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Syria Media Roundup (and Beyond) اليأس كسلاح للاستبداد البهلوان The Price of Love: Valentine’s Day in Egypt and Its Enemies
[Husayn with his wife, Fatima, 1980. With thanks to Ghassan Nasser]

Remembering Husayn Muruwwah, the ‘Red Mujtahid’

On 17 February 1987, during one of the bloodiest periods of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), the prominent journalist, literary critic, intellectual, and activist Husayn Muruwwah (or Hussein Mroué[i]) was assassinated at his home in ...

Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

[This is an ongoing post that will be updated regularly. It was first published on 6 December 2016. The updates appear at the bottom.] The conflict in Yemen seems set to intensify as 2016 draws to a close. The deposed president Abd ...

[1945 map of Beirut.]

Why Space Matters in the Arab Uprisings (and Beyond)

Many non-scholarly and scholarly accounts on the societies, culture, and political economy of the Middle East post-“Arab Uprisings/Spring” still deal with cities and regions as mere repositories of social, cultural, political, and ...

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اليأس كسلاح للاستبداد

«الراديكاليّة الحقّيقيّة هي أن تجعل الأمل ممكناً، لا أن تجعل اليأس مُقْنِعاً.»  ريموند وليامز  تحل هذه الأيّام الذكرى السابعة لانطلاق الثورات العربيّة، والتي تسمّى أحياناً «الربيع العربي». ومهما اختلفنا حول كونها «ثورات» أو ...


Dodging City Archive / Beirut Chapter

[Daraj / Steps: Sanayeh, March 2011. Photo by Giulia Guadagnoli.]

(Photos and text by Giulia Guadagnoli, unless otherwise noted.) I started walking around Beirut in 2010. An initial feeling of exhaustion by overwhelming physical obstacles and blind corners evolved into an enthusiasm for the solutions adopted by inhabitants to rest, trespass, bypass, and envision. This collection of pictures is the result of such enthusiastic and ongoing explorations. My curiosity for trying different trails and paths in my daily trips first led me to discover the alleys created when private construction was forced to respect the neighbor’s right of way. Then I progressively extended my collection of images to include various tactical interventions: ...

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Egyptian Investment Law Axing Proxy Litigation Harmful to Citizen Rights

[11 September 2011, protest in front of the State Council, Cairo, Egypt. Image originally posted to Flickr by Hossam el-Hamalawy.]

Days before its resignation on 24 February 2014, the Beblawi cabinet announced its intention to amend Egypt's investment law. The change would limit the right to challenge sales contracts of public sector companies concluded between the government and investors, by limiting that right [of challenging these contracts in court] to the two parties to the contract.[1] By the time the government resigned, the proposed amendment was not submitted to the State Council’s legislative department for its review.[2] The new government led by Ibrahim Mahlab has recently approved the law.
 The Right to Litigation: A “Luxury” Withheld From the Citizen
 During the rule of former ...

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Photography Media Roundup (June 5)

[This is a monthly roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to photos@jadaliyya.com.] Upcoming Events: Celebrate International Archives Day in Lebanon, 7 - 9 June, 2014 “Archives open their doors to the public. Visit archival institutions and learn how they help us understand our past and present. All over the world, and for the second time in Lebanon, archivists join together on 7, 8, 9 of June to allow the general public, the chance to discover the unique heritage of ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (May 2014)

[12 August 2011, SCAF soldier smoking a cigarette a week after the military’s forcible dispersal of a three-week sit-in in Tahrir Square, Cairo. Image originally posted to Flickr by Nora Shalaby.]

[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.] Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival: "La voix est libre" Medrar TV interviews French artist ...

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Mohamed Said Baalbaki: Fictional Museum

[Mohamed Baalbaki has been working on his museum series since 2006. Image courtesy of Medrar TV.]

Mohamed Said Baalbaki: Fictional Museum May 2014 Viennoise Hotel, Cairo   In his two-part series titled Al Buraq (The Pegasus), Lebanese artist Mohamed Said Baalbaki questions the authority of the museum as an institution and the ways in which histories are written and presented to the public. The series takes the shape of a museum setting, with each gallery focusing on a particular moment in the region's modern history. Al Buraq I begins with the story of two German scientists finding bone parts of an unusual animal (a winged horse) in Jerusalem before World War II. This leads to a trip into the history of colonialism in the region. The second part of the ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 3)

[Fifa is facing calls to rerun the bidding process for the 2022 World Cup following allegations against Mohamed bin Hammam, a Qatari former Fifa executive committee member, of corruption. Image from Sean Knoflick. 2 December 2010.]

[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 ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations GCC foreign ministers to meet over Qatar agreement The foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council are meeting in Riyadh this week to discuss progress on the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement. Taliban five arrive in Qatar after swap deal The Qatari foreign minister said his ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 3)

[Protesters in Istanbul on 31 May 2014, the one-year anniversary of the Gezi Uprising. Photo by Sadik Gulec.]

[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 turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Anniversary of the Gezi Uprising As It Happened: Police Leave Protesters Bloodied and Bruised on Gezi Anniversary A detailed report on the one-year anniversary of the Gezi uprising. A Year After the Protests, Gezi Park Nurtures the Seeds of a New Turkey Constanze Letsch argues that the Gezi uprising became a catalyst for a wider ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 2)

[23 July 2011, protester holding a poster drawn by Brazilian political cartoonist Carlos Latuff. Image originally appeared on Flickr by Nora Shalaby.]

[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 egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]   Egypt Elections: Preliminary Statements by Two International Observation Missions EgyptSource summarizes the European Union’s Election Observer Mission (EUEOM) and the US-based Democracy International’s (DI) initial statements on Egypt’s presidential elections. Egypt, the Election, and Sectarian Analysis Jayson Casper writes on the Muslim ...

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Culture Bouquet

[Francisco de Zurbarán,

Your eyes do not deceive you, dear reader, Jadaliyya’s Culture Bouquet returns with a rich selection of translations and visual arts related posts, providing ample inspiration for your adventures in summer reading. For poetry lovers: Levi Thompson translates Badr Shakir al Sayyab’s poem, “Whorehouse;” Sharif S. Elmusa contributes the poem “How Long Does A Transition Last?;” Ahmad Diab translates Muhammad al-Maghut’s "Roman Amphitheaters;" and Suneela Mubayi translates Sargon Boulus’ “An Attempt to Reach Beirut by Sea." As requested by those patiently waiting for a translation of MF Kalfat’s music-related post “Port Said in the Evening, Port Said in the ...

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A Creative Upsurge; Syrian Art Today (Part Two)

[Detail of Abdul Karim Majdal Al-Beik's

[Syria’s Apex Generation highlights post-uprising art as an introduction to the rich history of painting in Syria. Featuring the works of Abdul Karim Majdal Al-Beik, Nihad Al Turk, Othman Moussa, Mohannad Orabi, and Kais Salman, the exhibition and its accompanying publication explore a new school of painting in the midst of expansion despite the disintegration of the Damascus art scene, its original center. Informed by extensive traditions of expressionism, symbolism, and abstraction, this burgeoning group has forged ahead with the creative objectives of their predecessors, who advocated the social relevance of art. The essay below is reproduced from the exhibition’s ...

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Keep Your Eye on the Wall

[Taysir Batniji,

There were an impressive number of Palestinians at the 19 May opening in Ramallah of Keep Your Eye on the Wall, a photographic exhibit. “The Wall” (aka Apartheid Wall, Separation Wall, Security Fence, Barrier) is such an omnipresent feature of Palestinians’ lives, it is surprising they would voluntarily choose to look at photographs of it. But they did, and many seemed entranced by the large artistic images. “The striking visual impact is critical,” explained Olivia Snaije who conceptualized the project along with Mitchell Albert in order to raise awareness internationally. “Because even people who have heard about The Wall through the media don’t realize the meanings ...

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Sargon Boulus: An Attempt to Reach Beirut by Sea

[Artwork by Youssef Abdelke.]

An Attempt to Reach Beirut by Sea Sargon Boulus   One distant evening while I smuggle a fountain through the wreckage or bribe a night with a mediocre poem You bleed in the cold trenches of the ceasefire from your thousand battlefronts I wanted to lay out a path with a carpet of my breaths to where you still stand Your barricade a dove’s skeleton Your face a wounded paradise I wanted to burn a little between your hands No place dreams of my arrival and Life My frightened fugitive: When it opens its eyes every moment gets ready to be born in its cradle floating between my bones I wake upon foreign seas and my life braces itself against ...

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Counting Votes in Egypt and Practicing Return in Palestine: Interviews with Hossam El-Hamalawy and Samera Esmeir

Despite massive pro-military media propaganda in Egypt, and threats of large fines against those who did not vote, the election commission had to extend the voting for a third day in an attempt to draw more people to polling booths. As predicted, ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was declared president of Egypt with 96% of the votes. So what was behind the low turnout at the elections? Was it apathy or an effective Egyptians boycott? What explains the lack of voter turnout when the military ...

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Theory and its Consequences: A Reply to Joel Beinin

In a piece on Jadaliyya, labor historian and scholar of the Egyptian revolution Joel Beinin engages critically with my article entitled “Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Egypt.” Beinin takes issue with two lines of argument developed in the text. The first is my rejection of a “consequentialist” perspective towards revolution, which means that I do not think a process should be deemed a revolution or not solely based on its objective outcomes. The second is the relevance of Gramscian concepts such as ...

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Angela Davis and Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat on Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine (Video)

The following keynote addresses by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat and Scholar/Activist Angela Davis were given at The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice PEACEWORKS 2014. Entitled "Yet Again As Captives: Mass Incarceration in the U.S. & Palestine: A Conversation with Angela Davis and Noura Erakat," it was recoreded on 19 April 2014 at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia, Washintong.

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New Texts Out Now: Gulcin Erdi-Lelandais, Understanding the City: Henri Lefebvre and Urban Studies

Gülçin Erdi-Lelandais, editor, Understanding the City: Henri Lefebvre and Urban Studies. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Gulçin Lelandais (GL): The idea of this book was born during a panel session on Henri Lefebvre at the 2011 Congress of the European Sociological Association, during which researchers from Hungary, the UK, France, and Turkey presented their approaches on Lefebvrian concepts like the right to the city, ...

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In Algiers, the Twenties Are No Longer the Best Years

Two young activists, one is Algerian and the other is Tunisian. They look like two drops of water: thin, close fitting sweaters, Zara can be read on one of them, it is not a war cry, just a brand name, short and wise hair, clean shaven. The first, Mohand Kadi, is a student and activist with the Raj Association (The Assembly of Youth Action). He is only twenty-three years old. The other, Moez Bennecir, is an editing assistant and is twenty-five years old. This is the age during which the judicial ...

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Afterthoughts on Piketty’s Capital

By David Harvey Thomas Piketty has written a book called Capital that has caused quite a stir. He advocates progressive taxation and a global wealth tax as the only way to counter the trend towards the creation of a “patrimonial” form of capitalism marked by what he dubs “terrifying” inequalities of wealth and income. He also documents in excruciating and hard to rebut detail how social inequality of both wealth and income has evolved over the last two centuries, with particular emphasis on ...

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One Year Since the Gezi Uprising: A Timeline

Sometimes journalists report. Sometimes we analyze and comment. Sometimes we investigate. But sometimes we just provide context. As the author of one of the first English-language articles providing in-depth background on the Gezi Resistance movement, I have had a lot of friends and colleagues ask me what I will be writing for the one-year anniversary of Gezi Park’s occupation. It is tempting to write a grand sweeping analysis about what happened to the movement, where it went wrong, how it still exists ...

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المراجعات الاقتصادية الكبرى.. الاختراع الاقتصادي الأخطر في القرن العشرين: الناتج المحلي الاجمالي

في قلب الأزمة الاقتصادية اليونانية، التي هددت حقا البلاد بالافلاس، حولت سلطات الإدعاء رئيس الجهاز الإحصائي الرسمي في البلاد آندرياس جيورجيو للمحاكمة في مطلع عام 2013 وتم فتح تحقيق برلماني. أما التهمة فكانت أنه عدل نسبة عجز الموازنة من الناتج المحلي الإجمالي بعد أن أعلن أن حسابات الناتج المحلي الإجمالي لليونان كان مضخمة ومبالغ فيها بأكثر من قيمتها بالربع على الأقل. قال جيورجيو، الوافد من صندوق النقد، إن مهمته كانت فقط تطبيق المعايير الأوروبية في تقدير وضع الاقتصاد، واتهمته السلطات اليونانية بأنه قدم ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (May 26- June 1)

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. Our Man, Sisi السيسي رجلنا الخطر القادم من حمدين صباحي Sisi Mania in Photos Quick Thoughts: Norman Finkelstein on 'The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism' Revolution and Return: Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon and ...

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A Creative Upsurge; Syrian Art Today (Part One)

[Syria’s Apex Generation highlights post-uprising art as an introduction to the rich history of painting in Syria. Featuring the works of Abdul Karim Majdal Al-Beik, Nihad Al Turk, Othman Moussa, Mohannad Orabi, and Kais Salman, the exhibition and its accompanying publication explore a new school of painting in the midst of expansion despite the disintegration of the Damascus art scene, its original center. Informed by extensive traditions of expressionism, symbolism, and abstraction, this burgeoning ...

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Port Said in the Evening, Port Said in the Morning

On Sunday, 1 May, 2005, on the eve of Sham al-Nessim, five decidedly non-mainstream musical groups celebrated the age-old Egyptian holiday before an audience of nearly five hundred people. Most of the audience members were from the cities along the Suez Canal and Cairo. State media was conspicuously absent; there was no one covering the event except us – and a photographer from a local Port Said newspaper. Like a religious sect celebrating long-forsaken rites, or the remaining members of an ethnic ...

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Muhammad al-Maghut: Roman Amphitheaters

Roman Amphitheaters Muhammad al-Maghut   1. Nothing is left of the revolution’s bells save echoes Nor of poetry’s horse save the bridle Nor of freedom’s road save fixed and flying checkpoints I have spent my childhood, youth and the entire length of the march to freedom and liberation, amid rifles, machine guns, chains, tanks, armored vehicles, armed patrols and combat air patrols, while every other step: Stop: ID Stop: Papers Stop: Passport Stop: What do you have in your suitcase? Stop: ...

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