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جدلية في عامها الرابع

 دخلت “جدلية” عامها الرابع في أيلول\سبتمبر، وكنا قد وعدنا في مثل هذا الوقت من العام الماضي أنه سيكون أمامنا عام مليء بالعمل، لكننا كنا مخطئين نوعاً ما، فقد كان عاماً جنونياً بالفعل. استهْلَكنا، على المستوى الداخلي، بناءُ صفحات وفرق ...

[Crop of image from flyer below.]

Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution (George Mason University, 20 October 2014)

Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution (George Mason University, 20 October 2014) Johnson Center, C October 20, 2014, 4:00 PM   George Mason University’s Middle East Studies Program, Global ...

[البرلمان المغربي. المصدر ويكيبيديا]

إشكالية المجتمع المدني في المغرب

 الحديث عن المجتمع المدني في المغرب هو بالضرورة حديث عن الأزمة، أزمة المفهوم و أزمة الممارسة، وهذا المعطى لا يستقيم إلا إذا حددنا طبيعة هذه الأزمة على المستوى النظري والعملي، فنعرض في المرحلة الأولى للمفهوم من حيث مضامينه، وسياقه ...

[Cover of Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda, and Joumana al Jabri, editors,

New Texts Out Now: Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda, and Joumana al Jabri, Creative Refuge

Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda, and Joumana al Jabri, editors, Creative Refuge. Washington, DC: Tadween Books, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What is Febrik? Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda, and Joumana al Jabri (RC/MH/JJ): Febrik is a not-for-profit ...


Four Poems

[Golan Haji. Image from poet]

The Box of Pain   You were not there at daybreak When patients, passengers and soldiers Stretched their heads, bald or shaven, Like tiny cottages in distant windows. The boy passed the light fog Which didn't stay long Before the hospital gate Where he found a pistol lying on the grass. You were not there. Now, you are a story Being told in a place you are not in. Your throat: that box of pain, Is full of bones and feathers. In the white of your eye There is a blood dot, small and rusty, Like a sun setting in the distance Over a snowy field  Which was trampled By long rows of hungry soldiers. [Translated from the Arabic by Golan Haji ...

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My Father is Still a Communist

[Ahmad Ghossein. Image from Wikipedia]

My Father is Still a Communist. Dir. Ahmad Ghossein, (Lebanon, 2011, 32’) The transient circulations of bodies for labor constitutes a hidden history of the late-20th century world, with an accumulation of yet unspoken stories of abuse and struggle, exploitation and protest, inscribed in the letters that cross continents to speak of home.  In March 2012 in Bkfaya Lebanon, at a cardboard factory in a rough-scrub industrial area, 50 Nepalese and Indian workers engage in a strike over wages. Three men, identified as the leaders of the action, are arrested and deported by authorities upon the request of the factory owners. The remaining workers return to their jobs, ...

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Calls to Boycott Qatar and the UAE for Labor Violations

[Workers in a bus after a day of work in Dubai. Image from Flickr/Eric J Scott]

[The following is a Migrant Rights post on calls to boycott the World Cup in Qatar in 2022 and (possibly) the UAE, if chosen for the 2024 Olympics.] The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) will organize a boycott of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar unless the nation improves migrant worker conditions. The group also plans to boycott the UAE (if selected for the 2024 Olympics) if genuine labor reform is not realized. As both nations will implement intensive labor projects in preparation for these events, ITUC emphasized that laborers must be guaranteed fair pay as well as decent accommodations. Critics have blasted both FIFA and Qatar for the nation’s subpar labor ...

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Egypt’s Anti-Freedom Constitution: The Borhami Video

[Salafist cleric leader Yasser Borhami (right) speaks with Morsi's presidential advisor Bassam al-Zarqa during the constitutional marathon vote in the assembly on 30 November. Image by Mohamed Abd El Gany/Reuters]

“This constitution imposes complete restrictions that have never before been imposed by any Egyptian constitution” and it “places restrictions on freedom of thought, expression, and creativity.” These are the words of Sheikh Yasser Borhami, a leading member of the Constituent Assembly. He was explaining Article 10 of Egypt’s draft constitution during a conference with religious experts and Salafist preachers on 22 November 2012. On this same day, President Mohamed Morsi granted himself sweeping powers, including the power to shield the constituent assembly from judicial oversight. For anyone who continues to believe that this constitution is a document that represents ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (December 27)

[Libya celebrates its 61st independence day on 24 December 2012. Photo from @Eljarh.]

[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 Algeria Prepares For ‘Guerrilla’ Warfare Walid Ramzi reports on Algeria's current military training. Can Algeria and France forget the past? Nabila Ramadani discusses Hollande's unapologetic recognition of French colonial rule (video). POMEPS Conversations 12 with Michael Willis Michael WIllis compares the rise of ...

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Syria Media Roundup (December 27)

[Art commemorating the Helfaya Massacre. 23 December 2012.]

[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   Will Brahimi Get a Breakthrough? Keep Reading »

اقتصاد مصر بين المُفْلِسين والمُفَلِّسين

هذه المرة تجيء نذر إفلاس مصر من كل صوب وحدب. بدأ الأمر بتصريحات من وزير الصناعة والتجارة عن صعود متوقع فى عجز الموازنة ربما يؤدي «إلى عدم القدرة على سداد الرواتب إذا لم يتم التعامل معه». ثم يقول الأمين العام لجبهة الإنقاذ المعارضة محمد البرادعي بالنص وهو يدعو الرئيس لوقف الاستفتاء على الدستور وإعادة تشكيل الجمعية التأسيسية: «البلد على وشك الإفلاس. اذا اكملنا ٣ أشهر فلن نكمل ٤ أشهر». ويخبرنا الكاتب والسياسي محمد حسنين هيكل في نفس الليلة بفحوى لقاء بين محافظ المركزى فاروق العقدة والرئيس مرسي حذره فيه من أن «كل مصابيح الاقتصاد الحمراء صارت مضاءة». الحديث عن إفلاس مصر تجدد مرات خلال السنتين الماضيتين في تزامن متطابق مع أزمات مصر السياسية، أشهرها كان فىي فبراير ٢٠١١ حينما ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Dec 17-23)

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 videos.  Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series. UC Berkeley's New Chancellor Endorses the Falsehood: Criticizing Israel is Anti-Semitic بانتظار علياء "من المآسي المضاعفة للنزوح:فتيات سوريات للزواج "بثمن بخس The Politics of Killing Women in Colonized Contexts How Thomas Friedman Distorts Realities in Egypt, Pakistan, and India The Triumph and Irrelevance of Meta-Narratives Over Syria: “Rohna Dahiyyah” DAM Explores the ...

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DAM Responds: On Tradition and the Anti-Politics of the Machine

[Still of Mahmood Jrery of DAM from the video for

We were happy to find on the pages of Jadaliyya supporters and friends who understand our work and respect what we have been doing as artists and members of our community for many years.  We also feel an urgency to respond to the analysis that Lila Abu-Lughod and Maya Mikdashi offered of our work. We take the issue and the critique seriously. Normally we don’t feel the urge to reply to a review but we felt that this specific review crossed a few lines, especially with its title! Tradition and the Anti-Politics Machine: DAM Seduced by the “Honor Crime.” The title, like the article’s content, implies that DAM (and Jackie and the other artists who created the song ...

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Egypt’s Constitutional Referendum Results

[Constitutional referendum first stage results. Diagram designed by author]

Based on numbers reported by Egyptian media outlets, below is a summary of the constitutional referendum vote results broken down by governorate. What do these numbers tell us? In two stages of voting, average turnout across governorates was 30%, with Egyptians abroad participation being the most notable outlier with a 41% turnout rate. The only three governorates where the majority of voters elected to reject the draft constitution are Cairo, Gharbiyya, and Menofia.   What do these numbers not tell us? Given that the vast majority of eligible voters (68% or 33,855,564) did not participate in the referendum, we can neither conclude that the ...

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Will Brahimi Get a Breakthrough?

[A Syrian girl who fled her home with her family due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels. AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen]

The killing has changed the city’s shape - This rock Is bone This smoke people breathing, Adonis, “The Desert,” 1982-83. On 20 December, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ independent commission of inquiry on Syria released its periodic update. The short report makes for frightful reading. The numbers of dead and affected have reached mythical proportions – more than forty thousand corpses, more than five hundred thousand refugees, and more than four million people in dire straits as their country collapses around them. The restrained prose of the UN carries forward the perils of the civil war, “As battles between Government forces and anti-Government ...

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Censored 2013: Project Censored List of Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2011-2012

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[The following list was compiled and released by Project Censored: Media Democracy in Action and features the top twenty-five censored stories of 2013.] 1. Signs of an Emerging Police State 2. Oceans in Peril 3. Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Worse than Anticipated 4. FBI Agents Responsible for Majority of Terrorist Plots in the United States 5. First Federal Reserve Audit Reveals Trillions Loaned to Major Banks 6. Small Network of Corporations Run the Global Economy Keep Reading »

Baghdad: Mirages and Melancholia

It is well known that preeminent figures of early modernism, such as Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, designed architectural proposals for Baghdad around the middle of the 20th century. Many may be surprised however to discover that several other important international architects were also involved with the city at one point or another in its recent history, hoping to erect some remarkable structures that would have transformed Baghdad beyond recognition. A current exhibition at the BSA Space, home ...

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Sons of Beaches: How Alexandria's Ideological Battles Shape Egypt

A Salafist Muslim intellectual, overlooking an Alexandrian beach last summer, tells me over coffee: “The cosmopolitanism of our city [Alexandria] may look like it has died, but the skeletal structure of cosmopolitanism is still there. It is this structure that underpins the spread and acceptance of ideas, including Salafist ones, that makes this city a formidable force.” This “force” also makes Alexandria the vanguard city of Egypt's socio-political developments. A glimpse of it was caught in the ...

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Reports Roundup (December 29)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Letter Concerning Ongoing Pattern of Arrests of Turkish Academics Researching Kurdish Issues The Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association addresses Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan with concerns over the recent arrests and detentions of academics focusing on Kurdish issues. Bahrain13 Prisoner Group Meets with Delegation from ...

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أربع قصائد

              ثلاث زنابق ثلاث زنابق، أم ثلاث أمّهات؟ . . . ثلاث زنابق: الأولى تفتّحت كأن بتلاتها البيضاء تتضرّعُ تسألُ إلهاً ما عن أولادها الثانية انحنتْ يكاد ظهرها ينكسرُ Keep Reading »

قطر والفلسطينيون

سواء من حيث التوقيت أو من حيث الجوهر، فإنه من الصعب تفسير زيارة أمير قطر الشيخ حمد بن خليفة آل ثاني إلى غزة في تشرين أول/أكتوبر 2012 بشكل مبسط. وكما هو الحال عادة عندما يتعلق الأمر بالسياسة في فلسطين، فقد تبلورت بشكل سريع العديد من التفسيرات والتأويلات. وبالتالي، فإما أن قطر كانت تسعى لضمان دعم قادة حماس لإعادة انتخاب خالد مشعل لقيادة المكتب السياسي للحركة الإسلامية، وذلك عن طريق استخدام نفوذها الكبير على الإخوان المسلمين للمساعدة في تحويل رفح إلى معبر حدودي اعتيادي ومنتظم بين مصر وفلسطين؛ متذرعة بذلك ...

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عن الفن الإسلامي

قبل عامين، نظم معهد العالم العربي في باريس، معرض الفن الاسلامي، كسابقة احتضنت لأول مرة في العاصمة الفرنسية، من قبل إدراة المعهد التي ترى بوجوب تعريف الناس على هذا الفن، الذي اشتهر كإرث قائم بحد ذاته، وليس كحركات مستقلة أو متتابعة. 471 عملا بأحجام، وتكاوين وتشكيلات مختلفة تراوحت بين الخزف والزجاج والرسم والتصاوير والنحت والنجارة والنسيج والسجاد والخط العربي والأسلحة كالسيوف والخناجر، والمجوهرات وأدوات الزينة المختلفة، وحتى صناعة الحيوانات المعدنية.  ربما لا يعرف العالم "الغربي" الكثير عن ...

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Honoring Solidarity During Contentious Debates. . . A Letter to DAM From Lila Abu-Lughod and Maya Mikdashi

Dear Tamer, Suhel, and Mahmood,  If We Could Go Back in Time… we would have made even clearer that our reaction came from our deep admiration for you and our appreciation of your political and social influence.  We are, as we said, fans. Lila has sent your songs to countless people around the world and has made statements about the importance of your art publicly. As the daughter of an exile from Jaffa who lived and worked for Palestine his whole life, she is particularly thrilled with ...

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Of Wife and the Domestic Servant in the Arab World

My goal in this short essay is to capture for the reader the gains and losses associated with Islamic-based family rules in the context of an economy that has a generous supply of cheap domestic workers and a sparing one of female public employment. I do so from the perspective of the housewife who is able to hire a domestic servant. I specifically argue that a spill-over effect of family law rules occurs in a household that employs domestic servants, triangulating the relationship between husband, wife, ...

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NEWTON 2012 in Review

We have had the opportunity to highlight an extraordinary series of books and articles on New Texts Out Now this year. Before we make our way into the new year, here are all of the NEWTONs that we published in 2012. Enjoy, and see you in 2013.  Myriam Ababsa, Badouin Dupret, and Eric Denis, Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East: Case Studies from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey  Lila Abu-Lughod and Anupama Rao, Women’s Rights, Muslim Family Law, and the Politics ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 25)

[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 Britain could deploy more troops to Gulf, says David Cameron Emma Graham-Harrison examines military relations between ...

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Why Chuck Hagel Is Irrelevant

The latest non-scandal scandalizing the American commentariat is whether Barack Obama will be able to nominate former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as his new Secretary of Defense. The narrative is that the Zionist lobby is eager to scuttle Hagel’s nomination because he has uttered one too many words “critical” of Israel, and displayed too many sentiments suspected of being contrary to the agenda of the lobby: namely, destroying Iran. The narrative is true enough. That the lobby does not want Hagel is ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 24)

[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.]   “Full unofficial results of Egypt's constitutional referendum: A visual breakdown” The new constitution passes with sixty-four percent of the vote. “Referendum voting lowest ...

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