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[Presiden Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi. Source: Official Facebook Page of President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi]

Egypt Two Years after the Coup

Today marks two years since the 3 July 2013 coup that paved the way to the rise of President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and the military-sponsored regime that he leads. On this occasion, Jadaliyya brings its readers a diverse set of ...

[Mahienour Al-Masry protests with the families of those killed on the 25th of January 2011 in front of the court during the trial of the officers responsible. 13 October 2013. Photo by Heba Khamis.]

Mahienour Al-Masry: An Icon of the Revolution in Prison

Text and Photos by Heba Khamis Translated by Eman Hashim Whether as a revolutionary activist chanting at protests or as an attorney advocating on behalf of the underprivileged in the courtroom, Mahienour Al-Masry is a strong voice ...

Meydan Politics: Taksim in Flux after Gezi

Political engagement in contemporary democracies can easily be reduced to private individuals voting separately in anonymity. Yet, politics is a state of constant negotiation, preferably where individuals are in each other’s presence to ...

[Wikileaks logo. Source:]

The Saudi Leaks and Egypt: A Recap

It was not long after Wikileaks had released the Saudi cables that the dirty laundry it revealed about Egypt’s political elite began circulating in news reports and social media. Although many of the leaks have only confirmed what ...

Un portrait de la jeunesse des banlieues populaires de Tunis aujourd’hui

Recension: Olfa Lamloun et Mohamed Ali Ben Zina (dir.), Les jeunes de Douar Hicher et d’Ettadhamen. Une enquête sociologique (Tunis: Arabesques, International Alert, 2015) Depuis les « printemps arabes », les jeunes du Monde arabe attirent volontiers l’attention des chercheurs. Dans la littérature scientifique de langue française, on pense notamment à Jeunesses arabes. Du Maroc au Yémen: loisirs, cultures et politiques sous la direction de Laurent Bonnefoy et Myriam Catusse et paru aux éditions La Découverte en 2013. C’est aussi le cas de cet ouvrage collectif dirigé par la politologue Olfa Lamloum et par le démographe Mohammed Ali Ben Zina, intitulé Les ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (9 June)

[Illustration of Current territorial situation in Yemen. Houthi forces are shown in green. Image by Wikimedia Commons User 0ali1.]

[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 by Monday night of every other week.]   Israel Palestine Challenging Peter Beinart’s Dishonesty about the Inequality in Zionism, Ali Abunimah Abunimah challenges Peter Beinart’s contention in a recent column that the notion of Jewish statehood does not deny Palestinians equality inside Israel. Munayyer and Beinart’s Historic Debate on the ...

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Apply for Assistant Producer Position with Status/الوضع

Status/الوضع is recruiting an Assistant Producer for the show. The assistant producer will be responsible for assisting in cleaning and cutting audio and supporting all steps of the post-production process. The candidate will work with the Executive and Associate Producer. He/she will be an integral component in the development of Status, as well as diversifying and strengthening its partnerships and coverage.  Qualifications: Audio editing experience Mac/Apple user Knowledge of contemporary Middle East Fluent in Arabic and English  Detail-oriented BA degree in relevant field Ability to work autonomously with limited ...

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في روشميا براكية وسردية للنكبة المستمرة

[الصورة للكاتبة]

[ هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين ستقوم "جدلية" بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين.]    في روشميا براكية وسجائر بيتية تُلف على مهل وبعناية تضاهي فن تحضير طبق ورق عنب مشتهى، ُتلتهم ببطء ، بمزاج المتأملين الرابضين في العزلة. عزلة خاصة بالرافضين والصابرين ، تُمارس بصمت اختياري، دون طقوس أو شعارات. هكذا يعيش يوسف حسان (أبو العبد) وآمنة أبو فودة (أم سليمان) في براكيتهم في وادي روشميا منذ 1959. يسكنان زمانية السكان الأصليين الصامدين في الهاوية رغم عنف الاستعمار ومشاريع حداثته الكولونيالية المبنية على الاستيطان وهدم البيوت واقتلاع الجذور ومحو الذاكرة: النكبة. هكذا توثقهما كاميرا المخرج سليم أبو ...

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On the Margins Roundup (June 2015)

[Map of Comoros Islands. Image by United Nations via Wikimedia Commons]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to]    Comoros  AGR signs MOU with SP Offshore for Work Offshore Comoros Islands Oil services company AGR has agreed to work with two Western oil companies to explore for offshore oil in the comoros. Assemblée nationale : Adoption de la loi sur la protection des droits des personnes handicapéd ...

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A Stolen Yield: The Cost of Israeli Restrictions on Palestinian Farming

5 June 1967 marks the start of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip. Today, nearly half a century later, the occupation continues to have a devastating impact on the daily lives of Palestinians. A graphic example of this impact can be seen through the Israeli restrictions exerted on the Palestinian economy. The infographic "A Stolen Yield" highlights the economic losses faced by Palestinian farmers, amounting to at least $2.2 billion each year. These losses result from Israeli land expropriation, severe restrictions on water and fertiliser use, and restrictions on international trade.  At the same time, Israeli settlers ...

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Refugees in Turkey: Implications of Increasing Politicization

Banners and election propaganda following a Justice and Development Party (AKP) rally in Gaziantep. [Image courtesy of the author]

Migration has long been a securitized issue in Turkey, but with the upcoming parliamentary election on 7 June 2015, this might indeed be the first time that immigration into Turkey has been politicized to such an extent. For a brief moment in 2008, Turkey appeared to be moving away from its security-focused approach to immigration. A representative from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), who asked to remain unnamed, says that this is why Turkey was able to pass Law No. 6458 on Foreigners and International Protection, revamping Turkey’s entire migration and asylum system. While the original incentive for Turkey’s migration overhaul were the ongoing EU ...

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قطاع غزة والسجادة الحمراء

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[ هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين تقوم "جدلية" بنشره.] سجادة حمراء تمتد على طول أحد شوارع حي الشجاعية، الذي أضحى أثرا بعد عين عقب العدوان الإسرائيلي الأخير على غزة، وعلى جانبيها تخلو المساحات إلا من ركام يقبع هناك منذ عام يوم شاءت الحرب ولادته ووأد من راحوا ضحية الأمل. أذكر جيداً صباح مذبحة الشجاعية كأنه البارحة. كنت في طريقي للعمل أحد الصباحات حين رأيت جموعاً من الناس منهكين، شاحبي الوجه، حفاة الأقدام. لم أمتلك الجرأة ﻷطرح عليهم ولو سؤالاً من عشرات الأسئلة التي ازدحمت في رأسي. ما كان جليا بما لايدعو للشك، أنه لم يكن ﻷولئك وجهة محددة ولم تبدو عليهم رغبة في التوقف عن الزحف.  كلما مضيت في ...

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Between 'Reality' and Memory: An Interview with Palestinian Filmmaker Michel Khleifi

[Director Michel Khleifi working on set with one of the child actors]

Isis Nusair (IN): How did you start making movies? Michel Khleifi (MK): It happened by chance. There was nothing in our life in Nazareth that would have prepared me to be a filmmaker. The films we saw, like all the children our age in the 1960s, were popular and commercial. This was our only chance to breath in the “Nazarene ghetto.” Closure was imposed on us by the Israeli occupation through its cruel military rule that banned us from leaving Nazareth without permits. The world used to come to us through these films and some leftist newspapers and magazines. There was one screening hall for thirty thousand people in my small town. They used to also screen films at the ...

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Roundtable on Anti-Blackness and Black-Palestinian Solidarity

[Image by Marixa Namir Andrade.]

Moderated by Noura Erakat In the course of resilience against the merciless edge of state violence in the summer 2014, protestors in Ferguson held up signs declaring solidarity with the people of Palestine. In turn, Palestinians posted pictures on social media with instructions of how to treat the inhalation of tear gas. Organically, an analysis emerged highlighting similarities, but not sameness, of Black and Palestinian life, and more aptly, of their survival. But before the violent and tragic events of summer 2014 unfolded, a critique of anti-Black racism among Arab communities in the United States and the Arab world had emerged putting into question the “natural” ...

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STATUS/الوضع: Episode -2, The Show!

With every Status / الوضع Audio Journal issue, there is an accompanying show. In this second episode (-2) of the Status show, Bassam Haddad, Sinan Antoon, and Adel Iskandar discuss and synthesize the content of the interviews from Issue 2.1 through conversations with some of the hosts. In addition to exploring the wide array of one-on-one interviews, they also speak to hosts Huda Asfour and Tareq Radi on Status' first set of Special Segments.   Status / الوضع is an evolving critical, collaborative, and independent monthly audio journal combining analysis, reporting, and satire. It is mainly comprised of hard-hitting interviews/conversations, on-the-scene ...

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'Lines Drawn on an Empty Map': Iraq’s Borders and the Legend of the Artificial State (Part 2)

[Crop of 1924 map of Mandate territories. All of the borders with dashed lines are defined as “Undetermined” in the key. See below for full map. Image from The Treaties of Peace 1919-1923 (New York: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1924), 2:966.]

[This article is the second in a two-part series on the making of Iraq's borders. Click here to read Part 1] In attending to how local actors shaped Iraq’s formation as a nation-state after World War I, the point is not to deny the power of British imperial forces, or the violence they unleashed on Iraqis during the occupation (1914-1920) and Mandate (1920-1932) periods. On the contrary, I would contend that one effect of the artificial state narrative is precisely to efface British imperial violence while simultaneously denying the impact of non-British, and anti-British, actions. One way this works is by imagining that Iraq’s borders were created on an ...

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Roundtable on Citizenship for Palestinian Refugees

A Bold Proposal: Palestine Should Give Its Refugees Citizenship [Engiish followed by Arabic translation]   By Fateh Azzam Overview  Now that Palestine is recognized as a state, the next bold step for Palestine is to confer citizenship on its stateless refugees and enter into bilateral agreements with other states regarding the status of Palestinian citizens in each country. In making the case for such a move, Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Fateh Azzam is well aware of the treacherous ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (June 1-7)

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. 'Lines Drawn on an Empty Map': Iraq’s Borders and the Legend of the Artificial State (Part 1) Roundtable on Anti-Blackness and Black-Palestinian Solidarity Tribalism in the Arabian Peninsula: It Is a Family Affair 'Lines Drawn on an ...

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Syria Media Roundup (June 8)

[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 by Monday night of every week.]   Inside Syria Syrian army regains ground against Islamic State in Hasaka city Syrian army repulses strong offensive, in northeastern city of Hasaka, by the Islamic ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (May 2015)

 This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of May 2015. It also includes the most recent roundups, editors picks, and most read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our Monthly Edition series.   The Cell of Survival: Bara Sarraj We Are All Uncomfortable: On Academic Boycott & What Is Productive Saudi Arabia and the War of Legitimacy in Yemen Olivier Roy on Laicite as Ideology, the ...

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أول لقاء بالنكبة

[ هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين تقوم "جدلية" بنشره.]  لم أستطع حتى هذه اللحظه أن أكتب شيئاً عن نكبتنا، أشعر بالخجل من نفسي لمجرد التفكير في ذلك فجبروت هذا الحدث المأساوي يشلني ويشتت أفكاري. لا أستطيع نسيان أول لقاءٍ لي بالنكبة وجهاً لوجه وما تركه هذا اللقاء من ندوب على روحي، لقد كان ذلك نهاية الثمانينيات عندما وقع اختيار الغربة علي بمحض الصدفه لضمي إلى عائلتها الكبيرة، وكالأم الحنون التي تحرص دائماً ...

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Salma Hayek and the Sexist Lebanese Citizenship Law

Last month, Salma Hayek visited Lebanon to promote the world premiere of The Prophet, the new animated film based on the poetry of Khalil Gibran. It was her first ever visit to the country.  The Lebanese greeted her with open arms as a long-lost daughter. The visit culminated with the rumor that Hayek had been offered Lebanese citizenship. The gesture is not surprising in and of itself. Lebanese citizenship is transmitted through paternal blood and Hayek’s paternal Grandfather was Lebanese. But ...

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الوضع الحلقة الثانية - العرض

"الوضع" مجلة صوتية شهرية مستقلة يصدرها مشروع تعاوني جماعي، وتسعى إلى خلق فضاء نقدي وتحليلي. ستتضمن أعدادها مواد تحليلية ونقدية وإخبارية، بالإضافة إلى مراجعات وقراءات وحوارات مع ناشطين وصحفيين وباحثين ومواطنين في العالم العربي وخارجه. ستتابع المجلة أهم القضايا في الحيز السياسي والاقتصادي والاجتماعي والإنتاج المعرفي والثقافي والمعلوماتي وانتشاره في وسائل الإعلام والتواصل الاجتماعي. كما تركز المجلة عي المؤثرين والمحركين في "المجتمع الأهلي" وغيره الذين يحفزون فضاءات وأمكنة وأنماطاً ...

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Sweeping Waste Under the Oriental Rug

 "Just between you and me shouldn't the World Bank be encouraging more migration of the dirty industries to the Least Developed Countries? […] I think the economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that […] I’ve always thought that countries in Africa are vastly under polluted; their air quality is probably vastly inefficiently low compared to Los Angeles."  Lawrence Summers, leaked World Bank ...

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Paradigms Lost in Morocco: How Urban Mega-Projects Should Disturb our Understanding of Arab Politics

When you enter Casablanca by train along the coastal track, you can see the new high-rises of Casablanca Marina appear in the distance. Although still under construction, it has already radically transformed the skyline of Casablanca. The Mrina project is situated just in front of the old medina between the harbor and the magnificent Hassan II Mosque. The medina, the traditional part of the city, with its robust stone walls, its narrow streets, and its numerous small shops, will be hidden from now on ...

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New Texts Out Now: Keith P. Feldman, A Shadow over Palestine: The Imperial Life of Race in America

Keith P. Feldman, A Shadow over Palestine: The Imperial Life of Race in America. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Keith P. Feldman (KF): Edward Said once quipped that in the United States, Israel and Palestine are in so many ways “local, not foreign policy, matters.” I began research for this book in order to understand how this came to be so. Of course, in a certain sense, the answer to such a question is overdetermined by the ...

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Syria Media Roundup (June 3)

[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 by Monday night of every week.]     Inside Syria  Coming Challenges for Syria’s Rebels Yezid Sayigh writes on mounting problems of governance, and why the Syrian rebels need to demonstrate ...

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قليلا من بالستينا يا أمي

[ هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين تقوم "جدلية" بنشره.] أنا مثل كل الأمهات، أغسل وأكنس وأشتري الخبز والخضروات، فيما أزاول مهنتي، لكنني نادراً ما أكتفي بما أنجزت. أسهر الليالي وأنحت ساعات النهار أشكالاً وألواناً وألحان رقص وأبيات شعر، أدنو من الأنهار والغابات وحدائق الأطفال بحثاً عن ابتسامة رضى، وأخاف خوفاً شديداً من سيمفونية الابتزاز الباكية. لكنني لست مثل كل الأمهات، لأنني قررت ألا أنقل لأولادي عِرق الوجع. أقرر في كل يوم أن ...

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