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An Excerpt from Sinan Antoon's "Ave Maria"

[The events of Ave Maria take place in a single day. Two characters from an Iraqi Christian family who are drawn together by the situation in the country under the same roof in Baghdad narrate these events. Youssef is an elderly man in his ...

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New Texts Out Now: Anthony Alessandrini, Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics

Anthony C. Alessandrini, Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Finding Something Different. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Anthony Alessandrini (AA): This book started as a ...

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بداية ونهاية.. نحن نقص عليكم أسوأ القصص

-1- كنعان أورن ــ تركيا "المحافظة على الوحدة الوطنية، والقضاء على الفوضى والإرهاب وإعادة الأمن والاستقرار إلى البلاد". هكذا أعلن البيان الأول للجيش التركي عام 1980، وأوضح البيان أن: "تحرك الجيش ليس كباقي الانقلابات.. لكنه ...

[Saudi King Abdullah and Egyptian President Al-Sisi. Image from TBT News Desk.]

Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (August 19)

[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 ...


The “End of the Two-State Solution” Spells Apartheid and Ethnic Cleansing, not Binationalism and Peace

[Portion of Israeli separation wall being built. Image by ISM Palestine. From Wikimedia Commons.]

Declaring the death of the two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become increasingly fashionable among growing sections of both right and left-wing streams of Palestinians and Israelis. The late Palestinian intellectual Edward Said was one of the first to propagate this notion in his essays on the failure of the Oslo accords and on bi-nationalism. Since then, and in the wake of a second Palestinian uprising, a unilateral Israeli redeployment from the Gaza Strip, a vicious one-sided Israeli war on the same territory, and a comatose negotiations process, it is little wonder exasperated observers and participants are increasingly declaring the ...

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When is Something, Something? Jordan’s Arab Uprising

[Jordanian protesters from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties hold a demonstration after Friday prayers in Amman, Jordan, 16 November 2012. Friday’s march constituted the biggest single bloc yet to call for the end of the US-backed monarch’s regime. The crowd of some 2,500 also chanted slogans reminiscent of last year’s uprisings in the region. Image by Raad Adayleh/AP Photo.]

  Throughout the early months of 2011, and the Arab uprisings, I was living and conducting research in Jordan. I paid close attention to the reverberations of the Arab Spring on the ground in Jordan, and grew frustrated with the absolute lack of attention, or worse yet, dismissal of political developments there. I cannot count how many times I heard the refrain, “But nothing is happening in Jordan” or “Nothing will ever happen in Jordan.” In response, I ask here “When is something, something? In 2012, events in Jordan began to garner further attention by Middle East scholars in the US and the US media. Policy analysts writing for ...

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We Are Fine in Gaza. How Are You?

[Image by INSURGENCIA GRAFICA via Flickr]

In celebrating the eighty-fifth anniversary of the Communist Party in Syria and Lebanon, the Palestinian singer and writer—Khaled El-Hibr sang these words: We are fine in Gaza How about you? We are fine under attack How about you? Our martyrs are under the rubbles Our children now living in the tents And they ask about you We are fine in Gaza How about you? …. The sea is behind us But we fight back The enemy is in front of us But we still fight back We have all what we need: Food and arms Promises of peace, We thank you for your support! We are fine in Gaza How about you? …… Our souls Our wounds Our homes Our skies Our ...

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Egyptian Doctors' Strike and the Quest for Bread, Freedom, and Social Justice

[Striking doctors protest in front of the Ministry of Health and Population in Cairo. Photo from official doctors' strike facebook page.]

A small yet significant meeting takes place directly across the street from the Cairo central union office for healthcare professionals. It is a meeting of the strikers’ central committee for the Doctors Syndicate, in which the General Secretary Amr Bakr personally describes the divisions within the syndicate as an “extreme clash,”[1] between the Muslim Brotherhood-led leadership currently against the strike and a non-Brotherhood faction that is organizing the strike. Unlike other syndicates, every physician votes to elect their syndicate leaders directly. In 2011, running against Muslim Brotherhood supported candidates, Amr Bakr and his colleagues gained about fifty ...

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Israeli Aggression in the Gaza Strip: In Pictures

[If the pictures of the slide show are not visible, please click here.] On 14 November Israel assassinated Hamas military leader Ahmad al-Ja'bari, simultaneously blowing up a truce mediated by Egyptian intelligence officials and accepted by Ja'bari, other Palestinian parties and - according to the Egyptians - Israel as well. In this and a further series of air raids eight more were killed, at least two of them children. Claiming these initial attacks had destroyed the long-range missile capability in the Gaza Strip, Israel's strategy of a short, sharp assault that would remind the Palestinians who makes the rules proved illusory. As Israeli planes pounded the ...

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Quelle justice transitionnelle pour la Tunisie ?

[Hooded police officers prevent people from accessing Habib Bourguiba avenue, the main rally point, in Tunis as Tunisia marks the turbulent and tense anniversary of the first elections since the fall of its totalitarian leader Oct. 23, 2012. Image by Hassene Dridi/AP Photo.]

Au lendemain des premières élections démocratiques en Tunisie, et suite aux débats politiques houleux qui ont eu lieu au sein de l’Assemblée Nationale Constituante, a été promulguée la loi constituante numéro 2011-6 du 16 décembre 2011 portant sur l’organisation provisoire des pouvoirs publics. Cette loi fortement controversée[1], a pourtant posé les jalons de ce qui allait devenir  une condition sine qua non à la réussite de la transition démocratique en Tunisie, ou du moins l’a-t-on présenté de la sorte[2]. En effet, un chapitre entier de la loi constituante  a été réservé à la notion de justice transitionnelle, ce qui présageait de l’importance accordée à ...

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The One-State Solution and Rebuilding the Palestinian National Movement: An Interview with Awad Abdel Fattah (Part Two)

[Image of an NDA billboard in Israel. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

[This is the second installment of a two-part interview.  Part One was also published on Jadaliyya on 16 November 2012.] Jonathan Cook (JC): So what is the most effective role Palestinian citizens can play in Israeli politics, assuming that a Jewish state will always exclude them from the centers of power?  Awad Abdel Fattah (AAF): Our traditional strength derived from the fact that we, as a community, survived the ethnic cleansing of 1948 [the nakba]. We remained in our homeland, even as it was transformed into a Jewish state.  But today, our strength derives from something different: we pose the biggest challenge to Israel’s claim to be a ...

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The One-State Solution and Rebuilding the Palestinian National Movement: An Interview with Awad Abdel Fattah (Part One)

[NDA secretary general Awad Abdel Fattah pictured with Ronnie Kasrils during his visit to South Africa in 2008.]

[This is the first installment of a two-part interview. Part Two was also published on Jadaliyya on 16 November 2012.] The following interview was conducted in Nazareth with Awad Abdel Fattah, secretary general of the National Democratic Assembly party. The NDA (Al-Tajamoa in Arabic, and Balad in Hebrew) is one of three parties in the Israeli parliament representing Israel’s Palestinian minority, which numbers 1.4 million and comprises nearly a fifth of the country’s population.  The NDA is best known for the activities of its former leader, Azmi Bishara, who was forced into exile in 2007 after Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, the Shin Bet, accused him of ...

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Some Panels from the Upcoming Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (Denver 2012)

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The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) will be holding its forty-fourth annual meeting in Denver beginning this coming weekend, 17-20 November 2012. Over a span of four days, scholars and researchers from across North America, the Middle East, and beyond will present their work via an impressive and diverse array of thematic panels (see complete program here). In order to highlight some of the panels, below is a list of MESA 2012 Annual Meeting panels in which one or more Jadaliyya Co-Editor is involved in as an organizer, presenters, discussant, and/or chair. However, to appreciate the full spectrum of topics, themes, geographic areas, and disciplines represented, ...

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الدوحة وأخواتها

[المصدر: رويترز]

منذ أكثر من شهرين وكل من مرّ على المجلس الوطني السوري، من مؤسسين ومستقيلين وأعضاء ومنتسبين ومبشرين بالعضوية يتوافدون على الدوحة من أجل إخراج هذا الجسد من غرفة العناية المشددة التي فشل الطبيب إريك شوفالييه في إخراجه منها لوحده. فلا الصورة الجماعية لقيادته مع الرئيس هولاند، ولا الضخ المالي والدعم الديبلوماسي كان كافياً. العقل البراغماتي الأميركي كان أكثر حذاقة عندما أخذ بعض الأفكار المطروحة من السيد رياض سيف، فأعاد صياغتها بما يتناسب مع الخروج الراديكالي من قصة المجلس الوطني السوري. السيدة هيلاري كلينتون أعلنت نهاية صلاحية البضاعة. وصار من الضروري أن تحدث الولادة القسرية والقيصرية لمولود جديد يستلم ولاية العهد عن أخيه الذي لم يستثمر البيعة الخليجية والتركية والغربية، ولم ...

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The Agonies of Susan Rice: Gaza and the Negroponte Doctrine

[Susan Rice in 2007, several years before she was appointed US Ambassador to the United Nations. Image from New America Foundation via Flickr]

In the dark of night, on 14 November, the United Nations Security Council met to discuss Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. As elections in Israel are on the horizon, the Israeli Defense Force conducted an extra-judicial assassination of Hamas’ Ahmad Jabari, who only hours beforehand had received a draft of a permanent truce agreement with Israel (according to Nir Hasson at Haaretz). A barrage of Israeli aircraft and warships followed Jabari’s assassination. A few rockets were fired from Gaza, but these have had a negligible impact. The war on Gaza is not between two armed forces, even matched, each flying the flag of a country; it is a war between a major military ...

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The Situation in Gaza: Ali Abunimah on Al-Jazeera

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Co-Founder of Electronic Intifada, Ali Abunimah, addresses the latest Israeli assault on Gaza. Abunimah's writings can be accessed here.    

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Netanyahu's First War

Despite his deserved reputation as an extremist and rejectionist of the first order, Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu has unlike most of his predecessors never initiated a war. He appears not to have planned one this time either.  The 1996 Tunnel Intifada, named after several days of clashes that followed Israel’s festive opening of a tunnel in the heart of occupied East Jerusalem, may well have been Bibi’s template for the current assault on the Gaza Strip. It after all transpired during his previous ...

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Reports Roundup (November 17)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] International Call Out: British CEO's Actions Threaten Union Rights in Lebanon Friends of Spinneys Workers draws attention to the harassment, both physical and psychological, of workers at the Lebanese branches of Spinney's supermarket. These attacks, a product of Spinney's CEO Michael Wright and Lebanese elites, are intended to curtail the activities of the ...

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Lonely Servitude: Child Domestic Labor in Morocco

[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch on 15 November 2012.]   Lonely Servitude: Child Domestic Labor in Morocco Executive Summary Latifa L. was twelve years old when she began working as a domestic worker in Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city. She said she was “really scared,” but a recruiter reassured her that her future employers “would be very kind” and would pay her well. It turned out to be an empty promise. Once in Casablanca—a five-hour bus journey from ...

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خرائط الصبّار

١ جرّافات التاريخ السائد الذي يصنعه الرجل الأبيض منذ قرون تزمجر وتندفع، مرة أخرى، إلى ”الأمام“. حوافر التكنولوجيا والتقدّم تحمل آخر ما ابتكره من أدوات القتل والمحق لاقتلاع الشعوب، الأكثر سمرة في الغالب، التي يعرقل وجودها أساطيره العنصرية ويذكّر بتاريخ جرائمه ويشوّش خرائطه. لكن هناك دائماً من يقاوم ومن يرفض أن يخرج من التاريخ بصمت ليتحول إلى عيّنة في متحف أو إلى موضوع مثير لبحث أنثروبولوجي أو ذكرى قد تثير شيئاً من الخجل أو العار بعد عقود، هذا إن لم يغطّه تراب النسيان كليّاً. لكن، هناك من يبقى ويرفض أن ...

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في جذور الأسباب البنيوية للانتفاضة السورية

للانتفاضة السورية الحالية أسباب بنيوية تتجاوز العامل المستمر، أي القمع. ترتبط هذه الاسباب بالمعطيات السياسية ــ الاقتصادية التي اجتاحت سوريا منذ العام 1986، عندما بدأ النظام عملياً في تحويل تحالفاته الاجتماعية والسياسية من العمال إلى الأعمال. والاشارة تحديداً تخص العلاقة المتصاعدة في العقود القليلة الماضية بين النخبتين السياسية والاقتصادية في سوريا، وتداعياتها على تحديد السياسات على مدى يقرب من الـ 25 عاماً. يسود هذا التفاعل الجديد للسلطة معظم الاقتصادات السياسية العالمية، لكنه يولّد آثاراً مؤذية بحسب ...

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ثورة . . . أما بعد

بعد عام من أول إنتخابات شرعية في تونس أضحت البلاد  منذ تولي الحكومة الحالية - المنتخبة ديمقراطياً - ساحةً للعديد من الصراعات بين أديولوجيات مختلفة متناسيةً بذلك الأهداف الأساسية التي من أجلها أستشهد المئات من الشباب: شغل، حرية، كرامة وطنية ..إنه لمن المحزن مشاهدة الثورة تحيد  عن مسارها تاركةً الشعب التونسي وآماله في مهب الريح .عام مضى، وكل ما كسبه الشعب التونسي هو تقلبات مزاجية صباحية مردها حكومة شرعية تنقصها الشفافية في التعامل مع مطامح شباب ثار على الظلم والطغيان، وأمل في حياة كريمة قوامها ...

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Plurality, Hybridity, and the Self: A Review of Benjamin Stora's "Voyages en postcolonies"

Benjamin Stora, Voyages en postcolonies. Paris : Stock, 2012.  Si je dis “L'Algérie est un pays musulman,” on m'accuse de faire le jeu des intégristes. Si je dis “L'Algérie n'est qu'un pays républicain,” on me rétorquera qu'il ne faut pas oublier qu'elle est un pays musulman. La France fonctionnne par images fixes, alors que l'Algérie échappe aux définintions simples. Une sorte de mixité, de métissage, de pluralité, de circulation sur fond d'héritages multiples a modelé le pays. If I ...

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Two Steps Back: How HR 35 Fails to Protect California Students

In August 2012, the California State Assembly passed House Resolution 35 (HR35). Although it is non-binding and carries no immediate legal implications, the resolution seeks to address anti-Semitism on University of California and California State University campuses by encouraging administrators to take greater initiative, including actions against students and faculty who express critical views of Israel.  Representatives passed the resolution in response to an increase in the severity and ...

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نصوص

[هذه النصوص للكاتب السوري الكبير زكريا تامر من صفحة “المهماز” التي يكتبها على الفيسبوك. تنشرها “جدلية” بالاتّفاق مع الكاتب وبمناسبة ترجمتها إلى الإنكليزية من قبل الشاعرة الأمريكية االمعروفة مارلين هاكر. يمكنكم قراءة الترجمة هنا]       “من أنت؟” من هو السوري؟  السوري هو مواطن مغمور ليس ذائع الصيت اختار الموت والسجن والصبر على العذاب والهوان طريقاً إلى الحرية.. والسوري هو مواطن يقيم خارج سوريا ومواطن يقيم بداخلها ويتأهب للخروج منها إذا استطاع، وما يوحد بين الداخل والخارج هو ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (November 15)

[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 Algeria Faces off US Pressure on Mali Abdel Bari Atwan opines an approval of Algeria's rejection of joint military intervention in Mali. Algeria increasing ...

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Bodies for Ballots

They say when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. But, when you are a politician and all you have is a hammer, you must convince voters every problem looks like a nail. This is the only thinking that can explain Israel’s behavior in escalating bombardment of Gaza. The Israeli spin machines are out in full force in the hopes of convincing Israelis and the rest of the world that the attacks on Gaza are in self-defense. But anyone following the situation closely and over time will ...

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New Texts Out Now: The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order?

Bassam Haddad, Rosie Bsheer, and Ziad Abu-Rish, editors. The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order? London: Pluto Press, 2012.   Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Bassam Haddad, Rosie Bsheer, and Ziad Abu-Rish (BRZ): This volume is primarily comprised of articles that were originally published on Jadaliyya during the first six to nine months of the Arab uprisings. As the initial phase of the uprisings subsided, counter-revolution set in, and grand narratives ...

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