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Can Palestinian Men be Victims? Gendering Israel's War on Gaza

Every morning we wake up to an updated butcher’s bill: 100, 200, 400, 600 Palestinians killed by Israel’s war apparatus. These numbers gloss over many details: the majority of Gazans, one of the most populated and impoverished areas in the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mohammad Ali Kadivar, Alliances and Perception Profiles in the Iranian Reform Movement, 1997 to 2005

Mohammad Ali Kadivar, “Alliances and Perception Profiles in the Iranian Reform Movement, 1997 to 2005.” American Sociological Review 78 (December 2013). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Mohammad Ali Kadivar (MAK): I ...

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A Debate on Gaza: Democracy Now! Interviews Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada and. J.J. Goldberg of the Jewish Daily Forward

Democracy Now! hosts a debate on U.S. media's coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict and the roots of the crisis with two guests: Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the website Electronic Intifada & author of the new book, "The Battle for ...

Al-Diwan Roundup: News and Analysis in Publishing and Academia from the Arab World

Al-Diwan brings you the latest news and analysis in publishing, academia, pedagogy, and knowledge production from across the Arab world.   What History Books for Children in Palestinian Camps? By Rosemary Sayigh (Jadaliyya) ...

O.I.L. Media Roundup (22 October)

[Fire burns in the U.S. consulate in Benghazi after the attack there on September 11, 2012. Image by Voice of America. From Wikimedia Commons.]

[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 "CIA Seeks to Expand Drone Fleet, Officials Say," Greg Miller CIA director David Petraeus has proposed an expansion of the agency's armed drone program, arguing that it would allow the agency to sustain its current targeted killing programs in Pakistan and Yemen and respond to "emerging ...

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Global Public Health and the Ghosts of Pilgrimages Past

[A pilgrim wears a surgical mask. Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 2009. Photo from Flickr/Al Jazeera English.]

As the control of disease became a pressing concern of colonial administrators in the late nineteenth century, the hajj was transformed by novel and intensified legal and institutional arrangements developed for the management of transitory Muslim populations. In 1880, the Ottoman Empire issued a decree that all pilgrims would be required to produce a passport upon arrival in the Hjjaz. In 1882, the Ottomans opened the Kamaran Island quarantine station. All pilgrimage vessels arriving from the Indian Ocean were subjected to a stop on this barren patch of earth just off the coast of Yemen. At roughly the same time, British officials in Bombay dispatched Muslim ...

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Samiha Al-Khalil: A Profile from the Archives

[Samiha Al-Khalil. Image from the archives of Assafir newspaper.]

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a new series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa.] Name: Samiha Known as: Al-Khalil Name of father: Yousif Al-Qubuj Name of mother: Halima Tukan Place of birth: Anabta Date of birth: 1923 Date of death: 1999 Name of husband: Salam Khalil Sons: Khalil, Saji, Saed, Sameer, Samih Nationality: Palestinian Specialization: Arabic Literature Category: Politics Profession: Member of the Palestinian National ...

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محكمة جنايات القاهرة وقضية موقعة الجمل

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ملاحظة حول قرار محكمة جنايات القاهرة في قضية "موقعة الجمل" حكمت محكمة جنايات القاهرة ببراءة ٢٤ متهماً في قضية "موقعة الجمل".  "موقعة الجمل" (٢-٣ فبراير ٢٠١١)  تشير إلى الهجوم على متظاهري التحرير من قبل أشخاص مستخدمين من قبل النظام السابق بلباس مدني، والذي أدى إلى مصرع ١٤ متظاهراً. استخدم المهاجمون جمالاً و أحصنة  في محاولة لدهس المتظاهرين، بالإضافة إلى كوكتيل المولوتوف واحياناً بعض الأسلحة النارية.  المتهمون ال٢٤ كلهم من أقطاب النظام السابق. تلعب "موقعة الجمل" في مصر بعد ثورة ٢٥ يناير دوراً محورياً في الخيال السياسي الجمعي و خاصة في تمثيل أي فعل جماهيري وتحديد علاقتنا به . فهي في الواقع أول ظهور إعلامي في ...

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London Event -- The Arab Uprisings: Between Change and Continuity (29 October 2012)

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[This event has already occured. Click here to read Naira Antoun's review of both the event and the book in Egypt Independent.] Panel Discussion and Book Launch Event This event marks the release of Jadaliyya's first book, which is published by Pluto Press. The panel features one of the volume's co-editors (Ziad Abu-Rish) as well as one of its contributors (Adam Hanieh). The panelists will offer commentary on both the book (as a resource) and the general trajectory of the uprisings (as socio-political phenomena). The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order? (Pluto Press, 2012) Edited by Bassam Haddad, Rosie Bsheer, and Ziad ...

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Reports Roundup (October 20)

[King Mohammed VI waving the Moroccan flag in 2007. Image by Xiquet via Wikimedia Commons.]

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Saudi Right to Dignity Campaign Statement on Lifting the Ban on Women Drivers Right to Dignity reiterates its demand for equality of the sexes in Saudi Arabia and an end to the ban on women drivers, citing economic hardship and restricted freedom of movement in support of its argument.  HRW Calls on Turkey and Iraq to Open Borders to Syrian Refugees Human Rights Watch issues a statement requesting that Turkey and Iraq assist the ten thousand Syrian refugees stranded at their borders by opening their doors to more ...

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تساؤلات لا بد منها: الجزء الثالث

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تساؤلات لا بد منها : الجزء الثالث والأخير. اذا كان الابتعاد عن الاتحاد الجمركي منطقياً، هل توجد بدائل فعلية له؟ هنالك عدة أسباب تجعلني غير واثق من توفر الاستعداد أو المقدرة السياسية لدى السلطة الوطنية الفلسطينية للتعامل اليوم مع بروتوكول باريس حسب ما تقتضي المصلحة التنموية الفلسطينية الاستراتيجية، وهي ذات الأسباب التي ستدفع أصحاب القرار الاقتصادي الفلسطيني على الأرجح للعمل على تعبئة الجهود لإجراء إصلاحات اقتصادية وتجارية داخل اطار باريس، وليس خارجه. وفي نفس السياق، يجب ألا نستغرب اذا ولدت مثل هذه الجهود "الترميمية" للبروتوكول بعيدا عن المس ب"أم الاتفاقيات" أوسلو، حشداً بل تزاحماً بين اطراف عديدة قد تجد مصلحتها في إدامة الإطار الاقتصادي الحاكم، أو ...

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What is a Car Bomb?

[A Lebanese fire-fighter carries an injured boy from the scene of car bomb Achrafiyeh, Beirut. Hussein Malla/AP Photo]

It is surreal to wake up to news of a car bomb back home, now thousands of miles away. Immediately, the war-shaped body is both numb and preoccupied with images of death and destruction. The mind wanders and sutures the past, present, and future seamlessly. Phone calls, emails, and texts begin. The space between a call and its response seems immense, and the time it takes to hear from blood and choice family--particularly when they live or work or frequent the targeted neighborhood--is bloated with the macabre. But what is a neighborhood? In times of violence, and in places shaped by seemingly unending violence, neighborhoods are always contracting. To put a distance ...

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الهامش الاحتجاجي يسقط المركز التسلطي: العملية الثورية لا تنتصر إلا بالتضامن العالمي

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ظهر كتاب" التهميش والمهمشون في مصر والشرق الأوسط" من تحرير حبيب عائب –راي بوش عن دار العين للنشر في خضم اندلاع الثورات العربية 2011-2012 (وربما تستمر في بلد أو تستأنف في آخر أو تنفجر دون سابق إنذار!)، والسودان والجزائر شاهدتين على ذلك. الكتاب مكون من ثلاثة أقسام، الأول: الهامشية، الفقر، والاقتصاد السياسي شارك به آصف بيات وراي بوش وريم سعد. والثاني: إنتاج وإعادة إنتاج الهامشية شارك به علي القادري وحبيب عائب ومشيرة الجزيري وداليا وهدان. والثالث: حالات من التهميش شارك به رباب المهدي وصقر النور وكمال فهمي وهبة هجرس وصوفي بافا. ينطلق الكتاب من مقدمة كتبت مشتركة بين محرري الكتاب بعنوان" الهامشية والاستبعاد في مصر والشرق الأوسط" تقدم هذه ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (October 18)

[Obscurity surrounding Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz's recent shooting has occupied local and international media coverage. Image 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 Wednesday night of every week.] Algeria Algeria's Islamist Bloc Splinters A Third Time as Rivals Emerge Atef Kadadra discusses the Movement for the Society of Peace's enduring factionalization, which has most recently manifested into the splinter group The National Building Movement led by Mustafa Belmehdi. The Paris Massacre That Time Forgot, 51 Years On Tahar ...

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Glory to Those Who Torture Us

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Glory to Those Who Torture Us Abdellatif Laâbi Translated by André Naffis-Sahely   glory glory we are the chosen people erected upon the peaks of fate for us the tomorrows that sing rivers of honey and milk sacrifice brothers sacrifice exile in sacrifice o the apotheosis of throats ready heritage Abraham’s sadism crimes on the table heritage faith struck down by miracles the desert’s spontaneous abundance miracle we do not suffer o the hired killer’s unblemished brow the tickling of electrodes and the scalpel stripping the vertebrae again and again breathing in all the gases greedily swallowing the grenades glory to the firing squad embracing the ...

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Huda Lutfi: The Artist and the Historical Moment

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Huda Lutfi is a cultural historian. She is also a visual artist; but if you want to cut through classifications and simplifications, if you want to get to the heart of who she is and what she does, nothing reveals more about this historian turned artist than her home address: Champollion Street, in the heart of Downtown Cairo. At this address, Lutfi has come to inhabit a front row seat before Egypt’s most significant historical and cultural moments. If the walls of that time-honored piece of Cairo could speak, they would tell you about how in 1919 Egyptians poured into its streets to protest against the exile of Saad Zaghloul, or about 1967 to demand the return of ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (October 22)

[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.]   “El-Katany elected FJP president” Former Parliament speaker beats Essam al-Erian for the Muslim Brotherhood’s part presidency. “Op-ed:Tahrir Square: Rent-a-thug ...

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‎التغيير قادم إلى دول الخليج... عاجلاً أم آجلاً

يظن الكثيرون أن أنظمة دول الخليج العربية في منأى عن التغيرات التي طالت ومازالت تطال الدول العربية الأخرى. يرتكز هذا الظن في الأساس على العائدات النفطية الهائلة المتوافرة لديها، والدعم الأمني والسياسي الغربي لها، وتحكّمها المطلق في كل الأجهزة العسكرية والأمنية المحلية. هذا بالإضافة إلى عدد مواطنيها القليل نسبياً، والركود النسبي في مستوى النشاط السياسي في بعض أقطاره (باستثناء البحرين والكويت وعمان). وإن دلت الاحتجاجات التي وصلت إلى ضفاف دول الخليج على شيء، فهي تبين مقدرة الأنظمة على السيطرة على زمام ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Oct 15-21)

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.  What is a Car Bomb? Jon Stewart's Theater of the Absurd Power, Rebirth, and Scandal: A Decade of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina "من المآسي المضاعفة للنزوح:فتيات سوريات للزواج "بثمن بخس Gaza Water Confined and ...

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Four Poems by Sargon Boulus

[The Iraqi poet Sargon Boulus (1944-22 October, 2007), one of the pioneers of modern Arabic poetry, died five years ago in a hospital in Berlin. We celebrate his legacy with these translations of four of his poems. You can read more about his life and works here.]   Four Poems Sargon Boulus Translated by Sinan Antoon   Eve’s House When I am lost her eyes guide me from below The silence in her house is deeper than a forest The world around us is a sea (Humans have not been ...

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ميليشيات الإخوان الإلكترونية: تحميل الأيديولوجيا على الفيسبوك

أثناء مرحلة الإعادة للانتخابات الرئاسية في يونيو 2012 كانت هناك "ميمة" تدور على الفيس بوك تحتوي على صورة لحسن البنا الذي أسس جماعة الإخوان المسلمين في 1928 وكان نصها "على فكرة أنا مش إخوان وبختلف معاهم في مواقف كتير ولكن بحترمهم" التوقيع تحت المقولة كان منسوباً لحسن البنا، هذه الميمة إن أردت أن تترجمها في كلمة واحدة فهي تبغي أن تقول إننا قد كشفناكم أو بالعامية "فقسناكم" فهي ميمة تقطع بحقيقة أن الإخوان المسلمين قد تنكروا وقاموا بإختراق وسائط التواصل الاجتماعي ...

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Marketing Agency, Branding Hope: War, Kony, and "Three Cups of Tea"

October seventh marked the eleventh anniversary of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, making it by far the longest war in US history. The date passed with little public fanfare. Despite vibrant and unprecedented US and global anti-war movements, as well as broad public opposition within the United States, open-ended war has become the backdrop to US society: it is no longer front-page news.  Yet on this somber anniversary, the media was abuzz with Oprah Winfrey’s much-anticipated interview with ...

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Jadaliyya's First Book is Now Available from Pluto Press

Jadaliyya Co-Editors are excited to announce the release of The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of An Old Order?, published by Pluto Press. This book is the first publication produced by the Arab Studies Institute, co-edited by Jadaliyya Editors, and featuring Jadaliyya contributors. The volume is currently available in paperback and Kindle format at these and other locations: In the US: Macmillan and Amazon US In the UK: Pluto Press and Amazon UK       ...

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Hossam El-Hamalawy on Social Media and Protests in Egypt

[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 and North Africa.] Jadaliyya (J): What do you think are the most gratifying aspects of Tweeting, and Twitter? Hossam El-Hamalawy (HH): The ability to deliver news updates about dissent to a large audience of people and media organizations instantly. J: What are some of the political/social/cultural limits you’ve ...

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الربيع العربي: الصحة والرعاية في المرحلة الانتقالية

أدّت الانتفاضات التي شهدتها منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا مؤخرًا إلى بروز عدد من التغيرات السياسية التي طالت جميع بلدان المنطقة تقريبًا وزرعت Keep Reading »

October Culture

Jadaliyya's October culture bouquet features: Marilyn Hacker translates Five Poems by Rachida Madani. Maymanah Farhat introduces Helen Zughaib's "Stories My Father Told Me." Mai Serhan writes on "Huda Lutfi: The Artist and the Historical Moment". Andre Naffis-Sahley translates "Glory to Those Who Torture Us" a poem by Abdellatif Laabi. All previous culture posts can be accessed here. To contribute, comment, or complain:

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Five Poems by Rachida Madani

TALES OF A SEVERED HEAD Rachida Madani Translated by Marilyn Hacker   The First Tale I What city and what night since it’s night in the city when a woman and a train-station argue over the same half of a man who is leaving? He is young, handsome he is leaving for a piece of white bread. She is young, beautiful as a springtime cluster trying to flower for the last time for her man who is leaving. But the train arrives but the branch breaks but suddenly it’s raining in the ...

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An Introduction to Helen Zughaib's "Stories My Father Told Me"

“Stories My Father Told Me” is a series of twenty-three gouache paintings by Lebanese-American artist Helen Zughaib. Based on the memories of her father, Elia, who was born in Damascus in 1927 under the French Mandate, this large body of work is filled with the recollections of his early childhood in the Old City of the Syrian capital and the subsequent years of his youth that were spent in the Lebanese towns of Zahle and Marjayoun. Beginning in 2003, Helen and her father collaborated on the series ...

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