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Metrography: An Independent Iraqi Photo Agency مفخخة بألغام الشهوة Three Theses on ISIS: The Universal, the Millenarian, and the Philistine Urgent Call from Women in Turkey: Help Us Prevent Massacre! المجاري في مائة عام: تتبع آثار شبكة الصرف

STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.2 is Live!

After some months of hard work and consolidation, we are more than pleased to announce the release of Issue 2.2 of Status. This issue, like previous issues, includes a remarkable variety of interviews, programs, and reviews related to some ...

[The Kattan Family, Honduras, 1920. Image via the author.]

Essential Readings: Palestinians in Latin America

Palestinian struggles in maintaining a strong national identity have been affected by the emergence of three similar yet distinct groups: internally displaced persons; refugees in exile; and Palestinians who have emigrated from their ...

[Graphic by Jana Traboulsi]

Lebanon: What Do You Mean There Is No State?

[Introductory text by Ziad Abu-Rish. All graphics by Jana Traboulsi] This past week, thousands of Lebanese citizens took to the streets under the banner of “You Stink” to protest political and economic corruption in the country. They did ...

Internships At ASI (& Internships for College Credit Program)

      General Internships At ASI Fall 2015/Spring 2016 CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR GENERAL INTERNSHIPS The Arab Studies Institute (ASI) is now offering new internship opportunities that involve training, research, and ...


لا بشرٌ ولاحجر... تدمر وسرديات الحرب على الآثار

[تدمر سورية. المصدر يوواتزاب، فليكر]

كان من عادات الملوك المنتصرين في العالم القديم أن يقوموا إما بمسح ذكر أولئك المهزومين، أو بتخليد هزيمتهم وإذلالهم للأبد ليكتبوا بدورهم تاريخهم ويخلدوا إنجازاتهم عبر العصور. مع بروز عصر القوميات والنشاط الاستعماري وحركات الاستشراق وتوافد المستكشفين والمغامرين الأوروبيين، نشطت حركة البحث عن المدن القديمة التي كان يُعتقد أنها أسطورية كتلك الواردة في العهد القديم والملاحم الكلاسيكية كالإلياذة والأوديسة قبل أن تتكشف حقيقة وجود هذه المدن والممالك القديمة لتبدأ معها رحلة تهريب الآثار إلى المتاحف الأوروبية.   بدأت الدول القومية الحديثة الولادة وتلك المستقلة حديثاً بالتأكيد تدريجياً ــ ولاحقاً بسن القوانين وتطوير المناهج المدرسية ــ على أهمية التراث المادي كجزء أساسي من ...

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خلافـــــة الرئيـــس

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كلمّا تقدّم الزمن تُطرح مسألة خلافة الرئيس محمود عباس بقوة أكبر، لأن الرئيس تجاوز الثمانين من عمره وانتهت الفترة القانونية لولايته منذ حوالي سبع سنوات من دون إجراء الانتخابات التي لا يعرف أحد متى ستعقد وكيف، مع تأكيد الرئيس المستمر بأنه لن يترشح لولاية ثانية، ما يعني أن معركة التنافس على الخلافة قد بدأت – وإن من وراء الكواليس - منذ فترة طويلة، وهي التي يمكن أن تفسر الكثير مما يحدث من قرارات وإقصاءات. كما أنّ الأطراف المقررة (فتح وحماس) ليستا ناضجتين ولا جاهزتين، ولا تريدان إجراء الانتخابات بالرغم من تأكيدهما المستمر على إجرائها. ما يعطي أهمية استثنائية لمسألة خلافة الرئيس: أولًا: استمرار وتفاقم الانقسام الفلسطيني وما أدى إليه من تعطيل المجلس التشريعي وعدم الاتفاق على ...

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New Texts Out Now: Franck Mermier, Récits de villes: d’Aden à Beyrouth

[Cover of Franck Mermier,

Franck Mermier, Récits de villes: d’Aden à Beyrouth. Arles: Actes Sud/Sindbad, 2015.         Jadaliyya (J): Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait publier ce livre? Franck Mermier (FM): Après des recherches sur la ville de Sanaa et sur l’édition dans le monde arabe, particulièrement à Beyrouth, j’ai réalisé des enquêtes sur cette dernière ville où j’ai vécu de 2002 à 2009. Je me suis intéressé notamment à la question des perceptions et pratiques de l’espace urbain dans une ville divisée en différents territoires politico-confessionnels. J’ai aussi enquêté sur la construction de la mosquée Muhammad Al-Amin et du campanile de la ...

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Attacks against Solidarity with Kobane: The Suruç Massacre of Young Revolutionaries

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A suicide attack killed at least thirty young revolutionaries in Suruç in Urfa, the Turkish city near the Syrian border, on 20 July 2015. The attack on the Amara Culture Center, where at least three hundred young people affiliated with the Federation of Socialist Youth Association (SGDF) were staying, was committed just before their departure to Kobane. The young revolutionaries had departed from Kadikoy, Istanbul yesterday, presenting themselves as the children of Gezi, the wave of protests that started in Istanbul in June 2013. They were going to participate in the reconstruction of Kobane as revolutionary socialist youth from the west of Turkey. They arrived in ...

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Has Amnesty International Lost Its Way? A Forensic Analysis of Amnesty’s Reports on Operation Protective Edge (Part 1)

[Amnesty International Logo.]

Amnesty International is among the premier human rights organizations in the world.  Its pronouncements shape public opinion, while councils of state feel obliged if not to heed them at any rate to respond.  A movement for justice aspiring to reach a broad public and inflect state policy can ill afford to ignore Amnesty if and when it goes astray.  It is the contention of this monograph that Amnesty has indeed lost its way, and it is the intention of this monograph to document this proposition, in the hope that Amnesty will perform—or its grassroots membership will compel it to perform—a midcourse correction. In recent years, Amnesty International has ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 21)

[Mountains in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Image via nexus 7 / 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 Coalition Scenarios The Opposition Bubble Burhanettin Duran finds the opposition parties’ attitudes toward coalition negotiations irresponsible and accuses them of jeopardizing Turkey’s political stability. Davutoğlu Starts His Rounds for a Coalition (1)-(2) İlnur Çevik analyzes Prime Minister Davutoğlu’s coalition talks with opposition ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 20)

[Egyptian warplane. Photo from the Official Facebook Page of the Spokesperson of the Egyptian Armed Forces.]

[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.]  Domestic Security Egypt's Islamic State affiliate claims rocket attack on naval boat The Islamic State's Egypt affiliate claimed responsibility for Thursday's missile attack on a naval boat off the Mediterranean coast of Egypt, reports Ahram Online. Suicide bomber killed near military base: Egyptian Army Ahram Online reports. Egypt removes ...

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جنازات الخريف

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[ تندرج هذه القصائد ضمن ملف "الموجة الجديدة في الشعر السوري (أثر الحرب)" الذي ستقوم جدلية بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين ]             وصول الجثمان  لا شيء يحصل في ريفٍ في مدينةٍ ساحلية الذي يحصل أن لا شيء يحصل، في مقبرة ٍفي ريف ٍفي مدينة ساحلية.   الفتيانُ صعدوا أدراجاً خفية في الليل ونثروا وروداً على سطحِ الجارة القوافل آبتْ، بالغدِ الأعمى Keep Reading »

Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (June 2015)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of June 2015. 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.   'Lines Drawn on an Empty Map': Iraq’s Borders and the Legend of the Artificial State (Part 1) Roundtable on Anti-Blackness and Black-Palestinian Solidarity Tribalism in the Arabian Peninsula: It Is a Family Affair 'Lines Drawn on an Empty Map': Iraq’s Borders and the Legend of the Artificial State (Part 2) Tunisia: Democratic Miracle or Mirage? First ...

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Syria Media Roundup (July 16)

[Image of Kurdish fighters during clashes with Islamic State militants near Hasakah, Syria. Image by Uygar Onder Simsek via Getty Images]

[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 Water shortages leave Syrians in Aleppo thirsty and desperate Water has become scarce in the city of Aleppo, as residents have resorted to using untreated well water. Syrians struggle to celebrate Ramadan as civil war rages on For years Syrian residents have ...

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Quick Thoughts: Ali Vaez on The Iranian Nuclear Agreement

[On 14 July 2015 in the Austrian capital Vienna, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif jointly announced the conclusion of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran, the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and United States), Germany and the European Union (EU). Later that same day the presidents of Iran and the US, Hassan Rouhani and Barrack Obama, gave televised addresses hailing the agreement that crowned almost two years of intensive negotiations, primarily in Austria, Oman and Switzerland. As ...

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أديمُ الأرضِ

[المصدر ألورايس، فليكر]

 لحمُنا المحزَّزُ بسياطِ كهرباءِ الحزبِ الواحد، المُلْصَقُ عجيناً في تَنُّور المِلَل والنِّحَل، المقدَّدُ في عنابر القراصنة، المصقولُ بجليد المنافي، المرقَّطُ بلدغاتِ أُولي القُربى، هو بِساطُ أجدادنا المزَّيِّنُ صدرَ كلِّ بيت: فُرجةً للضيوف، وتميمةً للمقيمين. لحمُنا نبتةُ الخلود التي لم يستسغها جلجامش، ولا اهتدت إليها الأفعى. لحمُنا جوهرُ الخلطة السحريّة التي توزِّعها على ورشات السلالة جَبّالاتُ المافيا. لحمُنا القمصانُ التي تَصَدَّقَ بها حفّارو القبور من حواشي الأكفان، فبِيعتْ راياتٍ وخياماً، والمواسمُ التي لم يَهضمها الجرادُ فتناثرت شظايا على أرصفة الجُمعة. لحمُنا الأدعيةُ المعسولة مصائد للفئران في مخازن المُرابين، ووسائدُ الإسفنج الممتصَّةُ أَرَقَ ...

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Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions: Advice for Anthropologists

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions is a group of concerned scholars, part of the growing global movement calling for Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel. The boycott movement seeks to end Israel’s widespread, systematic, and long-standing violations of the rights of the Palestinian people whether in exile, under occupation, or consigned to second-class citizenship. The academic boycott is particularly concerned with Israel’s violations of ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ali Issa, Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq

Ali Issa, Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq. Washington, DC: Tadween Books, 2015. [Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq is co-published with the War Resisters League.]   Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book?  Ali Issa (AI): I wrote this book to remedy the glaring lack of awareness of progressive political work and dreams on the ground in Iraq now. This desire came about after I got the chance to be an interpreter for an Iraqi labor delegation that ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (July 22)

[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 Tuesday night of every week] Algeria  A (Silicon) Valley Grows in Algeria Elizabeth Nicholas interviews several entrepreneurs on the difficulties of startups and the tech industry in ...

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Why are LGBT Equality Organizations Joining Forces with Israel Advocacy Groups?

The widespread celebration of the recent US Supreme Court decision on gay marriage provides a great opportunity to think about how governments and their institutions get politically rebranded.  These days, same-sex marriage is firmly considered a liberal or progressive issue.  Images of gay couples getting married stir sentiments about liberation, freedom and equality. Marriage, sexual freedom and equality are now wound together in the cultural imagination. This is a very big ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (July 21)

[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 Gulf States Are Right to Fear Iran Deal Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi analyzes the economic and political implication ...

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وردة باراثِلسو: قصة للكاتب الأرجنتيني خورخِ لويس بورخِسْ

في ورشته، التي تشغل غرفتي القبو، طلب باراثِلسو من ربّهِ، ربِّهِ غير المحدَّد،  من أيّ رب كان، أن يبعثَ له تلميذاً. خيّم المساء. نار الموقد القليلة أطلقت ظلالاً . كان نهوضه لإشعال المصباح الحديدي عملاً مجهداً. نسي باراثلسو، الساهي من التّعب، صلاته. كان اللّيلُ قد محا التنوّر والأنابيق المغبرّة عندما طرقوا البابَ. نهض الرجل الكابي، صعد الدرج الحلزوني القصير وفتح درفة الباب. دخل رجلٌ مجهولٌ، كان بدورِه متعباً جدّاً. أشار باراثلسو إلى مقعد ؛ جلس الآخر وانتظر. مضت برهة لم يتبادلا فيها كلمةً ...

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Beirut Event -- Lebanon in the 1940s and 1950s: A Panel Discussion (28 July 2015)

Join us in Beirut for a panel of presentations dealing with state formation, public institutions, and social mobilizations in the first fifteen years since the formal end of the French of mandate in 1943. This event is the public component of a two-day research workshop on the early independence period of Lebanon. Co-convened by Ziad Abu-Rish and Mona Harb, the workshop brings together fourteen scholars of diverse disciplinary training and topical foci whose research directly addresses the institutional ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 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.   مضيق المتعة Alexandria Again and Forever Breaking the Myths of Power: The Struggles of the Haitians, Algerians, and Greeks Bringing Our Lost Brethren Back Home: Messianic Zionism, Settler-Colonialism, and the Lost Jews of ...

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Muslims in Quebec, Belonging to an Intercultural Society: An Interview with Charles Taylor

Hicham Tiflati (HT): In my research on identity formation and the sense of belonging of young Muslims in Quebec, I have been finding that most of my participants deny their Quebecness and insist on being only Canadians. However, some of them cannot be anything else but Québécois because of the visible Quebecness in their character. Moreover, most of them are caught between Quebecness and Canadianness. Whether it is true or not, they believe that multicultural English Canada is more compatible with their ...

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Planning under Occupation: Elastic Geographies and ‘Area C’

In recent years there has been growing concern about Israel’s planning regime and its operations across the West Bank. In particular, organizations have expressed their apprehension towards the growing number of demolitions, eviction orders, and restrictions in Area C. According to the 1995 Oslo Accords, Area C of the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) amounts to an estimated sixty-two percent of the West Bank. It is rich in land and water, and critical to the sustainable long-term development of a ...

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NEWTON Summer Reading (2015 Edition)

As we head into the heart of summer, Jadaliyya would like to remind you of some of the most creative and groundbreaking works in the field that we have featured on our New Texts Out Now (NEWTON) page during the 2014-2015 academic year. Whether you are an instructor thinking about texts for the fall, a student doing research, or a reader making a summer reading list, you will find a wealth of interviews about and excerpts from works across a range of topics and disciplines. We have provided a list of all ...

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[ تندرج هذه القصائد ضمن ملف "الموجة الجديدة في الشعر السوري (أثر الحرب)" الذي ستقوم جدلية بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين ]              كهف الشعر يوماً ما سأهديكَ بيتي ؛ بالموجِ المسدلِ على نوافذهِ , بنوارس الغنج تطير بين غرفه بزوارق العشق ترسو في حديقته .. و ستهديني بيتكَ , بالجبل المستلقي على شرفته , بغزلان البهجة تقفز من جدرانه , بنبع السلام الدافق من صالته .. لكنّ طبْعي ينبىءُ بأني سأشكو افتقاد الدغل المثير و الذئاب المخيفة ...

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