل عشر سنوات بالضبط، كجزء من متابعتها لمسار تقدم الجيش الاميركي في احتلال العراق، والذي انتهى بسقوط نظام صدام حسين. هذه المقاطع من نشرات الأخبار التي أتذكر جيداً أنني استمعت الى بعضها، أعادتني إلى راديو الترانزستور الصغير الذي كنت اضعه على أذني في الليالي المظلمة التي لم يكن يكدرها سوى صوت الصواريخ الاميركية البعيدة وهي تسقط على "أهداف" في بغداد، وكنا نحسب أن بعضها، هذه ...

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كتب: علي عبد الأمير عجام: حنين بغدادي

["كتب" هي سلسلة على صفحات "جدلية" نستضيف فيها المؤلفين والمؤلفات في حوار حول أعمالهم الجديدة ونرفقه بفصل من الكتاب]  علي عبد الأمير عجام، "حنين بغدادي" دار الأديب، عمان، ٢٠١٣. جدلية: كيف تبلورت فكرة الكتاب وما الذي قادك نحو الموضوع؟ علي عبد الأمير عجام: حين عدت الى بغداد في نيسان (ابريل) العام 2003 هالني الخراب العميم الذي سببه الغزو الاميركي بما في ذلك احد اكثر فصوله مأسوية : نهب مؤسسات الدولة العراقية وحرقها، فضلا عن تحول المعالم الاساسية للمدينة، الشوارع ...

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The Alawite Dilemma in Homs

Syria's Alawites are often portrayed as a monolithic religious community which has unconditionally and unwavering supported the Syrian regime through the crisis which has shaken the country since March 2011. However, very little attention has been paid to the community’s diversity and to reasons for its support of the regime that might extend beyond the simplistic equation: "The ruling family is Alawite, and therefore Syria’s Alawites support the regime." While emphasizing the Alawite ...

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There Can Only Be One: Tamam Salam and Lebanese Politics

On Saturday 6 April 2013, the Lebanese Parliament overwhelmingly nominated Tamam Saeb Salim Salam to become the new Prime Minister. That the premiership in Lebanon should return to Beirut is not strange in and of itself. However, the return of the premiership to the Mseitbeh residence of the Salams—an old notable family that has played a pivotal role in Lebanon’s political life since the late Ottoman and French colonial periods—does not necessarily conform with the traditional meaning of notable ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 8)

[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.]  “The April 6 five-year anniversary: How peaceful protests turned violent” Marches commemorating the fifth anniversary of the founding of the April 6 Movement turn violent in front ...

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The Perils for Academic Freedom in the Arab World

[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.] Calls for change have swept across the Arab world since the uprisings erupted over two years ago. While the process and struggle for political and social freedoms continue, freedom in the world of academia has become a recent, ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (April 1-7)

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.  Settler Colonialism and Alliance: Comparative Challenges to Pinkwashing and Homonationalism Remembering A Baghdad Elsewhere: An Emotional Cartography The Necessity of Revolutionary Violence in Egypt Women Under Seige: ...

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بدرخان علي: "الانتخابات الحرّة" ليست شيئاً عظيماً، بعد خراب البلد

‫يأخذنا الباحث الكردي السوري بدرخان علي في هذه المقابلة في جولة نقدية حول الثورة السورية ودروبها المتشعبة، خصوصاً في المناطق ذات الأغلبية الكردية، التي تقع تحت سيطرة أحزاب كردية متعددة، تتضارب في المصالح والأهداف. ويتطرق إلى طبيعة العلاقة التي تربط حزب الإتحاد الديمقراطي PYD بالنظام السوري وبحزب العمال الكردستاني PKK في تركيا، وكذلك عن علاقة بقية الأحزاب الكردية بالسيد مسعود البرزاني رئيس إقليم كردستان العراق. وهو إذ يصف نفسه هنا بـ "أكثر المتشائمين"، لا يرسم بطبيعة الحال، صورة وردية عن ...

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The Necessity of Revolutionary Violence in Egypt

“All politics is a struggle for power; the ultimate kind of power is violence.” - C. Wright Mills Violence is related to notions of justice. In Egypt there are two forms of justice that we have been fighting for since 25 January 2011: social and retributive. Their absence has been compounded by the ongoing application of structural forms of violence against us: primarily economic and judicial. As a result, Egyptians increasingly see the state as having lost its monopoly over what Weber calls the ...

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