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When Your Name is on the Blacklist

[The Gallatin School of New York University invited Amjad Nasser, one of the major poets of the Arab world, to inaugurate its Gallatin Global Writers series on 30 September. On 27 September, US Homeland Security at Heathrow, London, ...

[Members of “The Iraqi Delegation” to Toledo—from left to right: Sami Michael, David Semah, Ella Shohat, Shimon Ballas, and Yosef Shiloach. Image from Ella Shohat’s personal archive]

A Voyage to Toledo: Twenty-Five Years After the 'Jews of the Orient and Palestinians' Meeting

On 3-5 July 1989, an unusual gathering, which went largely unreported in the media, took place in Toledo, Spain—“Judíos orientales y palestinos. Un diálogo para la paz árabe-israelí” (“Jews of the Orient and Palestinians: A ...

[Fikirtepe. Photo by Duygu Parmaksizoglu.]

Evden Emlaga Fikirtepe: Rant ve Spekulasyon Ekseninde Kentsel Donusum

Evden Emlağa Fikirtepe: Rant ve Spekülasyon Ekseninde Kentsel Dönüşüm  Bir şehir antropoloğunun saha notları Saha çalışmasına başladığım 2013 yılının Mart ayında Fikirtepe bölgesi, kentsel dönüşüm macerasında iki yılı çoktan geride ...

Tadween Spotlight: Gaza

This summer, Gaza dominated the headlines. A rising death toll at the expense of Israel’s weeks-long Operation Protective Edge, a death toll that currently stands at over 2,000 killed, once again brought attention to the politics ...


On the Margins Media Roundup (December)

[In this photo of Tuesday 30 October 2012, a Somali charcoal trader scales charcoal at his charcoal shop in Mogadishu, Somali. Thousands of sacks of dark charcoal sit atop one another in Somalia's southern port city of Kismayo, an industry once worth some twenty-five million dollars a year to the al-Qaida-linked insurgents who controlled the region. The loss of the charcoal trade

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Somalia, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands, and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.] Somalia Somalia: It mustn’t be business as usual The author argues the new Somali government must control the trade in the port city of Kismayo after AlShabab’s defeat. Somalia: UN Chief Welcomes Swearing-in of New Somali Cabinet Ministers The author suggests that United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon endorses the new Somali cabinet ...

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كتاب: أمراء وسماسرة وبيروقراطيون: النفط والدولة في السعودية

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[“كتب” هي سلسلة تستضيف “جدلية” فيها المؤلفين والمؤلفات في حوار حول أعمالهم الجديدة ونرفقه بفصل من الكتاب.]  "أمراء، وسماسرة، وبيروقراطيون: النفط والدولة في المملكة العربية السعودية". تأليف ستيفان هيرتوغ مطبعة جامعة كورنل، 2011. صدر بالإنجليزية.   جدلية: ما الذي دفعك لكتابة هذا الكتاب؟ ستيفان هيرتوغ: كانت الفكرة الأصلية وراء هذا البحث هي تحليل كيف أن الاصلاحات الاقتصادية الليبرالية تغير الهياكل الاقتصادية والسياسية في دولة غنية بالنفط ( ريعية) مثل المملكة العربية السعودية. كانت هذه هي الخطة قبل أن أبدأ في بحثي الميداني، ولكن ما اكتسبته من خبرة غير الكثير من توجهاتي حيال الموضوع. فعوضاً عن التغيير، وجدت استمرارية تاريخية تضرب ...

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A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 3)

[Thawra Street, Damascus, closed by regime forces. 13 December 2012. Via Lens Young Dimashqi.]

[From Vijay Prashad's three-part series "A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria." See Part 1: Refugees here and Part 2 : Neighbors here.] Our enemies did not cross our borders They crept through our weakness like ants. -- Nizar Qabbani, “Footnotes to the Book of Setback” (‘ala Daftar al-Naksah), 1967. III. Western Plans.   On 12 December, the Friends of Syria (FoS) met for their fourth conference in Marrakech, Morocco. Hilary Clinton could not go because she contracted a stomach virus. The FoS gave full political recognition to the Syrian National Coalition (SNC). They stopped short of calling it the government in exile and naming a cabinet to ...

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Atatürk and My Grandfather

[Mustafa Kemal Atatürk with King Edward VIII.]

Where the young Palestinian Ismail Hroub was killed and buried after being recruited by the Ottoman army in the early twentieth century remains unknown. His brother, my paternal grandfather Khalil Hroub, would for the rest of his days remain saddened by the early loss of his brother. He had refused any money from the Ottoman administration, then based in Hebron, as compensation for this loss. Like many Palestinian families who lost young men in the Great War, and despite sheer poverty and need, my grandfather considered it undignified to accept compensation. Their position was not affected by the fact that Ismail had, along with dozens of the “fittest” young men from ...

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Mission to UAE Supports European Resolution Against Crackdown on Activists

[UAE Crackdown on Activists. Photo from gc4hr.org]

[The following report was issued by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 10 December 2012.] Mission to UAE Supports European Resolution Against Crackdown on Activists / Free expression rights of sixty-four detainees violated A crackdown in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has violated the free expression rights of sixty-four detainees, including human rights lawyers, in the Gulf Kingdom, according to a report based on a mission undertaken by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) in November 2012. The mission confirms the findings of the European Parliament earlier this year, which called for the release of all prisoners of conscience, activists and human rights ...

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من القاهرة الجميلة - الجزء الثالث

من فوق أحد مباني القاهرة

شمس القاهرة تبرق في صباحها هذه الأيام، باعتيادٍ لا يماشي دخول فصل الشتاء . . . كأنها تعري ظلال الأركان كلها، وتتروى وتطيل في بريقها، في انتظار رؤى عيون أهلها، فمن غير عيونهم، لن تحقُّ المعجزة.يصخب أهلها كعادتهم عند الغضب تحت تلك الشمس، ثم لسببٍ غير معلوم، يسكنون ويقصد كلٌ منهم بيته، يحمل أثقال المدينة على قسمات وجهه ثم يصمت في نومه.    *** تغيّر القاهرة رائحة غازها المسيل كلّ مرةٍ، فيتوه عنها كل بعيد وتعجز أمامها مناعة كل قريب. وحتى بعد انقضاء كل سحابة غاز وكل واحدةٍ من تلك الصدامات مع الأمن المركزي، تأبى رائحته أن ترحل سريعاً عن تراب الشوارع، الذي تستمر رياح المدينة في نثره في وجوه المارة، آبيةً أن تدع الذكرى ترحل وجوههم بسهولة. هذه المرة، كأن المدينة كرهت ...

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Colonial Planning of My Grandfather’s Hilltop

[The Hilltop. Image by the author.]

Today, I walked onto an Israeli settlement for the first time in my life, one where most of the land it stands on once belonged to my grandfather. I needed the settlers’ permission to walk onto this soil. As I walked down the sidewalk, I felt alienation and contentment all at once. The first for the utter disconnect between this land and I. The second for finally being able to set foot in a place that is rightfully mine.  "You see this hilltop? It all belongs to your grandfather.” This phrase was a recurring one on our family drives from Abu Dis to Jericho. I heard it from the first moment that I could comprehend words.  I cannot even remember who said it ...

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Letter to Members of EU and European Parliament Concerning Human Rights in Bahrain

[Endorsement Signatures of Bahraini Political Prisoners. Image from bahrainrights.org]

[The following letter was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 8 December 2012.] 8 December 2012 Honorables President and members of the European Union President and members of the European Parliament Subject: EU to secure respect of human rights in Bahrain Dear respected members, We appreciate your stances to support the genuine promotion of human rights in Bahrain. The procrastination and deception policy, adopted by the ruling elite in Bahrain to avoid respecting human rights and fully implementing the BICI and UNHRC, has resulted in further deterioration of the overall stability and social security in the country. Some of these ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 11)

[Protestors at the Doha Climate Change Summit. 5 December 2012. Photo by ideasforacoolerworld]

[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 Gulf states must quash unrest – Saudi official A news report on the comments made by the Saudi deputy foreign minister urging the Gulf governments to put down any protests inspired by the Arab uprisings, on Gulf News. UAE authorities ‘detain 18-year-old blogger’ A news report on the arrest of Mohammed ...

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الضحك في الزمن المظلم: مقابلة مع ممدوح حمادة

[مسلسل ضيعة ضايعة ٢ (٢٠١٠) اخراج الليث حجو سيناريو ممدوح حمادة الممثلون (النجوم): نضال سيجري باسم ياخور ]

[ ممدوح حمادة أحد أبرز كتاب السيناريو والحوار التلفزيوني في سوريا. قدم بالتعاون مع المخرج الليث حجو بعضاً من أفضل الأعمال الكوميدية، خاصة مسلسلات "بقعة ضوء" ابتداء منذ عام 2000  و"أمل - ما في" عام 2004. وقد أثمر تعاونه مع ذات المخرج في المسلسل الشهير "ضيعة ضايعة" في عامي 2008 و 2010، و أخيراً مسلسل " الخربة" عام 2011. يعيش الكاتب ممدوح حمادة في روسيا البيضاء.] ليزا ودين: من هم ممثلو الكوميديا الذين كان لهم تأثير على أعمالك الكوميدية المختلفة؟ ممدوح حمادة: لا يوجد أي ممثل محدد يمكن القول إن له تأثير مباشر على اعمالي الكوميدية، ولكن في الوقت نفسه يمكنني القول إن جميع الذين شاهدتهم لهم تأثير بهذا الشكل أو ذاك على ...

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The People Want Reform… In Qatar, Too.

[Image from Flickr/Doha Sam]

[Perspectives Editors’ note: Over the last two years of revolt in the Middle East and North Africa, the Arab Gulf has often been portrayed in the regional and international media as an exception, standing in relative stability outside an “arc of history” struggling towards freedom and democracy. Within this discourse, whatever its merits, Qatar has come to occupy a place even further along the axis of exceptionalism, all the more so as nearly all of its neighbors – Kuwait, Eastern Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Oman – are now experiencing repeated, public signs of deep discontentment, social unrest, and various forms of state and popular-led violence. Although these ...

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Art, Politics, and Critical Citizenry in Morocco: An Interview with Driss Ksikes

[Reporter Driss Ksikes outside the courthouse, 15 January 2007 in Casablanca. The court handed down three-year suspended sentences to Driss Ksikes, editor of Nichane, and to journalist Sanaa al-Aji, for insulting the Islamic religion, court officials said. Both were barred from any journalistic activity for two months and the independent Arabic-language magazine was suspended for two months. They were fined 80,000 dirhams (US $ 9,280) each. Image by Jalil Bounhar/AP Photo.]

Driss Ksikes’ presence in Morocco is not one that is easily captured by static titles. He is at once an artist, an academic, a journalist, and an activist. However, it is his ability to transcend the rigidity of any one of these roles that has allowed him to evade stereotypes. Both his artistic and political activities have also played a hand in inspiring him as director of the Centre d’Etudes Sociales, Economiques et Managériales (CESEM). Perhaps his best descriptor is the one he has used to describe himself: a “critical citizen.”  Ksikes began his career as a playwright, publishing his first play in 1998, Pas de memoire...memoire de pas. He then published Le ...

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الحركة المثلية في فلسطين ومقارعة الخطاب الإسرائيلي

هل تصدّقون وجود مثليين فلسطينيين ومثليات فلسطينيّات خارج الأفلام الأوروبيّة والإسرائيلية التي لا تكفّ عن مضغ القصة السطحية ذاتها حول فلسطيني مثلي الجنس يعشق مثلي إسرائيلي، فيهربان من غابة «الهوموفوبيا» (رهاب المثليين) العربيّة إلى مملكة التحرر في تل أبيب؟ مثابرة حثيثة يقودها مثليّون ومثليّات من فلسطين ضد الاستخدام الغربي والصهيوني لقضايا التحرر الجنسيّ والاجتماعي من أجل تكريس العداء للمجتمعات العربيّة باعتبارها مجتمعات قامعة، تصادر حقوق النساء كما تصادر التعددية الجنسيّة. توازت هذه المثابرة في أساسها مع ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (December 13)

[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 RADDH : La Situation Des Droits De L’homme En Algérie Ne Cesse De Se Détériorer Ces Dernières Années Amine SIdhoum discusses the deterioration of ...

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Syria Media Roundup (December 13)

[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 syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] International and Regional Perspectives Armenians Feeling Anew as Syria Erupts in Battle Keep Reading »

Documenting Yemen's Injured South

I shot the film presented here, "Third Day in the Heart of the Revolution,’’ over a single day. Divided in two parts, it tells stories from the south of Yemen two years after the revolution started. The first segment focuses on the Yemeni governorate of Abyan and those who fled its capital Zinjibar during the war with Ansar al-Sharia. The second presents the youth of al-Mansura in Aden who have been expelled from Sahat Al-Shuhada' (Martyrs' Square) through the use of deadly force by security forces. ...

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Demonstrations and Arrests for Bedoon Rights Activists in Kuwait (Video)

[The following report was issued by Bedoon Rights on 12 December 2012. The video, included at the bottom of the report showing a recent protest march for Bedoon rights, was posted on Youtube by MediaBidoon and is not a part of the original report.] Two Bedoon Activists Sentenced to 2 Years in Jail and "Deportation"! After arresting his brother on Sunday, 9 December, Bedoon activist Abdulhakim AlFadhli was taken last night,  11 December. Abdulnasser AlFadhli ...

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New Texts Out Now: Laleh Khalili, Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies

Laleh Khalili, Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Laleh Khalili (LK): In the course of completing my first book, I was performing some final interviews with Palestinian residents in Lebanon who had been detainees in Israel at various points over the last couple of decades. I was conducting these interviews when the news of Abu Ghraib tortures broke and pictures of detainees being held by ...

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Mosques Under Construction Re-Demolished by Authorities in Bahrain

[The following report was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 9 December 2012.] The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses concern over the continued attacks on religious freedom represented in the re-demolishing of Shia mosques, which have been under construction since they were initially attacked and demolished during the government crack-down in 2011. On December 1st, 2012, government bulldozers demolished four mosques for the second time; no notification was given to the people nor ...

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A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 2)

Our enemies did not cross our borders They crept through our weakness like ants.    -- Nizar Qabbani, “Footnotes to the Book of Setback”                                (Hawamesh ‘ala Daftar al-Naksah), 1967. II. Neighbors. As the refugees pour into Syria’s neighbors, tensions come with them. The most thorough report on these tensions was ...

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ملف من الأرشيف: الشيخ إمام

 [”ملف من الأرشيف“ هي سلسة تقوم ”جدلية“ بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات ستكون لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم العربي.]       الإسم: إمام محمد الشهرة: عيسى إسم الأب: أحمد تاريخ الولادة: 1918 تاريخ الوفاة: 1995 الجنسية: مصري مكان الولادة: ابو النمرس الفئة:  فنان المهنة: ملحن - مغني    [الشيخ إمام وأحمد فؤاد نجم] الشيخ إمام  مصري. إسمه ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Dec 3- 9)

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. The Muslim Brotherhood's Militias in Action: A Firsthand Account Morsi Past the Point of No Return On the Insignificance of Stevie Wonder No, Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 10)

[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.]   “Why This Was Not A Real Compromise” Bassem Sabry says that the new constitutional declaration is not a concession from the president since he already managed to protect the ...

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In Honor of Titans

In hindsight, the popular uprising that erupted in the occupied Palestinian territories on 9 December 1987 and continued for six grueling yet heroic years makes perfect sense. Scholars, analysts, and activists have demonstrated how a variety of factors came together to ripen conditions for the eruption of mass protest and its development into a sustained and organized rebellion.  These conditions included accelerated colonial expansion throughout the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza ...

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