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Stasis Shift: Guernica Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Founder Bassam Haddad

Jadaliyya co-founder on telling alternative stories about the Arab world, understanding the life cycles of revolution, and confronting “the weight of ancient problems.”   In the fall of 2010, I was crossing a crowded hotel ...

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Tahrir, Taksim, Tempelhof: Between Political Fields

Sitting in Engels—one among many of Neukölln's cosy, candlelit, hipster-friendly cafés—I read on a sticker the slogan: “Tah[r]ir, Taksim, Tempelhof: Das Feld gehört uns allen!” (Tahrir, Taksim, Tempelhof: The Field belongs to us all!). ...


غزة والبحر

[ هذا المقال جزء من ”أصوات من أجل غزة" وهو ملف خاص تنشره جدلية على مدار شهر كامل. للإطلاع على بقية المقالات اضغط/ي هنا] يتساوى فلسطينيو غزة أمام جرائم الاحتلال وسطوته على أرواحهم وممتلاكتهم ومكنونات هويتهم، إلا أنهم ...

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Event: Angela Davis and Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat on Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine (19 April, Evergreen State College)

Peace Works 2014 Yet Again Captives: Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine April 19, 2014 The Evergreen State College Olympia, Washington Keynote discussion with Angela Davis and Noura Erakat 7:00 PM Washington ...

ظاهرة حرق الدواليب تخترق قصور العدل: الحق في محضر العصبية

[مصدر الصورة المفكرة القانونية]

خلال الأشهر الماضية، شهد الرأي العام اللبناني نشوء ظاهرة جديدة مفادها قيام مجموعات بحرق دواليب وقطع طرق وأحياناً التسبب باشكالات أمنية بالغة الخطورة للضغط على القضاء لاتخاذ قرار معين. وقد تجلت هذه الظاهرة بشكل خاص مع توقيف الشاب شادي المولوي بتهمة انتمائه إلى تنظيم إرهابي مسلح. فقد أعقب ذلك اعتصام في ساحة النور مع قطع طرقات في أماكن متفرقة، فضلاً عن اشتعال المنطقة الفاصلة بين باب التبانة، جبل محسن (يراجع الإعلام في الفترة الفاصلة بين توقيفه في 12-5 والإفراج عنه في 23-5). وتبعاً لنجاح هذا الأسلوب، سارع بعض المطالبين بالافراج عن موقوفي فتح الاسلام والذين قاربت مدة احتجاز عدد منهم خمس سنوات من دون محاكمة بل من دون صدور قرار إتهامي إلى اعتماده. وكانت هذه القضية قد شهدت منذ ...

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Morsy, the Coup and the Revolution: Reading between the Red Lines

[Cartoon by Andeel, published by Egypt Independent]

  President Mohamed Morsy’s recent decision to force Egypt’s most prominent military leaders into retirement has been lauded as a major step toward the demilitarization of the Egyptian state. For some optimists, his decision represents the triumph of the revolution over its adversaries inside the military establishment. There is indeed little doubt that this event will prove monumental and may be the prelude to a new era in civil-military relations in Egypt. At the same time, as compelling as it is to interpret these recent developments as a civilian coup against Egypt’s military rulers, there are some indications that they are the product of a movement within the ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (August 14)

[Masqat, Oman. Image from Flickr/goya.]

[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 U.S. and Gulf Allies Pursue a Missile Shield Against Iranian Attack Thom Shanker writes on the challenges facing the success of the missile defense shield installed in the Gulf region by the US government and the Gulf states, in The New York Times. Piercing Together a Regional Missile ...

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Syrian Refugee Photo Essay

[A Jordanian works at setting up the first Jordanian tent camp for Syrian refugees in Zataari, Jordan, near the Syrian border, July 29, 2012. Image by Mohammad Hannon/AP Photo.]

As the crisis in Syria continues to escalate, refugees are fleeing to the surrounding countries in huge numbers. According to the UNHCR, as of August 8 there are over one hundred thirty-eight thousand refugees registered for assistance – roughly fifty thousand in Turkey, thirty-nine thousand in Jordan, thirty-five thousand in Lebanon and twelve thousand in Iraq. Many other displaced Syrian civilians are not registered, and perhaps over one million are displaced within Syria. Neighboring countries, local organizations, and the international community are providing assistance to those fleeing the violence. In March the UNHCR planned for one hundred forty thousand refugees ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 13)

[Members of a Sinai tribe. Image originally posted to Flickr by Zeinab Mohamed.]

[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.] “UPDATE 2: Morsi retires top army leaders; amends 2011 Constitutional Declaration; appoints vice president” Mohamed Tantawi and Sami Anan are sent into retirement and substituted by respectively by Abdel Fatah El-Sisi and Sedky Sobhy. “Sinai attacks may stoke Egypt-Israel tensions” Linda Heard says recent attacks in Sinai will force the Egyptian ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (13 August)

[A Blackwater Security Company helicopter secures the site of a car bomb explosion in Baghdad, Iraq. Image by Michael E. Best. From Wikimedia Commons.]

 [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 "Egypt Demands Release of Its Citizen from Guantanamo", Cindy Galway Buys The International Law Professors Blog reports that the Egyptian government has formally requested the release of the sole Egyptian held in Guantanamo Bay, alleged al-Qaeda operative Tariq Mahmoud Ahmed ...

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Roundtable on the Language of Revolution in Egypt

[Security forces clashing with protesters who marched to Abbasiya near Egypt's Ministry of Defense on 4 May 2012. Photo by Jonathan Rashad]

UPDATED 12 August 2012 [The following series of articles is part of a Jadaliyya roundtable on “The Language of Revolution in Egypt.” It features contributions by Paul Sedra, Robert Springborg, Joshua Stacher, Adam Sabra, and Elliott Colla. The roundtable was first published on 23 July 2012, and contributions by Sabra and Colla were published on 12 August 2012.]   23 July 2012 Paul Sedra, “Why the Language of Revolution Matters” Robert Springborg, “Why the Language of Truth Matters” Joshua Stacher, “Transnational Discourses of Power, Revolutions, and Uprisings” Paul Sedra, “The Language of Revolution in Egypt: A Response to Stacher and Springborg” 12 August ...

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Roundtable on Language of Revolution: The Revolution Continues…(Sabra)

[Protester wearing a mask showing the face of the martyr Khaled Said. 25 January 2012. Photo by Mostafa Hussein]

  [The following article is part of a Jadaliyya roundtable on “The Language of Revolution in Egypt.” It features contributions by Paul Sedra, Robert Springborg, Joshua Stacher, Adam Sabra, and Elliott Colla. Click here to access the full series.]   The Jadaliyya roundtable on “The Language of Revolution in Egypt” raises an important, perennial question: what is a revolution? Without reviewing the copious historical and social science literature on the question, I would answer as follows: a process that radically changes the political and/or social structure of a society. As such, a revolution is not an event, although it often requires dramatic ...

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Reports Roundup (August 11)

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[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.]    Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria (Updated) International Crisis Group chronicles events in Syria since February 2011.  Saudi Campaign for Disabled Rights Interview on Sabah Al-Saudia (Video) Sabah Al-Saudia interviews #للمعوق_حقوق (meaning "rights for the disabled") founder Abdullah Ashalaqi on his online campaign.  Interview with Representative of Sudan Change Now Open Democracy interviews Rawa Gafar Bakhit of Sudan Change Now about the current protests in ...

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Soul Searching for the Roots of White Supremacist Terror in the United States

[Candles lit during a vigil in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Photo by Brianne O'Brien, via Flickr.]

I heard about what was unfolding in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, last Sunday when I saw the words “shooting” and “Sikh temple” on the screen of CNN as I walked into a hotel lobby. It felt like a punch in the stomach. Despite the lack of concrete information, I and other Sikhs who I talked with in those first few hours all knew in our guts what was happening: another hate attack.  Sobbing in front of a computer screen in the hotel’s business center, I thought about how easily it could have been my parents' or my brother's gurdwara being attacked. I thought about how all gurdwaras are made up of my extended family members, and we were all targeted. I ...

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Cinematic Occupation

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Kamal Aljafari, Port of Memory. France/Germany/UAE/Palestine, 2009. In the state of siege, time becomes place Fossilized in its eternity In the state of siege, place becomes time Lagging behind its yesterday and its tomorrow —Mahmoud Darwish, “State of Siege” Kamal Aljafari’s film Port of Memory (2009) opens with a long tracking shot of a grand, decaying house at twilight. The camera lingers on the skin of this structure that bears traces of other times and previous inhabitations. The footage feels like a memorial for a building that may not live much longer: we see a floorboard of what was once a balcony, recesses where there were stairs, and the remnants of ...

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CIA: KUBARK's Very Long Shadow

[Lobby seal from the original CIA building. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

A 2011 FBI "primer" on overseas interrogations, which became public on August 2, 2012, as a result of Freedom of Information Act action taken by the American Civil Liberties Union, repeatedly cites the Central Intelligence Agency's 1963 KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation. KUBARK was the code name the CIA used for itself. The FBI briefing also cites the CIA's 1983 Human Resource Exploitation Manual (Honduras version) which was compiled by sections of KUBARK to train interrogators in the art of obtaining intelligence from "resistant sources". This was disseminated to the intelligence services of right-wing regimes in Latin America and south-east ...

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عن الحلم الاجتماعي والأمن والفساد

يجادل البحث في هذه الجزئية أن الحلم الاجتماعي والخيال السياسي في مصر متمحوران حول الأمن والفزع وبشكل رئيسي حول ثلاثة نقاط. الأولى هي تأمين وظيفة عمل والثانية هي الخدمات العامة للمنطقة من خلال نواب مجلس الشعب. والثالثة هى سلامة الجسد من ممارسات الشرطة أو البلطجية. ولهذا كانت لجان التفتيش الليلية أو في بعض النقاط المهمة في الشوارع المصرية بمثابة الرعب الأكبر لراكبي المكيروباص. أضف إلى ذلك توغل مؤسسة الشرطة في المناطق الشعبية على وجه الخصوص من خلال المخبرين والأمناء. وهنا لا يتعامل المخبر أو الأمين ككونه ...

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الرئيس مرسي وأخلاقيات النظافة

أعترف بأني تلقيت خبر إطلاق حملة "وطن نظيف" بفرحة غامرة. فأحوال النظافة في شوارعنا وأحيائنا وصلت من السوء درجة أصبحت لا تؤذي جوارحنا فقط بل تهدد الصحة العامة وتنذر بانتشار الأمراض والأوبئة. لذا سعدت عندما علمت بهذه الحملة وبتبني رئيس الجمهورية نفسه لها وبإدماجها ضمن خطته للمائة يوم الأولى من حكمه. وكنت قد كتبت في هذا المكان من سنة بالضبط منتقداً الإسلاميين على ولعهم بسؤال الهوية واهتمامهم بأشياء مثل المادة الثانية وإطلاق اللحى بينما الناس تعاني من مشاكل حياتية متراكمة ومعقدة. وكنت قد عقدت ...

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Imposition of National/Civil Service Requirement on Palestinian Arab Citizens of Israel: An Overview of Political Party Positions

In February 2012, the Israeli Supreme Court struck down the Tal Law, which for the last ten years afforded an exemption to the religious ultra-Orthodox from serving in the military or national/civil service. As the court found the law unconstitutional, the Knesset would not be able to renew the law in its current form. Following the decision, the Knesset formed a “Committee to Equalize the Burden,” headed by Knesset Member Yohanan Plesner (Kadima), to determine how to enlist all sectors of Israeli ...

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محمد الشمري: شوق

شوق محمد الشمري  ولد الفنان العراقي محمد الشمري في بغداد عام ،١٩٦٢ ويقيم وبعمل في هيوستن، تكساس، منذ عام ٢٠٠٨. شارك  في العديد من المعارض وعرضت أعماله في العالم العربي وأوربا والولايات المتحدة.  [شوق، محمد الشمري]    

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صواريخ ملونة لا تبعث على البهجة

أعشق الصواريخ الملونة التي تطلق في الهواء فتنير السماء. تبتسم شفتاي رغماً عني أينما كنت إذا ما رأيت صواريخ ملونة. أعرف صوتها جيداً، وأميزه وسط أي ضوضاء. يتحرك رأسي باتجاهها، وكأنما يجذبه مغناطيس للاتجاه الصحيح. غالباً أكون أول من يرى الصورايخ الملونة. أقفز فرحة في الهواء، وكأنني أود أن أصعد أنا أيضاً في اتجاه السماء لأمسك بهذه النجوم التي تتلألأ لثوان معدودة ثم تختفي. آلاف النجمات في تشكيلات متلألاة، متداخلة، ينفجر بعضها نوراً من داخل بعض. الصواريخ الملونة علامة من علامات الفرح التي تدخل على قلبي ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Aug 6 -12)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes the most read articles and the latest videos. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series.   Pinkwatching And Pinkwashing: Interpenetration and its Discontents Soul Searching for the Roots of White Supremacist Terror in the United States On Defections and Developments in Syria: PBS NewsHour Interview with Bassam Haddad and ...

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Roundtable on Language of Revolution: The Revolution Continues (present continuous) (Colla)

[The following article is part of a Jadaliyya roundtable on “The Language of Revolution in Egypt.” It features contributions by Paul Sedra, Robert Springborg, Joshua Stacher, Adam Sabra, and Elliott Colla. Click here to access the full series.]   The recent Jadaliyya roundtable on "The Language of Revolution" was not only long overdue, but also just the tip of the iceberg. Our manner of speaking about the Egyptian uprising of 2011—and subsequent transformation ...

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    قصائد أمامة حميدو   كعب حذائي ينسدل كعب حذائي من شمس عين ثاقبة يتمايل في عباءة سرمدية تحيط به فراشات الوادي الزرقاء يحوم يتخبط في قدسية منمقة متتالية إيقاعها على ضفة أنهار أخرى ألمح ظلالك المتمايلة منتشية كالقبلات المنطبعة على سطح الماء متشكلة كآثار أقدام صغيرة مبتدئة متطفلة رائحتها حبوب زيتون مذاقها جليدي

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Time to Reject the Language of Coptic Victimhood

The casual observer of Egypt’s politics could hardly be blamed for thinking that Egypt’s Copts are facing the worst crisis of their modern history. The first president of Egypt’s second republic is an Islamist who, despite resigning from the Muslim Brotherhood and embracing rhetoric of inclusion, remains beholden to the organization. Mohamed Morsy’s prime minister, Hesham Qandil, has appointed only one Copt to his cabinet, Minister of Scientific Research Nadia Zakhary, despite the president’s ...

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حوار مع الروائي العراقي مرتضى گزار

[مرتضى گزار: روائي عراقي من مواليد ١٩٨٢، البصرة، تخرج من كلية الهندسة بجامعة بغداد سنة ٢٠٠٥، نشر روايته الأولى ”مكنسة الجنة“ سنة ٢٠٠٨، وصدرت روايته الجديدة ”السيد أصغر أكبر“ مطلع هذا العام عن دار التنوير، بيروت. حاوره سنان أنطون] جدلية: روايتك الأخيرة “السيد أصغر أكبر” رواية فريدة ومتميزة في موضوعها وأسلوبها. وبما أن أشجار النسب والسلالات ثيمة رئيسية فيها، فهلآ حدثتنا عن “نسب” الرواية؟ كيف تشكّلت الفكرة لديك وكيف تخمّرت؟ مرتضى گزار: يقال أن الروايات تولد من الشكوك والكوابيس وسوء الفهم، هذه ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (August 9)

[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 Wednesday night of every week.] Algeria Colonised by the Arabs, Abandoned by the World Several Amazigh organizations relate accounts of marginalization and abuse under the pretext of the regime's ...

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Litigating the New Frontier in the War on Terror

In the landscape of the global “war on terror,” the Center for Constitutional Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union are veteran pioneers. CCR hacked into the “legal black hole” of Guantánamo by pursuing the first challenge, back in February 2002, to the denial of habeas corpus for people detained there incommunicado; they prevailed at the Supreme Court in 2004. The ACLU tunneled into the glacier of governmental secrecy with one Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit after another, ...

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