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On Palestinian Cinema: The State of Israel vs. Suha Arraf

Suha Arraf is a Palestinian filmmaker based in Mi’ilya in the Galilee in Israel. Arraf is a journalist by training. This interview with Arraf was conducted following the recent screening of her debut feature film, Villa Touma, at the ...

[Commemoration ceremony in Istanbul, 24 April 2014. Photo by Heghnar Watenpaugh.]

Let Us Make a New Beginning: Speech for the Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration in Istanbul

[The following is a speech delivered by Heghnar Watenpaugh in Armenian and Turkish on behalf of Project 2015 at a ceremony commemorating the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. The ceremony was held in Taksim Square in Istanbul on 24 April ...

Water Management in Jordan in Response to the Syrian Crisis: Between Neoliberal Pressures and Social Tensions

Since 1948, the Kingdom of Jordan has taken in a considerable number of refugee populations fleeing conflicts in Palestine, Iraq and now Syria. While this brings the country significant international aid, it also raises the question of the ...

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Goodbye, Antoura

[The following is an excerpt from Goodbye, Antoura: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide. The English translation, by Simon Beugekian, edited by Aram Goudsouzian, was published in 2015.] At night, elderly Turkish women patrolled up and down ...


من اجل مجتمع مدني فاعل في مصر: مقابلة للوضع بين لينا عطا الله وجاسر عبد الرازق

نشرت جريدة الأهرام إعلاناً في تموز\يوليو 2014 من وزارة التضامن الاجتماعي يتضمن تهديداً لجميع منظمات المجتمع المدني مضمونه تقنين وضعها طبقاً لقانون الجمعيات الأهلية، أو مواجهة التحرك القانوني ضدها والإغلاق. وجاء هذا التهديد في سياق من التضييق المستمر على الحريات ومختلف أنواع المعارضة للنظام. تلاه حملة مستمرة من التشويه للمنظمات الحقوقية التي يمثل عملها تحدياً للدولة وانتهاكها للحقوق. وفي كانون الأول\ديسمبر2014، قررت المبادرة المصرية للحقوق الشخصية، وهي من أهم المنظمات الحقوقية في مصر، تقنين أوضاعها وفقاً لمتطلبات النظام. وفيما توقع البعض أن هذا التوجه يمثل تهديداً لإمكانية استمرارالمبادرة٬ يحدثنا جاسر عبد الرازق في هذا اللقاء عن كون هذا التوجه نوعاً من أنواع ...

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Academics for Palestine Ireland supports the organisers of the Southampton conference

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Academics for Palestine, a group of Irish academics – from both the Republic of Ireland and the North of Ireland – set up to create awareness and build the academic boycott of Israel campaign in Ireland, expresses its support for the organisers of the International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism conference which was due to take place on 17-19 April 2015, at the University of Southampton, UK. The University blocked the conference citing reasons of ‘health and safety’. In doing so, it has succumbed to pressure from Israel lobby organizations (including the Zionist Federation and the Board of Deputies of British Jews), who were ...

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نقابة الصحفيين: احتكار بالقانون

يواجه شادي سمحان ذات المعضلة التي يعاني منها أكثر من 500 صحفي أردني محرومين من حق الانضمام لنقابة تدافع عنهم وتنظم عملهم، وغير معترف بهم كصحفيين أمام القانون. سمحان عمل لعشرة سنوات كمراسل صحفي في صحف «الشاهد، الأنباط، الإعلام البديل، الإخبارية، الهلال»، وفي عام 2011 أنشأ موقعه الإلكتروني «عمان جو». في حزيران 2014 مثُل أمام المدعي العام كشاهد، ورفض كصحفي الكشف عن مصدره الذي اتهمته الشركة التي يعمل فيها بإفشاء أسرار الشركة. وما كان من المدّعي العام إلا أن وجّه إليه تهمة شهادة الزور باعتباره منتحلا لصفة صحفي لأن اسمه غير مدرج في سجلات نقابة الصحفيين، بحسب سمحان. وحُكم عليه بالحبس لمدة ثلاثة شهور، لكنه سيستأنف الحكم. «كيف يمكن أن أحاكم على شهادة الزور باعتباري منتحلا لصفة ...

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Dwekh Nawsha: A Christian-Iraqi Militia

[The Dwekh Nawsha militia on the road to the front line in the Nineveh plain, north of Mosul, Iraq. It is the armed wing of the Assyrian Patriotic Party formed to protect Christian villages. It fights alongside Peshmerga forces against ISIS. As of November 2014, the militia had forty fighters, with about two hundred volunteers waiting to join. Photo by Andy Spyra.]

[Text by Sinan Antoon, photos by Andy Spyra from November 2014 and March 2015.] The fall of Mosul and other towns on the Nineveh plain in northern Iraq to ISIS this past summer was a monumental tragedy. It forced hundreds of thousands of Iraqis to flee their homes. Iraqi Christians, together with Yazidis and Shi‘a, and even Sunnis who opposed ISIS were priority targets. The number of Christian Mosulites was estimated at sixty thousand back in 2003. It was much higher in previous decades. But dictatorship, the devastating UN/US economic sanctions imposed on Iraq between 1990 and 2003, and the sectarian militia violence of post 2003 had whittled down their numbers and ...

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On Developments in Yarmouk: France 24 Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani

[Screenshot from below interview with Mouin Rabbani by France 24]

In this interview with France 24, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani speaks about the situation in the Yarmouk district of Damascus. Yarmouk has historically been the primary center of Palestinian life in Syria, and much of it was recently seized by the Islamic State movement. Rabbani discusses the situation of the Palestinian community in Syria, the failure of Palestinian leaderships to serve their interests, and also the efforts of the UN Special Envoy for Syria. 

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It’s a Kind of a Domesticated Wilderness: An Interview with Abbas Akhavan

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People ask me, “What does it mean?” And I say: “It doesn’t mean anything.” Evidently, the work of Toronto-based artist Abbas Akhavan carries connotations, pointing the viewer to a certain direction. Yet the artist refrains from pedagogic messages, thus encouraging viewers to form their own opinions. At the core of Akhavan’s practice, which he defines as a declination of possible answers to the same problem, lies the idea of the sacred—the respect of nature’s welcoming tenderness, blended with a menacing pugnacity. Installed for the first time at the Third Line Gallery in Dubai, his Study for a Curtain—modeled after a pit trap and comprised of exotic plant leaves—draws on ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 14)

[Mohammad ibn Salman and Salman ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud. Image from google images.]

[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 US to GCC: We still have your back Geoffrey Aronson examines US-Gulf relations.  Mr. 2%: Tony Blair’s Secret Oil Contract with Saudis Revealed The LipTV reports on Tony Blair’s secret contract with a Saudi oil company. Saudi Arabia boosts crude oil production to highest level on ...

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Istanbul Film Festival Cancels Competitions Due to Censorship

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The thirty-fourth annual Istanbul Film Festival has cancelled all of its film competitions at the behest of the various juries, given the extraordinary circumstances at the film festival this year. The festival was forced to withdraw a programmed screening of a Kurdish documentary, Bakur [North] (Çayan Demirel and Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, 2015) from the festival, which resulted in all of the domestic competition films except for two being pulled from the festival by the filmmakers. Filmmakers and film critics from Turkey had issued a press release on 12 April condemning the decision to censor the film Bakur at the Istanbul Film Festival. The signatories of the press statement ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (March 2015)

Free Palestine rally in Cairo. Image by Gigi Ibrahim

 [This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions, and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyyastrives 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).]   In Need of Aid but Hungry for ...

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Performing 'An Iliad' in Cairo

Like 'The Iliad', 'An Iliad' is a story about the glory and horror of war. Homer focused on the last few weeks of The Trojan War in his epic work, and director Lisa Peterson and actor Denis O'hare did the same in their theatrical adaptation. A major goal for them was to actively engage contemporary audiences with the work. So for three years, they met and read different parts of the text to one another before discussing and expressing the events in their own words. Over time, a script was formed that included parts in Latin, as well as the formal English translation of the poem, but also similes and metaphors that are very powerful, relatable and contemporary. O'hare, ...

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الفن الحيّ وفائدته السياسية: مقابلة للوضع بين تانيا الخوري و بسام حداد

تعالج هذه المقابلة مع تانيا الخوري فكرة الفن كسياسة وسيرورة صناعة أدائها المنفرد ومشاريع فنها الحي القائمة على التعاون المشترك تانيا الخوري تانيا الخوري فنانة تعمل في مجال العروض الحية بين مدينتي لندن وبيروت. أعمالها الفردية تعرض في مهرجانات عالمية عديدة وهي ترتكز على الشراكة والتفاعل مع الجمهور وعلى أفكار تتحدى تمركز السلطة  تانيا عضو مؤسس في مجموعة الدكتافون التي تقوم ببحوث عن المكان الفضاءمن أجل خلق عروض حيّة من شأنها أن تفتح نقاشاً في المدينة    

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Syria Media Roundup (April 13)

[Image of rebel fighters in Aleppo, Syria. Image by Freedom House via Flickr.]

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 In Syria's war, Alawites pay heavy price for loyalty to Bashar al-Assad Alawites have seen up to a third of their young men lose their lives because of the Syrian conflict and their unwavering loyalty to Assad and the regime. Dire situation in Yarmouk refugee camp, and ...

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إدواردو غاليانو: عدوّ النسيان

”حين أموت ستبقى الريح، ستواصل بقاءها“ إدواردو غاليانو - من كتاب المعانقات خطف الموت إدواردو غاليانو، الذي وصفه الروائي جون بيرغر بأنه "عدوّ الكذب واللامبالاة، وقبل كل شيء عدوّ النسيان، والذي بفضله ستتذكر البشرية جرائم الغرب". كتب إدواردو غاليانو مرة "إن الكتابة هي ضد النسيان، الذي يمارس القتل الحقيقي".وأعتقد أن كتب غاليانو، الذي مات غير مكترث بالموت في قرن الريح الأكثر عصفاً، تُقدِّم ترياقاً سحرياً لمعالجة مرض النسيان الناجم عن فيروس مُصنّع في مخابر السلطات المتشابكة والعابرة ...

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Twenty Wheelchairs Roam Downtown Cairo in Mission Roosevelt

Twenty wheelchairs driving through the city streets can feel like an invasion, says Diane Bonnot, the co-creator of Mission Roosevelt. As part of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF), Bonnot along with Iacopo Fulgi adapted their performance to downtown Cairo's streets. And through an open call, 20 participants were invited to complete a mission, interacting along the way with the streets, traffic and passersby. We followed the group as they started their mission and spoke to some of the ...

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عن ما بعد الثورة وقبلها: مقابلة للوضع بين سنان أنطون وبلال فضل

في هذه المقابلة يلقي الكاتب المعارض والمشهور بلال فضل الضوء على الطريقة التي أسهم بها المفكرون والمنشقون في الخطاب الثوري والخطاب المضاد للثورة.تتضمن المقابلة أدناه خمسة أجزاء تستطيعون أن تنقروا على كل منها بشكل منفصل.    بلال فضل بلال فضل كاتب مصري ولد في القاهرة عام 1973. سبق و أن عمل محررا وكاتبا في كبريات الصحف المصرية والعربية. كتب عشرات السيناريوهات لمسلسلات وأفلام مصرية و لديه العديد من الكتب آخرها "فتح بطن التاريخ" (دار الشروق 2014).

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The Joint List: The Fetishism of Representation and the Illusion of Influence

In the recent Israeli elections, the parties representing the Palestinian citizens united in one list: the Joint List. It has attracted more external enthusiasm than internal. Authors like Lebanese novelist Elias Khoury praised the list, endorsed it, and even suggested it as a model for elsewhere in the Arab world. Yet, Arab voters—Netanyahu’s alarmism notwithstanding—did not go to the polls in droves. Lacking any element of fierce inter-party competition, the movement of voters on election day was slow. ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ran Greenstein, Zionism and its Discontents: A Century of Radical Dissent in Israel/Palestine

Ran Greenstein, Zionism and its Discontents: A Century of Radical Dissent in Israel/Palestine. London: Pluto Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Ran Greenstein (RG): History is frequently written from a skewed perspective, as we tend to look at developments in retrospect, knowing already what their outcomes were. A better approach would be to look at events and responses as they unfolded in time, from the point of view of actors located within their own context, rather than from ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 14)

[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 Hostage Crisis A Murder and Primitive Opposition Commenting on the hostage crisis on 31 March that ended with the murder of the prosecutor and two protesters, Etyen ...

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Setups and Slander against Morocco's Dissidents: Sex, Drugs, Money, and Videos

A series of cases have touched resistance leaders and activists who participated or supported the 20 February Movement, from al-Adl wal-Ihsane (AWI) Islamists to members of secular institutions. Sex, financial, or drug scandals: for each activist, a "crime" was deployed to play on a taboo of their ideology in order to discredit and undermine the Moroccan version of the "Arab Spring."  On 17 March, a dozen plainclothes police officers arrested Hicham Mansouri, a journalist and ...

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Okmeydani: A Targeted Territory

The death on 11 March 2014, in the Okmeydanı hospital, of the young Berkin Elvan (fifteen years old) after months in a coma—he had been a victim of police violence on 16 June 2013 during the protests in support of Gezi—followed by his funeral and the murder of young Burak Can Karamanoğlu (twenty-two years old) on the night of 12 March, as well as the counter-demonstrations on 13 March, once again placed the territory of Okmeydanı under the spotlight of the media and politicians. Often referred to as a ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 13)

[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 Egypt Condemns Turkey’s Comments on Latest Death Sentences to Brotherhood Leaders Aswat Masriya reports.   More Egyptians Return from ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (April 6-12)

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. We Completely Agree: Egyptian Television Media in the Era of Al-Sisi New Texts Out Now: Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappe, and Frank Barat, On Palestine Britain's "Interest" in Bahrain: Legal Fictions and the Logic of Empire The ...

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Event--ISIS: Origins and Illusions (14 April, Princeton University)

Princeton Middle East Society invites you to a panel discussion: ISIS: Origins and Illusions Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 4:30 p.m. Computer Science Building (Room 104) Princeton University, Princeton, NJ Co-sponsored by The Mamdouha S. Bobst center for Peace and Justice Distinguished Panelists Chris Hedges: Pultzer Prize winning journalist, former Middle East Beureau Chief for The New York Times  Eric Davis: Professor of Political Science and past director of the Middle East Studies ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (11 April)

[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.] Iran Here's What You Need to Know About the Iran Deal, Noah RaymanTime magazine provides an overview of a deal reached between Iran and the US ...

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