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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 ...

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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 ...


Decoding an Urban Myth: An Inquiry into the Socio-Economics of Van Number 4 in Beirut

It has been called a #lifestyle on social media (#اسلوب_حياة). The van number 4 has become a social phenomenon, as well as an economic one. Here, we call it an intersection between contradicting places where strangers from different classes share the journey from the informal area of Hay el-Sellom in south Beirut to the cosmopolitan neighborhood of Hamra in the Lebanese capital, and back. In most third world countries, informal public transit pervades the urban fabric. The need to move within the city has given rise to private “informal” services to compensate for the absence of an adequate public transportation system. In many cases, this sector is proving to be a ...

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DARS Media Roundup (December 2015)

[A Saudi woman casts her ballot in a polling station in the coastal city of Jeddah, on 12 December, 2015. Image by scrolleditorial, via Flickr.]

[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 & Comments Egypt’s Sisi Warns Against Protests on Anniversary of 2011 Revolt, by Reuters Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned critics not to hold protests on 25 January to mark the anniversary of the 2011 uprising, saying a new revolt risked destroying the country. Opposition groups including the outlawed Muslim ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (December 31– January 6)

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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 Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Mother, Disabled Man With the most recent death of Mahdia Hammad, mother of four, human rights groups are again accusing Israel of adopting “shoot to kill” policies. Young Palestinian Patriot Cut Down by Israeli Bullet Mahmoud Alayan, student activist, was shot and killed by an Israeli rubber bullet during a ...

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Call for Applicants--Doctoral Dissertation Summer Workshop: Researching Lebanon

The Arab Studies Institute (ASI) and AUB’s Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) are pleased to announce the first Lebanon-focused Doctoral Dissertation Summer Workshop, to be held 13-24 June 2016. The program aims to provide a framework for facilitating and advancing rigorous inter-disciplinary doctoral dissertation research on Lebanon. Scholarly literature on Lebanon is seldom fully integrated into the graduate coursework of PhD students focusing on the Middle East and North Africa region. Furthermore, such students rarely find themselves at institutions with access to a scholar of Lebanon to fulfill the role of course professor, academic advisor, field ...

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Fact Check: The Truth About Shaykh Nimr al-Nimr

[The following resource was published by Americans for Human Rights and Democracy in Bahrain on 29 December 2015. Shaykh Nimr al-Nimr was a leading opposition figure who was the Saudi regime executed on 2 January 2016 along with forty-six other detainees.] Since arresting leading Shia cleric Shaykh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr in July 2012, the Government of Saudi Arabia has worked to propagate a series of misperceptions aimed at degrading Sheikh Nimr’s record as a peaceful opposition figure. However, a review of Shaykh Nimr’s speeches and opposition activities demonstrates that government claims do not hold up to scrutiny. Myth: Shaykh Nimr is an agent of ...

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اللاجئون السوريّون في المدن الألمانيّة: آليّات إعادة توطينهم وآثارها على البنى العمرانيّة في المدينة

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تتطرّق هذه المقالة إلى سكن اللاجئين السورييّن المقيمين في ألمانيا. بناءً على تجربتي في المعيشة في مخيم للّاجئين في مدينة كولن والمواد المتوفرة المتعلّقة بالموضوع تتطرق هذه المقالة بالدرجة الأولى إلى الأنماط المختلفة للمساكن المؤقّتة للّاجئين السوريين في ألمانيا و بالدرجة الثانية إلى العمليّة التي يمرّ اللاجئون السوريون من خلالها أثناء بحثهم عن مساكن دائمة. تناقش المقالة بالدرجة الثالثة و الأهم التغيّر الجاري في البنى العمرانيّة و الاجتماعيّة في ضوء العمليّة المستجدّة لإعادة توطين اللاجئين. على الرغم من وجود مستوىً معيّن من الفصل العمراني المتجلّي في البنية العمرانيّة لمدينة كولن على شكل تجمّعات للمهاجرين كالعديد من المدن الألمانيّة الأخرى (Friedrichs 1998, p.1) إلّا ...

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آلة القتل في الدولة والموجة الثورية القادمة

يشكل سؤال إمكانيات أي نظام في قمع تمرد أو ثورة ضده هاجساً كبيراً لدى الباحثين في مجال دراسة الثورات والحركات الاجتماعية. وتدور حول هذا السؤال عدة إشكاليات وأسئلة أخرى مثل: مدى إمكانية أي حركة في النجاح، قدرة النظام على الصمود، إمكانية اندلاع حرب أهلية، مقدار العنف والدموية داخل التمرد، مدى تماسك أجهزة الدولة القمعية، مآلات الحركة.. حيث تحدد تلك الجوانب، وعلى الأخص منها مستوى العنف في سياق أي ثورة أو تمرد، ملامح المستقبل وشكل النظام والدولة المقبلين. الجيش و25 يناير حتى الآن لم يتبين ما إذا كان الجيش المصري قد تلقى أوامر بإطلاق الرصاص الحي أو قمع المتظاهرين أم لا. وظف الجيش إعلامياً وخطابياً عدم إطلاقه النار على الثوار، وبأنه من قام بحماية الثورة. كما تناول شرف ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (January 4)

[President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi commemorates the launch of the 1.5 million feddan reclamation project. Photo from the Official Facebook Page of President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.]

[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 Journalist Mohamed Abdel Moneim sentenced to 3 years imprisonment Journalist Mohamed Abdel Moneim was sentenced to three years imprisonment on Sunday, after a court found him guilty of partaking in an unauthorized protest dating back to 24 April 2015.  Authorities detain, deport Tunisian writer at Cairo Airport ...

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Monsoon Revolution

[Cover of Arab Studies Journal (Vol. XXIII No. 1), Fall 2015]

Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-1976. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. [This review was originally published in the most recent issue of Arab Studies Journal. For more information on the issue, or to subscribe to ASJ, click here.] Abdel Razzaq Takriti’s excellent book will quickly be established as the definitive account of the revolutionary Arab nationalist and third worldist armed struggle in Dhufar, waged against the absolutist sultan of Oman and the British Empire from 1965 to 1976. While this movement has been treated before, such as in Fred Halliday’s Arabia without Sultans, this work ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (December 24 - 30)

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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 Senior Israeli Officers Resign Over Failure of War Outcomes Many Israeli officers have openly resigned after both the Prime Minister and Minister of Defense have blocked a parliamentary meeting regarding the war on Gaza in 2014. Israelis Kill Two Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank 22-year-old Hani Wahdan was shot and killed by Israeli ...

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Cities Media Roundup (December 2015)

[Jdeyde, Aleppo, 2011. Photo by Lazhar Neftien, 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 Development and Policies Norman Foster’s Cairo Redevelopment Has Locals Asking: Where Do We Fit in? Jack Shenker and Ruth Michaleson report for The Guardian about the latest release of an urban project ...

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Syria: An Interview with Samer Abboud

[Cover of Samer N. Abboud's book Syria]

The humanitarian costs of the Syrian conflict have been staggering. Many, including officials at the United Nations, identify this as the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. More than 200,000 Syrians killed, more than four million refugees, approximately eight million displaced inside Syria, close to 650,000 Syrians living in areas under regime besiegement and completely cut off from humanitarian access, and twelve million Syrians inside of the country in need of humanitarian assistance.” In his new book Syria, professor Samer Abboud provides an in-depth analysis of Syria's descent into civil war. He unravels the complex and multi-layered causes of the current ...

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Uncivil Rites: An Interview with Steven Salaita

  In the summer of 2014, renowned American Indian studies professor Steven Salaita had his appointment to a tenured professorship revoked by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, because of public tweets criticizing the Israel’s fifty-one day military assault on Gaza. Professor Salaita’s firing sparked a heated debate about academic freedom, free speech on campus, and the silencing pro-Palestinian voices on US campuses. Professor Salaita spoke with Khalil Bendib ...

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A Closely Guarded Secret: Saving the Most Vulnerable Women in Baghdad - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Rania Abouzeid

In this interview, Mailhe Razazan speaks with Rania Abouzeid about her article "Out of Sight" in the New Yorker.  Rania Abouzeid is an award-winning journalist with over a decade's experience in the Middle East. She has held several fellowships, including the Ochberg at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, and a visiting fellowship at the Eurpoean Council on Foreign Relations. She is currently a New America Fellow, writing a book about the Syrian uprising.  The ...

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New Texts Out Now: Lara Deeb and Jessica Winegar, Anthropology’s Politics: Disciplining the Middle East

Lara Deeb and Jessica Winegar, Anthropology’s Politics: Disciplining the Middle East. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Lara Deeb and Jessica Winegar (LD & JW): Fundamentally, we chose to write this book because we need a much better on-the-ground understanding of how US domestic politics and foreign policy shapes higher education, including our day to day lives as academics and the choices we make in research, teaching, and public outreach. In ...

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ما بين هبّتي نيسان وتشرين: تحولات المجتمع والدولة في الأردن

ما بين هبّتي نيسان وتشرين: تحولات المجتمع والدولة في الاردن لم تكن هبة تشرين وليدة عوامل طارئة او ظروف آنية، حتى لو كان الفعل المباشر المحرك لها هو رفع الدعم عن المحروقات، بل هي نتاج طبيعي للاختلال والتشوه البنيوي التاريخي لتكوين الاقتصاد الاردني الذي اصبح قائم على الاعتماد المفرط على المساعدات والقروض. مهمشو هبة تشرين صنعتهم الدولة بتجاهلها للأزمة الاقتصادية البنيوية كفئات فقيرة تعيش على هامش المجتمع بكل ما تحمله الكلمة من معنى، فئات لا تسمع صوتها النخبة السياسية، فئات تعتبرها احزاب المعارضة ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (January 3)

[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 Footage shows Dubai hotel damaged in New Year's Eve fire News footage shows the hotel that was ...

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قصائد مُختارة للشَّاعر الإيطالي بيير باولو بازوليني

قصائد مُختارة للشَّاعر الإيطالي بيير باولو بازوليني Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975)  بيير باولو بازوليني في سطور هو أحد كبار الفنَّانين والمفكِّرين الإيطاليِّين المثيرين للجدل في القرن العشرين، ولدَ في 5 آذار/مارس 1922 في مدينة بولونيا الإيطاليَّة، وشكَّل ظاهرة ثقافيَّة استثنائيَّة لتميُّزه في عدَّة مجالاتٍ كالشِّعر، والفلسفة، والرواية، والكتابة المسرحيَّة، وكتابة السِّيناريو، والإخراج السِّينمائي، والصَّحافة؛ وقد أظهر فيها جميعاً إبداعاً منقطع النَّظير. كان ملاحِظاً شديد التنبُّه ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (December 28-January 3)

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. الطاغية إبن الطاغية Syria: An Interview with Samer Abboud Conflicting Narratives: War, Trauma, and Memory in Iraqi Culture Saddam Hussein’s Ba’th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime Petrodollars and Profit: Rethinking ...

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La question du patrimoine en Algérie

Dès les débuts de la décennie 2000, le patrimoine s’impose dans le débat public. Il fait l’objet d’une rencontre annuelle organisée généralement le 16 avril ; une date qui correspond à la fête du savoir, Aïd el Ilm en arabe, que les autorités locales organisent généralement dans les grands hôtels[1], selon des dispositions particulières, comme l’inaccessibilité au grand public[2]. Le mystère pèse autour de ses rencontres qui n’ont pas l’air d’enrichir le débat sur le patrimoine. Pour les pouvoirs ...

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Foreign Policies Media Roundup (November-December)

This is a monthly roundup of news articles and other materials related to other countries' foreign policies toward the Middle East. It does not reflect the views of the Foreign Polices Roundup Editors of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Foreign Policies Media Roundup to info@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Foreign Policies Roundup" in the subject line   United States Rift in Obama Administration over Putin (14 October 2015) Certain ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 29)

 [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 What's behind falling oil prices Al Jazeera analyzes the reasons behind lower oil ...

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Syria Media Roundup (December 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 When Barrel Bombs Fall, Enter the White Helmets The selfless work of the Civil Defense volunteer force in Syria is well known, but the individuals who risk ...

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NEWTON 2015 Year in Review

Since it was first launched in the fall of 2011, the New Texts Out Now (NEWTON) Page has been honored to have the opportunity to feature an astonishing range of books, articles, special issues of journals, and films for Jadaliyya readers. This past year was no exception. With authors generously agreeing to discuss their new works, offer background information on their research, and allow us to post excerpts from their books and articles, we have been able to offer first looks at some of the most ...

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