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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.3 is Live! Celebrating Our One-Year Anniversary

Amidst the rambunctious MESA (Middle East Studies Association) conference atmosphere, we and all our partner organizations are happy to announce the release of STATUS/الوضع Issue 2.3. By far, this is our richest and most diverse ...

[Image of the Eiffel Tower illuminated with the Tricolor following the Paris attacks. Image by Passion Leica/Flickr]

A Moveable Feast? Reflections on the French Coverage of the Paris Attacks

Writing on the relationship between acts of terror and the mystification of liberalism in 1947, Maurice Merleau-Ponty wrote that, “cunning, violence, propaganda, and realpolitik” appeared “in the guise of liberal principles” and were “the ...

[Data from Banque du Liban ( Graph by the author. The ratio of dollar to Lebanese lira deposits is taken as a confidence indicator in the Lebanese economy.]

The Diaspora, Debt, and Dollarization: Unraveling Lebanon’s Resilience to a Sovereign Debt Crisis

There are no official statistics on the numbers of Lebanese who have emigrated and are working abroad, nor on the immense sums of money they transfer to their home country. According to World Bank estimates, remittances comprised between ...

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يكفيني أن ألمس ورقة خضراء حتى أرى

              ورقة خضراء قبل أن أنقل حياتي البسيطة إلى هذا الزمان،  لم تكن أحلامي لترتفع أعلى من سماء، تغطي دالية عنب،  حيث الحكمة في متناول كل حي * كان يكفيني أن ألمس ورقة ...

Turkey Media Roundup (August 28)

[Hundreds of people formed a human chain near the Diyarbakir city walls in solidarity with Rojava, August 2013. © Fırat Aygün / Nar Photos.]

[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 inclusion in each week's roundup to by Sunday night of every week.] English Turkish Foreign Policy How Turkey Went From “Zero Problems” to Zero Friends Piotr Zalewski gives a recap of Turkey's post-Arab spring foreign policy: "Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has now burned his bridges with the military regime in Egypt, squabbled with Gulf monarchies for refusing to stand by deposed Egyptian President Mohamed ...

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ملف من الأرشيف: اسماعيل شمّوط

[الفنان الفلسطيني اسماعيل شموط]

 [ "ملف من الأرشيف" هي سلسة تقوم ”جدلية“ بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم العربي.]      الاسم: اسماعيل الشهرة: شمّوط تاريخ الولادة: 1930 تاريخ الوفاة: 2006 الجنسية: فلسطيني مسقط الرأس: اللد اسم الزوجة: تمام الأكحل/ فنانة تشكيلية  الفئة: فنان المهنة: فنان تشكيلي   Keep Reading »

O.I.L. Media Roundup (28 August)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to a crowd of reporters as he concludes his visit to the Za'atri camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan on July 18, 2013. Image by US Department of State.]

 [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 "Navy Ready to Launch First Strike on Syria," Tim Ross, Ben Farmer Ross and Farmer report for the Telegraph on UK Royal Navy plans to prepare cruise missile strikes in Syria along with the United States. "US, Britain and France Already Have Military Muscle Near Syria," Robert Booth, ...

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Chemical Attacks and Military Interventions

[Syrian man mourning over a dead body after an alleged poisonous gas attack fired by regime forces in Douma town, Damascus, on Wednesday 21 August 2013. Image by Associated Press / Media Office Of Douma City]

Images of dead bodies laid out on floors wrapped in white cloth, with no sign of blood or injury circulated across social and news media last week to signal another horrific stage of the Syrian war. As of 24 August, Doctors without Borders has indicated that many patients treated in the aftermath of the attack in eastern Ghouta had "neurotoxic symptoms" though they stressed they can neither confirm scientifically nor establish causality. Since then, several other groups—including the Violation Documentation Center—have left little doubt that some sort of chemical attack did indeed occur. The mass scale of suffering in Syria, upwards of 100,000 killed and ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (August 27)

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[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 The Threat and Value of Saudi Arabia An editorial on US-Saudi relations. Egypt’s coup and the Saudi opposition Madawi Al-Rasheed examines the attitudes of the Saudi state and opposition toward the Muslim Brotherhood, and their reaction to the coup that ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Why ...

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Tadween Roundup: News and Analysis in Publishing and Academia from the Arab World

[The following is a roundup of the latest news and analysis from the publishing world that relates to pedagogy and knowledge production. It was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more updates, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.] “Professor, You’re Dividing My Nation”: In Iraqi Kurdistan, Tongues are Tied by Politics By Sophie Hardach (Chronicle of Higher Education) In Iraqi Kurdistan, scholars are caught in a war of words over language. Critical Citizenship for Critical Times By Maha Bali (Al Fanar) Amidst the current conflict plaguing Egypt, Maha Bali contemplates the ...

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إصلاح أسواق العمل في بلدان الخليج العربية التبريد بالقبّعة


من بين أسوأ المناظر التي تختزل حالة حقوق الإنسان في بلدان الخليج العربية هو مشهد عمال البناء وصيانة الطرق وهم يعملون تحت شمس منتصف الظهيرة، حين تصل درجة الحرارة إلى 45 في الظل وتزيد عن 50 درجة في الأماكن المكشوفة. يصبح إجبار العمال على العمل رغم لهب الشمس الحارق مقارباً للحكم عليهم بالموت عاجلاً أو آجلاً. كثيرون يسقطون مغمياً عليهم وقد يؤدي السقوط إلى الموت في حال من يعمل منهم في مواقع بناء مرتفعة أو على السقالات. هي شمس لاهبة في مواقع عمل مكشوفة تحرق أجساداً لا تتحاشاها خوفاً من خصم في الأجر أو الطرد من العمل لذي يليه إلغاء الإقامة. معاناةٌ صارخة وحراك مكتوم لا يستطيع العمال المهاجرون رفض العمل في تلك الظروف، رغم معرفتهم بالأخطار المحدقة. ومما يجبرهم على ذلك، السعي ...

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بورسعيد: ليلة وصباحيّة

  [تنشر هذه المادة ضمن إتفاقية شراكة وتعاون بين ”جدلية“ و“معازف“] مساء الأحد، 1 أيّار/ مايو، 2005، عشيّة عيد شمّ النسيم، احتفلت خمس فرق مصريّة مستقلة بالمناسبة المصريّة الموغلة في القدم، أمام ما يقرب من خمسمئة متفرج بين أفراد وشلل وأسر جاء أغلبهم من مدن القناة والعاصمة، وفي غياب واضح لوسائل الإعلام الرسميّة – لم يكن هناك سوانا ومصوّر من جريدة بورسعيديّة محلية. مثل الجماعات المذهبيّة التي تحيي تقاليد وأفكاراً منبوذة، ومثل أقليّة إثنيّة متبقيّة من سلالة مبادة اجتمعت لتحضير أرواح أسلافها، انسحب المحتفلون بالمهرجان الشعبي السنوي من نهار وشوارع بورسعيد إلى ليل بورفؤاد في كافيتيريا النجمة، على الضفة الأخرى من القناة. كان المهرجان الذي أقيم لأول مرة في 1994 ...

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World War I and the Ottoman Home Front

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The centennial of the First World War is fast approaching. In 2015, Turkey will commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign, both a major victory and collective trauma of the war, and Armenians will do the same in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. With important and contentious issues of memory front and center in the public sphere, historical discussion of the World War I period will be as relevant as ever. This episode of Ottoman History Podcast, with Yiğit Akın, offers a new perspective on a well-studied conflict, employing the approaches of social history to shed light on ignored aspects of the war experience. Akın’s recent dissertation on ...

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In This Sublime Struggle of Ours: After Egypt, on Turkey and Terror

[Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Images via Wikimedia Commons.]

What does Prime Minister Erdoğan’s government in Turkey have in common with General Sisi’s in Egypt? “Nothing” cannot be the answer—at least not for those who have dared to confront the legal, liberal, and lethal force of Erdoğan’s rule during a long decade of tenure. This is why on 17 August 2013, when he described what he saw in Egypt as “an Egyptian standing in front of a tank with no molotov, no weapon, and no stone but who is shot and martyred,” Erdoğan could become the target of public ridicule. The Prime Minister was quickly reminded of the protestors that the Turkish police killed only weeks ago, of citizens wounded in the thousands by plastic bullets and ...

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لماذا تُقلق صورة النساء الفلسطينيات المُقاوِمات مضجع إسرائيل؟ المظاهرات ضد برافر كمثال

[مظاهرة في مدينة يافا ضد مخطط

كتب محامي أحد معتقلي مظاهرات "برافر لن يمر" ضد مخطط إسرائيل لتهجير أكثر من خمسين ألف فلسطيني في النقب، والتي جرت في الخامس عشر من تمّوز؛ على حسابه على موقع التواصل الإجتماعي "فيسبوك"، أنه عندما دخل إلى مقرّ الشرطة الإسرائيليّة ليسأل عن موكّلهِ، بعد أن تم القبض عليه خلال النشاطات السلميّة التي عمّت أنحاء فلسطين لمنع المُخطّط، أعرب له الضابط المُحقِق، عن قلقه حيال هذه المظاهرات. حيثُ أن الشرطة - وأجهزة الأمن الإسرائيليّة عامة- تُواجه جيلاً جديداً من الشباب، مُسيّساً، متعلماً وأكثر وعيّاً. ليس هذا وحسب، بل إنه جيل تتقدمّه النساء، فيقُدنّ المظاهرات ويبادرن إلى الحِراك.  من يتابع عن كثب كيف تبني المؤسّسة الأمنيّة الإسرائيليّة "بروفايل" ...

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اسماعيل شمّوط: الذاكرة تتّخذ جسداً

[تعمل ”جدلية“ على نشر مقاطع من أعمال ومقالات أدباء وشخصيات نتناول سيرتها في ”ملف من الأرشيف“. في هذا الأسبوع، نتناول سيرة الفنان التشكيلي الفلسطيني إسماعيل شموط. تقدم “جدلية”  في هذا المقال مقاطع من قراءة تحلل سمات وعلائم فن شموط، قام بها الفنان التشكيلي ومؤرخ الفن الفلسطيني كمال بلاطة. (والذي سوف تكون لنا قريباً وقفة عند أعماله كذلك). يذكر أن بلاطة دأب على مدى عقود على دراسة وتأريخ الفن التشكيلي الفلسطيني. مصدر المادة أدناه من فصل بعنوان "الذاكرة تتّخذ جسداً" من كتاب: كمال بُلاّطة، ...

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New Texts Out Now: Christiane Gruber and Sune Haugbolle, Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East

Christiane Gruber and Sune Haugbolle, editors, Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East: Rhetoric of the Image. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this collection? Christiane Gruber and Sune Haugbolle (CG & SH): When we first met at a memory studies workshop in 2007, we talked about the need to bring visual culture as an emergent discipline into communication with media studies of the Middle East. In our discussions, we agreed that it would be ...

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Bu Ulvi Mucadelemizde: Misir'dan sonra, Turkiye ve Teror uzerine

Bu Ulvi Mücadelemizde: Mısır'dan sonra, Türkiye ve Terör üzerine  Başbakan Erdoğan’ın Türkiye’deki hükümeti ile Mısır’daki General Sisi hükümetinin arasındaki ortak nokta ne? Cevap “hiçbir şey” olamaz—en azından, on yıllık uzun görev süresi boyunca Erdoğan iktidarının yasal, liberal ve ölümcül gücüne karşı durma cesareti gösterenler için. Işte bu yüzden Erdoğan 17 Ağustos 2013’te Mısır'da gördüklerini “Bir Mısırlı tankın karşısına çıkıyor, elinde molotof yok, silah yok, taş yok ama kendisine ateş ...

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Istanbul, Its People, and Their Limits

Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits. Directed by Imre Azem. Turkey and Germany, 2012. Almost exactly a year before the current protests in Turkey—commonly referred to as “Occupy Gezi,” after Gezi Park, located in the Taksim neighborhood of Istanbul—a film called Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits was screened in the very same park. The event was announced as a public premiere, and it was co-sponsored by two groups. The first was the Taksim Coalition, comprised of concerned city planners, architects, local ...

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Final Sahnesi: Rojava

Suriye'deki gelişmeler, ülkenin yakın tarihin kötü bir tekerrürünün yaşanması ihtimali ekseninde karmaşık bir hal almaya başladı. Sünnilerin yoğunlukta olduğu muhaliflerin çok başlı olması, Kürtlere yönelik dışlama gayretleri, Kürtlerin örgütlülüğü ve uluslararası güçlerin istikrar değil 'çıkar hesabı' yapması, Suriye'de istikrarın uzak bir liman olduğunu gösteriyor. Şimdiki durum son 50-60 yıllık geçmişin bir sonucudur. Geriye dönüp bir Suriye fotoğrafı çektiğimizde şimdiki tabloyu çok daha net ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 26)

[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.]  “Prosecutor refers espionage allegations against political activists to State Security” Asmaa Mahfouz and Esraa Abdel-Fattah are accused of spying for foreign forces and receiving ...

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Last week on Jadaliyya (August 19-25)

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.  Discourse Polarization and the Liberal Triumph in Egypt The Revenge of the Police State From Revolution to War on Terror: Reflections on Post-3 July Egypt Everything Was Possible A Siren Song For Lebanon Statement ...

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Friday 24 August: Summary of News Reports on Airstrike and Bombings in Lebanon

Israeli Airstrike in Naameh On Friday 23 August, Israeli warplanes struck an area twenty kilometers south of Beirut, targeting a base of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command (PFLP-GC). Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon claimed that the airstrike was in response to four rockets that were fired into Israel from southern Lebanon less than twenty-four hours before the airstrike. The four rockets that were fired from southern Lebanon on 22 August caused no casualties, with ...

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بيان الإشتراكيين الثوريين: يسقط حكم العسكر. لا لعودة الفلول. لا لعودة الإخوان

مجازر بشعة وقمع عنيف. تصاعد كبير للهجمات على الكنائس ومسيحيي مصر. وترسيخ يجري على قدم وساق للدولة العسكرية القمعية. تطورات سياسية هائلة مرّت علينا خلال الأسابيع الماضية، وكما تحمل التطورات تحديات كبرى تضعها أمام الثورة، تحوي أيضاً فرصاً تؤهل لموجات جديدة قادمة في مسار الثورة المصرية، والتي يمكن للإشتراكيين الثوريين استغلالها بشكل جيد لبناء الحركة – في حال تطوير تكتيكات قادرة على التعاطي مع الأوضاع المتغيرة. وفي إطار بناء وتطوير التكتيك السياسي، يقدم المكتب السياسي لحركة الاشتراكيين الثوريين هذه ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (August 23)

[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 New Chart: FLN Sketch Kal (The Moor Next Door) publishes a reference chart detailing the organization of the FLN. Les dates de la tenue du Comité ...

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Academics Protest Facebook Censorship Policies in Turkey

[The following petition was posted in Turkish and English on 29 July 2013. The statement has been lightly edited for stylistic purposes. For the original version of this petition, and a complete list of signatories, please click here. To sign the petition, send your name and the name of your affiliated academic institution to] We, the undersigned academics, condemn Facebook for increasingly having exercised political censorship against opposition ...

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