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[Image from PLO Research Center publication showing their empty shelves in Beirut after looting by Israeli soldiers. Title of the publication, showing in Arabic in the image, reads: “A crime against culture.”]

Voyages of the Palestinian Archive: An Interview with Hana Sleiman and Ahmad Barclay

The exhibition “Sea of Stories: Voyages of the Palestinian Archives” was presented at Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture, Beirut, Lebanon (5 October – 15 November 2016), as part of the Qalandia International (Qi)’s third edition, “This Sea ...

Maghreb: l'Etat d'injustice en question

Irene Bono, Béatrice Hibou, Hamza Medded, Mohamed Tozy, L'État d'injustice au Maghreb. Maroc et Tunisie (Karthala: Paris, 2015) Fruit du partenariat noué entre les équipes de recherche de l’AFD d’une part et le fonds d’analyse des ...

غلاف الطبعة الثانية من رواية غوابا 2016

مقطع مترجم عن اللغة الإنجليزية من رواية غوابا للكاتب سليم حداد

  [مقطع رواية غوابا الصادرة بالإنجليزية للكاتب سليم حداد ترجمة ديمة ياسين]    ابتدأ هذا الصباح بالعار. لم يكن هذا بالشيء الجديد، سوى ان إحساسي بالعار هذه المرة يتعمق بشكل مخيف كلما تذكرت أحداث الليلة الماضية. يتجهم وجهي، ...

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Vox Populi's September/October Issue Is Here!

For Vox Populi’s September/October issue, we chose to focus on the LGBTQ+ community, highlighting themes of activism, expression, and representation. Now more than ever, we must recognize the fight for queer justice as an ...


Nizar Qabbani's "Poetry Buses"

[Nizar Qabbani. Image from Unknown Archive]

Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998) was a Syrian poet, essayist, diplomat, and publisher and one of the most popular poets in the Arab world in the last few decades of the 20th century. He was born and raised in Damascus in a middle-class merchant traditional family. At the age of 15, Qabbani’s sister committed suicide because she was unwilling to marry a man she did not love. It is believed that this tragic event incited Qabbani to write poetry that expresses women’s desire and exposes their social condition. In 1942, Qabbani’s first poetry collection The Brunette Said to Me (Qālat lī al-samrā’) was published in Damascus, marking the beginning of his career as a love poet, and ...

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Culture VIII

[Yemenis celebrate the departure of Ali on June 5th in Sana`a. Image from The Washington Examiner]

This week's basket has everything you need to start the week: Greek mythology, French philosophy, the politics of poetry, and a dispatch from Palestine: Algeria's Impact on French Philosophy: Between Poststructuralist Theory and Colonial Practice by Muriam Haleh Davis The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony and the Burial of the Martyrs by Maria Kastrinou Nizar Qabbani's "Poetry Buses" by Gaelle Raphael Translating Palestine: Dispatches from the 2011 Palestine Festival of Literature by Taline Voskeritchian You can read last week's posts here. All previous culture posts can be found 

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The Largest Demonstration in Hama Ends with Blood, and Signals a Shift

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In what has been dubbed as the "Friday of the Children of Freedom" protests yesterday, Hama witnessed the largest demonsration yet, and Syria the largest crackdown to-date, with more than 50 protesters reported killed and several hundred wounded by live ammunition in the key city of Hama alone. These protests across the country were particularly motivated by the torture and killing of the 13-year old Hamza al-Khatib (see Jadaliyya report here).  The spread of the protests to Hama at this magnitude signals the beginnings of a shift in the regime-protesters dymamic, whereby the very sensitive wall of fear that surrounded Hama residents since 1982 has ...

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Yemen in the Wake of Saleh's Departure: Ongoing Updates from San'a

[Celebrations in San'a. Image from monstersandcritics.com]

Follow our ongoing reports from our affiliates in San'a, Yemen below as well on our Twitter feed here (hashtag: #JadYemen). Click here for updates from Friday (June 3) and Saturday (June 4). For historical and contemporary background to today's event, visit Jadaliyya's Yemen Page. Below is what we have so far on the feed for today. If electricity holds where our reports are coming from, we'll keep at it. Jadaliyya Updates/Tweets from San'a, Yemen [As of late Saturday night, early Sunday morning] What we know for sure is that President Ali Abdallah Saleh is in Saudi Arabia and VP Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi is in charge (AJ reports he is currently both Acting ...

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Letter from Tehran

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[This interview was conducted in Tehran by Manijeh Nasrabadi of the Raha Iranian Feminist Collective one year after the green uprising. For more from the Raha Iranian Feminist Collective, see their "Essential Readings: Iran"] On June 12, 2010, the tense one-year anniversary of the post-election uprising that made the color green an international symbol of a people’s democratic aspirations, hundreds of special security forces stood shoulder to shoulder along Tehran’s major boulevards and squares with knives, batons, and walkie-talkies ready. Nonetheless, the evening traffic from Imam Square to Revolution Square swelled well beyond the normal numbers of ...

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Crafting Chaos: Presidential Games and Yemen's Escalating Violence

[Protester confronting regime forces. Image from TaizCity.net]

I am sitting in the dark, having enjoyed a remarkable 6 consecutive hours of electricity today in our house near the “Square of Fear”, a roundabout in an affluent neighborhood of Sana’a that sits between the houses of General Ali Mohsen and Hamid al-Ahmar. The sounds of mortars, missiles and gunfire echo from across the city in al-Hasaba, where al-Jazeera will tell me tomorrow morning that 41 people were killed overnight. If we were to believe Yemen State Television and the Deputy Minister of Information, electricity outages and shortages of water, cooking gas, gasoline and diesel are to be blamed on Yemen’s opposition coalition of parties, the Joint Meeting of Parties ...

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The Stunting Role of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces After the Revolution: Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mohamed Waked

[Image from live interview with Mohamed Waked]

During our trip to Egypt we had the fortune of meeting and interviewing a number of distinguished journalists, bloggers, and activists, as well as a host of other Egyptians from all walks of life. Our coverage of Friday, May 27, protests can be found here and here. Today, we begin publishing the video interviews we conducted, starting with our own Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Mohamed Waked. Mohamed is a researcher and an activist who led and participated in the mobilization leading up to the Egyptian revolution. He was also arrested in the process by the Mubarak regime. Here, Mohamed addresses succinctly the role of the increasingly notorious Supreme Council of the Armed Forces ...

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"We've Never Seen Such Horror": Crimes Against Humanity by Syrian Security Forces

[Map of Dar'a Governorate. Image from HRW.org]

[Below is the latest from the Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Syria.] "We've Never Seen Such Horror": Crimes Against Humanity by Syrian Security Forces Summary Since the beginning of anti-government protests in March 2011, Syrian security forces have killed hundreds of protesters and arbitrarily arrested thousands, subjecting many of them to brutal torture in detention. The security forces routinely prevented the wounded from getting medical assistance, and imposed a siege on several towns, depriving the population of basic services. Some of the worst abuses took place in Daraa governorate in southwestern Syria. The nature and scale of abuses, which Human ...

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Details of Military Prosecutor's Summoning of Egyptian Activist and Journalist Hossam El-Hamalawy

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On Monday, May 30th, 2011, Egyptian activist and journalist Hossam El-Hamalawy was summoned by the military prosecutor in relations to on-air accusations (made Thursday May 26) of the military's attack on protesters and activists during the Egyptian uprising. Below are a sequence of videos and reports that highlight how the events unfolded, giving voice to Hossam El-Hamalawy at different stages of the controversy. [Jadaliyya will be conducting the fourth interview with Hossam on the Muslim Brotherhood. See the first three interviews here, here, and here]. Video on Hossam El-Hamalawy on On TV show hosted by Reem Maged wherein in he makes his statements (Thursday May 26, ...

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Reflections on Egypt after March 19

[Egyptian Army Spokesperson General Ismail Etman, Image Source: Unknown]

Return of Identity Politics The March 19 constitutional referendum and the lead-up to it have tempered the strong feeling of unity that Tahrir Square had instilled in the country’s political community. The referendum marked the return of adversity and competition to Egypt’s political arena, as political groups were actively supporting (if not campaigning on behalf of) the “yes” and “no” positions prior to the vote. Despite the unprecedented level of cohesion that the opposition showed immediately after January 25th, the fear-mongering tactics that some religious leaders adopted to encourage voters to approve the constitutional amendments has helped polarize the Egyptian ...

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"V for Vendetta": The Other Face of Egypt's Youth Movement

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“Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea […] and ideas are bulletproof.” - From the film V for Vendetta In the summer of 2010 the youth of Facebook, “shebab al-Facebook,” began a campaign of peaceful civil disobedience through the Arabic “We are all Khaled Said” Facebook Fan Page. The success of their “silent stands” throughout the country gave youth a media friendly face as a group that espouses peaceful non-violent forms of civil disobedience to confront oppression and tyranny. The inspiration for the peaceful side of the movement was derived from divergent sources. Analysts writing in the western press were keen to point ...

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Culture VII

[Bader Mahasneh (b. Jordan, 1977). Image from foresightartgallery.com]

Spring is about to end (not the Arab one though). Sarah Palin wants to be Empress, but we still have culture. This week's picks:  * Prose of a Growing Movement by Rayya El Zein * The Persistence of Jokes by Elliott Colla * To the Master of the Banquet by Sargon Boulus (tr. Sinan Antoon) You can read last week's section here. All previous culture posts can be found here. We look forward to your comments, queries, and contributions. Please take a look at our Call for Posts and contact us culture@jadaliyya.com  

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The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony and the Burial of the Martyrs: Syrian Dances in the Arab Spring

Some Fires Burn More than Others [August 10th, 2009] Bosra is on fire. Red lights shine through the night in the ancient Roman amphitheatre. The smoke pours onto the stage, where the famous pop singer, Ali al-Deek, and his orchestra have set the audience and the stage on metaphorical fire. Everyone is dancing: old men in traditional attire, women with children in their hands, with or without hijab on their hair, young men and women in groups, people in the front rows, at the back, on the stairs, ...

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44 Years Since al-Naksa: Qalandia - June 5, 2011

I spent most of this week undecided on whether or not to head to Qalandia today, though I suppose from the moment I considered going, I should have known that I wouldn’t be able to suppress the thought. The consensus by many was that buzz on the ground was relatively weak - not to be compared with the Nakba day protests - but between online promotional videos and Facebook statuses, I remained encouraged and intrigued, to say the least. Protesters were called to meet at the Qalandia checkpoint at 11am ...

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Shooting at Protesters at Qalandia Crossing (and the Golan) Today: Live Video by Jadaliyya Researcher

While commemorating al-Naksa before marching peacefully to Jerusalem today, Israeli soldiers shot and injured at least four protesters (with rubber bullets) and dozens were hospitalized from inhaling tear gas.  Jadaliyya researcher Nour Joudah was at the demonstration and was affected by the tear gas but did not require hospitalization. She captured the following video during the protest and managed just recently to edit it and send it to us. In addition to the video below, click here to read ...

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Essential Readings: Iran

In recent years, there has been a deluge of popular English-language writings by Iranians in exile, as well as hand-wringing public policy books by U.S.-based think tank pundits, all insisting on the same basic message: Iran represents a geo-political problem of unparalleled importance. While the stated goal of these books and organizations is to educate the English-reading global public about Iran, very often the message comes laced with support for militarily enforced regime change and full-scale ...

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Ongoing Reports On Escalating Events in Yemen . . . (This Weekend)

Follow our ongoing reports from San'a, Yemen on our Twitter feed here (hashtag: #JadYemen) or in the right column of our homepage. For historical and contemporary background to today's event, visit Jadaliyya's Yemen Page. Here's what we have so far on the feed from both yesterday (June 3) and today (June 4). If electricity holds where our reports are coming from, we'll keep at it. Jadaliyya Tweets from San'a, Yemen Friday June 3 [10:15 AM EST] Conflicting reports of Saleh's ...

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UCLA Uncut Interview with James Gelvin on Obama's May 19 Speech

This is an 11-minute edited video of an interview conducted with James L. Gelvin after President Barack Obama's "Middle East Speech" that was delivered on May 19, 2011. In it, Gelvin discusses the lukewarm reaction throughout the Middle East to Obama's speech, outlining the ways in which the stated objectives and policies of the United States fell short of both the needs and expectations of the people of the Arab world.        

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Syria and Hizballah

[This article is written by Khalid Saghieh and translated by Assaf Khoury*] Translator's Introduction  Up until a few months ago, Hizballah could legitimately claim pride of place in the Arab anti-imperialist camp. Hizballah was the only Arab force that repeatedly stymied the powerful Israeli military and never caved in. Over a period of nearly two decades, it was the most stubborn obstacle to imperialist domination of the Middle East. In more recent years, to its credit, Hizballah embraced ...

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The Arab World's Forgotten Rebellions: Foreign Workers and Biopolitics in the Gulf

The Arab world is undergoing a potentially world-historical transformation. The Tunisian street vendor Muhammad Bouazizi’s self-imolation, following mistreatment by state authorities in late 2010, sparked a deluge of populist anger and activism that has toppled the Ben Ali and Mubarak regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, respectively, soon to be followed by street demonstrations and battles across the region.  At the time of this writing, Libyan rebels in alliance with a NATO coalition are battling Qaddafi ...

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تجاوز الماضي أم نسيانه؟

  السؤال الذى يتردد اليوم بقوة فى الشارع السياسى، ولم يعد فى مصر شارع ليس سياسياً، هو التالي: هل يمكن، وهل يجوز، للمصريين تجاهل الماضي القريب المليء بالفساد والانتهاكات البشعة للحقوق وطى صفحة هذا الماضى، ليمضي المجتمع - الآن وسريعاً – صوب المستقبل المأمول محققاً أهداف ثورة 25 يناير؟ وإذا لم يكن من الممكن تناسي عصر مبارك القميء ، فكيف يمكن للمجتمع المصري تجاوزه بأنجع الطرق وأقصرها وأقلها كلفة مادية وإنسانية ؟ والحق، فإن مصر ليست أول دولة تجابه مثل هذه الأسئلة. فكل بلدان العالم التى شهدت تغيرات عميقة ...

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نصيبنا من كعكة الإقتصاد

إجراء مدهش ذلك الذي أعلنته الحكومة منذ أيام بتجميد الضريبة العقارية. لم تختر حكومة شرف التأجيل بل التجميد مما يعني أن أمده أطول وغير محدد. ووجه الدهشة فيه هو أن هذه الضريبة هي إجراء اقتصادي نادر من نوعه في حكومة نظيف من حيث إنه يضع العبء على الأغنياء لا الفقراء. وفي زمن ثورة قامت من أجل العدالة الاجتماعية وضد عدم المساواة، كان غريبا أن تختار حكومة، اختار الميدان رئيسها، أن تقدم بهذه السرعة والجرأة على إجراء يسعد كل هؤلاء المستفيدين الذين اشتروا عشرات العقارات للمضاربة والتجارة وتغازل أولئك الذين يمتلكون ...

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The Year of the Citizen

During the Spring of the so-called Arab Spring, the euphoria that characterized the Winter of 2010/2011 has increasingly given way to more somber attitudes associated with Winter. For those who were expecting a linear progression towards freedom, in which vain autocrats and sclerotic regimes would fall with growing ease and rapidity, despondency is an appropriate response to the increasing ferocity with which ruling elites seek to remain in power. Yet in the life of peoples, as in life itself, linear ...

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"To the Master of the Banquet" by Sargon Boulus

"Ila Sayyid al-Walima" appeared in Sargon Boulus' posthumous collection `Azma Ukhra li-Kalb al-Qabila (Another Bone for the Tribe's Dog) (Baghdad and Beirut: Dar al-Jamal, 2008)   To the Master of the Banquet If you are a master give us some bread a drop of medicine for the sick! You, who call yourself a master, give to those who walked in all these funeral processions bewildered in the dream of disaster for whom a cloud passing through the sky of slaughter or a child’s skull, ...

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