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[Members of the US 1st Battalion 9th Infantry Division posing with members of the Sofia Militia in Iraq. Image by Gonzo13fox via Wikimedia Commons]

Iraq: A State or Militias?

The events that have transpired in Nineveh province, namely the meek capitulation of Iraqi troops against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), do not provoke suspicions about the existence of conspiracies and treasons. Rather, they ...

[Image by Mohamed Ashry, via Flickr.]

DARS Media Roundup (September 20)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Resistance and Subversion in the Arab world and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the DARS Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You ...

[Public intellectual Muhammad Abduh]

Muhammad Abduh: A Profile from the Archives

[”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 ...

[Angela Davis in 2006. Image by Nick Wiebe.]

Progressive Struggles against Insidious Capitalist Individualism: Interview with Angela Davis

In this interview, Angela Davis, and activist, teacher, author, and icon of the Black Power movement, talks about the linkages among global struggles. Touching upon black feminism, the importance of the collective, Palestine, the ...


Last Week on Jadaliyya (Dec 10-16)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles.  Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series. Morsi Past the Point of No Return "من المآسي المضاعفة للنزوح:فتيات سوريات للزواج "بثمن بخس Colonial Planning of My Grandfather’s Hilltop New Texts Out Now: Laleh Khalili, Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 2) ElBaradei’s Gandhi Moment? A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 1) A Nation of Pain and Suffering: ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (17 December)

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[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 "European Court Backs CIA Rendition Victim," Al Jazeera English The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Macedonia to pay German citizen Khaled el-Masri $78,000 for arresting and handing him over to the US, finding that he was an innocent victim of the CIA's extraordinary rendition. "UK Pays ...

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Malala, Abandoned to the Hawks of War

[Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan, right, with World Economic Forum founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab during the World Economic Forum Special Meeting on Economic Growth and Job Creation in the Arab World at the Dead Sea in Jordan,22 October, 2011. Photo by Photo by Nader Daoud.]

On 10 December 2012, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari announced that his government and UNESCO were establishing the “Malala Fund for Girls’ Education,” and that Pakistan would contribute ten million dollars. This fund’s namesake, Malala Yousufzai, is a young activist for girls’ education. She was shot and severely wounded on 9 October 2012 by Taliban-led armed thugs on her way to school in the Swat Valley in Northwest Pakistan. Given the marathon international media coverage of her story, Zardari’s jumping on the bandwagon illustrates how Malala has become the newest, youngest icon for the “War on Terror.” Even as the fifteen year-old recovers from the shooting, she ...

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Morsi's Sins beyond the Constitution

[Toddler standing in front of security forces by the presidential palace and carrying a sign that reads

  Many observers narrate the latest crisis in Egypt as a conflict over a contentious Islamist-backed constitution that was drafted in a non-inclusive process, resulting in mass demonstrations by opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Morsi. From a bird’s-eye view, the constitution-drafting process and the outcome of the referendum seem to present the pressing concern driving the demonstrations, which endured through the lead-up to the referendum. The circulating opinions on the ground, however, suggest that the grievances and convictions that were brought to the surface in the wake of the recent impasse speak to deeper questions that transcend the immediate ...

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European Court of Human Rights Judgment: El-Masri v. The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

[European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Image by CherryX via Wikimedia Commons]

[On 13 December 2012, the European Court of Human Rights issued a unanimous ruling in El-Masri v Macedonia, which condemns the role played by Macedonian officials in assisting the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" of German citizen Khaled el-Masri. He was detained while traveling through Macedonia on 31 December 2003, held incommunicado for twenty-three days at the Americans' request, then turned over to the CIA at the Skopje airport. Under the watch of Macedonian officials, el-Masri was severely beaten, sodomized with a tranquilizer, shackled, and hooded by a CIA rendition team. From there, he was transported to Afghanistan and imprisoned in the black site known ...

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The Complexities of the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

[Map of existing pipelines throughout the US. TransCanada's Keystone is in the center in brown. Source: Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.]

The Keystone XL oil pipeline is a proposed project to install a 1,700-mile tunnel of oil stretching from the oil sands of Northern Alberta, Canada south to the Gulf Coast of Texas. This project has presented massive conflicts of interest throughout its volatile shelf-life. Politically, it represents the crux of energy security in the United States and promotes the expansion of oil drilling throughout the country. The pipeline will strengthen the partnership between the US and Canada, an alliance strongly encouraged in Congress, where many are anxious to divest from US dependence on other foreign oil. From a financial perspective, the XL project signifies a spike in ...

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ElBaradei’s Gandhi Moment?

[ElBaradei in Tahrir Square on 23 November 2012 protesting Morsi's decree. Image from “Akhbar ElBaradei” Facebook Page]

When Mohamed ElBaradei entered Tahrir square on 27 November 2012, he was greeted with chants of, “Oh ElBaradei, Egypt’s Gandhi.” Since the days of the January 25 Revolution, comparisons with Gandhi have followed ElBaradei and entered the popular imagination. ElBaradei himself claims this comparison is not merited and is grossly overstated. For a start, Gandhi was a young and little-known lawyer when he began the struggle to liberate India, whereas ElBaradei entered Egypt’s freedom movement as an eminent world figure, the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace and the Nile Medal, Egypt highest honor. Gandhi led a national movement for over three decades, whereas ElBaradei ...

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On the Margins Media Roundup (December)

[In this photo of Tuesday 30 October 2012, a Somali charcoal trader scales charcoal at his charcoal shop in Mogadishu, Somali. Thousands of sacks of dark charcoal sit atop one another in Somalia's southern port city of Kismayo, an industry once worth some twenty-five million dollars a year to the al-Qaida-linked insurgents who controlled the region. The loss of the charcoal trade

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Somalia, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands, and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.] Somalia Somalia: It mustn’t be business as usual The author argues the new Somali government must control the trade in the port city of Kismayo after AlShabab’s defeat. Somalia: UN Chief Welcomes Swearing-in of New Somali Cabinet Ministers The author suggests that United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon endorses the new Somali cabinet ...

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كتاب: أمراء وسماسرة وبيروقراطيون: النفط والدولة في السعودية

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[“كتب” هي سلسلة تستضيف “جدلية” فيها المؤلفين والمؤلفات في حوار حول أعمالهم الجديدة ونرفقه بفصل من الكتاب.]  "أمراء، وسماسرة، وبيروقراطيون: النفط والدولة في المملكة العربية السعودية". تأليف ستيفان هيرتوغ مطبعة جامعة كورنل، 2011. صدر بالإنجليزية.   جدلية: ما الذي دفعك لكتابة هذا الكتاب؟ ستيفان هيرتوغ: كانت الفكرة الأصلية وراء هذا البحث هي تحليل كيف أن الاصلاحات الاقتصادية الليبرالية تغير الهياكل الاقتصادية والسياسية في دولة غنية بالنفط ( ريعية) مثل المملكة العربية السعودية. كانت هذه هي الخطة قبل أن أبدأ في بحثي الميداني، ولكن ما اكتسبته من خبرة غير الكثير من توجهاتي حيال الموضوع. فعوضاً عن التغيير، وجدت استمرارية تاريخية تضرب ...

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A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 3)

[Thawra Street, Damascus, closed by regime forces. 13 December 2012. Via Lens Young Dimashqi.]

[From Vijay Prashad's three-part series "A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria." See Part 1: Refugees here and Part 2 : Neighbors here.] Our enemies did not cross our borders They crept through our weakness like ants. -- Nizar Qabbani, “Footnotes to the Book of Setback” (‘ala Daftar al-Naksah), 1967. III. Western Plans.   On 12 December, the Friends of Syria (FoS) met for their fourth conference in Marrakech, Morocco. Hilary Clinton could not go because she contracted a stomach virus. The FoS gave full political recognition to the Syrian National Coalition (SNC). They stopped short of calling it the government in exile and naming a cabinet to ...

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Atatürk and My Grandfather

[Mustafa Kemal Atatürk with King Edward VIII.]

Where the young Palestinian Ismail Hroub was killed and buried after being recruited by the Ottoman army in the early twentieth century remains unknown. His brother, my paternal grandfather Khalil Hroub, would for the rest of his days remain saddened by the early loss of his brother. He had refused any money from the Ottoman administration, then based in Hebron, as compensation for this loss. Like many Palestinian families who lost young men in the Great War, and despite sheer poverty and need, my grandfather considered it undignified to accept compensation. Their position was not affected by the fact that Ismail had, along with dozens of the “fittest” young men from ...

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Mission to UAE Supports European Resolution Against Crackdown on Activists

[UAE Crackdown on Activists. Photo from gc4hr.org]

[The following report was issued by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 10 December 2012.] Mission to UAE Supports European Resolution Against Crackdown on Activists / Free expression rights of sixty-four detainees violated A crackdown in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has violated the free expression rights of sixty-four detainees, including human rights lawyers, in the Gulf Kingdom, according to a report based on a mission undertaken by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) in November 2012. The mission confirms the findings of the European Parliament earlier this year, which called for the release of all prisoners of conscience, activists and human rights ...

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The Politics of Killing Women in Colonized Contexts

As therapists, activists, and scholars who have worked with abused women, and conducted social anthropological studies on the killing of women in Palestinian society, we decided to respond to the article by Lila Abu-Lughod and Maya Mikdashi, “Tradition and the Anti-Politics Machine: DAM Seduced by the ‘Honor Crime.’” They reiterate—as our own interventions, activism, and studies have found—that the killing of women cannot be divorced from the realm of the political. However, in reading the reactions and ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 17)

[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 egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]   “Egypt's constitutional referendum: First round results” The results of the first ten governorates that voted on the constitutional referendum. “Analysis of Round 1 of ...

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Politics after Abdessalam Yassine

Abdessalam Yassine has died. Founder and leader of the Jamaa Al Adl Wal Ihsane, Yassine - known to his followers as Sheikh Yassine - was perhaps the strongest figure in opposition to the power of the Moroccan monarchy. Yassine died early the morning of 13 December 2012, at the age of eighty-four, in his home in Salé, the working class city adjacent to Morocco’s political capital of Rabat. Political expression in Moroccan society must be understood in terms of its environment: a repressive monarchist ...

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Reports Roundup (December 15)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Longlisted for Arabic Booker Prize Antoon's third novel, Ya Maryam (Ave Maria), has been longlisted for the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.  Themed Issue of International Review of the Red Cross: The Future of Humanitarian Action This periodical discusses a variety of issues surrounding humamitarian ...

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مقابلة مع الروائية رجاء عالم

[رجاء عالم كاتبة سعودية من مواليد مكة. حصلت على جائزة البوكر العربية عام 2011 عن روايتها “طوق الحمام”، بالمناصفة مع الكاتب المغربي محمد الأشعري عن روايته “القوس والفراشة". صدرت لها ثلاثة عشر رواية بالعربية. ترجمت بعض أعمالها إلى الإنجليزية والإسبانية ولغات أخرى.] ابتسام عازم: كيف أثر حصولك على جائزة البوكر العربية عام 2011 على حياتك؟ رجاء عالم: لقد حصلت في الماضي على العديد من الجوائز، ولكن ما يميز جائزة البوكر، هو تمويلهم لترجمة الكتاب إلى الإنجليزية وهذا يريح الكاتب بعض الشيء. كما يضعك تحت ...

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عن واشنطن والائتلاف والنصرة

عشية الاجتماع المنتظر لمجموعة "أصدقاء سوريا" في مراكش، صدر عن واشنطن قراران هامّان..الأول ويقضي بالاعتراف بالائتلاف الوطني السوري كممثل شرعي للشعب السوري، أما الثاني فيُدرج "جبهة النصرة" في عِداد القائمة السوداء للمنظمات الإرهابية. وأحسب أن القرارين جاءا متلازمين، وما كان للأول أن يصدر قبل أن يُمَهَّد له بالثاني. في تفسيرها لإدراج "النصرة" في قوائمها السوداء، تحدثت واشنطن عن "صلات قوية" لها مع القاعدة، خصوصاً في العراق، ولفتت إلى 600 تفجير إرهابي نفذتها هذه ...

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The State of Egypt Today: Political Protests and Freedom of Press

On 22 November, thousands of protesters took to the streets when President Mohammad Morsi unilaterally granted himself sweeping powers to govern Egypt. He later rescinded some provisions of his decree but forced through a draft constitution and set a deadline for a popular referendum to enshrine it. Where is Egypt's political crisis heading? And who is in charge? VOMENA's Khalil Bendib put these questions to Cairo-based independent journalist Ahmad Shokr Egyptian activists and journalists are ...

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الحركة المثلية في فلسطين ومقارعة الخطاب الإسرائيلي

هل تصدّقون وجود مثليين فلسطينيين ومثليات فلسطينيّات خارج الأفلام الأوروبيّة والإسرائيلية التي لا تكفّ عن مضغ القصة السطحية ذاتها حول فلسطيني مثلي الجنس يعشق مثلي إسرائيلي، فيهربان من غابة «الهوموفوبيا» (رهاب المثليين) العربيّة إلى مملكة التحرر في تل أبيب؟ مثابرة حثيثة يقودها مثليّون ومثليّات من فلسطين ضد الاستخدام الغربي والصهيوني لقضايا التحرر الجنسيّ والاجتماعي من أجل تكريس العداء للمجتمعات العربيّة باعتبارها مجتمعات قامعة، تصادر حقوق النساء كما تصادر التعددية الجنسيّة. توازت هذه المثابرة في أساسها مع ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (December 13)

[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 maghreb@jadaliyya.com by Wednesday night of every week.] Algeria RADDH : La Situation Des Droits De L’homme En Algérie Ne Cesse De Se Détériorer Ces Dernières Années Amine SIdhoum discusses the deterioration of ...

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Syria Media Roundup (December 13)

[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 syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] International and Regional Perspectives Armenians Feeling Anew as Syria Erupts in Battle Keep Reading »

Documenting Yemen's Injured South

I shot the film presented here, "Third Day in the Heart of the Revolution,’’ over a single day. Divided in two parts, it tells stories from the south of Yemen two years after the revolution started. The first segment focuses on the Yemeni governorate of Abyan and those who fled its capital Zinjibar during the war with Ansar al-Sharia. The second presents the youth of al-Mansura in Aden who have been expelled from Sahat Al-Shuhada' (Martyrs' Square) through the use of deadly force by security forces. ...

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Demonstrations and Arrests for Bedoon Rights Activists in Kuwait (Video)

[The following report was issued by Bedoon Rights on 12 December 2012. The video, included at the bottom of the report showing a recent protest march for Bedoon rights, was posted on Youtube by MediaBidoon and is not a part of the original report.] Two Bedoon Activists Sentenced to 2 Years in Jail and "Deportation"! After arresting his brother on Sunday, 9 December, Bedoon activist Abdulhakim AlFadhli was taken last night,  11 December. Abdulnasser AlFadhli ...

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