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On the Margins Roundup (August)

[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 ...

Palestinian youth during a demonstration organized by the Palestinian solidarity movements, groups and associations in Rome, with the cooperation of the Palestinian Youth in Italy on 12 July 2014. Photo by Nasmia Mia Mallah

Italian-Palestinian Relations: What Went Wrong?

Throughout July, Zionist groups carried out a number of attacks against Palestine solidarity activists and Palestinian institutions in Italy. They attacked and abused seven young Italians in Rome. One of the victims was accosted merely for ...

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Cities Media Roundup (August 1-30)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the ...

Last Week on Jadaliyya (August 25-31)

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 ...

A Precarious Balancing Act: Lebanon and the Syrian Conflict

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 22 November 2012.] A Precarious Balancing Act: Lebanon and the Syrian Conflict Executive Summary  Syria’s conflict is leaking out of its borders, but in few places are risks higher than in Lebanon. This is not just a matter of history, although history bodes ill: the country seldom has been immune to the travails of its neighbour. It also is a function of recent events, the most dramatic of which was the 19 October assassination of top security official Wissam Hassan, illustrating the country’s fragility and the short-sightedness of politicians unwilling to address it. Lebanon’s two principal ...

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On Gaza: Interviews with Sherine Tadros and Mouin Rabbani, and A Reading by Sinan Antoon

[Joint Hamas and Islamic Jihad press conference after announcement of cease-fire. Seated left to right: Ramadan Shallah of Islamic Jihad and Khalid Mish'al of Hamas. Image by lodgaard via Flickr]

The latest Israeli assault on Gaza has received ample coverage during the past week in the international media. In a special edition of Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, three guests deepen our understanding of the recent onslaught beyond the reality of Israel's brutal aggression. First, whose narrative does this media convey and why? Malihe Razazan poses this question to Al Jazeera’s Sherine Tadros, who was one of a handful of journalists covering the attack from Gaza in the winter of 2008/2009. The other question is: Why did Israel really attack Gaza? Khalil Bendib speaks with long-time analyst and Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani about the new ...

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الثورة بصفة شخصية

[الصورة من تصوير عمرو الإتربي في شارع محمد محمود]

تحت ضوء عمدان الإنارة البرتقالي، امتلأ الميدان بالهتافات. هتافاتٍ متفرقة على كل ناصية؛ كان الشهر السادس من العام 2012، في الفترة بين الجولتين الأولى والثانية من الانتخابات الرئاسية، وكانت الثورة في حالة ارتعاشٍ. بينما لعبت السياسة لعبتها وراء الأبواب المغلقة. كان الميدان ممتلئاً بعددٍ كبير من المتظاهرين، ولكنه خلا من أي روحٍ كانت؛ جاء الإخوان المسلمون يهتفون لمرشحهم محمد مرسي وضد المرشح الآخر، أحمد شفيق، والسلفيون عموماً ظهروا محتارين بعد قرار استبعاد مرشحهم الذي بذلوا دماءهم في مساندته، لكنهم كانوا يميلون أكثر إلى جانب الإخوان. أما الثوريين فقد حملوا حمدين صباحي (الذي حل في المركز الثالث بعد مرسي وشفيق في الجولة الأولى) على الأكتاف وطافوا به في ...

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Text of Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Agreement

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[The following is the text of the cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas that is set to take effect at 9pm Cairo time on 21 November 2012.] Israel shall stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea, and air, including incursions and targeting of individuals. All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel, including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border. Opening the crossings and facilitating the movement of people and transfer of goods and refraining from restricting residents' free movements and targeting residents in border areas. Procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after twenty-four hours ...

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African Americans for Justice in the Middle East and North Africa Statement Regarding the Aggression Against Gaza

[Shelling in Gaza on 19 November 2012. Image by Gigi Ibrahim via Flickr]

[The following statement was issued by African Americans for Justice in the Middle East and North Africa on 18 November 2012.]  African Americans for Justice in the Middle East and North Africa (AAJMENA) strongly condemns Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza. The arguments offered by the Israeli government for its attack on Gaza are nakedly cynical in both form and content. That a truce had been negotiated, with the assistance of the Egyptian government, between Israel and Hamas only to be broken by the Israeli assassination of Hamas military commander Ahmad Jabari clearly indicates that the Netanyahu government is not interested in peace. ...

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Call for Applications: Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Modern Arab Culture and Society (Brown University, 2013-2015)

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in International Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern Arab Culture and Society Brown University Middle East Studies at Brown University invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellow in Modern Arab Culture and Society, with an emphasis on social movements and youth culture in a global context. The ideal candidate will be fluent in Arabic, have extensive field experience in the Arab world, and be familiar with global development and political discourses on modern movements in the Middle East and beyond.  As a significant new university initiative, Middle East Studies at Brown seeks to make knowledge production on the Middle ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 19)

[A joint press conference in Cairo for Egyptian economic and political reforms was held on November 14th. Image originally posted to Flickr by European External Action Service.]

[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.]   “Viewpoint: Egypt's emerging revolution of the mind” BBC Radio 4 explores the growing culture of open dissent in post-revolution Egypt. “Govt negotiates corruption settlements with former officials” Egyptian media says the government will settle court cases with former officials like Ahmed Ezz, who is rumored to have to pay LE1.03 ...

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عمودُ السّحاب يرتد على نتنياهو وحكومته

[غزة. المصدر العربية نيت]

حتى كتابة هذه السطور، ولليوم السادس على التوالي، يتواصل العدوان الإسرائيلي على غزة، ويستمر الصمود وإطلاق الصواريخ على تل أبيب والقدس ومناطق لم تصلها من قبل بالرغم من إعلان الحكومة الإسرائيليّة منذ اليوم الأول عن تصفيتها للبنية التحتيّة التي تجعل الفلسطينيين قادرين على إطلاق الصواريخ. في نفس الوقت تتواصل فيه الجهود المصريّة المدعومة أميركيًا وأوروبيًا وعربيًا من أجل التوصل إلى تهدئة، وبالرغم من أن جميع الاحتمالات مفتوحة؛ إلا أن مختلف الأطراف أبدت استعدادها للتوصل إلى تهدئة، وهذا يجعلها الاحتمال المرجح حتى الآن مع عدم استبعاد كلي لاحتمالات التصعيد. قبل أن نتحدث عن تقييم مجمل العدوان الإسرائيلي، لا بد أولًا أن نشير إلى الأهداف الإسرائيليّة والفلسطينيّة حتى نستطيع ...

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Noura Erakat and Yousef Munayyer on Gaza Assault: Interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes

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In a repetition of its aerial and ground offensive in Winter 2008/09, Israel has once again embarked on a military campaign against the Palestinian population in Gaza. This assault comes just after US Presidential elections and just before Israel's Parliamentary elections. Israel claims that its objective is to diminish Hamas's military capacity, yet most analysts attribute the war to PM Netanyahu's domestic electoral considerations. The latest round of armed force began on November 8, when an Israeli bullet killed a 13-year old boy playing soccer. Palestinian fighters responded with force by blowing up a tunnel on the Gaza-Israeli border, injuring ...

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Mowing the Lawn in Gaza

[The father and one of only two survivors of the al-Dallo family holding the body of his youngest child during his family's funeral. Ten members of the al-Dallo family (five of them children) were killed during an Israeli air strike on a three-story building in Gaza City on 18 November 2012. Photo by Eman Mohammed.]

The mainstream media’s coverage of all things Middle Eastern is almost always toxic. In times of war, this toxicity exceeds tolerable levels. I’m not referring to the war in Afghanistan, recently brought under greater attention courtesy of General Petraeus’s body and those with access to it, and not the piling corpses of civilians being slaughtered there. No. I meant Gaza, where Israeli bombs continue to rain death and destruction from air and sea killing scores of civilians. There are fears of an imminent ground invasion. Take, for example, Richard Engel, the award-winning NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent. In his report aired 16 November, he assured viewers that ...

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“Qaboos can make mistakes like anybody else"-- The Sultan of Oman De-sacralized

[Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman attends the 23rd session of the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Doha, Qatar, Dec. 21, 2002. Image by Kevork Djansezian/AP Photo.]

The summer of 2012 in Oman was punctuated by a litany of reports announcing arrests and convictions of bloggers and human rights activists. This new crackdown on civil society started in May, when two human rights activists and a lawyer were arrested while they tried to interview striking oil workers in two of the main Omani fields. At the beginning of June, eight additional bloggers and writers documenting the strikes and the lack of substantial reforms since 2011 were detained as well. While several of them were kept in solitary confinement and their families and lawyers were denied any information as to their whereabouts, thirty Omanis protesting peacefully for their ...

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The “End of the Two-State Solution” Spells Apartheid and Ethnic Cleansing, not Binationalism and Peace

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Declaring the death of the two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become increasingly fashionable among growing sections of both right and left-wing streams of Palestinians and Israelis. The late Palestinian intellectual Edward Said was one of the first to propagate this notion in his essays on the failure of the Oslo accords and on bi-nationalism. Since then, and in the wake of a second Palestinian uprising, a unilateral Israeli redeployment from the Gaza Strip, a vicious one-sided Israeli war on the same territory, and a comatose negotiations process, it is little wonder exasperated observers and participants are increasingly declaring the ...

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Bibi Bombs


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Syria Media Roundup (November 22)

[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 by Monday night of every week.]   Regional and International Perspectives UK: Syrian opposition 'sole legitimate representative' of the people Ian Black on the country’s recognition of the coalition as ...

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ملف من الأرشيف: عبدالله الطريقي

[”ملف من الأرشيف“ هي سلسة تقوم ”جدلية“ بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات ستكون لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم العربي.]        الإسم: عبد الله الشهرة: الطريقي إسم الأب: حمود إسم الأم: لؤلؤة تاريخ الولادة: 1919 تاريخ الوفاة: 1997 الجنسية: السعودية مكان الولادة: الزلفي الفئة:  سياسي المهنة: وزير   عبد الله الطريقي  سعودي.   ولد في 19 آذار 1919 في ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 21)

[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 On the Oil that Burned the Arab Spring Tareq Aziza provides an analysis of the positions of Saudi Arabia and Qatar towards the uprisings in ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mark LeVine and Gershon Shafir, Struggle and Survival in Palestine/Israel

Mark LeVine and Gershon Shafir, editors. Struggle and Survival in Palestine/Israel. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mark LeVine (ML): I first came up with the idea for the book after teaching Terry Burke's seminal volume Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East in a modern Middle East lecture course during the same quarter I was teaching my Israel/Palestine course. I realized that while there were very important advances in ...

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Democracy Now! Interview with Raji Sourani and Richard Falk on Gaza Assault and International Humanitarian Law

  President Obama has announced his full support for Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip even as dozens of Palestinians, including many civilians, continue to be killed by U.S.-supplied weaponry. At least ninety-five Palestinians have been killed in air strikes by warplanes and drones. More than seven hundred have been wounded, including two hundred children. On Sunday, a massive air strike leveled a home in Gaza City killing twelve people, including ten members of the same family. Over the ...

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Assiut, Qursaya, Mohamed Mahmoud: Making the Connections

Mourning has seemed the order of the day in Egypt this week. Just as Egyptians prepared to remember and mourn the protesters who lost their lives at this time last year in the Battle of Mohamed Mahmoud, a train collision in Assiut killed fifty-one children, devastating the country. At first glance, the deaths at Mohamed Mahmoud would appear to have little in common with those at Assiut. The protesters were killed by security forces as they demonstrated against the military regime then led by Field ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (19 November)

[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 Pounds Gaza Strip from Air and Sea," Al-Jazeera English Al-Jazeera English provides an overview of the first five days ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Nov 12-18)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles.  Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series.   Timeline: Israel's Latest Escalation in Gaza The Agonies of Susan Rice: Gaza and the Negroponte Doctrine Israeli Aggression in the Gaza Strip: In Pictures We Are Fine in Gaza. How Are You? Dissecting IDF Propaganda: The ...

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The Politics of Trains

Amidst Israel’s ongoing “surgical” brutality in the Gaza Strip and authoritarianism’s slow, stubborn, yet very bloody demise in Syria, further tragegy and horror was delivered yesterday from an unexpected source. At 7:00 on the morning of 17 November, a speeding train passing through Egypt’s Manfalut district of the southern governorate of Asyut, struck a busload of children. The bus driver drove across the tracks even though the warning lights and sirens were reportedly activated. An official, speaking ...

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Dissecting IDF Propaganda: The Numbers Behind the Rocket Attacks

In this brief study, I examine the many numbers cited by the Israeli military relating to Gaza rocket attacks into Israel. To begin, Israeli spokespeople frequently remind the world that a million Israeli citizens are within range of Gaza rockets, twelve thousand of which have been fired into Israel in the last twelve years, inflicting thousands of injuries and several dead. However, we are rarely told exactly how many people have been killed by these rocket attacks. Counting the dead Below is a ...

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Netanyahu's First War

Despite his deserved reputation as an extremist and rejectionist of the first order, Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu has unlike most of his predecessors never initiated a war. He appears not to have planned one this time either.  The 1996 Tunnel Intifada, named after several days of clashes that followed Israel’s festive opening of a tunnel in the heart of occupied East Jerusalem, may well have been Bibi’s template for the current assault on the Gaza Strip. It after all transpired during his previous ...

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