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[Qarm Qart in conversation with Margot Badran on 2 November at Mashrabia gallery. Image courtesy of the author.]

Moving in the Maze with Cairene Artist Qarm Qart

Qaram Qart Restart  until 13 November 2014   Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo    People in Cairo, especially intensely in wust al-balad (central Cairo), are living in a maze imposed by the state.  Along with the ...

Last Week on Jadaliyya (November 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 ...

I am Rama. I wish I could have my old classroom back. I am 10 years old and in fifth grade. My classroom in Gaza has been destroyed. I hope that it is rebuilt one day soon so I can study with my friends inside it once more. I have so many fond memories in this place. Photo by UNRWA.

Give Palestinian Children a Voice

Twenty-five years ago today world leaders adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most complete statement in history of humanity’s aspiration to give children universal rights protection to achieve their full potential. This ...

[Image of dugout canoes on the beach at Iconi, the onetime capital of Grande Comore, Union of the Comoros. Image from David Stanley/Flickr]

On the Margins Roundup (November)

[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 ...


Last Week on Jadaliyya (October 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. On the BDS Blacklist عن سركون بولص في ذكراه أشباح سركون بولص ذكريات صغيرة عن سركون بولص Letter to Amcha Initiative Regarding Its Report on UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies How Not To Understand ISIS In Memory of Suphi Nejat Agirnasli هل يمكن إنقاذ العراق؟ New Texts Out Now: Edmund Burke III, The Ethnographic State: France and the Invention of Moroccan Islam Keep Reading »

“Hamel, Leave!”: The Men in Blue and the Fracturing of the Order

[Image of a police protest in Algiers. Image from Algérie-Focus]

On Tuesday 14 October, I received a text from a friend—an activist who lives in the center of Algiers: “Urgent: the police are marching on Algiers. They are protesting next to my apartment, this is the end!” The protests started in the basin of Ghardaïa, eventually reaching the capital. One might have the impression that the structure of power in Algeria is suddenly threatening to collapse. Surely, this social movement in particular raises important questions. In a country where the state struggles to contain a permanent but dispersed unrest, the men in blue play a key role in preserving the prevailing order. Should we thus conclude that this recent wave of protests ...

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Beyond Uncritical Optimism: The Challenges for Transitional Tunisia

[Campaign posters on display in Tunis during the 2011 elections. Image by Tarek/Flickr]

Tunisia will go to the polls on 26 October in order to decide the composition of the new parliament and the new political balance that will determine the next phases of political transition. Since the uprising, there have been many and important steps toward real political and institutional change. Indeed, Tunisia has undergone a process of policy change involving the liberalization of political landscape, the subsequent participation of new political forces in the electoral process, the marginalization of the radical fringes, a dramatic rise in the levels of civil and political rights, and the adoption of a new constitution. Moreover, this process has taken place ...

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Declaration by Scholars for Peace in Solidarity with the Saturday Mothers of Turkey

[The Saturday Mothers. Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

[This week, the Saturday Mothers will be commemorating their five hundredth sit-in protest in Taksim Square, Istanbul. This statement of solidarity was released by the Scholars for Peace Initiative on 25 October 2014. The Scholars for Peace initiative focuses on creating peace among the people, and is comprised of over 150 scholars from over fifty universities who see the Kurdish issue as a Turkey issue. More information can be found here.] On 25 October 2014, the Saturday Mothers will remind us for the five hundredth time of the daughters and sons they have lost due to the forced disappearances on the part of the state, mostly in the Kurdish region. They will, for the ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (October 23)

[Image of election lists in Tunisia during the 2011 elections. Image by Tarek/Flickr]

[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 En Algérie, le régime est à bout de souffle Algerian police protested in front of the Presidential Palace for twenty-four hours last week calling for an end to “hogra, or humiliation. This unprecedented demonstration comes at a time when many are questioning who is running the country as President Bouteflika has ...

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أشباح سركون بولص

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”كرسي جدي ما زال يهتزّ على أسوار أوروك  تحته يعبر النهر، يتقلّب فيه الأحياء والموتى“  سركون بولص، ”عظمة أخرى لكلب القبيلة“ يتجاور الأحياء والموتى بشكل ملفت للنظر في ديوان سركون بولص الأخير ”عظمة أخرى لكلب القبيلة.“ فنراهم يتقلبون في النهر الذي يجري على أول صفحة فيه. ويعاودون الظهور، سوية، في عدد من قصائد الديوان الأخرى:  ”الأحياء والأموات تفاهموا/على الارتماء في حضن السكينة.“. . .”إنه نفس الفراغ الطالع/من حضرة آخر الليل في أية مدينة/متخمة بالأحياء والموتى: باريس، لندن، نيويورك.. . .”فلا أحد وراءه، غير هذا الميت الحي/الموزّع بين بينٍ في أناه، بلا أنا.“ وحتّى آخر صفحة في الديوان، حيث نقرأ: ”يا لها من رحلة./الميّت والحي ضيوف في حانة ...

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عن سركون بولص في ذكراه

[صلاح فائق مع سركون بولص. الصورة من أرشيف صلاح فائق]

آخر مرة التقيتُ سركون كان في بداية العام 1966، في بغداد. ذهبنا الى مطعم صغير في البتاويين وبعده الى معرضٍ  للرسم في المعهد الثقافي الفرنسي. افترقنا وأنا أعرف بأنه سيغادر العراق، أو يهرب، لينهي عذابه من تجنيده في الجيش وبقائه عاطلاً عن أية وظيفة أو استخدام، في أجهزة الإعلام الرسمية أو الاهلية، وفي غيرهما، سواءً في كركوك أو في بغداد. لم تفده شهرته آنذاك كشاعر طليعي ومختلف، أظهرهما بنشاط في أعمال نشرها، وتراجم أنجزها، سواءً في العراق أو في لبنان من خلال مجلة شعر، بل ربما أثارت بعض المشاعر المعادية والاتهامات ضده، خصوصاً وأن الوسط الاعلامي والثقافي العراقي كانا يعجان آنذاك بالأفكار العروبية واشتراكيتها، وأقصد الفترة الناصرية واتحادها الاشتراكي وشعاراتها الطوباوية في حل ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (October 20)

[Cairo University. Photo by Faris Knight via Wikimedia Commons.]

[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: Egypt: Rebranding Sisi John Bell writes, “al-Sisi has skilfully repositioned himself as a strategic pillar in the Middle East—how long can he keep it up?” What’s Happening with Suspended Military Aid for Egypt? Part I Amy Hawthorne argues the United States’ military aid suspension to Egypt did not lead to ...

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ضياء الدين ساردار: مطارحة الإسلام والمستقبل

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تخبرنا القراءة المتفحصة للفكر الإسلامي الحديث أنه وقع منذ عصر النهضة في نهاية القرن التاسع عشر أسيرًا لنزعتين؛ النزعة الأولى هي هيمنة مبحث السياسة والدولة على اهتماماته، والنزعة الثانية هي النزعة الماضوية التراثية، وربما ترتبط النزعتان ببعضهما البعض. لقد دار المجهود الفكري لرواد الإصلاح الأوائل حول سؤال النهضة، على خلفية التحدي الحضاري الذي مثله الغرب. لقد كان هذا السؤال أكثر فهمًا لشمولية التحدي وأكثر اتساعًا في فهمه للإسلام كرؤية كونية ذات تضمينات اجتماعية وحضارية، غير أن ظهور الإسلام السياسي وغلبته على ساحة النقاش والعمل اختزل السؤال والإجابة. وفي حين ارتكز الفكر النهضوي الأول على إعادة تفسير وتأويل التراث الديني بما يتناسب والحداثة من أجل طرح سبل لنهضة شعوب الإسلام، ...

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Operation Protective Edge and Legal Remedies

[The following report was authored by Noura Erakat [1], Bianca Isais [2], and Salmah Rizvi [3]. It was published by the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at American University of Beirut on 9 October 2014.] Operation Protective Edge and Legal Remedies Introduction On 26 August 2014, Israel and Palestinian resistance groups entered into a long-term ceasefire agreement. The terms of the agreement look almost identical to those established in November 2012, including a lack of implementation mechanisms. Indeed, if the parties fail to make these terms more precise and binding, it will be no more than a holding position ...

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Hydrogen Senior Project Exhibition

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May 2014 Sharjah Art Gallery, American University in Cairo, Cairo "Hydrogen" is the 2014 senior student exhibition of the American University in Cairo's Visual Cultures Program. The exhibition presents seventeen projects produced throughout the year and is curated by Visual Artist and AUC Professor Shady Elnoshokaty. The theme for this year's exhibition is Hydrogen, a basic element whose transformative capacities make it the substance of the most destructive weapon humankind has created: the hydrogen bomb. But it is also a source of life—water, electricity and engine power—that materially sustain the world. It is in this sense that hydrogen intersects with ...

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Syria Media Roundup (October 20)

[Bullet-pocked buildings in Daraa City, in the south of Syria. 14 October 2014. From Lens Young Hourany.]

[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  Power cuts lead shopkeepers to protest in ISIS country After U.S. targeted ISIS-controlled oil supplies, ISIS replied with electricity cuts in Raqqa, forcing shopkeepers to protest. Kidnapped Christians, local priests become targets of jihadi groups “<

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Egypt Media Roundup (October 27)

[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: USAID Tamped Down Internal Criticism over Egypt Work: Report Reuters reports that the United States Agency for International Development’s ...

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Assault on Academic Freedom: Neoliberalism and the Corporatization of Universities, Live Stream Event with Steven Salaita (27 October 2014 at GMU)

Sponsored by Middle East Studies Program and Cultural Studies Program at George Mason University Assault on Academic Freedom: Neoliberalism and the Corporatization of Universities Date & Time: October 27, 2014 7:15PM George Mason University  Johnson Center, Room 239A Featuring Steven Salaita  Moderated by Bassam Haddad, addressing: The New "Academic" Bullying on Campus and its Remedies Send “Academic Bullying” testimonies to mes@gmu.edu ...

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Letter to the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law regarding Attack on Title VI-Supported Middle East Studies Centers

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 23 October 2014] Kenneth L. Marcus President and General Counsel Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law via fax: 202-756-1301 Dear Mr. Marcus: I am writing on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) to express our grave concern about the contents and apparent intent of the report released by your ...

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Erdogan, Turk milliyetciligi kartina oynuyor

Erdoğan, Türk milliyetçiliği kartına oynuyor Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Sosyoloji Bölümü Öğretim Üyesi Prof. Abbas Vali, “IŞİD Kobani’ye sadece seküler, sadece Kürt olduğu için değil, direnişin metaforu olduğu için de saldırıyor. Kobani halkların iktidarını temsil ediyor ve bu yüzden herkes için bir tehlike arz ediyor” diyor. Hükümetin çözüm süreciyle ilgili çelişkilerine dikkat çeken Vali, AKP’nin son seçimlerden sonra Kürt sorununu çözen değil, Türk milliyetçisi bir parti olmaya oynadığını ...

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On the BDS Blacklist

[This is a slightly revised version of comments presented as part of the event “Palestine Solidarity: A Faculty Roundtable and Student Q & A,” held at the CUNY Graduate Center on 17 October. The discussion was organized by a group of students involved with a resolution currently before the Doctoral Student Council at the Graduate Center, endorsing the academic and cultural boycott of Israel. I want to dedicate my remarks to these courageous students, who are engaged in organizing work that is at best ...

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ذكريات صغيرة عن سركون بولص

أخذتُ قبل بدايات التسعينات أتبادل الرسائل مع سركون بولص المقيم في سان فرنسيسكو في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، كنّا نتحدث على الأغلب في رسائلنا عن الماضي الخاص بسركون والذي أعرف بعضه بشكل غامض، وهو يصحح لي هنا وهناك، وبالطبع كان حديثنا الأهم عن نشر قصائده، لكن الأمور سارت بوتيرة غير الوتيرة التي أرادها سركون لمراسلاتنا، وهو معروف عنه البطء، والكسل وتأجيل انجاز المشاريع لآلاف المرات، لكن الأمور، كما قلتُ سارت بوتيرة مغايرة حينما احتل صدام حسين دولة الكويت، وإذا بي وجهاً لوجه مع سركون بولص ببرلين وقد قدمنا ...

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New Texts Out Now: Edmund Burke III, The Ethnographic State: France and the Invention of Moroccan Islam

Edmund Burke III, The Ethnographic State: France and the Invention of Moroccan Islam. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book?  Edmund Burke III (EB): Ever since my first book, Prelude to Protectorate in Morocco: Pre-colonial Protest and Resistance, 1860-1912 (1976), I had wanted to write a book about the role of French ethnography in the establishment of the Moroccan protectorate. Unfortunately my career did not go as planned, ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (October 21)

[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 Kobane, ISIS, and Protests in Turkey Petition: Officially Arm the People's Protection Unit (YPG) of Syria to Defend ISIS from Destroying the Kobane Community A petition on ...

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هل يمكن إنقاذ العراق؟

صارع صانعو السياسة والصحفيون والخبراء كي يفهموا احتلال تنظيم الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام للموصل في العاشر من حزيران\يونيو ٢٠١٤، واندفاع المجموعة جنوباً نحو بغداد وانهيار الجيش العراقي أمام تقدمها. إن الطريقة التي فُهمتْ بها هذه الأزمة المتسارعة ستحدد استجابة القادة في العراق، والشرق الأوسط، وفي النظام الدولي. وهي لن تصوغ الرد العسكري الأولي على تنظيم الدولة فحسب، بل أيضاً، وبصورة أكثر أهمية، سياسات على المدى الطويل تهدف إلى معالجة الأسباب الكامنة لنشوء التنظيم واحتلاله لأراض في كلّ من العراق ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (20 October)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.] Israel-Palestine The Back of the Gazan Economy has Been Broken, Bettina MarxInterviewing US academic Sara Roy for Qantara, Marx discusses how ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (October 13-19)

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. Suphi Nejat Agirnasli’nin Anisina رحلتي إلى الراب والسياسة والسجن In Memory of Suphi Nejat Agirnasli How Not To Understand ISIS A Politics of Hope: A Tribute to Brief Lives at a Time of Perpetual Death Egypt’s Conservative ...

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تنقيب السماء

 توصيف المشروع  يسعى هذا المشروع إلى استكشاف التحوّلات، البديعة والمرعبة في آن، لأرض مهددة بتصاعد الصراعات الوطنية، وهي أيضاً موقع الصراعات هذه. ننبش الذكريات المُغفَلة واللحظات الهاطلة من السماء، لاقتراح سرديات بديلة للصدمة. ثم نلتفت إلى كيفية إنتاج الدولة الحديثة وأراضيها من باطن الأرض. ننطلق من الطيران الميكانيكي الثقيل، كنموذج لتجربة حداثوية في الفضاء وإنتاجه، أيام السِّلم والحرب، لننقل العنف والنشوة، المتساميَين والمرتبطين بالسموات، إلى الأرض، فنضيء على أملٍ كليّ الوجود وسط حطام التجربة ...

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