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Between Poststructuralist Theory and Colonial Practice Others Palestine Media Roundup تركيع حماس حوار مع مظفر النواب - الجزء الأول

Familiar Ruptures and Opportunities, 1967 and 2017

The 1967 war was a fundamental, damning failure for the Arab world. In the course of six short days, Israel expanded its jurisdiction across the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula and the Syrian Golan Heights, as well as the West Bank and the Gaza ...

Municipal Politics in Lebanon

The municipal system has been a key pillar of debates on administrative decentralization, economic development and political participation in Lebanon. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, activists sought to stop the demolition of the ...

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جزيرة اللجوء المؤجل: قبرص

مزّق محمد، اللاجئ السوري، ورقة قبول العمل التي مُنحت له بعد مقابلات عدة في مهن أرسل إليها من قبل "مكتب التشغيل والتأمين" في مدينة لارنكا القبرصية، كانت الفرصة الممنوحة له "عاملاً لفرز المعادن في معمل خردوات وقمامة يبعد عن ...

Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (May 2017)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of May 2017. It also includes the most recent roundups, editors picks, and most-read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content ...

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Bad Faith at the Book Festival

[Logo of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel]

“Everywhere you look the boycott debate is in the news,” Joseph Dana notes in a recent article on his blog. The most prominent example involves British novelist Ian McEwan, who rejected calls to boycott the 2011 Jerusalem Book Festival after being awarded the Jerusalem Prize. Instead, McEwan, in his acceptance speech last week, offered some words of criticism for Israeli policies, including settlements and the siege of Gaza, while simultaneously paying tribute to “the precious tradition of a democracy of ideas in Israel”; he also attended the weekly Sheikh Jarrah protest against settlement building in East Jerusalem. As Dana notes, Italian writer Umberto Eco also ...

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Exclusive Update from Benghazi: Inside Information on the Opposition Movement

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This morning, I spoke to Mohammed Fannoush, an active dissident in Benghazi, who informed me that the liberated cities, in both the East and West, have come together and organized a committee which will serve as a collective organ from which they will continue to unwaveringly fight for the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. Fannoush has been put in charge of communication and urged me and other Arab-Americans to be active in clarifying the situation of the anti-Gaddafi movement in Libya as being nationalist, as opposed to Gaddafi’s manipulative accusations of a radical Islamist, specifically Al-Qaeda, led opposition. This movement is one based in a struggle for freedom, ...

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Map of Libya According to Qaddafi Imagi-Nation

[Image by Ibtisam Barakat]

[This cartoon was prepared after Qaddafi's third speech on February 25, in which he equated Libya with himself . . . ]

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Bahrain Then and Now: Reflections on the Future of the Arab Monarchies

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Will Bahrain be the first Middle Eastern monarchy in recent times to collapse? The last one to bite the dust was Iran’s in 1979, following the demise of kingdoms in Libya (1969), North Yemen (1962), Tunisia (1956), Iraq (1958) and Egypt (1952). Like dominoes they seemed to be falling in that era, giving rise to the idea that monarchies were political dinosaurs. But later on, as the remaining monarchies survived, it appeared that the people were more prepared to confer legitimacy on kings than presidents. So evolved the present conventional wisdom that this form of government seems well-suited for the Arabs—certainly better than the so-called “republics”.  But ...

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Anti-Authoritarian Revolution and Law Reform in Egypt: A Jadaliyya E-Roundtable

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[Our first Roundtable is moderated by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Lisa Hajjar] Jadaliyya's Editorial Committee presents an electronic roundtable about the politics of revolution and law reform in post-Mubarak Egypt. The participants—Hussein Agrama, Asli Bali, Samera Esmeir and Tamir Moustafa—have contributed responses to a set of questions we posed to them. The information they provide and the differences of opinion and emphasis among them will, hopefully, stimulate further discussion and debate about these issues in our e-pages and beyond.   Since the Mubarak presidency ended on February 11, 2011, the debate has shifted from how—or if—to amend the existing ...

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On International Intervention and the Dire Situation in Libya

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Yesterday, the United Nations Security Council held a formal meeting in which they condemned the violence in Libya and threatened to hold violators of international law accountable. At the same time, the Arab League held an extraordinary session in which it suspended Libya’s membership. These measures, and others, come eight days into the Libyan people’s courage and persistence in the face of shoot-to-kill policies by police, military, and mercenary forces as well as the use of helicopter gunships, fighter jets, and other artillery to indiscriminately attack unarmed demonstrators. While this violence may have initially been intended as a strategy for maintaining power, ...

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The Revolution Against Neoliberalism

[Images by Walter Armbrust]

On February 15th at 9:45 AM a comment was posted on the wall of the Kullina Khalid Sa’id Facebook page, administered by the now very famous Wael Ghoneim, referring to a news item reporting that European governments were under pressure to freeze bank accounts of recently deposed members of the Mubarak regime. The comment said: “Excellent news … we do not want to take revenge on anyone … it is the right of all of us to hold to account any person who has wronged this nation. By law we want the nation’s money that has been stolen … because this is the money of Egyptians, 40% of whom live below the poverty line.” By the time I unpacked this thread of ...

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Qaddafi: "Song of the Rain"

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  This cartoon in Arabic is about Qaddafi's speech last night in response to the Libyan people's revolution which is at its height this week. Amid rumors that he fled to Venezuela and much news that the Libyan people have secured control on many of the cities, to give a speech and claim that he is still in control, Qaddafi appeared in a jeep! He opened the door only to acknowledge that it was raining outside, so he folded back his giant umbrella and decided not to give the speech. And there was absolutely no one to whom he would speak except the man holding the long microphone! The filmed scene of Qaddafi's appearance for the speech was strangely quiet, as though a ...

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The Arab Revolts: Ten Tentative Observations

[Arab dictators. Image by Saeb Khalil]

The extraordinary developments in Tunisia and Egypt during the first six weeks of this year, and more recently in Bahrain, Libya, Yemen and elsewhere, have inaugurated a revolutionary moment in the Arab world not experienced since 1958. If sustained uprisings continue and spread, it has the potential to develop into an Arab 1848. Based on what we have witnessed thus far, the following observations appear relevant: 1. The Arab world is a fundamentally different beast than Eastern Europe during the late 1980s. The latter was ruled by virtually identical regimes, organized within a single collective framework whose individual members were tightly controlled by an outside, ...

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Egypt's Path Could be Distinct from Turkey's and Iran's

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It is striking that as Egypt turns a new page in history, voices as diverse as Financial Times, Le Monde and the New York Times want it to follow the Turkish model. But is the process in Turkey really repeatable? And who would stand to gain if it were taken as a model? It seems that liberals in the West and elsewhere want to use the Turkish model as an example because it shows the possibility of Islamist empowerment without Islamist dictatorship. The “Turkish model” emerged from a split within the (Islamist) Virtue Party in 2001, after which the pro-business and pro-EU wing of the Islamists were joined by politicians escaping the debris of failed center-right ...

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The Marriage of Sexism and Islamophobia; Re-Making the News on Egypt

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I find myself intermittently infuriated and nauseated by the news coverage of the sexual assault on a female CBS reporter in Tahrir Square during the celebrations the day that Husni Mubarak resigned. This coverage has ranged from the disappointing silence of Al-Jazeera to the blatant racism of Fox News. What actually happened that day to Lara Logan, chief foreign correspondent for 60 Minutes, is not yet known and I have no interest in speculating over the lurid details of a sexual and physical assault, particularly while the victim remains in recovery. In this post, I want to focus on how much of the coverage of this “affair” has revealed the ways in which female ...

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Notes from the Bahraini Field [Updated]

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As of Saturday February 19, 2011, several people have been killed and hundreds more have been brutally injured in Bahrain. The Bahraini police and military’s violent oppression of the peaceful demonstrators was further escalated after the GCC’s 28th extraordinary meeting that took place in Manama last Thursday, February 17. The GCC ministers’ message was clear: The Bahraini monarchy (and by extension all other Gulf state regimes) will not tolerate such acts of resistance to its rule and will put down the protests at any cost.  The grave media and internet restrictions that the al-Khalifa regime imposed since the beginning of the demonstrations on February 14th ...

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الشعب هو الحل [The People are the Answer!]

  لقد أدى سقوط النظام الديكتاتوري الذي بناه الرئيس التونسي السابق إلى حالة من النشوة في العالم العربي، ليس فقط لسقوط رئيس من أحسن تلاميذ الرأسمالية الدولية ومن أكثرهم شمولية واستبدادا ولكن أيضا لأن الشعب العربي وجد أخيرا المقولة السحرية التي ستحرره من الديكتاتورية ألا وهي:  "الشعب هو الحل". هذه النشوة، التي عاشها العالم العربي، قابلها موقف موحد وغريب في تناغمه بين الحكومات الغربية والأنظمة العربية. فإذا كانت الشعوب الغربية وخاصة المتعاطفين مع الحركات اليسارية مبتهجة بهذا الإنجاز فإن ...

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Libya's Significance

With the 42-year reign of Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi coming to a seemingly inevitable end, it is worth reflecting on the significance and regional implications of his ouster. Perhaps most importantly, Qaddafi’s removal cannot but result in genuine regime change. Unlike Egypt or Tunisia, Libya does not possess autonomous state institutions or state-sponsored elites with the capacity to force out the leader in order to perpetuate their custodianship of the state. If Qaddafi falls – and absent foreign ...

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Agency and Its Discontents: Between Al Saud's Paternalism and the Awakening of Saudi Youth

Public life has been calmer than usual in Saudi Arabia for the last month. Invigorated by the people’s revolutionary movements in Tunisia and Egypt and anxious about the increasing violence in Libya, Bahrain and Yemen, Saudis have been following the news obsessively, perhaps for the first time in a decade. Salon talk has also shifted to serious discussions of the less than ideal role the Saudi government has played in the historic regional developments we are witnessing today. Within these discussions, ...

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Let's Talk About Sect

"This was an affluent crowd, far different from the mostly low-income Shiites who took to the streets to demand a constitutional monarchy, an elected government and a representative Parliament. The air was scented with perfume, and people drove expensive cars," writes Michael Slackman of the New York Times, describing a pro-status quo government self-described "Unity" demonstration held in Bahrain on Monday. With repeated reference to Bahrain's sectarian divide in local and ...

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Jadaliyya Interview with Ali Ahmida

[Our first Interview is conducted by Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Noura Erakat] In this interview, Ali Ahmida (bio here) discusses how the recent civilian revolt began as a reformist movement and quickly transformed into a revolutionary one demanding regime change. Ahmida also places the opposition forces in their geo-political context in light of Libya's legacy of post-colonial state building. Ahmida concludes by exploring the three possible scenarios in the next phase of Libya's revolt. Please excuse the ...

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Notes from the Bahraini Field [Update 2]

The following constitutes a series of email reports (to be updated regularly) from Jadaliyya affiliates in Manama. They will be updated in the next few days to reflect the latest developments in Bahrain. For some important differences between Bahrain and Egypt/Tunisia, see our Jadaliyya article entitled "Is Bahrain Next." For some excellent photo updates, see here. [To be updated . . .] Tuesday, February 22   … ended with the release of political prisoners in the ...

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قل حقوق اجتماعية ولا تقل مطالب فئوية [Say Social Rights not Partisan Demands]

  حقا..لقد نجحت الثورة المصرية في إمالة توازن القوى السياسي والاجتماعي لصالح جماهير المصريين، معطية إياهم المبادرة والقدرة لكن الثورة المضادة مازالت تخوض معركتها. وأما وقد تغير ميدان المواجهة من التحرير إلى أماكن العمل، فقد تغيرت جبهة هجوم الدعائي لبقايا النظام القديم ومعهم من تمنعهم مصالحهم من قبول البرنامج الشعبي للتغيير إلى ما أطلق عليه "المطالب الفئوية".  لا..ليست هذه التسمية قائمة على الصدفة على الإطلاق. فكما حرصت الثورة المضادة على تحجيم ثورة المصريين في إطار "ثورة ...

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My Country Transitioning?

In the days since the historic ousting of Mubarak from his seat of power, the buzzword in mass media discourse has been “transition.” Experts speculate about what type of process Egypt will face, and what it means for international relations, democracy, and the future of the country and the region. With the military now in charge, it is still premature to put a label on the events in Egypt. The wave of energy that enabled this change hasn’t subsided yet; nor should it. The coming months and years will ...

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Libya Update: The Violence of An Unraveling Regime [On Qaddafi's Speech]

On Sunday night, Saif al-Islam al-Qaddafi—son of Libyan "leader" Colonel Mu’ammar al-Qaddafi—gave a televised speech in which he denied the existence of genuine grievances and protests for regime change in Libya, attributing the last six days of social unrest to both foreign interference as well as “drunken and drugged out” elements of society. The protests, which began in Benghazi in the eastern part of the country, have spread to all major urban and rural areas, including the capital city of ...

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Egypt: A Multi-Generational Revolt

In the mainstream Western and Arab media, Egypt’s revolution is often presented as a revolution of the youth. While it is true that young activists planned the January 25th demonstrations and organized and raised support throughout much of the process leading up to that day, this uprising would not have succeeded in ousting the President and Cabinet, and would not be continuing, were it not for older generations of Egyptians. Many of us living in Egypt during the first massive demonstrations ...

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So Who Will Be Next to Fall? AAS of Yemen?

Following the removal of Husni Mubarak from power in Egypt, the inevitable question was “who’s next?”   As events of the last week have shown, there are plenty of candidates in this extraordinary season of rotating power in Arab countries. King Hamad ibn Isa and the Khalifa family of Bahrain are feeling pressure from protestors in the streets, as is Muammar Ghadafi of Libya. Yet no one may be more ripe for ousting than Ali Abdallah Salih of Yemen, or AAS, as he is known in some ...

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Civil Society in Arab Lands: By Ballot or by Bullet?

Each time I attend a panel, workshop, forum, conference, symposium, brainstorming session, or congressional session on civil society in the United States, I am disappointed yet optimistic! I am disenchanted because at least since 9/11, the Bush administration as well as the Obama administration has not understood the real dynamics within the Arab and Middle Eastern civil societies. Rather than begging for money from the U.S., civil society actors in this region are asking U.S. policymakers to cease ...

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The 1967 Defeat and the Conditions of the Now: A Roundtable