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إدواردو غاليانو: عدوّ النسيان

”حين أموت ستبقى الريح، ستواصل بقاءها“ إدواردو غاليانو - من كتاب المعانقات خطف الموت إدواردو غاليانو، الذي وصفه الروائي جون بيرغر بأنه "عدوّ الكذب واللامبالاة، وقبل كل شيء عدوّ النسيان، والذي بفضله ستتذكر البشرية جرائم ...

[The Joint List at the consultations process at President Reuven Rivlin's official resident, after the 2015 elections. Image by Mark Nayman

The Joint List: The Fetishism of Representation and the Illusion of Influence

In the recent Israeli elections, the parties representing the Palestinian citizens united in one list: the Joint List. It has attracted more external enthusiasm than internal. Authors like Lebanese novelist Elias Khoury praised the list, ...

[The Dwekh Nawsha militia on the road to the front line in the Nineveh plain, north of Mosul, Iraq. It is the armed wing of the Assyrian Patriotic Party formed to protect Christian villages. It fights alongside Peshmerga forces against ISIS. As of November 2014, the militia had forty fighters, with about two hundred volunteers waiting to join. Photo by Andy Spyra.]

Dwekh Nawsha: A Christian-Iraqi Militia

[Text by Sinan Antoon, photos by Andy Spyra from November 2014 and March 2015.] The fall of Mosul and other towns on the Nineveh plain in northern Iraq to ISIS this past summer was a monumental tragedy. It forced hundreds of thousands of ...

عن ما بعد الثورة وقبلها: مقابلة للوضع بين سنان أنطون وبلال فضل

في هذه المقابلة يلقي الكاتب المعارض والمشهور بلال فضل الضوء على الطريقة التي أسهم بها المفكرون والمنشقون في الخطاب الثوري والخطاب المضاد للثورة.تتضمن المقابلة أدناه خمسة أجزاء تستطيعون أن تنقروا على كل منها بشكل ...


Two Saints and a Sinner

[Two Saints Church in Alexandria following the 2011 New Years bombing. Photo from Alwafd.org]

The name Ahmad Lutfi Ibrahim does not, for most people, evoke any particular memories. It would hardly surprise me if a few friends thought I had meant to type Ahmad Lutfi Al-Sayyid, the renowned and sometimes reviled leader of the Egyptian Constitutional party of nearly eighty years ago. And yet there he was, Ahmad Lutfi Ibrahim, on 25 January 2011 staring somberly out from the front page of the daily Al-Masry al-Youm.  He was, the paper reported, accused of being the leader of a group of about twenty members of the Palestinian based Islamic Army (IA) who had set off a bomb that took the lives of twenty-four people at the Qiddisayn (or Two Saints) ...

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تمام سلام رئيساً للحكومة اللبنانية: شركة غير تنافسية

[من اليمين: تمام سلام وسعد الحريري وغازي العريضي في مسيرة ١٤ آذار. مايو ٢٠٠٩. تصوير بلال حسين المصدر ا.ب ]

أن تعود رئاسة مجلس الوزراء إلى بيروت ليس بالأمر المستغرب. أما أن تعود إلى "دار المصيطبة"، دار آل سلام، التي كانت محوراً للسياسة اللبنانية منذ ما قبل الاستقلال العام ١٩٤٣، فهذا ما يطرح العديد من الأبعاد التي ربما تكون فقدت معانيها التقليدية ويساهم في المقابل بتقديم تفسيرات جديدة حول واقع السياسة اللبنانية وما آلت اليه في سنوات ما بعد الحرب، خصوصاً أبعاد تحولات الزعامة السنية. وهنا، حين نقول الزعامة السنية لا نفترض أن تمثيل الطائفة السنية، أو أي طائفة أخرى، ينحصر بمرجعية واحدة فقط. لا بل نشير إلى عملية تعزيز التمثيل السياسي واحتكاره من قبل طرف معين بحجة الدفاع عن مصالح الطائفة. وعملية "التبلّر الطائفي” (١) هذه لا تستمد شرعيتها من منطلق طائفي، لا بل من ...

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The Kurdish Question and Turkish-Israeli Relations: An Interview with Professor Cihan Tugal

[Turkish Flag. Taken by Tulga

In his Nowruz message on 21 March, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, declared a ceasefire and called on armed militants to withdraw from Turkish territory. He said, “Today we are waking up to a new Middle East, a new Turkey, and a new future” and added, “The Middle East and Central Asia are looking for a new order. A new model is a necessity, like bread and water. It’s inevitable that Anatolia and Mesopotamia will be pioneers in building this model.” Öcalan’s message was warmly welcomed by the million-strong crowd gathered for Nowruz celebrations in the city of Diyarbakir. The next day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...

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Arabian Peninsula Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (March 2013)

[Wired Freedom. 25 November 2005. Image from flickr/cofano]



[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Arabian Peninsula. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Arabian Peninsula-related topics. These pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely those of the authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a release form to post@jadaliyya.com. Click "Submissions" on the main page for more information.] Trial Observation Report: The United Arab Emirates 94 A report ...

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Palestinian Museum’s Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for 11 April 2013

[English logo of the Palestinian museum. Image from palmuseum.org]

[The following press release was issued by the Palestinian Museum on 3 April 2013.] Palestinian Museum’s Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for 11 April The Welfare Association, celebrates on Thursday, 11 April, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Palestinian Museum in the town of Birzeit. The museum, which will open its doors in Fall 2014, will be dedicated to the exploration and understanding of the culture, history, and society of Palestine and its people and will be a space that brings together an innovative mix of exhibitions, research, and education programs, acting as an agent of empowerment and integration and a place for inspiration, dialogue, and reflection. The ...

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أحمد الواصل عن "الخروج من المعبد" أو الهدم طريق الغناء العربي

["كتب" هي سلسلة تستضيف "جدلية" فيها الكتاب في حوار حول أعمالهم الجديدة، نرفقه بمقاطع من الكتاب.] أحمد الواصل عن "الخروج من المعبد" أو الهدم طريق الغناء العربي: محاولة لقراءة الهوية والذاكرة العربية والمسكوت عنه  مشروع قادم ... أن يكون الغناء العربي بمدارسه ومراكزه، واتجاهاته وروزه التلحينية والشعرية والغنائية ظواهر اجتماعية تعيد القراءة وضع شهادة على الذاكرة والهوية والثقافة. هذا ما يحاول أن يقدمه الناقد أحمد الواصل في كتابه الجديد "الخروج من المعبد: توليفات في أنثروبولوجيا الغناء العربي"(دار العين للنشر، 2013). في هذا الحوار يتحدث عن ظواهر مهمشة ومن عداد المسكوت عنه في تاريخ الغناء العربي، وهو يكرس في هذا الكتاب ...

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Morocco's Justice and Charity Party and the Left: A Critical Reflection

[Members of the February 20 Movement march in Casablanca on 25 September 2011, when the movement was still comprised of groups from the left and Al Adl Wal Ihsane. Image by Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP Photo.]

There has recently been controversy regarding the Democratic Path Party’s position concerning Islamist movements, particularly the Justice and Charity Party (Al Adl Wal Ihsane) following an article that appeared in Lakome. In reality, it appears that the position was not meant to be a call for an explicit alliance with Al Adl Wal Ihsane. It was rather recognition that the crux of the conflict is not between “modernists” and “dogmatists” and that there is necessity for a large opposition to counter an immediate and principal entity, the makhzen (ruling elite).  El Harrif, secretary general of the Democratic Path Party, raises the issue of how to position the party in ...

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'What Good Are Free Elections When A Country Is Destroyed?'

[A Syrian-Kurdish boy during Nowruz celebrations. 19 March 2013. From Lens of a Kurdish Young.]

[More than two years into the uprising in Syria, important questions remain about a number of a dynamics concerning the present situation and future prospects in Syria. Below, Muhammad Dibu interviews Baderkhan Ali on the trajectory of the Syrian uprising, the aspirations of Syria's Kurdish community, and the prospects for the post-uprising period in Syria. The interview was first published on correspondents.org on 27 March 2013.] Muhammad Dibu (MD): There is a lot of talk about demands made by Syria’s Kurds and what it is they really want. What do you think these might be? Baderkhann Ali (BA): Before the Syrian revolution, the demands of the Syrian ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (March 2013)

[A burned school near Tahrir clashes. Image originally posted to Flickr by Mohamed Azazy.]

This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Egypt. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Egypt-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a release form to post@jadaliyya.com [click “Submissions” on the main page for more information]. The Impact of World Bank Policy and Programmes on the Built Environment in Egypt A report by Egyptian ...

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NEWTON in Focus: Thinking Through Gender and Sex

[NEWTON logo]

This week we highlight various NEWTON texts relevant to the study of gender and sexuality. The authors of these texts write from a wide range of perspectives, approaching questions relevant to the MENA region from a variety of cultural and political contexts and (inter)disciplinary approaches. We encourage you to integrate these texts into your curricula in the coming semesters. If you wish to recommend a book or peer-reviewed article for a feature in NEWTON—on any topic relevant to the region—please email us at reviews@jadaliyya.com. To stay up to date with ongoing discussions by scholars and instructors in the field, be sure to sign up for Jadaliyya’s ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (March 2013)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of March 2013. It also includes the most recent videos, roundups and the most read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our Monthly Edition series.   The Empire of Sexuality: An Interview with Joseph Massad Zainab Al-Khawaja: Letter From A Bahraini Prison King Abdullah II of Jordan, World Statesman? زينب الخواجة: رسالة من سجن بحريني The Full Story: Silencing English-Language Media in Egypt The Lens of a Youth Photography Collective: Documenting Life and War in Syria Perpetual Recalculation: Getting Syria ...

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قراءة في كتاب: هوامش على دفتر الثورة

“هوامش على دفتر الثورة” للكاتب أحمد بلال، الصادر عن وزارة الثقافة -الهيئة العامة لقصور الثقافة/ القاهرة- مصر، 2012. أحمد بلال من مؤسسي اتحاد الشباب الاشتراكي المصري وعضو حزب التجمع وانتخب في  شهر آذار الماضي، كعضو مكتب سياسي في التجمع، كما أنه يعمل كصحفي متخصص في الشأن الاسرائيلي في صحيفة المصري اليوم. يقوم أحمد بتصوير واقع الثورة المصرية وتبلورها من خلال تفاصيلها الدقيقة التراكمية على مدى سنوات، وينبه القارىء لعدة نقاط وأمور علينا أن ندركها لنفهم كيف تبلورت الثورة وكيف انطلقت وأين. يُهدي بلال كتابه إلى "كل الذين ناضلوا من أجل هذه الثورة، ولم يدركوها.. إلى كل من دفع ثمن هذه الثورة وفضل أن يكون جندياً مجهولاً في الميدان". ويحتل الشهداء في ...

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The Necessity of Revolutionary Violence in Egypt

“All politics is a struggle for power; the ultimate kind of power is violence.” - C. Wright Mills Violence is related to notions of justice. In Egypt there are two forms of justice that we have been fighting for since 25 January 2011: social and retributive. Their absence has been compounded by the ongoing application of structural forms of violence against us: primarily economic and judicial. As a result, Egyptians increasingly see the state as having lost its monopoly over what Weber calls the ...

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Reports Roundup (April 6)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Trial Observation Report: The United Arab Emirates 94 A coalition of human rights organizations monitor and report on the trial of ninety-four intellectuals, activists, and human rights defenders charged with founding, organising and administering an organization aimed at overthrowing the government.  Media Mea Culpas and the Iraq War: Co-Editor ...

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Wafa Ben Hassine on Social Media in Post-Ben Ali Tunisia

[This post is part of an ongoing Profile of a Contemporary Conduit series on Jadaliyya that seeks to highlight distinct voices primarily in and from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.] Jadaliyya (J): What do you think are the most gratifying aspects of Tweeting and Twitter? Wafa Ben Hassine (WBH): The intellectual exchange of information. The most unique aspect of Twitter is the ability to form little niches about very particularized topics. You want to talk classical Arabic literature? ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (April 5)

[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 Thursday night of every week.]  Algeria                         Le ...

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ماذا عن ربيع فلسطين؟

 لو ألقينا نظرة فاحصة على كل موجات الاحتجاج الشعبي التي نشبت في فلسطين بعد الربيع العربي، فسنجد أنّ كلمة السر التي تصلح لها جميعًا هي الاحتواء. سواء كانت موجهة ضد إسرائيل والمفاوضات، أو سياسيات سلام فيّاض الاقتصاديّة، أو واقع الانقسام الذي يقترب من التجذّر، كلّ المحاولات لإلقاء حجر في الماء الراكد انتهى بها المطاف إلى أن ضمرت وتجوّفت وذهبت أدراج الرياح. أثبتت المعادلات الأمنيّة التي أرستها اسرائيل سواء بطريقة مباشرة (الضفّة) أم غير مباشرة (غزّة) فعاليّتها وقدرتها على كبح جماح الشارع وقت الضرورة. ...

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François Hollande au Maroc : plutôt les affaires que les droits de l'homme

C'est un Président français sévèrement diminué politiquement qui s'apprête à se rendre en visite d'Etat au Maroc, les 3 et 4 avril. Battant des records d'impopularité, François Hollande n'a cessé, depuis le début de son mandat, de chuter dans les sondages, où il a encore perdu cinq points, cette semaine, pour s'établir à trente six pour cent d'opinions favorables. Sa dernière prestation sur la deuxième chaîne française, n'y a rien changé. Peu ou prou de ses compatriotes ont été convaincus de sa capacité ...

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Syria Media Roundup (April 4)

[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.]    Regional and International Perspectives   Rape and Sham Marriages: The Fears of Syria’s Women Refugees A France 24 report on the convenience marriages bringing ...

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Settler Colonialism and Alliance: Comparative Challenges to Pinkwashing and Homonationalism

Critics of Israeli pinkwashing in the United States and Canada have increasingly engaged in comparative critiques of settler colonialism. Queers Against Israeli Apartheid in Toronto has invoked this critique for many years. Pinkwatchers across Canada also draw ties between Palestinian and Indigenous solidarity that are heightened by the recent emergence in Canada of the Indigenous people’s movement Idle No More. Today, scholars and activists ask how homonationalism and pinkwashing perform settler ...

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Women Under Seige: Stateless in Lebanon

Lebanon, and its capital Beirut, are often represented by the media as islands of freedom in the Middle East. The well-heeled neighborhoods of Achrafieh and Downtown are reminiscent of a Parisian boutique; while nightlife in Gemmayze and Hamra could compete with the scene in Berlin. But, behind the glossy images of ultra-futuristic skyscrapers and flawless female bodies, Lebanon is a country where women are not allowed to pass citizenship on to their children, or to their non-Lebanese husbands. The ...

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Battle for the .book Domain

Amazon has come under critical fire recently in the publishing world for its attempt to take control of generic top-level domains (gTLD) that end in .book, .author, and .read. The Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers, and Amazon rival Barnes & Noble have all taken issue with Amazon’s pursuit of the domain names. By allowing Amazon to have the monopoly on such domain names would give them greater and unchecked authority over the presence of the publishing world on the internet. ...

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أثرثر مع النهر

رأسي المنفيّ عن جسدي  يولول، يريد العودة إلى ما كان عليه ذات يوم وساوس احتلته مذ سنتين ولم يبق فيه إلا غربان عديدة تنعب لا تحلّق عالياً. * عريشة كرمة خضراء ختيار يقتعد تحتها وحيداً عصفور يزقزق . * ما قبل الغروب يحوم أبو زهور حول شجرة الحامض يزقزق مسبّحاً كل ما في الكون يحط على غصن ثم ينام. * في شهر شباط ينوّر شجر اللوز الأبيض يجذب كل الأنظار التائقة إليه دمعتان تسقطان على خدين جافين . * ورقة من رزمة أوراق تطير تحط على شجرة لا أحد يعرف ما خط عليها سوى مؤرخ ...

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Protests in Ouargla: Focusing on Job Creation in Algeria

[The National Committee for the Rights of the Unemployed (Comité national pour la défense des droits des chômeurs, CNDDC) made a call for protests that brought together thousands (more than ten thousand, according to some) of people in Ouargla, in the south of Algeria, on 14 March 2013. Despite the regime’s accusations that Tahar Belabbès (national coordinator of the CNDDC) was "plotting against the integrity of his country" with assistance from Qatar and other foreign powers, Belabbès stressed ...

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