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Violence: Theirs and Ours

“I do not understand the squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favor of using poison gas against uncivilized tribes. It would spread a lively terror.” -- Winston Churchill, 1920, with regard to the uprising in ...

[Electricity pole in Hamra. Photo by Abi Weaver, 2016]

Dark Beirut: The (In)Visibility of Electricity

As filmmakers and researchers working on electricity in Beirut, it is tempting to become too attached to the visible, namely electricity wires that drape the city like garlands, dangerously gaping down at pedestrians, changing their paths, ...

Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

[This is an ongoing post that will be updated regularly. It was first published on 6 December 2016. The updates appear at the bottom.] The conflict in Yemen seems set to intensify as 2016 draws to a close. The deposed president Abd ...

New Texts Out Now: Karine Walther, Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921

Karine Walther, Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.   Jadliyya (J): What made you write this book? Karine Walther (KW): As my parents ...

Khalil Al-Sakakini: A Profile from the Archives

[Khalil Al-Sakakini]

[”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 culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally published in Arabic and was translated by Mazen Hakeem.] Name: Khalil Last Name: Al-Sakakini Father’s Name: Qostandi Date of Birth: 1878 Date of Death: 1953 Place of Birth: Jerusalem Nationality: Palestinian Category: Author Profession: Writer and journalist Khalil Al-Sakakini   Palestinian national. Born on 23 January 1878 in ...

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المثقفون العرب: سحر البيان بديلاً عن المعرفة


بيان المثقفين العرب الموقع مما يزيد عن (250) مثقفاً، سوريين بدرجة رئيسة (ثمة 149منهم) ولبنانيين، ولا بأس ببعض العراقيين بحسب الخارطة المفترضة للدولة الاسلامية (داعش) التي وصف البيان ظهورها بالردة من دون أن ينتبه موقعو البيان"ترى هل الامر داخل بالفعل في خانة النسيان ؟ أشك!" إن كلمة "الردة" ذات الاصل الديني الضاربة جذورها بعيداً في التراث الاسلامي المتخم بالردات وأحكام المرتد، هذه الكلمة هي من بعض ما يحاول البيان أن يقف ضده، ويجادله ثقافياً، في الأقل، أو إن شئت قل، من منطق المثقف الليبرالي المتنور "حتماً"، مثلما يجادل مثقف عراقي"علاء اللامي" البيان واصحابه في مكان آخر، فكيف أمكن لكاتب البيان، صاحب العقل الليبرالي الحديث، وقد أشيع أنه ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat “Debates” Senior Advisor to Israeli Ambassador on Democracy Now!

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Israel’s brutal aerial onslaught on the population of the Gaza Strip continues. As of Saturday 12 July 2014, Israel has killed 127 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip alone, not including the nearly dozen killed during its Operation Brother’s Keeper. Hamas has responded by firing crude rockets and mortars into Israel that have killed zero persons and have injured nine Israelis, at the highest estimate. Media outlets have nonetheless disproportionately focused on the impact of Hamas’s response. In this episode of Democracy Now aired on Friday 11 July 2014, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat debates the Senior Advisor to the Israeli Ambassador on who is responsible for this ...

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Video: What The Media Isn't Telling You About Israel's Attack on Gaza

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In this two minute video on AJ+ Labs, host Dena Takruri explains what the mainstream media is missing in its coverage of Israel's attack on Gaza and why context matters.  

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Human Rights Watch Goes to War

[Gaza, post-Operation Cast Lead. Image by Physicians for Human Rights - Israel.]

[In view of the growing controversy about HRW's role and positions, Jadaliyya is re-posting this 2009 analysis of HRW's response to Israel's 2008-2009 assault on the Gaza Strip by Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani, originally published on] The Middle East has always been a difficult challenge for Western human rights organizations, particularly those seeking influence or funding in the United States. The pressure to go soft on US allies is in some respects reminiscent of Washington’s special pleading for Latin American terror regimes in the 1970s and 1980s. In the case of Israel such organizations also face a powerful and influential domestic ...

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No, Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory

[Smoke over Gaza following an Israeli airstrike. Image by Scott Bobb. From Wikimedia Commons.]

[In view of Israel's assertions that its current attacks on the Gaza Strip are an exercise in legitimate self-defense, Jadaliyya re-posts an analysis of this claim by Co-Editor Noura Erakat initially published in 2012.]   On the fourth day of Israel's most recent onslaught against Gaza's Palestinian population, President Barack Obama declared, “No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.” In an echo of Israeli officials, he sought to frame Israel's aerial missile strikes against the 360-square kilometer Strip as the just use of armed force against a foreign country. Israel's ability to frame its assault ...

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Mouin Rabbani Discusses Israeli Attacks on Gaza

[Screen shot from Rabbani's interview with Al-Jazeera English]

Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani gives an interview to Al-Jazeera English on the continued Israeli military assault on the Gaza Strip and the prospects for a cease-fire.

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The Perils of American Muslim Politics

[President Barack Obama delivers remarks during an Iftar dinner. Image from U.S. Embassy, Jakarta/Flickr.]

This Ramadan, many American Muslim leaders are anxiously awaiting to hear whether they have made the cut for the annual White House Iftar. An invitation to this iftar, as with similar events the State Department and the Pentagon hold, serves to symbolize recognition in the halls of American power and a degree of success for those Muslims who have sought active engagement within the political arena. Rewarded by a chance to break their fast with President Obama, they have been formally recognized as leaders in a fraught religious community. Representing a variety of civic, political, religious, cultural, and educational institutions and initiatives, these are individuals ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (10 July)

[Israeli Air Forces bombing over Ansar site, 8 July 2014. Image by Basel Yazouri.]

[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.]  Israel Palestine For Palestinians, This Week's Deaths Highlight the Asymmetry of Power, Ahmad Samih Khalidi The latest conflicts between Palestinians and Israelis speak to a deep Palestinian public concern about Palestinian "administrative detainees" in Israel. Israel Bombs Gaza Sites Hours after ...

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New Texts Out Now: Melani Cammett, Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon

[Cover of Melani Cammett,

Melani Cammett, Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Melani Cammett (MC): The aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq first got me thinking about the connections between identity politics and social service provision. Years of war with Iran as well as more than a decade of sanctions after the First Gulf War had eroded the public welfare infrastructure in Iraq. The dismantling of the state in the aftermath of the US invasion destroyed much of what was left of it, creating a vacuum in parts of the country. I began to think about how “ordinary” people were able to ...

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Women As Fair Game in the Public Sphere: A Critical Introduction for Understanding Sexual Violence and Methods of Resistance

[6 February 2013, anti sexual harassment march to Tahrir Square. The Arabic reads, in reference to Tahrir Square:

Ever since sexual violence has become a daily reality for Egyptian women, the subject no longer requires a long introduction. In the past few years, every Egyptian woman has become vulnerable to varying levels of abuse in the street. The threats range from stalking, verbal harassment, and physical assault, to—in some cases—mass sexual assault. The spectacle of mass sexual assaults in Tahrir Square deservedly earned comment in the media and took on political weight due to the location and circumstances where the attacks took place. Nonetheless, close observers of the last few years have repeatedly noted that what happened in Tahrir was not a new phenomenon. Group sexual ...

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July Culture Bouquet

[Detail of Mouteea Murad's

July has been quite eventful and cruel. Neymar is out and the Caliphate is in and on. And we have a colorful bouquet for our readers. Elliot Colla examines the military-literary complex and the pervasive network of embedded iterature. Sonja Mejcher-Atassi curates a conversation between Charif KIwan and Akra Zaatarai. Jonathan Wright translates an excerpt from Amjad Nasser's novel, Land of No Rain. Soraya Morayef interviews Syrian novelist Khaled Khalifa. Gelare Khoshgozaran reflects on Nooshin Rostami's House of Strength. Daniella Rose King interviews Medrar.TV's Mai Elwakil in a post republished from online arts magazine Ibraaz, which is complimented by a Medrar.TV ...

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Video: Life in Gaza Explained

Gaza has been described as the world's largest open air prison. Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip has had catastrophic results for average Palestinians living there. AJ+'s Dena Takruri looks at the unforgiving realities they face everyday.

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HRW's Pro-Israel Partisanship on 'Protective Edge'

[The following post was originally published on Just World News.] The NYC-based organization Human Rights Watch, which has grown increasingly closer to the US government over the years, has sunk to a new low in the kneejerk response it published July 9, to Israel's deadly 'Operation Protective Edge'. See how. Where What Helena Cobban Comment ...

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Syria Media Roundup (July 12)

[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 by Monday night of every week.]  Regional and International Perspectives The Islamic Caliphate The Jihad Next Door Rania Abouzeid’s lengthy feature in which she explains ...

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Nobel Peace Laureates Slam Human Rights Watch's Ken Roth for Refusal to Cut Ties to U.S. Government

[In a May 12 letter, two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and over 100 scholars, journalists and human rights activists called on Human Rights Watch to close its revolving door to the U.S. government. On June 3, HRW published a response from executive director Kenneth Roth on its website, arguing that their “concern is misplaced.” In a June 11 debate on Democracy Now!, HRW Counsel and Spokesman Reed Brody similarly rejected their recommendations. Nobel Laureates Mairead Maguire and Adolfo Pérez Esquivel join ...

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Mouin Rabbani Appears on Russia Today's Cross Talk

Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani participates in a debate on the current Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip on Russia Today's Cross Talk program. Other guests are Dan Arbell and Norman Finkelstein.  

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The Killing Fields of Gaza: An Interview with Mouin Rabbani

Since the early morning hours of Tuesday 8 July 2014, Israeli occupation forces have been bombing Gaza from air, land, and sea. At the time of writing, Israel's indiscrimate bombing of the besieged enclave had killed over eighty Palestinians with more than five hundred injured, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza. The narrative about recent extensive raids of the West Bank and the Israeli military assault on Gaza revolves around two specific events--the abduction and killings of three settler ...

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Three Travelling Plaques Become Four in Mohamed Mahmoud Street

This article should be read as the continuation of a series I wrote for Jadaliyya on art and the Egyptian revolution, the most recent of which was posted on 25 January 2013 and entitled “The Dramaturgy of a Street Corner”. For the past three years, graffiti in Egypt has drawn a record level of attention from the international media. If one performs a Google search using the keywords “graffiti Egypt”, about 10,900,000 results appear. If one searches for the same keywords on youtube, there are 396,000 ...

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An Institutionalized Disregard for Palestinian Life

One either rejects the killing of non-combatants on principle or takes a more tribal approach to such matters. In the case of Israel and the Palestinians, the global outpouring of grief and condemnation over the killing of three Israeli youths in the occupied West Bank constitutes the moral equivalent of Rolf Harris denouncing Jimmy Savile.One either rejects the killing of non-combatants on principle or takes a more tribal approach to such matters. In the case of Israel and the Palestinians, the global ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (June 2014)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of June 2014. It also includes the most recent roundups, editors picks, and most read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our Monthly Edition series.   On Recent Events in Mosul and Other Cities in Iraq Letter to Obama Administration on Egyptian State Violations of Human Rights Job Announcement: Various Positions with the Arab Council for Social Science ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (June 30-July 6)

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. Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Responds to Israeli General Consul Regarding Operation Brother’s Keeper On Al Jazeera America The Moral Economy of Settler Colonialism: Israel and the “Evacuation Trauma” Video: Israeli Settlements ...

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Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar in Translation

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, The Time Regulation Institute, translated by Maureen Freely and Alexander Dawe, introduction by Pankaj Mishra. New York: Penguin, 2014.   The verbal text is jealous of its linguistic signature but impatient of national identity. Translation flourishes by virtue of that paradox.  — Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “Translation as Culture” 1. Traveling Tanpınar 2014 marks the appearance of a second English translation of one of the funniest satirical novels of the ...

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المسألة السّورية: سؤال المصير والمستقبل: الحراك الشعبي في سورية

‫الحراك الشعبي في سورية 1ـ الحراك الشعبي السّوري ، الّذي بدأ في النّصف الثّاني من آذار (مارس) 2011 تحوّل تدريجياً ، وقبل أن يتصلّب عوده، وتترسخ قاعدته الشّعبية، ويتحقق استقلاله عن القوى والمؤثرات الخارجية، تحوّل، بعد بضعة أشهر، عن النهج السّلمي إلى حرب متعدّدة الصّفات ومن نوع جديد لم تألفه المنطقة، شاركت فيه أطراف عربية وإقليمية ودولية عديدة. وهكذا غُطي على الأهداف الداخلية للحراك (الحرية والكرامة والعدالة)، ثمَ أزيحت تدريجياً لصالح أهداف هذه الأطراف التي لعبت دور المموّل والمسلّح والموجَه والمخطّط، ...

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