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The Light Bulb and the Oak Tree: Politics of Space Meets the Ballot Box

Browsing the depths of social media for alternative and local takes on politics is not merely a form of procrastination but also, and more so, a great way to learn about unpublished concerns, rumors, and disappointments. And the fact that ...

[100,000 people protest against IMF austerity measures in front of parliament building in Athens (29 May 2011). Image by Wikimedia Commons User Kotsolis.]

The Right to Democratic Dissent: A View from Greece

One of the normative impulses of Eurozone orthodoxy has been to forestall the element of dissent, and to establish an uncritical and authoritarian doctrine: namely, that neoliberal austerity is the only possible “game in town”.  For ...

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خطوط مرسومة على خريطة فارغة: حدود العراق وأسطورة الدولة المصطنعة الجزء الأول

 قد لا تكون هناك دولة ـ أمة حديثة دُعيت "مصطنعة" أكثر من العراق. وبينما يُقرّ معظم الباحثين بأن جميع الدول ـ الأمم مصطنعة، بمعنى أنّ بشراً أنشأوها، فإن العراق، على ما يبدو، مصطنع أكثر منها كلها. وتبدأ القصة دوماً بمعاهدات ...

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'I must save my life and not risk my family’s safety!': Untold Stories of Syrian Women Surviving War (Part 1)

What is now known as the Syrian Uprising began in mid-March 2011 as a peaceful social movement in the context of the so-called the Arab Spring. In a few months the uprising shifted from peaceful demonstrations to an armed conflict, mainly, ...


From Rags to Riches: On Public Art in Cairo

From rags to riches is a year-long project initiated by the Cairo-based foundation Baad el Bahr and curated by Mashrabia Gallery to produce a number of art installations and projects made from recycled materials for pubic spaces across the city. The first phase of the project was a four-day workshop in March, led by Dutch public space designer Marjet Wessels Boer and Italian material processing artist Eugenia Morpurgo. The workshop offered training for artists to increase their skills in the use of disposable materials for the creation of public space artworks. It will be followed by a public art competition with accepted applicants provided with financial and technical ...

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في العودة إلى تاريخ مؤسسات الدولة اللبنانية خلال السنوات الأولى بعد الانتداب: حوار مع زياد أبو الريش

[ محرر جدلية زياد أبو الريش ]

[في المقابلة التالية مع المركز اللبناني للدراسات السياسية، يناقش محرر جدلية زياد أبو الريش تاريخ مؤسسات الدولة في بدايات الاستقلال في  لبنان وبعض الموروثات التي خلفتها. وقد أجرت المقابلة عبر البريد الإلكتروني ونشرت على موقع  المركز اللبناني للدراسات السياسية]                   ناقش المركز اللبناني للدراسات مع الدكتور زياد أبو الريش تاريخ مؤسسات الدولة في بدايات الاستقلال في لبنان وبعض الموروثات التي خلّفتها. الدكتور أبو الريش هو محاضر في مادة تاريخ الشرق الأوسط في جامعة أوهايو ويعمل حالياً على مشروع كتاب بعنوان "صنع الاقتصاد وإنتاج الدولة: الصراع الاجتماعي وبناء المؤسسات في لبنان، 1946-1955". نال ...

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Un dualisme pernicieux ou le mythe des deux Algéries

[Image d'une place à Oran. Image par Maya-Anaïs Yataghène/Flickr]

Dans sa dernière chronique pour le magazine Rupture qu'il dirige, l'écrivain et journaliste Tahar Djaout introduit sa dichotomie partageant l'Algérie entre « la famille qui avance et la famille qui recule ». Nous sommes en mai 1993, juste avant son assassinat. La représentation dualiste qui s’exprime dans cette formule oppose porteurs de la modernité et défenseurs de l'authenticité. Dans l'Algérie de 2015, cette dichotomie particulièrement problématique reste toujours d’actualité sous une forme ou une autre, malgré la fin de la guerre civile et la considérable fragmentation sociale héritée de l’histoire. On la retrouve par exemple dans l'opposition fallacieuse ...

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[لوحة للفنان السوري كاظم خليل. عن مدونة عماد مصطفى ]

[ تندرج هذه القصائد ضمن ملف "الموجة الجديدة في الشعر السوري (أثر الحرب)" الذي ستقوم جدلية بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين ]    لست أنا  غداً ستفتح العصافير عيونها ولن تجدك .. سأكون قد انتهيت للتو من أكل قلبك ... وشرب ملح ليلة كاملة من الأرق .. سأكون قد أكملت طلاء الجدار بلون عينيّ اللتين تحب .. ورفعت تعب النيكوتين عن قمصانك.. سأكون للتو قد أتممت دعائي لك وتلك الرسالة التي تقول: انتبه حبيبي، الحجر الذي تركله بحزن قدمك لن يتحول إلى فراشة .. إنه ببساطة قلبي .. نجمة كسيحة بجوار السماء Keep Reading »

النجاة بمصر – ملاحظات تأسيسية

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بين صخب فاسد للسلطوية الجديدة تنتجه دوائر رسمية ونخب اقتصادية ومالية وإعلامية وحزبية تقبل استتباعها للحكم نظير الحماية والعوائد، وبين نزوع البعض داخل الحركة الديمقراطية المصرية إلى التورط في استدعاء سلطوي ومزدوج المعايير لفكرتي المصداقية الأخلاقية والاتساق الفكري على نحو يمارس ديكتاتورية الرأي الواحد باسم الحق ويرتب رفض الاختلاف باسم الحرية ويحدث باسم العدل ضجيجا لا ينتهي من المزايدات فارغة المضمون، تختلط القيم والمبادئ والمفاهيم على الناس وتتداخل مضامينها لتنفر الكثيرين من مواصلة الاهتمام بالشأن العام وتغيب عن الأذهان مقتضيات إخراج مصر من متواليات الاستبداد والإرهاب والتخلف المتكالبة عليها وتضيع تفاصيل الآراء والمواقف. هنا نصبح إزاء مسئولية عظيمة تتمثل في مقاومة صخب ...

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Planning Beirut during the French Mandate: The Construction of a Modern City and its Legacy

Marlène Ghorayeb, Beyrouth sous mandat français, construction d’une ville moderne. Paris: Karthala, 2014.   This is a wonderful addition to our knowledge of Beirut’s early days of modern planning, during the transition from Late Ottoman to French Mandate, and later. In the lineage of Jens Hanssen’s Fin de Siècle Beirut, Eric Verdeil’s Beyrouth et ses urbanistes, Carla Eddé’s Naissance d’une capitale, and Robert Saliba’s Beyrouth architectures: Aux sources de la modernité, the book is a must-read for those interested in the key spatial transformations of Beirut during the first part of the twentieth century. It nicely complements and enriches earlier texts by ...

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BY COLONIAL DESIGN: Or 'Why we say we don’t know enough'

[The following is the text of a presentation given at the panel entitled “Anthropologists and Controversial Engagements: The Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions," featuring Lisa Rofel, Ghassan Hage, Magid Shihade, Lara Deeb, Jessica Winegar, Nadia Abu El-Haj, and Ann Stoler. The panel was held as part of the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association on 4 December 2014] I am honored to be here and to have been asked to speak in this forum today. I do so at once eagerly and with discomfort and dis-ease. I doubt I am alone with those sensibilities—knowing on the one hand, that there is too much to say in fifteen minutes and that little ...

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New Book! Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle In Iraq

Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle In Iraq By Ali Issa E-book: $8.99 Paperback: $11.99   Description Collected from dozens of interviews with, and reports from, Iraqi feminists, labor organizers, environmentalists, and protest movement leaders, Against All Oddspresents the unique voices of progressive Iraqis organizing on the ground. Dating back to 2003, with an emphasis on the 2011 upsurge in mobilization and hope as well as the subsequent embattled years, these voices belong to Iraqis asserting themselves as agents against multiple local, regional, and global forces of oppression. As Vijay Prashad notes in the foreword: "Other ...

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عرَّابو الاختلاف

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"مش لازم الناس تكون شبه بعض، الاختلاف ده حاجة جميلة". كانت هذه الجملة دائما ما ينطقها صديقي الذي يكبرني بعقدين من الزمان. كانت تتقلص مساحة غضبه مني لسبب أو لآخر، وتجعله يغفر لي أو أغفر له. أخذ هذا " الاختلاف" درجات في علاقتنا، واكتسب أشكالا كثيرة حتى وصل لشكله الحالي الهادىء. فى البداية كان هذا "الاختلاف" نوعا من التماهي بيننا، بالرغم من فارق العمر الكبير. ربما بسبب كوننا ننتمي لفصيل اجتماعي صغير يحب الفن والكتابة والسينما. كل أفراد هذا الفصيل، دون أن يدروا، أو بدرايتهم، قلصوا من مساحة هذا "الاختلاف" فيما بينهم، وحولوه لتماه ولتطابق على وشك الانفجار، في مواجهة مجتمع غير مبال يقف على الجهة الأخرى. بمرور الوقت أخذ هذا التطابق يتشقق، ...

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Besieged: The Economic Impact of the Israeli Siege on Gaza

[Simplified version of infographic featured below. Image by Visualizing Palestine.]

The second in a series of infographics on the Palestinian economy, "Besieged" highlights the scale of the economic impact of the Gaza blockade. Aided by their Egyptian counterparts, Israeli authorities heavily restrict the movement of people and goods into and out of the territory, whilst Palestinians are denied access even to their own natural resources, including farmland, fishing waters and valuable offshore gas reserves. While Palestinians in Gaza face a 45% unemployment rate, Israeli companies profit from a de-facto monopoly on supply of goods to Gaza, from which they made $375m in 2012.

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (June 8-14)

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. First Thoughts on the Elections in Turkey: A Roundtable 'Lines Drawn on an Empty Map': Iraq’s Borders and the Legend of the Artificial State (Part 1) Tunisia: Democratic Miracle or Mirage? Roundtable on Anti-Blackness and Black-Palestinian Solidarity Salma Hayek and the Sexist Lebanese Citizenship Law 'Lines Drawn on an Empty Map': Iraq’s Borders and the Legend of the Artificial State (Part ...

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أسماء فلسطين الحُسنى

[اللوحة للفنان السوري اسماعيل شموط]

[ هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين تقوم "جدلية" بنشره]   ـ 1 ـ سواءٌ أكان التاريخ قطاراً يعبر المحطاتِ بمواقيتَ معلومةٍ، وباتجاه هدفٍ راسخ، أم سلسلةَ طوفاناتٍ هَوْجاءَ تندفع من منابعَ غامضةٍ شتّى، وليس لها قصدٌ إلاّ خلخلةُ الأرض وتقليبُ المصائر، فإنّ ما يحرّكه دائماً وقودٌ واحد: تضحياتُ الناس. مثلما تَنشر الشمسُ دمَها على الأفق قرباناً صامتاً لسيادة الظلام، تستجيب بعض الشعوب لنداء الأُفول؛ تَغرق ببطءٍ وجلال من دون أن تخلِّف أثراً غيرَ أصداءِ الأنين وتلويحاتِ الوداع. شعوبٌ أخرى تواجه تيّاراتِ الهاوية بمجاديف الروح صائغةً من لحظات المواجَهة رموزاً حيّةً تجتمع فيها حرارةُ الألم، وجمالُ ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (June 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 and roundups. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series. BY COLONIAL DESIGN: Or 'Why we say we don’t know enough' 'Lines Drawn on an Empty Map': Iraq’s Borders and the Legend of the Artificial State (Part 1) Tunisia: Democratic Miracle or Mirage? البروليتاريا الفلاحية والإقطاع الجديد : ...

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EUROPE, EUROPE, EUROPE: Chant Avedissian with Sadia Shirazi

It is lunchtime and I am meeting Chant Avedissian again, after an awkward initial encounter. We first met in the childhood apartment he now shares with his sister, amid cigarette butts and vertically hung scrolls in downtown Cairo. After making coffee, we began a conversation in which all my attempts to talk about Avedissian’s artwork were sidelined. We spoke, instead, about my work, interests and intentions. I was then shown around Avedissian’s room and studio, a 3x4 m. room with a built-in loft. It was ...

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Pixelated Intifada: An Interview with Palestinian Filmmaker Amer Shomali

This interview was conducted in Ramallah, Palestine on 16 June 2015 following the local and international release of Amer Shomali’s film, The Wanted 18, which opens in US theaters on 19 June 2015. Isis Nusair (IN): Where did the idea of the film come from? Amer Shomali (AS): I grew up in the Yarmouk [Refugee] Camp in Syria. During the first intifada (in 1987), my parents would tell me stories about Palestine. As a kid, they could not tell me all that was happening. I remember one story about an uncle ...

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Seeing Egyptians: Hany Rashed from "Toys" to "Bulldozer"

In his exhibition Bulldozer at Cairo’s Mashrabia Gallery this May of 2015 and in his previous show Toys in May 2014 Egyptian artist Hany Rashed (building on a long line of earlier work) puts people front and center. The gallery is the same: the rooms and walls are the same; the streets outside are the same. But Egypt mid-2015 is not the Egypt of mid-2014. Lurking behind an aura of calm indifference an anxious mood is palpable as people go about their daily lives. Moving about in an unsettling ...

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If Israeli Tactics in Gaza Are Legal, No One is Safe: Response to Michael N. Schmitt and John J. Merriam

In their forthcoming paper, The Tyranny of Context: Israeli Targeting Practices in Legal Perspective, Michael Schmitt and John J. Merriam examine Israel’s targeting practices against the Gaza Strip and Lebanon. Their purpose is to scrutinize the context in which these attacks take place as well as the Israeli Army’s relevant legal standards regulating them. Their findings are based on two visits to Israel in December 2014 and February 2015. During those visits, the Israeli Army granted ...

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New Texts Out Now: Kabir Tambar, The Reckoning of Pluralism: Political Belonging and the Demands of History in Turkey

Kabir Tambar, The Reckoning of Pluralism: Political Belonging and the Demands of History in Turkey. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Kabir Tambar (KT): The book centers on Turkey’s Alevi community—a numerical minority that reportedly constitutes anywhere from ten to twenty percent of the country’s total population. As I was conducting the research for the book, I was struck by the fact that over the past century, the community has been both an ...

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Syria Media Roundup (June 16)

[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.]   Inside Syria One of Syria’s biggest bases falls to Daraa rebels In Deraa and Liwa 52 Military base fell. It was the second biggest base protecting Suwayda and the Druze ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 16)

[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 Election Results and the Prospects for A Coalition What's Next for Turkey? (1) - (2) According to Cengiz Çandar, the internal strife within the AKP and the seeming ...

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البروليتاريا الفلاحية والإقطاع الجديد : أسئلة الريف المفكك

بينما كان القطار المكيف المتجه إلى الوجه القبلي يشق طريقه مخترقا حقول ريفية شاسعة على جانبي الطريق، كان رفيقي في المقعد المجاور يُبدي تبرمه من عدم لحاقه بالطائرة المخصصة له، فهو وكيل شركة متعددة الجنسيات تعمل في مجال صناعة مواد البناء، ولها مصنعها الضخم في قلب الصعيد، فالوكيل لا يحتمل طول ساعات السفر في هذا الطقس الحار، حيث القطار المزدحم يقلل من برودة المكيف، كما أن المناظر الطبيعية مُملة - في نظره -؛ فهي متكررة وغير مثيرة، ولكن القطار - في لحظة الصدق- يتعطل قليلا فتزداد معاناة الوكيل، في ذات الوقت ...

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A Walk Through 'Ahmed's Revenge and Other Untold Stories'

Ahmed’s Revenge and Other Untold Stories is Mohamed Abdelkarim’s first solo exhibition. It brings together a selection of videos, installations, books, digital images, sculptures, found materials and objects he produced from 2010 to 2015. On the opening night, Abdelkarim presented Ahmed's Revenge, a performance commissioned by AUC-LAB, and is part of the series Possibilities of Telling a Story.  In his work, Abdelkarim probes the narrative patterns of myth, history and ideology, by ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 15)

[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.]   Regional and International Relations Fearing War Crimes Arrest, Egypt's Sisi Cancels Trip to African Summit Al-Sisi cancels trip to the African Union summit held in South ...

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Triple Exposure

During the wave of uprisings and resulting crackdowns on Islamists in Egypt in 2013, all the media outlets were accused of taking sides. “When you point a camera to a side you neglect the rest of the real scene,” a protester said to me. “People are following those media outlets that confirm what is already in their minds, not to get new information!” he added. For this project, I have been shooting many events related to the latest waves of the uprising in Egypt including the police storming of the ...

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