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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 ...

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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 ...

[لوحة للفنان الروسي فالسيلي كيندنسكي]

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 ...

Maghreb Media Roundup (August 23)

[A photo taken near the Moroccan “Berm” in Western Sahara, a wall that is strewn with dangerous landmines. Photo courtesy of Nick Brooks, Western Sahara Project.]

[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 central du FLN officiellement fixées Ali Idir reports that the FLN will meet on the 29 and 30 August to elect a new Secretary General. La Tripartite, Une Pilule Que Le ...

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Academics Protest Facebook Censorship Policies in Turkey

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[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 Facebook group pages in Turkey. Over the course of Gezi Protests in Turkey, Facebook has blocked a considerable number of group pages that were created and followed by people ...

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Coming Full Circle? An Interview with Egyptian Journalist Ahmad Shokr

[A supporter of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi walks through the debris following clashes with police in Cairo on August 14, 2013. Photo taken by AFP PHOTO / MOSAAB EL-SHAMY, Flickr Creative Commons. ]

Since 30 June, Egypt has seen one of its worst turmoil in the country’s modern history, with hundreds killed, dozens of police stations and churches burned, and a divided population. The Muslim Brotherhood, who were in government two months ago, are now on the run and the military are fully back in charge. From Cairo, independent journalist and political analyst Ahmad Shokr dissects the current situation in his country and explains some of the more surprising developments of the past few weeks.    

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استقطاب الخطاب وانتصار الليبرالية في مصر

[آلاف من أعضاء حزب الأخوان المسلمين يرددون شعارات أثناء مظاهرة احتجاجية أمام مجلس القضاء الأعلى في القاهرة، مصر، يوم الجمعة، 19 نيسان\أبريل تقول بالعربية:

لستُ سوى مراقب عن كثب للسياسة والتاريخ المصريين. وآمل أن يسمح لي الذين يشاركونني في الحوار حول مصر بأن أقدّم بعض الملاحظات عمّا يمكن أن يصبح في نهاية المطاف مهماً لنا جميعاً، نحن الذين نحرص على المنطقة، أو ندرّسها. سأركّز ملاحظاتي على الأسباب الكامنة وراء الخطاب الاستقطابيّ حول مصر، داخل وخارح البلاد في آن واحد معاً، وأختتم بتعليق حول مجئ ليبرالية جديدة. وتستند ملاحظاتي إلى رصْدٍ دقيق استمرّ أكثر من ستة أسابيع للإعلام المصري بمختلف أنواعه، وللجزيرة، والعربية، ومجموعة من وسائل  الإعلام  والمنشورات الأوربية والأميركية، وبينها وسائل الإعلام المشتبه بها عادة (كالواشنطن بوست، والنيويورك تايمز، والإكونومست، والغارديان، إلخ.) وعدد من المدوّنات (المواقع)، وحسابات ...

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Deaths Without Dignity

[10 October 2011, A Muslim girl who came to support her Christian friend after her brother was killed during the battles of Maspero, Egypt. Image originally posted to Wikimedia Commons]

"You want to see the bodies? Ok then, here!" the man working at the morgue said, holding me and a friend by the arm and practically pushing us into a humid room filled with bodies, lying on slabs or on the floor and in various states of decay. We had been at the morgue for over an hour, coming from the tear gas and shooting in Mohamed Mahmoud Street to Zeinhom, Cairo's only morgue, because we had heard that medical examiners were refusing to autopsy the bodies of those shot by the police and military in the clashes. The man was trying to mock us, to frighten us away, and as the overpowering stench of decay hit us he nearly succeeded. Several days and several ...

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Fact Sheet on Mubarak Trial and Legal Status

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[The following fact sheet was issued by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) on 21 August 2013.] What were the charges against Mubarak? The Public Prosecution has leveled official charges at Mubarak and others in four cases so far: The killing of demonstrators in 2011, influence peddling and profiting from the export of gas to Israel. Illicit gain (his wealth is not commensurate with his income). Presidential palaces case (he appropriated for himself, his wife Suzanne Thabet and his sons Alaa and Gamal funds allocated annually for the upkeep of the presidential palaces). Receipt of gifts from state-owned press institutions. ...

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نكبة فانهيار فنضال طبقي


نكبة فانهيار فنضال طبقي! أحدثت النكبة في سنة 1948 وما أعقبها من تداعيات تغييرات جذرية في مسيرة الحركة العمالية الفلسطينية داخل مناطق 1948. فقد أدت إلى تشريد أغلبية العمال العرب شأنهم شأن أغلبية الشعب الفلسطيني، لا سيما من المدن الكبرى مثل يافا وحيفا. في الوقت نفسه، لم تبق بعد النكبة مصانع أو مشاغل عربية كثيرة، وقامت الدولة العبرية بالسيطرة على القليل مما تبقى منها. وكانت الحركة العمالية الفلسطينية قبل هذه النكبة مؤلفة أساساً من عمال هذه المصانع والمشاغل، وخصوصاً في المدن الكبرى، ومن العمال في معسكرات الجيش البريطاني التي انتشرت في فلسطين إبان الحرب العالمية الثانية، ومن العمال في الأشغال العامة التي كانت قائمة في البلد خلال فترة خضوعها لسلطة الانتداب البريطاني. وفي ...

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DARS Media Roundup (August 21)

[R4BIA victory sign. Image by Bünyamin Salman, via Flickr.]

[This is a bi-weekly 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 may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each bi-weekly roundup to by Sunday night of every second week.] News & Commentary The Storm Before The Storm, by The Economist The police assault on the morning of August 14th, though, backed up by army units, was one of stunning brutality. Although not unexpected, it was surprisingly savage. It will make the interim government's work toward a new ...

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Report on Egyptian Security Forces's Use of Excessive Lethal Force

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[The following report and video were issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on 19 August 2013.] Egypt: Security Forces Used Excessive Lethal Force Worst Mass Unlawful Killings in Country’s Modern History (New York) – Egyptian security forces’ rapid and massive use of lethal force to disperse sit-ins on August 14, 2013 led to the most serious incident of mass unlawful killings in modern Egyptian history.        The ongoing Human Rights Watch investigation indicates that the decision to use live ammunition on a large scale from the outset reflected a failure to observe basic international policing standards on use of lethal force and was not ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (August 20)

[Protest graffiti in Barbar, Bahrain. 28 August 2012. Image from Mohamed CJ/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 New Saudi-supplied missiles boost rebels in south Syria Suleiman al-Khalidi reports on the anti-tank missiles the Syrian rebels received from Saudi Arabia. Countries condemn violence in Egypt as UAE, Bahrain express support for government Basil El-Dabh examines the reaction to the ...

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Discourse Polarization and the Liberal Triumph in Egypt

[Thousands of mostly Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood members shout slogans during a protest in front of the the Supreme Judicial Council in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, April 19, 2013. Arabic reads,

I cannot profess to be more than a close observer of Egyptian politics and history. I hope my Egypt interlocutors allow me to make some observations about what might end up concerning all of us who care about, or teach about, the region. I will focus my observations on the reasons behind the polarized discourse on Egypt, both inside and outside the country, and conclude with commentary about the advent of a new liberalism. These observations are based on more than six weeks of monitoring closely Egyptian media of all varieties, Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiyya, and a coterie of European and American media outlets and publications, including the usual suspects (Washington Post, ...

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The Invention of Throne Day

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Since the Middle Ages, ruling dynasties in Morocco have resorted to political religious rituals to legitimize and affirm their power. The Moroccan monarchy’s ritual complex reached its height under Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603), the founder of the Makhzen (the governing institution in Morocco). Under the current Alaouite dynasty, which began its reign in 1668, a multitude of political religious rituals coexist. But currently, the most important ritual is, without a doubt, Coronation Day (‘id al-‘arsh). Celebrated in grand pomp to commemorate the king’s accession to the throne, the majority of the population and the elites view this celebration as a ritual that has existed ...

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I'm Still Alive ... لم أمت


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فنانون/ات ونشطاء/ناشطات عرب يدينون تصريحات ماجدة الرومي في مهرجان صيف البحرين ويناشدون فنانين/ات بالانسحاب من المهرجان

بادر نشطاء عرب لكتابة عريضة، تدين مشاركة الفنانة اللبنانية ماجدة الرومي في مهرجان صيف البحرين ٢٠١٣ والذي يقام في المنامنة من ١٨ آب/أغسطس حتى ٩ أيلول/سبتمبر برعاية وزارة الثقافة البحرينية، وتدين العريضة بشكل خاص تصريحات الرومي خلال الحفل والتي دعمت من خلالها النظام البحريني قائلة: "جئنا نحييكم شعباً وقيادة ونشد أيدينا على أيديكم، أنتم السالكين دروب النور، المتصدين للعتمة وجيوش الظلام." كما وناشد الموقعون فنانين عرب آخرين (الفنان محمد عساف من فلسطين والفنانة فريدة محمد من العراق) بعدم ...

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Speaking of Resistance

“Everywhere is Taksim, everywhere resistance” is one of the most famous slogans of the popular uprising that emerged out of the Taksim Gezi park protests in Istanbul in May and June. Ironically, the 15 June police crackdown that violently pushed the protesters out of Gezi Park has given occasion to organize more elaborate “forums” and “people’s assemblies” in different public parks of Istanbul and other, predominantly western cities of Turkey. Today many of these parks offer the much-needed space to ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Noura Erakat, Discusses Law and the Israel-Palestinian Conflict on PBS THIRTEEN

In the documentary film, The Law In These Parts, Ra'anan Alexandrowicz examines the system of military law that has governed the lives of Palestinians in the Occupied Territory since 1967. The film features the military judges, prosecutors, and legal advisers who helped draft the law--years before the Occupation--and who have shaped it to meet Israel's military and civilian goals since then. Jadalyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat joined PBS THIRTEEN to discuss the film, along with a roundtable of experts that ...

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Syria Media Roundup (August 22)

[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 by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Perspectives   Lebanon Developments   Defiant Hezbollah Leader Says Ready to Fight in Syria Keep Reading »

From Revolution to War on Terror: Reflections on Post-3 July Egypt

There is no doubt that the toppling of President Mohamed Morsi on 3 July 2013 was a watershed event in Egyptian history. On the one hand, it demonstrated the continued possibility of mass collective action seeking political change through contentious rather than formal political channels. On the other hand, wittingly or not, it allowed the country’s armed forces to restructure the nature of its own longstanding domination of Egyptian politics and economics, both formal and informal. There is also the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Adel Iskandar, Egypt in Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution

Adel Iskandar, Egypt in Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution. Cairo and New York: The American University in Cairo Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Adel Iskandar (AI): The book was not written with the intention of becoming a single contiguous narrative that coheres. In fact, it wasn’t even written to be a book. Instead, it was a collection of standalone articles composed at various junctures in the tumultuous life of revolutionary Egypt. As events unfolded, my modest ...

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Mutual Opportunism in Ugandan–Israeli Relations

Israel’s relations with Uganda over the past five-plus decades epitomize how military ties and business investments ebb and flow with the currents of regional politics. These are halcyon days for mutual opportunism in Israeli-Ugandan relations.  In some ways, the cooperative present harkens back to the early 1960s. In that decade of African independence, Israel was eager to win friends and influence economics on the continent. According to Arye Oded, a former Israeli ambassador to various African ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (August 20)

[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 Egypt’s Crackdown Divides Regional Leaders Arthur Bright examines the responses from different regional leaders in the aftermath of the massacre in ...

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Beyond The Voice of Battle

No matter how many times you witness it, the transformation is still a dizzying one. Kiosks that once vended chocolate and cigarettes, deployed as a gunman’s shield. Shop window shutters framing sugar-sopped cakes or risqué clothes mannequins, now the roughage of a street barricade and clouded in teargas. Rooftops normally barnacled with satellite dishes and humming AC units, today specked with sniper rifle sights. All that familiar stuff, wrenched from an old reality and pressed into use ...

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Survey for PhD Holders and Graduate Students in Middle East-Related Fields

The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is attempting to learn more about the career trajectories and work situations of those who have pursued or are pursuing Middle East studies in the United State and Canada. If you are a graduate student or PhD holder (irrespective of current employment) based in the United States or Canada, please consider completeing the anonymous survey below. The survey will take no longer than 10 minutes, and is designed to collect data in the areas of academic and ...

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Last week on Jadaliyya (August 12-18)

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.  Statement from the Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists on the Massacre in Cairo The Revenge of the Police State The Toxicity of Everyday Survival in Iraq My Parents' Bahrain ما الذي يحدث في مصر الآن؟ بيان الإشتراكيين ...

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