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[Image from ruins of the Palestinian village of Damoun, featuring a plaque by the Zochrot Truth Comission. Image by the author.]

Boycott, Sovereign Anxieties, and the Decolonizing Temporality of Return: A Note on Adi Ophir’s Remarks on BDS

And so it is not I who make a meaning for myself, but it is the meaning that was already there, pre-existing, waiting for me. – Frantz Fanon[1] It is fair to say that the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign ...

[The entrance to Camp 1 in Guantanamo Bay's Camp Delta. Photo by Kathleen T. Rhem.]

Reading Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantanamo Diary

“You are holding me because your country is strong enough to be unjust.” Guantánamo Diary, written by Mohamedou Ould Slahi,[i] depicts the continuing incarceration of this Mauritanian national in the military detention facility in ...

Last Week on Jadaliyya (March 16-22)

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 ...

[A 1935 two-annas Indian stamp from the British Raj, depicting George V, overprinted with

"The Amir of Bahrain and the Beautiful Scottish Lady": Political Satire in the Arab World

The Arab world has a rich satirical tradition that has appeared in numerous forms throughout its history, ranging from satirical al-hija1 poetry of the pre-Islamic era to the satirical newspaper Abou Naddara Zarqa, published in late ...


Please Help Keep Egypt Independent

[Egypt Independent logo. Source: Egypt Independent official Facebook page]

Dear friends, After working hard for four years on developing Egypt Independent as a leading local independent English-language publication, we were notified by Al-Masry Al-Youm's management last month that our newspaper, in both its online and print forms, can no longer continue to exist due to financial difficulties. This decision comes at a time when private media is suffering greatly from the current economic crisis in the country, but also, and more importantly, from political limitations manifested in rising restrictions on freedom of expression. Shutting down Egypt Independent would mean losing a credible and unique voice that conveys the ...

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Samera Esmeir in Coversation with Adalah's Suhad Bishara, Marking Land Day in Palestine; and Lina Attalah on the Future of Egypt Independent Newspaper

[Protest in Bil'In. Photographed by Michael.Loadenthal via flickr]

30 March marks Land Day in Palestine. On the latest edition of Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, Professor Samera Esmeir speaks with Suhad Bishara, Director of the Land and Planning Rights Unit of Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, about Israel's contemporary land policies. Egypt Independent, a weekly English language newspaper and its website have become one of the premier sources of news, information and analysis on Egyptian politics, arts and culture. Yet, financial woes have beset the newspaper. Last month, the management of its parent company, Al-Masry Al-Youm notified Egypt Independent's staff that it “can no longer continue to ...

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The Roundup: Publishing News from the Arab World

[The following is a roundup of the latest news and analysis from the publishing world that relates to pedagogy and knowledge production. It was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more updates, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.] ICANN Pushes for Arabic Domains as Internet Usage Increases across Arab World As internet usage increases across the Arab world, ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is advocating for the creation of Arabic domain names in order to strengthen Arabic’s online presence. ICANN is responsible for assigning domain names and its ...

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الأطر النظرية لفهم النماذج التنموية في مراحل ما بعد الثورات

[مسيرات في ميدان التحرير في أول أيار2012. تصوير جيجي إبراهيم]

عندما سأل أحد الأِشخاص "ماو تسي تونج" يومًا عن رأيه في الثورة الفرنسية، فكان رده "إن من المبكر الحكم عليها". ويذكرنا هذا بأن الحكم على حَدَثٍ في التاريخ بأنه كان ثورة من عدمه ليس جدلا أكاديميًّا أو نظريًّا بقدر ما هو جزء من الظاهرة التاريخية ذاتها محل التشكل في زمن كتابة هذه السطور. ورصد وتسجيل وكتابة التاريخ جزء من الثورة كعملية تحول (أو احتواء للتحول فيما يعرف بالثورة المضادة)، ويكفي تذكر كلمات الفيلسوف "وولتر بنيامين" عندما قدم تشبيها للتاريخ بأنه مَلَك فاتح جناحيه يمضي بظهره إلى الأمام مدفوعًا برياح الزمن فلا يرى برأسه إلا ما مضى، لأن التاريخ هو عقلنة لما وقع، ولكن الملك في الوقت نفسه يُدفع دفعًا. وهكذا يصبح التاريخ هو المستقبل الذي حدث، ...

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New Texts Out Now: Rashid Khalidi, Brokers of Deceit: How the US Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East

[Cover of Rashid Khalidi,

Rashid Khalidi, Brokers of Deceit: How the US Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East. Boston: Beacon Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Rashid Khalidi (RK): I had long wanted to use the large number of documents—position papers, minutes of meetings, internal memos, official proposals, and so forth—that I had collected as an advisor to the Madrid and Washington Palestinian-Israeli negotiations from 1991-1993, but I never found the right opportunity to do so. The research of one my graduate students on American policy during the 1970s and 1980s revealed a trove of newly declassified American and Israeli materials that cast a fascinating light on ...

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The Author’s New Writing Instructor: The Internet

Writers and prospective book authors are influenced by a variety of actors and subject matters. Their writing is shaped by other authors that they admire and by their teachers, from their English instructors from grade school to their professors as an undergraduate. Styles and prose are formed and shaped by a number of different means, but the Internet is taking a prominent role in how authors manage word choice, their approach to writing, and how they promote their new books. Without a doubt, the Internet has shaped the current generation’s writing style. From emoticons as a form of expression to abbreviations used in email correspondence, the English language has ...

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Jadaliyya Launches DARS Page: Daily Acts of Resistance and Subversion

[Front door of Friends Solidarity House in the Jordan Valley, in Occupied West Bank]

Overview The DARS Page chronicles daily acts of resistance and subversion (DARS) in contemporary Arab societies and beyond. All forms of resistance and subversion to political, economic, social, or cultural forms of exploitation will be of interest. This includes resistance to authoritarianism, occupation, imperialism, and social norms, and the many ways these are subverted. While acts of resistance and subversion are ubiquitous, the focus is conventionally placed on the grand and visible, even as these constitute a small portion of the daily actions of millions of people who find themselves resisting and subverting on a daily basis. We intend to cover and analyse both ...

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The Urban Subalterns and the Non-Movements of the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Asef Bayat

[Asef Bayat. Image from opensocietyfoundations.org]

This interview was conducted with Asef Bayat via electronic correspondence. In it, Bayat discusses the inside-out character of neoliberal cities in the Arab world and its influence on the recent wave of protests known collectives as the Arab uprisings. In addition, Bayat elaborates on the notion of urban subalterns, and the existence of social "non-movements" of the poor and the youth.  Nada Ghandour-Demiri (NGD): You recently published an article in City & Society entitled "Politics in the City-Inside-Out," where you discuss a number of themes related to the "neo-liberal city" and street politics in the Middle East. What are ...

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Reconciling Return and Rights: Palestinian Refugees and the Emergence of a "Political Society"

[Portion of mural in Aida Refugee Camp. Image by Alan Mayers via Flickr]

Analyses and debates on the reconfiguration of rights, democracy, social justice, and dignity in the Arab region suffer from a chronic methodological nationalism—which perpetuates the idea that people seek and fight for rights and self-determination solely in their national state and territory, seen as the natural context for achieving a full social and political personhood. When refugees and displaced persons (short or long terms alike) are discussed, they appear by and large as volatile figures or fortuitous victims, or as an indistinct mass in need of humanitarianism, living transient non-lives and awaiting compensation and return. They are hardly ever represented as ...

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Not Enough Water in the West Bank?

[Crop of infographic below. Image by Visualizing Palestine and EWASH.]

This Friday is World Water Day and an opportune time to highlight the gross misallocation of water resources between Israel and the Palestinians. Water is one of the five permanent status issues in the Oslo Peace Accords, twenty years old this year. Accordingly, its accesss and consumption is relegated to political negotiations and beyond the purview of international law on water. As a result, the Palestinian Authority has had little basis upon which to challenge Israel’s confiscation of water for the past twenty years.  Sixty percent of one of Israel’s most significant water sources, the Western Aquifer, is located in the occupied West Bank. Israel derives eighty ...

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Sinan Antoon on Iraq Ten Years After US Invasion: Panel Interview on DW

[Image from screenshot of below video.]

Ten Years ago, the United States and its "Coalition of the Willing" invaded Iraq while justifying such an act on shifting, conflicting, and false pretenses of combating terrorism, containing weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and democracy promotion. Subsequent to that invasion, the United States proceeded to occupy Iraq and disastrously reconfigure its political structures, economic organization, and social fabric. Of note is that such a history of destruction did not begin in 2013, but was preceded by the 1991 Gulf War and the twelve years of brutal sanctions that followed that first war. While the US occupation has de jur ended, the Iraqi people are left to ...

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A (Neocolonial) Musical Introduction to Lebanese Political Actors, complete with Wikipedia Hyperlinks

[Lebanese Flag]

Lebanon has been in the news a lot lately. From union strikes to legal advocacy to intermittent Sunni-Shiite violence to daily Israeli violations of Lebanese sovereignty to the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees currently living in Lebanon to the election crisis to the resignation of Prime Minister Miqati, Lebanon has been boiling for (at least) over two years. While the most interesting political developments have been the work of activist, civil society, and union groups in Lebanon, it is important to offer a primer of the “establishment” political actors in Lebanon, particularly as Lebanon will soon be holding Parliamentary elections. The men below are sure to ...

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Spring of Fury in Egypt

In recent days President Mohamed Morsi and his government have drastically eroded what little hope observers had for Egypt's troubled political transition. The president's aggressive tone in public speeches has coincided with the escalation of violent "thuggery" under the aegis of an unreformed Ministry of Interior. Whereas analysts have rightly noted similarities between Morsi and the fallen regime of Hosni Mubarak, his style also recalls the turbulent second term of Anwar al-Sadat ...

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Les manifestations à Ouargla : le besoin d’une stratégie de développement axée sur la création d’emplois en Algérie

[Un appel du Comité national pour la défense des droits des chômeurs (CNDDC) a rassemblé  des milliers (plus de dix mille personnes, selon certains) de personnes sur la place de la mairie dans le centre de Ouargla, dans le sud de l’Algérie le 14 Mars 2013.  Malgré les accusations du régime selon lesquelles Tahar Belabbès (le coordinateur national du CNDDC ) a “comploté contre l’intégrité de son pays” avec l’aide du Qatar et des autres pouvoirs étrangers, Belabbès a insisté sur le ...

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Syria Media Roundup (March 28)

[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.] Regional and International Perspectives   Syria: The Failure of Our So-Called International Community  Archbishop Desmond Tutu writes: “in the absence of a political ...

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أصداء الربيع العربي فــي المملكة السعودية

 مساء الأول من آذار/مارس، انتشر خبر عن قيام الشرطة السعودية باعتقال 176 شخصاً، بينهم 15 امرأة وعدد من الأطفال ممن اعتصموا أمام مقر هيئة التحقيق والادعاء العام في مدينة بريدة وسط المملكة السعودية، للمطالبة بالإفراج عن معتقلين ومعتقلات تحتجزهم السلطات السعودية منذ سنوات طويلة بدون محاكمة، أو بعد انتهاء فترة محكومية بعضهم. إلا أن الاعتقالات الجديدة لم تمنع أهالي المعتقلين من التجمع والاعتصام في الأيام التالية أمام ديوان المظالم والسجن المركزي، إضافة إلى مقر هيئة التحقيق والادعاء العام في المدينة. ...

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Social Struggles in Tunisia: A Curse or a Revolutionary Opportunity?

The Tunisian revolution was often painted as a sort of “divine” event during which the united and homogenous “Tunisian people” succeeded in getting rid of their “dictator.”  As if by the force of some quasi-magical act, all it took was the coming together of the people screaming a unified dégage on 14 January 2011 for the dictator to suddenly take flight. In using this lens, the causes and consequences of the revolt itself are glossed over. Moreover, the historical context is abandoned in favor of a ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 27)

[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 Saudi Arabia arrests 18 suspected spies A news report on the arrest of a Lebanese, an Iranian, and sixteen Saudis on allegations of ...

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The Infrastructure of Israeli Settler Colonialism (Part 1): The Jordan Valley

Since its establishment, Israel has distinguished the persons under its civil and military jurisdiction based on religion. Throughout Israel Proper and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), comprised of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, Israel applies a different set of laws to its Jewish and non-Jewish inhabitants respectively. By bifurcating Jewish nationality from Israeli citizenship, the State is able to afford demonstrable and significant privilege to Jewish persons ...

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Beyond the State: The Refugee Camp as a Site of Political Invention

Refugee camps have been at the center of radical historical transformations that have undermined the political existence of entire communities. Although states and non-governmental organizations have and continue to actively participate in conceiving and managing camps, we are still struggling to fully comprehend how the camp form has complicated and transformed the very idea of a city as an organized and functional political community. The birth of the camp thus has the capacity to call into question ...

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DARS Media Roundup

[This is a bi-weekly roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Resistance and Subversion in the Arab world, and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the DARS Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each bi-weekly roundup to DARS@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every second week.] News & Commentary Is This Where the Third Intifada Will Start? by Ben Ehrenreich Gaza fishermen protest as Israel breaks ...

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Resistance within Resistance

In October 2012, Haytham Manna of the Syrian National Coordination Body for Democratic Change gave a talk at the London School of Economics. Therein, he argued for the importance of continuing nonviolent resistance in Syria, warning against the dangerous logic of both armed resistance and foreign intervention. For this, many in the audience roundly and vocally attacked him, accusing him of being irrelevant to the Syrian struggle, of being a capitulationist, or even a collaborator. The vehemence of some ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 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 egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]  “Investigations into Moqattam clashes commence” The prosecution is investigating more than 200 individuals accused of taking part in the violent clashes between Muslim Brotherhood ...

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زينب الخواجة: رسالة من سجن بحريني

القادة العظماء خالدون. لوقع أقوالهم وأعمالهم صدى عبر السنوات والعقود والقرون، وعبر المحيطات والحدود. وهم إلهام يمس حياة الناس الراغبين بالتعلم. مارتن لوثر كينغ قائد استثنائي. عندما أقرأ كلماته، أتخيله يقرأ لنا من أرض أخرى ومن عصر آخر، ليعلمنا بعض الدروس المهمة جداً. وفوق ذلك، هو يحدثنا عن تفادي فخ المرارة أو النزول إلى مستوى مضطهدينا، وعن الإرادة لبذل تضحيات كبيرة من أجل الحرية. ومع بذور الأمل ومقاومة الاضطهاد التي أورقت في العالم العربي، رأى الشعب البحريني بصيص فجر جديد. فجر واعد بنهاية ليل الاضطهاد ...

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