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“Til Sect Do You Part?” On Sectarianism and Intermarriage in Lebanon

In August 2017, a Christian man and a Muslim woman (Boutros and Marwa) made headlines when they married in Lebanon. Why? One might assume that the interreligious nature of the couple prompted this media attention. However, that was far ...

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آخر أيّام المدينة - الجزء الاول

"آخر أيّام المدينة" أو "الحضارة في آخر أيامها" كما قال "آخر الرجال المحترمين" بدأ حضور "المدينة" في السينما المصريّة يأخذ شكلًا مميزًا خلال السبعينيات كنتيجة للفترة الساداتيّة التي وُعدت ووعَدت ...

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Game of Mustaches: A Song of Mustache and Technocracy

It was the second unexpected sacking of an Algerian prime minister in less than three months. After Abdelmalek Sellal, Abdemajid Tebboune's turn came with no going-away party. The prime ministers fell one after the other, and one wondered ...

Istanbul: A Megacity in the Light of Turkey’s Political Transformation

Jean-François Pérouse, Istanbul Planète, La Ville-Monde Du Xxie Siècle. Paris: La Découverte, 2017. This book is the result of more than twenty years of social, economic, and urban observations and investigations by a geographer[i] ...


The Use and Abuse of the Kurdish Question

[Members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) protest against President Erdoğan's policies in front of the Swiss Federal palace in July 2016. Image by Rama, via Wikimedia Commons.]

In August 2005, Turkey’s then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made what was, by Turkish standards, a remarkable public statement. Speaking at a rally held in the spiritual capital of Turkey’s predominately Kurdish southeast, a location which only added to the symbolism of the occasion, Erdoğan stated that with regards to Turkey’s Kurdish population, “mistakes had been made,” further noting that: “The Kurdish problem does not belong to a certain part of this [Turkey’s] society alone, but to all of it. It is also my problem.” In a country in which the very existence of the Kurdish community, let alone the “Kurdish question,” was in dispute, this was an extraordinary ...

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أزمة الكهرباء في قطاع غزة: مقابلة لمجلة الوضع مع عمر شعبان

أجرى ضياء علي لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع عمر شعبان، باحث ومفكر ومدير بال ثينك للدراسات الاستراتيجية، وهي مؤسسة فكرية وبحثية مستقلة ومقرها غزة، وهو محلل للاقتصاد السياسي في الشرق الأوسط وكاتب ومعلق دائم في وسائل الاعلام العربية والدولية، وهو أحد مؤسسي المجموعات الفلسطينية لمنظمة العفو الدولية. تركز المقابلة حول ازمة الكهرباء في قطاع غزة والاحتجاجات التي حصلت عليها.

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صدر حديثا: الصراع على السلطة الدستورية: دور المحكمة الدستورية العليا في السياسة المصرية

  نُشر هذا الكتاب للمرة الأولى في العام 2007 باللغة الإنجليزية بقلم الدكتور تامر مصطفى، أستاذ الدراسات الدولية في جامعة سايمون فريزر في كندا، وهو يقدم تحليلًا مفصلًا لتقاطع القانون والسياسة في مصر، مع تركيز خاص على المحكمة الدستورية العليا.   بالنسبة إلى العديد من القراء اليوم، قد تكون المحكمة الدستورية العليا معروفة أكثر للدور الذي لعبته في توجيه النتائج السياسية بعد سقوط الرئيس المصري السابق حسني مبارك في العام 2011، مع الأحكام المثيرة للجدل بإبطال مجلس الشعب ومجلس الشورى والجمعية التأسيسية فضلًا عن أحكام أخرى. بيد أن تحليل تلك الأحداث، التي ساعدت على رسم مصير جماعة "الإخوان المسلمين" واتجاه عملية الانتقال السياسي في مصر، يقع خارج نطاق هذه ...

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A Few Thoughts on Leaving Academe

Next week, I will depart Beirut and return to the DC area. I’m grateful to the students and friends who made our time in Lebanon so rewarding. We’ll remember this period with great fondness. My son grew from a toddler into a little boy in Beirut. His first memories are registered at AUB. Despite applying to positions on four continents, I was unable to find an academic job, so I no longer count myself among the professoriate. A number of colleagues have attempted to recruit me, but their efforts always get shut down by management. In turn, I often feel like I’m reliving the UIUC fiasco, which isn’t conducive to the kind of mood I prefer to inhabit. I’m easygoing, but ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 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.]   Musaddiq’s Spectre: On the Recent Declassification of US Documents Al-Shabbi's "The Will to Life" الاغتيال والاختطاف في العراق: حقل التحريض المتسع خمس قصص قصيرة للكاتب الإسباني خوان خوسية مياس

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غابرييل غارثيا ماركيز كما أراه

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مقابلة مع ماريو بارغاس يوسا أجراها كارلوس غرانيس ليست هي المرة الأولى التي يتحدث فيها الروائي البيروفي ماريو بارغاس يوسا، الحاصل على جائزة نوبل للآداب، عن صديقه الروائي الكولومبي غابرييل غارثيا ماركيز، فلطالما جمعت بينهما صداقة مرت كمثل كل صداقات الأدباء بفترات توتر وتقارب. ففي مقابلة أجراها الناقد الكولومبي، كارلوس غرانيس، مع ماريو بارغاس يوسا، مؤخراً، وتناولا فيها لأكثر من ساعة العلاقة التي جمعت بين الكاتبين، والتي بدأت عام 1967 لتنتهي بخلاف كبير عام 1976، راح ماريو بارغاس يوسا يكشف لنا خبايا هذه العلاقة والمحطات الرئيسية التي جمعت بينهما: اكتشاف كاتب  يقول يوسا: كنت أعمل في باريس في هيئة الإذاعة والتلفزيون، حيث كنتُ أقدم برنامجاً أدبياً يتناول الكتب الصادرة ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (July 22)

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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 A Palestinian Man Came Under Fire After "Driving Dangerously" Near Ramallah The Palestinian citizen of Israel, driving with Israeli plates, came under fire by who are presumed to be Palestinian assailants. The man sustained minor injuries from shattered glass after three shots were fired at his vehicle by another vehicle ...

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New Texts Out Now: Sheila Carapico, ed., Arabia Incognita: Dispatches from Yemen and the Gulf

Sheila Carapico, editor,  Arabia Incognita: Dispatches from Yemen and the Gulf. Charlottesville: Just World Books, 2015.  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Sheila Carapico (SC): This book began as an activist political project, a form of protest against a cruel war. Colleagues at MERIP were thinking of compiling a simple PDF reader to help students and others understand the background to the military intervention in Yemen the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia called Operation Decisive Storm in late April 2015. Then Helena Cobban of Just World Books invited me to “curate” an edited volume. I devoted the summer of 2015 to reading thirty-five years’ worth of ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (July 20)

[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 roundup to maghreb@jadaliyya.com] Algeria Stagnation, oil and oligarchy: a look at today’s Algeria After leading anti-colonial initiatives and internationalist cooperation, Algeria adopted market reforms in the 80s and 90s that have contributed to current political stagnation. Algeria to grant African migrants work permits amid surge in racism Algeria responds to a shortage of workers by granting job permits and ...

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The Referendum in Turkey-A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Sinan Birdal

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Shahram Aghamir speaks with Sinan Birdal, who unpacks Turkey's constitutional referendum that passed on April 16. In a turbulent political environment where the soft and hard executive power of the Turkish presidency is expanding rapidly, the referendum has proven the mechanism by which Erdogan can expand his control over the legislature and the judiciary. Following that, this podcast asks these questions: what did the referendum reveal about the nature of the AKP's support base, and who exactly is the opposition now? Find out more in this Status/الوضع interview with Shahram Aghamir.   Sinan Birdal is a ...

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Fear and Loathing in Turkish Academia: A Tale of Appeasement and Complicity

[Turkish riot police detained demonstrators who gather at Besiktas to support detained teachers Semih Ozakca and Nuriye Gulmen, in Istanbul on 23 May 2017. Image by Depo Photos/Press Association via openDemocracy.]

It was a “call for papers” like all others. “On behalf of the Turkish Political Economy Society (TPES),” said the organizers of the Fifth TPES Interdisciplinary Workshop on Turkey and Latin America in Comparative Perspective, “we would be happy if you would consider submitting an abstract and help us spread the word by forwarding the CfP to other scholars who may be interested.” Many probably did, among them Yasemin Yılmaz and Orçun Selçuk, two PhD candidates from The City University of New York and Florida International University respectively, who saw this as an opportunity to share their work with and get feedback from their peers and senior academics in Turkey and ...

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Musaddiq’s Spectre: On the Recent Declassification of US Documents

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Following the 1989 release of the first Iran-related volume of the State Department’s Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series, a plethora of books and articles have been written detailing the MI6-CIA coup d’état in Iran on 19 August 1953. The coup resulted in the ouster of the much-celebrated Prime Minister Muhammad Musaddiq, who—to the profound chagrin of United Kingdom—nationalized the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (today known as British Petroleum) in March 1951. One might therefore be forgiven for asking why the June 2017 release of a new FRUS volume series, Iran, 1951-1954, should spark so much public and scholarly interest.   The main social networks ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (July 30)

[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 Israeli Forces Have Carried Out Violent Raids On Hospitals As Tensions Escalate In East Jerusalem The raids on al-Makassed Hospital took place after recent violence in ...

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عن المعرفة والمأسسة والتعليم

استهلال مفاهيمي لا تزال أحد أهم الأفكار التي أضاءها الحراك الثوري (المستمر، والمتراكم إلى الآن) في بلادنا، وفي بنية العقل العربي، في شأن المسافة بين المجتمع والدولة/ المؤسسة، هي أنّ تغوُّل وتنامي حجم المؤسسة وثقافتها لا يمكن مقاربته إلا باعتباره ردة لفعل، أيّ أنّ المجتمع (والفرد/ المواطن في قلبه) هما دومًا "الفعل". وبقدر زخم هذا الفعل وفعاليته على الأرض، تتحدد دومًا "ردة الفعل"، باعتبارها معاكسة له في الاتجاه، وتكاد تقاربه في المقدار. وصولًا إلى مراحل انتصر فيها المجتمع على المؤسسة ...

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Making Sense of Jerusalem, Gaza, and Anti-BDS Legislation in the United States

The past two weeks have been filled with a flurry of news and developments concerning Palestine that have appeared in piecemeal fashion. As per usual, mainstream international and US media have portrayed events in Jerusalem and Gaza, as well as legislation in the United States, as isolated incidents lacking context. The protagonists in these stories are Israelis with Palestinian shadows. The failure to document the structural violence afflicting Palestinian lives portrays these events as ruptures rather ...

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يوم عادي في برلين

-مدخل: مبالغةٌ لا بدَّ منها- هاء الهُوَ، أو هاء الهاوية، متبوعة بواو العطف التي تجسر طريقاً قصيراً بين نهايتين. الهوية مفردة لا تُستساغ لأنها تسترجع الغياب بينما حريٌّ بها تعيينُ الحضور، فتفاقم من مواراة صاحبها كإطارٍ يظلُّ معلَّقاً مطوِّقاً الفراغ وإن خلا مِن صورته التي سُرقت. "هوية" المستضعف تستدعي التوقيف والاستجوابَ والتحقيق والقيودَ المتينة الشفافة في أحزمة الشرطة، تسطع في الحدقتين، متلألئةً كجبينٍ أنداه العار، يفضحها الصمت الذي يترجمها بكلّ اللغات. جسدُ الغريب يترجم حيراتِ القلق ...

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War is Here: The Lebanese Political Elites Unite Again

War is often understood as a temporally bounded event. A war begins, and eventually it ends. In the process, people are killed, maimed, starved, and traumatized; infrastructure is damaged; and life-worlds are destroyed. In such context, survival, not life, becomes the goal. Yet such an understanding of war is often duplicitous. For example, one might look to the Gaza Strip, where slow death under a globally-sanctioned siege under the temporality of a “ceasefire” is easily as violent, as final, as the ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 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.]  Political Rights Police arrested 10 Warraq Island residents, demolished 30 buildings on Sunday Police forces arrested ten Warraq Island residents on Sunday in connection to ...

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تقرير: خمسون عاماً على احتلال القدس الشرقية: سياسات القضم والإبعاد والتهويد تتواصل

بعد مرور 50 عاماً على الاحتلال الإسرائيلي لمدينة القدس الشرقية، باتت مساحتها تتقلص أكثر فأكثر لحساب المستعمرات، إلاّ إن عدد الفلسطينيين يزداد على نحو يؤشر إلى فشل سياسات التهويد الإسرائيلية. مع بداية الاحتلال الإسرائيلي للقدس الشرقية في سنة 1967 كان عدد سكانها بشطرَيها الشرقي والغربي 266,300 نسمة تقريباً، يشكل الفلسطينيون 68,600 منهم (أي 26%)، واليهود 197,700 تقريباً (أي 74%)؛ لكن مع نهاية سنة 2014 بلغ عدد سكان المدينة بشطرَيها 849,800 تقريباً، يشكل الفلسطينيون 351,900 تقريباً منهم (أي 37%)، واليهود ...

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Destruction and Construction, Resistance and Solidarity: Diyarbakir/Surici Observations Part II

[To read the previous article in this series, “Diyarbakir: The Heart of this City Beats in Suriçi,” click here.] Things will not calm down in Suriçi. The destruction and construction of İçkale Valley has come to a close, and the neighborhood has been transformed into a park. While the closed-off areas have been entirely demolished, the demolition of the Alipaşa and Lalebey neighborhoods—which started under an urban renewal project in 2012, but stopped due to resistance—has resumed. This widening, ...

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Syria Media Roundup (July 19)

[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 Food supplies reach families from Syria's Raqqa as road reopens: U.N. (12 July 2017) Food supplies ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (July 3-July 16)

July 10-16 A Muslim and a Jew urge the Supreme Court to strike down the Muslim ban, LA Times  An American Jew and an American Muslim explain why they're against Trump's controversial Muslim Ban. Read More Islam-Bashers Blast Civil Rights Activist Linda Sarsour, Twisting Her Use of the Word `Jihad', Southern Poverty Law Center Organized anti-Muslim movements are unified in their outrage over recent remarks by civil rights activist Linda Sarsour, falsely arguing that she was inciting violence ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 17)

[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 80 Wadi al-Natrun prisoners join hunger strike protesting maltreatment More than eighty political prisoners in Wadi al-Natrun Prison’s maximum security facility, ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 10-16)

[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.] الكتب: نص للأديب جوزف كونراد The Future of Work for Syrian Refugee Women in Jordan: Is the “Gig Economy” an Opportunity? خمس قصص قصيرة للكاتب الإسباني خوان خوسية مياس New Texts Out Now: Hannes Baumann, Citizen Hariri: Lebanon's ...

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