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سجن النساء يجتاز اختبار بكدال ويتجاوزه

أمتعنا الثلاثي مريم ناعوم (كاتبة السيناريو)، كاملة أبو ذكري (المخرجة)، نيللي كريم (البطلة) هذا العام في رمضان بمسلسل "سجن النسا" كما أمتعونا العام الماضي بمسلسل "ذات". والمسلسل هذا العام مأخوذ عن مسرحية للكاتبة الراحلة ...

Installation view of Hany Rashed's

Historical Realities of Concept Pop: Debating Art in Egypt

Today, every phenomenon of culture, even if a model of integrity, is liable to be suffocated in the cultivation of kitsch. Yet paradoxically in the same epoch it is to works of art that has fallen the burden of wordlessly asserting what is ...

[Image by Ed Greevey. Photo of attendees and participants at Closing Event 1 December 2014.]

Aloha Aina: Notes From The Struggle in Hawai’i

In late November 2014, I had the honor of visiting the occupied Kingdom of Hawai’i as an invited guest. I prepared for the trip with ample readings J. Kehaulani Kaunaui both wrote and shared with me, along with book recommendations that my ...

ملف من الأرشيف: نظيرة زين الدين

[ينشر ملف من الأرشيف عادة بالتعاون مع جريدة السفير. لكن المادة أدناه من تأليف بنان غرامش]       نظيرة زين الدين  الاسم: نظيرة زين الدين الحلبي. تاريخ الولادة: ولدت عام 1908 لعائلة لبنانية. والدها شيخ ...


Basim Magdy: Measuring the Last Breaths of Time on a Fading Scale

For his solo show at Gypsum Gallery, Egyptian artist Basim Magdy presents a photography series of subliminal landscapes, produced from film that has been altered with household chemicals. Magdy shot the photographs in various locations and times and then treated them with chemicals, spurring hazy, mythical colors upon the images. He also exhibits a short film titled Time Laughs Back at You Like a Sunken Ship (2012). Shot on super 8 and transferred to HD, the film examines how people construct their memories, and how memories subtly unfold and fade into each other. The film exists without narration, and is accompanied by a soundtrack, composed by ...

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نقش حرّان اللجاة: خيبر أم جُبير؟

[صورة الكلمة التي تمثل الرقم 400 في نقشي أسيس وحران]

يعد نقش حران اللجاة، الذي عثر عليه في جبل العرب (جبل الدروز) في سوريا في القرن التاسع عشر، واحدا من أهم النقوش العربية قبل الإسلام. بل لعله أهم هذه النقوش كما يقول الدكتور جواد على: "وهذا النص هو من أهم النصوص المتقدمة، وأكثرها قيمة بالنسبة لمؤرخ اللغة العربية، لأنه نص دون بلهجة القرآن الكريم، باستثناء أثر سهل للنبطية برز عليه... فأنت أمام نص عربي واضح، تفهمه من دون صعوبة ولا مشقة. على حين نجد النصوص الأخرى وقد كتبت بنبطية متأثرة بالعربية الشمالية بعض التأثر. ولهذا فإني أفرق بين هذا النص وبين النصوص السابقة له، وأعده أول نص وصل الينا حتى هذا اليوم كتب بلهجة عربية القرآن الكريم"(1). ونقش حران هذا ثنائي اللغة، كتب بالعربية واليونانية. أما النص العربي فيقول: ...

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Some Torture Facts: Revelations from the Recent SSCI Report on the CIA Detention and Interrogation Program

[Then President George W. Bush and then President-Elect Barack Obama meet in the White House on 10 November 2008. Photo by Eric Draper via Wikimedia Commons]

[Marcy Wheeler, who tweets at @emptywheel, is among the most astute analysts of the US torture policy. As the following set of facts indicates, she is also an archivist and historian. In this collection, which she produced on her website emptywheel.net at the request of her Twitter followers, she reminds us that the torture wheels were set in motion with the 17 September 17 2001 Memorandum of Notification in which then President George W. Bush authorized the CIA to proceed with a "kill or capture" mission; a bit of back-story to the infamous 1 August 2002 "torture memo" authored by John Yoo; and various episodes of one government agency lying to other ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 9)

[Zainab al-Khawaja. Image from wikimedia.]

[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  Why is Saudi Arabia using oil as a weapon? Michael Stephens argues that Saudi Arabia’s decision to lower the price of oil is motivated by its efforts to see Iran’s profits affected.  UK to establish £15m permanent Mid East military Bahraini authorities agree to host the ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (December 9)

[Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Ankara, December 2012. Image by www.kremlin.ru, via Wikimedia Commons.]

[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 “New Turkey,” Democracy, Authoritarianism Balance Makes the Ballerina According to Taha Meli Arvas, the lack of a strong opposition is a concern for Turkish democracy, not the “authoritarian turn” that Western news outlets currently seem to argue. Eurocentrism as a Poor Excuse Joost Lagendijk comments on the intellectual support of the ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 8)

[Photo by Sarah Carr via Flickr]

[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 Cairo's British Embassy Services Office Closes for 'Security Reasons'  Ahram Online reports. Egypt Launches Campaign for UN Security Council Seat Ayah Aman writes, “The Egyptian government has begun a diplomatic offensive to secure votes to win it the North African seat at the UN Security Council for ...

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Studio Visit: Photographer Lina Hashim

Lina Hashim is an Iraqi photographer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She focuses on ways through which Arab emigrants adapt to their lives in Northern Europe and balance their lives with their cultural values and religious beliefs. Hashim studied anthropology and photography and is currently enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. She focused over the past three years on two main projects: “Unlawful meetings” and “No wind - with hijab”. Hashim compares her role in the first to that of a “spy” who takes snapshots of intimate meetings between second generation Arab emigrants in public spaces; this project was compared to the work of Japanese photographer Kohei ...

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Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Racism, Alliances, and Misery: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Moe Ali Nayel and Bassam Haddad

Moe Ali Nayel, a freelance journalist, fixer, and translator based in Beirut, Lebanon, discusses the question of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and how the landscape of Lebanon receives them. In addition to his insights and observations, Moe Ali provides signs, posters, warnings, and maps from Beirut. Please find the transcript of the interview below the player. The interview includes three parts that you can click on separately. Moe Ali writes for Lebanese-based and International English publications. In 2010, he decided to change his tools from fixer to writer and published his first critique. Later in 2011, Nayel began his reporting on Palestinian refugees in Lebanon ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (7 December)

[GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - A guard stands duty in a tower over Camp Delta Sept. 12, 2007. Image by by Army Sgt. Joseph Scozzari.]

[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 OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.] Palestine-Israel Leaked Email: Save the Children Trying to "Contain" Damage from Tony Blair, Ali Abunimah Abunimah details the backlash towards the charity Save the Children for awarding a "Global Legacy Award" to Tony Blair on 19 November, given Blair's ties to the Egyptian government and ...

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The Road to the Mubarak Trial Ruling: An Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Hesham Sallam

[Former President Hosni Mubarak in June 2012.]

In this interview with Zein El Amine and Nada El-Eryan Jadaliyya Co-Editor Hesham Sallam discusses the recent court ruling that cleared Hosni Mubarak and his security aides of the charge of killing protesters during the 2011 eighteen-day uprising. He situates that development in the history of successive attacks against the January 25 Revolution over the course of the past four years. The interview aired on the show "Shay wa Nana" on WPFW on 3 December 2014.

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Maghreb Media Roundup (December 4)

[Screenshot from a video of a home getting destroyed in Guelmim, Morocco due to major recent flooding. Image from video uploaded by Ali Bedar on Facebook]

[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 maghreb@jadaliyya.com by Thursday night of every week] Algeria Are There Lessons to be Learnt From Algeria’s Past? Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck examines similarities and differences between Algeria’s struggle with the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) in the 1990s and the rise of the Islamic State.  الجزائر: مقتل اثنين في أعمال شغب Two people were killed last Friday in clashes between ...

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Farewell Sabah, 1927-2014

[Beirut newspaper stand, the day after Sabah died. Image by Ahmad Gharbieh]

Jeanette Feghali, known to millions across the world as Sabah, died last week at the age of 87.  By the time of her death, she had been a star for almost seven decades. Sabah began her career while still a teenager, moving from Lebanon to Cairo during the 1940s, the golden age of Egyptian cinema. Her image and voice are stored in more than eighty films, and by the time of her death she had recorded over three thousand songs written by generations of the region’s best poets, songwriters, and composers. Her death sparked a period national mourning in Lebanon, bringing fans from all classes, regions, and ages together to celebrate her life. She was a national figure ...

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Making Sense of Tripoli II: The Institutional Catch 22

Root Causes: What They Are Not Tripoli’s conflict is not well understood. Media, and even many policy accounts, often focus on either a simplistic sectarian explanation or “Syrian spillover.” Yet, these two explanations are as inaccurate as they are common. Neither of them accounts for the timing of the conflicts. Part 1 of this two-part series explained why neither sectarianism nor spillover adequately explain the conflict. It also challenged the emphasis on militias, arguing that such an emphasis ...

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New Texts Out Now: Abir Hamdar, The Female Suffering Body: Illness and Disability in Modern Arabic Literature

Abir Hamdar, The Female Suffering Body: Illness and Disability in Modern Arabic Literature. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Abir Hamdar (AH): The whole project was triggered by a question from a friend. She was suffering from a chronic illness and said she found solace in reading about the stories of women with similar experiences. As someone who works on Arabic literature, she had asked me to recommend Arabic literary works that narrate the ...

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Even Morocco’s Friends Know Its Judicial System Is Corrupt and Lacking in Due Process

On 13 August 2014, a US federal court declined to enforce a 123 million dollar judgment issued by a Moroccan court in 2009 against Texas native John Paul DeJoria. In Dejoria v. Maghreb Petroleum Exploration S.A. (W.D. Tex. 13 August 2014), the court laid out various reasons for refusing to recognize the verdict, focusing on the absence of an independent judiciary and the unlimited influence of the Moroccan royal family, especially King Mohammad VI, on the country’s judicial system. In opining ...

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Making Sense of Tripoli I: The Security Trap or Conflating Cause and Effect

Although there are periodic respites, the conflict in Tripoli, Lebanon has become almost routinized with sporadic outbreaks in clashes—some more intense than others. Coverage of “the conflict” has also become routinized, with bursts of reporting, some stronger than others. Generally, analysis revolves around the three S’s: Spillover, Sectarianism, and Salafists. This trifecta of reductionist analysis problematically misrepresents the unfolding situation in Tripoli. To the extent that the causes of the ...

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Lebanon: Rejecting the New Rent Law: An Open Letter to the Parliament

[After twenty-four years of putting forth different rent bills, the Lebanese Parliament has issued a law to liberalize old rent contracts, published in the Official Gazette on 26 June 2014. A committee to protect the rights of tenants in Lebanon has been formed to oppose this new rent law, and has organized a number of protests throughout Beirut to demand its revision. A blog providing information about the law and documenting activists' initiatives against the new law has also been set up.  ...

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تأملات في الصوت الأول

للحياة صوت، فالحضارة صوت، والفنون صوت، والإنسان صوت، والحيوان صوت، والله صوت، والدين صوت، و الثقافة صوت، والحرب صوت، و السلم صوت، والإنتاج صوت، فالحياة كلها صوت، ولا صمت إلا الموت (والصمت تأويل للصوت). ولولا غرق الإنسان في إدراك الحياة بعينه لا بأذنه، لأمكنه أن يُغير مفهومه لوجوده كذات وموضوع معًا ويمتلك حرية أكبر فيما يتعلق بهما، بالإستناد لكل الأصوات حوله وفيه، إذ أن هوس الحضارة الإنسانية بالمراقبة والقياس والتحجيم والتشكيل، يحجب عنه –الإنسان- جوانب مختلفة من ذاته ومحيطه وعالمه. مع إنتقال ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (December 1-7)

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.  Farewell Sabah, 1927-2014 From Raqqa to Derna: Exceptionalism in Expansionism Sexual Violence, Women’s Bodies, and Israeli Settler Colonialism Snapshot: Kuwait City Syria Media Roundup (December 1) Academic Freedom in ...

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سعيد عقل والأسئلة التي يثيرها الموت

بعد أن يموت شاعر يبقى حياً في القصائد التي يبدعها، وفي الأصداء التي يولّدها، وفي الحساسيات التي يُغْْنيها، وفي القراءات المتعددة التي يُتيحها نصه الإبداعي. غير أن سعيد عقل لم يُقرأ بعد قراءة نقدية عميقة ومعظم ما كُتب عنه يندرج في إطار نظرة توفيقية تسامحية لا تمتلك رؤية حول ما هو فني أو غير فني على المستوى الشعري، أي أنها قراءة صحفية وهي الآن مرتبطة بموته أكثر مما هي مرتبطة بأي شيء آخر، وقد يكون السبب في هذا تدهور الجامعات لدينا والتي لا تكترث بتدريس الشعراء الكبار أوبدراستهم، وبغياب الفكر النقدي أيضاً. ...

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Photography Media Roundup (December 6)

[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.] Announcements: Photo Exhibit: Third Eye, Photography Exhibit, Cairo, Egypt Mashrabia Gallery. Opening 14 December at 19:00. 14 December – 13 January 2015. Third Eye presents work by young photographers Sherifa Hamid, ...

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خطة دي ميستورا ... استكمال لصيغة جنيف وليست انقلاباً عليها

سنتان ونصف السنة منذ إعلان بيان جنيف الأول ولم يتم تطبيق أي جزئية منه في القضية السورية، على الرغم من أن جميع اللاعبين الرئيسيين، السوريين والدوليين، إما أعلنوا موافقتهم على بيان جنيف أو بالحد الأدنى لم يبدوا اعتراضهم عليه. فهل ينقلب دي ميستورا حقاً على جنيف كما يحاججنا إبراهيم حميدي ("الحياة" 18/11/2014) أم أنه يستكمله في النواقص التي عطلت تطبيقه؟ أولاً لنتذكر أن جنيف هو اتفاق دولي تم التوصل إليه من دون أي مشاركة سورية، وبالتالي فإن تطبيقه كاملاً سيبقى رهناً بالتوافق الدولي. تركزت جهود الأخضر ...

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From Raqqa to Derna: Exceptionalism in Expansionism

In early November, militants affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria took full control of the Libyan city of Derna, festooning government buildings with the familiar flag bearing the shahada and celebrating their victory over their opponents within the city. A coastal settlement of around 100,000, less than two hundred miles from the eastern city of Benghazi and hours from Tobruk, where the internationally-recognized House of Representative rules from, the loss of Derna aroused fears within ...

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Academic Freedom in the United States: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation Between Steven Salaita and Noura Erakat

Steven Salaita is the author of six books: Israel's Dead Soul; Modern Arab American Fiction: A Reader's Guide; The Uncultured Wars: Arabs, Muslims, and the Poverty of Liberal Thought; Anti-Arab Racism in the USA; The Holy Land in Transit; and Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures, and Politics. He is a former Associate Professor of English at Virginia Tech. See more on Steven's case here and here. Please find the transcript of the interview below the player.  

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