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New Texts Out Now: Gary Wilder, Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World

Gary Wilder, Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Gary Wilder (GW): This book grew unexpectedly out of a ...

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قدّروا شجاعة الرجل

بالرغم من ساعات المديح والاحتفاء الكثيرة التي أُغدقتْ على صديقنا العزيز ورفيقنا إقبال أحمد، والتي يستحقها، هناك الكثير الذي يمكن أن يُقال عنه أيضاً. وأشعر بالإطراء لأنني أستطيع، على الأقل، أن أقول المزيد. إن ما لفت نظري أكثر من غيره هو أن ...

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Lebanon, August 2015: Notes on Paralysis, Protests, and Hope

The past ten years in Lebanon have been a study in political paralysis and escalating anger and frustration among citizens and residents of the country. To recap only the most basic of facts, since 2005 the country divided and polarized ...

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دمشق في اللباس الموحّد

تبدو مناظر الشوارع في دمشق، تلك التي كانت تنتمي إلى فترة العهد الوطني بعد الاستقلال، أشبه بالبطاقات السياحية بالأسود والأبيض، في الوقت نفسه لا تنقصها الألوان الطبيعية، حتى أن اللون الأسود يبدو دخيلاً عليها، مشرقة على نحو يدعونا إلى الحنين ...


Syria Media Roundup (July 4)

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 [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 Syria Negotiations: Surprising Hope After G-8 Summit? Steve Heydemann says Russia seems to have shifted its stance toward Syria. Why Iran’s Gambit in Syria Might Not Pay David Shams argues that t

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The Gezi Resistance as Surplus Value

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Was it a few trees, was it the Turkish Spring, or was it a nationalist reflex? Attempts to label and appropriate the surplus value created at Gezi Park in Istanbul demonstrate that it will indeed be very difficult to subsume the mass of energy generated there under existing perceptional categories. The reason why I prefer using the term “surplus value” is not to come up with a new categorization; on the contrary, I am only trying to suggest a few reasons why the Gezi resistance, perceived as an “eruption” or “overflow” in many minds, cannot be appropriated by any group in particular.[1] In Marx’s analyses, surplus value is what remains after workers produce the ...

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فلسطين في عدسة الدويري

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” الفنان ليس له علاقة بالسياسة أتركوا الفنانين يقوموا بعملهم!“ بهذه الكلمات علق المخرج اللبناني زياد الدويري على سؤال من الجمهور حول الانتقادات الموجهة له من عدة جهات، من ضمنها حملة المقاطعة العالمية للإحتلال الإسرائيلي (BDS)، على تصوير فيلمه الأخير في تل أبيب، وحول منع الفيلم من العرض في الصالات اللبنانية. الإفتتاحية الأمريكية لعرض الفيلم كانت في الحادي والعشرين من حزيران الماضي بـحضور المخرج في قاعة ”الأنجيليكا“ في مانهاتن/نيويورك. وتخصص دار العرض يومياً للفيلم أربعة عروض. كما سيعرض الفيلم ضمن المهرجان الإسرائيلي ”مهرجان القدس السينمائي“ الذي يحتفل هذا العام بثلاثين سنة على تأسيسه ويبدأ فعالياته اليوم. رواية ”الهجوم“ فيلم ”الصدمة“ مستوحى عن رواية "الهجوم" ...

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L’armee et l’economie en Egypte

[Members of Egypt’s armed forces display canned tomatoes, roasted onions, and other foods that the military factories manufacture. Image by David Degner.]

[This article was originally written by Zeinab Abul-Magd and published by Jadaliyya in Arabic and English. It was translated/published in French by Globalism and  Égypte-Solidarité .]   Des entreprises appartenant à l’armée produisent pâtes, eau minérale, bonbonnes de gaz, ou encore gèrent des stations-service, des complexes touristiques…Toute information à ce sujet devrait-elle être classée "secret défense" ? Et débattre en public des entreprises concernées par ces activités, est-ce un "crime de haute trahison" ? A en croire les dirigeants des forces armées égyptiennes, la réponse serait ...

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Interview with Cairo-Based Journalist, Ahmad Shokr, about the Political Dynamics in Egypt

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One year after his inauguration, Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammad Morsi is now being referred to as Egypt’s former president. A petition campaign called Tamarrod was instr

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Can the 'Spirit of Gezi' Transform Progressive Politics in Turkey?

[Students, unions, NGOs, women's organizations, and rival football fans at Gezi Park, 8 June 2013. Photo by Mehmet Kaçmaz/Nar Photos.]

One of the humorous slogans invented by the Gezi Park protesters was: “We are Mustafa Keser’s soldiers!” The namesake of this insider joke is a folk singer who has nothing to do with politics except the accidental similarity between his name and that of the founder of the republic, Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk). The slogan was minted in response to the Kemalist protesters, who identified themselves as “Mustafa Kemal’s soldiers.” Despite this joke and many other reasons for division, the Kemalists and anti-Kemalists managed to coexist peacefully throughout the protests, perhaps because all participants realized that their differences mattered little in the face of the Adalet ve ...

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Why the Western Media are Getting Egypt Wrong

[Opponents of Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi protest as they shout slogans and wave national flags in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Arabic reads,

Western media coverage of the massive waves of protests in Egypt over the past two days is revealing of a number of problems that plague knowledge production about the Arab world. As crowds across the country were just warming up for the historic protests, around midday on 30 June, reports from Cairo appearing on Western broadcast and online news outlets focused on projecting an image of “polarization.” Rallies opposing the Muslim Brotherhood were represented as being balanced out, and in some cases even outnumbered, by the demonstration in favor of President Mohamed Morsi. The likelihood of violent clashes were carefully embedded within the news as a main ...

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Revolution Bookshelf: Revolution is My Name

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Mona Prince, Revolution is My Name. Cairo: n.p., 2012. Reading, ’Riting, Revolution Reading Egyptian literature this week might seem odd. What does literature—even literature about revolution—have to tell us about this particular moment? After all, revolutions are not stories. They are not poems. Revolutions are not texts nor are they primarily textual in nature. Revolutions are events. They are projects and processes, made and sustained by people insisting on living lives of dignity.   But even if revolutions are not stories, they do have an organic tie to stories and storytelling (and poetry too, but that is for another day). Stories make revolutions ...

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In Conversation with Amir H. Fallah

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Portraiture in American art dates back to the time of the colonies. From the late eighteenth century onward, beginning with the work of such artists as John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, and Charles Peale, issues surrounding representations of race, class, and gender have inevitably crept into the milieu of figurative painting, primarily when American society has reached critical junctures in its political history. Painting—although the medium is periodically proclaimed to be dead by critics—has been the site of several groundbreaking movements that have sought to deconstruct and disrupt the laden narrative of American art by formally pushing the bounds of the medium ...

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Between Exits: Paintings by Hani Zurob

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Kamal Boullata, Between Exits: Paintings by Hani Zurob. London: Black Dog, 2012  Hani Zurob’s early paintings are dominated by enigmatic figures of various shapes and sizes. Some resemble human subjects and are scaled to occupy the foregrounds of compositions—as though walking in a procession—while others are colossal and misshapen, overpowering everything in their path. Indications of their environment are equally nondescript. Vertical lines further divide the picture plane where small compartments are outlined, creating a sense of distance. Are those prison cells tucked away into a corner of the painting or are they the stacked quarters of refugee camps with ...

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Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain: O Stones, Listen to the Music

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[Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain (1954-1982) was born in the Syrian city of Dara’a on March 1954 to a poor family. Growing up as a deaf-mute, he struggled with his education and decided to quit school. He worked as a journalist from 1976 until his death in Damascus in 1982. He published three poetry collections and this poem is from his third collection “Simple as Water, Clear as a Bullet.” (Basitun kal-Ma’, Wadihun Katalqat al-Musaddas)] O stones, Listen to the Music Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain Translated by Mona Kareem   The beginning is tomorrow And tomorrow is neither a tie nor a pair of fancy shoes, The beginning is tomorrow And tomorrow is neither a crossword ...

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New Texts Out Now: Andrew Gardner and Autumn Watts, Constructing Qatar: Migrant Narratives from the Margins of the Global System

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Andrew Gardner and Autumn Watts, editors, Constructing Qatar: Migrant Narratives from the Margins of the Global System. Smashwords, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Andrew Gardner (AG): Migrants in the Gulf states have been a central focal point in my research for more than a decade now. Over that decade, I definitely noticed that the portions of my research and my presentations that truly resonated with my audience were oftentimes not the scholarly and theoretical acrobatics that seemingly comprise so much academic activity today, but rather the migrant stories and narratives that have often served as the foundational data in my ethnographic ...

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Ist uberall Taksim? Offentlicher Raum und mogliche Offentlichkeiten

[This article was originally written by Timur Hammond and Elizabeth Angell, and published by Jadaliyya in English. It was translated/published in German Infobrief Türkei.] In einer Rede am 1. Juni, in der er der türkeiweit angestoßenen Protestwelle antwortete, erklärte Premier Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: „Das Thema sind nicht die fünf bis zehn zu fällenden Bäume.” Es ging ihm darum, die Protestierenden zu diskreditieren, indem er sie als „ideologisch“ diffamierte und nahelegte, sie seien bloß Kader ...

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Gezi hareketinin ortak paydalari ve yeni orgutluluk bicimleri

Gezi hareketinin ortak paydaları ve yeni örgütlülük biçimleri Gezi Direnişi’nin gündemi her gün değişiyor ve hareket her gün yeniden tanımlanıyor. Bu, bir taraftan, hareketin gücünü teşkil ediyor. Diğer taraftan da, orta vadede dağılma, fazla bir iz bırakmadan sönümlenme riskini arttırıyor. O halde, hareketin her dönemeçte yeni bir renk kazanma niteliğini olumsuzlamadan, genel bir çerçeve önermek, bir zihin berraklığına vesile olabilir. Gezi hareketini yaratan ve sürdüren iki “olumsuz” birleştiren, ...

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المصريّون والإخوان

لم يكن هناك شكّ بأن مصر تتجه نحو ثورتها الثانية. كل يوم مرّ بها منذ انحسار المنافسة الإنتخابية بثنائية محمد مرسي وأحمد شفيق أكّد على ذلك. ولم يكن هناك شكّ بأن مصر التي يعطي شعبها عادةً الفرص، كانت تنتظر اكتمال المصيبة كي لا يناقشها برفضها مجادلٌ، فتمتلك كافة البراهين على فساد حكمٍ ستخرج لإسقاطه، خاصةً وأنه حكمٌ متسلّح بإيديولوجيا "تعزّ" لأسباب كثيرة على المصريين، وهي الدين الإسلامي. ولم يكن هناك شكّ بأن "الإخوان المسلمين" الذين بلغوا الحكم بعد طول انتظارٍ وعطش، سيتمسكون به إلى أقصى ...

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Bulgarian Translation of Jadaliyya's 'The Army and the Economy in Egypt'

[This article was originally written by Zeinab Abul-Magd and published by Jadaliyya in Arabic and English. It was translated/published in Bulgarian by Itidar.] Армията и икономиката на Египет  Трябва ли проблемите с макарони (една от основните храни на египтяните, бел. пр.) „Куин”, минерална вода „Сафи”, бутилки пропан-бутан и бензиностанциите „Уатания” да се считат военни тайни, чийто разискване се равнява на държавна измяна? По този начин мислят лидерите на египетските ...

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Head of Constitutional Court Announced Interim Egypt President by Army

Five hours after its set deadline, Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi addressed the nation with a roadmap for Egypt’s political future, placing the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court as head of the state until early presidential elections take place. News had emerged earlier of a travel ban on leading Muslim Brotherhood members and rumors circulated of President Mohamed Morsi being placed under house arrest. The new roadmap temporarily suspends the current Constitution, passed in a divisive ...

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Three Days of History: Making It and Waiting For It

With the level of anticipation so intense before 30 June, the day of mass protests planned against Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi, it seemed inevitable that expectations were to be dashed. But that day an estimated fourteen million Egyptians kept their date with their fellow citizens, and reminded many of the heady early days of the 25 January spark. The following day jolted Egyptians from joy to deep tension. A totally different echo of 2011 was in the air. Egypt’s armed forces issued a statement. ...

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May/June Culture

Jadaliyya's Culture Bouquet returns with the first of two summer editions.  Mona Kareem translates a poem by the late Syrian poet Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain. Elisabeth Jaquette translates a short story by Youssef Idris. Maymanah Farhat considers Kamal Boullata's monograph on painter Hani Zurob in a brief post that marks the beginning of a new series of short reviews on the culture page. Maymanah also interviews artist and art magazine publisher Amir H. Fallah as he debuts new portraits and ...

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March, 2013

After hearing so many horrible stories about what is happening in my country of birth, from the news and from friends, I decided to create an artistic representation of the cycle of loss and hope that is playing out. I took on the role of a young Syrian going through all the chaos in the country. He is born into an ordinary life but then is caught up in the turmoil. In the video, as you follow his path, you realize that things are melting away from him, like in a nightmare. The diversity of the city’s ...

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Returning to Khan Yunis

The English translation of Rabai al-Madhoun’s acclaimed novel, The Lady from Tel Aviv has just been published by Telegram Books. It tells the story of a novelist returning home to the Gaza Strip for the first time in decades. Like Ghassan Kanafani in Returning to Haifa, Madhoun explores the difficulties of Palestinian return and the collisions between memory and experience. The following is an excerpt.  Returning to Khan Yunis I spent my morning wandering around town, trying to get a feel for ...

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"A Glance" by Youssef Idris

A Glance By Youssef Idris It was strange for a small girl like her, in simplicity and innocence, to ask a grown man like me, someone she didn’t know, to adjust what she was carrying. What she carried was truly complicated: on her head settled a tray of roasted potatoes, and balanced on top of that rested a wide pan covered in pastries. The pan had slipped despite her careful grip, which clung tight to the load as it threatened to fall. My surprise didn’t last long as I stared at the small, bewildered ...

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New Texts Out Now: Neha Vora, Impossible Citizens: Dubai's Indian Diaspora

Neha Vora, Impossible Citizens: Dubai's Indian Diaspora. Durham: Duke University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Neha Vora (NV): I have always had an interest in South Asian diasporas, particularly in the forms of identification, cultural production, and belonging that occur as people move from “homeland” to new locales—how they imagine home and how they imagine themselves and their communities in relation to others. When I entered my PhD program in anthropology in 2002, I ...

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A Reflection on Violence and Democracy

On the morning of 30 June, BBC reporter Aleem Maqbool reports from Cairo, “what is today going to be remembered for? What is the 30th June going to be remembered for? Is it going to be the turning point in Egyptian politics or is it going to be remembered for violence?” But what if violence constitutes an integral, even inevitable, component of a democratic struggle? Considering the radical political transformations of the Arab world in the past two years, we cannot help but notice that, from the ...

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