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إسرائيل الثقافة نوشيروان مصطفى: تاريخ مكتوب بدماء The Master Plans of Baghdad: Notes on GIS-Based Spatial History رسالة إلى كامو Media on Media Roundup
[Highway view of the National Archives building. Image by author]

Finding Your Way Around Tehran's Public Archives

Going to archives in Iran—the capital specifically—remains obscure to a great number of PhD students and researchers based outside of the country. Often, senior academics from whom students seek advice have not been to Iran’s archives for ...

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Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

[This is an ongoing post that will be updated regularly. It was first published on 6 December 2016. The updates appear at the bottom.] The conflict in Yemen seems set to intensify as 2016 draws to a close. The deposed president Abd ...

[نوشيروان مصطفى. الصورة من ويكيبيديا]

نوشيروان مصطفى: تاريخ مكتوب بدماء الضحايا

مات نوشيروان مصطفى (١٩٤٤-٢٠١٧) الذي كان نائباً للسكرتير العام للاتحاد الوطني الكردستاني، ومن ثم أسّس حركة التغيير «گوران». وبموته تطوى صفحة أخرى من صفحات الجريمة التي كتبت بدماء الضحايا، فكانت عرضة للتجاهل والنسيان!  موته يفضح دنس ...

[A Painting by the Iraqi Artist Ahmad al-Soudani]

When I Failed to Say Farewell to You…

It was winter and my Berlin nights were crowded with people yet full of loneliness. I don’t know what year it was. Maybe 2008. I was working as a journalist and producer for a German television station in Berlin.  My schedule used to ...


Syria Media Roundup (May 8)

[Image of a Syrian resident inspecting the damages at an ancient Souk. Image by Khalil Ashawi 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 government closes final loophole to tighten siege of east Damascus suburbs (20 April 2017) In a rebel-controlled, working-class suburb east of Damascus, Wardeh Hamdan is seven months pregnant with her first child, a boy. First phase of Syria evacuations ends after delay ...

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الرأسمالية ونظرية الرواية

[غلاف كتاب نظرية الرواية للكاتب غيدو ماتزوني]

الرأسمالية ونظرية الرواية (الجدي، المأساوي والإشكالي) حوار مع الناقد والباحث الإيطالي غيدو ماتزوني Guido Mazzoni غيدو ماتزوني شاعر وناقد أدبي وباحث ومحرِّر لـ la parole e le cose، أبرز مجلة ثقافية إلكترونية في إيطاليا، وأستاذ في جامعة سيينا. نشر في 2011 كتابه “نظرية الرواية” الذي تُرجم مؤخراً إلى الإنكليزية وصدر عن جامعة هارفارد. الحوار التالي أُجْريَ معه بمناسبة صدور الترجمة الإنكليزية. أجرى الحوار: كريس فينويك كريس فينويك: ألقيتَ محاضرة في جامعة فريجي تلخّص فيها أفكاراً طرحْتَها في كتابك الجديد “نظرية الرواية”. هل يمكن أن تحدثنا بتفصيل أكبر عن نظريتك في الرواية وكيف تختلف عن النظريات السابقة؟ غيدو ماتزوني: هناك عنصران يُعرِّفان الرواية: يرتبط الأول بلعبة ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (May 8)

[President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meeting with Kuwaiti Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah on Sunday, 7 May, 2017. Photo from the Official Facebook page of the Egyptian Presidency.]

[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 Women workers must receive annual pay increases during unpaid maternity leave: Egypt's constitutional court Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court ruled on Saturday that women who take extended unpaid maternity leave should still receive full annual pay increases Internet Revolution Egypt Facebook admin released on bail Ahmed Abdel ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (May 6)

[Nablus, Palestine–26 August 2006, in the Jabal Shamali neighborhood of Nablus, soldiers of the Israeli Occupation Force (IOF) launched a sixteen-and-a-half-hour incursion, wherein they killed one young boy, hospitalized at least twelve with many more injured, and destroyed twenty homes and apartments. Photo taken by Michael Loadenthal, uploaded via Flickr]

[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.] Occupation and Occupation Forces Israeli Tear Gas Canister Sets Off Fire In Nablus-Area Village The fire caused severe damage to the marketplace in which it started, and eventually burned eight warehouses. One local claimed that the damage would amount to millions of shekels.  The Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades Warned Israel That They Had 24 Hours To ...

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Cities Media Roundup (April 2017)

[A view of Beirut by Benutzer:Robysan via Wikimedia Commons]

[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 cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning “Roundup” in the subject line. We also welcome your submissions to the Cities Page: please check details on cities.jadaliyya.com] Environment, Infrastructure and Governance 24/7 Water Supply in Beirut: Fantasy or Reality? As climate change leads to a decrease in the volume of available water in Lebanon, a challenge made more difficult by the unforeseen influx of more than a ...

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Art and Liberty: Redefining the Canon or the Next Record Sales?

[​Abdel Hadi El Gazzar,

In October 2016, two exhibitions were inaugurated in Cairo and Paris respectively, commemorating an Egyptian surrealist art and literature group, Art et Liberté.  I. Art et Liberté was co-founded by surrealist author Georges Henein in 1939. At the advent of World War II, artists and writers rallied around Henein and painter and writer Ramses Younan in their call for a perpetual revolution in art. The group aimed at gearing public opinion in Egypt away from the notion of modernization—regarded as a product of western imperialism—towards that of modernity, which saw art and daily life as malleable in their constant potential for improvement, “dans la mêlée,” as ...

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Along What Lines Are Lebanon’s Political Elite Divided?

Eight years on and Lebanon still does not have an electoral law. Despite the many draft proposals and meetings by the Council of Ministers (COM) and parliamentary sub-committees, political parties appear more likely to either hold elections according to the so-called 1960 law or illegally extend their mandates than pass a new electoral law. Granted, a new electoral law would determine who has the power to nominate a prime minister, form a new government, issue a vote of confidence and oversee government’s performance, and initiate or approve pieces of legislation. But, the failure of political elites to pass a new electoral law after more than eight years of talking ...

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كلاب وشحّاذون

[لوحة للفنان السوري خضر عبد الكريم]

في تشرين الأول/أكتوبر الماضي، أرسلتْ الباحثة كاترين كوكيو إيميلاً لحضور واحدة من محاضرات "تاريخ الدُّوار" للكاتب كاميّ دو توليدو، في بيت الشعر بزقاق موليير في باريس. ذهبتُ، متذكراً أثناء ذهابي بورخيس وهيتشكوك، وقد ترجمتُ أعمالاً لكليهما إلى العربية. تبقى استعاراتهما الكبرى، كالمرآة والكابوس والمتاهة، صالحة لأوضاع أي عالم، ماضياً أو راهناً. أمام الجمهور، في القاعة الصغيرة التي كانت قبواً للنبيذ فيما مضى، كان جهاز الإسقاط يلقي على الجدار الأبيض وراء المحاضر صورتين مأخوذتين من فيلم "الدُّوار" لهيتشكوك. تحدث كامي دو توليدو عن خريطة لإمبراطورية تخيلها بورخيس في واحدةٍ من قصصه القصيرة: إحدى زوايا هذه الخريطة الشاسعة يقطنها الكلاب والشحاذون، ثم أتى هذا ...

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إجهاض الديمقراطية الأردنية: ستون عامًا على إقالة حكومة سليمان النابلسي

[حكومة سليمان النابلسي. المصدر: موقع رديكال]

تصادف هذا العام ذكرى مرور ستين عامًا على إقالة حكومة سليمان النابلسي، أي في العاشر من نيسان عام 1957. مرّ الأردن خلال هذه العقود الستة بتحولات سياسية كبرى ساهمت بشكل مباشر في خلق النسق السياسي في البلاد وتشكيله. ومن خلال تتبع النسق السياسي، يمكن لنا أن نجيب على سؤال تعثر التحول الديمقراطي، الذي حاول الكثيرون الإجابة عليه دون التطرق للعنصر الأهم وهو بنية السلطة وعلاقاتها وارتباطاتها، فوقعوا في فخ الخطابات الثقافوية العنصرية التي كثيرًا ما تتحدث عن ما يسمى «الاستثناء العربي» في هذا السياق، وتعزو هذا «الاستثناء» إلى «الإسلام» حينًا، وإلى «الثقافة العربية» و«الشخصية العربية» أحيانًا أخرى. في هذا المقال الذي سينشر في جزأين، أحاجج بأن هناك ثلاثة مفاصل تاريخية فتحت الطريق ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (May 1)

[President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meeting with Pope Francis during the Pope's recent visit to Egypt. Photo from the Official Facebook Page of President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.]

[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 HRW and Amnesty International request investigation of ‘extrajudicial killings’ in leaked video Video footage that is claimed to be leaked from a military operation and shows individuals wearing Egyptian Armed Forces uniforms executing unarmed men in North Sinai at close range was authenticated by Human Rights Watch ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (April 24-30)

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. الظاهر بيبرس وإبنه بركة خان Toward A Vocabulary for Syria’s Opposition Arab Studies Journal Announces Spring 2017 Issue: Editor's Note and Table of Contents Turkey After the Referendum: A Roundtable

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Palestine Media Roundup (April 30)

[Israeli Defense Forces fight with young Palestinians in West Bank town of Hebron, November 2000. Photo by Devin Asch and uploaded via Wikipedia]

[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 Clashes Erupted After Thousands Protested In Solidarity With Palestinian Hunger-Strikers At least one Palestinian was detained during the clashes that sprung from protests condemning the treatment of Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prisons.  Three Palestinians Have Been Injured After Being Shot By Rubber-Coated ...

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مراجعة كتاب: صُنع العدو: أو كيف تقتُل بضمير مرتاح؟

ما العدو؟ هل هو معطى سياسي أم اجتماعي أم ثقافي؟ مَنْ يحدّدُه؟ وما الدور الاجتماعي والسياسي الذي يؤدّيه في المجتمعات المعاصرة؟ هل يجب على الهُوية أن تُبنى بالضرورة ضدّ "الآخر"؟ في كتابه الصادر عن "المركز العربي للأبحاث ودراسة السياسات"، بترجمة نبيل عجان، يوضّح الباحث والأكاديمي والدبلوماسي الفرنسي بيار كونيسا أنه لا يهدف إلى تحديد طريقة مقبولة أو غير مقبولة للقتل، لكنه يرنو إلى تحليل كيفية نشوء علاقة العداوة، وكيف يُبنى الـمُتخيَّل قبل الذهاب إلى الحرب. استـهلَّ كونيسا (وهو أستاذ في ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya May (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.   Israel, Palestine, and the Poetics of Genocide Arabian Tragedy, or Noir? خمس قصص قصيرة للكاتب الإسباني خوان خوسية مياس Toward A Vocabulary for Syria’s ...

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هنا تونس… قطار الثورة خرج عن السكة

ثورة لم يكتمل مسارها شغل ،حرية ،كرامة وطنية :هذا ما صدحت به حناجر المحتجين حتى بحت منذ ست سنوات ضد النظام السابق لزين العابدين بن علي و هذا ما تصدح به حناجر محتجين مازالوا يخرجون إلى الشوارع التونسية يوميا يطالبون بالتنمية والتشغيل . فمنذ ثورة 2011 لم تنقطع الاحتجاجات الاجتماعية في تونس سيما في المحافظات الأقل نموًا. محافظة تطاوين جنوب البلاد التونسية شغلت كل التونسيين و تشد إليها الانظار منذ اكثر من شهر فالوضع فيها متفجر و الغضب على أشده. بنفس غاضب و بصوت مرتفع و نبرة تخفي في طياتها يأساً و إحباطاً ...

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فاكهة السُّوْر

صُبْحَ كَشَفْتِ لنا، صرنا ليلاً. ولولا لَيْلُكِ، ما كنّا أهلاً للصباح. أدَبُ السالكِ إليكِ ألّا يَجِدَ. ما تابَ من اطمأنَّ، ولا اهتدى الواصل. حَمَّلْتِ القاطفَ لهفةً إلى ما لم يَرَ. ولو عادَ، لَشَغَلَتْه فاكهةُ السُّوْرِ عن خزائن الأعماق. اسمُكِ يُرقى إليه سهَراً، يوصَد على سِرّه بالحسرة، يقشَّر رنينُه بطرفَي أُنملتَينِ، ويُبَلُّ به رِيْقُ المُلبّي هديلَ الفجر. كثيرٌ من الأسرى يعضّون على ذكراه، فينكتم الأنينُ إلى أن يكلَّ الجلّاد ويتفتَتَ السوط. بنقطةِ الباءِ مَسَحوا جبينَ المسحور، فقام يهذي حتى ...

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The Muslim Ban and MESA

Last year we watched as the condition of academic freedom eroded in Egypt, Gaza, Turkey, and elsewhere in the Middle East. The situation for scholars in Turkey, in particular, has reached a low that none of us could have imagined, with hundreds of those who signed the peace petition protesting the government’s actions in southeast Turkey losing their jobs. Our colleagues on the MESA Committee for Academic Freedom have been indefatigable in documenting abuses of academic freedom by the Turkish government ...

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Diyarbakir: The Heart of this City Beats in Suriçi

One day in Suriçi, 1 March 2017: from Melik Ahmet Avenue to Balıkçılar, from there to Dağkapı, we follow the destruction and reconstruction. From Melik Ahmet Avenue, we are moving on to Balıkçılar. There are several police and task forces ahead on one of the narrow streets to the right. Mostly female police, wearing bulletproof jackets, are waiting with long black batons in their hands. The street entrance is closed. Thinking that he might be a journalist, I approach someone holding a camera in his ...

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Announcing the New Issue of Middle East Report (MER 280): Politics on the Move

Middle East Report  No. 280 POLITICS ON THE MOVE Trump in the White House. Attacks on Christians in Egypt. Continued politicking in Lebanon. Appropriating Palestinian art in Egypt. Electricity in the Gulf. Asylum seekers in Sicily. The politics of American Jews on college campuses. The Middle East uprisings have not ended and US involvement in the region has not decreased since Trump came into office. The process of political transformation continues to manifest itself in new and different ways ...

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Israel, Palestine, and the Poetics of Genocide

“Genocide” evokes crematoria, mountains of skulls, and mass graves. It is what the Nazis did to the Jews of Europe, what the Khmer Rouge did to fellow Cambodians, what Hutu nationalists did to Tutsis in Rwanda. The term, like the practices of death and social destruction to which it refers, is odious. Charging genocide is like ringing an alarm because, when this crime is occurring or when it has occurred, consequences for perpetrators should follow. Our approach is to trace the political history of ...

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مختارات من الصحافة العربية 28 ابريل

مختارات من الصحافة العربية (من 10 حتى 19 ابريل) مصر تسلسل زمني محدث لوقائع الأحد الدامي في مصر تسلسل زمني لكيفية حصول التفجيرين اللذين استهدفا الكنيستين القبطيتين في أحد السعف في طنطا بالأسكندرية واللذين أديا إلى مقتل ٤٣ شخصاً وجرح أكثر من مائة. مكتفيًا بما قاله الرئيس: البرلمان يتراجع عن استدعاء وزيري الداخلية والعدل رئيس مجلس الشعب عبد العال يتراجع عن استدعاء وزيري الداخلية والعدل بعد هجمات أحد السعف بالأسماء.. مطرانية طنطا تنشر القائمة الأولى لشهداء كنيسة مارجرجس: 22 شهيدا مطرانية طنطا تنشر ...

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New Texts Out Now: Toufoul Abou-Hodeib, A Taste for Home: The Modern Middle Class in Ottoman Beirut

Toufoul Abou-Hodeib, A Taste for Home: The Modern Middle Class in Ottoman Beirut. Stanford University Press, 2017. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Toufoul Abou-Hodeib (TAH): The book started with the idea of using extant homes as a material archive, which grew out of my experience as an architecture student and a practicing architect in Beirut in the 1990s and early 2000s. The frantic post-war reconstruction of Beirut in the 1990s was accompanied by a pace of deconstruction that literally ...

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Arabian Tragedy, or Noir?

The first page of the preface to Farah Al-Nakib’s Kuwait Transformed: A History of Oil and Urban Life (Stanford University Press, 2016) begins with the author sitting in a community garden in Kuwait. She is chatting with one Maryam, who is explaining the garden’s origins by recalling that some years ago she wondered to herself that something was missing in this city she lived in. In stark contrast to the preface’s rather bucolic and ponderous mood, the book’s introduction begins very differently. It ...

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Between the World and Algeria: International Histories of the Algerian War of Independence

Darcie Fontaine, Decolonizing Christianity: Religion and the End of Empire in France and Algeria. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Jennifer Johnson, The Battle of Algeria: Sovereignty, Health Care, and Humanitarianism. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. Jeffrey James Byrne, Mecca of Revolution: Algeria, Decolonization, and the Third World Order. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. [This review essay was first published in the Spring 2017 issue ...

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