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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.3 is Live! Celebrating Our One-Year Anniversary

Amidst the rambunctious MESA (Middle East Studies Association) conference atmosphere, we and all our partner organizations are happy to announce the release of STATUS/الوضع Issue 2.3. By far, this is our richest and most diverse ...

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A Moveable Feast? Reflections on the French Coverage of the Paris Attacks

Writing on the relationship between acts of terror and the mystification of liberalism in 1947, Maurice Merleau-Ponty wrote that, “cunning, violence, propaganda, and realpolitik” appeared “in the guise of liberal principles” and were “the ...

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The Diaspora, Debt, and Dollarization: Unraveling Lebanon’s Resilience to a Sovereign Debt Crisis

There are no official statistics on the numbers of Lebanese who have emigrated and are working abroad, nor on the immense sums of money they transfer to their home country. According to World Bank estimates, remittances comprised between ...

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يكفيني أن ألمس ورقة خضراء حتى أرى

              ورقة خضراء قبل أن أنقل حياتي البسيطة إلى هذا الزمان،  لم تكن أحلامي لترتفع أعلى من سماء، تغطي دالية عنب،  حيث الحكمة في متناول كل حي * كان يكفيني أن ألمس ورقة ...

Salaita Update: Settlement Reached in Case of Professor Fired for 'Uncivil' Tweets

[The following press released was issued on 12 November 2015 by Steven Salaita's legal defense team.] Settlement Reached in Case of Professor Fired for “Uncivil” Tweets Contact: Jen Nessel, (212) 614-6449, November 12, 2015, Chicago – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel Loevy & Loevy announced the settlement of Professor Steven Salaita’s case against the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for firing him from his tenured position over his personal tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s assault on Gaza in 2014. Professor Salaita sued UIUC, the university Board of Trustees and high-level ...

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Dalieh’s Civil Campaign’s Open Competition: Three Winning Entries

Last June 2015, The Civil Campaign to Preserve the Dalieh of Beirut announced its open ideas competition results at the Lebanese Ministry of Environment. The jury selected three winning entries from twenty submissions. The selection was made on the basis on the projects’ sensitivity to the urban context, reaffirming the historical identity of Dalieh as a space for the public, functionality, flexibility, and economic feasibility, ecological and environmental sustainability, the institutional framework addressing property and managerial/administrative concerns, innovation and creativity, and clarity and completeness of the submission. Winning Entry: The Last Resort ...

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Syria Media Roundup (November 11)

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[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 by Monday night of every week.]   Inside Syria  Policeman, Rebel, Farmer – Abu Luay Has Seen it All “Working as a policeman before the uprising, Abu Luay quickly defected as the government’s crackdown on peaceful protestors grew steadily more violent. After fighting with various opposition groups for nearly a year, he put down his weapons to create a DIY-electricity project ...

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New Texts Out Now: Moustafa Bayoumi, This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror

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Moustafa Bayoumi, This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror. New York: New York University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Moustafa Bayoumi (MB): The War on Terror made me write This Muslim American Life. I believe that the people of the United States aren’t taking sufficient notice of how much the War on Terror is structuring contemporary life, both in this country and abroad. Muslim Americans will feel differently. We have been subjected to sweep arrests and deportations, blanket surveillance of our everyday activities, scripted sting operations that really create rather than discover terrorist suspects, and much more. ...

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Asad’s Officer Ghetto: Why the Syrian Army Remains Loyal

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The Syrian army’s officer corps has remained intact despite the immense pressure of nearly four years of civil and military conflict, a fact that has prevented the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Asad’s regime. The military housing system is a crucial aspect of this cohesion: it reveals the world Syrian officers inhabit, their relations with the regime and wider Syrian society, and the reasons why so few have defected so far.  While there have been defections in the infantry, no major fighting unit has broken away en masse, as defection on this scale would have required the participation of middle- to high-ranking officers. Indeed, the core of the officer corps ...

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Dalieh’s Civil Campaign’s Open Competition: Results

When we started working on the ''Revisiting Dalieh'' competition about a year ago, our goal was to involve the largest number of people in shaping visions for the location of Dalieh of Raouche, as a starting point for a public debate about the common spaces in the city. We wanted to present alternative visions to the current practices along the Lebanese coast, serving as models or pilots for the design, management, and sustainability of similar spaces. We also wanted to raise public awareness about the importance of the environment, and the respect for nature and its components as they are, as a fundamental right, not to be truncated. On the other hand, we wanted to ...

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Rights Groups Outraged by Hossam Bahgat’s Detention, Demand his Immediate Release

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Rights groups in Egypt and abroad have condemned the detention of Mada Masr contributor Hossam Bahgat in a series of statements released after military prosecutors took him into custody Sunday. They declared their solidarity with the imprisoned journalist and called on the Egyptian authorities to release him immediately. Bahgat has been charged with broadcasting false information that disturbs public security, and is currently being held under a four-day detention order issued by military prosecutors. His current whereabouts remain unknown.  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon expressed concern on Monday about Bahgat’s detention, describing him as a ...

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Early Spring in Jordan: The Revolt of the Military Veterans

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The Jordanian Hirak grassroots movement of 2011–2013 is increasingly being recognized as a social and political protest movement born out of discontent in East Bank hinterlands long thought to be home to unflagging supporters of Jordan’s autocratic regime. The movement’s foundations were laid in the spring of 2010 by a revolt of Jordanian military veterans that combined an East Bank nationalism critical of the government’s approach to the Palestine question with an opposition to neoliberal economic reforms that had come to dominate policymaking under King Abdullah II. Taken together, the two strands reflected a rising tide of political contention in Hashemite Jordan ...

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كيف يمكن للقدس الصمود؟

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منذ سنوات، دأب أحد الأقارب من أبناء القدس الأصيلين يحذّرني من أنّ المخططات الإسرائيلية للاستيلاء على الحرم الشريف جاهزة بل قيد التنفيذ، وسيتم تحويل ساحاته إلى "حديقة وطنية" ترتبط بالمساحات الاستيطانية اليهودية المقامة في شرق المدينة المقدسة (حيث ستقام "الحديقة التوراتية")، بواسطة فتح "باب التوبة" (المغلق منذ العهد الأيوبي) في الجدار الشرقي للحرم، ثم إقامة كنيس في الزاوية الجنوبية الغربية للحرم يطل على ساحة البراق. وكنت أقول له دائماً إن ذلك خيالي وغير ممكن، ولن يُسمح بمثل هكذا تغيير في الوضع القائم (status-quo)، وأن يذهب به بعيداً عن الوضع الفعلي الظاهري. لكن بعد أسبوعين من الفعاليات العنيفة لـ "انتفاضة القدس" وما شملها من ...

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أيها الأساتذة أين أنتم؟

ثار مقال نشره الصحفي الأميركي نيكولاس كريستوف في صحيفة النيويورك تايمز بعنوان "أيها الأساتذة، نحن بحاجة إليكم"، جدلاً في الأوساط الثقافية والأكاديمية الأميركية وذلك بسبب تناوله لموضوع حساس ومهم يتعلق بواقع الدراسات الأكاديمية في أميركا. والنقطة التي يطرحها كريستوف هي أن الأكاديميين في أميركا منفصلون عن الواقع ويعيشون في علبهم الفكرية التخصصية وما من جسور بينهم وبين الجماهير العامة، وأنهم غير قادرين على الاستشفاف، وأحد الأمثلة على ذلك أنهم لم يستطيعوا التنبؤ بالربيع العربي. والسبب في ذلك هو أن اعتماد الباحثين على البناءات النظرية لم يكن مفيداً في عملية التنبؤ بالاضطرابات.   يضيف كريستوف أنّ بعض أذكى المفكرين حول المشكلات المحلية والعالمية هم أساتذة جامعيون ...

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Fanon in Palestine: A Four-Part Essay Series

Part 1: Why Fanon? The Indispensability of Thought and the Urgency of Action Palestine is in the throes of revolt. It started with protests and demonstrations at the presence of Israeli “Temple Mount” activists (and their political benefactors) at the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, the symbolic pillar of Palestinian spirituality and national redemption. The unrest then spread to other cities on both sides of the Green Line. From Nazareth to Nablus to Bethlehem, young Palestinians have taken to the streets to hurl stones and Molotov cocktails at an occupation that plunders their future and consigns their bodies to be broken on the wheels of a colonial machine. ...

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Be It Resolved: Full Text of the Proposed AAA Boycott Resolution

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Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions has submitted a boycott resolution to the American Anthropological Association (AAA) for consideration at the upcoming Annual Meeting in Denver. The resolution endorses the Palestinian civil society call to boycott Israeli academic institutions until they take concrete steps to end their complicity with Israel’s systematic abuses of Palestinian rights. This includes refraining from any formal collaborations with Israeli universities or academic associations. The academic boycott is an act of protest against Israel’s violations and an act of solidarity with our Palestinian colleagues. It is ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (Nov 5 - 11)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page Co-Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to] The Occupation Forces Israeli Forces Shoot Dead Seventy Two Years Old Palestinian Woman Thawarat Ashrawi was killed while filling her car with gasoline. Israeli forces claim she was intending to ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 11)

Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 11) [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 by Monday night of every week.]  Al Salman demands Lifting the 11 months ban on Freedom of Assembly & allowing the UN ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (October 2015)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of October 2015. It also includes the most recent roundups, editors picks, and most-read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our Monthly Edition series.   The Ankara Massacre and the State as a Serial Killer in Erdogan’s Turkey Call by Academics for International Solidarity after the Ankara Bombing Netanyahu at the UN: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat ...

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Prominent Anthropologists Explain Why They Support the AAA Boycott Resolution

On 20 November 2015, members of the American Anthropological Association will vote on a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions. Over the past year, a number of prominent anthropologists have written eloquently about why they support such a boycott, urging their colleagues to join them in that support. Here are some of the highlights:         Lisa Rofel & Ilana Feldman, Why Anthropologists Should Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions James Ferguson, Israel BDS - ...

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Revisiting Dalieh: Open Ideas Competition Results & Updates

In June 2015, The Civil Campaign to Preserve the Dalieh of Beirut announced its open ideas competition results at the Lebanese Ministry of Environment. The Civil Campaign is a coalition of individuals invested in safeguarding Beirut’s livability, advocating for the protection of the city’s seafront as a shared space and open access zone. The campaign had launched its open ideas competition on 24 March 2015, under the patronage of the Lebanese Ministry of Environment, the American University of Beirut’s ...

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Dalieh’s Civil Campaign’s Open Ideas Competition: Jury Report

The jury held its official deliberation on Saturday 30 May 2015 at the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut. The jury members included Jad Chaaban (AUB); Habib Debs (URBI); Marwan Ghandour (Iowa State University); Hans Kienle (University of Stuttgart); Jala Makhzoumi (AUB); Nizar Saghieh (Legal Agenda); Jad Tabet (URBI, UNESCO); Andreja Tutundzic (IFLA); as well as deputy jurors Wafa Charafeddine (CDR) and Mona Harb (AUB). The jury unanimously elected Jad Tabet, an architect, ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (November 2-8)

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 Zionists’ Mufti Fanon in Palestine: A Four-Part Essay Series أيها الأساتذة أين أنتم؟ جميلة بوحيرد Can Total War in the Middle East Be Prevented? Eyes on the Sea: Syrian Refugees Flee Egypt Engaged ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 9)

[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.]  Political Rights Prosecution freezes assets of Al-Masry Al-Youm co-founder Salah Diab Egypt's prosecution ordered the freezing of owner and co-founder of Al-Masry Al-Youm ...

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أطفال السحاب: نصوص لإدواردو غاليانو

  17 كانون الأول\ديسمبر اللهب الصغير في صباح يوم مثل هذا اليوم من سنة 2010، كما في كل صباح آخر، كان محمد البوعزيزي يدفع أمامه عربة محمّلة بالفواكه والخضار في مكان ما من تونس. وكما في كل صباح آخر، كان رجال الشرطة يأتون كي يقبضوا الضريبة التي لفّقوها. ولكنّ محمد رفض أن يدفع هذا الصباح. ضربه رجال الشرطة، وقلبوا عربته وداسوا فاكهته وخضاره المبعثرة على الأرض. عندئد بلّل محمد نفسه من الرأس إلى القدم بالبنزين وأضرم النار. في بضعة أيام، ذلك اللهب الصغير، والذي ليس أطول من بائع جوال، نما وامتدّ كي ...

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يا لطيف! جدلية تدخل عامها الخامس

يا لطيف! جدلية تدخل عامها الخامس من الصعب أن نبالغ بحماسنا المتواصل للعمل على “جدلية”. لكن في ظل الأوضاع الراهنة في المنطقة، من الصعب الحفاظ على حماس غير مقيّد. لقد أطلقنا هذا المشروع قبل وقت قصير من انطلاق الثورات العربية وتطورت المجلة بموازاة الحماس الذي واكب انطلاق الثورات العربية. ونجدنا نواجه الآن لحظة من اليأس الطويل ببصيص أمل. لكننا مصممون على التقدم إلى الأمام. بعد خمس سنوات من إطلاق “جدلية”، ما زلنا ننظر إليها كأنها حديثة الولادة، ونخصها بكل الرعاية والقوة وأحياناً عدم الشعور بالأمان الذين ...

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ستيفن سلايطة... الحرية الأكاديمية الأميركية لا تشمل فلسطين

"لست الأول ولن أكون الأخير الذي أقيل من الأكاديمية الأميركية بسبب موقفه من القضية الفلسطينية ودعمه لحقوق الإنسان الفلسطيني، ومعارضته للصهيونية. ولكن عندما أتحدث عن هذه القصة، علينا أن نضعها في سياقها الأميركي الأوسع. والآن أطلب منكم أن تستمعوا إلى هذه الجملة: "على المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان الفلسطيني الحذر!" إن هذه الجملة تشكل واقعاً في الأكاديمية الأميركية وواقعاً يكفي لإقالة صاحبه وهو أمر مخيف جدا!" بهذه الكلمات تحدث الباحث والأكاديمي، ستيفن سلايطة، في نيويورك بمناسبة صدور كتابه ...

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Cities Media Roundup (October 2015)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to, mentioning "Roundup" in the subject line. We also welcome your submissions to the Cities Page: please check details on] Urban and Real Estate Development Video: Middle-Income Housing ...

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