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Ronald Grigor Suny, “They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else": A History of the Armenian Genocide. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015. In this centennial year since the Armenian Genocide, countless conferences, ...
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Of the twenty-two members of the Arab League, no less than nine have been assigned a Special Advisor, Special Coordinator, Special Envoy, or Special Representative by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Their purpose, broadly ...
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[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 Why Are Tyrants Afraid of Laughter? by Hamid Dabashi In this article, Hamid Dabashi explores the “threat” posed to tyrants by humor, by looking at various examples of cartoonists that have been suppressed or even murdered because of their work. Powerful Nonviolent Resistance to Armed Conflict in Yemen, by ...Keep Reading »
ليس الإلحاد سهلاً كما يبدو عليه. ربما كان بسيطاً إلى حدٍّ واف على المستوى الفردي، لكن من الصعب، كما تبيّن، أن تُحَقِّقَ مجتمعاتٌ بأكملها هذا الوضع***. وفي الحقيقة، إن الحداثة منقّطة بحطام البدائل الفاشلة لله، من العقل والروح والفن والعلم والثقافة والإنسانية إلى الطبيعة والشعب والأمة والمجتمع والدولة ومايكل جاكسون. لا أقصد هنا الإيحاء بأن هذه الظواهر بدائل للإله فقط، لكنها أدت كلُّها هذه الوظيفة في أوقات مختلفة من عملها. وقد لعب الدين، تقليدياً، دوراً حيوياً في شَرْعَنة النُّظم السياسية بحيث أن حكامنا بالكاد يستطيعون النظر إلى اختفاء الله بأية درجة من رباطة الجأش، وهذا أحدُ أسبابٍ عدّة لحدوث محاولات متنوعة فاشلة بصورة عامة لملء فردتي حذائه. قلتُ “فاشلة بصورة عامة” لأن ...Keep Reading »
[This is a roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to email@example.com.] Announcements/Reviews: Photo Exhibition: Fragile States, by George Awde, 15 May - 25 June, East Wing, Doha, Qatar Fragile States chronicles the transitory existence of a group of young men and boys - many of them migrant laborers, emigrants from Syria living in Beirut. Photo Exhibition: Realism in Rawiya: Photographic Stories from the Middle East, Until 16 May 2015, Impressions Gallery, Bradford, ...Keep Reading »
On 2 April 2015 at Harvard University's Middle East Institute (MEI), Bassam Haddad presented a lecture in MEI Visiting Scholar Michael C. Hudson's Spring 2015 Study Group "Rethinking the Arab State." In his lecture, Haddad assessed the fluctuating political reality in Syria and how various groups, including Bashar al-Assad's regime, as well as ISIS and the unarmed civilian opposition, organize and govern areas and people under their control. Listen to the full recording of the April 2, 2015 lecture here: On 3 April 2015 at MEI, Bassam Haddad and Michael C. Hudson sat down to discuss the themes in Haddad's lecture. They explored the many dimensions of the ...Keep Reading »
In this interview, Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival Artistic Director Ahmed El Attar discusses the festival's vision and how it has evolved over the past four years. A main priority for D-CAF which is gradually being realized is expanding the contemporary arts audience base be it theater, dance, music or visual arts. Another priority area for the festival is bringing bigger and more exciting shows to Cairo's streets. To achieve this, Attar would like to build partnerships with state institutions. The video also highlights the different components of the festival's program this year. The interview is in Arabic and has English subtitles. This video is produced by ...Keep Reading »
[The following announcement and referenced investigative report on the case of Steven Salaita was issued by the American Association of University Proffessors (AAUP) in April 2015] Today, we are releasing the report of a committee that investigated the case of Steven Salaita (http://www.aaup.org/report/UIUC). The report finds that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) administration and the board of trustees of the University of Illinois violated principles of academic freedom when they withdrew a tenured faculty appointment that had been offered to Salaita. The job offer was withdrawn after Professor Salaita made a series of impassioned tweets ...Keep Reading »
يناقش رامي عصام في هذه المقابلة رحلته كمغنٍّ وناشط محاولاً توسيع حدود ما يمكن قوله وفعله. تتضمن المقابلة التالية ثلاثة أجزاء، بحيث يمكنكم أن تنقروا عليهما بشكل منفصل. بوسعكم أن تقرأوا أيضاً النص العربي المدوّن المرافق. ويمكن العثور على الموسيقا من الفقرة تحت نص المقابلة. رامي عصام معروف على ناطق واسع بسبب أداءاته المثيرة في ساحة التحرير في الأيام الثمانية عشرة من ثورة ٢٥ يناير. صارت أغنيته "ارحل"، نشيداً وطنياً لاحتجاجات الشارع الجماهيرية ضد ديكتاتورية حسني مبارك التي استمرت ٣٠ سنة:” كلنا ايد واحدة طلبنا حاجة واحدة ارحل ارحل ارحل !” عزف ساعات قبل “معركة الجمل” ـ الهجوم السريالي المؤيد لمبارك على ساحة التحرير ـ وأثناء الصدامات ضُرب على رأسه ...Keep Reading »
Photographs by German University in Cairo 2014 Photography Students, text by Yasser Alwan. After a one-semester introduction to photography, first-year Applied Arts students at the German University in Cairo had three weeks to formulate, carry out, and edit a photography project of their choice. Our students could explore any issue and work in any style. Some of the more successful projects explored personal and social issues, the local environment, and the role photography plays in how we perceive the people and world around us. Students experimented with photography and their digital images were presented “straight” and with post-production manipulation. One project ...Keep Reading »
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.
Too Much Memory? Remembering and Forgetting at the Crossroads of the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide
[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.] Palestine The Occupation and BDS, Bashir Abu Manneh Writing in Jacobin, Abu Manneh analyzes Israeli settler colonialism and calls for centralizing the fight against the occupation in the current context Israel's Anti-Boycott Law Will Hit Palestinians Hardest, Rights Groups Warn, Ali Abunimah Abunimah covers a ...Keep Reading »
[The following is a speech delivered by Heghnar Watenpaugh in Armenian and Turkish on behalf of Project 2015 at a ceremony commemorating the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. The ceremony was held in Taksim Square in Istanbul on 24 April 2015. Project 2015 has been a two-year-long effort to organize members of the Armenian diaspora and others committed to human rights and genocide prevention in the US, Europe, and the Middle East to travel to Turkey to join this centennial commemoration.] Let Us Make a New Beginning: Speech for the Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration in Istanbul Heghnar Watenpaugh 24 April 2015 We are here today to mark the one hundredth ...Keep Reading »
Creating Change through Theater: The Freedom Theater in Jenin: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Nabil Al Raee and Alia Al Rosan
The Freedom Theater is the backdrop of this fascinating interview about art, performance, justice, and liberation in Jenin refugee camp and throughout Palestine. Nabil Al Raee was born and raised in Aroub Refugee Camp in the Hebron hills of Palestine. He grew up during the First Intifada, trying to go to school between shootings, tear gas and curfew. In the 90s, Nabil joined Theatre Day Productions – a theatre company in Hebron working mainly with children and youth, and training actors. He finished his professional training there, and began training others for the next two years, also working throughout the West Bank as a musician and actor. Nabil then studied ...Keep Reading »
[This statement, by Müşterekler (Our Commons), was first published in Turkish on 28 April 2015. The original version can be found here. It was translated into English by Cihan Tekay.] We Have Been Here for a Thousand Years! On May Day, We Are in Taksim and We Are Everywhere! Look there, there, under that tree There, under that tree We are the there, rising from nature in that square. Look closely there, at that square, and you will see... Because we have been here for almost a thousand ...Keep Reading »
تلقي زكية سالم في هذه المقابلة الضوء على الفروق الدقيقة التاريخية للنشاط الاجتماعي النسوي في المغرب. تتضمن المقابلة التالية أربعة أجزاء، بحيث يمكنكم أن تنقروا عليهما بشكل منفصل. بوسعكم أن تقرأوا أيضاً النص العربي المدوّن المرافق. زكية سليم أستاذة مساعدة في علم الاجتماع ودراسات النساء والجندر في جامعة رتغرز حيث تدرِّس الحركات النسوية، الجندر، العولمة، الحركات الاجتماعية، الامساواة العالمية، وما بعد الكولونيالية. تشمل اهتماماتها كباحثة العرق، والامبراطورية والاقتصاد السياسي والحرب على الارهاب، ...Keep Reading »
وُلد إدواردو غاليانو في الأرغواي سنة 1940، وقد ألّف العديد من الكتب، منها "الشرايين المفتوحة لأميركا اللاتينية" (1973)، الذي قام الرئيس الفنزويلي هوغو تشافيز بإهدائه إلى الرئيس الأميركي باراك أوباما آملاً أن يعلّمه التاريخ. ثم ألّف غاليانو "ذاكرة النار"، الثلاثية التي تُرجمت إلى العربية منذ عقد. من بين كتبه الأخرى المترجمة إلى العربية "كتاب المعانقات"، و"كلمات متجولة"، و"مرايا"، كتابه الأحدث، والذي يتحدث فيه عن كلّ شيء من ...Keep Reading »
New Texts Out Now: Adi Kuntsman and Rebecca L. Stein, Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age
Adi Kuntsman and Rebecca L. Stein, Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Adi Kuntsman and Rebecca L. Stein (AK & RLS): Our research began in the aftermath of 2008-2009 Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip, a bloody military campaign that marked the Israeli military’s first efforts to employ social media as PR tools. As Jadaliyya readers may recall, the military began experimenting ...Keep Reading »
[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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations U.S. Warship Heading To Yemeni Waters To Intercept Iranian Weapons Shipments, Navy Officials Say USS Theodore Roosevelt is ...Keep Reading »
[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 email@example.com, mentioning "Roundup" in the subject line. We also welcome your submissions to the Cities Page: please check details on cities.jadaliyya.com] Urban Development and Real Estate UAE-Backed Egyptian ...Keep Reading »
[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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday night of every week.] English Hundredth Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Is the State Changing Its Attitude on 1915? Highlighting the advances the AKP has made in breaking “many national taboos,” ...Keep Reading »
[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 email@example.com by Sunday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Egypt's Foreign Policy Worries Mount after Yemen Crisis Dina Ezzat writes on the foreign policy challenges in Egypt. Egypt FM in New ...Keep Reading »
Soykırımla yargılanmayı arzuluyorum… Bedi Tan, Diyarbakır Cezaevi’nde son nefesini vermeden önce koğuştakilere “unutmayın” demiş, “hiçbir şeyi unutmayın ve her şeyi anlatın.” Yahudi soykırımı ardından hayatta kalanların yazılarında da aynı vurgu vardır. Hepsi ölenler tarafından anlatma yüküyle donatılmıştır. Anılarında isimsiz, kimliksiz, tüm Yahudi halkının adı olarak anlatırlar. Hiçbir anlatma halinin yaşananın bütününü ifade edemeyeceğini bile bile, kendilerine anlatma mirasını bırakanların ...Keep Reading »
With the death of ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Abnudi (1938-2015), Egypt and the Arab world lost the last of the pioneers of colloquial poetry who have significantly enriched poetry written in the spoken Egyptian dialect and expanded its horizons. Together with Fuad Haddad (1927-85) and Salah Jahin (1930-86), Al-Abnudi was instrumental in moving Egyptian colloquial poetry beyond the poetics of mass mobilization and explicit political expression to more complex and diverse realms. Over the last two decades, ...Keep Reading »
[The following is an excerpt from Goodbye, Antoura: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide. The English translation, by Simon Beugekian, edited by Aram Goudsouzian, was published in 2015.] At night, elderly Turkish women patrolled up and down the rows of beds, trying their best to make sure we were all asleep. Some of us slept four to a bed, others eight to a bed, covered by one single blanket, breathing into each other’s faces. On cold nights, boys sometimes pulled the blanket off the others, starting an ...Keep Reading »
Suha Arraf is a Palestinian filmmaker based in Mi’ilya in the Galilee in Israel. Arraf is a journalist by training. This interview with Arraf was conducted following the recent screening of her debut feature film, Villa Touma, at the Cleveland International Film Festival in the United States. Isis Nusair (IN): Where did the idea for the film, Villa Touma, come from? Suha Arraf (SA): I got the idea for making the film in 2000, during the Oslo Peace Process (and before the start of the second Intifada). ...Keep Reading »
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