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[`Abd al-Rahman al-Abnudi (1938-2015). Image from wikipedia]

`Abd al-Rahman al-Abnudi (1938-2015)

With the death of ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Abnudi (1938-2015), Egypt and the Arab world lost the last of the pioneers of colloquial poetry who have significantly enriched poetry written in the spoken Egyptian dialect and expanded its horizons. ...

Last Week on Jadaliyya (April 20-26)

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 Palestinian Cinema: The State of Israel vs. Suha Arraf

Suha Arraf is a Palestinian filmmaker based in Mi’ilya in the Galilee in Israel. Arraf is a journalist by training. This interview with Arraf was conducted following the recent screening of her debut feature film, Villa Touma, at the ...

Water Management in Jordan in Response to the Syrian Crisis: Between Neoliberal Pressures and Social Tensions

Since 1948, the Kingdom of Jordan has taken in a considerable number of refugee populations fleeing conflicts in Palestine, Iraq and now Syria. While this brings the country significant international aid, it also raises the question of the ...


The Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment

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[The following report was issued by the The Constitution Project on 16 April 2013.]  The Report of the Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment  Statement of the Task Force This report of The Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment is the result of almost two years of intensive study, investigation and deliberation. The project was undertaken with the belief that it was important to provide an accurate and authoritative account of how the United States treated people its forces held in custody as the nation mobilized to deal with a global terrorist theat. The events examined in this report are ...

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سامر العيساوي والسلطة الفلسطينية

               

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الأم شجاعة": خطاب أسماء الأسد في عيد الأم"

[أسماء الأسد تزور منظمة مدنية في دمشق. الصورة من أ ف ب]

 تسجيل "بروحك تحمي الياسمين"، بدقائقه الأربع عشرة، خلاصة أخرى لفترة حكم الأسد الثاني، وارث الكرسي والذعر. لم يسهُ المخرج الذي تعمد البطء في التصوير، إذ اختيرت الموسيقى الكلاسيكية، الهوليودية الاستخدام في سائر المشاهد، مثلما كانت سمفونيات ماهلر في تأبين الأسد الأول تخفي ضحالة الكلمات المتبادلة بين المعزّين. أسماء الأسد بين النساء كزوجها بين الرجال، في "قصر الشعب" الذي قصّت الجرافات أحد رؤوس قاسيون لينتصب الصرح ويشمخ عالياً فوق رؤوس الشعب. صدى كلامها يتطاول في قاعة مرمر، رحابتها تتلألأ في عرين الزوج وشقيقه وأبيهما الذي "ظلّ خالداً حتى مات". الراوي يفتتح الفيديو كليب ويختتمه بفصاحة المذيعين وإنشائهم، مثله مثل بطلة التسجيل التي تولي ظهرها ...

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العقاب الجنسي في الفولكلور

[اللوحة من أعمال الفنان العراقي طالب العلاق]

 لقَدْ عَزا الإنسانُ مُنْذُ القِدَمِ أسْبابَ الإصابةَ بالعللِ والأَمْراضِ والأزماتِ والنَّكَبات الشخصية إلى تَعَدّي الحُدُود الأخلاقية. فَحِينَ يُصابُ أحدٌ بآفة مَرَضيةٍ ما، أوْ يضطربُ سلوكُه أوْ نشاطُهُ أوْ يتعرّض لأية مِحْنَة مِنْ مِحَنِ الحياة يَتمّ تشخيص أوْ تعليل ما حَدَثَ على أنّه جَزاءٌ وفاقٌ لفعلٍ لا يُجوزُ قامَ به، أوْ فِعْلٍ يتوجّبُ لمْ يقمْ به. بِعِبارةٍ أخْرى أنّ ما أصابهُ مِنْ عِلّةٍ أوْ مَرض لَيْسَ إلا جريرة جرّها على نفسه نتيجة تعدّيه نُظُم الأخلاق والأعراف الإجتماعية التي تحْرصُ المَجْمُوعة على الإلتزام بها(2). ينطوي مَبْدَأ الكَرْما(karma) هذا، حيثُ قَدَرُ المَرْء فِي الحياةِ تحدده وتفرضه أعماله(3)، على ترغيبٍ وترهيبٍ ويشيعُ فِي ثقافات مختلفةٍ وقَدْ ...

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The United Nations and Authoritarianism's Renewal in Yemen

[Jamal Benomar, the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, at a Friends of Yemen meeting. 6 March 2013. Image from flickr/Chatham House.]

The United Nations' stewardship in post-conflict and transitional political environments appears increasingly ineffective in the face of spreading violence in Syria, the intensification of Bahraini regime repression, and the growing popular discontent with Morsi's authoritarian measures in Egypt. In an apparent bid to remain at least partially relevant in the Middle East, the United Nations has continued to present Yemen and the GCC Initiative as a successful model for post-"Arab Spring" transitions. What it has failed to realize is that this peaceful "transition" is increasingly fragile because the root causes of discontent that triggered the ...

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Seeing How the Natives Live: On the Pitfalls and Potential of Alternative Tourism

[Crop of image of sign marking Area A. Photo by Yuval Ben-Ami.]

People tuned into news from Palestine are often surprised to hear that one of the occupied West Bank’s main industries is tourism. Tourism has provided livelihoods for people in many cities in historic Palestine for centuries; there was even a tour guide’s guild in early Ottoman Jerusalem. Palestine has long been a destination for religious pilgrims, and particularly Christian tourists have continued making pilgrimages, constituting the vast majority of the tourists entering Israel and the West Bank every year. Despite the prominence of pilgrimage tours, recent decades have seen a rise in other forms of tourism to the West Bank. While alternative forms attract smaller ...

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A Camera’s View Finder Confronts a Gun Sight

[Israeli soldiers approaching Aida Refugee Camp. Image by Mohammad al-Azza]

[All photos by Mohammad al-Azza.] “We were joking,” said Mohammad al-Azza from his hospital bed, “but I couldn’t take the joke.” My husband and I had called and woken up our friend, a photographer and documentary maker, recovering after an Israeli soldier shot him in the face—and these were his first drowsy words after accepting our well wishes. A day earlier, on 8 April, Mohammad was injured while photographing an Israeli raid into his community of Aida Refugee Camp—located on the outskirts of Bethlehem in the West Bank. The separation wall circles around two sides of the camp, and a military base is embedded in the wall at Rachel’s Tomb. Looking out Mohammad’s home ...

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كيف يمكن أن نفهم الألتراس؟

[غرافيتي على الحائط تصوير محمد الجوهري]

كان الحكم الذي أصدرته محكمة الجنايات في التاسع من مارس ضد المتهمين في تخطيط وتنفيذ مجزرة بورسعيد ضد مجموعة ألتراس أهلاوي في مباراة الأهلي والمصري التي اقيمت في الأول من فبراير من العام الماضي 2012 وما تلاه من أحداث عنف من جانب بعض المنتمين إلى المجموعة، فرصة ذهبية للإعلام – وليس فقط الرياضي- للظهور علينا بوجهه القبيح في تشويه الوقائع والبحث عن مزيد من الإثارة التي تجتذب مزيداً من المشاهدين من أجل تحقيق مزيد من الربح أو خدمة السردية التي تحاول السلطة فرضها على المجتمع فيما يتعلق بواقع ودور مجموعات الألتراس في الشارع، ولم تكن بعض القوى الثورية بعيدة عن هذا الإتجاه أيضاً.  ففي ظل حالة التخبط التي تعيشها مؤسسات الدولة (أو شبه الدولة لأكون اكثر دقة)، بات أي تحرك من قبل ...

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A Subject of Time: A Review of "Dust: Egypt’s Lost Architecture"

[Sarageldine Palace, Cairo, 2006. Photo by Xenia Nikolskaya.]

Dust: Egypt’s Lost Architecture (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2012) is a book of photographs by Xenia Nikolskaya about Egypt’s decaying colonial architecture. (A limited mock-up can be viewed here.) These are buildings in a pre-mortem state, or verging onto it; that is to say, buildings in a state of limbo. Nobody knows how long they will be around before being demolished and resold for more profitable use. Some of them are great works of architecture, yet they stand in purgatory collecting dust. They date back to what is regarded as Egypt’s belle époque. While the denomination itself could be contested as being an historiographic import from other geographic contexts, these ...

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مصطفى الأرمني

[غلاف رواية

[ مقطع بعنوان "مصطفى الأرمني" من رواية "مذكّرات إمرأة شيعيّة" لرجاء نعمة عن شركة المطبوعات للتوزيع والنشر] واقعة 1948،  من ميناء حيفا في فلسطين انطلقت سفينة هاربة باتجاه الساحل اللبناني، حاملة معها فارين من مجازر الصهاينة، ومن بين هؤلاء خوسروف الأرمني وعائلته. كان الجيل السابق من هذه قد فر من أرمينيا إلى "بلاد الشام" هرباً من المذابح التي ذاع صيتها آنذاك في أصقاع الأرض. الآن ومذابح أخرى قد بدأت في وطنهم البديل، ستكون مخاوف هؤلاء مختلفة عن مخاوف الآخرين. وتوقعاتهم أيضاً. سيصدق خوسروف ما يرفض تصديقه الفلسطينيون: هذا التهجير القسري لن يكون مؤقتاً كما قيل لهم. قد يطول! العمر كله. التجارب السابقة تحرمه من نعمة التفاؤل وتلوّح له بتكرار ...

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From High to Low and Back Again: A Fish Above Sea Level

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Samak fawqa satah al-bahr [A Fish above Sea Level]. Directed by Hazim Bitar. Jordan, 2012. Recently I had the opportunity to view the independent film Samak fawqa satah al-bahr (A Fish above Sea Level) at the University of Jordan. This is the first feature-length film by Hazim Bitar, who both wrote and directed it. He is a prominent presence in the Jordanian film community, having produced more than six shorts, both narrative-driven and documentary, in addition to founding the (now suspended) Amman Filmmakers Cooperative, which provided an array of support (including equipment, distribution, promotion, and people-power) to both aspiring and accomplished filmmakers. In ...

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Imperialist Liberalism and the Egyptian Revolution

[Aerial view of the Washington Monument with the White House in the background. Photo by United States Navy (from Wikimedia Commons)]

In the following lines, I level four criticisms against what I term the imperialist liberal trend of thought and how it deals with the January 25 Revolution. By “imperialist liberalism,” I mean that loose US-European academic tradition, whose defense of liberalism, especially of representative democracy and individual freedom, is inextricably tied to a colonial, Western-centric conceptual toolbox that sometimes reaches the limit of directly and unashamedly defending US global interests. First, placing the Egyptian revolution within a ready-made typology — derived partly from the study of the so-called Western classical revolutions and partly from the study of some ...

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Nothing to Declare: A Lecture Performance by Dictaphone Group (GMU, 22 April)

Nothing to Declare: A Lecture Performance by Dictaphone Group Monday 22 April 2013 1:30pm Lecture Hall 1 George Mason University Performance Synopsis Nothing to Declare is a research-based lecture performance that explores borders within Lebanon, those between Lebanon and its neighbors, and across the Arab world. Our journey starts at a derelict train station in Beirut, and continues as each one of us sets off on a different trip following one of the three train tracks that used to ...

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Questioning Sectarianism in Bahrain and Beyond: An Interview with Justin Gengler

In popular accounts of politics in the Arabian Peninsula in this post-Arab uprisings era, "sectarianism" has been an omnipresent signifier for conflict and unrest. The term commonly acts – implicitly, because it is never qualified or defined – as both a description of political contestation and, simultaneously, an explanation for it. The history of "sectarianism" in academia, as an object of study and as an analytic with explanatory power, is a contentious one, used at times ...

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New Texts Out Now: Adel Iskandar and Bassam Haddad, Mediating the Arab Uprisings

Adel Iskandar and Bassam Haddad, editors, Mediating the Arab Uprisings. Washington, DC: Tadween Publishing, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Adel Iskandar and Bassam Haddad (AI & BH): The idea for this book grew out of the splendid contributions to Jadaliyya from a number of authors who offered interventions on the role of media in the uprisings. With a dearth of critical examinations about the media and the representation of these movements, it became increasingly urgent to ...

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On Iraq War Revisionism: Kanan Makiya and the Arab Revolutions

Commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq by those responsible for waging it has taken largely unapologetic form. Donald Rumsfeld tweeted about the “long, difficult work of liberating 25 mil Iraqis,” and that those who “played a role in history deserve our respect and appreciation.” He ostensibly includes himself in this group. Paul Wolfowitz suggested that “we still don’t know how all this is all going to end,” hopeful that Iraq might possibly follow the model of ...

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Altérité, interculturalité et marginalité dans la littérature francophone marocaine : Entretien avec El Hassane Aït Moh

El Hassane Aït Moh est l’un des nombreux écrivains marocains, voire maghrébins, résidants à l’étranger et qui ont adopté la langue française comme langue de production littéraire. Après un long parcours dans l’enseignement public, El Hassane a rejoint la mission culturelle marocaine en France pour continuer son métier de toujours : l’enseignement et le dialogue interculturel. Il vient de publier son troisième roman, intitulé Les Jours de Cuivre, chez L’Harmattan. Dans ses ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 16)

[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.]  Regional and International Relations Saudi Arabia builds giant Yemen border fence A news report on the Saudi regime’s decision to build a 1,800 km fence ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 15)

[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 recommendatiobs for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]  “UPDATE 4: Judge recuses himself in Mubarak retrial case” Judge steps down from Mubarak case and refers it to the Appeals Court for you new judicial team and date to be ...

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جدلية تطلق صفحة أفعال المقاومة والتقويض اليومية

  جدلية تطلق صفحة (DARS): أفعال المقاومة والتقويض اليومية  Daily Acts of Resistance and Subversion نظرة عامة تسرد صفحة أفعال المقاومة والتقويض اليومية  (DARS) أفعال المقاومة والتقويض وفق تسلسل زمني في المجتمعات العربية المعاصرة وغيرها. سيكون محط اهتمامنا كافة أشكال المقاومة والتقويض وكذلك كافة أشكال الاستغلال السياسي أو الاقتصادي أو الاجتماعي أو الثقافي. يتضمن هذا مقاومة التسلط والاحتلال والإمبريالية والعادات الاجتماعية وكذلك الطرق المتنوعة التي تستخدم في التقويض.  مع أن أفعال ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (April 7-14)

 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.   قطري حبيبي": ملهاة الإخوان ومأساة الناصرية" The Necessity of Revolutionary Violence in Egypt غرفة Has Citizenship Got a Future in Egypt? Imperialist Liberalism and the Egyptian Revolution The ...

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التحول الديمقراطي والمصير المجهول لمصر

أفرز الربيع العربي أوضاعاً لم يسبق أن واجهتها الدول العربية. من انتهاء حكم مبارك ووضعه في السجن ومقتل العقيد القذافي وخروج لعلي عبد الله صالح على غير ما أراد والآن سوريا تواجه الخطر الأكبر فمن مطلب التحول الديمقراطي، ربما تتجه نحو التقسيم بعد الحرب الأهلية الدامية.  لقد أصبح من الشائع الحديث عن التحولات الديمقراطية فى الوطن العربي أو الشرق الأوسط بعد الربيع العربي.  لقد أثر سقوط الأنظمة السابقة بشكل كامل على الحياة المدنية والسياسية والاجتماعية والاقتصادية وأدت هذه النتائج إلى بروز عناصر ...

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Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon

[The following report was issued by American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) in April 2013.]  Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon A Vulnerable Community Following their expulsion from Palestine in 1948, many Palestinian intellectuals, businessmen, and craftspeople fled to Syria and established themselves as an integral part of Syrian society. Today that life has been broken and many Palestinian refugees from Syria have joined the ranks of Lebanon’s Palestinian ...

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Reports Roundup (April 13)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon American Near East Refugee Aid reports on the state of Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon after having fled Syria, many of whom suffer from lack of employment, hunger, and poor housing conditions.  Yemen's Military-Security Reform: Seeds of New Conflict? International Crisis Group reports on the ...

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