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[Olive tree, Burqin, north Palestine, 2 July 2015. Photo by Bryony Dunne.]

Snapshot: Palestinian Olive Trees

Text by Elle Kurancid, photos by Bryony Dunne. Olive tree felling is a longtime strategy of Israel’s occupation regime in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Since 1967, an estimated 800,000 Palestinian olive trees have been destroyed by ...

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New Texts Out Now: Raymond Hinnebusch, From Arab Spring to Arab Winter: Explaining the Limits of Post-Uprising Democratization

Raymond Hinnebusch, editor, From Arab Spring to Arab Winter: Explaining the Limits of Post-Uprising Democratization, special issue of Democratization 22.2 (2015). Jadaliyya (J): What made you put this special issue together? Raymond ...


تدمر، واحة للظلام

تعرضت تدمر منذ مدة لغزوة بربرية في وقت قياسي، وتردد صدى الخبر في أنحاء سوريا والعالم لأن تدمر تتمتع بشهرة خاصة كونها رمزاً ثقافياً وحضارياً، ونظراً لموقعها الجغرافي الذي جعل منها في الأزمنة القديمة محطة لطرق القوافل بين سوريا وبلاد ما بين ...

Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 27-August 2)

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 ...

Debunking the Myth of the Zionist Left

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Tikva Honig-Parnass, False Prophets of Peace: Liberal Zionism and the Struggle for Palestine. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2011. Aharon Cohen, a senior member of MAPAM, the Israeli United Workers Party, observed in 1948 that “a state based on national enmity and the rule of one people over another will certainly breed chauvinism and reaction in its internal life.” Cohen understood that the relationship between Arabs—Palestinian and non-Palestinian alike—and Israelis would profoundly shape the new state. And so it did, and MAPAM, bound to its nationalist commitments, enabled and participated in the construction of exactly that antagonism, becoming the early standard bearer ...

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The Spring of Turkey, The Fall of Erdogan

[Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives speech at USAK, 3 February 2010. Image by NIlgun Gulcan, from Wikimedia]

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s insistence on demolishing Gezi Park and building a shopping mall on it was only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the causes behind the demonstrations that have shaken Turkey. The real reason is composed of three elements: rising authoritarianism, declining secularism, and stalled democratization. On 28 December 2011 at 9:37 pm, the Turkish Air Force bombarded a group of Turkish citizens around a Kurdish village whose income draws on smuggling. Under government pressure, for almost two days the mainstream media could not report on the incident. Thirty-four civilians were killed. Prime Minister Erdoğan, who only ...

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A Pro-Government Newspaper in Turkey Blasts Jadaliyya for Its Role in the Protests!

[Screenshot from the said Turkish newspaper, Yeni Safak]

[This article, by Elif Ince, was published in the Turkish newspaper Radikal on 13 June 2013. It was written in part as a response to an article published by the pro-government newspaper Yeni Şafak on 10 June 2013, in which Jadaliyya was accused of leading the wave of critical analysis and conspiracy against the Turkish government. The article was translated from Turkish by Emrah Yildiz. Following the article is the rough text of the interview conducted with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad, and the original text of the Radikal interview in Turkish]     The Foreign Conspirators of the Gezi Park Speak Up Keep Reading »

Tahrir to Taksim: We Demand the Fall of the System (Video)

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The following video expresses the Mosireen media collective’s stance of solidarity with the on-going demonstrations around Istanbul’s Taksim Square, and in several other Turkish cities. It begins with images of trees being uprooted in Istanbul’s Gezi Park, to make way for the government’s planned conversion of the area into a commercial space–the original trigger of the peaceful protests. It then shows the many parallels between the challenges that Egyptian and Turkish protesters have faced due to police violence, as well as between the methods of resistance that they have improvised in their respective public squares. This video comes days after solidarity ...

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DARS Media Roundup (June 12)

[Woman in red becomes leitmotif for Istanbul's female protesters. Image by 757Live, via Flickr.]

[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 by Sunday night of every second week.]  News & Commentary Today we are all someone new! By Müştereklerimiz The resistance for Gezi Park ignited the collective capacity to organize and act between us common citizens. The journey which started in Gezi has nurtured our strength and courage with its tenacity, creativity, ...

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New Texts Out Now: Daniel Neep, Occupying Syria under the French Mandate

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Daniel Neep, Occupying Syria under the French Mandate: Insurgency, Space, and State Formation. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Daniel Neep (DN): Scholars who work on state formation have tended to have little to say about the phenomenon of colonial violence. This seemed to me curious, given that violence is arguably the most central, and certainly the most visceral, dimension of the colonial encounter. In historical sociology, that line of scholarship on war and the state most often associated with the name of Charles Tilly has largely studied war-making and state-making in European colonies at the ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 11)

[Royal palace and current summer home of former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Abha, Saudi Arabia. Image from Rosie Bsheer's archive.]

[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 by Monday night of every week.] Reports and Opinions Kuwait ministry to fire long-serving expatriates Habib Toumi reports on the decision of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor to terminate the contracts of foreigners who worked for the ministry for thirty years by the end of June. Reports: 11-year term for Kuwait woman over tweets A news report on ...

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Occupy Gezi: A Roundtable Discussion and Podcast

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The world’s eyes are currently on Istanbul. As protests spread throughout Turkey, media outlets are scrambling to convey some type of picture of what is taking place to an eager audience that often lacks the proper context and background knowledge to make sense of the events. Meanwhile, commentators continue to offer explanations of the protests that conform to sweeping narratives that may but probably will not be proven true by the course of events, leading to an overall depiction of the movement that is abstract and rather unclear. Ottoman History Podcast episode number one hundred ten “Occupy Gezi: History, Politics, Practice” is a two-part roundtable discussion ...

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Turkish Media's Moral Bankruptcy: An Interview with Haluk Sahin

[Veteran journalist and media scholar Haluk Şahin. Image from

Two weeks since the eruption of the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul, the demonstrations show little signs of abating. Instead, they have proliferated across the country and taken on new political forms, expressions, and iterations. One thing, however, remains largely consistent: the mainstream Turkish media have at best shied away from covering the protests and at a worst ignored them completely. With all eyes on Istanbul, following the international and Turkish media simultaneously can be a dizzying contrast of two irreconcilable worlds. Despite this, the demonstrations have shaken the Turkish media to a core with protesters often directing their ire at the news media ...

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Delhicentric: Zarina’s Paper Like Skin


Zarina: Paper Like Skin. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 26 June – 22 September, 2013. Zarina Hashmi has been based in New York City since the 1970s, producing a significant body of work over the decades that she stored in her densely packed home and studio in Chelsea. The majority of the work from the retrospective Zarina: Paper Like Skin came from the seventy-six-year-old artist’s modest studio. The sixty-some impeccably kept works, ranging from woodcuts to paper reliefs, pin drawings, and paper pulp sculptures all belied their age due to the quality of the materials used, but perhaps too because they had been sitting undisturbed for so long. This ...

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Is Everywhere Taksim?: Public Space and Possible Publics


    In a speech on 1 June, responding to the wave of protests sweeping through Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan proclaimed that “the issue is not the 5-10 trees that are being removed.” By calling the demonstrators “ideological,” and suggesting they were simply opposition cadres or opportunistic rioters using the debate over the redevelopment of Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Parkı to stoke unrest against his government, Erdoğan meant to discredit them. But on this point, the prime minister and the crowds of people in the streets calling for his resignation would agree: this is now about something much broader than the few hundred trees threatened by the ...

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Iran’s Presidential Elections: The Live Embers of a Democratic Opposition Glow

Something significant and electric is taking place in Iran, and consuming many Iranians around the world in advance of the presidential elections that are set to take place on Friday, 14 June 2013. Over the last few days, segments of a broad Iranian democratic opposition have increasingly taken to the streets in multiple cities across the country. They have claimed public space in a way that has been inconceivable since the brutal repression of the large and broad-based popular civil rights movement that ...

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On the Margins Roundup (June)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to]  Somalia Somali central bank chief has experience of troubled jurisdictions The new governor of the Central Bank of Somalia shares his vision to transform ...

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A Crucial Election for Iran's Reform Movement

Today, Iranians cast their vote for the country’s eleventh presidential election. It certainly will not be an easy decision, with a field of candidates that lack any sense of major diversity in their policies and ideologies. With one glaring exception, the deck is stacked in favor of the conservative elites. As any astute student of Iran knows, predicting the outcome of the election is virtually impossible. The only conclusion thus far is that the road has not been kind to the reformists this election ...

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Praise for the 'Marginal Groups'

All those recently labeled as “Marginal Groups” are legal. Precisely because they routinely come under attack by the state and are forcibly choked in gas despite being legal formations, they know state violence well and know even better how to resist it. Today the odor of the gas does not leave my body. The scent of those who have tried to rot us from within is still on my body; it refuses to fade away. The gas my lungs collected yesterday still does not leave enough space for ...

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The Complicated Legacy of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leaves office, after finishing his second four-year term as Iran’s president, his tenure as the firebrand public face of a country, almost exclusively seen in Western media as a pariah and a threat to world security, will have left a lasting impact on the international stage. Mainly on account of a series of politically distasteful opinions, from his denial of the Holocaust and calls for the destruction of Israel to the claim that no gays exist in Iran, his international legacy ...

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New Texts Out Now: Thomas Pierret, Religion and State in Syria

Thomas Pierret, Religion and State in Syria: The Sunni Ulama from Coup to Revolution. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Thomas Pierret (TP): The main incentive was the dearth of scholarly literature on two issues I am interested in: the role of the ulama in contemporary societies, and Islam in Syria. Until the late 1990s, common wisdom had it that the ulama had suffered a significant decline throughout the twentieth century, to the ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (June 3-9)

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.  The Right to the City Movement and the Turkish Summer On the 'Turkish Model': Neoliberal Democracy with Teargas Alignments of Dissent and Politics of Naming: Assembling Resistance in Turkey Occupy Gezi: The Limits of Turkey’s ...

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The Body as a Site of Contest: Sherene Seikaly on the Gendered Exercise of Power and Resistance

How is the body produced as a site of repression and resistence? Sherene Seikaly, Co-Editor at Jadaliyya, as well as Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Middle East Studies Center at the American University of Cairo, tackles this question by exploring the ways in which the Egyptian state's production of the body as a terrorized and passive political subject inspired people to take their lives into their own hands and revolt.  The state's theatrics of domination reveal a deep and ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 10)

[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 by Sunday night of every week.]  “Egypt blacklisted for violating labour rights” The International Labor Organization says Egypt has violated international agreements for not providing independent ...

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إصطفافات المعارضة وسياسة التسمية: تنظيم المقاومة في تركيا

خرج أكثر من عشرة آلاف شخص في شوارع العمرانية، منطقة سكنية للطبقة المتوسطة على الجانب الآسيوي من إسطنبول، في العاشرة من مساء الثاني من حزيران/يونيو، لا ليؤازروا المتظاهرين في متنزه غازي في ميدان تقسيم فقط، ولكن ليبدوا مؤازرتهم أيضا لكل المتظاهرين في المدن السبع والستين في كل أنحاء تركيا من أنقرة وأزمير، إلى أدنا وهتاي. متجمعين على الطريق الرئيس في محلة الأول من مايو/أيار، وهو حي كان يعتقد دوماً أنه معقل قوي لسياسات حزب العدالة والتنمية AKP، وموطن لأسلوب الحياة المحافظة وسط التنوع المناطقي في اسطنبول، ...

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Gulf 2013: The Constant and the Changing

[The following is the executive summary of the new publication Gulf 2013: The Constant and the Changing published by the Gulf Centre for Development Policies. For the Arabic version, click here.] Executive Summary This work focuses on developments in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) over the past two years. It has been written in its entirety by more than twenty experts from the GCC, and its intended audience is the people of the GCC. How does the strategic water reserve in Bahrain—just one ...

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Trials and Tribulations of Turkish News Media

On 3 June, while mass protests against the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government were raging in several cities around Turkey, something equally important happened in Istanbul. Close to three thousand people gathered in front of the offices of Dogus Media Group, one of the five largest media conglomerates in Turkey. Waving paper money in their hands and holding up posters with the image of the three wise monkeys, they chanted “sell-out media.” In an ironic twist, NTV, Dogus Media’s flagship news ...

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