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Will the Counter-Revolution Continue?

"Bread, freedom, social justice”; “Down, down with Hosni Mubarak”; “We’re not leaving, he must leave”; “The people want the downfall of the regime.” It is difficult to reflect on the famous slogans that awakened the consciousness of ...

[The Grande Mosquée de Paris. Photo by Arthur Asseraf.]

‘A Distinctly French Universalism’: Translating Laïcité after Charlie

Mayanthi L. Fernando, The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. Naomi Davidson. Only Muslim: Embodying Islam in Twentieth-Century France. Ithaca: Cornell University ...

[عند حاجز قلنديا. الصورة من الكاتبين]

درويش خارج النص

خلال زيارته الأولى إلى فلسطين، وعند سؤاله عمّا يريد أن يرى في رام الله، أجاب ضيفنا الأسترالي المتخصص في الأدب ما بعد الاستعماري، من دون أي تردّد: قبرَي الرئيس ياسر عرفات ومحمود درويش. ليست الإجابة صدفية، فالأول يُقدّم على أنه أب الوطنية ...


إشكالية الفرد في المغرب

نسعى في هذا المقال أن نثير إشكالاً يكتسي قلقاً مفاهيمياً ومعرفياً،  من خلال  البعد القيمي الذي ساد مؤخراً عن طبيعة الفرد المغربي وكيفية فهمه لطبيعة وجوده والآفاق التي ينسجها ارتباطاً بهذا المعطى. ليس يسوغ أن نتحدث عن الفرد  ...

Egypt Media Roundup (March 4)

[Hazem El-Beblawi (Former Deputy Prime Minister, Egypt) at the ERF 2013 Annual Conference. Image originally posted to Flickr by

[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.]  “Port Said enraged over prisoners’ relocation” Clashes between the police and protesters erupt after security forces move some of the defendants in the Port Said football massacre case from the city prison. “Egypt: Officials Turn Blind Eye to Port Said Police Abuses” Evidence gathered by human rights groups shows that Port Said police shot live ...

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Qatar Moving Closer to Algeria?

[Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, right, speaks with Qatar Emir Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani at his arrival at Algiers airport Wednesday, 18 May 2011. Image by AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub.]

Officially, Emir Hamad visited Algiers on 7 January 2013 to conduct an evaluation of the bilateral cooperation and to sign partnership agreements between the two countries. This visit was struck in a cordial tone between the heads of state, even though real tensions exist between the two countries following two years of frosty relations due to differences regarding the Arab Spring. In this respect, the recent rapprochement between the two states could suggest some shift in the foreign policy of Qatar and Algeria, the first from the perspective ...

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Palestine Up Close and at a Distance

[Detail of Paul Noble's

In Ramallah, Running Guy Mannes-Abbott and Samar Martha, editors Black Dog Publishing, 2012   In his 1997 memoir I Saw Ramallah, Mourid Barghouti identified the early stage of what is now called the Ramallah “bubble” or “syndrome.” Writing on the state of Palestine just a few years after the Oslo Accords, Barghouti locates a “mirage” or “idea of Palestine” that distracts native inhabitants. Ramallah, it is argued, has been redeveloped with a focus on gross commercialization through an unsavory brand of urban planning. While the outer limits of the “bubble” enclosure of the city are defined by the spread of nearby settlements and a section of Israel’s snaking ...

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[نبات الحلفاء]

اللغةُ أداةٌ لمعرفةِ الأشياءِ وتشفيرِ وترميزِ المعلوماتِ عنها وتدوينها وإذاعتها للتعبيرِ والتواصلِ. للأشياءِ أسماءٌ تُعرفُ بها وعلاقاتٌ تربُطُها يُعبّر عنها بأفعالٍ وحروفٍ وظروفٍ، وأمّا دأبُ الإنسانِ في البحثِ العلمي والإبداعِ والإكتشافِ فليسَ إلا محاولةً لمعرفةِ تلكَ الأسماءِ أو تبيانِ علاقاتها ببعضِها. اللغةُ تنمو وتتمددّ كُلما إتّسَعَتْ المعرفة/الحياة وتَشَعّبَتْ طرائقها. وتقاسُ حيوية اللغة بقدرتها على الإستجابةِ لبيئة الناطقين بها وتفاعلها وتلبيتها لشروط حياتهم وإستيعابِ ملاحظاتهم عن أنفسهم وكَوْنِهِم، وهذِهِ القدرةُ بدورها تعتمدُ على ما تبذلُه الجماعة اللغوية مِنْ جهدٍ لتأهيل اللغةِ وإستنهاضها. هذان عاملان يُغَذّي أحَدُهُما الآخَرَ، ويُحدّدان حَجْمَ الذخيرةِ ...

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Syria Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (February 2013)

[Painting by Syrian artist Aula al-Ayoubi.]

 [This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Syria. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Syria-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] Syria Media Roundup (February 28) Weekly collection of pertinent articles published ...

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Media on Media Roundup (March 3)

[One of the photos from Instagram users in the Israeli army that caused controversy. Image from user @eliya_hatan via RT]

Assad accuses UK of bullying  In a rare interview with the UK's Sunday Times, President Bashar al-Assad accused the British government of bullying and naivety in its approach to the conflict in Syria. Journalists Syndicate elections postponed After the general assembly failed to reach a quorum of fifty percent plus one of all eligible voters by 3 pm on Friday, 1 March, elections have been postponed to 15 March. Visiting French Reporter Prevented from Leaving Iraq for 15 Days Reporters Without Borders (RSF) expresses concern for Nadir Dendoune, a visiting journalist with French, Australian, and Algerian nationality, who has been prevented from leaving Iraq ...

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Lebanon's Sect Addiction

[Lebanon's former electoral districts. Photo courtesy of MESH.]

Lebanese MPs outraged secularists and campaigners opposed to sectarian politics this past week by provisionally approving a voting law that would make it so citizens could only vote for candidates of their own sect. The so-called Orthodox Gathering draft law still needs to pass a parliamentary vote—but activists and youth groups have already decried it as a step back from representative democracy and a lurch towards confessional – some claimed racist – politics. The bill was championed by Michel Aoun, the leader of the Maronite Christian Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) that contributes seven ministers to Lebanon’s current cabinet, alongside the Shiite Hezbollah, ...

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غريب حيفاوي: الفلسطيني لاجئاً في ذاته

[غلاف رواية ابتسام عازم

شاءت ابتسام عازم أن تجعل روايتها «غــــريب حيفاوي» (دار الجمل) أشبه بتداخــــل بورتريهات: بورتريه داخل بورتريه داخل بورتريه، لتنتهي جميعها بمركز ثقل واحد أو نواة ثقيلة ومكثفة قوامها التاريخ والذاكرة والمكان، الذي يجعل منه التغيير الديموغرافي فسحةً رحبة للالتباس. في هذا العمل-السيرة، يعاد ترتيب الأحداث السياسية لفلسطين، منذ نكبة عام 1948، وحتى لحظةٍ ما، غير محددة من الألفية الثالثة، ولا تعرض مباشرة على القارئ، وإنما يتمّ إرجاعها إلى اللغة اليومية لإنسان الحاضر، أو إسقاط أثرها على كينونة إنسانية تفتش عن فسحة ضئيلة للوجود. تجري أحداث هذا العمل الروائي القصير (أقل من 100 صفحة) في فلسطين، وتحديداً القدس الغربية ورام الله وتل أبيب. وبين هذه الأمكنة الثلاثة، يخضع التاريخ ...

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What Does Morsi Not Understand About Police Reform?

[The Egyptian Police at the presidential palace before the clashes started on February 1st. Image originally posted to Flickr by Moud Barthez.]

In mid-1861, Saeed Pasha, the ruler of Egypt, issued a Sovereign Decree to all police chiefs replacing the penalty of beating with imprisonment. Accordingly, regulations were issued stating that since  penalties in the form of beatings of some criminals are intended to once and for all discipline those who commit crimes and sins, and serve as a deterrence to others, while keeping in mind effect without harm, we have decided to replace the penalty of beating with the penalty of imprisonment. Before these regulations were issued, torture was prevalent and central to Egypt’s judicial system. Most penalty codes issued during the nineteenth century clearly ...

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Global Ban on CS Gas is Needed

[Clashes between protestors and riot police after a funeral in Sitra. 1 January 2012. Image from Saeed Saif.]

To mark the second anniversary of the February 14 Bahraini uprising, Pr. Damian McCormack, Pr. David Grayson and Tara O'Grady call for a ban on CS gas. CS gas,  2-chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile, is a chemical weapon which is banned in warfare by the OPCW (Organisation for Prevention of Chemical Weapons) under the Chemical Weapons Convention, 1993. However, its misuse as a crowd control tear gas in peacetime is causing significant mortality and morbidity. We have retrieved and analyzed samples from tear gas canisters used in Bahrain and have unequivocally demonstrated the presence of the CS agent. At least fifty-four deaths have been attributed to the ...

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Israel: Open Independent Investigation into the Suspicious Death following Interrogation of Palestinian Detainee Arafat Jaradat

[Abandoned room and chair. Photo by Brennan Lashever used under a Creative Commons license.]

The undersigned human rights organizations call on the Israeli Attorney General (AG) to open an independent and impartial investigation into the circumstances of the death of thirty year-old Palestinian detainee Arafat Jaradat in the Meggido Prison according to the Investigation into Circumstances of Death Law. The organizations also call on the international community to demand that the Israeli government respect the rights of Palestinian prisoners and protect their health and lives. Adalah, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I), and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) view with extreme gravity the treatment of Palestinian detainees and ...

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Representation and the Egyptian Black Bloc: The Siren Song of Orientalism?

[Anarchist poster at protest in Giza, September 2011. Image by Gigi Ibrahim.]

Much in the way of media coverage has highlighted the appearance of a Western-style Black Bloc on the streets of Cairo during the protests marking the second anniversary of the Egyptian uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian state, having perceived the formation as a distinct political organization, promptly outlawed it, and just as promptly accused its members of comically unlikely collusion with Zionist saboteurs. Islamist groups such as Al-Gama’a Al-Islamiyya called for anyone engaged in Black Bloc actions to be treated to the punishments enumerated for “hooliganism” in the Quran–chief among them, execution. If one takes the reception of Black Blocs in the ...

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Where to Find Publishing News on the Web

[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.] Tadween Publishing has compiled a list of top blogs and websites that feature news and analysis from the publishing world. Whether you are looking for news from the publishing industry or advice on how to publish your own eBook, ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Feb 25- Mar 3)

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. Death of the Dissertation? The Legal Framework of Second Class Citizenship Representation and the Egyptian Black Bloc: The Siren Song of Orientalism? 32 by Sahar Mandour GCC and the Sacred Right to Punish The Disappearing ...

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حوار موسّع مع فواز طرابلسي عن الثورة السورية

اتخذ فواز طرابلسي المفكر والكاتب اللبناني والمناضل اليساري العتيد، مواقف واضحة في دعم الثورات العربية، فواكبها مُتابعاً وكاتباً ومُحللاً، توج هذا في كتابه "الديمقراطية ثورة" (2012). وقد شغل طرابلسي، الأستاذ الجامعي والمؤرخ، موقع المثقف الفاعل لا المراقب فحسب في لحظات مفصلية في تاريخ المنطقة المعاصر من لبنان إلى اليمن. من مؤلفاته: "عن أمل لا شفاء منه، دفاتر حصار بيروت" 1982. "الماركسية وبعض قضايانا العربية" 1985. "وعود عدن – رحلات يمنية" 2000. "تاريخ لبنان ...

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Whatever Happened to Egypt's Democratic Transition?

There is a paradigm nobody talks about much anymore in regard to Egypt: the democratic transition. The problem with the idea of democratic transition, dearly beloved by the Barack Obama Administration, most of my colleagues in political science, and the Muslim Brotherhood, was that it presumed the institutions of the state would be passed, intact, from the old regime to the new. Through elections, constitutions, and the circulation of new elites, popular sovereignty and democratic practice ...

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أطياف الربيع العربي فوق بيروت

 لطالما شكلت المطالب المعيشية في لبنان مادة للنكايات السياسية ليس إلا. وكثيراً ما ارتضت الحركة النقابية اللبنانية التي كان الاتحاد العمالي العام يشكل فصيلها الأبرز، أن تتحول إلى ما يشبه الأداة في يد قوى سياسية تستخدمها ساعة تشاء، وتلوك خطابها المطلبي، قبل أن تتخلى عنها وعن المطالب التي رفعتها، عند أول فرصة. ولهذه العلاقة القاتلة أكثر من سبب لعل أبرزها سياسة الإضعاف الممنهج الذي تعرضت له الحركة النقابية على يد الوصاية السورية والطقم السياسي اللبناني الحليف لها، وفقاً لتقسيم العمل الأخوي بين ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (February 2013)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of February 2013. It also includes the most recent videos, roundups and the most read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our Monthly Edition series, and we now have a page dedicated to all roundups.  Two Years of Meta-Narratives: How Not to Cover Syria Tires over Tyre: US Ambassador Ruins Ruins This Is A Mass Sexual Assault . . . We Will Resist ...

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The Rising Cost of Electricity in Jordan

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فارس يواكيم في ترجمة كتاب عنف الدكتاتورية لستيفان زفايغ

[“كتب” هي سلسلة تستضيف “جدلية” فيها الكتاب والمترجمين في حوار حول أعمالهم الجديدة، نرفقه بمقطع من الكتاب.] الكتاب ”عنف الدكتاتورية“ المؤلف: ستيفان زفايغ، ترجمة فارس يواكيم. بيروت، دار الفرات، ٢٠١٣. جدلية: كيف تبلورت فكرة ترجمة الكتاب، وما الذي قادك نحو الموضوع؟ فارس يواكيم: كنت أعرف ستيفان زفايغ روائياً صاحب أسلوب ممتع في السرد. وكنت أحرص على قراءة رواياته. ثم وقعت على كتاب من تأليفه لا علاقة له بالرواية. عنوان الكتاب "كاستيليو ضد كالفن ... أو ضمير ضد العنف". في الظاهر، كتاب يكثف الأضواء ...

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Reports Roundup (March 2)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Sexual Violence Against Women and the Increasing Frequency of Gang Rape in Tahrir and Its Environs Nazra for Feminist Studies addresses the rise of sexual violence in Egypt's Tahrir Square from a feminist perspective, arguing that women's issues are first and foremost political issues.  Physicians for Human Rights: Rights Violations Still Common in ...

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Assarag: Habitat and the Imazighen of Morocco

(If the photo slide show does not appear above, please click here.) [The photos and text presented here are the result of my work in five Amazigh (also known as Berber) communities or distinct architectural ensembles in the south of Morocco.] My work in Morocco began in May 2002 when I was invited by a former high school friend of Moroccan descent to photograph his father's native village, Timkatti. This place of mud and stone is located in the Ida Ou Tannane region about forty miles north of Agadir. ...

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What was at Stake at Brooklyn College?

It was an odd spectacle: Michael Bloomberg, the New York City mayor responsible for a quite a bit of repression against New York activists, was also the one chiding New York politicos for their threats to cut funding for the city’s public colleges. As he quipped, “If you want to go to a university where the government decides what kind of subjects are fit for discussion, I suggest you apply to a school in North Korea.” Brooklyn College’s hosting of activist Omar Barghouti from the Boycott National ...

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On the UAE's Decision to Refuse Entry to Professor Kristian Coates

This past Thursday, 28 February 2013, I was supposed to go to Dubai. The trip was to attend a one-day workshop on Sunday, 3 March 2013 in which the Alexandria Trust was expected to launch "al-Fanar,” a new publication devoted to the state of higher education in the Arab world. However, given the recent decision by the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to deny entry to Professor Kristian Coates Ulrichsen of the London School of Economics (LSE), the whole launch was cancelled.  Dr. ...

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