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المجاري في مائة عام: تتبع آثار شبكة الصرف سلام فياض Essential Readings: Palestinians in Latin America Protests in Beirut Egypt Media Roundup
[Graffiti on the wall erected by Lebanese government around the Office of the Prime Minister to prevent protesters from reaching it. Artists took to spraying, drawing, and painting various artwork critiquing the status quo. In this mural, various political parties are represented as silencing the people. Photo by Joelle Boutros]

Quick Thoughts: Moe Ali Nayel on Lebanon’s Garbage Crisis and Protest Movement

[On 22 August 2015, what had in previous weeks been a small protest against the breakdown in garbage collection in Beirut turned into a major anti-corruption demonstration calling for fundamental political and economic change in Lebanon. ...

STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.2 is Live!

After some months of hard work and consolidation, we are more than pleased to announce the release of Issue 2.2 of Status. This issue, like previous issues, includes a remarkable variety of interviews, programs, and reviews related to some ...

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New Texts Out Now: Gary Wilder, Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World

Gary Wilder, Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Gary Wilder (GW): This book grew unexpectedly out of a ...

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قدّروا شجاعة الرجل

بالرغم من ساعات المديح والاحتفاء الكثيرة التي أُغدقتْ على صديقنا العزيز ورفيقنا إقبال أحمد، والتي يستحقها، هناك الكثير الذي يمكن أن يُقال عنه أيضاً. وأشعر بالإطراء لأنني أستطيع، على الأقل، أن أقول المزيد. إن ما لفت نظري أكثر من غيره هو أن ...


Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 27-August 2)

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. Gay Hanging in Iran: Atrocities and Impersonations Daoud’s Camus Fanfiction Is More of the Same تدمر، واحة للظلام Why are LGBT Equality Organizations Joining Forces with Israel Advocacy Groups? New Texts Out Now: Raymond Hinnebusch, From Arab Spring to Arab Winter: Explaining the Limits of Post-Uprising Democratization Turkey Media Roundup (July 28) حمص: مدينة اخترعها الله على مهل ...

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Snapshot: Palestinian Olive Trees

[Olive tree, Burqin, north Palestine, 2 July 2015. Photo by Bryony Dunne.]

Text by Elle Kurancid, photos by Bryony Dunne. Olive tree felling is a longtime strategy of Israel’s occupation regime in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Since 1967, an estimated 800,000 Palestinian olive trees have been destroyed by Israeli authorities and settlers. In February 2015, Irish-born filmmaker and photographer Bryony Dunne traveled across the West Bank and encountered evidentiary support for such activity (in tree stumps and civilian stories). Over the course of one week, she moved through Israeli checkpoints, and around Israeli settlements and military bases, while heading north to the Palestinian city of Jenin, staying with five Palestinian families along ...

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Quick Thoughts: April Longley Alley on the Yemen Conflict

[In late March 2015, a coalition of states led by Saudi Arabia initiated a military campaign against Yemen consisting of intensive air raids, the arming of local allies and a de facto naval and air blockade of the country. Initially termed Operation Decisive Storm but since renamed Operation Restore Hope, it continues to this day. Riyadh identified the recent territorial gains of Yemen’s Houthi movement, and the ouster of President Abd-Rabbu Mansur Hadi and his government, as the reasons for its campaign and pledged that both would be swiftly rolled back. Four months later neither objective appears to be in reach, nor is a negotiated end to this conflict in sight.  ...

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Sinai: War in a Distant Province

[Aftermath of the assassination of Anwar al-Sadat in October 1981. Photo from Wikimedia commons]

The July 1 battle in which the Egyptian Armed Forces regained control of a small border town from the self-proclaimed Sinai Province of the Islamic State (formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis or Supporters of Jerusalem) has heightened fear, anger, and above all self-congratulation among both the government’s supporters and its critics. Days after still unknown assailants had assassinated the country’s Prosecutor General by means of a car bomb, IS fighters attacked a series of checkpoints in the northern Sinai peninsula and appeared briefly to have taken control of Shaykh Zuwayed near the border with Gaza and Israel. The attack occurred more or less on the ...

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Cities Media Roundup (July 2015)

[Hasanabad Square, Tehran, 2004. Photo by Mani1 via Wikimedia]

[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 Suing Beirut’s Solidere? [in Arabic] Mohamad Zbeeb reports for al-Akhbar on the original owners of downtown Beirut’s movement against the real-estate company Solidere.  Armenian ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (July 28)

[Gulf Arab states remain divided over the Iranian nuclear agreement. Image from USDS.]

[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 Are Arab Oil Monarchies divided over Iran Deal? Juan Cole examines the Gulf states’ divided position over the nuclear deal with Iran. We Cannot Defeat ISIS Until We Stop Iran and Saudi From Pouring Fuel on the Sectarian Fire Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi argues that the Islamic State in Iraq and ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 27)

[Egyptian Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhy at an official meeting with his French counterpart. Photo from the Official Facebook 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 Egyptian rights group condemns displacement of five families in Minya by security forces The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms has condemned security forces for forcing four families of the Zawyet Al-Gibaly village in Minya to leave their homes and lands after a fight broke out between a member of the Al-Shousha family ...

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Daoud’s Camus Fanfiction Is More of the Same

Kamel Daoud, The Meursault Investigation. Translated by John Cullen. New York: Other Press 2015. Algerian journalist Kamel Daoud’s debut novel The Meursault Investigation, recently translated into English, retells the story of Albert Camus’s The Stranger from the point of view of Harun, the brother of the unnamed Arab that Camus's hero, Meursault, murders. The Meursault Investigation has garnered great praise in American media, sparking multiple articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, and New Yorker. The portrait we are left with in all of these profiles is the same: Daoud is a brave writer, taking Camus to task for his blind spots (while still paying ...

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Gay Hanging in Iran: Atrocities and Impersonations

[Image shown 17 July 2015 on Gay Star News ]

Everybody on earth knows that a deal on Iran’s nuclear program was announced in mid-July. Everybody also knows that this apparent step toward peace launched a new stage in an old war: of propaganda.Proponents praise the possibility of a historic opening. Opponents—who include Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Republican Party—warn of disaster. Both sides want to expand their constituencies. In Western countries, gay communities—small but politically influential—are more and more the target for just this courtship and recruitment. The right-wing pundit Amir Taheri greeted the nuclear deal with a storm of tweets and screeds condemning it. One ...

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لا بشرٌ ولاحجر... تدمر وسرديات الحرب على الآثار

[تدمر سورية. المصدر يوواتزاب، فليكر]

كان من عادات الملوك المنتصرين في العالم القديم أن يقوموا إما بمسح ذكر أولئك المهزومين، أو بتخليد هزيمتهم وإذلالهم للأبد ليكتبوا بدورهم تاريخهم ويخلدوا إنجازاتهم عبر العصور. مع بروز عصر القوميات والنشاط الاستعماري وحركات الاستشراق وتوافد المستكشفين والمغامرين الأوروبيين، نشطت حركة البحث عن المدن القديمة التي كان يُعتقد أنها أسطورية كتلك الواردة في العهد القديم والملاحم الكلاسيكية كالإلياذة والأوديسة قبل أن تتكشف حقيقة وجود هذه المدن والممالك القديمة لتبدأ معها رحلة تهريب الآثار إلى المتاحف الأوروبية.   بدأت الدول القومية الحديثة الولادة وتلك المستقلة حديثاً بالتأكيد تدريجياً ــ ولاحقاً بسن القوانين وتطوير المناهج المدرسية ــ على أهمية التراث المادي كجزء أساسي من ...

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خلافـــــة الرئيـــس

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كلمّا تقدّم الزمن تُطرح مسألة خلافة الرئيس محمود عباس بقوة أكبر، لأن الرئيس تجاوز الثمانين من عمره وانتهت الفترة القانونية لولايته منذ حوالي سبع سنوات من دون إجراء الانتخابات التي لا يعرف أحد متى ستعقد وكيف، مع تأكيد الرئيس المستمر بأنه لن يترشح لولاية ثانية، ما يعني أن معركة التنافس على الخلافة قد بدأت – وإن من وراء الكواليس - منذ فترة طويلة، وهي التي يمكن أن تفسر الكثير مما يحدث من قرارات وإقصاءات. كما أنّ الأطراف المقررة (فتح وحماس) ليستا ناضجتين ولا جاهزتين، ولا تريدان إجراء الانتخابات بالرغم من تأكيدهما المستمر على إجرائها. ما يعطي أهمية استثنائية لمسألة خلافة الرئيس: أولًا: استمرار وتفاقم الانقسام الفلسطيني وما أدى إليه من تعطيل المجلس التشريعي وعدم الاتفاق على ...

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New Texts Out Now: Franck Mermier, Récits de villes: d’Aden à Beyrouth

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Franck Mermier, Récits de villes: d’Aden à Beyrouth. Arles: Actes Sud/Sindbad, 2015.         Jadaliyya (J): Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait publier ce livre? Franck Mermier (FM): Après des recherches sur la ville de Sanaa et sur l’édition dans le monde arabe, particulièrement à Beyrouth, j’ai réalisé des enquêtes sur cette dernière ville où j’ai vécu de 2002 à 2009. Je me suis intéressé notamment à la question des perceptions et pratiques de l’espace urbain dans une ville divisée en différents territoires politico-confessionnels. J’ai aussi enquêté sur la construction de la mosquée Muhammad Al-Amin et du campanile de la ...

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IMEU Interview: The Iran Nuclear Agreement and the Question of Palestine

[In the following online interview conducted by the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU), Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani, Palestinian analyst Diana Buttu, and syndicated columnist Rami Khouri respond to questions about the implications of the Iran nuclear agreement for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While welcoming the agreement, they see little prospect of it having a positive impact on broader regional questions] Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU): From what we know about ...

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On the Margins Roundup (July)

[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 info@jadaliyya.com.]    Comoros  Fatou Bensouda rapped over knuckles The government of the Comoros welcomed a decision by the International Criminal ...

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Has Amnesty International Lost Its Way? A Forensic Analysis of Amnesty’s Reports on Operation Protective Edge (Part 2)

Evidentiary Bias Amnesty’s citation of official Israeli sources produces skewed results that validate Israeli propaganda at Hamas’s expense.  In some instances more credible contrary evidence is simply ignored.  In its hyperbolic inventory of Hamas’s arsenal, Amnesty quotes the Israeli allegation that it intercepted a vessel carrying Iranian rockets “bound for Gaza.”  It omits the widely reported finding of a UN expert panel that the weapons were bound not for Gaza but Sudan. Amnesty also ...

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A Shift in Turkey's Foreign Policy? An Interview with Osman Shahin

Last week, Turkey joined the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), after the group carried out a suicide bombing in the town of Suruç close to the Syrian border, killing thirty-two young socialist activists and students, and injuring many more. Following that horrific tragedy, the Turkish government came under pressure to stop the free movement of ISIS fighters and operatives over the Syrian border. Despite the bombing of a few ISIS targets, most of Turkey’s firepower has been ...

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New Texts Out Now: Raymond Hinnebusch, From Arab Spring to Arab Winter: Explaining the Limits of Post-Uprising Democratization

Raymond Hinnebusch, editor, From Arab Spring to Arab Winter: Explaining the Limits of Post-Uprising Democratization, special issue of Democratization 22.2 (2015). Jadaliyya (J): What made you put this special issue together? Raymond Hinnebusch (RH): We felt that the debate over who had been vindicated by the uprising between democratization theorists and post-democratization/authoritarian resilience advocates had been exhausted. The main initial problematic of the Arab Uprising was how to translate ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 28)

NOTE: Due to the Turkish government’s censorship of media outlets affiliated with Kurdish and leftist movements, Jadaliyya was unable to access a number of newspapers that are regularly included in the media roundup. [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 ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 20-26)

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.    Why are LGBT Equality Organizations Joining Forces with Israel Advocacy Groups? Attacks against Solidarity with Kobane: The Suruç Massacre of Young Revolutionaries خلافـــــة الرئيـــس انتصار البيروقراطية: عقد من إجهاض ...

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تدمر، واحة للظلام

تعرضت تدمر منذ مدة لغزوة بربرية في وقت قياسي، وتردد صدى الخبر في أنحاء سوريا والعالم لأن تدمر تتمتع بشهرة خاصة كونها رمزاً ثقافياً وحضارياً، ونظراً لموقعها الجغرافي الذي جعل منها في الأزمنة القديمة محطة لطرق القوافل بين سوريا وبلاد ما بين النهرين، ولتاريخها العريق المتداخل مع تواريخ متجاوزة للحدود المحلية، ونظراً لثرواتها المعدنية والنفطية ولموقعها الحساس في الصراع الحالي. إلا أننا يجب ألا نركز على تدمر وننسى غيرها، فهي لا تختلف كثيراً عن المدن السورية الأخرى، ومسكونة بالبشر كالرقة ودير الزور ...

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Quick Thoughts: John Reynolds on Recent Amendments to the Israeli Penal Code

[On 20 July 2015 Israel’s parliament adopted legislation pursuant to which individuals convicted of throwing stones at moving vehicles can be sentence for up to twenty years in prison. To be applied to Israel’s Palestinian citizens and the population of East Jerusalem, it imports military decrees that are already applied by Israel in the occupied territories against Palestinian residents but not Jewish settlers. Jadaliyya asked John Reynolds, lecturer in international law at the National University of ...

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Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions: Advice for Anthropologists

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions is a group of concerned scholars, part of the growing global movement calling for Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel. The boycott movement seeks to end Israel’s widespread, systematic, and long-standing violations of the rights of the Palestinian people whether in exile, under occupation, or consigned to second-class citizenship. The academic boycott is particularly concerned with Israel’s violations of ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ali Issa, Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq

Ali Issa, Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq. Washington, DC: Tadween Books, 2015. [Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq is co-published with the War Resisters League.]   Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book?  Ali Issa (AI): I wrote this book to remedy the glaring lack of awareness of progressive political work and dreams on the ground in Iraq now. This desire came about after I got the chance to be an interpreter for an Iraqi labor delegation that ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (July 22)

[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  A (Silicon) Valley Grows in Algeria Elizabeth Nicholas interviews several entrepreneurs on the difficulties of startups and the tech industry in ...

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