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كلمّا تقدّم الزمن تُطرح مسألة خلافة الرئيس محمود عباس بقوة أكبر، لأن الرئيس تجاوز الثمانين من عمره وانتهت الفترة القانونية لولايته منذ حوالي سبع سنوات من دون إجراء الانتخابات التي لا يعرف أحد متى ستعقد وكيف، مع تأكيد الرئيس المستمر بأنه لن ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ali Issa, Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq

Ali Issa, Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq. Washington, DC: Tadween Books, 2015. [Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq is co-published with the War Resisters League.]   Jadaliyya (J): What made ...


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Attacks against Solidarity with Kobane: The Suruç Massacre of Young Revolutionaries

A suicide attack killed at least thirty young revolutionaries in Suruç in Urfa, the Turkish city near the Syrian border, on 20 July 2015. The attack on the Amara Culture Center, where at least three hundred young people affiliated with the ...

Palestinian Agency And New Campaigns In The Arab World: An Interview With Zaid Shuaibi On The Fourth Annual BDS Conference

[Image from the Fourth Annual BDS Conference. Zaid Shuaibi pictured far left.]

  On 7 June 2013, the Boycott National Committee (BNC) convened the Fourth National Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Conference at Bethlehem University. Comprised of three panels and one set of concurrent workshops, the daylong event targeted local Palestinian communities. While the organizers anticipated four to five hundred participants, seven hundred people showed up. In addition to evidencing its popular character, the Conference’s overflow capacity indicates increasing ownership among Palestinians over the international movement that an overwhelming majority of Palestinian civil society launched in 2005. The panels, conducted in Arabic with ...

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The Agony and the Irony of Guantanamo’s Mass Hunger Strike

[Force feeding restraint chair. Image by Jason Leopold.]

The executive order pledging to close Guantánamo within a year, signed by freshly inaugurated President Barack Obama on his second day in office, is a dead letter. Over the past two months, however, the president has recommitted to his 2009 pledge, including appointing a special envoy to head the effort to break through the stalemate that is largely the product of domestic politics. Clearly, one trigger for this renewed attention to Guantánamo is the mass hunger strike among prisoners that started in February. The Guantánamo prisoner population currently stands at 166. Eighty-six have been cleared for release. Almost four dozen others have been ...

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'All of a Sudden!': Gezi Park Resistance in Ankara

[Street sign during protests in Ankara. Photo by Önder Güneş.]

Perhaps the best words to express the beginning of the resistance in Ankara belong to the Turkish poet Orhan Veli Kanık: “Everything happened all of a sudden!” We had been following the developments in Gezi Park for four days. These developments were similar to what had happened with the Emek Movie Theater, which was constructed in 1924 and was destroyed by the government’s decision one month ago in order to construct a shopping mall in its place in the middle of Istiklal Avenue. People had protested the decision to destroy the Emek Theater several times, but police had thrown tear gas and brutally repulsed them. However, the government implemented its decision and ...

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Defiant Turkish Demonstrators 'Finding New Ways to Protest': Turkey Page Co-Editor Nazan Ustundag on Democracy Now!

[Nazan Üstündağ. Image from screen shot of below interview.]

This is an interview conducted with Turkey Page Co-Editor Nazan Üstündağ on the ongoing state repression of protests in Turkey. The interview addresses the Turkish government's violent crackdown and how Turkish protesters have developed new strategies to express their dissent.  The Turkish government is threatening to send armed troops into cities to quell the ongoing anti-government protests that have continued despite an increasingly violent state crackdown. On Tuesday, Turkish police arrested eighty-seven people in a series of raids targeting those suspected of participating in weeks of anti-government rallies. The latest demonstrations include acts of passive ...

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Defining the Terrain of Struggle in Taksim

[Police confront protesters in Istanbul, 1 June. Photo by Carole Woodall.]

In the past weeks, the Gezi Park occupation has weathered a ferocious police deployment accompanied by an almost ceaseless barrage of tear gas, plastic bullets, and water cannons directed at the peaceful congregration at the heart of Taksim. According to the latest report of the Turkish Medical Association, as of 17 June, 7,882 people have been hospitalized; four are confirmed dead while another fifty-nine have severe injuries and nine are in critical condition. For many first-time protesters, the Turkish state’s ruthless response to the demonstrations across the country has shattered the illusion that those who are subjected to the harsh treatment of the state are ...

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حديثي مع الشيطان

[مصدر الصورة د.ب. ا]

 ٣٠ يونيو وما بعدها (الحلقة الأولى) لا يكون الواحد منا متجنياً إذا قال إن النظام السياسي الذي أسسه الإخوان، أو قل تأسس نتيجة للمسار الانتقالي الذي قاده المجلس العسكري ثم الإخوان المسلمين، قد ولد ميتاً، وإن هذا النظام الجديد الذي يحمل الكثير من ملامح النظام القديم قد ولد حاملاً لكافة أزمات دولة مبارك المترهلة غير الكفء والمهترئة مؤسسياً، وأنه قد بدأ من حيث انتهى مبارك في مواجهة تجليات أزمة اجتماعية متفاقمة، وسيولة سياسية لم تمتص بعد من قبل أي ترتيب مؤسسي رغم توالي الاستفتاءات والانتخابات وتعدد إجراءات القمع والترويع من السلطة الحاكمة.   في صبيحة اليوم التالي لإقرار أول دستور مصري بعد ثورة يناير خرج الرئيس محمد مرسي ليعلن انتهاء المرحلة الانتقالية إذ ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 18)

[Construction workers in Dubai. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

[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 Gulf and Lebanon: Is It a Declaration of War? Ibrahim al-Amin argues that the Gulf Cooperation Council’s threats to forbid the Lebanese Shia from working in the region aim to exert pressure on Hezbollah to withdraw from Syria. Saudi Arabia Eurofighter talks back on track Carola Hoyos ...

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

[Village of Battir. Image by Idobi. 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 "NSA Collecting Phone Record of Millions of Verizon Customers Daily," Glenn Greenwald Greenwald details a secret court order wherein the NSA obtained the communications records of all domestic call data. "Palestine Drops Bid to Register New UNESCO Heritage Site," Ammar Owaineh, ...

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Resisting Tear Gas Together

[Tear gas fired by police in Istanbul, 11 June 2013. Photo by Eser Karadag, via Flickr.]

You are never quite able to forget the first time you are teargassed. If you’re fortunate, you see the tear gas first being deployed and have enough time to make sure you avoid the canisters’ ballistic paths (police often aim for your head when firing them). Immediately after, the loud hiss of the gas pouring out of the cans drowns out every other sound while white clouds rapidly fill the air and engulf you, obscuring your vision and forcing their way into your body through your lips, eyes, ears, and nostrils. The sharp burning in your lungs and sinuses brought on by the gas leaves with you with the sharp impression that you’re not getting enough ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (June 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, and roundups. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series.   Is Everywhere Taksim?: Public Space and Possible Publics Contours of a New Republic and Signals from the Past: How to Understand Taksim Square The Right to the City Movement and the Turkish Summer A Pro-Government Newspaper in Turkey Blasts Jadaliyya for Its Role in the Protests! Occupy Gezi: The Limits of Turkey’s Neoliberal Success 'Ottomanalgia' and the Protests in Turkey The ...

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الانترنت والعولمة الثقافية

منذ ظهور تكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات واتخاذها حيزاً رئيسياً من حياة الانسان اليومية، جذبت اهتمام الباحثين في علم الاجتماع والاقتصاد والسياسة، نظراً لارتباطها في مناحي الحياة المختلفة خاصة في عصر العولمة. و من أهم تكنولوجيا المعلومات وأكثرها إثارة في هذا الحقل هو الانترنت وما يشكله من حلقات رابطة بين السياسة والاقتصاد والثقافة. لعل "القرية العالمية" التي أشار إليها مارشال ماكلوهان في منتصف القرن التاسع عشر هي التي أثارت الأسئلة حول امكانية اندماج الشعوب وثقافاتها لتتحول بالفعل الى قرية واحدة. وعلى الرغم من صعوبة اختبار صحة هذه الفرضيات إلا أن العديد من الأمثلة توضح صعوبة هذا التجانس المطلق. فقد تتغير عادات الاستهلاك اليومية لسلع معينة وكماليات في حياة ...

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It Is About the Park: A Struggle for Turkey’s Cities

[Photo of protestors in Istiklal Boulevard on 9 June 2013. This particular protest organized residents of the tens of neighborhoods in Istanbul threatened by urban renewal projects. The map they are carrying in the photo documents where urban transformation projects are currently planned and colors code levels of project implementation and degrees of eviction from the neighborhoods. Image by members of the Taksim Dayanışması/Solidarity Movement.]

It is with alarming regularity that I read coverage of the protests and ensuing police brutality that erupted in Gezi Park and Taksim Square, Istanbul that emphatically insists that the confrontations are about “so much more than a park.” Reassuring their readers that the protests are not about something as silly or simple as the defense of a small park against redevelopment, analysts are eager to enumerate a bundle of decisions taken by the Turkish government, and in particular the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyıp Erdoğan, ranging from the regulation of public consumption of alcohol to media censorship and journalist arrests to the brutal violence with which the regime ...

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Counting the Votes: Reflections on the Presidential Election in Iran

It is fair to say the presidency of Hassan Rohani came as a surprise to everyone. This includes 50.7% of Iranian voters, who according to government accounts, voted for him in the June 15th presidential election in Iran. Some of the attention was on the undemocratic nature of the Iranian presidential elections due to the vetting process by the Guardians Council in the last round of the candidate selection process. However, few are aware that the vetting process begins with the Islamic Republic’s ...

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Jadaliyya Launches Turkey Page

Jadaliyya is proud to announce the launch of its new Turkey Page. Similarly structured to our Egypt, Syria, Arabian Peninsula, and Maghreb Pages, the page will feature articles written by those on the ground in Turkey as well as outside observers, from a wide range of perspectives. We are launching the page in the midst of ongoing violence unleashed by municipal and state authorities in Turkey against protesters in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, and throughout the country. As of 17 June, the Turkish ...

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Producing Pera: A Levantine Family and the Remaking of Istanbul

In recent years, urban space has emerged as a critical point of political contention in Turkey. However, this is by no means a new phenomenon. The politics of urban transformation in Istanbul—Turkey’s largest city and the capital of the former Ottoman Empire—have offered a visible representation of the dominant ideology of the times since the city’s conquest in 1453. As Ottoman sultans and statesmen sought to consciously reorient towards Europe during the nineteenth century, the largely non-Muslim ...

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Occupy Angara: A Situation Assessment in a State of Emergency

[NOTE: Angara is an alternative pronunciation of the name Ankara, which reflects the peculiarities of the city and the country.] The Political Atmosphere Leading Towards Gezi Park Process It can be said that the Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP) was born as a hegemonic project in the wake of the economic and social crisis that Turkey faced in 2001. In a period when politics was stifled and many economic parameters rang alarm bells, the AKP was coded as a critical actor to perform grave tasks such as ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 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 by Sunday night of every week.]   “Morsi appoints 17 new governors” Seven of the newly appointed governors belong to the Muslim Brotherhood.  “Egypt tourism insiders voice misgivings over Luxor’s new ...

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New Texts Out Now: Markus Dressler, Writing Religion: The Making of Turkish Alevi Islam

Markus Dressler, Writing Religion: The Making of Turkish Alevi Islam. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Markus Dressler (MD): I have been working on Alevism and religion in modern Turkey on and off for more than fifteen years. During this time, I became more and more interested in the way that contemporary discourses on Alevism are informed by modern ideologies, in particular nationalism and secularism. I realized just how deeply most ...

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فرانكشتاين في بغداد

[فصل من رواية "فرانكشتاين في بغداد" لأحمد سعداوي التي صدرت هذا الشهر عن دار الجمل] الكذّاب 1 كي يجعل لقصته جاذبية أكثر كان هادي العتاگ حريصاً على ايراد التفاصيل الواقعية. وهو يتذكر هذه التفاصيل كلها ويوردها في كل مرة يروي فيها أحداث القصة التي حدثت معه. ها هو في مقهى عزيز المصري على التخت الذي في الزاوية الملاصقة لزجاج واجهة المقهى، يجلس ويمسح على شاربيه ولحيته المفرقة، ثم يطرق بالملعقة الصغيرة بقوة في قعر استكان الشاي ويرشف رشفتين قبل أن يبدأ بسرد الحكاية من جديد، وهذه المرة على شرف بضعة ...

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هل يمكن تطوير الجدل حول المثلية الجنسية؟

كلما أثيرت قضية المثلية الجنسية في مصر تهيج العواصف قليلاً ثم تهدأ بلا إحراز أي تقدم. قد يكون السبب في ذلك طغيان القضايا السياسية والحقوقية الكبرى، والانتهاكات الموسعة بدنياً واقتصادياً واجتماعياً، فضلاً عن الصراع حول انتزاع الحق في المجال العام إجمالاً دون خوض في فرعيات أو تفاصيل. ولكن يبقى السؤال: لماذا لا يحدث تقدم نسبي كلما تجدد الجدل عن المرة السابقة؟ وهنا أرى الإشكالية في غياب الجدل أساساً، فما يسود بخصوص المثلية الجنسية، كما غيرها، ما هو إلا حوار طرشان يصمم كل منهم أن يتحدث بمنطقه الأحادي، تاركين ...

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معتقلو موريتانيا في غوانتانامو

انتشرت في الساعات الأولى من فاتح يونيو2013 أنباء تفيد بأن المعتقلين الموريتانيين في سجن غوانتنامو، محمد ولد صلاحي وأحمد ولد عبد العزيز، قد تم تسليمهما إلى موريتانيا. ولم تتداول هذه الأنباء مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي فقط، بل مؤسسات اعلامية دولية وعربية كذلك. كانت تلك الإخبار مصدر فرح لدى عائلات المعتقلين ولدى الكثيرين من أبناء موريتانيا ، لكن سرعان ما تبدل ذلك الشعور إلى خيبة أمل، بعدما نفت الولايات المتحدة الخبر رسمياً. حيث نقلت وكالة ألأنباء الفرنسية، عن المتحدث باسم وزارة الدفاع الأمريكية، البنتاغون، ...

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Will the Presidential Elections “Cure the Pain” of the Iranian People?

Do not just look at the pictures of Iranians celebrating late into the night in Tehran’s streets. Listen, they are singing Yar-e Dabestani-ye Man [My Grade School Friend]. This old Iranian protest song has become the unofficial anthem of the student movement. Tyranny’s welt on our flesh Has not faded with time The fields of our culture Have grown wild with neglect... Who but you and I Has power to cure our pain?  Unlike the highly contentious presidential elections in 2009, the morning after ...

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#resistankara: Notes of a Woman Resisting

Thousands of women filled the streets and squares in Ankara and took them back: spraying anti-teargas solutions in someone’s eyes, picking up the trash, advising people not to use swear words, but still talking, screaming, not keeping silent, swallowing, and walking, and walking again. The Gezi Park protests can be, and are being, analyzed in multiple ways. Meanwhile, on its nineteenth day as this piece is being written, the protests and the solidarity of the protestors continue to advocate for a life ...

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'Ottomanalgia' and the Protests in Turkey

It was the sixth day since a peaceful sit-in had begun in Gezi Park in Istanbul to protect the last remaining green space in the center of the city. Protests had spread throughout the country due to the excessive use of force by police, including tear gas, water cannons, and plastic bullets against protesters from various backgrounds. On this same day, 2 June, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave a talk on the importance of preserving the Ottoman heritage at the opening ceremony of the new facility ...

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