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New Texts Out Now: Luca Anceschi, Gennaro Gervasio, and Andrea Teti, Informal Power in the Greater Middle East Against All Odds Voices of Popular Struggle In Iraq It's Official: In 2006, The Lebanese Government Was Hoping Israel Would Disarm Hezbollah For them Tripoli’s Unseen Faces الجسد والسلطة في السينما
[A protest for Palestine in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on 29 March 2012. Image by author.]

Palestinian Authority Security Cooperation and the Internationalization of Occupation: The Case of Ahmad Sa’adat

“Security coordination is sacred.” Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas made that statement in Ramallah in May 2014 to an Israeli audience. He was referring to the policy of high-level intelligence and security cooperation ...

[Beirut Downtown by Abdsayady92 via WikiCommons]

Cities Media Roundup (January 2015)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Toby Matthiesen, The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent, and Sectarianism

Toby Matthiesen, The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent, and Sectarianism. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Toby Matthiesen (TM): I became interested in the issue of ...

[Image of zajal performance in Byblos from The Times of Malta]

Zajal on Arak

I remember when electricity came to my village. I must have been about seven or eight.  The government installed a transformer in the village center. The thing was housed in a metal locker. The villagers called it ‘The Clock.’  ...

Poems from the Maghreb: Introduction and Selections

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[To celebrate the publication of Poems for the Millennium: Vol 4, edited by Pierre Joris and Habib Tangour (University of California Press, 2013), a comprehensive anthology of the written and oral literatures of the Maghreb, Jadaliyya is publishing the editors' introduction and a selection of poems (Mehdi Akhrif, Omar Berrada, Ahmad Al-Majjaty, Djibril Zakaria Sall, and Cheikha Rimitti. For more information and to purchase the book, click here] Introduction This book has been incubating in our minds for a quarter century now, and we have been gathering material for even longer—with the aim of assembling and contextualizing a wide range of writing from North ...

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Prison Sketches

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Prison Sketches [Translated from the Arabic by Sebastian Anstis]  In the beginning was the Word (forbidden) After we had first tasted the terror of their welcome, they stood us in line against the wall. One of them said severely, pointing to the nearest corner: “Those who who’ve got books or magazines or newspapers or anything with writing on it, stack it here.”  Mercy killing I wrote many stories during my prison years. The first three months in the regular Interior Ministry prison were referred to as "the interrogation." After this, friends and family could come for long, unsupervised visits. In this way books, magazines, notebooks and pens ...

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The Legal Framework of Second Class Citizenship

[Poverty in Jaffa. Image from RW/BADIL.]

Since its establishment in 1948, Israel has lacked a formal constitution. In 1951, the first Knesset decided that it would enact a series of “Basic Laws” that would eventually become the future Israeli constitution.  Nothing in the Basic Laws resembled a bill of rights until the Knesset enacted two very important laws: Basic Law - Human Dignity and Liberty, passed in 1992, and Basic Law - Freedom of Occupation, passed in 1994, were the basis of the so-called ”constitutional revolution” and were considered to be Israel’s mini bill of rights, since they gave constitutional protection to some human and civil rights and also gave the Israeli High Court of Justice (HCJ) ...

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سلا، مدينة الحمق والقراصنة

[حارة في سلا، المغرب]

[مدن، زاوية جديدة على "جدلية" يكتب فيها الكتاب والكاتبات عن مدنهم المفضلة ] ولدت في مستشفى حكوميّ بمدينة طيّبة اسمها سلا، هي مدينة عتيقة وغير مدعية، مصابة بضيق مزمن بسبب التصاقها المحرج بمدينة مشهورة ومعتدّة بنفسها اسمها الرباط. كان يروق لي في مراحل متعددة من حياتي السابقة التنقل بين المدينتين بواسطة المراكب الخشبية التقليدية التي كانت تحمل العابرين بين ضفتي نهر أبي رقراق الذي خلده عبد الهادي بلخياط في أغنيته الشجية "القمر الأحمر". كنت أجد متعة في تأمل مشهد المدينتين العدوتين المحكومتين بمواجهة بعضهما البعض للأبد، كأنهما توأم سيامي لم تحقق فيه الطبيعة التوازن المطلوب. نجحت إذن، في الخروج إلى الحياة ذات صباح من شهر مارس في القرن الماضي، من أم صغيرة ...

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Death of the Dissertation?

[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.] The lives of doctoral students are usually defined by one thing: the dissertation. PhD candidates log in hours at libraries in front of computers and pouring over books, conducting research-based interviews in order to produce a massive text that will define their doctoral study. Yet while producing a dissertation has been the norm for decades, some are lobbying to change this process.

 Stacey ...

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غزة بلوز

[ أطفال في غزة. الصورة من روسيا اليوم]

في مذكراته التي تحمل عنوان “اسطنبول” يخصص الكاتب التركي أورهان باموك، الحائز على جائزة نوبل للآداب قبل سبعة أعوام، فصلاً كاملاً للحديث عن مفهوم الحزن، وعلاقته بالمدينة التي أحبها و ترعرع بها. و يتطرق إلى (مركزية) الحزن في ثقافة اسطنبول، في الشعر، والموسيقى والفنون الجميلة، لأن أهل المدينة العريقة يعتبرونه، أي الحزن، شرفاً لهم. و يحاول باموك، وببراعة متناهية، فهم شدة هذا الحزن من خلال شرح تاريخ المدينة بعد سقوط الإمبراطورية العثمانية. والمهم أن هذا الحزن الكبير تحول من مفهوم روحاني إلى حالة عقلانية مرتبطة بالحياة اليومية المعاشة في اسطنبول. ثم يتطرق الكاتب إلى فهمه الخاص للحزن الجماعي في مدينته، ليس من منطلق رومانسي غربي مرتبط بعزلة الفرد ووحدته وحنينه للماضي، و لكن لما ...

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The Disappearing Frontiers of US Homeland Security: Mapping the Transit of Security across the US and Israel

[Memebers of an Israeli police SWAT team perform during a training exercise organized by the Anti-Defamation League as part of a exchange program between Israel and US security officials in Holon, Israel on 10 September 2008. A delegation of over a dozen chiefs of police from major cities in the United States observed the training exercise by the Israeli SWAT team. Image by Bernat Armangue via Associated Press.]

In the wake of the 1995 Israeli bombing of the UN refugee camp at Qana in Lebanon, a videotape of the massacre was distributed across global media. The African American poet June Jordan, who had participated in US-based Palestine solidarity movements and would visit Lebanon in 1996, thought that the video would be a turning point in global opinion of Israel. Writing in the Progressive magazine, Jordan linked the Qana bombing to military and police violence she had witnessed in urban Black communities in the United States. “Here was the Rodney King video of the Middle East. At least, here was incontrovertible evidence of Israeli lies and Israeli savagery that no one could ...

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US Drones Blow Up Any Hope of Close Ties with Yemenis

[Some of the 26 children of Saleh Qaid Toayman, who was killed with one of his sons in an airstrike on Oct. 14, 2011. The family says the eldest son, Azzedine, has joined an al-Qaida-affiliated group to avenge the father's death. The group's black banner hangs in the family's home. The family says the militant group gives them a monthly stipend. Image by Kelly McEvers/NPR.]

Late last year I escorted the US radio journalist Kelly McEvers to Abyan, a governorate in South Yemen. Government troops and local militias had been battling fighters from Ansar al-Sharia, an al-Qaeda affiliate, and had forced them from the area only two days earlier. There were reports that some had shaved their beards and stayed. If they had known an American reporter was around, they would have had a golden opportunity for a kidnapping. Before we boarded the plane in Beirut, I had told McEvers that I would assure her safety. As one of the rare Americans who understand Yemen well, she knew that I was saying I would do whatever it took to protect her, putting her ...

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Extended Deadline -- Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Arab Studies Journal on "Cultures of Resistance: The Case of Palestine and Beyond"

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DEADLINE EXTENDED -- April 30 Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Arab Studies Journal on "Cultures of Resistance: The Case of Palestine and Beyond" Arab Studies Journal invites submissions analyzing contemporary and historical forms of popular cultural resistance on the topic of “Cultures of Resistance: The Case of Palestine and Beyond.” Papers should be between 6,500 and 10,000 words, double-spaced, including endnotes. Mainstream literature on the Arab world has largely focused on formal politics and classic notions of civil society (such as high-level diplomacy, political parties, electoral systems, voting patterns, trade ...

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قضاة مصر: قدرة تحرك هائلة في خدمة أي وظيفة قضائية؟

[مظاهرة أمام محكمة في مصر]

حراك جديد لقضاة مصر في غضون أقل من سبع سنوات. ففي خطوة أصبحت جزءاً مألوفاً من المشهد السياسي المصري في العقود الأخيرة، اندفع عدد كبير من القضاة انطلاقاً من ناديهم المركزي ومن أنديتهم الفرعية وأيضاً من الجمعيات العمومية للمحاكم للتعبير عن اعتراضهم الشديد على مقررات الرئيس المصري محمد مرسي، وبشكل خاص ازاء اعلانه الدستوري المكمل الصادر في 21 نوفمبر 2012. وكان الإعلان قد آل باسم الثورة إلى المس بالوظيفة القضائية في معظم مواده: فإلى جانب إقالة النائب العام وتحصين مجلس الشورى واللجنة التأسيسية أزاء الدعاوى القضائية الهادفة إلى إبطالهما، جعل إعلان القرارات الرئاسية نهائية وبمنأى عن أي طعن. ولم يكتف القضاة بالتعبير عن رفضهم لهذه القرارات من خلال بياناتهم أو إطلالاتهم الإعلامية ...

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Media On Media Roundup (February 24)

[A screenshot of the passport belonging to Israel's

[The "Media On Media Roundup" is an initiative to survey published material in the news and broadcast media that deals with journalism, coverage, or mass communication practices about the region. The items collected here do not reflect the views of the Media Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Friday night of every week.]  With Another Arrest, Iran Continues Crackdown on Press Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reports on another journalist arrest in Iran as part of the Islamic Republic’s crackdown on dissent ahead of the presidential elections. Targeting ...

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من فكرتنا بنصور صورتنا

[سديل وعبود

في هذه المجموعة من الكتابات، لثلاثة مصورين فلسطينيين لاجئين في مقتبل العمر، تعليقات على أعماالمصورة الأمريكية الأرجنتينية السندرا سنتغوينتي التي زارت فلسطين مرتين خلال الانتفاضة الثانية. محمد العزة وياسمين سالم وأريج أسعد، كانوا أطفالاً عندما التقطت المصورة السندرا هذه الصور. وقد وجدوا بعد سنوات طويلة أن لهذه الصور صدى سياسي وشخصي بالنسبة لهم. وثقت المصورة السندرا آثار العنف العسكري الإسرائيلي هناك، ولكنها التقطت أيضاً لحظات هادئة من التأمل. انجذب هؤلاء الكتاب لهذه الصور فكتبوا عن كونهم لاجئين يعيشون بجانب جدار الفصل العنصري.      * * *  "رحلة الى الماضي"، ياسمين سالم 16 عاماً [أبو منير وحسن. مخيم عايدة، 2004. تصوير السندرا ...

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Herstory Repeats Itself

There is always a beginning. I reflect my ancestry and hope to do it justice by continuing to survive creatively. The complexity of our post-modern lives has both limited and made limitless our capabilities to reference our past. While many of us are blessed with mobility and migration, we are similarly plagued with displacement, political corruption and social status-quos. We flock to museums and gawk over our inherited histories, spiritually disconnected from the artifacts of the deceased. We consume ...

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32 by Sahar Mandour

[Sahar Mandour was born in Beirut in 1977 to an Egyptian father and a Lebanese mother. She is a novelist and journalist. She has been working for As-Safir newspaper since 1998, and is currently on a fellowship at Oxford University, where she was selected for the Said-Asfari Fellowship at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Mandour's work largely deals with the intricacies of daily life in Lebanese society, charting the navigation of social codes and their impact on work, love, families and ...

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Palestinian Citizens of Israel: Defying the Ongoing Nakba

BADIL: Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights announces its release of the latest al-Majdal, Palestinian Citizens in Israel: Defying the Ongoing Nakba. The 51st installment of BADIL’s quarterly, al-Majdal, highlights an underrepresented portion of the Palestinian population that faces a multi-tiered institutional and social discrimination comprising a policy of forcible displacement. The curatorial intent of the magazine is to bridge gaps of understanding on a crucial Palestinian ...

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NEWTON in Focus: Egypt

This week we highlight various NEWTON texts relevant to the study of Egypt. The authors of these texts write from a wide range of perspectives and approach questions with which Egypt has grappled, not only in the wake of Tahrir, but throughout its modern existence. We encourage you to integrate these texts into your curricula in the coming semesters. If you wish to recommend a book or peer-reviewed article for a feature in NEWTON—whether on Egypt or on any other topics relevant to the region—please ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 26)

[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   Dubai torture allegations: Britain puts economic interest before citizens Nesrine Malik provides a critique of ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (February 26)

 [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention, and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to by Monday night of every other week] News "In Syria, New Influx of Weapons to Rebels Tilts the Battle Against Assad", Liz Sly, Karen DeYoung Sly and DeYoung of The ...

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ثقافة السحل

حين تشاهدُ صورة الشّاب السّلفي الذي يقود دراجةً نارية ويسحلُ جثّة وسط تهليل ومشاركة عدد من شركائه في شوارعِ عاصمة مصر، فإنّ كلّ ما سمعت أو قرأت عن التعذيبِ والعقابِ والانتقامِ سوف يتقافزُ أمام مخيلتك . تلك الصّورة وبقدرِ ما تثيرُ من سخطٍ وخوفٍ في آن معاً، فإنها تضيف مزيداً من القتامةِ والذعرِ على صورةِ الأوضاعِ التي أنتجها الرّبيع العربي خصوصاً بعد أن تمكنتْ قوى الإسلام السياسي بمختلفِ أيدولوجياتها من إحكامِ قبضتها على السلّطةِ في معظمِ الدول التي هبتْ عليها رياح هذا الرّبيع العاصفة. وإن الانتقام من ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 25)

[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.]  “Egypt president brings forward parliamentary elections” The Presidency announces final dates for the four-round election after initial dates were changed to accommodate Coptic ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Feb 18- 24)

 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 Onion to Sue Lebanon for Making Its Headlines Look Reasonable Exposing Sexual Violence in Morocco: An Interview with Nadir Bouhmouch Positioning Gender Fluidity in Francophone Maghrebi Literature Open Letter to President ...

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تودّد، أو الثورة التي لا تؤنّث لا يعوّل عليها: الجزء الثاني

[هذه المقالة هي الثانية في سلسلة مقالات. يمكن قراءة الجزء الأول هنا] "تدور ريتا حول ريتا وحدها: لا أرض للجسدين في جسد، ولا منفى لمنفى إلا الوطن في هذه الغرف الصغيرة، والخروج هو الدخول عبثاً نغني بين هاويتين، فلنرحل... ليتضح السبيل لا أستطيع، ولا أنا، كانت تقول ولا تقول" (محمود درويش، أحد عشر كوكباً) لعلَّ شهرزاد في سردها الليلي الألف ويزيد بليلة، تؤرخ ماللحكي الأنثوي من فضاء في الثقافة العربية سابقاً ولاحقاً، هو فضاء يتحدد بعنصرين: الضوء. المكان. فشهرزاد لم يصلنا منها الحكي نهاراً، ...

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Sexual Violence Against Women and the Increasing Frequency of Gang Rape in Tahrir Square and its Environs

[The following position paper was issued by Nazra for Feminist Studies on 4 February 2013.] Sexual Violence Against Women and the Increasing Frequency of Gang Rape in Tahrir Square and its Environs  With this paper, Nazra for Feminist Studies offers a feminist theoretical attempt to understand the rise of sexual violence against women over the past few months.   We believe that it is important to raise this issue so that different political actors, even well intentioned ones, do not ...

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Reports Roundup (February 23)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Misery Beyond the War Zone: Life for Syrian Refugees and Displaced Populations in Lebanon Doctors Without Borders reports on the humanitarian needs of the growing population of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and focuses on the change in the situation of this displaced population since a prior survey conducted in June 2012. Statement on UAE Targeting Families of ...

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