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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 ...

The Master Plans of Baghdad: Notes on GIS-Based Spatial History

In 1967 the state planning office Miastoprojekt Krakow from socialist Poland delivered the master plan of Baghdad which, together with its amendment that followed in 1973, provided the legal framework for the development of the Iraqi ...

[لوحة للفنانة الفلسطينية لطيفة يوسف]

كونيتشيوا، يا نكبتي الخاصة

"ماما، أريد كرة أرضية مثل التي اشترتها والدة إلياس له في عيد ميلاده!". سُررت لطلب ابني في سري لأنه بدأ يهتم بالجغرافيا قبل أن يدخل المدرسة، وبدأت البحث عما يناسب عمره، فعثرت على كرة متحدثة. وفاجأته: "أنظر يا حبيبي، ...


Red-White-and-Black Valentine

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There are moments in world affairs that call for the suspension of disbelief. At these junctures, caution ought to be suppressed and cynicism forgotten to let joy and wonderment resound. Across the globe, everyone, at least everyone with a heart, knows that the Egyptian revolution of 2011 is such a time.  Before January 25, date of the mass protests that kicked off the revolutionary fortnight in Cairo and other cities, Egypt was another populous, impoverished country laboring under an autocratic regime whose police worked assiduously to keep dissent at the margins of civic life. It was a place where the establishment, political, economic and religious, spread the ...

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[Eighteen Days of the People's Revolution to Topple the Dictator]

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   ١٨ يوما من الثورة الشعبية عندما انتفضت الجماهير المصرية لإسقاط الديكتاتور   سقط الديكتاتور مبارك بلا رجعة، وسقطت معه عصابته الحاكمة ومشروعه للتوريث، سقطت ثلاثون عاما من سياسات النهب والفساد والاستغلال والإفقار والإرهاب والتعذيب والقتل والاضطهاد والطائفية. الشعب أراد إسقاط النظام وفعلها، فبعد 18 يوما من الثورة الشعبية استطاع هذا الشعب، الذي كثيرا ما نعته أعداؤه بالجبن والخضوع، أن يسطر ملحمته ويعيد كتابة التاريخ المصري من جديد بدمائه وصموده، لقد شاهدنا في هذه الأيام بطولات أقل ما يمكن لإعطائها حقها أن تدرس كخبرة ثورية عظيمة ستلهم عن حق شعوب المنطقة والعالم كحافز على طريق الثورات الشعبية لإسقاط كل صنوف الاستبداد والديكتاتورية. ولكن هل يمكن أن ...

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العراق وساحة تحريره [Iraq and Its Tahrir Square!]

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[A slightly updated and edited English translation of this article is avaiable on Jadaliyya and can be found here.] كان لافتاً غياب العراق عن خريطة "اليوم مصر، غداً العالم"(١) (نشرت بعد اسبوع من مسيرة ٢٥ كانون الثاني (يناير)) والتي ضمت مواعيد المظاهرات في عدد من البلدان العربية. وهذا الغياب لم يقتصر على التأريخ وإنما على ذكر البلد كذلك. وكأن غياب الأحتجاجات كناية عن غياب البلد برمته، وكأن العراق غير معني بما يحصل في تونس ومصر على الأخص. ويعود هذا الغياب الصارخ الى طبيعة النظام السياسي في العراق في الوقت الراهن، الذي أعتمد خطاباً طائفياً بعد سقوط صدام حسين ومأسسه. فأصبح العراق مثل لبنان وأصيب العمل السياسي بالشلل في ظل المحاصصة الطائفية. فكيف يمكن خلق مبادرة ...

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Five Questions on Jordan

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In the shadow of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, social mobilizations and political developments in Jordan have prompted a significant amount of attention on the Kingdom. Below are the five most common questions I’ve received from both friends and reporters as well as composites of my responses. (1) Will we see in Jordan the type of upheaval we are witnessing in Tunisia or Egypt? To date, what has happened in Jordan does not compare to what is happening in other parts of the Arab world neither in terms of degree (i.e., the number of people out in the streets) nor in terms of nature (i.e., the types of demands being made). Jordan shares many of the structural ...

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The Art of the Impossible

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Like millions of people around the world, I’m deeply inspired by the great victory that was won by the Egyptian people today, and deeply humbled by their magnificent power. Eighteen days, without a moment of respite, spent in the streets (not to mention the years of struggle by human rights and democracy activists against the regime that helped lay the groundwork for the latest protests) has made the impossible come true. “Look at the streets of Egypt tonight; this is what hope looks like,” as Ahdaf Soueif wrote a few hours ago. Bassam Haddad says what many of us are feeling: “The implications are grand, for Egypt, and beyond. But the jubilation at this moment must be ...

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"Crapping in Their Pants:" Israeli Responses to Democracy in Egypt

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Last Sunday night the Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman submitted to a Q&A after a showing of The Time That Remains, his latest feature, at Columbia. (If you’ve not seen it yet: do.) The first question was a classic: ‘Have Israelis seen this film? What did they think?’ The answer was more so. (Tone: utterly gracious.) “It is amazing that, even with what is happening in Egypt, the first thing we have to do is to ask the Israelis what they think. Whether they are scared. Whether they are terrified. Whether they are crapping in their pants.” I felt a paper coming on. ‘“Crapping In Their Pants”: Israeli Responses to Democracy in Egypt.’ For MESA, perhaps; integrating ...

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Imperial Feminism, Islamophobia, and the Egyptian Revolution

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". . . I’m making this video to give you one simply message: We want to go down to Tahrir Square on January 25. If we still have honor and want to live with dignity on this land, we have to go down on January 25. We’ll go down and demand our rights, our fundamental human rights...The entire government is corrupt—a corrupt president and a corrupt security force…If you stay home, you deserve what will happen to you…and you’ll be guilty, before your nation and your people…Go down to the street, send SMS’s, post it post it on the ‘net. Make people aware…you know your own social circle, your building, your family, your friends, tell them to ...

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From the Blogosphere to the Street: The Role of Social Media in the Egyptian Uprising

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While the uprising in Egypt caught most observers of the Middle East off guard, it did not come out of the blue. The seeds of this spectacular mobilization had been sown as far back as the early 2000s and had been carefully cultivated by activists from across the political spectrum, many of these working online via Facebook, twitter, and within the Egyptian blogosphere. Working within these media, activists began to forge a new political language, one that cut across the institutional barriers that had until then polarized Egypt’s political terrain, between more Islamicly-oriented currents (most prominent among them, the Muslim Brotherhood) and secular-liberal ones. ...

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Tahrir's Other Sky

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The Earth is closing on us pushing us through the last passage and we tear off our limbs to pass through. Where should we go after the last frontiers? Where should the birds fly after the last sky? -- Mahmoud Darwish Egypt’s exhilarating call for freedom, as Elliott Colla recently noted is an astonishing moment of poetry. The refrain, "Ish-sha‘b/yu-rîd/is-qât/in-ni-zâm” (The People Want the Fall of the Regime) resoundingly rings for millions in the Arab world and beyond. With all eyes on Liberation Square, many are wrestling with what Maya Mikdashi aptly called the unfamiliar restlessness of hope. As the twists and turns of the 25 January ...

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إلى أين تتجه الثورة المصرية؟ [Where is the Egyptian Revolution Heading?]

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يقدم النظام الحاكم في مصر تنازلات يومية كبرى كل يوم للانتفاضة المصرية، التي نجحت في تثبيت أقدامها على الأرض. ما حققته الانتفاضة حتى اللحظة لم يكن يحلم به أحد: تعهد مبارك بعدم الترشح، إنهاء مشروع التوريث، السقوط السياسي للحزب الحاكم بكل عفنه، والتخلص من قيادتي حرسه القديم والجديد، الاعتراف بأكبر جماعة معارضة في مصر كانت محظورة منذ أسبوعين مما يفتح الباب لكل القوى الوطنية خارج الشرعية، الموت السياسي بالسكتة للمشروع النيوليبرالي المعادي للفقراء في السياسات الاقتصادية والاجتماعية، اهتزاز المجالس البرلمانية المزورة..والقائمة تطول والمكاسب تزيد كل يوم. لكن ليس من الصدفة أن النظام الذي أصبح يقبل كل ذلك بين يوم وليلة مازال يتمترس وراء ضرورة بقاء مبارك رئيسا، بينما يرى الشارع ...

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It's Not About Islam, Stupid!

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“Yes We Can” Since the flight of Tunisia’s Ben Ali on January 14th, there has apparently been a breakthrough in the imaginary of the possible in the Arab world.  I was in Egypt at the time, and reeling as everyone seemed to be from the bombing of the Coptic church in Alexandria, attention soon became fixed on Tunisia, and a moment of national unity in reaction to the tragic event in Alexandria, soon developed into a movement of national unity that dared to conceive of and act toward an alternative to their own regime. Like many others, I have also been riveted to coverage of the demonstrations that Tunisia’s revolution inspired in Egypt, a revolution that remained ...

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Why Egypt's Progressives Win

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On 6 February 2011, Egypt’s hastily appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman invited in the old guard or what we could call the Businessmen’s Wing of the Muslim Brothers into a stately meeting in the polished rosewood Cabinet Chamber of Mubarak’s Presidential Palace. The aim of their tea party was to discuss some kind of accord that would end the national uprising and restore “normalcy.” When news of the meeting broke, expressions of delight and terror tore through the blogosphere. Was the nightmare scenario of both the political left and right about to be realized? Would the US/Israel surrogate Suleiman merge his military-police apparatus with the power of the ...

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Iranians In Solidarity with Egyptians and Tunisians Need Your Support, Now

While celebrating the exhilarating achievements of the popular democratic uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, I have also been consumed with a restless hope and deepening concern for Iranians with parallel dreams of realizing a free and democratic society. Iranian pro-democracy activists and opposition figures Mir Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi have called for peaceful rallies across the country today, on the 25th of Bahman (February 14), to express solidarity for the spreading democratic movements in ...

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The Long Shadow of the 1952 Revolution

Almost exactly fifty-nine years ago, on January 26, 1952, downtown Cairo was in flames. Cinemas, department stores, and hotels were set alight by rioters in the streets. The identity of these rioters would become the focus of enormous speculation: Were they revolutionaries who sought the expulsion of British colonial rule from Egypt, or rather, were they counterrevolutionary forces who were giving the then-Egyptian regime or the army a pretext to intervene? Whatever the case, within a matter of six ...

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The Workers, Middle Class, Military Junta, and the Permanent Revolution

Since yesterday, and actually earlier, middle class activists have been urging Egyptians to suspend the protests and return to work, in the name of patriotism, singing some of the most ridiculous lullabies about "let's build new Egypt," "Le'ts work harder than even before," ect . . . In case you didn't know, actually Egyptians are among the hardest working people around the globe already. Those activists want us to trust Mubarak’s generals with the transition to ...

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Egypt's Revolution 2.0: The Facebook Factor

The call for a Day of Rage on January 25, 2011 that ignited the Egyptian revolution originated from a Facebook page. Many have since asked: Is this a “Facebook Revolution?”  It is high time to put this question to rest and insist that political and social movements belong to people and not to communication tools and technologies. Facebook, like cell phones, the internet, and twitter, do not have agency, a moral universe, and are not predisposed to any particular ideological or political orientation. ...

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Celebrations Shake Saudi Capital

Tonight, We Are All Egyptian. For the first time in decades, Arabs the world over will unite in celebration, not in protest against this imperial war or the next. We will dwell in victory, not in the shadows of yesteryear’s defeats. We will pontificate the future and its many possibilities, not arguments against the mere idea of “what went wrong.” For some time to come, we will see Egyptians for the heroes that they are, and ignore that their laborers will continue to inhabit the lowest scales of ...

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The Egyptian Revolution: First Impressions from the Field [Updated]

Al-Qahira, The City Victorious, February 11, 2011 Never has a revolution that seemed so lacking in prospects gathered momentum so quickly and so unexpectedly. The Egyptian Revolution, starting on January 25, lacked leadership and possessed little organization; its defining events, on Friday, January 28, occurred on a day when all communication technologies, including all internet and phones, were barred; it took place in a large country known for sedate political life, a very long legacy of ...

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Egypt, and the Post-Islamist Middle East

For years, western political elites and their local allies have charged the Arab peoples with political apathy and lethargy. The argument that Arabs are uninterested in seeking to wrest greater democratic freedoms from their authoritarian rulers always rested on shaky foundations. But now that millions of Egyptians, following the Tunisians’ example, have proved it wrong by mobilising against power, the sceptical ground has adjusted: toward the murmured fear that Egypt’s uprising would develop into an ...

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Recuperating the Democracy Narrative: Fareed Zakaria and Preparing for a Post-Mubarak World

On February 8, 2011 Secretary of Defense and ex-CIA chief Robert Gates urged “ governments in the region” to “take measures to begin moving in a positive direction toward addressing the political and economic grievances of their people."[1] The mantra has droned out of  Obama administration corridors for weeks including Hilary Clinton’s now infamous and indeed racist admonition of Arab regimes to reform in early January. In Doha, the Secretary of State criticizes the “corrupt institutions and ...

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The Arab Pro-Democracy Movement: Struggles to Redefine Citizenship

  We are witnessing a historic moment in Egypt and the Arab world. The youth of the region have a revolutionary opportunity to enfranchise citizens---this is the antithesis of the entire post-colonial formula. I am trying to identify the tangible but radical changes that can take place. Clearly there are many forces in Egypt that might undermine this revolutionary situation. The old political parties, and most importantly the Muslim Brotherhood—might try cutting deals. I think the most that may ...

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Non-Negotiable

The naysayers who had been suggesting (or, in some cases, hoping) that the protests in Egypt were running out of steam have been proven wrong, once again, by the Egyptian people. By some accounts, the crowds in Midan Tahrir today were the largest yet — “hundreds of thousands,” according to the Guardian’s live reports — and many of those protesting today were coming out onto the streets for the first time. As I write this, protests continue in front of the Parliament building, with the possibility of a ...

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ثورة...وأشياء صغيرة أخرى [A Revolution. . . and a Few Other Things]

 طيارة ورق بدت أصابع رجب أرقّ من سيقان الورود، وهي تلف الخيوط السوداء والبيضاء حول العيدان بعزم وحذر متلعثم. استوطنت بقايا شحم السيارات تحت أظفاره، فصبغتها بالسواد ولم يساعده غسلها كل يوم إلا قليلاً. شحم السيارات التي يفك قطعها منذ خمسين عاماً لا يمر مرور الكرام فوق هذا الجسد، فيبدو رجب كأنه ولد بأظفار يتمدد تحتها سوادٌ أفحم من الليل . «أنفخ معايا في الهوا يا عم، يمكن طيارتي تطير فوق الرؤوس»، قالت له الصغيرة بصوتها المشدوه الذي كان يبحث عن مكان له في زحمة الهتافات في الميدان. ترك رجب الجمع الذي ...

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Making History in Tahrir

Nightingale, do not fear your song Speak your complaint and tell of your ordeal The song will not kill you but Holding back song is what will kill you I wonder! Salah Jahin (1930-1986)  Watching Egyptians protest today is a sight I never thought I’d witness. Having studied urban protest in Egypt and Syria in the late Middle Ages, like other Arabs of my generation I had been beguiled by our political quietness, our seemingly unending, bottomless stoicism. I chose to work on ...

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