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

Snapshot: Palestinian Olive Trees

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...


The Saudi Leaks and Egypt: A Recap

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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 observers had long suspected, the details they reveal regarding the conduct of various Egyptian political actors were quite shocking. The Saudi government first responded over twitter holding that these leaks were both false and destabilizing, while urging citizens not to republish documents that could enable so-called enemies of the state to achieve their goals. Subsequently, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the content of ...

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New Texts Out Now: Reem Abou-El-Fadl, Revolutionary Egypt: Connecting Domestic and International Struggles

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Reem Abou-El-Fadl, editor, Revolutionary Egypt: Connecting Domestic and International Struggles. London and New York: Routledge, 2015.       Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this collection? Reem Abou-El-Fadl (RA): Along with many friends and colleagues, I experienced the outbreak of the Tunisian and then Egyptian revolutions while far away, in my case based at Oxford in the UK. As time wore on, I had to try to make sense of all the momentous changes in the long gaps between my very intense visits to Cairo. I wanted to continue the conversations begun there, with Egyptians and others, in a more substantial way. I was fortunate ...

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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 articulate their public concerns. Perhaps, as a physical space, the meydan comes closest in this day and age to what Hannah Arendt calls “space of appearance” in the polis, where being in public is synonymous with politics.[1] Istanbul’s Taksim Meydanı is such a space, a product of the clash between citizens and authorities that have attempted to remake the meydan to reflect their political agendas since the founding of the Turkish ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami, Literary Subterfuge and Contemporary Persian Fiction: Who Writes Iran?

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Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami, Literary Subterfuge and Contemporary Persian Fiction: Who Writes Iran? London and New York: Routledge, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami (MMK): In the summer of 1997, the Ministry of Information of the Islamic Republic of Iran planned the murder of a number of major Iranian writers. Under the guise of an Iran-Armenia literary exchange conference, it was decided to send more than twenty writers from Iran to Armenia. A bus carrying the Iranian writers was driven by someone who was later determined to have been an agent of the Ministry of Information. During the trip, the driver tried to steer the bus ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 30)

[Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during a meeting in Kiev, March 2015. Image via Drop of Light / Shutterstock.com]

[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 Election Results and Coalition Scenarios Psychological Barrier Bülent Keneş argues that the MHP’s fear of coming to power constitutes a psychological barrier to taking responsibility in a coalition government. The AKP’s New Period and Abdullah Gül Cafer Solgun thinks that expectations that the AKP would enter a process of self-recrimination ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 30)

[Bahraini activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja (left) remains imprisoned after ending his hunger strike protesting conditions in Jaw prison, while Nabeel Rajab (right) has been sentenced to six months for

[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 Wikileaks Docs Reveal Saudi intrigues against Bahrain’s Arab Spring Faten Bushehri examines Saudi Arabia’s meddling in Bahrain’s affairs during the 2011 uprising. The Saudi Cables: Revelations from Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Lebanon, Sudan & Egypt Kevin Gosztola reports on regional issues ...

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خلايا حيّة

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[ تندرج هذه القصائد ضمن ملف "الموجة الجديدة في الشعر السوري (أثر الحرب)" الذي ستقوم جدلية بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين ]            -1- سوف نعيد مأساتنا الجماعية بالحركة البطيئة أمام شاشة عملاقة ليرى كل فرد مأساته الشخصية. ولسوف أظهر وأنا أزيل صمام الأمان عنها قبل أن أقدمها لك تلك الوردة.    -2- أريد أن أشارك الموتى تلك الخطوة العظيمة في الفراغ حيث تلتوي ركبة الكون. أريد أن أصل إليهم قبل الموت بقليل لكي يقتلني دفاعاً عن نفسه . الموتى .. الموتى الذين ينظّفون قبورهم في أيام العطلة ثم يقومون بنزهة في ذاكراتنا ونحن بكل سذاجة نبكي كما معا بكل سذاجة قهقهنا من قبل . Keep Reading »

Egypt Media Roundup (June 29)

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[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.]  Regional and International Relations Practicing Politics by Proxy: Turkey and Egypt Maged Atef writes on Egyptians’ reactions to Turkey’s parliamentary elections results and reflects on the parallels between Turkey’s domestic politics to Egypt’s under the current circumstances.    Cairo's Shifting Stance on Syrian Crisis Ayah Aman ...

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Cities Media Roundup (June 2015)

[Beirut Under Construction by Francisco Anzola via Wikimedia Commons]

[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 Istanbul’s Mega-Projects [in French] Claire Corrion reports for Orient XXI on the AKP’s mega-projects in Istanbul, and their associated financial scandals. Micro-Cities as Mega Projects in ...

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خطوط مرسومة على خريطة فارغة: حدود العراق وأسطورة الدولة المصطنعة الجزء الأول

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 قد لا تكون هناك دولة ـ أمة حديثة دُعيت "مصطنعة" أكثر من العراق. وبينما يُقرّ معظم الباحثين بأن جميع الدول ـ الأمم مصطنعة، بمعنى أنّ بشراً أنشأوها، فإن العراق، على ما يبدو، مصطنع أكثر منها كلها. وتبدأ القصة دوماً بمعاهدات السلام التي وُقِّعتْ في أعقاب الحرب العالمية الأولى، والتي وضع أثناءها الأوربيون حدود العراق، وحدود دول عربية مشرقية أخرى، على نحو مزعوم، وتقريباً دون أي أساس. وكما يقول ديفد فرومكين في كتابه المقروء على نطاق واسع "سلام ينهي كل سلام": كانت حقبة اختُرعتْ فيها بلدان الشرق الأوسط وحدودها في أوربا. فالعراق، وما ندعوه الأردن الآن، مثلاً، كانا اختراعين بريطانيين، خطوطاً رسمها سياسيون بريطانيون على خريطة فارغة بعد الحرب العالمية ...

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الوقوف على تخوم أرض السواد

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في واحدة من مقولاته الأثيرة كتَبَ دريدا أن ”كل القراءات تصاحيف“. ولكن التصْحيف في سياق هذه المقولة يحمل معنى إيجابياً، ويشير إلى لانهائية المعاني، وإلى فرادة وخصوصية كل قراءة، لأنها نتاج تفاعل القارئ مع النص في لحظة وسياق معينين. وتتجسّد هذه المقولات (التي قد تبدو تجريدية ونظريّة لأول وهلة) بالفعل عندما نعود إلى قراءة نص كنّا قد قرأناه فيما مضى لنجد أن قراءتنا تختلف، وأن النص والقارئ قد تغيّرا، قليلاً أو كثيراً، وأن فعل القراءة يترك أثراً جديداً ومختلفاً. ينطبق ما سبق بشكل لافت، بل مؤلم، على العودة، الآن بالذات، إلى ثلاثية عبد الرحمن منيف الهائلة ”أرض السواد“.* فكيف نقاربها وكيف نعيد قراءتها الآن؟ فما حل بـأرض السواد في الماضي القريب، يفرض مناخاً مختلفاً وحقائق ماديّة ...

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New Texts Out Now: Keith David Watenpaugh, Bread From Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism

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Keith David Watenpaugh, Bread From Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Keith David Watenpaugh (KDW): Modern humanitarianism has played a significant role in the lives of the peoples of the Middle East. Its history is a critical window onto the local and international response to atrocity, genocide, extirpation, and displacement that has been far too common in region since World War I. Studying modern humanitarianism provides us a way to think about the history of war’s victims, of children, of refugees, and of trafficked and enslaved human beings. ...

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New Texts Out Now: Marc Morjé Howard and Meir R. Walters, “Mass Mobilization and the Democracy Bias”

Marc Morjé Howard and Meir R. Walters, “Mass Mobilization and the Democracy Bias,” Middle East Policy 22.2 (2015): 145-155. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article?           Marc Morjé Howard and Meir R. Walters (MMH & MRW): We wrote this article in response to problematic-seeming reactions to recent uprisings in places such as the Arab world and Ukraine. We saw journalists, policy commentators, and some academics echoing popular ...

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Photography Media Roundup (July 2)

[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 photos@jadaliyya.com.] Announcements: Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo, Egypt Sign up now for crash courses in photography. CIC also announces the availability of studios for rent from 1 June to 15 August 2015. The space consists of five medium ...

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DARS Media Roundup (June 2015)

[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 Israel Seizes Gaza-Bound Boat in “Act of Piracy,” by Ali Abunimah Israel forces boarded and commandeered the Marianne on Monday 29 June, on ...

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Alif: Aynama-Rtama

Alif, a band of five musicians at the forefront of the Arab underground music scene, is launching its debut album Aynama-Rtama (Wherever It Falls) on the 4 September 2015. Conceived in 2012 and taking its name from the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, Alif features Khyam Allami (Oud), Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (Vocals/Buzuq), Bashar Farran (Bass), Maurice Louca (Keys/Electronics), and Khaled Yassine (Drums/Percussion). Recorded in Beirut and Cairo in 2014, the album reflects a long process of ...

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Syria Media Roundup (June 30)

[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 Islamic State attacks Kobane 5 months after ouster; scores reported killed Attack on Kobane was a reminder that ISIL ...

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The Light Bulb and the Oak Tree: Politics of Space Meets the Ballot Box

Browsing the depths of social media for alternative and local takes on politics is not merely a form of procrastination but also, and more so, a great way to learn about unpublished concerns, rumors, and disappointments. And the fact that they are all untamed by political correctness is surely a big plus. Since the 7 June elections that ended the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) thirteen-year-long single party rule in Turkey, I have been heavily involved in such social media digging, mostly on ...

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The Right to Democratic Dissent: A View from Greece

One of the normative impulses of Eurozone orthodoxy has been to forestall the element of dissent, and to establish an uncritical and authoritarian doctrine: namely, that neoliberal austerity is the only possible “game in town”.  For five years, the peoples of Greece and other countries of the European South have been experiencing the implications of a compulsory economization of the political terrain: rampant inequalities, dispossession of public space, dismissal of social rights. The role of EU ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (June 22-28)

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. خطوط مرسومة على خريطة فارغة: حدود العراق وأسطورة الدولة المصطنعة الجزء الأول Gay Rights as Human Rights: Pinkwashing Homonationalism 'Lines Drawn on an Empty Map': Iraq’s Borders and the Legend of the Artificial State (Part 1) الصورة ...

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'I must save my life and not risk my family’s safety!': Untold Stories of Syrian Women Surviving War (Part 1)

[Part 2 here]   What is now known as the Syrian Uprising began in mid-March 2011 as a peaceful social movement in the context of the so-called the Arab Spring. In a few months the uprising shifted from peaceful demonstrations to an armed conflict, mainly, due to the Syrian regime’s martial reaction to the demonstrations, and Syria became a location for a national, regional, and international power struggle (Salloukh, 2013). While Syrian women were a main segment of the Syrian Uprising, their ...

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A Dangerous Dualism: The Myth of Two Algerias

In his last column for the magazine Rupture, the writer and journalist Tahar Djaout introduced his dichotomy of an Algeria divided between “the family that advances and the family that regresses” (“la famille qui avance et la famille qui recule”). This was in May 1993, just before his assassination. The dualist representation expressed in this phrase puts those who advance modernity in opposition to those who defend authenticity. In the Algeria of 2015, this problematic dichotomy is still relevant and is ...

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حمص: مدينة اخترعها الله على مهل

حمص مدينتي. عشتُ قسماً من طفولتي في الخالدية . يقول صديقي علاء الدين عبد المولى : «الخالدية خراب حمص». تخيّل أن خراب طفولتي هناك، ولم أجرؤ على كتابة حرف واحد عنها. كان بيتنا يقع قرب الملجأ في شارع شهاب الدين على ما أذكر، الحارة التي يقطنها سريان وشركس وأرمن وحماصنة أيضاً. لعبتُ كرة القدم في الشوارع التي تأخذكَ إلى الكراجات القريبة من أوتوستراد حماه وسبحتُ في أقنية الري حيث بقي جرح في ركبتي بأثر زجاجة كازوز محطمة. أعشق سينما الأمير التي شاهدتُ فيها فيلماً لناهد شريف ورشدي أباظة مع أولاد الحارة أيام ...

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لويس لونا: قصائد مختارة

لويس لونا من الشعراء الأسبان المعاصرين، يعيش في مدريد وقد زار سوريا وألّف عنها ديواناً بعنوان الرحلة. وقد خصّ "تدوين" بالمختارات التالية من هذا الديوان.       سوق 1 في الهواء يرسمُ خطوطاً يدرس عمارةَ وحدَتِهِ. 2 يُباغِتُ خطّ القبّةِ المنحني فَلَكَ السفرجِلِ ينسفِحُ في كثبان البهار الحمراءِ في ذهبِ الخنجر في فصِّ الفم المُشتَعِل. 3 أشعر كيف يمنحنا البهارُ عبَقَ مكانٍ مُستَذْكَرٍ

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