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العراق: خطاب التقسيم والأقلمة

عاد خطاب التقسيم و“الأقلمة“ إلى الواجهة مع تدهور الوضع في العراق و“تمدّد“ الدولة الإسلامية وسيطرتها على الموصل وأجزاء مهمّة من البلاد، حتى أصبحت تشكل خطراً حقيقيّاً يهدد وجود الدولة العراقية. فصرنا نسمعه يتداول في التقارير الإخبارية ...

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Isolating Gaza

The restriction of Palestinian movement in Gaza and elsewhere has long been a central tactic of the Israeli occupation. During the latest Israeli assault on Gaza considerable media coverage has been given to the Israeli tactic of calling ...

[The Gaza Strip, 2000. Map by PASSIA]

Cities Media Roundup (July 1-28)

[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: Muriam Haleh Davis, The Afterlives of the Algerian Revolution

Muriam Haleh Davis, editor, The Afterlives of the Algerian Revolution. Special Issue of JadMag (June 2014). Jadaliyya (J): What made you create this pedagogical publication? Muriam Haleh Davis (MHD): In November ...

Syria Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (October 2012)

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[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 [click "Submissions" on the main page for more information] The UN at ASIL: R2P and the Arab Uprisings Noura Erakat argues that “the well-being of ...

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الحدود والرؤوس المومئة: مرحلة ما بعد الاستعمار والذكرى الخمسون لاستقلال الجزائر

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قد يقول البعض إن الجزائر تعد بامتياز نموذجاً لمرحلة ما بعد الاستعمار. لقد أعطت حرب الاستقلال طويلة الأمد والتي أصبحت نموذجاً لصراع العالم الثالث، والحزب الوطني الذي كان فرانتز فانون متحدثه الرسمي، دفعة لكلمة algérianité (الوطنية الجزائرية)، والتي كانت كلمة طنانة في كل البحوث التي تناولت مرحلة ما بعد الاستعمار. إضافة لهذا، فإن جبهة التحرير الوطني، والتي أعلنت نفسها الحزب الوحيد حتى 1989، لم تفز بالحرب ضد الفرنسيين فقط (وضد خصوم جزائريين) أثناء الثورة وحسب، ولكنها بقيت في السلطة بعد انتخابات مايو 2012 التشريعية. إنه من المؤكد أن الجو السياسي الحالي لا يزال مرتبطاً بشكل كبير بحرب الاستقلال. في الاسبوع الذي سبق الانتخابات، وقف الرئيس بو تفليقة في سطيف (حيث قام الاستعمار ...

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Urgent Call for Kurdish Hunger Strikers in Turkey

[Protest in support of Kurdish hunger strikers in Berlin. Image by Thomas Rossi Rassloff via Flickr]

[The following letter is being circulated as of 3 November 2012 with respect to Kurdish prisoners on hunger strike in Turkey.] To Your Attention: Academicians from different disciplines and universities in Turkey have started a new campaign in the face of the hunger strike of 683 Kurdish detainees in Turkish prisons. Sixty-four of them have passed their fifty-third day while seventy-nine more have been continuing their strike for forty-three days. The prime minister of Turkey has denied the existence of hunger strikes in a press conference in Germany at the exact same time when the Minister of Justice declared in Turkey that 683 prisoners are in hunger strike in ...

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Reports Roundup (November 3)

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[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Four Arab Artists and Intellectuals Receive 2012 Prince Claus Fund Award The annaul Prince Claus Fund Awards recognize individuals whose cultural achievements have a positive impact on the development of their societies. This years' laureates include Sami Ben Gharbia of Tunisia, Habiba Djahnine of Algeria, Yassin al Haj Saleh of Syria, and Widad Kawar of Jordan.  Letter Concerning Removal of Professor Rula Quawas from Her Post as Dean at the University of Jordan The Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East ...

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Mehreen Kasana on South Asian Issues and Social Media

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[This post is part of an ongoing Profile of a Contemporary Conduit series on Jadaliyya that seeks to highlight distinct voices primarily in and from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.] Jadaliyya (J): What do you think are the most gratifying aspects of Tweeting and Twitter? Mehreen Kasana (MK): I think the idea of sharing opinions and interaction (with the sane lot) is always productive and achievable on Twitter. That and the constant influx of information, ideas, and updates on all sorts of issues are things that I appreciate. J: What are some of the political/social/cultural limits you’ve encountered using the platform? MK: Trying to ...

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Remi Kanazi: Normalize This!

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Bringing together a great crew of creative minds and shot throughout Brooklyn, Normalize This! tackles the multitude of ways Israel attempts to normalize its policies and whitewash its crimes against Palestinians. As an avid proponent of the fast growing, rights-based Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions, and as an artist who refuses to sign onto projects that promote a false symmetry between occupier and occupied, Remi Kanazi felt this was an essential topic to tackle. Remi Kanazi is a poet, writer, and activist based in New York City. He is the author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine, the editor of Poets For ...

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Jadaliyya Launches Media Page!

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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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From Gebran Bassil To Con Edison: Ten Lessons New Yorkers Can Learn From Beirutis About The Dark

This week, Hurricane Sandy devastated large swaths of New York City's electrical grid, and almost a million city dwellers were left without power and/or water. With electricity gone and much of the city's infrastructure damaged, no internet or phone service was available. South of Thirty-fourth Street on the East and West sides, most stores were closed, and those that were open quickly ran out of supplies. People used their flashlights to scan the shelves of these stores, to walk up and down pitch black ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (October 2012)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of October 2012. It also includes the most recent videos 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. Jon Stewart's Theater of the Absurd Sexual Harassment Video that Led to Removal of Rula Quawas as Dean at the University of Jordan Letter Concerning Removal of Professor ...

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إنفجار غزة و حصار بيروت معاً

حدثان هامان شهدهما عالمنا العربي – من ضمن الكثير والمتتابع مما يشهده وأسرع من إدراكنا– امتد تأثيرهما أفقياً لما يفوق حدودهما الجغرافية –كالعادة- ، كان الأول تفجير الأشرفية في بيروت، والذي راح "ضمن" ضحاياه اللواء وسام الحسن رئيس مركز المعلومات في الأمن الداخلي اللبناني، و الحدث الثاني هو زيارة أمير قطر وحرمه ووفدهما المرافق إلى قطاع غزة المحتل/المحاصر. لايمكن تجاهل أهمية الحدثين، وإن كانت بيروت قد شهدت إنفجارات وإغتيالات سابقة، وكذا القطاع الغزي الذي كُسر حصاره سابقاً، ولكن... غزة : لزيارة ...

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Reflections on Egypt's Draft Constitution

Constitutions define and set out relationships between the primary institutions of the state. They also suggest some of the compromises and agreements between powerful political forces that have been necessary to create these institutions and it gives us some hints about what the drafters think political life will look like.  On balance it looks as if, through whatever compromises they have made, the drafters of the Egyptian constitution envisage a civil state based on a very powerful ...

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The Balfour Declaration: 95 Years Later

The Balfour Declaration was issued on 2 November 1917 as a letter from Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom Sir Arthur James Balfour to Baren Walter Rothschild, a leader in the Zionist movement. It was subsequently incorporated into the Sevres Peace Treaty with Turkey and the Mandate for Palestine.  

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Maghreb Media Roundup (November 2)

[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 by Wednesday night of every week.] Algeria Interview de @7our par @mounirbensalah Excerpt from Mounir Bensalah's Social Networks and Revolutions, featuring an interview with Algerian activist @7our. ...

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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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