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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.3 is Live! Celebrating Our One-Year Anniversary

Amidst the rambunctious MESA (Middle East Studies Association) conference atmosphere, we and all our partner organizations are happy to announce the release of STATUS/الوضع Issue 2.3. By far, this is our richest and most diverse ...

[Image of the Eiffel Tower illuminated with the Tricolor following the Paris attacks. Image by Passion Leica/Flickr]

A Moveable Feast? Reflections on the French Coverage of the Paris Attacks

Writing on the relationship between acts of terror and the mystification of liberalism in 1947, Maurice Merleau-Ponty wrote that, “cunning, violence, propaganda, and realpolitik” appeared “in the guise of liberal principles” and were “the ...

[Data from Banque du Liban ( Graph by the author. The ratio of dollar to Lebanese lira deposits is taken as a confidence indicator in the Lebanese economy.]

The Diaspora, Debt, and Dollarization: Unraveling Lebanon’s Resilience to a Sovereign Debt Crisis

There are no official statistics on the numbers of Lebanese who have emigrated and are working abroad, nor on the immense sums of money they transfer to their home country. According to World Bank estimates, remittances comprised between ...

[لوحة للفنان الروسي فالسيلي كيندنسكي]

يكفيني أن ألمس ورقة خضراء حتى أرى

              ورقة خضراء قبل أن أنقل حياتي البسيطة إلى هذا الزمان،  لم تكن أحلامي لترتفع أعلى من سماء، تغطي دالية عنب،  حيث الحكمة في متناول كل حي * كان يكفيني أن ألمس ورقة ...

بحرينُ والديّ

‪]‬صورة صياد في البحرين‪[‬

أكتب هذا ليس بصفتي مدافعة عن حقوق الإنسان كما هو معروف عني، بل بصفتي إبنة والدين بحرينيين رسما لنا صورة مثالية للبحرين منذ أن كنا صغاراً نكبر في المنفى بالدنمارك. كوني قد ولدت في سوريا لوالدين ناشطين قد أُجبرا على مغادرة البحرين، ثم العيش في الدنمارك، لم أكن أعرف البحرين التي لطاما حكى عنها والديّ حتى انتقلنا هناك عندما كنت في الرابعة عشرة من العمر. كان المجتمع البحريني في الدنمارك صغيراً نوعا ما، يتكون من إحدى وعشرين عائلة. فعل والدانا كل ما بوسعهما للتأكد من كوننا نتربى في بيئة تحفظ الهوية البحرينية لدينا. كنا نجتمع في الجمعية البحرينية الدنماركية مرة واحدة في الأسبوع حيث ينظمون لنا برامج حول الثقافة والمجتمع البحريني. حفظنا وأنشدنا الأناشيد عن حب البحرين، ومثلنا ...

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فيلم وثائقي يبحث عن قصص حب عاشها فلسطينيون او آخرون في فلسطين وجوارها في مرحلة ما قبل النكبة

أقوم حالياً ببحث لفيلمي الوثائقي الجديد. أبحث عن قصص حب عاشها فلسطينيون او آخرون في فلسطين وجوارها في مرحلة ما قبل عام ١٩٤٨ (اي منذ العام ١٩٠٠ وحتى ١٩٥٠). أبحث عن قصص حب مرّة أو حلوة، بريئة أو ملتهبة، تأخذنا في مغامرة الى زمان ومكان مختلفين وتكسر المحرمات وتتخطى الحدود الاجتماعية والجغرافية والدينية او أي حدود اخرى في وقت انتشرت فيه الثورات في جميع انحاء العالم العربي مرافقة برغبة شعبية بإعادة تخيل المجتمع والمنطقة بطريقة مختلفة، أردت أن ابحث في ماضينا، في السنوات بين أواخر الامبراطورية العثمانية حتى نهاية الانتداب البريطاني في فلسطين ما قبل ١٩٤٨ وذلك لتخيل الاحتمالات التي كان وما زال بامكانها ان تحصل يستكشف الفيلم النصف الأول من القرن العشرين من خلال القصص الحميمية ...

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Algerian Memories: An Interview with Henri Alleg

[Wikimedia Commons:Henri Alleg at the Fête de l'Humanité in 2008]

At a time when Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning are both being called traitors by their own government in the “Land of the Free,” Henri Alleg, another great whistleblower, who 55 years ago was also jailed and called a traitor by the government of France – creator of the modern human rights – just died 2 weeks ago in Paris at the age of 91. Mr. Alleg, who became famous in 1958, after the publication of his book The Question, on the systematic torture the French colonial regime in Algeria inflicted upon

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On the Margins Roundup (August)

[Screenshot of, which tracks the results of the 2013 elections in Mali in realtime. Image from]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, 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 Are the Islamists truly on the ropes? The author discusses how a new and much-lauded president is finding it hard to bury old divisions. The worst fate: Somalia’s ship wrecked hostages The author reports on fifty sailors being held in grim conditions, abandoned by their ship’s owner whose willingness ...

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The Toxicity of Everyday Survival in Iraq

[Relatives wait with the coffin of a girl who died of cancer, outside Saddam Medical City in central Baghdad, 17 April 2003. AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis.]

For more than two decades, Iraq has been the subject of a large-scale toxic warfare experiment. Operation Desert Storm, fought in 1991, was the first time in military history that depleted uranium (DU)—a nuclear waste by-product—was systematically employed against both military and civilian targets. US forces used DU on a much larger scale during the war and occupation that started in 2003. The effects of this toxic and biological experiment go beyond body counts and the epidemiological evidence of illnesses. They also go beyond the environmental contamination caused by DU-laden weapons. Toxicity has penetrated the quotidian realities of life in Iraq.  It is what ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 12)

[1 February 2011, protesters paints their faces with the Egyptian flag. Image originally posted to Flickr by Ahmad Hammoud]

[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.]  “Abu Ismail referred to Criminal Court” Hazem Abu-Ismail is charged with “forgery” for stating that his mother does not bear US citizenship. “Polarization Doomed Egyptian Democracy (Revised)” Richard Falk says the idea that democracy is the best option for every political situation should be revisited. “Fetishizing the State” The military and ...

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تل الزعتر: الرواية غير المحكية

[مصدر الصورة جريدة السفير]

تل الزعتر محطة من محطات كثيرة في تاريخ اللجوء الفلسطيني التي لم تحظ بالبحث والتوثيق الكافيين لحفظها. ولو حاولنا مقارنة مجزرة تل الزعتر بسواها من المجازر لوجدنا، إضافة الى الأهداف والمنفذين، سمة مشتركة أخرى بينها وهي «الافلات من العقاب». وعندما يمر المرء بالطريق العام المحاذي لتل الزعتر اليوم فلا شيء يدل على وجود حياة سابقة هناك. منطقة وعرة تنتشر فيها بعض المصانع وصمت ورهبة يطبقان على المكان. هنا سفكت دماء بريئة ببرودة أعصاب، واغتصبت نساء وأذل الشيوخ على مرأى من أبنائهم، ولا يزال المجرمون طلقاء يجولون بيننا. في 12 آب 1976 تحوّل تل الزعتر الى أسطورة تتناقلها المخيمات كلها. مَن لا يعرف أبو أحمد الزعتر، ومن لم يسمع بقصة البئر ومدرسة الدكوانة وأبو الفدا؟ قصة حسين عيادي (71 ...

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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Understanding the Uprising in Turkey

[Banner reading: “Shut your mouth, Tayyip, the bums [çapulcular] are talking,” Gezi Park, 5 June. Photo by Christiane Gruber.]

For most people around the world, the recent uprising against Turkey’s ruling Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP) is still a puzzle. Why did a protest over a park lead to country-wide unrest so quickly? The Turkish government has explained what happened by resorting to a conspiracy theory, referring to an international “interest-rate lobby” that planned to overthrow the government. Yet, according to a KONDA research institute poll, forty-nine percent of protestors decided to join the protests after receiving news about excessive police violence, indicating this as the main trigger of the uprising. To provide a snapshot of this phenomenon, take the example of a young female ...

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Last week on Jadaliyya (August 5-11)

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. Transnational Anti-Imperialism and Middle East Women’s Studies Damascus: What's Left Kids These Days: The Youth Politics Nobody Was Expecting Mahmoud Darwish: Iraq's Night is Long لا أبطال ولا أشرار: حوار مع طلال أسد عن مصر بعد مرسي Call for Stories: Independent Documentary Searching for Love Stories from Pre-1948 Palestine How To Lose Friends and Alienate People: An Update on Drone ...

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Slice of Family News

[Ibrahim Aslan. Image via Ahram Online.]

It was night. I hesitated before going to visit my youngest brother at the hospital. They had amputated the second toe on his right foot a couple days ago. Each morning I thought they’re going to call to tell me his foot has healed, and then I would have to go there to take him back home. What happened instead is my oldest sister told me they were going to cut off his leg about ten centimeters from the knee, just like they did to the patient in the bed next to him in the ward. My sister told me this time I had to be there. I’m the oldest member of the family now, and I had to sign the forms with him. I’d already played that role many times, even though the ...

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Revolution Bookshelf: Blacklist

[Ahmed Sabry Abul-Futuh's

Ahmed Sabry Abul-Futuh, Agendat Sayyid al-Ahl. Cairo: Dar El-Ain, 2012. Thug Revolution Again, revolutions are not stories. At the same time, societies process and frame events like revolutions by way of narrative. Stories are how we remember past events and how we understand our present moment. They inform how we act, how we strategize, how we get by. Which is to say, to grapple with the Egyptian Revolution means that at some point, we are grappling with stories about revolution. In Egypt, this has been happening since 25 January 2011. Egyptian writers and artists did not wait to begin producing works that take on present history in various ways, and there are now ...

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Marriage Contracts and the Mashhadi Jewish Community: Art as a Second Identity in the Nineteenth Century

[Cropped image of nineteenth-century Qajar era painting known as

During Iran’s Qajar period (l785-1925), when wedding memories were ephemeral—specialized photographers or videographers were not available quite yet—artifacts like the marriage contract became the material substance through which sacred unions were validated and remembered. These inherently practical documents were stunning works of art as well, with which families could express social status, engage in trends, and, in some cases, masquerade their identities. As the major “souvenir” from Iranian weddings, the marriage contract served as a tool for newlyweds and their families to declare their class and confessional associations in written form. The marriage contract, ...

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Emek Sinemasi Yikildi! Gezi Sinemasi'na Hos Geldik

Emek Sineması Yıkıldı! Gezi Sineması'na Hoş Geldik Nisan 2010’dan beri Emek Sineması mücadelesinde birçok farklı eylem biçimi ortaya kondu. Taksim Tramvay Durağı’ndan Emek Sineması’na defalarca yürüdük. Yol üzerinde İstiklal Kitabevi’nin yerine açılan D&R’ı protesto ettik. Hem Starbucks’ı işgal eden Boğaziçili öğrencileri selamlamak hem de seslerine ses katmak üzere, AFM Fitaş’ın yanındaki Starbucks’a uğradık. Demirören’i işgal ettik, defalarca kepenk indirttik. Emek’in önüne perde gerip sokakta ...

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Fifty Bloggers Demand the Release of Bahrain's Mohammed Hassan

“Tell them about how you're never really a whole person if you remain silent.” - Audre Lorde On 31 July, our friend Mohammed Hassan (also known as Safy in the blogging sphere and social media) was arrested from his parents' house in the Bahraini town of Sitra without an arrest warrant. According to Amnesty International, the twenty-six-year-old blogger is still at the Criminal Investigation Directorate in al-'Adliya located in the capital city of Manama. Friends of Hassan and his lawyer stated ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (13 August)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention, and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to by Monday night of every other week.] News "Israel Announces 1,200 Planned Homes Over 1967 Line," Edmund Sanders The Los Angeles Times reports on Israeli plans to build more ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (August 13)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey 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.] English Ergenekon Trial Controversial Turkish Surgeon Odd Man Out in Ergenekon Trial Regarding the Ergenekon trial, Yasemin Çongar writes that “the banality of evil seems to have ...

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Campaign to Boycott the Oral History Conference at Hebrew University of Jerusalem

[The following petition was organized by Palestinian, Israeli, and other oral historians and academics from Europe, South Africa, and North America in regards to June 2014 "International Conference on Oral History" at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. See complete list of signatories below. It has garnered 100 signatures and counting.]  Campaign to Boycott the Oral History Conference at Hebrew University of Jerusalem August 12, 2013 (Updated with ...

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My Parents' Bahrain

I write this not as the human rights defender I have become known as, but rather as the daughter of Bahraini parents who painted an ideal image of Bahrain for us since we were children growing up in exile in Denmark. This reflection was prompted following my recent attempt at traveling to Bahrain when British Airways prevented me from boarding my flight at the orders of the Bahraini government. The realization that I am no longer in self-imposed exile triggered images of the Bahrain that my parents ...

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Constituting Generals

In the lengthy, acrimonious and not always enlightening debate about the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to oust former President Mohamed Morsi it has been widely been asserted that—whether what they did was politically wise—the Egyptian generals acted unconstitutionally and immorally. They both broke their oaths and they abrogated the constitutional order. The major point of contention is whether in so doing they made a coup or carried out the revolutionary will of the people. The ...

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July/August Culture

As the end of summer approaches and lazy days become few and far between, Jadaliyya's Culture Bouquet offers a combined selection of posts in preparation for fall.  Beeta Baghoolizadeh contributes a Visuals in 1500 entry on the nineteenth-century marriage contracts of Mashhadi Jews in Iran. Maymanah Farhat reviews the debut Kuwait pavilion at the 55th International Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Elliott Colla resumes the Revolution Bookshelf series with a review of Ahmed Sabry ...

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April Girl

He stands erect on top his new, shiny yellow tank, like a solid mass of khaki. Slung across his broad chest, resting in his hands is his military-issue rifle. His whole being tense and serious, yet from his watchful pose he turns slowly with a smile on his boyish face, happy to see the crowds of people around him and the persistent movement in the square. The soldier with the innocent face is younger than me by years. The young and the middle-aged, the elderly and mothers all pass by in front of him ...

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An Excerpt from al-Sayyid Asghar Akbar by Murtedha Gzar

[The following is a translation of an excerpt from the novel Al-Sayyid Asghar Akbar (Dar al-Tanwir, 2012) by Iraqi author Murtedha Gzar. This recent work by a young engineer from the southern city of Basra has received considerable attention in literary circles at home and abroad, significantly for the ways in which it departs from the mimetic norms of social realism that were found in the established narratological models of the pre-2003 U.S. occupation era, such as the varieties cultivated in the 1960s ...

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National Works: Kuwait's Debut at the Venice Biennale

National Works Pavilion of Kuwait 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale Curated by Ala Younis 1 June - 24 November 2013   Kuwait’s art scene is small, scattered, and clumsily endorsed by those who possess the unlimited resources and political sway to actually overhaul it. Many of its acting patrons are members of the ruling family who, as of late, have focused more energy on peacocking in regional art pageants than earnestly investing in the country’s cultural ...

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إشكاليات الحقيقة والضمير فيما يخص اعتصامات ومظاهرات الشرعية

في ظل الانقسام الشعبي الذي تشهده مصر وجب توضيح عدة نقاط فيما يخص طبيعة الصراع الحالي ومسألة فض اعتصامات مؤيدي مرسي و”الشرعية“: لا يقلل منتقدو استخدام السلطات السيادية للقوة المفرطة وانتهاكها لحقوق الإنسان، من شأن التحديات التي تواجهها البلاد. وإن فضت قوات الشرطة اعتصاماً فعليها أن تكون مدعومة بأمر قضائي مبني على أدلة – كاحتواء الاعتصام على أسلحة مثلاً – وليس أن تفض الاعتصام بانية ذلك على تلفيقات بهدف تنفيذ رغبة مبيتة. وإن فعلت ذلك عليها أن تقوم بذلك دون إراقة دماء المواطنين، لأن الشرطة ليست جهة ...

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