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[Presiden Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi. Source: Official Facebook Page of President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi]

Egypt Two Years after the Coup

Today marks two years since the 3 July 2013 coup that paved the way to the rise of President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and the military-sponsored regime that he leads. On this occasion, Jadaliyya brings its readers a diverse set of ...

[Mahienour Al-Masry protests with the families of those killed on the 25th of January 2011 in front of the court during the trial of the officers responsible. 13 October 2013. Photo by Heba Khamis.]

Mahienour Al-Masry: An Icon of the Revolution in Prison

Text and Photos by Heba Khamis Translated by Eman Hashim Whether as a revolutionary activist chanting at protests or as an attorney advocating on behalf of the underprivileged in the courtroom, Mahienour Al-Masry is a strong voice ...

Meydan Politics: Taksim in Flux after Gezi

Political engagement in contemporary democracies can easily be reduced to private individuals voting separately in anonymity. Yet, politics is a state of constant negotiation, preferably where individuals are in each other’s presence to ...

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The Saudi Leaks and Egypt: A Recap

It was not long after Wikileaks had released the Saudi cables that the dirty laundry it revealed about Egypt’s political elite began circulating in news reports and social media. Although many of the leaks have only confirmed what ...


Seeing Egyptians: Hany Rashed from "Toys" to "Bulldozer"

[Detail of Hany Rashed's untitled painting (2015) from the Bulldozer series. Image copyright the artist.]

In his exhibition Bulldozer at Cairo’s Mashrabia Gallery this May of 2015 and in his previous show Toys in May 2014 Egyptian artist Hany Rashed (building on a long line of earlier work) puts people front and center. The gallery is the same: the rooms and walls are the same; the streets outside are the same. But Egypt mid-2015 is not the Egypt of mid-2014. Lurking behind an aura of calm indifference an anxious mood is palpable as people go about their daily lives. Moving about in an unsettling environment one can see tension settling deeply in people’s psyches. Into this dense environment comes Hany Rashed with his bulldozer, cutting and slicing, and throwing up all ...

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If Israeli Tactics in Gaza Are Legal, No One is Safe: Response to Michael N. Schmitt and John J. Merriam

[IDF's Nahal Brigade conducting a search in the Hebron area. Image by Israeli Defense Forces.]

In their forthcoming paper, The Tyranny of Context: Israeli Targeting Practices in Legal Perspective, Michael Schmitt and John J. Merriam examine Israel’s targeting practices against the Gaza Strip and Lebanon. Their purpose is to scrutinize the context in which these attacks take place as well as the Israeli Army’s relevant legal standards regulating them. Their findings are based on two visits to Israel in December 2014 and February 2015. During those visits, the Israeli Army granted them: …unprecedented access that included a “staff ride” of the Gaza area, inspection of an Israeli operations center responsible for overseeing combat operations, a visit to a ...

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New Texts Out Now: Kabir Tambar, The Reckoning of Pluralism: Political Belonging and the Demands of History in Turkey

[Cover of Kabir Tambar,

Kabir Tambar, The Reckoning of Pluralism: Political Belonging and the Demands of History in Turkey. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Kabir Tambar (KT): The book centers on Turkey’s Alevi community—a numerical minority that reportedly constitutes anywhere from ten to twenty percent of the country’s total population. As I was conducting the research for the book, I was struck by the fact that over the past century, the community has been both an object of extraordinary political violence and of ideological valorization by statist elites. I came to view these seemingly opposed experiences—of violent exclusion and of ...

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Syria Media Roundup (June 16)

[Image of a Syrian government soldier firing a heavy machine gun at ISIS positions in Deir-ez Zor. Image by Contact Press Images]

[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 One of Syria’s biggest bases falls to Daraa rebels In Deraa and Liwa 52 Military base fell. It was the second biggest base protecting Suwayda and the Druze Mountain. Syrian rebels accuse Kurdish forces of 'ethnic cleansing' of Sunni Arabs The allegation came with the recent Kurdish seizure of the key border post of Tal Abyad ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 16)

[HDP co-leader Selahattin Demirtaş casting his ballot in Sultanbeyli, Istanbul, 7 June 2015. Photo by Nicholas Glastonbury.]

[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 Election Results and the Prospects for A Coalition What's Next for Turkey? (1) - (2) According to Cengiz Çandar, the internal strife within the AKP and the seeming impossibility of a coalition that includes the AKP makes it appear to be “a shell-shocked political force in decline.” The Turkish Election Is Turning the Tides Can Candan argues ...

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البروليتاريا الفلاحية والإقطاع الجديد : أسئلة الريف المفكك

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بينما كان القطار المكيف المتجه إلى الوجه القبلي يشق طريقه مخترقا حقول ريفية شاسعة على جانبي الطريق، كان رفيقي في المقعد المجاور يُبدي تبرمه من عدم لحاقه بالطائرة المخصصة له، فهو وكيل شركة متعددة الجنسيات تعمل في مجال صناعة مواد البناء، ولها مصنعها الضخم في قلب الصعيد، فالوكيل لا يحتمل طول ساعات السفر في هذا الطقس الحار، حيث القطار المزدحم يقلل من برودة المكيف، كما أن المناظر الطبيعية مُملة - في نظره -؛ فهي متكررة وغير مثيرة، ولكن القطار - في لحظة الصدق- يتعطل قليلا فتزداد معاناة الوكيل، في ذات الوقت الذي تتحول نافذة القطار إلى نافذة اجتماعية تعكس بناء المجتمع الريفي المحيط ؛ فالوكيل الذي لا يحتمل الطقس الحار في القطار المكيف يشاهد من النافذة الزجاجية السميكة فتيات ...

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A Walk Through 'Ahmed's Revenge and Other Untold Stories'

Ahmed’s Revenge and Other Untold Stories is Mohamed Abdelkarim’s first solo exhibition. It brings together a selection of videos, installations, books, digital images, sculptures, found materials and objects he produced from 2010 to 2015. On the opening night, Abdelkarim presented Ahmed's Revenge, a performance commissioned by AUC-LAB, and is part of the series Possibilities of Telling a Story.  In his work, Abdelkarim probes the narrative patterns of myth, history and ideology, by employing a variety of aesthetic forms: from cinematic and documentary strategies to 3d graphics; from oral story telling to religious rhetoric. Personal anecdotes are ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 15)

[Pro-Sisi demonstrations on 25 January 2014. Photo by Sebastian Horndasch 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 Fearing War Crimes Arrest, Egypt's Sisi Cancels Trip to African Summit Al-Sisi cancels trip to the African Union summit held in South Africa to avoid possible arrest over war crimes. Factbox: Sisi in Germany EgyptSource details the topics covered during al-Sisi’s visit to Germany. German Government ...

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Triple Exposure

[A man raises his hands in prayer during the storming of Rabaa al-Adaweya Square. A man covers his face with a scarf during a pro-Islamist march in Helwan. A helicopter flies over Tahrir Square during the 25 January 2011 commemorations in 2014. Photo by Hamada Elrasam.]

During the wave of uprisings and resulting crackdowns on Islamists in Egypt in 2013, all the media outlets were accused of taking sides. “When you point a camera to a side you neglect the rest of the real scene,” a protester said to me. “People are following those media outlets that confirm what is already in their minds, not to get new information!” he added. For this project, I have been shooting many events related to the latest waves of the uprising in Egypt including the police storming of the pro-Morsi sit-in at Rabaa al-Adaweya Square in August 2013 and the resulting massacre of over 800 people. I also photographed the celebrations of the removal of ...

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أزيز السكاكين

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[  تندرج هذه القصيدة ضمن ملف " الموجة الجديدة في الشعر السوري  ( أثر الحرب )"  الذي ستقوم جدلية بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين]         تعالي يا حبيبتي لنستمع لأزيز السكاكين في الشوارع ونرتجف. تعالي لأقصَّ عليكِ قصة شابٍّ نام ليلة مع ظله فأنجب وطناً من العتمة.   تعالي لأخبركِ عن الشاب البعيد الذي شاهد  مقطعاً مسجلاً في "دمشق" فقط ليسمع أبواق السيارات Keep Reading »

(الموجة الجديدة في الشعر السوري (أثر الحرب

[لوحة للفنان السوري عبدالله مراد]

[ أدناه مقدمة الملف الذي أعده لـ”جدلية” الشاعر والنحات السوري أحمد اسكندر سليمان وسمّاه " الموجة الجديدة في الشعر السوري  ( أثر الحرب )". يشارك في الملف كل منأحمد ودعة، أفين ابراهيم، تغريد الغضبان، دمّر حبيب، عبير سليمان، ليزا خضر، محمد دريوس، معاذ زمريق، مناهل السهوي، نور كنج وهادي نديم. وستقوم جدلية بنشر الملف على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين]. سأخبر الله كلّ شيء قالها طفل سوري  قبل أن  يُذْبح. سوريا ... على هذه المساحة التي يدلّ عليها الإسم قامت حضارات باهرة تشمل السومريين والبابليين والآشوريين والآراميين والفينيقيين وسوف يعبر في نسيج هذه البلاد اليونان والرومان والفرس والمصريون .. على هذه الأرض ستبنى المدن الأولى وتسن الشرائع الأولى ...

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Nobody Leaves through the Ballot Box: The Historical Irrelevance of General Elections in Sudanese Political Transitions

[Map by UN Department of Field Support – Cartographic Section via

In almost sixty years of independence, Sudan has witnessed a dozen heads of state come and go and countless presidential and parliamentary elections. Of these presidents and prime ministers, less than a handful was voted into office and not a single one has been voted out. With the current elections widely seen as a farce, a foregone conclusion with Omar al-Bashir set to win and many Sudanese people shifting between apathy and antipathy towards the process, a spotlight has been shone on the electoral process. The traditional opposition has boycotted the elections, some preferring to push for a seemingly never-ending “national dialogue” instead and others refusing to ...

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النجاة بمصر – ملاحظات تأسيسية

بين صخب فاسد للسلطوية الجديدة تنتجه دوائر رسمية ونخب اقتصادية ومالية وإعلامية وحزبية تقبل استتباعها للحكم نظير الحماية والعوائد، وبين نزوع البعض داخل الحركة الديمقراطية المصرية إلى التورط في استدعاء سلطوي ومزدوج المعايير لفكرتي المصداقية الأخلاقية والاتساق الفكري على نحو يمارس ديكتاتورية الرأي الواحد باسم الحق ويرتب رفض الاختلاف باسم الحرية ويحدث باسم العدل ضجيجا لا ينتهي من المزايدات فارغة المضمون، تختلط القيم والمبادئ والمفاهيم على الناس وتتداخل مضامينها لتنفر الكثيرين من مواصلة الاهتمام بالشأن العام ...

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Planning Beirut during the French Mandate: The Construction of a Modern City and its Legacy

Marlène Ghorayeb, Beyrouth sous mandat français, construction d’une ville moderne. Paris: Karthala, 2014.   This is a wonderful addition to our knowledge of Beirut’s early days of modern planning, during the transition from Late Ottoman to French Mandate, and later. In the lineage of Jens Hanssen’s Fin de Siècle Beirut, Eric Verdeil’s Beyrouth et ses urbanistes, Carla Eddé’s Naissance d’une capitale, and Robert Saliba’s Beyrouth architectures: Aux sources de la modernité, the book is a must-read ...

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BY COLONIAL DESIGN: Or 'Why we say we don’t know enough'

[The following is the text of a presentation given at the panel entitled “Anthropologists and Controversial Engagements: The Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions," featuring Lisa Rofel, Ghassan Hage, Magid Shihade, Lara Deeb, Jessica Winegar, Nadia Abu El-Haj, and Ann Stoler. The panel was held as part of the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association on 4 December 2014] I am honored to be here and to have been asked to speak in this forum today. I do so at once eagerly and ...

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New Book! Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle In Iraq

Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle In Iraq By Ali Issa E-book: $8.99 Paperback: $11.99   Description Collected from dozens of interviews with, and reports from, Iraqi feminists, labor organizers, environmentalists, and protest movement leaders, Against All Oddspresents the unique voices of progressive Iraqis organizing on the ground. Dating back to 2003, with an emphasis on the 2011 upsurge in mobilization and hope as well as the subsequent embattled years, these ...

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عرَّابو الاختلاف

"مش لازم الناس تكون شبه بعض، الاختلاف ده حاجة جميلة". كانت هذه الجملة دائما ما ينطقها صديقي الذي يكبرني بعقدين من الزمان. كانت تتقلص مساحة غضبه مني لسبب أو لآخر، وتجعله يغفر لي أو أغفر له. أخذ هذا " الاختلاف" درجات في علاقتنا، واكتسب أشكالا كثيرة حتى وصل لشكله الحالي الهادىء. فى البداية كان هذا "الاختلاف" نوعا من التماهي بيننا، بالرغم من فارق العمر الكبير. ربما بسبب كوننا ننتمي لفصيل اجتماعي صغير يحب الفن والكتابة والسينما. كل أفراد هذا الفصيل، دون أن يدروا، أو بدرايتهم، ...

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Besieged: The Economic Impact of the Israeli Siege on Gaza

The second in a series of infographics on the Palestinian economy, "Besieged" highlights the scale of the economic impact of the Gaza blockade. Aided by their Egyptian counterparts, Israeli authorities heavily restrict the movement of people and goods into and out of the territory, whilst Palestinians are denied access even to their own natural resources, including farmland, fishing waters and valuable offshore gas reserves. While Palestinians in Gaza face a 45% unemployment rate, Israeli ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (June 8-14)

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. First Thoughts on the Elections in Turkey: A Roundtable 'Lines Drawn on an Empty Map': Iraq’s Borders and the Legend of the Artificial State (Part 1) Tunisia: Democratic Miracle or Mirage? Roundtable on Anti-Blackness and ...

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أسماء فلسطين الحُسنى

[ هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين تقوم "جدلية" بنشره]   ـ 1 ـ سواءٌ أكان التاريخ قطاراً يعبر المحطاتِ بمواقيتَ معلومةٍ، وباتجاه هدفٍ راسخ، أم سلسلةَ طوفاناتٍ هَوْجاءَ تندفع من منابعَ غامضةٍ شتّى، وليس لها قصدٌ إلاّ خلخلةُ الأرض وتقليبُ المصائر، فإنّ ما يحرّكه دائماً وقودٌ واحد: تضحياتُ الناس. مثلما تَنشر الشمسُ دمَها على الأفق قرباناً صامتاً لسيادة الظلام، تستجيب بعض الشعوب لنداء الأُفول؛ تَغرق ببطءٍ وجلال من دون أن تخلِّف ...

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قصائد دينو كامبانا

دينو كامبانا قصائد مختارة  دينو كامبانا شاعر إيطالي ( 1885- 1932) اختار حياة التشرد ورفض التقاليد وقد قيل عنه إنه كان وبقي منفياً ومنبوذاً وحضوراً غير مريح وصعب التصنيف في الأدراج مسبقة التبويب للتاريخ الأدبي والسبب هو أنه كان شاعراً مبدعاً وإنساناً معقداً تَمثَّل أسطورة الشاعر المجنون. سافر الشاعر متشرداً على قدميه في السنة الأخيرة من دراسته الثانوية ووقبض عليه وسجن نتيجة تورطه في مشاجرات. ذهب إلى فرنسا وأمريكا الجنوبية حيث أقام في الأرجنتين. سجن فيما بعد لمدة ثلاثة أشهر في بروكسل ونفي إلى ...

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أمنيزيا

أنا رجلٌ بائس، على أعتاب الخمسين. أقفلُ عليّ باب الحمام ولا أسمح لزوجتي بالاقتراب مني وأنا هناك. أفتح صنابير الماء الساخن، تجري المياه نحو المجرى دون هدى وأستمتع بصوتها وهي تتدفق أمامي. أسند ظهري المتصلب على سيراميك الحائط وأحاول التشبث بأقوى خطوة لي على أرضية الرخام. أتشبع ببخار الماء الساخن حتى أتعرّق. أشعرُ بخفة أكثر في جسدي النحيل بعدما تنفتح مسامات جلدي لتستقبل نوركِ في خيالي. أحرّض كفي المبتلة على استقدامك مبتسمةً وضاحكةً. لا أريدك اليوم حزينة كما اعتدتُ أن أراكِ. بكل ما أوتيتُ من قوة ...

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HDP’nin programina evet diyen muhafazakarlar, kadin, Alevi ve LGBTI’lerle esitlige de evet diyor

HDP’nin programına evet diyen muhafazakârlar, kadın, Alevi ve LGBTİ’lerle eşitliğe de evet diyor Bu seçimleri değerlendirirken en önce şunu söylemek gerekir: Kazanan her şeyden önce gönüllü müşahitlik yapan, oyları son dakikaya kadar koruyan, halkın iradesi tam olarak sonuçlara yansısın diye uğraşan, tabandan örgütlenmiş, genç ve kadın ağırlıklı sandık hareketleridirz. Seçim sonuçlarına güvenimiz tam, uzun yıllardır ilk kez ana gündem sandık çalmalar değil. Üstelik bu sandık hareketleri ne parayla, ne ...

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Tunisia: Democratic Miracle or Mirage?

Since December 2014, Western officials and analysts have very actively, almost aggressively, celebrated the Tunisian “success,” which is alternatively defined as an “exception” or a “model” in a chaotic Arab world. Following the Tunisian president’s official visit to France in April 2015, Beji Caid Essebi’s visit to the United States on 20-21 May 2015, completed the Western consecration of Tunisia’s induction into the “club of democracies.” The current fascination with Tunisia’s democratic achievement, ...

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