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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.2 is Live!

After some months of hard work and consolidation, we are more than pleased to announce the release of Issue 2.2 of Status. This issue, like previous issues, includes a remarkable variety of interviews, programs, and reviews related to some ...

[The Kattan Family, Honduras, 1920. Image via the author.]

Essential Readings: Palestinians in Latin America

Palestinian struggles in maintaining a strong national identity have been affected by the emergence of three similar yet distinct groups: internally displaced persons; refugees in exile; and Palestinians who have emigrated from their ...

[Graphic by Jana Traboulsi]

Lebanon: What Do You Mean There Is No State?

[Introductory text by Ziad Abu-Rish. All graphics by Jana Traboulsi] This past week, thousands of Lebanese citizens took to the streets under the banner of “You Stink” to protest political and economic corruption in the country. They did ...

Internships At ASI (& Internships for College Credit Program)

      General Internships At ASI Fall 2015/Spring 2016 CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR GENERAL INTERNSHIPS The Arab Studies Institute (ASI) is now offering new internship opportunities that involve training, research, and ...

When Civic Action Confronts Militia Politics in Beirut [To be updated]

[Banner hanging on Gouraud Street in the Gemmayzeh neighborhood. It reads:

Updated at 4:15pm (Beirut Time) on 2 July 2013 Activists Hold Follow-Up Protest at Ministry of Justice What began as a typical display of thuggary on the part of an MP convoy has evolved into a broader mobilization against the nexus of corruption between political elites, party militias, and the legal system in Lebanon. It all began with a Lebanese MP convoy's attack on the Nasawiya Café on Friday 28 June 2013. The following day, on Saturday 29 June, while members of both parties (i.e., those attacked and those that did the attacking) were giving their official statements at the local police station, a judge ordered the detention of five of the café attendees and the ...

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كي تنتصر ثورة لم تنهزم بعد

[المصدر ا.ف.ب]

يتفق التحالف السياسي الذي يحكم مصر حالياً، بين الإخوان المسلمين وفلول جهاز الدولة التابع للنظام القديم وبعض رجال أعماله، مع فلول الوطني المحلول المنافسين لهذا التحالف على شيء أساسي: 30 يونيو ثورة جديدة مضادة لثورة يناير. الطرف الأول يقدمها كانقلاب على ثورة يناير على أساس أن معارضة حكمه من معارضتها. أما الطرف الثاني، فهو يرغب في تسييد فكرة أن ثورة الغضب الشعبية أمس هي تصحيح جذري لثورة يناير التي كانت سبباً في وصول الإخوان للحكم، وأن الثورة نفسها خطأ. لكن مسببات هذا الزخم الشعبي المتراكم الذي فاجأ بيئة السياسة المحتقنة المختنقة بتفاعل هائل مع مبادرة شبابية، رأينا مئات مثلها توقفت قبل أن تبدأ، تؤكد لنا حقيقة أنها ثورة تحاول إكمال برنامجها فى إسقاط النظام القديم، وهو ...

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Introducing Mada Masr

[Mada Masr's official logo]

We did not spend a long time savoring what it means to be unemployed. After our dramatic layoffs prompted by the sudden scaling down of Egypt Independent, a paper we worked for and developed to become a leading source of news on Egypt, we went to the beach. There, besides eating, swimming, playing cards, and staring at the sea aimlessly, we spoke about our type of journalism's successes, failures and dreams. We spoke about how we balanced institutional and street politics in our coverage, but how we did not do enough economy coverage. We spoke about how we encouraged reporters to have a voice, but how we sometimes verged on elitist. We decided we want to publish in ...

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Courage Is Contagious: Glenn Greenwald on the Ethics of Edward Snowden and the Difference between Real Journalism and Stenography

[Glenn Greenwald speaking at the Young Americans for Liberty's Civil Liberties tour at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, along with Glenn Jack Hunter and Jacob Hornberger on 18 October, 2012. Image by Gage Skidmore.]

Glenn Greenwald was a featured speaker at the Socialism 2013 conference in Chicago. Greenwald, who writes for The Guardian, along with Laura Poitras, broke one of the biggest stories of the year: the heretofore unknown scope of National Security Agency spying. Their source, also part of the story, is Edward Snowden, who leaked documents revealing truths about the largest spy agency in the world. Jeremy Scahill, another world-class investigative journalist, introduced Greenwald: In a moment when we have a war on journalists at home, a war on journalists abroad, when whistleblowers are being prosecuted in record numbers under the Espionage Act by Mr. Nobel Peace ...

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Jadaliyya Coverage of Egypt on 30 June 2013

For almost all Egyptians, 30 June 2013 was a day of celebration. Yet, while partisans of the Muslim Brotherhood were celebrating the one-year anniversary of Mohamed Morsi’s presidency, the twenty-two million Egyptians who signed on to the Tamarod Campaign petition--calling for early president election--were celebrating its end. To shed light on this critical juncture in the living history of the January 25 Revolution, the Egypt Page Editors at Jadaliyya would like to bring to your attention to a collection of articles that grapple with the complexities of the lead-up to 30 June and what it means for the future of Egypt.   FEATURED ARTICLES Context, Dynamics, ...

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Tamarod: Egypt's Revolution Hones its Skills


Since Mubarak's dramatic toppling on 11 February 2011, Egypt has been center stage in most discussions, theoretical and methodological, on the role of social media in political communication and dissent. There is no shortage of treatments on the topic from the popular press to scholarly writings. In just two years, notable manuscripts have been published that tackle every aspect of these online activities.[1] And while most of these address this question from complimentary perspectives, they are nevertheless confined to actions in the past rather than developments in the present or what might be anticipated in the future. With Egypt on the eve of another dramatic ...

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June to June: The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same

[Egyptian air force pilots touring US aircraft carrier, Suez Canal, Egypt. Image originally posted to Wikimedia Commons]

A year is a long time in politics, especially those of contemporary Egypt. In June 2012 the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) appeared to be firmly in the saddle. Acting in league with elements in the Supreme Constitutional Court, it prorogued parliament and then unilaterally amended the constitution, bolstering its powers while undermining those of the about to be elected President. In the ménage à trois of officers, Brothers, and “secular” oppositionists, the latter two were in a tactical embrace to oust the former. At the time, however, that seemed a rather fruitless liaison, for the military seemed to be in an unassailable position.  Fast forward to ...

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Intimidation and Resistance: Imagining Gender in Cairene Graffiti

[Caption: “Don’t categorize me”. Photo by Mona Abaza (Captured 13 September 2012)]

The issue of women’s empowerment continues to be of paramount significance in determining the future of the incomplete Arab revolutions. Numerous scholars, activists, and feminists have commented with concern about the precarious position of women after the contagious revolutions, which started in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Many have expressed anxiety that the controversial gender issue in the Middle East will dominate the coming years, as even Christian leaders transmit Islamists’ pressure on women to dress “more modestly” to their communities. Others have remarked that misogynist attitudes are observable today across the post-revolutionary Arab states, because the ...

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الديمقراطية التشاركية والثورات العربية

عندما طالبت الشعوب العربية باسقاط النظام هنا وهناك، لم يكن لديها تصوّر مُفصّل حول طبيعة نظام ما بعد الثورة تتعدّى كونة نظاماً ديمقراطياً يتميّز بالشفافية واحترام حقوق المواطن وانعدام الفساد والمسؤليّة امام الشعب. ولكن بروز نزاعات صفرية بين مختلف القوى السياسية وممارسات اقصائية وحالة من الاحتقان والشعور بالاحباط في البلاد التي شهدت سقوط النظام القديم، كلّها تنبع من تجاهل عام لاطروحة مبدئية وبسيطة، الا وهي أن النظام الأكثر مناسبة لمرحلة ما بعد الثورة هو نظام يُجسّد روح الثورة. ولكن بدلاً من التفكير الخلاق حول ماهية روح الثورة وكيفية تسجيدها، اتجهنا فوراً إلى بناء أنظمة تعتمد أنماطاً مألوفة من التجربة الغربية، حيث تتمحور الحياة السياسية حول الأحزاب وصراعاتها وتحالفاتها ...

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توني موريسون: وطن

[توني موريسون. الصورة من إن بي آر]

[مقطع من رواية “وطن” لتوني موريسون (نيويورك، كنوبف، ٢٠١٢) التي ستصدر بالعربية بترجمة سنان أنطون قريباً.] التنفس. كيف يقوم به بحيث لا يعرف أحد بأنه مستيقظ. يفبرك شخيراً عميقاً منتظماً ويترك الشفة السفلى تتدلى. والأهم هو أنّ الجفنين يجب ألا يتحركا ولا بد من وجود نبض منتظم ويدين رخوتين. في الثانية صباحاً، عندما فحصوا ليتأكدوا مما إذا كان بحاجة إلى حقنة مهدئة أخرى، رأوا المريض على الطابق الثاني في الحجرة رقم ١٧، غارقاً في نوم المورفين. إن اقتنعوا، فقد يعدلون عن زرق الحقنة ويرخون القيود حول يديه كي تستمتعا بقليل من الدم. إن السر في تقليد ما يشبه الغيبوبة، كالتظاهر بالموت عندما يكون المرء مستلقياً على وجهه في أرض معركة موحلة، يكمن في التركيز على شيء محايد. شيء يفني أي إشارة ...

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Between Inaction and Complicity: The Shi‘a and the Brotherhood

[Eyewitness and videographer Hazem Barakat describing the attack on Shi'a in Giza. Image from Mosireen]

Some have commented on the incident of sectarian violence in the village of Zawiyat Abu Musallam in the Giza district on 23 June 2013 as the product of a "simple" people and a "crowd" mentality. The figure of the "simple" like that of the "poor" have become straw men who liberals, leftists, and Islamists target as the cause of social illness and dysfunction. The murder of four Shiites that the artistic collective, Mosireen captured and documented in the video below is an ugly moment. It speaks volumes about two coinciding phenomena. On the one hand, it reflects a deep and broad discontent. Egyptians are finding it increasingly ...

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Syria’s Third Grueling Summer: What Should One Write About?

[Map displaced Syrians. Image from Wikipedia]

For the past several weeks in Beirut, I have been inundated with emails and comments from colleagues and observers about developments in Syria. The same goes for Jadaliyya’s coverage. Why, the question goes, is coverage thin on Syria? I am also asked by the kinder variety if I am afraid of something, or if I am avoiding something. These questions come from the left and center-right, from proponents of the opposition(s) and their detractors. Often, they assume that writing on Syria today really matters, irrespective of whether there is something significant to say; and irrespective of the locale of those of us not too close to the scene, which makes much of our writing ...

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مصر: الثورة والتمرد

مصر على مفتَرق طرق، ليست هي المرة الاولى التي يتم فيها تكرار هذه المقولة ولكن يبدو أنها ستتكرر كثيراً حتى يتم حسم الأمر في مصر وتستعيد ثورة 25 يناير وهجها وقدرتها وديناميكيتها وتبتعد عن حكاية "الصندوق هو الحكم". الثورة التي قامت في مصر كانت كافية لأن تُغير كل شيء هناك، الناس والمجتمع والقوى السياسية وأنماط عملها وسلوكياتها وسياساتها. إلا أنها لم تتمكن من إفراز قيادات سياسية جدية تمسك بالسلطة وتحقق الأهداف الأجتماعية والاقتصادية التي قامت من أجلها. فكانت فرصة تاريخية لن تتكرر لبعض القوى السياسية ...

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The Political Consequences of Mr. Morsi

The week, before demonstrations planned for 30 June demanding President Morsi step down and new elections be held, has been one of unsettling violence. There is an increasing sense of foreboding that the political situation is spinning out of control. It is clearer to many what Egypt is not, (Turkey, Brazil, Tunisia, Eastern Europe) rather than what it is. With millions of Egyptians taking to the streets on 30 June, Egypt has entered into a new period of revolutionary upheaval. The events of the last ...

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No Apologies

Egypt at the moment feels like a series of battles and struggles, separated by geography but all ultimately linked together, hurtling towards some unknown destiny.  People are dying and politicians are floundering, however this post is about one fight: the one against sexual assault. The fight to free people’s bodies from sexual violence is a global one. Everywhere women and men have been and are raped, assaulted, and threatened with violent sexual language and gestures. The motivations seem ...

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The Growing Challenge to The Syrian Regime and the Syrian Uprising

It was bound to happen. And we are simply witnessing its tip: growing opposition to the militant opposition, on similar ethical grounds used to critique the regime.  First, some basic related observations are in order. The following video was uploaded by Syria - Civil State on June 18, 2013. The clip shows a protest in Raqqa, Syria in front of the headquarters of Jabhat al-Nusrah (JAN) where protesters are calling for the release of prisoners that have been imprisoned by the takfiri group ...

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Obsessed with Turkish Models in Egypt

Shortly after the outbreak of Turkey’s Gezi Park protests, Egyptian public forums were flooded with a variety of expressions that drew parallels between the respective situations in each of the two countries. The trend reinforced the international media’s initial characterization of protests in Turkey as the manifestation of a region-wide backlash against ruling Islamist parties. Scholars and researchers immediately responded with meticulous explanations for why Turkey is not Egypt, highlighting the ...

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Gender and the People in Revolutionary Times

For decades, the "people" and the very possibility of politics in the Arab world have been objects of despair. Proclaiming the extinction of the Arab people’s capacity for politics and their acquiescence to a seemingly impermeable authoritarian state system had become conventional wisdom. The “Arab street,” activists seemed too comfortable professing, had failed to realize its historical promise. The inevitable march into history seemed eternally postponed or, worse yet, impossible to ...

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Egypt’s Ultras: No More Politics

Swinging between politics and football, the Egyptian “Ultras” football fans have spent the two years since the beginning of the 25 January Revolution trying to discover, redefine, and highlight their collective identity as youths who came together to express their love for sport in general, and for their chosen football clubs in particular. Before the revolution, the presence of these groups in the public sphere was limited, and tied to their contentious relationship with the state security forces, who ...

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Statement by Comrades from Cairo: We Can Smell the Tear Gas from Rio and Taksim to Tahrir

[The following statement was recently released by Comrades from Cairo] To You at Whose Side We Struggle: June 30th will mark a new stage of rebellion for us building on what started 25 and 28 January 2011. This time we rebel against the reign of the Muslim Brotherhood that has brought only more of the same forms of economic exploitation, police violence, torture and killings.  References to the coming of "democracy" has no relevance when there is no possibility of living a decent life ...

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What Happens on 30 June? The Silver Lining

Numerous questions surround 30 June protests, most of which revolve around whether or not President Mohamed Morsi will be pushed out. The subtleties surrounding such questions are more important to note. What will the Muslim Brotherhood do? What will people do? Will the protests turn violent? How will security services react? What positions will the police, and, more importantly, the army adopt? It is no secret that the level of popular discontent with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) reached an all time ...

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Turkiet: Upprorets sommar ar har

[This article was originally written by Jay Cassano, and published by Jadaliyya in English. It was translated/published in Swedish by FriaTidningin.]   I skrivande stund är Istanbul under belägring. Stadens polisstyrka – den största i Europa – har med full kraft slagit ner kraft på fredliga ockupanter i Geziparken. Protesten började den 27 maj, till synes mot byggandet av ett köpcentrum över en park vid det centrala Taksimtorget. Men massiva folkliga rörelser som den här uppstår ...

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!بحثّاً عن حلف تاريخي جديد

ما هو الخطر الأكبر على الثورة؟ يخطئ من يظن أنه السلطة، أو حتى الثورة المضادة أيًا ما كانت درجة شراستها. الخطر الأكبر على الثورة هو قيادة غير ثورية تلجم، تنحرف يمينًا، وتخون. أناقش في هذا المقال مسألة الطابع الطبقي لـ30 يونيو، أو بمعنى أدق التناقض الطبقي بين قيادتها والقوى الاجتماعية المُنتظر أن تشارك بكثافة فيها. من نوفمبر إلى يونيو يختلف 30 يونيو 2013 عن 26 نوفمبر 2012 على الأقل في مسألة جوهرية واحدة. آنذاك كانت قوة دفع الحركة سياسية: محاولة الإخوان المسلمين الاستئثار بالسلطة عبر إعلان 22 نوفمبر ...

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White Turks, Black Turks, and Negroes: The Politics of Polarization

On 11 June, in the midst of the return of the Istanbul police forces to Gezi Park and Taksim Square, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rose in the Turkish parliament and expressed his frustrations with the protestors occupying the park. The protests began as an effort to save one of Istanbul’s last green spaces from being flattened to make room for a shopping mall, but subsequently transformed into a greater movement against excessive use of force by the police and Erdoğan’s increasingly authoritarian ...

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