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An Egyptian child with a police costume in Tahrir square. January 25, 2016 (Photo by Jonathan Rashad)

Empty Tahrir

Five years ago, thousands of Egyptians called for protests on the 25th of January to demand "bread, freedom and social justice" and challenge the security apparatus' vast human rights violations. The protesters managed to topple ...

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الحرب على ذاكرة الحداثة: داعش مثالاً

              17 اُذْكُرْ مَا فَعَلهُ بِكَ عَمَالِيقُ فِي الطَّرِيقِ عِنْدَ خُرُوجِكَ مِنْ مِصْرَ. 18 كَيْفَ لاقَاكَ فِي الطَّرِيقِ وَقَطَعَ مِنْ مُؤَخَّرِكَ كُل المُسْتَضْعِفِينَ وَرَاءَكَ ...

[Cover of Mike de Seve and Daniel Burwen,

New Texts Out Now: Mike de Seve and Daniel Burwen, Operation Ajax: The Story of the CIA Coup that Remade the Middle East

Mike de Seve and Daniel Burwen, Operation Ajax: The Story of the CIA Coup that Remade the Middle East. Foreword by Stephen Kinzer. London and New York: Verso, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mike de Seve (MdS): Well, ...

[Image of the headquarters of the UGTT in Tunis, Tunisia. Image by Democracy International/Flickr]

The Impeccable Narrative Around Tunisian Workers' Syndicate

[The below piece was written before the current wave of protests in Kasserine in the marginalized southern region of Tunisia. The protests, which soon expanded to the whole country, started after a young unemployed man climbed an electric ...


The Saudi PR Machine in the US: An Interview with Lee Fang

[Faisaliyah Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo from Wikimedia Commons]

On 2 January 2016, Saudi Arabia executed forty-seven people, including prominent dissident Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr. Soon after the executions, organized mobs attacked the Saudi diplomatic missions in Tehran and the northeastern city of Mash-had. The tension between the two countries reached its paroxysm when Saudi Arabia severed all diplomatic and commercial ties with Iran. In his new piece in the Intercept, Lee Fang writes that a well-funded Saudi public relations apparatus moved in quickly to shape how it was being covered in the United States. Malihe Razazan spoke to Fang about the backstory behind his article as well as the media campaign to varnish Saudi Arabia's ...

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Letter to Turkish PM Davutoglu Concerning Turkish Higher Education Council's Condemnation of Scholars for Signing Peace Petition

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 14 January 2016.] Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara, Turkey Via facsimile +90 312 417 0476; +90 312 403 62 82; + 90 312 422 26 67 Dear Prime Minister Davutoğlu: We write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America and its Committee on Academic Freedom to express our serious concern over reports that the Higher Education Council (Yüksek Öğretim Kurulu, or YÖK) had an emergency meeting to commence an investigation against scholars who signed a petition for peace in the Kurdish ...

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عامان من حكم داعش للمدينة الضائعة

[المصدر موقغ جوجل]

التعليم في الرقة بين مخالب النظام وأنياب الدولة الإسلامية* مضى أكثر من عامين على آخر زيارة لمدينتي الرقة (2 - 9 أيلول/ سبتمبر 2013)، أصبحت خلالهما المدينة عَلَماً في الخارطة العالمية من باب داعش، بعد أن كان عدد لا بأس به من السوريين لا يعرف أين تقع المدينة التي تتوسط محافظة توازي مساحتها البالغة (19616 كم2) مساحة دولة الكويت، وتقترب من ضعفي مساحة لبنان. قبل سنتين، أخذت الطائرة من اسطنبول إلى أورفة (شانلي أورفا، بالتركية)، ومنها عبر "الدلمش - ميكروباص" إلى أقجة قلعة (أكجا كالا)، وهي المقابل التركي لتل أبيض. المسافة من أورفة إلى أقجة قلعة خمسون كيلومتراً، لكنها استغرقت ساعة ونصف في الدلمش، وكانت الطريق تزداد صعوبة ووحشة كلما اتجهنا جنوباً. شيوخ ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (January 7 - 13)

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[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page Co-Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The Occupation Forces Killings of Palestinians in West Bank Hit 10-year High According to OCHA, a UN human rights group, 136 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in 2015; the highest amount of deaths since 2005. Israeli Demolitions Make 25 Homeless in Bedouin Community of Abu Nuwar Abu Nuwar, a Bedouin community in the West Bank, had five of its homes ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (January 14)

[Image from Oran, Algeria. Image by Maya-Anaïs Yataghène/Flickr]

[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 Tuesday night of every week] Algeria نبو: التعديل الدستوري لن يحمل أي حلول للأزمة The first secretary of the Socialist Forces Front Party, Muhammad Nebo, has warned against growing instability in the country following president Bouteflika’s constitutional amendment. Energies renouvelables et efficacité énergétique : Nouvelles priorités de la coopération ...

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New Texts Out Now: Paul Aarts and Carolien Roelants, Saudi Arabia: A Kingdom in Peril

[Cover of Paul Aarts and Carolien Roelants,

Paul Aarts and Carolien Roelants, Saudia Arabia: A Kingdom in Peril. London: Hurst, 2015. J: What made you write this book? Paul Aarts (PA): Two years ago I had a chance to visit Saudi Arabia again (after many years). My co-author Carolien Roelants also managed to get a visa—which is not easy—and separately we interviewed quite a few Saudis, from different backgrounds. I travelled to Jeddah, Riyadh, and the Eastern Province (al-Khobar, Dammam, and Qatif). In Jeddah and in the capital city I talked to Saudi youngsters, bloggers, human-rights activists (among them Waleed Abu al-Khair, now in prison), journalists, and academics. In the Eastern Province I mainly ...

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Syria Media Roundup (January 13)

[Residents of Madaya are dying of hunger as Syria suffers extreme famine as winter approaches. Image by Dimashqi Lens via Flickr]

[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 Inside Madaya: 'It feels deserted but you know there are people there' Pawel Krzysiek of the International Committee for the Red Cross describes what he has seen after accompanying an aid convoy from the Syrian town.  Assad Issues New Law on Public-Private Business Partnerships Economy minister says new law will help the ...

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هو ورَجُلُهُ

[الروائي جي.ام.كويتزي]

ولكن لأعدْ إلى رفيقي الجديد. فقد سُررتُ به أيّما سرور، وأخذتُ على عاتقي مهمة تعليمه كلّ ما هو ملائم لجعله مفيداً وبارعاً ومساعداً؛ وخاصّة لجعله يتحدث ويفهمني حين أتحدث أنا؛ وكان طالباً لا مثيل له في استعداده. دانييل ديفو، “روبنسون كروزو” يكتب رجلهُ أنّ بوسطن، الواقعة على ساحل لينكولنشاير، مدينةٌ جميلة. ينتصبُ فيها أعلى برجِ كنيسةٍ في إنكلترا، يستخدمه النوتيّة كي يرشدهم في إبحارهم. وتحيط ببوسطن أراض مستنقعيّة تكثرُ فيها طيور الواق، وهي طيورٌ مشؤومة تُصدر صياحاً ثقيلاً كالأنين وصاخباً يُسمع من مسافة ميلين، كدويّ طلقة مسدّس. تستوطنُ في المستنقعات أنواعٌ أخرى من الطيور أيضاً (يكتبُ رَجُلُهُ) البط البريّ، والحَذَف والوَدْجون، وكي يصطادوه يربّي رجال المستنقعات بطاً أليفاً ...

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Publications: An Excerpt From the Book "A Lebanese Archive"

[Ania Dabrowska, A Lebanese Archive, Om Ashad Qara, Ashad Qara, and village children, Photo by Diab Alkarssifi, Slefa Village, Lebanon, 1984, 2015]

[The book A Lebanese Archive by Ania Dabrowska, from the collection of Diab Alkarssifi, was published by Book Works and Arab Image Foundation, 2015.] Om Ashad, (Ashad’s Mother) Slefa Village, Lebanon, 1984 DA 1984 was a bloody year in Lebanon, with heavy fighting in Beirut. Bekaa valley was under the control of the Syrian army, but despite this and despite the war it was not affected by the fighting. Life went on as normal. We were on a trip to the waterfalls in Yammouneh, near Baalbeck. The woman in the pictures, Om Ashad, was like a ‘mother of all the boys’. Her son Ashad is a doctor today. (…) Usually we would go to this area because it has a river and ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (January 4-10)

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. Fact Check: The Truth About Shaykh Nimr al-Nimr Call for Applicants--Doctoral Dissertation Summer Workshop: Researching Lebanon New Texts Out Now: Lara Deeb and Jessica Winegar, Anthropology’s Politics: Disciplining the Middle East نمر النمر أكثر من رجل دين شيعي Decoding an Urban Myth: An Inquiry into the Socio-Economics of Van Number 4 in Beirut قصائد مُختارة للشَّاعر الإيطالي بيير ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (January 11)

[Police seize drugs and weapons during a country-wide crackdown, with security campaigns in six provinces. Photo from the Official FB Page of the Spokesperson of the Egyptian Armed Forces.]

[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.]  Political Rights On the eve of the revolution's anniversary, the state cajoles and intimidates The recent period has seen some conciliatory gestures on the part of the Egyptian state that some analysts have linked to calls for taking to the streets on the fifth anniversary of the revolution. Parallel to this, however, are some not-so-conciliatory ...

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نمر النمر أكثر من رجل دين شيعي

[صورة الشيخ نمر النمر. ]

الشيخ المعارض نمر النمر كرر على المنابر ضرورة الالتزام بسلمية التظاهر، وشدّد على نزع أي بُعدٍ مذهبي عن المطالب المحقة لسكان المناطق الشرقية في السعودية، وعلى ضرورة إعطائهم بعضاً من حقوقهم. ولم يتردد يوماً في القول بأن الظلم هو نفسه سواء مورس من قبل الشيعة أو السنة، ومن ناصر ظالماً فما هو إلا بظالم، ولعل خطبته الشهيرة الذي يضع فيها آل سعود وآل خليفة وآل الأسد ومن على شاكلتهم في الخانة نفسها أكبر مثال على ذلك. كل ذلك لم ينفع. فبعد اعتقاله منذ سنتين وبعد إطلاق النار عليه (مما تسبب له بإعاقة دائمة في قدمه)، واستمرار محاكمته طوال سنتين، اتهم النمر بتهمتين مفاجئتين: التعرض لقوى الأمن السعودي، والدعوة إلى التظاهر، وحكم عليه بالإعدام تعذيرا. لكن النقاش هنا لا يخص ظلم ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (January 13)

[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 Kurdish Politics Was the Reconciliation Process Betrayal? Hayrettin Karaman contends that the Turkish government has tried to maintain the peace and ...

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Drifting Away: De-Occupying the Palestinian Self

Speed Sisters, directed by Amber Fares. Palestine, 2015 “If only you’d resist the occupation with something other than sports and fashion,” complained a YouTube user in the comments section of a video about the Speed Sisters—an all-female Palestinian race-car driving team in the West Bank, and the first of its kind in the Middle East. The comment is mentioned in the documentary Speed Sisters, by filmmaker Amber Fares. The film shadows the five enthusiastic race-car drivers, highlighting the experiences ...

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Acts and Omissions: Framing Settler Colonialism in Palestine Studies

Columbus was free to look for a language he couldn't find here, to look for gold in the skulls of our ancestors. He took his fill from the flesh of our living and our dead. So why is he bent on carrying out his deadly war even from the grave? (Mahmoud Darwish)   Over the past several years, there has been renewed interest in the use of the settler colonial analytic to study the ongoing occupation of Palestine. While the Oslo accords are continuously pronounced dead, their impact on ...

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Manifesto Against the Woman

Weeks before the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, Indian theorist Chandra Talpade Mohanty published her book, Feminism without Borders, in which she discusses the hegemony of Western feminism and its deadly transnational effects. In doing so, Mohanty did not reveal a truth that other feminists had somehow missed. She did, however, theorize what she called “third world difference”–that brute pedestal upon which western feminists stand as they survey the world. Mohanty uses the term to critique the problematic ...

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The Geo-Economics of Gulf Food Imports

What a difference two decades can make. In the early 1990s, Saudi Arabia was among the world’s top ten wheat exporters. Now it is among the crop’s top ten importers. The Saudi government’s vision to overcome the geopolitical vulnerability of food import dependence with domestic wheat self-sufficiency lies in tatters due to lack of water. To make matters worse, the global food crisis of 2008 only heightened this sense of vulnerability. The meatification of diets in emerging markets like China, biofuel ...

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The Art of Healing: Syrian Refugee Children Express Themselves

[Note: The children's portraits are not paired with their drawings, for the sake of their privacy. The young artists of the drawings are kept anonymous and all children are only referred to by first name, when permitted.] The Syrian civil war has created the largest refugee crisis in a generation, yet the world has not provided for nearly enough of them. Many Syrians, mostly children, still need the basics: shelter, education, food, and security. Many also need psychosocial support and therapy to cope ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (January 12)

[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, UAE and Egypt block access to Qatari-owned news website Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the ...

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ماء كثير قريب جداً من المنزل

قصة قصيرة للكاتب الأميركي ريموند كارفر ماء كثير قريب جداً من المنزل يأكل زوجي بشهية مفتوحة. لكنني لا أظنّ أنه جائع. يمضغ، واضعاً ذراعيه على الطاولة، ويحدّق في شيء عبر الغرفة. ينظر إليّ ويشيح بصره بعيداً. يمسح فمه بالمنديل. يهزّ كتفيه، ويواصل الأكل. "لماذا تحدّقين بي؟ ما الأمر؟"، قال ووضع شوكته. قلت وأنا أهزّ رأسي:"هل كنتُ أحدّق؟" رنّ الهاتف. قال:"لا تردّي". قلت:"قد تكون أمّك". قال:"تبيّني فحسب". التقطتُ السماعة وأصغيتُ. توقف زوجي عن ...

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Top 100 on Jadaliyya in 2015

1. Do Muslims Belong in the West? An Interview with Talal Asad 2 Beyond Authenticity: ISIS and the Islamic Legal Tradition 3. Charlie Hebdo and the Limits of the Republic 4. 'Lines Drawn on an Empty Map': Iraq’s Borders and the Legend of the Artificial State (Part 1) 5. Gay Rights as Human Rights: Pinkwashing Homonationalism 6. The Curious Case of Rula Amin in Jordan: Undermining the Rule of Law? 7. Tribalism in the Arabian Peninsula: It Is a Family ...

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The Giving Tree

After #DDPalestine               At the core of suffering, there is always a door, a wall. The knob shouting, they came in violently. Before the sun rose, there was an Israeli flag   posted outside. Beit Hanina, Silwan, Sheikh Jurrah. They came in violently for her home, her dignity or both, veins on a grandmother’s wrist pleading over a stove that fed   the faces around it, rusted faucets cleansing tired hands and rinsing cauliflower, ...

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Press Release: Doctors Without Borders on Siege and Starvation in Madaya

[The following press release on the seige of Madaya, Syria was issued by Doctors Without Borders on 7 January 2016 and updated on 8 January 2016] Syria: Seige and Starvation in Madaya 8 January Update: The MSF-supported medics in Madaya have identified 250 people with severe acute malnutrition, including 10 patients who are in immediate need of lifesaving hospitalization. The number of people in need of medical care is growing. If a safe medical evacuation procedure can be agreed, such as the rare ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (2015 Year-End Review)

[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 Peace Rally Bombings in Ankara Sirin's Story: A Voice Raised and Silenced On the morning of October 10, the most deadly bombing in Turkey’s history killed 102 and injured ...

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