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Five Years After the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Asef Bayat

This interview was conducted on the occasion of the publication of the Turkish editions of Asef Bayat’s Making Islam Democratic and Life as Politics (Stanford University Press, 2007 and 2013 respectively), and originally appeared in ...

Jeremy Corbyn Hasn’t Got an “Anti-Semitism Problem,” His Opponents Do

Labour has a “Jewish problem.” Or so it has been widely alleged. Headline after headline in recent weeks has claimed that the party, in whose last-but-one leadership election both front-runners were Jewish, has become infested with ...

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أفكار سريعة: ماريا فانتابيه حول أكراد سورية

[يلعب أكراد سورية دوراً يزداد بروزاً في الصراع الذي تشهده البلاد؛ وفي السنوات الأخيرة بسطت قوات حزب الاتحاد الديمقراطي PYD سيطرتها الفعلية على معظم الأراضي الواقعة في شمال سورية التي يشكل الأكراد جزءاً كبيراً من سكانها. في آذار/مارس 2016، ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ala'a Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones, Bahrain's Uprising: Resistance and Repression in the Gulf

Alaʾa Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones, editors, Bahrain's Uprising: Resistance and Repression in the Gulf. London: Zed Books, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Alaʾa Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones (AS & MOJ): ...


Palestine Media Roundup (March 25)

[Hebron, Occupied Palestinian Territories: Image from www.shutterstock.com]

[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 Israel's Well-Documented Crimes Met with Silence In the past six months, over two hundred Palestinians has been killed with little attention from the international community. Video "Shows Assassination of Palestinian Man": Israeli Human Rights Group B’Tselem has released footage of an Israeli soldier “assassinating” a ...

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Today I Testified Before the CUNY Task Force on Anti-Semitism

[Sarah Schulman.]

Today I testified before the CUNY Task Force on Anti-Semitism. I was accompanied by my attorney, Jed Eisenstein, president of the board of Jewish Voice for Peace. I also had legal support from Palestine Legal and The Center for Constitutional Rights. One member of the Task Force, Paul Shechtman, was not present. He is an attorney who—in addition to being on this Task Force—represents the New York Police Department officer who killed Akai Gurley, and his firm has also represented Dominique Strauss-Kahn. In his absence, I was interviewed by Judge Barbara Jones. Upon arrival at their Park Avenue Office, I was presented with a fourteen-page list of accusations filed by ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 22)

[A mountain village, sultanate Oman: Image from www.shutterstock.com]

[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 Qatari poet Mohammed Ibn Al Dheeb reportedly pardoned Government officials convicted the poet back in 2012 after some questionable statements he made in a YouTube video.  Art Dubai holds its own against international shows Several major international art events are taking place ...

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The Ouarzazate Solar Plant in Morocco: Triumphal 'Green' Capitalism and the Privatization of Nature

[Computer-generated image of what the entire NOOR solar power complex is expected to look like. Image from MASEN/Youtube]

Ouarzazate is a beautiful town in south-central Morocco, well worth visiting. It is an important holiday destination and has been nicknamed the "door of the desert." It is also known as a famed location for international filmmaking, where films such as Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), and Kingdom of Heaven (2005) were shot, as was part of the television series Game of Thrones. That is not all what Ouarzazate has to offer as its name has recently been associated with a solar mega-project that is supposedly going to end Morocco's dependency on energy imports, provide electricity to more ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 22)

[Cizre, 3 March 2016. Image by Mahmut Bozarslan.]

English Bombings in Ankara and Istanbul Reporting on March 13 Ankara bombing from Reuters, and The Economist PKK Taking a Page From DAESH’s Playbook The Daily Sabah editorial board accuses the HDP leadership of “radicalizing” Kurdish youth and calls on the intelligence services to take “necessary measures” to prevent further terrorist acts.  Are Deserted Streets, Shops the New Normal in Ankara? Şükrü Küçükşahin writes that gripped by fear and panic after an unprecedented string of bombings, Ankara’s residents are shying from streets and shopping malls, hurting the local economy. How Terror Attacks Drive Politics in Ankara Metin Gürcan writes about the the ...

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قصائد للشَّاعر الإيطالي سالفاتورِه كوازيمودو

[صورة الشاعر الايطالي سالفاتوره كوازيمودو]

قصائد للشَّاعر الإيطالي سالفاتورِه كوازيمودو  Salvatore Quasimodo (1901-1968) سالفاتورِه كوازيمودو في سطور: وُلِدَ كوازيمودو في 20 آب/ أغسطس 1901 في مدينة موذِقة (موديكا بالإيطاليَّة) الواقعة جنوب شرق جزيرة صقلية. بدأ في عام 1916 دراسة الرِّياضيات والفيزياء في المعهد التقني بباليرمو، ثمَّ سافر بعد سنةٍ من ذلك إلى مسِّينا ليكمل دراسته هناك، وليحصل على الدُّبلوم سنة 1919. في نفس العام انتقل إلى روما ليكمل دراسته الهندسيَّة، ولكنَّ ظروفه المادِّيَّة الصَّعبة أرغمته على ترك الدِّراسة ليعملَ كتقنيٍّ في شركة بناء، ثمَّ كموظَّفٍ في أحد المستودعات الكبرى، وكان يستغلُّ أوقات فراغه في كتابة الشِّعر ودراسة الإغريقيَّة واللاتينيَّة. في عام 1929 انتقل إلى فلورنسا حيث ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 21)

[Activists Hossam Bahgat (Left) and Gamal Eid (Right). Photos from Hossam Bahgat's Twitter account and Aswat Masriya, respectively.]

[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 2011 NGO case reopened against Hossam Bahgat, Gamal Eid and others The Cairo Criminal Court is scheduled to review a ruling to freeze the assets of four defendants, including Hossam Bahgat and Gamal Eid, pending investigations into charges that they illegally received 1.5 million USD in foreign funding for their ...

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Entertainment and Consumption: The Impending Destruction of the Armenian Memorial Trchnotz Puyn

[The graveyard in the foreground, with the main orphanage building in the background. Photo taken by author.]

I attended Armenian grade school in the suburbs of Philadelphia until I was thirteen years old. As we grew older, the extent of Armenian language classes within the curricula decreased, and by seventh and eighth grade it had been relegated to the realm of the “cultural.” We still had Armenian language and history lessons, and bible class was often taught in Armenian, but by and large we engaged with the language mostly through theatrical and musical school performances that reenacted significant historical moments in Armenian history. One of the most memorable yearly events occurred when we would perform the destiny that awaited Armenians. Every April, for Armenian ...

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Saudi Arabia Gazes at Lebanon with Vengeance

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On 2 March 2016 Lebanon woke up to the news that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) had declared Hizballah a terrorist organization. Many perceived this as a kind of patriarchal collective punishment. Spearheaded by Saudi Arabia, the designation of Hizballah as a "terrorist" organisation can only be read as another desperate attempt by Saudi Arabia to bring its war for regional dominance to Lebanon. This form of Saudi desperation stems from the decline of its geopolitical regional hegemony, which occurred when the kingdom decided to spearhead the counterrevolution that failed to quell uprisings in neighboring Yemen and Bahrain. In addition, the kingdom’s ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (March 10-16)

[Arab Village in Jerusalem: Image from www.shutterstock.com]

[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 Airstrike in Gaza Kills 6-Year-Old Girl and Her 10-Year-Old Brother 10-year-old Yassin Abu Khoussa and his sister, 6-year-old Israa Abu Khosa were killed this week after an missile launched by Israeli aircraft hit near their home in Gaza. Israel Intensifies Crackdown on Media Israeli forces and Shin Bet agents raid Palestine Today ...

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Speaking of Palestine: Solidarity and Its Censors

[Image source: Jewish Voice for Peace]

Since October 2015, clashes, protests, and shootings have intensified in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. As the Israeli occupation approaches its fiftieth year, many are calling the current wave of Palestinian resistance the third intifada. It is almost impossible to describe the complexity of Israeli territorial control that inhibits Palestinian movement, the scale of loss that families and villages have endured over decades of colonial rule, or the exhaustion and fear that dominate everyday existence. In the West Bank, basic quotidian routine is nothing short of energy draining, from which there is no respite. “Existence is Resistance” is an arduously lived and ...

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Syria Media Roundup (March 16)

[Image of arranged demonstrations in Daryya. Image by Dimashqi Lens via Flickr]

[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 With Volunteer Help, Residents Rebuild Kafer Shalaya Village Volunteers work to rebuild Idleb’s embattled villages by providing shelter, education and medical services to locals. Russia’s Exit from Syria Highlights Assad’s Limitations Hassan Hassan provides a detailed assessment on where things stand on the ground ...

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Islamic Reformation?

We keep hearing calls for an “Islamic Reformation,” assumed to be the remedy for a fundamentalist Islam behind the conservative Salafi brand as well as the Jihadist. Islam, under these assumptions, generates problems because it had not been “reformed.” The assumed model is the Christian Reformation of the sixteenth century, the Protestant reformers, Luther, Calvin, and their followers. Informed writers on religion and history have pointed out the problematic nature of these suppositions, with regard to ...

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الشاعرة الصينية شو تينغ: أحلمُ حلماً مُبهماً

 "الشعر هو عدوى تستحوذ على المرء في فترة الشباب، يأتي سريعاً لا يمكن مقاومته، يمكن أن يكون شديداً يحمل انفعالات عنيفة، أو أن يختفي تماماً بلا أثر”، تقول الشاعرة "شو تينغ" في إحدى المقابلات. كان الشعر سندها المعنوي حين انضمت إلى مجموعات الشباب المثقفين الذين أُرسلوا إلى الريف أثناء الثورة الثقافية عام 1969. وترى أن فترة الشباب والبيئة التي ينشأ فيها الكاتب ترتبطان ارتباطاً وثيقاً بكتابته الإبداعية. الشاعرة "شو تينغ" من أهم الشاعرات المعاصرات في الصين، ولدت عام 1952 في ...

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New Texts Out Now: Kishwar Rizvi, The Transnational Mosque: Architecture and Historical Memory in the Contemporary Middle East

Kishwar Rizvi, The Transnational Mosque: Architecture and Historical Memory in the Contemporary Middle East (University of North Carolina Press, 2015). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Kishwar Rizvi (KR): The idea for this book emerged through my research travels in Europe and the Middle East, where I would encounter monumental mosques that looked historical in design but were built in the past thirty years. I wondered why a community of immigrant Turks in Germany, for example, chose to ...

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Syria Media Roundup (March 23)

[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 Regime Forces Violate 'Reconciliation' in Barzeh, Force Families to Sleep in Streets Government forces ...

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الهوية والثقافة الوطنية وتفكك الحقل السياسي الفلسطيني

يعيش الحقل السياسي الوطني الفلسطيني، الذي تهيمن عليه منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية منذ أواخر الستينات، حالةَ تفكك منذ إنشاء السلطة الفلسطينية بموجب اتفاقات أوسلو. فماذا كان تأثير هيمنة منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية؟ وما هي تداعيات تفكك الحقل السياسي على الجسم السياسي الفلسطيني؟ وإلى أي مدى أثَّر تفككُ الحقل السياسي في الحقل الثقافي وفي مساهمته في الحفاظ على الهوية الوطنية الفلسطينية؟ يجيب هذا التعقيب على هذه التساؤلات ويناقشها. 1 بدأت هيمنة منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية على الحقل السياسي الفلسطيني بُعيد معركة الكرامة ...

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عيناها: قصة حب إيرانية في زمن الدكتاتورية

رواية "عيناها" للكاتب بزرك علوي (1904- 1997) هى أحد أهم الأعمال الروائية الإيرانية التى ترصد إيران قبل الثورة الإسلامية، وقد اشتهرت كرواية سياسية أكثر من كونها رواية عاطفية بالرغم من احتوائها على قصة حب شديدة الرومانسية. صدرت لأول مرة عام 1952، وكما صدرت ترجمة عربية ثانية لها فى العام 2014 ضمن سلسلة إبداعات عالمية الكويتية، حيث قام بالترجمة الدكتور أحمد موسى، والمراجعة وكتابة تقديم للرواية الدكتورة زبيدة أشكناني المتخصصة فى الأدب الفارسي. تبدأ رواية "عيناها" للكاتب الإيراني ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (March 14-20)

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. Speaking of Palestine: Solidarity and Its Censors Hope without Illusion: Ten Signs of Change in Egypt Open Letters from CUNY Faculty and Students to President Chase Robinson Regarding the Replacement of Dr. Anny Bakalian, Associate ...

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الفيلم الوثائقي تعز بين المطرقة والسندان

يوثق هذا الفليم الاستثنائي لصفاء الاحمد، والذي عرض على بي بي سي العربية بتاريخ ٢٢ شباط/ فبراير ٢٠١٦ رحلتها الشجاعة إلى مدينة تعز في اليمن. وتعيش هذه المدينة تحت الحصار منذ نيسان/ابريل ٢٠١٥، فرضته الميليشيا الحوثية، مما أدى الى نقص حاد في وصول الاغذية، المساعدات الطبية، والوقود، وزاد الأزمة الانسانية المتفاقمة في البلاد جراء الحصار المفروض من السعودية. ويحتاج أكثر من ثمانين بالمئة من السكان إلى مساعدات انسانية بينما تم تشريد مليونين ونصف يمني. أدى الصراع الجاري حول المدينة بين ...

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“Cleaning out the Ghettos” - Urban Governance and the Remaking of Kurdistan

Over the last couple of weeks, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and the ruling AKP government have started to lay out the details of the government’s master plan for urban renewal in Turkey’s conflict-ridden Kurdish region in Southeast Anatolia. Though the government announced on 9 March that military operations in Sur had been completed, many of the aspects of the plans remain ambiguous. Nonetheless, it is evident that the government’s aim is to achieve a dramatic spatial and socio-economic ...

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Open Letters from CUNY Faculty and Students to President Chase Robinson Regarding the Replacement of Dr. Anny Bakalian, Associate Director of the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC)

[The following letters have been sent by faculty, PhD students, MA students, and alumni affiliated with the Middle Eastern Studies Program and the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, to Chase Robinson, President of the Graduate Center. The letters address proposed cuts that would replace the position of Associate Director, currently held by Dr. Anny Bakalian, with a part-time college assistant. Fifty-two faculty, fifty-nine PhD ...

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New Texts Out Now: Joel Beinin, Workers and Thieves: Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt

Joel Beinin, Workers and Thieves: Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Joel Beinin (JB): I lived in Cairo for most of the time between September 2004 and December 2008. During this period, the wave of strikes and collective actions by Egyptian workers escalated dramatically. Workers invited me to visit factories and other workplaces where strikes were underway and asked that I write about ...

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Hasan al-Turabi and Contemporary Islam

The passing of Dr. Hasan al-Turabi on 5 March 2016 marks the ending of important eras in Muslim political and ideological history. He is hailed by some as a significant articulator of necessary Muslim intellectual renewal and vigorously opposed by others who see him as important in shaping authoritarian dimensions of what many identify as Political Islam. His long career as both a political activist and a modernist religious intellectual reflected and shaped major trends in the Muslim world for more than ...

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