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Video: US Aid to Israel - The Real Deal

The special relationship between Israel and the United States goes deep...real deep. It's based on security, conflict and most of all money. Most of it for the Israeli military. But with over two hundred killed in Gaza just this July and ...

[Image of a South Sudan Independence Day celebration at Diversey Harbor Grove. Image by Daniel X. O'Neil/Flickr.]

On the Margins Roundup (July)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins ...

[Des habitants de la région de Sidi Bouzid occupent une terre agricole qui a été saisie par la banque et revendue aux enchères en juillet 2010, Regueb. Image par S. Rouissi.]

Mohamed Bouazizi, l'ouvrier agricole : Relire la « révolution » depuis les campagnes tunisiennes

Bouazizi, l'autre histoire On pourrait commencer l'histoire au début des années 2000. Mohamed, orphelin de son père, devient responsable de sa fratrie et doit subvenir aux besoins de sa famille. Lorsque son oncle maternel, Salah, achète ...

[Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, speaking at the Münich Security Conference in 2012.]

HRW Whitewashes Israel, The Law Supports Hamas: Some Reflections on Israel’s Latest Massacre

 [The analysis and data in this article refer to the period prior to the Israeli ground invasion.] On 7 July 2014, Israel unleashed Operation Protective Edge against Gaza. When it launched a ground invasion on 18 July 2014, Israel ...

Jadaliyya Launches Media Page!

[Photo by Manoocher Deghati/AP]

Jadaliyya is hereby launching its new Media page! This page provides a critical lens from which to explore and analyze the media landscape in and about the Middle East and North Africa. It spotlights new and traditional media players, platforms, and reporting at the local, regional, and global levels. Original articles featured in this page expand the disciplinary boundaries of media studies and communication to look at the intersections of the arts and all forms of representation. The page also features audio interviews and extensive video segments on various topics pertaining to the Middle East. Also forthcoming from the page is a weekly radio show "Media on ...

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Year of the Ostrich: SCAF's Media Experiment

[Al-Wafd newspaper shocked readers on 19 January 2012 with an over-the-banner headline declaring

In April of 1954, less than two years after the military ousted Farouk’s monarchy, it became apparent that the men in uniform would not be relinquishing power in Egypt. The “Free Officers” coup d’etat paved the way for the constitution of the Revolutionary Command Council (RCC), a supra-legal body with executive, legislative and judicial power wielded over every branch of government including the media. Before the RCC decided to exercise its hegemony and muzzle any criticism in the media, there was a 20-month period where Egypt’s press flourished. During this transition period, Gen. Mohammed Naguib, the most senior of the coup’s leaders, had committed to surrendering ...

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Coming Soon: "MEDIA ON THE MARGINS" Radio Show

[Syrian citizen journalist documents army shelling in Homs on 24 July 2012. Photo from AP]

In a couple of weeks, Jadaliyya will launch its first regular online radio show. Media on the Margins is a weekly program dedicated to the stories behind the news, on the fault-lines of journalism and the fringes of public discourse. In each episode, winner of the Society for Professional Journalists' 2012 Community Journalism Award, Malihe Razazan, speaks to reporters, editors, citizen journalists, and photographers to unpack their craft, interrogate their work, and uncover how the news comes to represent the world. The show shines a spotlight on stories missed, ignored, and omitted as well as the people who tell them. "Media on the Margins" is where ...

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Syrian Hands Raised: User Generated Creativity Between Citizenship and Dissent


As much as images of violence, civil war, and sectarian strife become prominent in the media narrative of the Syrian uprising, little gems of innovative cultural production, artistic resistance, and creative disobedience continue to sprout across the virtual alleys of the Internet. These creative gems are also the germs of a viral peer-production process at work at a grassroots level in the new Syrian public sphere. Such acts of creativity—mash-ups, cartoons, slogans, jokes, songs, and web series---are probably too small and inconsistent in impact compared to the horrific magnificence that shelling, bombing, sniping, and killing scenes that provide daily fodder to global ...

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Is the Sky Falling? Press and Internet Censorship Rises in Jordan

[Jordanian political cartoonist Nasser al-Ga’fari’s work is frequently featured in the local daily newspaper Al-Ghad. This cartoon satirizes Jordanian King Abdullah II’s famous quote, “The sky is the limit for press freedoms in the kingdom,” spoken more than a decade ago. Al-Ga’fari portrays the government, as represented by the man on a ladder, covering an illusionary sky with grey paint from a bucket labeled “Press Law.”]

Since January 2011, the Jordanian political scene has been significantly affected by the waves of change in the region collectively known as “the Arab Spring.” Emboldened by regional events, some fear that barriers have been broken in Jordan as political and labor activists throughout the country have taken to the streets demanding greater governmental accountability, an end to neoliberal economic policies, and economic corruption, and political representation. Jordanian labor activism expanded exponentially in 2011. In 2011 alone, Jordan Labor Watch, an initiative of the Phenix Center for Economics and Informatics Studies, documented over 800 labor actions. Significant ...

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Studying Social Streams: Cultural Analytics in Arabic

[Riot Smoke by VJ Um Amel]

One of the challenges of studying technology is learning how to deconstruct the tools from the political ideologies held by those who develop them. As Timothy Mitchell explains in his book Colonising Egypt, the practice of science and systems of ordering national standards are modern projects that enable governments to maintain discipline and surveillance. A cog in the colonial project, the science of documenting every political act reflects a “tendency of disciplinary mechanisms, as Michel Foucault has called these modern strategies of control, was not to expect and dissipate as before, but to infiltrate, and colonise.”[1] In this article, I will discuss a set of ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (October 30)

[Heavy Construction around the Kaaba in Mecca. June 2008. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo.]

[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.] Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani’s Historic Visit to Gaza Emir of Qatar Begins Historic Gaza Visit Harriet Sherwood describes the first visit paid by a head of state to Gaza in more than five years and Qatar’s investment in the Hamas-controlled enclave, in The Guardian.  Qatari Emir Urges Palestinian Unity A news ...

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Civil Society in Revolt: From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street

[Presentism at play: People enact a “Tunis Hurrah” [free Tunisia]. Image from Tunisian activists on Facebook.]

As Occupy Wall Street (OWS) celebrates its first anniversary and Arab revolts continue to unfold, it seems a propitious time to ask why the Arab Spring has been such an inspiration for the global left. What was so novel in the occupation of Tahrir square? Do these uprisings signal a new form of political mobilization and protest? Is there, in particular, a philosophy that, despite some differences, unites the Arab Spring and the American Fall? Some have said that the Arab revolts, which have now touched almost all Arab states, show that a truly combative civil society is back. They are right: The revolts’ spontaneity and grassroots organization displays the ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Oct 22-28)

 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.  ميليشيات الإخوان الإلكترونية: تحميل الأيديولوجيا على الفيسبوك Jon Stewart's Theater of the Absurd Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Arab Studies Journal on "Cultures of Resistance: The Case of Palestine and Beyond” London Event -- The Arab Uprisings: Between Change and Continuity (29 October 2012) "من المآسي المضاعفة للنزوح:فتيات سوريات للزواج "بثمن بخس ...

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نظرة داخل البيت السلفي

[الاف السلفيين يتظاهرون في ميدان التحرير لتأييد حازم صلاح أبو اسماعيل]

معلوم أن المحن تٌوحد ضد الخطر المشترك أما وقت الرخاء فيظهر فيه الخلاف بين المصالح أو الأيدلوجيات أو الأولويات وحتى على مستوى التيار الواحد أو الأحزاب الكبرى التي تتأسس في ظروف استثنائية عقب الثورات أو الاحتلال تجد الاجتماع بسبب الظرف الاستثنائي ومع مرور الوقت يحدث انفصال بين الأجنحة المختلفة التي سرعان ما تنفك عن أحزاب أصغر كما حدث مع الوفد في أواخر العشرينيات من القرن الماضي حين انفصل عنه حزبا الهيئة السعدية والأحرار الدستوريون. لذا لا يعد ما يحدث داخل حزب النور من معركة ساخنة بين جبهتين تكاد أن تشطره نصفين مفاجأة حيث يعبر عن تطور طبيعي في الحركة السياسية السلفية وانعكاس لحركة اجتماعية متباينة ولكن ربما يقابله البعض باستغراب نتيجة لوقوعه فريسة لإطار التنميط ...

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Dia al-Azzawi's "Sabra and Shatila Massacre"

[Detail of Dia al-Azzawi's

Earlier this year, London’s Tate Modern acquired “Sabra and Shatila Massacre” (1982-83), an epic mural-sized drawing by pioneering Iraqi artist Dia al-Azzawi. Sprawling as it is towering and engulfing, the artist began the massive work after news surfaced that between two and three thousand Palestinian and Lebanese civilians were strategically murdered in and around the refugee camps of southern Beirut in 1982. While creating “Sabra and Shatila Massacre,” al-Azzawi was also moved by Jean Genet’s “Four Hours in Shatila,” a written dispatch of the hell on earth that was the site of this civil-war era carnage, the violent details of which are impossible to take in without ...

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Reports Roundup (October 27)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.]  Jadaliyya's First Book Is Now Available from Pluto Press The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings, now available in paperback and Kindle format, documents and analyzes the first nine months of the rebellion that spread throughout the Arab world beginning in December 2010. Joint Letter to Kuwaiti Emir on Bidun Rights Refugees International, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International call on His Highness Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah of Kuwait to actively address the problem of human rights abuses against the ...

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Syria Media Roundup (November 1)

[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 The Syrian Refugee Crisis Intensifies Rochelle Davis and Michelle Woodwar

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New Texts Out Now: Linda Herrera, Youth and Citizenship in the Digital Age: A View from Egypt

Linda Herrera, “Youth and Citizenship in the Digital Age: A View from Egypt.” Harvard Educational Review (Fall 2012). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Linda Herrera (LH): Schools once served as temples of citizenship education, but this is no longer the case. I came to the realization of the diminished role of schooling in the lives of young Egyptians during a visit to a public high school in 2006. I arrived at a school in the Delta in the middle of the day to interview teachers about ...

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The UN at ASIL: R2P and the Arab Uprisings

The Under-Secretary for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel, Patricia O Brien, recently addressed the American Society of International Law Midyear Meeting at the University of Georgia School of Law. In her representative capacity, O’Brien dedicated her luncheon remarks to a discussion about the still-developing concept of responsibility to protect. (She contributed the full remarks as an IntLawGrrls post.) Also known by its shorthand abbreviation, R2P, the doctrine of responsibility to ...

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NEWTON Year in Review

Since we first launched our New Texts Out Now (NEWTON) page a little more than a year ago,  we have had the opportunity to feature an astonishing range of books and articles for Jadaliyya readers. With authors generously agreeing to discuss their new works, offer background information on their research, and allow us to post excerpts from their books and articles, we have been able to offer first looks at some of the most important new work in the field, from established names and rising stars ...

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Statement by Comrades from Cairo: We Refuse Economic Bondage -- Stop the Loans

[The following statement was released by Comrades from Cairo on 31 October 2012] Dear friends, In the coming period we will again be facing a familiar enemy that many of you have and continue to battle. International Financial Institutions (IFIs) like the IMF have long had a hand in plundering the Egyptian economy and dispossessing the Egyptian people. We aim to resist these institutions and their depredations, but we know that this struggle is a global one and so we address this letter to all those ...

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As Syria Free-Falls . . . A Return to the Basics: Some Structural Causes (Part 2)

[This is Part 2 of “As Syria Falls.” Part 1 can be accessed here] Amid the mounting and tragic violence, loss of life, and loss of Syria, it seems difficult to write about history and causes. Yet it is equally difficult to write critically about the current chaos, precisely because of the information gap. One also wonders, what can be said about Syria anymore? In this vein, and following the despair in the first part of this article, I retreat to the basics, to what we think we know a little better. In ...

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Chomsky on the Western Sahara and the “Arab Spring”

One of the most significant consequences of the term “Arab Spring” has been the evocation of a constructed timeline that placed the protests in the North Africa and the Middle East within a limited spectrum of time and space. The desire to enforce problematic nominal labels produces a narrative that shapes the way certain events are understood and discussed. The result is the acceptance of what is or is not considered legitimate dissent and the denial or reduction of historically embedded forces that ...

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Sexual Harassment Video that Led to Removal of Rula Quawas as Dean at the University of Jordan

The following video was produced by students of the University of Jordan's Feminist Theory class during the fall semester of the 2011-2012 academic year. The video addresses sexual harassment experienced by female students on the University of Jordan campus.  It was uploaded to YouTube on 9 June, 2012. The video's public release created "a controversy" both in print and online media in Jordan. In light of the video's supposed "harmful effect" on the university's reputation, ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (October 29)

[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.]   “A Look at Egypt's Draft Constitution” Bassem Sabry says that the second draft of the new constitution resembles a more conservative version of the 1971 ...

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Letter Concerning Removal of Professor Rula Quawas from Her Post as Dean at the University of Jordan

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association concerning the removal of Professor Rula Quawas from her position as Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the University of Jordan after a her students produced and published a video on sexual harrassment. To view the video, click here.] 26 October 2012 Dr. Ikhleif Tarawneh President University of Jordan Amman 11942, Jordan Dear President Tarawneh, I write to you on behalf of ...

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سياسة الاستئثار واقتلاع الجذور

استهوتني قصة المشاريع العقارية الضخمة والمدن الجديدة التي سيطرت على النشاط الاقتصادي في دول الخليج العربية، لأنها تجسد في طياتها كل أوجه الخلل المزمنة التي تواجهها المنطقة. فيتجسد الخلل السياسي والاستئثار بالسلطة في الفساد الذي استشرى في صفقات الأراضي وعمليات ردم البحر (الدفان) الذي تطلبته هذه المشاريع، بالإضافة إلى انعدام دور غالبية المواطنين في التخطيط والموافقة على هذه المشاريع. أما الخلل الاقتصادي المتجذر في المنطقة؛ فيبرز في الكميات الهائلة من الأموال التي أتت أساساً من الريع النفطي لتنصب في هذه ...

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Egypt’s Constituent Assembly: Contempt and Counterrevolution

The constitution has taken center stage this week in Egypt’s fraught political transition. On Tuesday, Cairo’s Administrative Court referred the matter of the Constituent Assembly’s legality to the Supreme Constitutional Court, and the SCC is not expected to rule on the matter for at least two months. Advocates for the Assembly saw the Administrative Court decision as affording the constitution-writing body an opportunity to wrap up the work it has undertaken in the past four months. Ever since the ...

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