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An Egyptian child with a police costume in Tahrir square. January 25, 2016 (Photo by Jonathan Rashad)

Empty Tahrir

Five years ago, thousands of Egyptians called for protests on the 25th of January to demand "bread, freedom and social justice" and challenge the security apparatus' vast human rights violations. The protesters managed to topple ...

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الحرب على ذاكرة الحداثة: داعش مثالاً

              17 اُذْكُرْ مَا فَعَلهُ بِكَ عَمَالِيقُ فِي الطَّرِيقِ عِنْدَ خُرُوجِكَ مِنْ مِصْرَ. 18 كَيْفَ لاقَاكَ فِي الطَّرِيقِ وَقَطَعَ مِنْ مُؤَخَّرِكَ كُل المُسْتَضْعِفِينَ وَرَاءَكَ ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mike de Seve and Daniel Burwen, Operation Ajax: The Story of the CIA Coup that Remade the Middle East

Mike de Seve and Daniel Burwen, Operation Ajax: The Story of the CIA Coup that Remade the Middle East. Foreword by Stephen Kinzer. London and New York: Verso, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mike de Seve (MdS): Well, ...

[Image of the headquarters of the UGTT in Tunis, Tunisia. Image by Democracy International/Flickr]

The Impeccable Narrative Around Tunisian Workers' Syndicate

[The below piece was written before the current wave of protests in Kasserine in the marginalized southern region of Tunisia. The protests, which soon expanded to the whole country, started after a young unemployed man climbed an electric ...


Journey Around My Living Room by Hala Elkoussy

[Hala Elkoussy explains her research into Cairo's visual culture. Image courtesy of Medrar TV.]

Journey Around My Living Room  an exhibition by Egyptian artist Hala Elkoussy May 2013 Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo   This project by Hala Elkoussy borrows its title from Xavier De Maistre's book "Journey Around My Bedroom." In the book, the author undertakes a two-week journey in his bedroom, experiencing and describing it as if seeing it for the first time. Elkoussy attempted a similar approach to rediscover her own neighborhood of Downtown Cairo.  For five months, she walked the neighborhood with camera in hand, spontaneously capturing the ways residents and street vendors interact and reshape their surroundings. As she explains in ...

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الخروج من الأزمة أم تعميقها؟: تأمل في خريطة المرحلة الانتقالية الجديدة

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[نقاش حول الدستور هو مجموعة من المقالات والتعليقات يكتبها بالأساس باحثون من المبادرة المصرية، ومن اصدقائها، ويشتبكون مع عملية تعديل الدستور، والمرحلة الانتقالية بشكل عام، من منطلقات مختلفة سياسية واقتصادية واجتماعية وحقوقية، وتنشر عبر وسائط الكترونية عدة.] السؤال الأهم فيما يخص خريطة طريق المرحلة الانتقالية هو مدى قدرتها على الخروج  بمصر من أزمتها السياسية الحالية؛ فقد قدمها واضعوها باعتبارها المخرج  من الأزمة والسبيل لإدارتها على نحو رشيد. وسؤالنا عن حقيقة هذا الأمر، هو: هل بإمكانها إخراج البلاد من مأزقها، أم ستعمق من الأزمة أكثر؟ من الضروري أولًا، أخذ حقيقة مهمة في الاعتبار، وهي أن هذه الخريطة قد صدرت على عجالة، في أجواء سادها الارتباك، مع التطورات ...

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Photography Media Roundup (October 8)

[Smile. Graffiti in Beirut. Photo by Michelle Woodward.]

[This is a bi-weekly roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to photos@jadaliyya.com.] Death of a Brave One, AFP’s Correspondent: Behind the News blog AFP photojournalist Patrick Baz sheds light on the life of the late Syrian photojournalist Murhaf al-Modahi, who worked under the name Abu Shuja, and highlights some of his remarkable photographs taken of the Syrian civil war. Boulaq Photography Studio Tells a Story of Protests, Kings and Bellydancers, Ahram Online A profile ...

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The Discourse of Terror: An Interview with Judith Butler

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[The following text is an extract from Cihan Aksan and Jon Bailes’ recent book Weapon of the Strong: Conversations on US State Terrorism (Pluto, 2012), also featuring Noam Chomsky, Richard Falk, Edward S. Herman, Norman Finkelstein, and others.  Click here for more details.] To what extent, in your view, do the ways in which mainstream media select and contextualise events determine the boundaries of public thinking?  You have said on one hand, regarding the “framing” of war and terrorism, that, “Efforts to control the visual and narrative dimensions of war delimit public discourse by establishing and disposing the sensuous parameters of reality ...

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جدلية" في عامها الثالث: خلاصة رحلة"

في الأسبوع الماضي بلغ عمر "جدلية" ثلاث سنوات. لسنا متعبين. نحن منهكون، ولم نشعر أبداً بأننا أحسن حالاً. ”حين اتصل بي بسام أول مرة في تموز/يوليو 2010 كي يطلب مني الانضمام إلى فريق جدلية قال: لن يأخذ الأمر من وقتك سوى بضع ساعات في اليوم. لم أعرف أنه كان يعني كلّ يوم!“  ليسا حجار، محررة في جدلية. ننظر بدهشةٍ إلى الوراء، إلى حيث كنا حين بدأنا في صيف 2010، وكم تطورنا منذ ذلك الوقت، وخاصة في العام الماضي لوحده. توسّعنا من ناحية الأقسام/الصفحات، وعدد اللغات، وأعضاء الفريق، وعدد القراء، والاقتباسات، والحضور في الإعلام الاجتماعي، إمكانية الوصول إلى البلدان، والاستخدام في الصفوف. وفي هذا الصيف، وصلت صفحة الفيسبوك الخاصة بنا بشكل متواصل إلى أكثر من مليون ...

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Uprooted

[Crop of image below. Image by Visualizing Palestine.]

This week marked the start of the annual Palestinian olive harvest, an ancient tradition on which 80,000 families still rely for their livelihoods. Yet these families face growing economic hardship due to Israeli land confiscations, access restrictions, settler attacks, and not least the widespread uprooting, destruction and theft of the trees themselves. The infographic 'Uprooted' focuses on the staggering fact that Israeli authorities have uprooted over 800,000 Palestinian olive trees since 1967, the equivalent to razing all of the 24,000 trees in New York's central park 33 times. Help support Visualizing Palestine's work by making a contribution here. [Download ...

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Mais Darwazah's "The Dinner"

[Still from Mais Darwazah's The Dinner (2012). Image copyright the director. Courtesy of the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival.]

The Dinner. Directed by Mais Darwazah. France/Palestine/UAE, 2012. In Mais Darwazah’s film The Dinner (2012) a portrait of Amman is composed through the lives of its inhabitants: streets are bustling; stairways serve as meeting points; and doors lead to hidden worlds. As a life-long resident, Darwazah approaches her muse with a series of interviews that gradually unpack her own reservations about the small Levantine city. The filmmaker enters its environs with the subject of local cuisine, a topic that segues into associated concepts of memory, place, and community. Attempting to cook a specific dish for the first time, she surveys her hometown in order to find the ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (September 2013)

[25 January 2012, protesters took the street on the first anniversary of January 25 Revolution to protest the military rule. The Arabic reads:

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Egypt. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Egypt-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 post@jadaliyya.com [click “Submissions” on the main page for more information]. عندما تضطهد الثورة المضادة الحلقة الأضعف Mahinor Almasri writes about how both the Muslim Brotherhood ...

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2013 MESA Panels on Education, Publishing, and Knowledge Production

The 2013 Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA)will be held 10-13 October 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The gathering represents a crossing point for scholarship in the field of Middle East studies and will feature over 200 panelists on a variety of topics as well as a four-day film festival and book exhibit.  Tadween has compiled a list of panels that will be focusing on education, publishing, and knowledge production, including the list of panelists on each panel. Thursday, 10 October 2013  [R3529] Educational Reform in the Contemporary Middle East: A Crossroad of Global and Local 5:30pm Torsten Janson (Lund ...

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New Texts Out Now: H. Erdem Cipa and Emine Fetvaci, Writing History at the Ottoman Court

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H. Erdem Çıpa and Emine Fetvacı, editors, Writing History at the Ottoman Court: Editing the Past, Fashioning the Future. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this collection? H. Erdem Çıpa and Emine Fetvacı (HEÇ & EF): The book grew out of a small symposium on Ottoman historiography that we organized in 2009 at Indiana University, Bloomington. The quality of the papers and the congeniality of the participants sparked such intense and fruitful conversations that we wanted to take the project further and publish a book containing expanded versions of those papers. The study of Ottoman history is a very lively and ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (September 2013)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of September 2013. It also includes the most recent roundups, editors picks, videos and most read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our Monthly Edition series. Letter to a Syrian Friend Who Said: ‘Your Opposition to the US Attack on Syria Means You Support the Asad Regime’ Sleeping with the Enemy: The Global Left and the 'No to War' Discourse Under Morsi, Red Lines Gone Gray Chemical Attacks and Military Interventions الخطاب المناهض للحرب، أو النوم مع الأعداء The Egyptian Military and the 2011 Revolution US ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (October 8)

[Funeral ceremony for twenty-one-year-old protester Hasan Ferit Gedik, who was killed by a gang during an anti-drug protest in Gülsuyu Neighborhood, Istanbul. Photo by Saner Sen/NarPhotos.]

[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 turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Democratization Package The Reform Package and the State of Turkish Democracy Bülent Keneş analyzes the AKP’s democratization package recalling the government’s depiction of Turkey as an "advanced democracy." Erdoğan’s Democracy Package Gets Cool Reception Yavuz Baydar examines the reactions to the democratization package, and ...

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2013 Khadra Exhibition

Khadra 2013 July 2013 Darb 1718, Cairo   Khadra is an initiative started by a group of Egyptian women artists in 2012 to offer an event through which like-minded artists could exhibit collectively. Ten Egyptian artists took part in the first show. This year, they decided to organize a second edition, but opened it to artists from other countries in the region, resulting in a dynamic selection of works that subtly allude to recent political developments in the Arab world. Participating ...

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Collaboration and Creativity: Dina Omar on the Third Annual Students for Justice in Palestine-National Conference

  Eight years have passed since Palestinian civil society first called for an international campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.  Pushing for Israeli compliance with international law and Palestinian rights, the BDS Movement has given rise to a vast network of student groups across the United States that are now coming together under the umbrella organization, Students for Justice in Palestine-National.  On October 25, student activists from all over the ...

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Maryam Zohny on Palestine, Activism, and Solidarity

[This post is part of an ongoing Profile of a Contemporary Conduit series on Jadaliyya that seeks to highlight distinct voices primarily in and from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.]  Jadaliyya (J): Can you describe the aims, goals, and operations of the LEAP Program to us? Maryam Zohny (MZ): Learning for the Empowerment and Advancement of Palestinians (LEAP) is a grassroots program that was established in 2010 with the aim of empowering Palestinian refugee ...

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Defending Future Commons: The Gezi Experience

The 2013 uprising in Turkey commenced with a call by a handful of activists to guard a park located adjacent to Taksim Square–the most centrally-located public square in Istanbul–from the Istanbul Municipality’s bulldozers. As a part of the redevelopment plan for the whole square, the PM Erdoğan and the Istanbul mayor had repeatedly informed the public of their decision to redevelop Gezi Park into a building complex, to contain a parking garage, museum, shopping mall, and high-end housing. The demolition ...

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الاعتداء الجنسي على الأطفال في المغرب تحت غطاء القانون والتقاليد

حالات إغتصاب الأطفال في المغرب أرقام تدق ناقوس الخطر  في ظل تساهل القانون وتواطؤ التقاليد تتزايد جرائم الاغتصاب والسياحة الجنسية في حق الأطفال في المغرب، ويتزايد معها القلق من غياب ردع قانوني وتستر الأسر عليها تحت غطاء درء العار والفضيحة. ألغى العاهل المغربي العفو الذي أصدره عن إسباني مدان باغتصاب 11 طفلاً بعد مظاهرات عارمة في عدد من المدن المغربية في العام الجاري 2013 للتنديد بقرار العفو. وبحسب القصر الملكي فقد تمّ سحب العفو نظرا ًلحدوث "اختلالات"، ولـ"خطورة ما قام به ...

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الجنرال الفاشل والجماعة الفاشية... أو العكس

مقدمة إعلانية: الداخلية تعلن مقتل فرنسي داخل مقر احتجازه بأحد أقسام الشرطة التحقيق في مقتل 37 من نزلاء سجن أبو زعبل القبض على 6 نشطاء نظموا وقفة أثناء نظر قضية خالد سعيد بالإسكندرية ****  أتفق مع الجنرال السيسي في أمر واحد فقط، ذكره في حديث تم نشره على اليوتيوب، وهو أنّ الطريق الذي تسير فيه مصر منذ ثورة 2011 هو "تفكك الدولة وإعادة تركيبها"، على أنني أرى أنّ كل المحاولات التي جاءت منذ 11 فبراير 2011 لـ"إعادة تركيب" الدولة، باءت وستبوء بالفشل، مما يهدد الأمن القومي لمصر ...

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Saudi Cleric Confirms That Being a Woman in Saudi Arabia Sucks, Big Time

While all Saudis live under a hyper capitalist, sectarian and brutal authoritarian regime, a Saudi cleric has issued a fatwa making it official that being a woman in Saudi Arabia sucks extra bad. This fatwa comes after some confusion surrounding the physiological effects of driving. Last month a Saudi cleric issued a fatwa warning that driving effects the hips and pelvis of women, and thus their reproductive efficacy. After (some) men began worrying about the effects of driving on their testicles, the ...

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Snatch and Render from Libya

In 2004, the British government brokered the transfer of militants of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) from their “undisclosed locations” in the War on Terror to the Qaddafi regime. “This was the least we could do for you and for Libya to demonstrate the remarkable relationship we have built over the years,” wrote Sir Mark Allen, head of Britain’s MI6 to Qaddafi’s aide Moussa Koussa on 18 March 2004. The specific matter here was the “safe arrival of Abu Abdallah Sadiq,” the nom de plume of Abdul ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (9 October)

[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 OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.]  News Syria Civil War: UN Expects Four Million More Syrians to Flee Next Year," Tom Miles The Independent reports the UN expects 4.25 ...

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Announcing the New Issue of Middle East Report Fall 2013

GENDER FRONT LINES How is gender related to revolution? What is the connection between gender and women or, for that matter, between gender and women and men? These questions are posed in dramatic fashion by the Arab revolts, as well as other mass movements, in the second decade of the twenty-first century. As the fall 2013 issue of Middle East Report details, gender is at the front lines of the region’s battles for political participation and social justice. In her incisive primer, Norma Claire ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (October 8)

[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 ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Former Joint Chiefs chairman: Obama plotted to destabilize regimes in Bahrain, Egypt A former US military commander ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (September 30- October 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. Under Morsi, Red Lines Gone Gray Urbanists Can Never Afford to be Apolitical: An Interview with Nezar AlSayyad on Urbanization in the Middle East Who is ‘Ain al-Hilweh? The Geography of Public Lighting in Arab Cities Jadaliyya ...

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