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Historical Realities of Concept Pop: Debating Art in Egypt

Today, every phenomenon of culture, even if a model of integrity, is liable to be suffocated in the cultivation of kitsch. Yet paradoxically in the same epoch it is to works of art that has fallen the burden of wordlessly asserting what is ...

[Wall surrounding a gated community, Saudi Arabia. Image by Amelie Le Renard.]

The Politics of "Unveiling Saudi Women": Between Postcolonial Fantasies and the Surveillance State

With the consolidation of the Saudi state starting in the 1960s, the regime has progressively imposed unified dress codes for Saudi men and women, that for the latter has meant wearing a long, black cloak [‘abaya] and veiling. Various ...

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Soma, Ermenek, Yirca: Can Anti-Coal Activists Defend Coal Miners and Olive Farmers?

The coal-mining town of Soma in the western Aegean region of Turkey hardly made headlines until last May. A mining disaster that took the lives of 301 mine workers in Soma on 14 May 2014 brought forward the country’s fragile mix of social ...

The Islamic State: The Fear of Decline?

Following a series of military setbacks, Dabiq—the propaganda magazine of the Islamic State (IS)—is issuing calls for the unity of followers to compensate for the dwindling number of its fighters. Through its powerful media apparatus, IS ...


نجوان درويش بطاقة هوية وأشعار أخرى

[الشاعر الفلسطيني نجوان درويش]

بطاقة هُويّة رغم أَنّ الكردي مشهورٌ بقساوة الرأس ــــ كما يتندّر الأَصدقاء ـــــ إلا أَنني كنتُ أَرقَّ من نَسْمة الصيف وأَنا أَحتضنُ إِخوتي في أَربع جهات الأَرض.  وكنتُ الأَرمني الذي لم يصدِّق الدموع تحت أَجفان ثلجِ التاريخ وهي تغطّي المقتولين والقَتَلَة أَكثيرٌ بعد ما حَصَل أَن أُسْقِط مخطوطةَ شعري في الوحل؟ وفي جميع الأَحوال كنتُ سورياً من بيت لحم أَرفع مخطوطةَ أَخي الأَرمني وتركياً من قونيّة يدخلُ الآن من باب دمشق. وقبل قليلٍ وصلتُ "بيادر وادي السِّير" واستقبلني النّسيم الذي وحده يعرف معنى أَن يأتي المرء من جبال القفقاس مصحوباً بكرامته وعِظام أَهله. وحين وطئ قلبي ترابَ الجزائر لأَوّل مرَّة لم أَشكَّ للحظةٍ أَنّي لستُ أَمازيغيّاً.  في ...

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Two Years of Meta-Narratives: How Not to Cover Syria

[An artistic rendering of Bashar al-Assad, one of the many subtle and thought-provoking images that social media has brought to the fore. ]

Bassam Haddad mentioned in his article entitled “The Triumph and Irrelevance of Meta-Narratives Over Syria: “Rohna Dahiyyah” that people writing about Syria are often detached from the pain and realities of the people on the ground. We believe this argument is rather fallacious and unfair. Some of those producing media on Syria have gone the extra mile to get as close to the heart of the issue as they could, encapsulating the complexity of the struggle and giving a voice to the Syrian people who live in constant fear and uncertainty. The following piece profiles a few of those sensitive contributors to the media on the Syrian revolution. The Amateur Journalist If ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 05)

[Bahraini women fleeing teargas attacks during a protest. Image from Flickr/Al Jazeera's Sara Hassan.]

[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.] Reports and Opinions From football to military might, how Qatar wields global power Jane Kinninmont examines the expansion of Qatar’s international influence, in The Guardian. Kuwait activist jailed for five years for insulting emir on Twitter A news report on the prison sentence against Mohammad Eid Al Ajami for insulting the ...

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Syria Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (January 2013)

[Funeral procession and protest in Kaferbatna, Damascus. 2 February 2013. Via Lens Young Dimashqi.]

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Syria. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Syria-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] Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria (Updated) A report compiled by the ...

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"May in the Summer": 2013 Sundance Review

[Dalia (Alia Shawkat) and May (Cherien Dabis) in “May in the Summer.” Photo Credit: Brian Rigney Hubbard]

Written and directed by Cherien Dabis, May in the Summer -- which opened the 2013 U.S. Dramatic Competition of the Sundance Film Festival -- is a disarmingly humorous, sharply observed and deeply affecting story about a Palestinian-American writer, May, who returns to her childhood home in Jordan in preparation for her summertime wedding. Distinct from the well worn immigrant narratives familiar to American independent film, May in the Summer charts terrain rarely explored on screen: the emotional impact of building a life across multiple geographies -- especially when the promise of return to one's homeland continues unfulfilled. [May (Cherien Dabis) and Yasmine ...

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Iraq’s Hackerspace

[The following article was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more information on the publishing world as it relates to pedagogy and knowledge production, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.] Faced with Iraq’s rival politics, one group based in Baghdad is seeking change by promoting collaboration and entrepreneurship through public spaces. Fikra Space, based on the Arabic word fikra meaning “idea,” finds its roots in hackerspaces, which act as physical places where members of a community, usually involved in some way with technology, meet and discuss ideas and their work. The idea ...

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With Our Ideas, We Take Our Portrait: Reflections on the Work of Alessandra Sanguinetti

[“Sadeel and Aboud”, C-Print. By Alessandra Sanguinetti.]

In this collection of essays, three young Palestinian photographers and refugees respond to the work of Alessandra Sanguinetti, an Argentinian-American photographer who visited Palestine twice during the second Intifada. Mohammad Al-Azza, Yasmeen Saleem, and Areej Asad were children when Sanguinetti took some of her photographs in their community. Years later, they found these photographs personally and politically resonant. Sanguinetti documented the aftermath of military violence, but she also captured quiet moments of reflection. These writers gravitated to the latter images. For more about the photography project, “With Our Ideas, We Take Our Portrait,” read Amahl ...

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This Is A Mass Sexual Assault . . . We Will Resist (Video)

[Anti-sexual harassment/assault graffiti in Egypt. Image by Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assulat]

The following video was produced by Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault. It shows a public and mass sexual attack on a female protestor in Tahrir Square and the efforts to ensure her safety. The footage was edited to highlight exactly what is happening in the moving crush of bodies caught on video. It shows several men publically raping a protestor, with several other men pressing in to partake in the assault. This is not the first time a woman is sexually assaulted during a protest in Egypt. Nor will it be the last. However, as the woman narrating the video states, female Egyptian revolutionaries are not going anywhere despite daily threats to their ...

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هل يعود العسكر لحكم مصر من بوابة قناة السويس؟

[القوات المسلحة في بورسعيد. مصدر الصورة جريدة

تقدير موقف ظهرت منذ شهرين بعض الشواهد المريبة - أكثر ريبة من نظيراتها - في مهاجمة مقرات الحرية والعدالة في مدن القناة تحديداً، وبدا أن الأمور تسير في إتجاه تبرير نزول العسكر إلى شوارع مدن القناة بدعاوي حفظ الأمن وتأمين المجرى الملاحي ومصالح الأمن القومي. وكانت هذه الشواهد تتضافر لتشير إلى اقتراب استحداث فزاعة جديدة بعد استهلاك فزاعة سيناء واستنفاد فاعليتها، وذلك بغية استحقاق وضع عسكري استثنائي في الحياة المدنية. والترابط المنطقي الذي ظهر في الأفق حينها يمكن تلخيصه في الآتي: • تم تحقيق أحد أهداف الحملة الدعائية ضد سيناء بنجاح كبير. وهو تفزيع عموم أهل وادي النيل من الواقع الميداني في سيناء ورسم صورة ذهنية لها وكأنها تورا بورا أفغانستان أو وادي سوات باكستان. مما ...

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Regarding the Torture of Others in "Zero Dark Thirty"

[Jessica Chastain in

Much of the hype and controversy surrounding Zero Dark Thirty centers on the issue of torture. The acting director of the CIA as well as three US senators have criticized the film for exaggerating the role of “enhanced interrogation techniques” in the search for Osama bin Laden, while commentators have criticized the film for advocating torture, some going so far as to call the film’s director, Kathryn Bigelow, an “apologist for evil.” Cinematographically, the film has received rave reviews, garnering five academy award nominations, among them best picture and best actress for Jessica Chastain’s depiction of CIA agent Maya. Yet what is at stake when the torture of ...

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الحائِرُ بِحَياتِهِ

[اللوحة للفنان العراقي صدام الجميلي]

اليوم تذكّرتُ الحياةَ. تذكّرتُ أني حين ركضتُ خلفَ الحياة تركتُ الحياة خلفي. شعرتُ بِرُهاب كبير. أخفيه ولكنه يتسرّبُ من جوارحي. رأيتُ أحدهم  يضحكُ فعجبت. رأيته يشعر بالبهجة فغبطته.  لم أغبطه. كأنه عندي كان يفتعل السعادة. تساءلتُ كيف يشعر من يكون على ما يرام. كان يحاول أن يجذبني إلى حديثه ولكن كان يذعرني الحديث إليه. كنت أخشى أن يحدّق فيّ. كانت هواجسي تتشاجرُ. كنت أحاذرُ أن يسمعني. كنت أخاف أن أقترب منه أو يقترب مني. إرتعبت وتلمست جسدي كأنني كنت أخشى أن تفزعه ثآليلي.  هكذا كنت مجتهداً في غمرة العصف الذهني لا يستوقفني شيء. لا أكف عن الخواطر ولا تكف عني.  يأخذني ما قَرُبَ منها وما بَعُدَ. تذكرت أنني تنقصني المهارات. تذكرتُ أنني ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (January 25 and February 1)

[Demonstrations by Mauritania's 25 February Movement. Image from the movement's Facebook page.]

 [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 Ya Ali Ya Ali L'Algerie est redevenue francaise Amar Cheballah laments the forgotten spirit of the Algerian revolution. Algerian hostage crisis could weaken veteran spymaster Ian Black describes the potential affects of the In Amenas crisis on Algeria’s state surveillance apparatus. Some early Algeria ...

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The Very Risky Bet of Hollande in Mali: The Probable Long-Term Disaster

On 11 January, France's President François Hollande sent in troops to Mali, a few immediately but then 3500, a sizeable number. The stated objective was to fight against the various Islamic fundamentalists who had taken control of northern Mali. It was what the French would call a gageure - a word that derives from gage in the sense of a bet. It basically means undertaking something very difficult to achieve. I think one might best translate it as a "risky bet" and in this case, I would say it ...

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Fun, Football, and Palestinian Nationalism

Some of the most enduring memories of fieldwork in al-Wihdat refugee camp are the several evenings I spent watching football matches in the company of my friends.  Al-Wihdat is a Palestinian refugee camp established in 1955 on the outskirts of Amman, the capital of Jordan. The camp today is fully incorporated into the city through urban expansion. When I began my fieldwork in 2009, I expected Palestinian refugee camps to be highly politicized. Setting out to document the significance of Palestinian ...

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شاهد عيان

  فيما يلي شهادتي باعتباري شاهد عيان لاعتداء ضباط قوات الأمن على متظاهر تم تجريده من ملابسه بالكامل مساء الجمعة، بالقرب من القصر الجمهوري.  وأعلم أن الكثيرين منكم قد شاهدوا الشريط المصور، الذي التقط خفية، وعلى الرغم من ذلك أرجو قراءة شهادتي: كنت في ذلك المساء أقف في شرفة البيت، التي تطل على شارع الميرغني بالقرب من مقهى كوستا، وأراقب هجوم قوات الأمن المركزي على المتظاهرين وهم يحاولون الفرار إلى الشوارع الجانبية في ضاحية مصر الجديدة (هليوبوليس). كانت الجموع تحاول الهرب من قوات الأمن المركزي، ...

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Popularly Elected Apartheid

                       

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 4)

[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.]  “1 dead, scores injured on Egypt's 'Friday of Deliverance'" Clashes erupt at the presidential palace as political forces blame each other for the violence. “Update: One ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Jan 28- Feb 3)

 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.   The Meaning of Revolution: On Samira Ibrahim The Gendered Body Public: Egypt, Sexual Violence and Revolution Syria and the United States: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Al-Jazeera's "Empire" Another ...

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Permission to Caption

Ever since the start of the first Intifada in 1987, the West Bank and Gaza have become the center not only of Palestinian politics but also of international coverage of the Palestinians. On the ground, these processes of media production are collaborative and dialogical. Working with visiting journalists, photographers, and other media makers, Palestinians translate, set up interviews, and navigate checkpoints. They not only interpret Arabic; they also interpret facial expressions, city streets, and ...

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موسم السياحة 2013: فلسطين المحتلة، زوروها وافرحوا بها

ليس هناك ألطف من أن تكون جماعة ما مُستَعمِرة حضاريّة ومنفتحة. فحينما تتوافر شروط الحداثة بما تشمله من علائم الديموقراطية، والمدنية، والعولمة، والابتعاد السياسي والاجتماعي عن الدين والانفتاح على كافة أنواعه؛ يصير الاستعمار تفصيلاً هامشياً ومتقهقراً أمام كل هذا. يصبح همّ المجتمع أن يحيا التفاصيل اليومية متناسياً أعقاب الماضي، متذكراً خطواته الحاضرة الذاهبة إلى غدها لا غير. وليس أوفى على توثيق تلك الخطى من جرائد هذا الاستعمار، التي لا يقتصر عملها على توثيق وتدوين هذا الواقع، بل أيضاً على إنتاجه وإحالته لأمر ...

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Romancing the Throne: The New York Times and The Endorsement of Authoritarianism in Jordan

On 23 January 2013, elections were held for the seventeenth parliament of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. During the past several months, the monarchy and its allies hailed the 2013 parliamentary elections in Jordan as both the symbol and litmus test of the regime's commitment to "reform" in the country. Alternatively, the Islamic Action Front (IAF)—the political wing of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood and the leading political opposition group since at least the early 1990s—called on ...

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Reports Roundup (February 2)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Letter Concerning Incidents at the Marmara University Faculty of Communications The Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association expresses its concern over the actions of Yusuf Devran, the government-appointed dean of the Faculty of Communications at Marmara University in Turkey. Under Dean Devran, specific students and faculty have ...

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Mohamed Majd

The great Moroccan actor Mohamed Majd passed away last Thursday, at the age of seventy-three, at a clinic in Casablanca. He was admitted the week before for respiratory problems, following a short stay in Dubai to promote Noureddine Lakhmari’s latest feature Zero (2012). Majd plays one of the lead roles in this film about police corruption, social exclusion, and an anti-hero's redemption through love found in the film-noirish streets of downtown Casablanca. The renowned actor was laid to rest in ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (January 2013)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of January 2013. It also includes the most recent videos, roundups and the most read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our Monthly Edition series, and we now have a page dedicated to all roundups.    Orientalist Feminism Rears its Head in India The Naked Bodies of Alia Who Failed Rizana Nafeek? The Meaning of Revolution: On Samira Ibrahim ...

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