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المجاري في مائة عام: تتبع آثار شبكة الصرف سلام فياض Essential Readings: Palestinians in Latin America Protests in Beirut Egypt Media Roundup
[Graffiti on the wall erected by Lebanese government around the Office of the Prime Minister to prevent protesters from reaching it. Artists took to spraying, drawing, and painting various artwork critiquing the status quo. In this mural, various political parties are represented as silencing the people. Photo by Joelle Boutros]

Quick Thoughts: Moe Ali Nayel on Lebanon’s Garbage Crisis and Protest Movement

[On 22 August 2015, what had in previous weeks been a small protest against the breakdown in garbage collection in Beirut turned into a major anti-corruption demonstration calling for fundamental political and economic change in Lebanon. ...

STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.2 is Live!

After some months of hard work and consolidation, we are more than pleased to announce the release of Issue 2.2 of Status. This issue, like previous issues, includes a remarkable variety of interviews, programs, and reviews related to some ...

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New Texts Out Now: Gary Wilder, Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World

Gary Wilder, Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Gary Wilder (GW): This book grew unexpectedly out of a ...

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قدّروا شجاعة الرجل

بالرغم من ساعات المديح والاحتفاء الكثيرة التي أُغدقتْ على صديقنا العزيز ورفيقنا إقبال أحمد، والتي يستحقها، هناك الكثير الذي يمكن أن يُقال عنه أيضاً. وأشعر بالإطراء لأنني أستطيع، على الأقل، أن أقول المزيد. إن ما لفت نظري أكثر من غيره هو أن ...


Foreign Policies Media Roundup (July-August 2015)

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[This is a monthly roundup of news articles and other materials related to other countries' foreign policies toward the Middle East. It does not reflect the views of the Foreign Polices Roundup Editors of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Foreign Policies Media Roundup to info@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Foreign Policies Roundup" in the subject line.]   United States:   Egypt, U.S. to Hold 'Strategic Dialogue' in July (25 June 2015) Egypt and the United States will hold a strategic discussion in July amidst a lull in relations since the fall of Morsi. While it reinstated aid months ago, Washington ...

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المجاري في مائة عام: تتبع آثار شبكة الصرف الصحي التاريخية لمدينة القاهرة

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مرت بهدوء متوقع في مارس الماضي مئوية مشروع أثر كثيراً على حياة القاهريين، ألا وهو مشروع الصرف الصحي لمدينة القاهرة، والذي تم افتتاحة في 22 مارس 1915. يتتبع هذا المقال المصور شبكة مجاري القاهرة ويلقي الضوء على تاريخها كما يتجول بصرياً بين بقاياها التي ترجع إلى عام 1915. يكشف المشروع الذي خططه وأشرف على تنفيذه المهندس الإنجليزي تشارلز كاركيت جيمس عن عدد من الإشكاليات الهامة لفهم تاريخ القاهرة في عصر الاحتلال البريطاني الرسمي (1882-1923)، فمن ناحية كان إنشاء شبكة الصرف الصحي ضرورة ملحة للحد من تأثير أوبئة الكوليرا التي كانت تفتك بمصر والقاهرة بصفة دورية خلال القرن التاسع عشر وحتى أول القرن العشرين، وبلا شك فقد أثر إنشاء المجاري إيجابياً على صحة القاهريين بشكل عام. ومن ناحية ...

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Essential Readings: Palestinians in Latin America

[The Kattan Family, Honduras, 1920. Image via the author.]

Palestinian struggles in maintaining a strong national identity have been affected by the emergence of three similar yet distinct groups: internally displaced persons; refugees in exile; and Palestinians who have emigrated from their homeland to countries outside of the Middle East. This third group includes descendants born outside of their ancestral homeland. Narratives of Palestinians living in Latin America, falling in the third group, have been largely neglected in scholarly discourses. They do not fit well into a national narrative that has been exclusive to the refugee experience. Therefore, they have not had much space in Palestinian historiography and often do ...

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Has Amnesty International Lost Its Way? A Forensic Analysis of Amnesty’s Reports on Operation Protective Edge (Part 3)

Hamas War Crimes and Violations of International Law The allegation that not just Israel but Hamas as well committed massive war crimes underpins Amnesty’s “balanced” indictment of both sides.  Amnesty’s accusations that Hamas was guilty of  “flagrant violations of international law”—that is, war crimes—fall under two heads: (1) its use of inherently indiscriminate weapons, and (2) its indiscriminate or deliberate targeting of Israeli civilians and civilian objects.  In addition, Amnesty accuses Hamas of having violated the rule of international law requiring it to take all feasible precautions to protect civilians during combat.  Each of these ...

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"Beyond the Frame"، فيلم عن السّوريّ تامر العوام وكلّ من عاش أو لم يعش حربًا

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"Beyond the Frame"، فيلم عن السّوريّ تامر العوام وكلّ من عاش أو لم يعش حربًا في العام 2010، التقيا المخرج المسرحيّ التلفزيونيّ السّوريّ تامر العوام والسّينمائيّ الفلسطينيّ عمر شلش في مدينة "هاللي الألمانيّة، لأول مرة وبعد سوء تفاهم سببته  عن غير قصد - زوجة تامر الألمانيّة السّابقة، حين تحدثت معه في إحدى المرات عبر السكايب وهو في سوريا، وأرادت أن تنقل سلام زميلها (عمر) في العمل إلى زوجها، فقالت له: "بسلّم عليك عمر من إسرائيل". عندها، تشاجر تامر مع زوجته، تامر الذي تعرف على زوجته في العام 2010 في دمشق، وانتقلا فيما بعد إلى ألمانيا. كان تامر العوام ناشطًا سياسيًا أثناء دراسته الجامعيّة، اعتقل على أثر نشاطه مرات عديدة، وحين خرج، كتب رواية ...

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Press Release: Women's Freedom Assembly (Turkey) Calls for Meeting in Varto

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[The following press release was issued by the Women's Freedom Assembly this week] To the Press and Public Opinion: We will be meeting in Varto to confront male dominant state violence A woman PKK guerilla was killed in a clash in Varto. Being a woman, evidently, it wasn’t enough that she died, this didn’t cool down the fury of men from special ops forces. They stripped her naked, took her pictures and put them on the web. Now, the governor of Muş is after those who shared the photos, not after the culprits of this wholesale massacre. We are well aware why woman guerilla Kevser Ertürk (Ekin Van) was stripped naked. This war is as much a war launched against the ...

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حزن مستيقظ إلى الأبد

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[تنشر هذه المادة ضمن ملف " الموجة الجديدة في الشعر السوري  ( أثر الحرب )" انقر/يهنا لمواد الملف الكاملة]              -1- سنعتادُ الأمر؛ /اعذر وقاحتي / المصافحة حركةٌ تافهة؛ ودمي مازال قلقاً مذ ذهب آخر جنديّ الى الحرب ولم يعد . البرودة ليست من شيمي، أسلّي نفسي بتربية الشتائم في غياب العاطفة، والرسالة الثالثة، قد مزقتها . سأندم؛ الندم أمرٌ ضروريّ، أمرٌ مسلٍّ أيضاً، ولكن-هذ

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طريقٌ ترابي طويل

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[تنشر هذه المادة ضمن ملف " الموجة الجديدة في الشعر السوري  ( أثر الحرب )" انقر/يهنا لمواد الملف الكاملة]             "الالتفاف على القناصة" ماذا أفعل بكل هذا الخراب؟ فكرت أن أصنع منه دراجةً هوائيةً بلا فرامل وأسوقها للهاوية.. تنقصني الشجاعة! قلت: أبيعه خردةً لتاجر حربٍ جديد ونستفيد معاً تنقصني الوضاعة.. ماذا سأفعل بكل هذا الخراب هنالك امرأةٌ آخر القصيدة تنتظرني، امرأةٌ ملّت مني ومن الحروب ومن الدخانِ ها أنا أخفي حزني كلما تذكرتها مثل مراهقٍ يمعس سيجارته بيده إن لمح أباه كبكاءٍ خجل من بكائه فاندّس في الأغاني أين أروح بكل هذا الحطام يا لخجلي من عقدة ...

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مفخخة بألغام الشهوة

[لوحة للفنان السوري طارق بطيحي]

[تنشر هذه المادة ضمن ملف " الموجة الجديدة في الشعر السوري  ( أثر الحرب )" انقر/ي هنا لمواد الملف الكاملة]         مفخخة بألغام الشهوة     الإوزّ الجريح   كأنما الأرض لا غطاء لها سوى الجثث العارية  كأنما هي عجوز تبلل الخبز بلعاب أطفالها وتلتهمه  أسعيد أيها الوطن؟ أما زالت أسنانك الزجاجية تقضم لحم الإوزّ الجريح؟ Keep Reading »

Last Week on Jadaliyya (August 10-16)

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.   The Settling of the United States from the Perspective of its Victims Another Palestinian Uprising? Letter from Rojava Ottomanism with a Greek Face: An Interview with Vangelis Kechriotis Three Theses on ISIS: The Universal, the Millenarian, and the Philistine Dwekh Nawsha: A Christian-Iraqi Militia 'What Does the State Want from Dead Bodies?': Suruç and the History of ...

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A Theory of the Drone

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Grégoire Chamayou, A Theory of the Drone, translated by Janet Lloyd. New York: The New Press, 2015. Since the turn of this century, armed drones (that is, unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs) have become a weapon of choice for the United States. Drone strikes started during the Bush administration with the “war on terror.” Under the Obama administration, drone warfare has been elevated to the pinnacle of counter-terrorism strategy, a shift driven by the combined effects of the draw-down of US forces from Iraq and Afghanistan and the administration’s political distaste for capture operations (itself a reaction to the Bush era torture program). The official justification ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (August 11)

[Saudi Arabia turns to financial markets to generate revenue as low oil prices continue to take their toll. Image from Katrina Tuliao/Wikimedia Commons.]

[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 Gulf allies 'back Iran nuclear deal' after US security guarantees The Gulf states decide to back the nuclear deal with Iran after the United States promised them better intelligence-sharing and faster arms transfers. Yemen hostage Isabelle Prime returns to France after release A French woman ...

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Metrography: An Independent Iraqi Photo Agency

What images come to mind when foreigners think of Iraq? Perhaps a blurry shot of soldiers dodging gunfire. A young girl displaced by ISIS staring sadly into the lens. Women who wear black abayas. These are the kind of images taken mostly by foreigners, especially American and European photo agencies and media companies. However, since 2009 Metrography, an independent photo agency in Iraq, has been training Iraqi photographers to tell their country’s stories at a level of internationally competitive ...

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دمشق في اللباس الموحّد

تبدو مناظر الشوارع في دمشق، تلك التي كانت تنتمي إلى فترة العهد الوطني بعد الاستقلال، أشبه بالبطاقات السياحية بالأسود والأبيض، في الوقت نفسه لا تنقصها الألوان الطبيعية، حتى أن اللون الأسود يبدو دخيلاً عليها، مشرقة على نحو يدعونا إلى الحنين إليها، لا سيما وداعتها الآسرة، التي بتنا نفتقد إليها في زمن الصخب، ليس صخب الموسيقا، وإنما أصوات تحليق الطيران الحربي وقصف راجمات الصواريخ، التي لا تتوقف طيلة النهار والليل، حتى اعتدنا على أن نصحو عليها صباحاً وننام على وقعها ليلاً. تركز الكاميرا على ساحة المرجة وعربات ...

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Syria Media Roundup (August 19)

[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 Shielded by the State: Assad’s monopoly over Syria’s public institutions “In Syria, the state and the regime are not the same,” says Kheder Khaddour. ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (August 19)

[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 Tuesday night of every week] Algeria سليم بوفنداسة الحياة اللامرئية للصّحافة الثقافية Said Khatibi interviews prominent cultural intellectual and journalist Said Khatibi on Algerian culture and press ...

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New Texts Out Now: Beth Baron, The Orphan Scandal: Christian Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood

Beth Baron, The Orphan Scandal: Christian Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Beth Baron (BB): This book had a modest beginning as a history of orphans and orphan care in Egypt. Orphans have been largely ignored in historical accounts, yet having often lived on the margins, have a great deal to tell us about family and society. For a variety of reasons, Christian missionaries came to have a near ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (August 18)

[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 Kurdish Politics and the Peace Process Why Did the PKK and HDP Commit This Lunacy? AKP Member of Parliament Markar Esayan describes President Erdoğan, Prime Minister ...

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Hussein Sherbini: Electro Chaabi

“Electro Chaabi” is Hussein Sherbini's debut album. He released it in May 2015 at Vent, a music venue in Cairo. The album title is no more than a "publicity stunt," as Sherbini explains in this interview with Cairo-based critic Rami Abadir. The sound is very different from the increasingly popular genre, but also from Sherbini's earlier work. In this interview, Sherbini discusses how he experiments and "chases" different sound ideas to build his music tracks. From announcements at ...

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لا شيء يصلح لقصيدة حُب

[تنشر هذه المادة ضمن ملف " الموجة الجديدة في الشعر السوري  ( أثر الحرب )" انقر/ي هنا لمواد الملف الكاملة]         لا شيء يصلح لقصيدةِ حُب  في البيت صباح الخير كنت أنتظركِ البارحة ابتلعتُ مقبضَ الباب  من هول غيابكِ ! اعذريني الآن Keep Reading »

Egypt Media Roundup (August 17)

[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.]   Rabea Al-Adawiya Massacre Two-Year Mark  Rights groups criticize Egypt over 2013 bloody crackdown International rights groups said the Egyptian government has failed to ...

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The Architecture of Nostalgia

The Invisible Landscape and Concrete Futures: A Solo Exhibition of Hazem Harb, Salsali Private Museum, Dubai. 3 March—1 September 2015 Contemporary colonialism—exemplified by Israel’s occupation of Palestine—asserts its hegemony through the manipulation of two key sites: historical narratives and physical infrastructures. The effacement of Palestinian presence on the land before 1948 constitutes a crucial part of the former strategy; the construction of walls and settlements that keep Palestinians ...

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New Texts Out Now: Jeffrey Sacks, Iterations of Loss: Mutilation and Aesthetic Form, al-Shidyaq to Darwish

Jeffrey Sacks, Iterations of Loss: Mutilation and Aesthetic Form, al-Shidyaq to Darwish. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Jeffrey Sacks (JS): It’s difficult to talk about beginnings, and so I’m glad you’ve asked about an imperative: What made me write this book? There’s a sentence in one of Mahmoud Darwish’s books, In the Presence of Absence (2006), which reads: “With one massacre, or with two, the name of the country, our country, became ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (August 11)

[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 Kurdish Politics and End of Armistice Erdoğan’s Bloody Gambit Max Zirngast argues that the Turkish government is using the massacre in Suruç to wage war—not on ISIS, but on ...

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