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[A small boat dock in Tartus. Image by Taras Kalapun via Flickr]

Tartus in the Present Crisis: A Mirror of the Syrian Regime

Whether in the Syrian or international media, Tartus is often presented as an island of calm in the ongoing Syrian crisis. The typical response of a Tartus resident to a non-resident interlocutor inquiring about the local situation is “Hon ...

[Adunis. Image by Mariusz Kubik, from Wikipedia]

Adunis, Mistranslated (Part One)

Adonis, Selected Poems. Translated from the Arabic by Khaled Mattawa. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010. Adunis (1930-) is one of the most influential and dominant Arab poets of the modern era and a perennial Nobel ...

Last Week on Jadaliyya April (7-13)

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 ...

[Undated file picture released on Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014, by the official website of Iraq's Interior Ministry claiming to show Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Al-Qaida's central leadership broke with one of its most powerful branch commanders, who in defiance of its orders spread his operations from Iraq to join the fighting in Syria and fueled bitter infighting among Islamic militant factions in Syria’s civil war. The announcement sharpens a dispute raging the past year between al-Qaida’s central leadership and the faction known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which was created last year by, Al-Baghdadi. He formed the group to expand his operations into neighboring Syria in defiance of direct orders by Ayman al-Zawahri not to do so and to stick to operations within Iraq. (AP Photo/Iraqi Interior Ministry, File)]

The Strands of the Military Opposition in Syria: An Interview with Yasser Munif (Part 2)

This is part two of an interview as conducted with Yasser Munif, by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad. You can view Part one here. Yasser teaches Sociology and History at Emerson College and has been to Syria a few ...


Maghreb Media Roundup (March 24)

[Bouteflika’s campaign and resistance to it has intensified in the past two weeks. Photo courtesy of Magharebia via Wikimedia Commons.]

[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 Algeria: Crackdown on Protest as Election Nears Human Rights Watch responds to the repressive crackdown on protests organized by the Barakat movement. "We Have Managed to Draw the Algerian Regime into a Confrontation with its Own People" Melanie Matarese (Editor-in-Chief of El-Watan’s weekend edition) and ...

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الحركة النسوية الفلسطينية بعد أوسلو: حصادٌ مرّ في تمكين الذات وفي تحرير الوطن

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[ هذا المقال جزء من ”أصوات من أجل غزة" وهو ملف خاص تنشره جدلية على مدار شهر كامل. للإطلاع على بقية المقالات اضغط/ي هنا] مع تراجع دور الحركة الوطنية الفلسطينية بعد اتفاقات أوسلو وضعف كافة أشكال التنظيم التابعة لها أو لأحزابها (جاد 2008)، أدّت عملية أوسلو وخصوصاً آليات التمويل للسلطة الفلسطينية إلى هيمنة خطاب "التنمية" و"بناء الدولة"، وتضاؤل خطاب المقاومة والتحرير، وضعف ثقافة المقاومة، وبروز ثقافة الاستهلاك والبحث عن حلول فردية. في هذا المناخ، عانت الأحزاب والتنظيمات من استقطاب السلطة التنفيذية لبعض كوادرها القيادية، ومن غياب الديمقراطية الداخلية. ما أدّى إلى جمود وتحجّر فكري وتنظيمي. كما فقدت العديد من التنظيمات والأحزاب السياسية، وخصوصاً ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (March 17-23)

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. The Dangers of Liberalism: Foucault and Postcoloniality in France ما بعد الناصرية Mahmoud Darwish: My God Why Have You Forsaken Me? Bourj Hammoud: Seeing the City’s Urban Textures and Layered Pasts محمود درويش: إلهي لماذا تخلّيت عنّي؟ History and Consequences Women's Activism and the Polio Epidemic in Syria In Memoriam: Janet Abu-Lughod From Carbon Democracy to the Right to ...

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Shaima Kamel: Cinderella's Tales

[Shaima Kamel continues to experiment with mixed media painting to reflect on cultural values in her home country. Image courtesy Medrar TV.]

Cinderella's Tales An exhibition by Shaima Kamel 16 February - 20 March 2014 Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo   In this exhibition, Shaima Kamel attempts to highlight the contrast between the idealized images of certain media and the reality of Egyptian society. Kamel argues that although little girls idolize such popular characters as Cinderella and other fairytale heroines, their very image conflicts with the present-day norms shaping Egyptian society. Attempting to further anchor this idea as it plays out in Egyptian visual culture, the artist incorporates imagery inspired by manikins from Cairo's shop windows while utilizing mixed-media collage and painting to ...

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All Politics Is Local: Mustafa Sarigul and the CHP (Part Three)

[Sarıgül in the thick of it. Image via reubensilverman.wordpress.com]

All Politics Is Local: Mustafa Sarıgül and the CHP (Part Three) [Part one of this article can be found here; part two can be found here.] Even before the campaign had started, there had been whispers that Sarıgül would make a better CHP General President than Deniz Baykal. At the time, he had dismissed such suggestions, saying, “I am bound to the problems of Şişli for another five years. We already have a President.”[1] Now, however, his tone was changing: asked how he had won, he explained, “We have brought back the spirit and the conviction of the 1974 CHP.”[2] That was an era before Baykal’s faction had formed. The implication was clear: the time had come ...

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All Politics Is Local: Mustafa Sarigul and the CHP (Part One)

[Mustafa Sarıgül. Image via reubensilverman.wordpress.com]

All Politics Is Local: Mustafa Sarıgül and the CHP (Part One) [People ask,] “Why are you always beating up on Sarıgül?” Let’s start the matter from here. I ask you: in this country has there ever been a party like the Republican People’s Party, which—without having done a bit of work—turns to the left for its votes? There’s never been such a freeloading party…I don’t know how many hundred suits [Sarıgül] has—he’s changing them twice a day. He doesn’t even know how many stylists he has. Can benefits come to the workers from all this? Can we approve of such a thing?...A social democrat can’t be like this. - Sırrı Süreyya Önder To many of its detractors, the ...

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Between Convenient Misreading and Mythology: The Iran Sanctions Regime and the Institutionalization of War

[Iran's parliament presiding board members, top row, Iranian and foreign leaders and top officials, all back to camera, listen to Iran's national anthem at the start of the ceremony for the new President Hasan Rouhani's swearing-in at the parliament in Tehran, Iran on 4 August 2013. Image by Ebrahim Noroozi via Associated Press]

After eight years of Ahmadinejad at the helm of government, Iran is experiencing a new trajectory. A number of promising signs in the weeks and months following Hassan Rouhani’s election as president on 14 June 2013 have given rise to a sense of cautious optimism for change and reform in Iran. Such signs include the release of a limited number of political prisoners and the country’s improving relations with the world, leading some to warily suggest we might be witnessing an unfolding of an Iranian Glasnost. The caution is rooted principally in a desire to avoid a repeat of the setbacks Khatami suffered, both on the domestic front as well as on the international ...

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Syria Media Roundup (March 21)

[Nowruz celebrations in Kurdish areas of Syria. From the Taakhi Kurdish Coordination Committee.]

[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 ofJadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Perspectives Syrian Refugees and the Educational Challenge in Turkey Muhannad al-Nader explains how “Syrian children are suffering from improvised Turkish policy, the absence of a clear vision from the Coalition, poor financial resources and the absence of a real and effective role for U.N.”  The Knights Of Malta: The ...

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The State v. Individual: On State Crimes and Judicial Parody in Turkey

[A protester wears a mask with an image of Ethem Sarisuluk as the trial against the policeman accused of killing him starts in Ankara, 23 September 2013. The placard reads:

Let me make the hardest list of my life, for those who have not followed what has happened in Turkey during and in the wake of the Gezi Protests that began in the summer of 2013. On 1 June, Ethem Sarisuluk, a twenty-six-year-old laborer and activist, was shot in the head by a policeman in Ankara during the Gezi Park protests. He died after spending two weeks in the intensive care unit. On 2 June, Ali Ismail Korkmaz, a nineteen-year-old student, was beaten brutally by a group of men in the city of Eskisehir. He slipped into coma, struggling with a brain hemorrhage for thirty-eight days before losing his life. On the same night in Istanbul, Mehmet Ayvalitas, a ...

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Is There a Way Out of Here? or, Why I Am With the HDP

[Image via bianet.org]

Since the first days of the graft and corruption crisis, I have found myself thinking about a section from Haydar Darıcı’s masters thesis, completed under Leyla Neyzi’s supervision at Sabancı University. The thesis concerns itself with Kurdish kids incarcerated under the anti-terrorism regulations of 2006, otherwise known as stone-throwing kids (taş atan çocuklar). In interviews conducted in Adana, children between ages of ten to eighteen talked to Darıcı about their politicization, along with migration, repression, poverty, discrimination in the city and in the schools, and thousands more of their burdens; at some point, one of them said: “Adults do not understand ...

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DARS Media Roundup (March 20)

[A protester sleeps under a banner that reads ''Revolution'' at the Gezi Park in Istanbul, Turkey, 12 June 2013. AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis]

[This is a bi-weekly 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 bi-weekly roundup to DARS@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every second week.]  News & Commentary Funeral of Turkish Boy Berkin Elvan Brings Thousands to Istanbul Streets, by AFP Tens of thousands of people have turned out for the funeral of a Turkish boy who died nine months after being hit by a police teargas canister during anti-government protests. The death ...

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New Texts Out Now: Rawia Bishara, Olives, Lemons & Za’atar: The Best Middle Eastern Home Cooking

[Cover of Rawia Bishara,

Rawia Bishara, Olives, Lemons & Za’atar: The Best Middle Eastern Home Cooking. Lanham, MD: Kyle Books, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you decide to write this book? Rawia Bishara (RB): Olives, Lemons & Za’atar has been a long time coming. My restaurant, Tanoreen, is now fifteen years old and I have been, in essence, testing these recipes all along. I also felt like this was the right time to contribute, as Middle Eastern food has come to the forefront and I have something to say about it. Additionally, I wanted to continue tradition. Olives, Lemons & Za’atar is a piece of family history. I'm glad my children and, one day (hurry up!), their children will ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 25)

[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 Ban Over Twitter Erdoğan Lost His Twitter Battle—Very Badly Murat Yetkin points out that millions of Twitter users hit back and defied the restrictions, including President ...

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The Irrepressible Charm of the State: Dershane Closures and the Domestic War for Power in Turkey

The Turkish parliament's recent passing of a bill to shut down private prepatory schools (dershane) by 1 September 2015 is the last front in the all-out domestic war between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Gülen community. Initially announced by the Turkish prime minister on 9 September 2012, the law's first draft was published by the movement's daily Zaman last November. This re-ignited a heated debate amongst intellectuals, politicians, and the broader public across the country, ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 24)

[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.] The Dam Hani Atalla analyzes the role Egypt has played in exacerbating tensions over the construction of the Renaissance Dam project.   Sisi: The Candidate for Egyptian ...

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A Cycle of Insecurity in Egypt's North Sinai

Photos and text by Rob Stothard. Interviews by Rob Stothard and Max Strasser. Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, sandwiched between two old foes, is a territory of vital importance. Bordered by the Suez Canal to the west and Israel and the Gaza Strip to the east, North Sinai is home to a thriving smuggling trade and several notoriously rebellious Bedouin tribes. Since the popular uprising of January 2011 that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, the security situation in North Sinai has deteriorated. A ...

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All Politics Is Local: Mustafa Sarigul and the CHP (Part Two)

All Politics Is Local: Mustafa Sarıgül and the CHP (Part Two) [Part one of this article can be found here.] By 1987, Turkish politics was returning to its old patterns. Though the new constitution remained in effect and General Evren still presided over the state as president, the five-year ban from politics for leaders like Ecevit and Baykal was at an end and they had begun to plot their returns. Sarıgül too was busy positioning himself for the upcoming elections by recruiting large numbers of new ...

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هل ما زال قطاع غزة محتلا؟ وما جدوى السؤال

      [ هذا المقال جزء من ”أصوات من أجل غزة" وهو ملف خاص تنشره جدلية على مدار شهر كامل. للإطلاع على بقية المقالات اضغط/ي هنا] نعم مازال قطاع غزة محتلاً، فبالرغم من الاحتجاجات الإسرائيلية الرسمية  حول إنهاء الاشتباك الأحادي الجانب والمتفق عليه في عام ٢٠٠٥ والذي أزال القواعد الإسرائيلية العسكرية والمستوطنات اليهودية والذي حول القطاع إلى منطقة ”لم تعد محتلة“ فإن هذه التغيرات وكل ما حصل منذ ذلك لم يؤد فعليا إلى انتهاء الاحتلال. الاحتلال له تعريف قانوني متعارف عليه ...

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On the Margins Roundup (March)

[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.]  Mauritania Mauritania: Islamic Television channel promotes moderation An interview on Magharebia with Othman Ould Farah, the ...

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Hello, Zimo

Hello, Zimo November 2013 Beirut, Lebanon   Samer Saem Eldahr (aka Zimo) is a musician and visual artist from Aleppo, Syria. Five years ago, he began working on a project that has now become a hit in the Arab underground music scene: Hello Psychaleppo. The two albums that he released so far mix classical Arabic songs with electronic beats, and showcase the collaborative work of artists and designers from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Spain. In this video interview, Zimo discusses how the group ...

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Trente ans de recherche sur Tunis et les grandes villes tunisiennes

Recension: Morched Chabbi, L'urbain en Tunisie. Processus et Projets, (Tunis: Nirvana, 2012). Durant les trois dernières décennies, Morched Chabbi a mené de front deux activités: l’urbanisme et la recherche en sciences sociales, principalement sur Tunis et les grandes villes tunisiennes. Ces deux activités se complètent et s’enrichissent mutuellement, et cet ouvrage paru en 2012 en offre l’illustration. Rassemblant les principales publications de M. Chabbi depuis les années 1980, L’urbain en ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (21 March)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (February 2014)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of February 2014. 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.  Ghosts of Yogas Past and Present Moral Panics, Sex Panics and the Production of A Lebanese Nation Reflections on the State of Islamic Studies Cairo: The Myth of a City on the Verge of Explosion ...

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History and Consequences

Brecht De Smet begins his recent article on “Revolution and Counter Revolution in Egypt” by demurring from my statement on Jadaliyya on the occasion of the second anniversary of the 25 January 2011 Egyptian popular uprising that, “The January 25 Revolution is not over.  Rather, it has not yet occurred.” De Smet does not, in fact, disagree with the substance of my judgment about the balance of political forces in Egypt. Neither of us believes that Egypt has experienced a “fundamental change in the ...

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