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The Stages of Peaceful Resistance in the Occupied Western Sahara Legal Fictions and the Logic of Empire  New Texts Out Now Turkey Media Roundup We Completely Agree: Egyptian Television Media in the Era of Al-Sisi

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 ...

[Cover of Karnig Panian,

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 ...


Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (March 2015)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of February 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 Curious Case of Rula Amin in Jordan: Undermining the Rule of Law? Picture an Arab Man Beyond Authenticity: ISIS and the Islamic Legal Tradition Gay Rights as Human Rights: Pinkwashing Homonationalism New Texts Out Now: Joseph A. Massad, Islam in Liberalism Video: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad and US Ambassador Dennis Ross Debate US Policy in the ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (March 2015)

[11 February 2011, Tahrir Square, Cairo. Photo by Rami Raoof via Flickr]

  [This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Egypt. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Egypt-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives 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] New Texts Out Now: Don Karl and Basma Hamdy, Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian ...

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New Texts Out Now: Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappe, and Frank Barat, On Palestine

[Cover of

Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé, On Palestine, edited by Frank Barat. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Frank Barat (FB): Professor Chomsky, Professor Pappe, and I had already worked on a book together called Gaza in Crisis a few years back. The experience was amazing, but the fact that the interviews between Noam and Ilan weren't interactive left me wanting more. I really wanted a chance for the two professors to have a proper conversation, to be able to argue and debate. I spoke to Ilan about this last year and he was totally for it. We then asked Noam, who, despite his crazy schedule (not that Ilan's is that ...

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World Social Forum: Where is the Struggle against Capitalism?

[Image from the 2015 World Social Forum in Tunisia. Image by CIDSE - together for global justice/Flickr]

The 2015 World Social Forum (WSF) opened its doors for the second consecutive year in Tunisia. Since 2001, this open space represents an alternative to the World Economic Forum at Davos and declares its anti-globalization approach in the fight against capitalism and neoliberalism. At each session, participants and visitors express ideas and personal experiences to make their voices heard and learn how to improve their capacity for self-governance. This year, participants were quick to voice their criticisms. Disappointed Forum-goers were clearly much greater in number this year than the last. Many including the WSF Steering Committee are perhaps ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 6)

[Egypt - Air Force Lockheed C-130H Hercules. Photo by Aero Icarus via Flickr]

 [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 Yemen FM Urges 'Quick Arab Intervention’ against Houthi Militants Suez Canal Authority Chairperson Mohab Mamish does not exclude military intervention should the Houthi rebels close the straits. Expert Opinion: Egypt’s Role in a Joint Arab Military Force and Yemen EgyptSource offers three ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (March 30- April 5)

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.   Snapshot: Palestinian Spring Ghassan Kanafani's The Stolen Shirt What Brings them There? Reflections on the Persisting Symbolism of Tahrir Square Pakistani Progressives Oppose Pakistan’s Involvement in Yemen The Stages of Peaceful Resistance in the Occupied Western Sahara New Texts Out Now: Noura Erakat, Palestinian Refugees and the Syrian Uprising Britain's ...

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We Completely Agree: Egyptian Television Media in the Era of Al-Sisi

[A composite image widely-circulated online identifying Egyptian television personalities]

If there was any doubt about who the presidential frontrunner would be in Egypt's May 2014 elections, the Egyptian media made sure to strongly suggest that then-Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was the only choice. No matter how prominent the other possible presidential candidates were, each was unceremoniously sidelined, discounted, or even ridiculed. Most soon withdrew their names from contention.  Owing to the media’s unwavering support for al-Sisi, the scene was set for a return to a state-aligned media monolith. Since his election, all of the media figures—owners and journalists who had begun to operate under ousted President Hosni Mubarak, and had ...

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ملف من الأرشيف: سحر خليفة

                    الاسم: سحر خليفة تاريخ الولادة ومكانها: ولدت في مدينة نابلس عام 1941 المهنة: كاتبة فلسطينية وناشطة في الحركة النسوية الفلسطينية، تاريخ الولادة ومكانها: ولدت في مدينة نابلس عام 1941 المسيرة الدراسية: درست في جامعة بيرزيت في الضفة الغربية، ثم حصلت على منحة فولبرايت لتتابع دراسة الماجيستير في الادب الانكليزي من جامعة نورث كارولاينا ثم حصلت على شهادة الدكتوراه في الدراسات النسائية في جامعة أيوا. سحر خليفة: - أصدرت تسع الروايات: لم نعد جواري لك، الصب

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Joint NGO Statement: Stop the Forced Displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank

[The following open letter was issued by the below signatories on 1 April 2015.] We the undersigned condemn Israel’s unceasing policy of forced displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, and the West Bank in general, and the recent attempted eviction of the Ghaith-Sub Laban family from their house in the Old City of Jerusalem in particular. The family holds ‘protected tenant status’ under Israeli Law, meaning that as long as they continue to pay rent they should not be subject to eviction. The Ghaith-Sub Laban family is a Palestinian family that has lived in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem since the 1950s. Israeli settlers and ...

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The Economy of Mental Health: Inequalities in Access to Care in Morocco

[Image of Morocco's Minister of Health, Houssaine Louardi, during a press conference. Image by Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage/Flickr]

In 2005, Morocco’s Ministry of Health (Ministère de la Santé) carried out its first-ever epidemiological survey of mental illness in the country. As a Bulletin de Santé later reported, the study found that about fifty percent of the population had suffered from at least one minor psychiatric ailment over the course of their lives: … one in two Moroccans presents with at least one significant sign of impaired mental health, regardless of its degree of severity, ranging from a simple nervous tic or occasional insomnia to more serious manifestations of anxiety or depression.[1] This number lies within range of the global average, and is not terribly surprising ...

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After the Elections: Solidarities Old and New

[Poster created by the the Palestine Solidarity Committee of South Africa. Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

It is no exaggeration to say that some of the most positive assessments of the recent election results in Israel have come from within the Palestine solidarity movement. “Positive” is, of course, not quite the right word, since no one serious about justice in Palestine would suggest that there is any bright side to the fact that Israeli voters rewarded Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party for a campaign that was deeply, viciously, and explicitly racist even by the degraded standards of contemporary Israeli political discourse. That said, there has been a strong sense that Netanyahu’s victory represents a clarifying moment, especially for those viewing the results from ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 1)

[Saudi pilots praying before conducting air strikes in Yemen. Image by Yahya al-Fifi via Mohammad al-Ghazwani]

[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 Sales of weapons to Gulf states up 70% over five years Saeed Kamali Dehghan and Richard Norton-Taylor report on the Gulf states’ purchases of arms in the last five years. Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack The Saudi foreign minister rebukes Vladimir Putin and accuses ...

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Reclaiming Academic Freedom: A STATUS/الوضع Special Segment

In this gripping special segment, host Tareq Radi speaks to Judith Tucker, Ilana Feldman, Nashiha Alam, Lisa Rofel, and Nadia Abu El Haj, who illuminate the challenges of passing academic boycott, as well as the evolution of the tactics of repression affecting both students and faculty. The segment is a culmination of five comprehensive interviews bringing together the narratives of professors and students directly engaged in issues surrounding political speech in academia. The special segment below ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (April 8)

[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 Thursday night of every week] Algeria Air Algérie : Création de 4 nouvelles filiales CEO of Air Algérie Mohamed Boultif announces that the airline is in the process of acquiring four subsidiaries in the ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 7)

[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 Situation Toward Chaos? İhsan Yılmaz claims that the re-emergence of the DHKP/C is a move by the deep state and will allow the AKP to generate chaos and polarize ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 7 )

[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 Why Saudi Arabia and Israel oppose Iran nuclear deal Al Jazeera speaks to four analysts about how the new nuclear agreement ...

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Syria Media Roundup (April 6)

[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 Education Suffers on Both Sides of Divided Aleppo Education suffers in Aleppo due to the continuous battle for control, school curriculums are constantly altered on ...

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'A Micro History of World Economics, Danced' in Cairo

Although it takes the world’s economic crisis as its theme, "A (Micro) History of World Economics, Danced" is a performance about people, explains French director and choreographer Pascal Rambert. The performance is a collection of personal stories written in real time by fifty volunteer performers from each city the show tours, and is interspersed with a script developed by Rambert and a philosopher friend. Rambert came to Cairo to put on the show for the fourth edition of the Downtown ...

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Those Who Want To Build, Those Who Want To Fight: The World Social Forum with a North African Twist

Holding the World Social Forum (WSF) in Tunisia, for the second time, is doubly significant. It is right on target, since Tunisians have toppled a neoliberal dictator. It is also a painful reminder of capitalism’s power, as Tunisian neoliberalism (along with the dictator’s entourage) is still intact. Not only are the main contours of Ben Ali’s policies still in place, his top bureaucrats are in command. Moreover, they have come back through elections. Voters replaced them for a secular liberal-Islamic ...

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Report: Trapped and Punished: The Gaza Civilian Population under Operation Protective Edge

[The following report was issued by FIDH in April 2015. Section II, containing the "Aim of the Report," is excerpted below. The full report may be read here.] The following sections will examine attacks committed by Israeli forces during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. In particular, the following incidents will be highlighted:  • Indiscriminate attacks on civilians and their residences;  • Attacks on medical facilities, transport and ...

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The Stages of Peaceful Resistance in the Occupied Western Sahara

Introduction In any history of occupation, the forms of resistance the colonized populations adopted have been shaped by, and shape, the modes of occupations. Peaceful resistance in the Western Sahara has been no different; Saharawi methods of nonviolent protest underwent transformations, first during Spanish colonialism and throughout several phases under Moroccan occupation. The Saharawi peoples’ ongoing struggle to secure their independence has faced repressive ways and means, either during the ...

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Britain's "Interest" in Bahrain: Legal Fictions and the Logic of Empire

In 1783, the Al Khalifa family—originally from the Najd region of what is now Saudi Arabia—captured the islands of Bahrain from Shaykh Nasr Al Madhkur, who had ruled them on behalf of the Qajar dynasty of Persia. In 1926, over one hundred and fifty years later, the status of Bahrain’s sovereignty remained a contentious issue. In December of that year, G. R. Warner, a British diplomat in London, wrote to a colleague in India stating that “on political grounds it is of great importance to avoid any action ...

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What Brings them There? Reflections on the Persisting Symbolism of Tahrir Square

Cairo’s Tahrir Square presents a riddle. This irregular expanse of land and surrounding building surfaces has acquired a central symbolic place in Egyptians’ collective memory, demonstrated by its recurrent use for decades as the primary site for voicing people’s grievances and proclamations. To its romantics and its detractors, what happens in or around Tahrir Square remains crucial as an index to some perceived collectivity. Despite being a twentieth-century addition to a city with a much longer ...

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اختيار: مجلة نسوية عربية في نقد الأفكار الشمولية

أصدرت مجموعة "اختيار لدراسات وبحوث النوع" عبر موقعها الإلكتروني مجلة نسوية تحمل اسمها وتصدر عن القاهرة. في هذا العدد الأول، تقدم المجلة نفسها كمساحة لتوثيق "التجارب الشخصية والمعرفة والأفكار والنظريات" من أجل تقديم اتجاهات نسوية متعددة. ولا تقتصر هذه النسوية على المطالبة بحقوق المرأة بل تحاول استخدام قراءات النوع لخلق أدوات مقاومة ضد أشكال القمع فالنسوية المبتغاة هنا تفكك أشكال التمييز وتتنافى مع الأنظمة الشمولية. تفتتح العدد الباحثة سارة سالم بمقال عن التضامن النسوي حيث تطرح فيه ...

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