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January Culture Bouquet

The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind / If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? — Shelley Even in winter, some flowers will bloom. Their blossoms may be fragile, sad and short-lived, but the strongest of all flowers are those which ...

[A protester in Tahrir Square on 9 February 2011 holding a sign that reads

Will the Counter-Revolution Continue?

"Bread, freedom, social justice”; “Down, down with Hosni Mubarak”; “We’re not leaving, he must leave”; “The people want the downfall of the regime.” It is difficult to reflect on the famous slogans that awakened the consciousness of ...

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الإخوان من الجماعة إلى الفرقة

ثمة ما يعوق الاشتباك النقدي مع الإخوان في هذا الظرف، فأفراد الجماعة – وبالأخص البعيدين عن القيادة، من طلبة ومهنيين ونقابيين – يتعرضون لقمع أمني مستند لخطاب إعلامي لا يكتفي بتوجيه نقد جذري مستحق لهم، وإنما يستخدم خطاباً جوهرانياً ينزع عنهم ...

[The Grande Mosquée de Paris. Photo by Arthur Asseraf.]

‘A Distinctly French Universalism’: Translating Laïcité after Charlie

Mayanthi L. Fernando, The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. Naomi Davidson. Only Muslim: Embodying Islam in Twentieth-Century France. Ithaca: Cornell University ...


ما هي الخطوة التالية للسلطة الفلسطينية بعد مجلس الأمن ؟

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أبدأ بالتساؤل التالي: لماذا لم تنتظر السلطة الفلسطينية انقضاء العام ٢٠١٤، وتغيير عدد من الأعضاء غير الدائمين في مجلس الأمن، وتوفير حظوظ أفضل للحصول على الأصوات التسعة الضرورية لإقرار المشروع المقدم، ولماذا دفعت بمشروع الاقتراح الأردني/الفلسطيني للتصويت، علماً أن حظوظه لم تكن مؤكدة، وأن الولايات المتحدة كانت تبذل جهدها لإقناع ما أمكنها من الدول، بما فيه نيجيريا بالامتناع، على الأقل، وكما تم؟ ربما توجد إجابة على هذا التساؤل ولكنني لم أجدها فيما أعلن حتى الآن من قبل أكثر من ناطق رسمي فلسطيني. ولكني أشير لهذا الأمر هنا لأنه قد ينسجم مع توقع آخر، أو تفسير مغاير لما أعلن عن أنه الخطوة التالية بعد تقديم طلب العضوية للمحكمة الجنائية الدولية. وكان الدكتور صائب عريقات قد صرح ...

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Khalvat: Towards Meaning

[Sahand Hesamiyan's Khalvat (metal prototype) (2014). Image copyright the artist. Courtesy of The Third Line gallery, Dubai.

Sahand Hesamiyan’s Khalvat (2014) resembles a futuristic vessel. Composed of a circular shell, the thin ribs that begin at the work’s oculus create a sense of propulsion as they extend into narrow piers. With triangular pieces adjoined to its lattice frame at forty-five degree angles, the projectile sculpture appears to spin in space, defying the spatial and temporal limitations of a stationary object. In several recent works, Hesamiyan selects an element of Islamic architecture then reconfigures its traditional design in order to broaden its function—a process that allows him to identify the conceptual potential of a given motif. Khalvat represents a ‘hidden, private ...

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بيان مشترك لمؤسسات ومحلات في شارع الحمرا (بيروت) رداً على مقال جريدة النهار

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[صدر هذا البيان عن مؤسسات ومحلات في شارع الحمرا (بيروت) في تاريخ 6/1/2015]  بحزن واشمئزاز قرأ الكثيرون مقال حسين حزوري في صحيفة «النهار» الصادرة اليوم السادس من كانون الثاني (العدد 25575). في المقال المذكور أساء الكاتب ليس لمنطقة فقط بل لشعب بأكمله، بلغة عنصرية مهينة.منطقة من بيروت صنعت تاريخها على الانفتاح وتقبّل الآخر واحتضانه هاربا من الظلم، حتى في اسوأ أيام الحرب الأهلية اللبنانية. تاريخياً بنى لبنان سمعة على أنه الملجأ والمقصد لكل مضطهد هارب من الظلم. ولا شكّ بأن راس بيروت – الحمرا اختصاراً – أصاب في العقود الماضية السابقة للحرب الاهلية نصيبا أساسيا من هذه السمعة التي لطالما تغنّى وتباهى بها مثقفوا لبنان وأدبائه بل وسياسييه ايضاً وفي ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (January 6)

[Prime Minister Erdoğan at the AKP Congress, Istanbul, May 2012. Image by Fulya Atalay / Shutterstock.com]

[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 2014: Year in Review After Turkey's Horrible Year (1) - (2) Mustafa Akyol claims that the rift between the Gülen movement and the AKP defined 2014 and will continue to be a powerful force in 2015. Summary of 2014: !Redrum Emre Deliveli describes the minor economic crises that plagued the Central Bank in 2014 and asserts that similar crises ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (December 29-January 4)

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.      Open Letter to Mr. Rem Koolhaas Requiem for Tunisia’s Revolution? The Politics of "Unveiling Saudi Women": Between Postcolonial Fantasies and the Surveillance State Farewell Sabah, 1927-2014 مومس السياب وأيامي العمياء The Islamic State: The Fear of Decline? Sexual Violence, Women’s Bodies, and Israeli Settler Colonialism Historical Realities of Concept ...

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Mediating the Assault on Gaza: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Ayman Mohyeldin and Adel Iskander

In this interview, Ayman Mohyeldin discusses his recent experience covering the 2014 Israeli war on Gaza, as well as the changing shifts in media coverage of the Middle East during his career.  Please find the transcript of the interview below the player. The interview includes three parts that you can click on separately.   Ayman Mohyeldin is a foreign correspondent for NBC News. Since joining NBC News, Ayman has reported from Egypt, Libya, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Gaza and Lebanon. Inside Syria, Ayman traveled across the country reporting exclusively on the Syrian war with both opposition rebels and government officials. He has also reported on ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (January 4)

[Photo by Ramy Raoof 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 As Gulf Aid Dries Up, Egypt Struggles Enas Hamed writes, “The government’s task of reducing the deficit and turning the Egyptian economy around has grown more difficult with the predicted decline in Gulf aid.” Thirteen Egyptians Kidnapped in Libya: FM Source Ahram Online reports, “A Libyan military source had ...

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القواعد البريطانية الجديدة في الخليج

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تفاجأ كثيرون بالإعلان، المصحوب بضجة إعلامية كبيرة، عن توقيع اتفاقية بين البحرين وبريطانيا تتيح لهذه الأخيرة "إقامة قاعدة عسكرية في البحرين لمواجهة التهديدات التي تتعرض لها المنطقة". وأشارت شعارات الاحتجاج التي رفعها المتظاهرون في البحرين إلى إن الاتفاقية هي إيذان بـ "عودة الاستعمار إلى المنطقة"، وانها "جزء من الثمن التي تقبضه بريطانيا نظير دعمها السياسي للنظام البحريني وصمتها تجاه ما يرتكبه من انتهاكات لحقوق الإنسان". وعلى الجهة المقابلة، أوضحت التصريحات الرسمية إن إنشاء القاعدة هو إجراء تؤكد به حكومة البحرين استقلال قرارها وقدرتها على "التعاون مع الدول الأخرى بما يناسب مصالحها". واستندت تحليلات إعلامية إلى أن الاتفاقية تنص على أن ...

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Syria Media Roundup (December 29)

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  In Kobani, Islamic State takes a pounding, but holds on As U.S. airstrikes in Kobani continue, the Islamic state has remained there, and its foes fear the fight will continue. As Syria’s Revolution Sputters, a Chaotic Stalemate "Nusra lets groups vetted by US keep appearance of independence in order to continue to ...

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NEWTON 2014 Year in Review

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Once again this year, as the editors of the New Texts Out Now (NEWTON) Page, we have been honored to have the opportunity to feature an astonishing range of books, articles, special issues of journals, and films for Jadaliyya readers in 2014. With authors generously agreeing to discuss their new works, offer background information on their research, and allow us to post excerpts from their books and articles, we have been able to offer first looks at some of the most important new work in the field, from established names and rising stars alike. Here on the eve of 2015, with a new set of texts on the horizon, we have an opportune moment to look back at the previous ...

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وما الداعي لمعارضة "قانون القوميّة"؟

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إسرائيل أكثر عنصريةً من مجموع قوانينها، ومما تنصّ عليه هذه القوانين وأنظمة تطبيقها وممارستها. بل إن صيغ القوانين القائمة فيها تخفيف شكلي للجوهر وتبرير للسياسات المنبثقة عنه، فالقوانين فيها تجميل منمّق بمفردات ليبرالية للجوهر. وقانون القومية يكشف الجوهر بشكل جليّ. إن الحجّة المركزية التي أنطلق منها في ادعائي المذكور، هي أن القوانين كلّها، كما الدولة الرسمية، تتعامل مع أنها في حلِّ من سبق قيامها والإعلان الرسمي عنها ووثيقة استقلالها، وهي وثيقة إعلان المستعمر الصهيوني عن إنجاز مشروعه، ولا توجد وثيقة مرجعية تعبّر أكثر منها عن الصهيونية ومشروعها الذي انتصر في فلسطين. إسرائيل وقوانينها تتعامل كتحصيل حاصل مع نكبة الشعب الفلسطيني التي أحدثتْها بقيامها،  ومع احتلال فلسطين ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 30)

[Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will maintain current production levels despite the price slump. Image from EIA/Wikimedia Commons.]

[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 Saudi and UAE oil ministers defend Opec response to falling prices The Saudi and Emirati ministers of oil assert that their countries will maintain current production levels despite the price slump. Oil price drop weakens Saudi’s foes Joseph Kechichian analyzes Saudi Arabia’s motivation to ...

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The Worker’s Trap: An Interview with Sara Rahbar

Dirty gold is the color that smothers every surface of Sara Rahbar’s New York City studio. Disembodied casts of the artist’s own anxiously clenched hands and feet are laid out, clinically, on long tables alongside bullet casings, rifle butts, chains, and other found objects. With the same studied intensity that won her the art world’s lofty recognition for her earlier textiles, Rahbar spent the past two years with her ebony hair pulled back out of her face, hunched over these tables, teaching herself how ...

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New Texts Out Now: Hisham Aidi, Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture

Hisham Aidi, Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture. New York: Pantheon, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Hisham Aidi (HA): This book grows out of two experiences. The first: in the early 2000s, I was working as a cultural reporter covering Harlem and the South Bronx, writing about migration, youth culture, and gentrification. Back then, I was also doing some work as a DJ and concert-promoting. Harlem is a cultural cauldron—you have these dizzying flows between ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (January 6)

[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 Saudi Arabia to reopen Baghdad embassy after 25-year chill A Saudi delegation will travel to Baghdad to start ...

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Gheith Al-Amine: Artist, Musician and Radio Host

Lebanese artist, musician, filmmaker and radio presenter Gheith Al-Amine takes us on a tour of his home-studio in Beirut, Lebanon. He talks about his latest video work which was shown at the 2014 Berlinale. It is a performative audio-visual tribute to Egyptian composer and singer Sheikh Imam, performed with a piano-forte, a smartphone, an old bulb TV, and a few lines written on two masking-tape strips, and is shot in one continuous sequence. Al-Amine also explains the vision for his daily Jazz ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (January 5)

[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 Alger confirme la mort d'un des assassins d'Hervé Gourdel The Algerian army confirmed that they killed “Khaled Abu Suleiman," the leader of the ...

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يدي شجرةٌ، فاستظلّ بفيئها

              إنْ أكلتني الرّيحُ ، أصير كثيباً، تمرّين بي كغزال أَحفظُ لدمِها من ذئب الغضا، تلتقط  الكلأ بشفاهٍ ذاهلة عن الكلام. تهبني العتمةُ عينَيْ بومةٍ ترى فأرَ غيابكِ ، فقلبي كفكِّ عجوزٍ، أُسْقِطُه بكأسِ بكاء قبل النّوم ، فلا أجترّ كبقرة حلوبٍ الأحلام. أرفعُ بصمتكِ دخانَ محرقة عن الأشياء، فتخلع النّداء، تدخلُ في الغياب. هذا الفراغ المزيف. قالوا: صدرُه كالتّنور، تُلْقِمُه زهورَها، تُشعل نارَه بعود ثقابٍ حكّته بنهدها، فتخفق النّارُ ...

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Top 100 on Jadaliyya in 2014

This is a list of the most read articles in 2014. Thanks to you, this year has by far attracted the broadest readership we have had since Jadaliyya's inception in 2010. Significantly, 2014 was also the year in which our Arabic articles readership grew exponentially, along with our general readership from within the region. Unfortunately, the daily news and developments from and within the region are far from rosy.  We hope we are contributing to mitigating the effects of bad news by providing ...

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أكثر المطلوبين: محمد العجمي. محادثة ل "الوضع" بين منى كريم ومحمد العجمي

في هذا اللقاء الذي أجرته منى كريم يسلّط محمد العجمي الضوء على نشاطه وعلى أسباب وظروف اعتقاله بالإضافة إلى مسائل أخرى.  محمد العجمي مغرد مشهور على التويتر وناشط سياسي من الكويت. اعتُقل عدة مرات  لانتقاده النظام. عجمي عضو في “اللجنة الوطنية لمراقبة الانتهاكات”. اعتُقل في في ٢٧ آب\أغسطس بعد أن استُدعي وحُقّق معه مطوّلاً  وقد أمر المسؤولون باحتجازه فترة مبدئية من ١٠ أيام على ذمة التحقيق      

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DARS Media Roundup (December 2014)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Resistance and Subversion in the Arab world and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the DARS Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each monthly roundup to DARS@jadaliyya.com.] News & Commentary In 2014, People Power Took on the State in a Battle for Minds and Streets, by Natalie Nougayrède In the last year, the question of people power ...

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Cities Media Roundup (December 2014)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Roundup" in the subject line. We also welcome your submissions to the Cities Page: please check details on cities.jadaliyya.com]    Urban and Real Estate Development   Public Land for ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (December 30)

[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 Zaman Newspaper Raid An Outcry by Intellectuals Bülent Keneş welcomes the statement made by intellectuals, which framed the police raids and detentions of journalists as ...

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Cairo Past Futures

“Cairo Past Futures” consists of twenty-four photographs, each combined with a headline extracted from the Egyptian press of the 1950s and 60s. Headlines like “This is Tomorrow’s Cairo” and “Urban Planning in the Era of Revolution” are superimposed on images of contemporary Cairo depicting scenes such as speculative informal housing properties on the edge of Giza and dilapidated social housing blocks in Bulaq. These two-layer montages combining text and image put to the test past promises about the ...

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