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“Til Sect Do You Part?” On Sectarianism and Intermarriage in Lebanon

In August 2017, a Christian man and a Muslim woman (Boutros and Marwa) made headlines when they married in Lebanon. Why? One might assume that the interreligious nature of the couple prompted this media attention. However, that was far ...

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آخر أيّام المدينة - الجزء الاول

"آخر أيّام المدينة" أو "الحضارة في آخر أيامها" كما قال "آخر الرجال المحترمين" بدأ حضور "المدينة" في السينما المصريّة يأخذ شكلًا مميزًا خلال السبعينيات كنتيجة للفترة الساداتيّة التي وُعدت ووعَدت ...

[An image of Ahmed Ouyahia, current Algerian prime minister. Image from Wikimedia Commons]

Game of Mustaches: A Song of Mustache and Technocracy

It was the second unexpected sacking of an Algerian prime minister in less than three months. After Abdelmalek Sellal, Abdemajid Tebboune's turn came with no going-away party. The prime ministers fell one after the other, and one wondered ...

Istanbul: A Megacity in the Light of Turkey’s Political Transformation

Jean-François Pérouse, Istanbul Planète, La Ville-Monde Du Xxie Siècle. Paris: La Découverte, 2017. This book is the result of more than twenty years of social, economic, and urban observations and investigations by a geographer[i] ...


Nuclear Ruminations

[A mockup of the Fat Man nuclear device. Image via US Department of Defense]

I was in Japan this August for two reasons. First, to give a talk at a conference hosted by Princeton University and the Prefecture of Hiroshima titled “Global Hiroshima: The History, Politics and Legacies of Nuclear Weapons.” Second, I wanted to attend the peace ceremonies commemorating the seventy-second year of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was a strange time to be travelling in Japan. North Korea had just tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 that presumably could now strike targets within the continental United States. Angry words threatening nuclear attacks were flying from both US President Donald Trump and North ...

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Manich Msamah and the Face of Continued Protest in Tunisia

Manich Msamah protest in Tunis on 22 July 22 2017. Photo by Fadhil Alsagoff.

“Capitalism protects politicians and politicians protect capitalism, and both are cowards.” -- Taieb Henchir, Manich Msamah member, discussing the Economic Reconciliation Law. On 19 July 2017 the Tunisian parliament approved seven articles of the Economic Reconciliation Act, which was recently renamed the Law of Administrative Reconciliation in response to two years of protests spearheaded by the youth grassroots movement Manich Msamah (“I do not forgive,” in Tunisian dialect: مانيش مسامح). At eight o’clock in the evening on 27 July 2017,  the night before the long-awaited parliamentary vote on the amended facets of the Economic Reconciliation Act, approximately ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (August 14-20)

[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.] تونسيات محرومات من اختيار أزواجهن قصص قصيرة للكاتب الفنزويلي غابرييل خيمينيز إيمان مشاهدات يومية واجتماعية من السويداء: من حركة الاعتصام... إلى اغتيال البلعوس

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Vox Populi Relaunches on Jadaliyya!

[Gemmayze Graffiti. Beirut, Lebanon. May 2017. Image by Camille Reynolds.]

The new and refreshed Vox Populi page has officially relaunched as of 21 August 2017. In the rejuvenation process, we focused on building on our existing mission but made some adjustments in order to ensure sustainable content. Each month, Vox Populi (voxpop.jadaliyya.com) will focus on a different thematic subject, which we will analyze through the variety of pieces and roundups we produce that month. Below is our mission statement:  Vox Populi features popular artistic and aesthetic expressions that emanate from the Middle East. It seeks to highlight silenced, underrepresented, and/or subversive cultural forms and conduits while challenging ...

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2017 ماذا شاهد السوريون/ات خلال رمضان

    اعتادت الدراما التلفزيونية السورية أن تُسيطرعلى سوق العرض الرمضاني العربي. لكن هذه السنة كان الوضع مُغاير، فقد تأثرت الدراما السورية إلى حدّ كبير بالأحداث السياسية التي تشهدها سوريا والمنطقة عموماً. مما أدى لخروج ثلث الأعمال السورية من المنافسة الرمضانية هذا العام. كان التسويق من العوامل الأساسية  المسؤولة عن تراجع مستوى الدراما السورية حيث رفضت الكثير من المحطات العربية وخاصة الخليجية شراء الأعمال السورية بأسعار مناسبة خاصةً تلك التي تقع في فئة الأعمال الاجتماعية المعاصرة. لذلك كانت معظم المسلسلات التي عُرضت على القنوات الفضائية خلال رمضان تنتمي إلى فئة البيئة الشامية كباب الحارة (الجزء التاسع) وطوق البنات (الجزء الرابع) أو فئة الفانتازيا ...

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Anti-ISIS Music in Iraq

[Screenshot from Tagat wel Ma Tagat (2014), taken from YouTube.]

 Soon after the withdrawal of most of the US military from Iraq, bequeathing a weak and corrupt clientele government in Baghdad, ISIS took over several Iraqi small towns before occupying Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city in June 2014. The Iraqi army was already suffering from a lack of proper training and was infested with corruption. Young, mostly poor, men started mobilizing to volunteer for the army and al-Hashd al-Sha’abi, or Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), a Shi'a-dominated militia, to liberate Iraqi cities that fell to ISIS. These mobilization efforts essentially began in response to a fatwa by the Grand Ayatollah Sistani, the highest Shi'a ...

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The Changing Face of Street Art in the MENA Region: Diminishing the Voice of the People?

[Ouzville in Progress. May 2017. Image by Camille Reynolds.]

Street art in all of its forms has long been associated with subversive goals and a compelling aesthetic. Created by individuals and communities who strived to push back against oppressive systems of power, contribute to civil and political discourses they were otherwise excluded from, and expand upon the boundaries of artistic expression, street art has always been a highly inclusive, accessible, and often effective method for those in a society to amplify their voice. Political actors across the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region in particular have used street art to articulate dissent and dissatisfaction with oppressive regimes. However, there are also those who ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 21)

[A solidarity poster for imprisoned photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, popularly known as Shawkan. Photo from the Shawkan Photo Awards Facebook page.]

[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.]  Political Rights Fear and oblivion before the violent Rabea dispersal, celebration and denial afterward A journalist sifts through her interviews in and around the bloody dispersal of Rabea al-Adaweya sit-in. Rabea: How do we live with ourselves after witnessing a massacre? Most Egyptians have constructed their own narratives around Rabea in order ...

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La moustache de fer (A Song of Mustache and Technocracy)

[L'homme à la moustache de fer, Ahmed Ouyahia, est de retour. À l'heure de l'urgence économique, le voilà en première ligne, et ce n'est sûrement pas pour rigoler.]

C'est le deuxième limogeage en moins de trois mois. Après Abdelmalek Sellal, c'est au tour d'Abdelmadjid Tebboune de prendre la porte sans pot de départ. Les Premiers ministres algériens tombent donc comme des mouches, et l'on se demande bien qui va pouvoir relever le défi. La question à peine posée, il surgit déjà, engoncé dans son costume noir d'énarque, rond et souriant, et pourtant si dur. L'homme à la moustache de fer, Ahmed Ouyahia, est de retour. À l'heure de l'urgence économique, le voilà en première ligne, et ce n'est sûrement pas pour rigoler. L'ascension de la moustache bureaucratico-militaire Dans un exercice aussi marqué par les apparences et le ...

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الانتخابات البلدية في فلسطين: حوار لمجلة الوضع مع حسن لدادوة

أجرى ضياء علي لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع حسن لدادوة، الانتخابات البلدية في فلسطين. تركز المقابلة حول الانتخابات البلدية في فلسطين و قراءة في أبعادها السوسيولوجية. 

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Maghreb Media Roundup (August 19)

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[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 roundup to maghreb@jadaliyya.com] Algeria Algerian presidency brings Ahmed Ouyahia back as prime minister After three months on the job, Abdelmajid Tebboune has been replaced by Ouyahia, who has already served three times as prime minister. How this Algerian entrepreneur is recycling plastic waste Wamda, a platform for cultivating entrepreneurship ecosystems in the MENA region, features the story of a young ...

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Syria Media Roundup (August 16)

[Image of graffiti drawn by Syrian youth South of Damascus. Image by Dimashqi Lens 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 Syrian army bombs 'safe zones' killing civilians (10 August, 2017) Government bombs "de-escalation zones" while regime forces capture 30km border with Jordan from rebel control. Idlib Residents Split Over Support for Al-Qaida-Linked Militants (10 August, ...

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Visualizing Palestine: #NoAccountability

In July 2014, Israel began a military assault on the Gaza Strip, including an indiscriminate bombing campaign and a brutal ground invasion. In total, the assault killed 1,545 Palestinian civilians, including 556 children, and made 11,166 families homeless. Three years on, no justice has been attained for victims and survivors of the attack. While five hundred Palestinian complaints were filed with Israeli military courts over the 2014 Gaza war, only three soldiers were convicted as of August 2016, for ...

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New Texts Out Now: Toufic Haddad, Palestine Ltd.: Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territory

Toufic Haddad, Palestine Ltd.: Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territory.  London: I.B. Tauris and Center for Palestine Studies, London Middle East Institute, 2016.  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Toufic Haddad (TH): I wrote this book because I wanted to research the profound transformations Western donor aid was having on Palestinian political and economic life across the 1967 Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) since the signing of the 1993 Oslo peace ...

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Academic Challenges

Thought pieces from academics making the decision to leave the academy have increased in number over the recent years. Al-Diwan brings you a small selection of articles and blog posts from such scholars as they highlight the complexities in choosing to leave academia and why they have made this decision. This piece was originally featured on Tadween's Diwan blog.         Why I Left Academia: Part I by Allison Harbin In a four-part series, Dr. Allison Harbin recalls the moment ...

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Vox Populi Roundup (August)

English Mashrou’ Leila and the night club’s political power On a recent breezeless afternoon, I met two young Saudi women sitting on the grass outside the Prospect Park Bandshell, in Brooklyn. They were wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the logo of the Lebanese alternative-rock band Mashrou’ Leila, and they were snapping selfies where the band was scheduled to headline at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival later that evening.  Can Arab Artists Survive? Can Arab artists survive the shrinking ...

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George Wassouf: the People's Champ

Whenever memories take me back to the time when the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) had just ended, one sound always echoes along the scenes: it is the special voice of that one singer who will always function as an anchor pinning down that particular slice of my remembrance of the past. Born in 1961 Kafroun, a Syrian village located in the countryside of Homs, George Wassouf came from a modest family. At the age of sixteen, he moved to Lebanon on his own and managed to find the space to shine as the star ...

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لقاء مع فنان الغرافيتي والكوميكس العراقي سجاد عباس

 ديمة ياسين: كيف يعرف سجاد عباس عن نفسه؟  سجاد عباس: أنا من مواليد العراق بغداد 1993، دبلوم معهد فنون جميلة/ بغداد 2014 قسم الفن التشكيلي فرع الرسم.  نفذت العديد من رسوم الغرافيك في بغداد منذ عام 2011.  اشتركت في العديد من المعارض المشتركة في معهد الفنون الجميلة في بغداد.  عملت كمدير فني لـ 8 أفلام سينمائية في المركز العراقي للفيلم المستقل وكنت طالباً في نفس المركز من عام 2011 إلى 2014. أنجزت فلمين انيمیشن، قمت بنفسي بإخراج وكتابة ومونتاج وتحريك وتصميم أحد هذين ...

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Visualizing Palestine: Residency Revocation

Since 1967, Israel has revoked the residency status of more than 14,500 Palestinians from Jerusalem. Revocation of residency leads to forcible transfer, a war crime under the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court and a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention.  After Israel’s illegal annexation of East Jerusalem, Israel created the status of permanent resident for Palestinians living in the city, making entry into and residency in Jerusalem a revocable privilege instead of an inherent ...

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الرواية التاريخية الفلسطينية والأعلام: مقابلة لمجلة الوضع مع صالح مشارقة

أجرى ضياء علي لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع صالح مشارقة، كاتب وصحفي ومحرر واستاذ الاعلام في جامعة بيرزيت ومنسق وحدة الابحاث والسياسات في مركز تطوير الاعلام - جامعة بيرزيت. تركز المقابلة على آلية مواجهة الإعلام الفلسطيني للدعاية الصهيونية وخلق رأي في صف روايتنا التاريخية، وتعالج المقابلة مسألة موضوعية وحياد الصحفي الفلسطيني كونه جزء من مشروع التحرر من الإستعمار، ودور الإعلام الجديد في تثبيت الرواية التاريخية الفلسطينية. 

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Palestine Media Roundup (August 20)

[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 Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The Occupation Forces Israeli Authorities Detained Two Palestinian Teens During Raids Around Hebron The two teens were residents of the village of Beit Ummar in the Hebron district of the ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (July 2017)

[This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of July 2017. 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.]   قصص قصيرة للكاتب الفنزويلي غابرييل خيمينيز إيمان تونسيات محرومات من اختيار أزواجهن مشاهدات يومية واجتماعية من السويداء: من حركة الاعتصام... إلى اغتيال البلعوس

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Visualizing Jerusalem: Anatomy of Inequality

Visualizing Palestine presents Anatomy of Inequality, our latest visual in a series exploring Israeli policies on Jerusalem. This original VP illustration, inspired by the commonly held sentiment that Jerusalem is at the heart of Palestine, makes visual reference to anatomical drawings of the heart. The image depicts the illegal annexation wall separating the city and its original inhabitants from each other, reinforcing a physical system of apartheid. West Jerusalem was ethnically cleansed of ...

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The Fattoush Book Exhibition in Haifa

The Fattoush Book Exhibition, which ran from April 3-8, was more than a simple book fair where city residents and visitors could come to buy the latest Arabic language publications. Organizers of the festival turned it into a space of collaboration between publishing companies across the Arab world, from Dar al-Ahlia in Oman to Dar al-Jamal of Beirut. Gathering publications from these various publishing houses, Fattoush brought over 1,000 Arabic texts to Haifa, many of which have never been available ...

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