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[Syrian children gather on the outskirts of one of the camps in Lebanon. Image by author]

On the Struggle of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Spring has just landed in Lebanon. Its warmth and colors soothing the dried winter skin of the vast majority of Syrian refugees who resisted icy temperatures and freezing to death underneath thin canvas tents. Lebanon is now home to ...

[Undated file picture released on Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014, by the official website of Iraq's Interior Ministry claiming to show Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Al-Qaida's central leadership broke with one of its most powerful branch commanders, who in defiance of its orders spread his operations from Iraq to join the fighting in Syria and fueled bitter infighting among Islamic militant factions in Syria’s civil war. The announcement sharpens a dispute raging the past year between al-Qaida’s central leadership and the faction known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which was created last year by, Al-Baghdadi. He formed the group to expand his operations into neighboring Syria in defiance of direct orders by Ayman al-Zawahri not to do so and to stick to operations within Iraq. (AP Photo/Iraqi Interior Ministry, File)]

The Strands of the Military Opposition in Syria: An Interview with Yasser Munif (Part 2)

This is part two of an interview as conducted with Yasser Munif, by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad. You can view Part one here. Yasser teaches Sociology and History at Emerson College and has been to Syria a few ...

[Adunis. Image by Mariusz Kubik, from Wikipedia]

Adunis, Mistranslated (Part One)

Adonis, Selected Poems. Translated from the Arabic by Khaled Mattawa. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010. Adunis (1930-) is one of the most influential and dominant Arab poets of the modern era and a perennial Nobel ...

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On Not Despising the Present: Some Notes on Faris Giacaman’s 'The Sadness of Post-Militance'

A Brechtian maxim: “Don’t start from the good old things but the bad new ones.” — Walter Benjamin, “Conversations with Brecht”[1] You have no right to despise the present. — Charles Baudelaire, quoted in Michel Foucault, “What Is ...

Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (July 24)

[Kuwait National Assembly addressed by Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, 15 February 2012. Photo by Kuwaitelections2012]

[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.] Regional and International Relations Arab instability and US strategy Joseph Massad examines the US policies in the region, including the Gulf states, in light of the Arab uprisings, on Al-Jazeera English. Pentagon Resumes Arms Aid to Yemen for Counter-Terrorism Tony Capaccio reports on the $112 million US weaponry aid to ...

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The Unfinished Story of Iraq's Oil Law: An Interview with Greg Muttitt

[US Sergeant Masterson checks out an oil pipeline valve in Iraq early in his deployment in 2005. It was referred to as

“No Blood For Oil” was a slogan featured on many a sign in demonstrations during the run up to the US-led invasion of Iraq, and throughout the early years of the occupation as global opposition to it grew. But as Iraq faded from the headlines in 2009, the struggle over its oil continued. In the following interview, Greg Muttitt, investigative journalist and author of the groundbreaking Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq (2012), discusses the attempts by occupying forces, multinational oil giants, and newly minted Iraqi “leaders” to privatize Iraq’s oil. Having worked directly with Iraq’s oil unions, Muttitt also describes the heroic role that Iraqi civil ...

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نقاش الحرية الجنسية في المغرب بين الحقوقي والسياسي

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الجو الذي يعيشه المغرب هذه الأيام شبيه بالجو السائد في بداية الألفية الثالثة، حين تقدم الأستاذ سعيد السعدي "بالخطة الوطنية لإدماج المرأة في التنمية" الجريئة، التي كانت ستنقل المرأة المغربية ملايين السنوات الضوئية إلى الأمام بسبب الجرأة التي امتلكها معدها في ذلك الوقت، ولكن مع وجود الفارق بين الجو السياسي السائد آنذاك واختلاف مواقع المتصارعين اليوم في جوقة السلطة. استطاعت تلك الخطة خلق الحدث وشغل حيز كبير من النقاشات التي شهدها مغرب تحول من ملك إلى ملك في ظرف انفتاح غير مسبوق، كان عماده صحافة مستقلة مزدهرة، وحكومة آمن الجميع بأنها ستفتح باب التناوب السياسي الحقيقي فعلا؛ كان النقاش في الموعد وكانت العواطف وكان العراك وكان التخوين والتهويل نتيجة الاستقطاب ...

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Transnational Discourses of Power, Revolutions, and Uprisings

[US Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, right, poses for a photo with Egyptian Minister of Defense Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi in the Pentagon on 25 March 2008. Photo from Wikimedia Commons]

[This article is part of a Jadaliyya roundtable on “The Language of Revolution in Egypt.” The roundtable, which can be accessed in full by clicking here, features contributions by Paul Sedra, Robert Springborg, and Joshua Stacher, Adam Sabra, and Elliott Colla.] My friend and colleague Paul Sedra raises important points about the language we use as well as the implications that emerge from what’s in a name. His critique is nuanced and I agree it is vital to reflexively engage with the words we use. During and since the initial eighteen-day uprising that resulted in the forced resignation of long-time president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, many colleagues have ...

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Why the Language of Truth Matters

[Military police and the army special forces blocking the anti-SCAF march to SCAF headquarters on 23 July 2011. Photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy]

[This article is part of a Jadaliyya roundtable on “The Language of Revolution in Egypt.” The roundtable, which can be accessed in full by clicking here, features contributions by Paul Sedra, Robert Springborg, and Joshua Stacher.] Paul Sedra’s insistence that the term revolution be used to describe political change in Egypt since 25 January 2011 reflects the triumph of hope over experience, as he halfway admits. According to him, the language of revolution helped convert the 1952 coup into Gamal Abdel Nasser’s cultural and social “golden age,” just as it has emboldened Copts now to challenge both church and state. The term revolution, in other words, is not ...

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Mainstream Media Coverage on Tunisia: Short, Bittersweet, and Overly Deficient

[Screenshot of Al Jazeera English's Tunisia section.]

We all know that after former Tunisian president Ben Ali packed his bags, Egyptian Mubarak and Libyan Gaddafi soon shared similar fates. One was hospitalized for political and moral exhaustion, the other killed in what was a Hollywood-worthy (but slightly gorier) scene. Suddenly, the short-lived spotlight on Tunisia was quickly shifted to Egypt and Libya. The heavy news coverage in Egypt and Libya continues till this day. Tunisia was pushed back to, at best, starring on the headline tickers. The relative international media blackout on Tunisia-related issues, however, can put all parties at a disadvantage. What is at stake here? Some considerably difficult challenges ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 23)

[The Republican Guard in Tahrir Square, Egypt for President Morsi's speech. Image originally posted to Flickr by Johnathan Rashad.]

[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.]  “Admin Court says no jurisdiction” The court case against the second Constitutional Declaration is forwarded to the Constitutional Court after judge rules the military has the right to issue an addendum without a referendum. “Brotherhood and US Meet About Women, Israel and Copts in Egypt” A translation of Mansour Kamel’s article on Hillary ...

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Damascus Developments [Updated]

[Instructions for Damascenes on how to prepare if violent clashes and attacks come to their neighborhoods.]

In Damascus, members of various local coordinating committees have been organizing for three days to find shelter for residents of areas of the city which have witnessed heavy clashes between the the Syrian regime army and the Free Syrian Army.  Activists have been circulating maps on social networking sites showing refugees the best paths to schools that have been reopened in the past few days as shelters. They have mostly been bringing people to safety on foot, as there is very little petrol left for cars. [Map circulated on 21 July of safe shelters in Abasseen Square.]   ...

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The Revolution in Permanence

[Egypt's president-elect Mohamed Morsi addresses tens of thousands of protesters in Tahrir Square. Photo by Jonathan Rashad.]

The Egyptian revolution of 25 January 2011 may not have gone according to plan – if indeed there ever was a coherent plan. Commentators from across the political spectrum, both inside and outside Egypt, have noted that the aftermath of June’s presidential election may simply confirm a soft military coup rather than a major achievement in democratic liberalization. Egypt’s military, with its powerful corporate hold on up to perhaps as much as one third of the economy, was not to be deleted so easily. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) seems to have pulled the strings behind the election, shaping an outcome in which the Egyptian armed forces rule ...

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العمال المصريون، من الإتهام بالفئوية إلى الإتهام بالعمالة

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محاولات ضرب العمال  ”كلاكيت تانى مرة“، فقد كانت المرة الأولى عقب تنحي مبارك مباشرة، حيث وجدنا بعض القوى السياسية، وفي المقدمة منها الإخوان المسلمون يقودون حملة إعلامية ضد العمال وإضراباتهم، متهمينهم بتعطيل الإنتاج، وبمحاولة ركوب الثورة التي لم يشاركوا فيها، ووصموا مطالبهم بالفئوية، ثم يأتي المجلس العسكري بعدها مباشرة ويصدر قانون تجريم الاعتصام والإضراب، بالإضافة إلى الاعتداء المباشر على العمال المضربين سواء من قبل الشرطة العسكرية أو الشرطة العادية، هذا بخلاف البلطجية الذين يستأجرهم أصحاب الأعمال للاعتداء على العمال المضربين والمعتصمين بأماكن عملهم خصوصاً فى المناطق الصناعية مثل السادات والعين السخنة بالسويس، والعاشر من رمضان. ولكن ما فشلوا فيه جميعاً هو وقف ...

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Syrian Refugees: Lessons from Other Conflicts and Possible Policies

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As the violence and conflict intensifies in Syria, it is important to remember the growing movement of displaced persons and refugees. The recent experiences of Iraqis, Libyans, and Palestinians offer lessons on how to address the needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees and how the host countries and the humanitarian aid community can respond in ways that help IDPs and refugees without creating further problems.  Immediately aiding those fleeing the violence is one clear way that the international community can provide limited measures of safety and assistance to civilians without wading into the treacherous trap of military intervention. The ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (July 19)

[Criticism of Mauritania's food program continues to rise. Photo from Jemal Oumar/Magharebia]

[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 by Sunday night of every week.] Algeria  Preserving Algeria's audiovisual memory: EU funded project putting digitized archives online  Med-Mem endeavors to organize an online database with over 4,000 documents, to be made available by September 2012.  North African diversities: an Algerian odyssey Reporter Francis Ghilès' observations in ...

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Palestinian Politics: Representation and Accountability (Lecture)

This is a video and transcript from a lecture I delivered on 18 July 2012 at the Palestine Center. It is the third and final installment of the Center's Summer Intern Lecture Series. In this talk, entitled Palestinian Politics: Representation and Accountability, I revisit the the UN Statehood Bid and discuss how the Palestinian leadership has and has not taken necessary steps to lead the Palestinian nation to independence and self-determination. I conclude by recommending possible ways forward ...

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“Crazy Horse” was not a horse. He was an Apache child who ran as fast as the wind. So his mother called him “Crazy Horse.” He rushed the seasons to grow up and defend the Apache. At night he dreamed of one thing: Being a strong bird and soaring into the belly of the sky to nest in one of its clouds. To pounce on the White Man who hunted his ancestors like deer and scattered them all over Arizona. But fever chased his soul out of his body and it settled in a passing cloud while his body slept in a ...

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The Language of Revolution in Egypt: A Response to Stacher and Springborg

[This article is part of a Jadaliyya roundtable on “The Language of Revolution in Egypt.” The roundtable, which can be accessed in full by clicking here, features contributions by Paul Sedra, Robert Springborg, Joshua Stacher, Adam Sabra, and Elliott Colla.]   I am indebted to Professors Stacher and Springborg for their trenchant and persuasive critiques of my piece. Indeed, it seems the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the 1952 Revolution was a suitable time to interrogate our use of the ...

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عرائس الموت في اليمن

بدلاً من أن تشتري عروساً لتلهو بها، كعادة الفتيات الصغيرات في كلّ أصقاع الأرض، تتحوّل هي إلى واحدة. بدلاً من أن تحلم بأميرٍ وتنتظر قبلةً تمنحها الحياة، تقتصّ منها شفتان غلاظ ورجولةٌ حمقاء.في كلّ مرّة تموت فيها الضحية يلتفت العالم التفاتة بسيطة لما يحدث هناك. شجبٌ واستنكارٌ ثم نسيان، لتتكرر بعدها الحادثة مع تغيير بسيط باسم العروس/الجثّة. لم يتوقف زواج القاصرات في اليمن رغم كلّ الجهود التّي تبذلها بعض المنظمات المدنية، ولم تستطع التشريعات والقوانين أن تتسع لتشمل في دائرة تطبيقها مناطق نائية وعشائر وقبائل ...

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Why the Language of Revolution Matters

[This article is part of a Jadaliyya roundtable on “The Language of Revolution in Egypt.” The roundtable, which can be accessed in full by clicking here, features contributions by Paul Sedra, Robert Springborg, and Joshua Stacher.] On 29 June, Mohamed Morsi presented himself to Tahrir Square as Egypt’s new president. The moment was hardly lacking for drama: “You are all my family, my friends,” he told the thousands assembled in the square and the millions watching on television. “We are here ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 16-22)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes the most read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series.   What is Settler Colonialism? Asad Apologists: The Ostrich Syndrome Reflections on a Lifetime of Engagement with Zionism, the Palestine Question, and American Empire: An Interview with Noam Chomsky  The Idiot's Guide to Fighting Dictatorship in ...

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Euphémiser la domination, ce qu'une première page nous apprend sur le régime algérien

L'ignorer est une gageure : le 5 juillet dernier, l'Algérie a fêté le cinquantième anniversaire de son accession à l'indépendance. La place qu'occupe cette guerre dans la mythologie nationale comme dans l'histoire politique récente est écrasante. Cela ne veut pas dire pour autant que le régime algérien a cessé de chercher à se réinventer. La crise de légitimité qui l'a touché depuis le début des années 1980 -liée à ses échecs économiques et politiques- l'a contraint à chercher d'autres moyens de se ...

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Children and non-Muslims Only

This image has been circulating among Moroccan online users. The sign reads, "Notice to our customers. During Ramadan, only children and non-Muslims can be served in the restaurant. All other orders will be served strictly for carry-out."

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Imperialistic Sins

Arab regimes in the post-independence era have misused the concept of imperialism to the highest levels. Because these regimes assumed power after defeating colonialism, they clung to their hostility against imperialism to justify the consolidation of power and the abandonment of all democratic mechanisms, sinking to the most horrific oppressive practices. One had to wait for the near-complete world dominance of neoliberalism and the post 9/11 wars to witness the return of discussions about ...

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Beyond Libya's Election

On July 7, 2012, 1.7 million citizens participated in Libya’s first democratic election with multiple parties in nearly half a century, marking a historic achievement. Approximately 60 percent of Libya’s registered voters cast their votes to elect a 200-member national assembly that will replace the unelected interim government, the National Transition Council (NTC). 0 0 1 2954 16841 ASI 140 39 19756 14.0 ...

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فلسطينيو سورية والثورة السورية

بعد قيام إسرائيل (١٩٤٨)، بوسائل القوّة، واستيلائها على ٧٧ بالمئة من أرض فلسطين، تمّ تهجير حوالي ٨٥٠ ألفاً من الفلسطينيين من أراضيهم وممتلكاتهم، وتشريدهم في البلدان المجاورة (إضافة إلى الضفة والقطاع)، وقد وفد إلى سورية منهم، حوالي ٩٠ ألفاً، مانسبته ٢ بالمئة من مجموع السوريين.     وقد تعاملت السلطات السورية مع هؤلاء اللاجئين، منذ البداية، بمساواتهم في الحقوق مع السوريين (ماعدا السياسية منها). وهكذا لم يمنحوا المواطنة، كما في الأردن، ولم يجر التمييز ضدّهم، كما حصل لأقرانهم في لبنان. وفي ...

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تحت شمس ذاكرة أخرى

                 السحلية السوداء الأشياء هنا لا تتكرر بسهولة على مدار يومين كل من قابلتهم كان لمرة واحدة: سائق المترو، صاحبة البيت، مندوبة مكتب تأجير السيارات، إلا تلك السحلية السوداء. فى حديقة البيت  أنزوي بركن بعيد كي أدخن فحرائق كاليفورنيا تنتظر أي شرارة قادمة من الشرق أقف فى تلك المنطقة المهجورة من الحديقة

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