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The Perils of American Muslim Politics الهَدم والبناء الاستعماري في الجولان حقوق المثليين والمثليات محكّ لحقوق الإنسان بين المدرسة والمسجد نص للأديب
[Mass iftar held to protest destruction in the İçkale valley.All photographs by the author.]

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 won’t calm down in Suriçi. The destruction and construction of İçkale Valley has come to a close, and the neighborhood ...

[اللوحة للفنان العراقي قيس السندي]

الاغتيال والاختطاف في العراق: حقل التحريض المتسع

 لا توجد إحصائية دقيقة للاغتيالات والاختطاف في العراق. فالسلطات الرسمية لا تكترث كثيراً بأرشفة الاخبار السيئة التي تحدث يومياً، أما الصحافة فلا تعير أهمية أيضاً لمثل هذه الحوادث، وغالباً تتعامل معها إذا ما هزّ اغتيال او اختطاف الرأي ...

[Tanks in the streets of Tehran in 1953. Image via Wilipedia]

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

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 ...

[La décharge de Borj Hammoud vue du port de pêche avant les récents travaux de démantèlement - Photo Eric Verdeil - CC-ND-NC]

Des déchets aux remblais: imaginaire aménageur, corruption et dérèglements métaboliques à Beyrouth

Les scandales à répétition qui éclatent à propos de la gestion des déchets au Liban et plus particulièrement dans l'agglomération de Beyrouth mettent en évidence les montants énormes des contrats en question et leur opacité, et donc plus ...


New Texts Out Now: Irene Gendzier, Dying to Forget: Oil, Power, Palestine, & the Foundations of US Policy in the Middle East

Irene Gendzier, Dying to Forget: Oil, Power, Palestine, & the Foundations of US Policy in the Middle East. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Irene Gendzier (IG): The desire to make sense of US policy in the Middle East, and particularly, US policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a subject that is regularly on the mainstream agenda and just as regularly distorted. J: What topics, issues and literature does this book address? IG: This study addresses the formation of postwar US foreign policy in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, with an emphasis on the intersection of political and ...

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أيام بلا تاريخ

[صورة شهدي عطية]

 "علينا أن أن نتحمل أفكارنا طوال الليل، حتى تقف البديهية النضرة في البرد بلا حراك" – والس ستيفنز **** كان "الطويل" جالسًا في سيارة الترحيلات المكدسة بالرفاق وهو يدخن في صمت. على عكس رفاقه لم يكترث "الطويل" بالاقتراب نحو الكوة الضيقة لينظر من خلال الثقوب الحديدية كي يرى نبض الشارع الذي لم يتجسسه منذ أكثر من عام. كان الدفء القادم من هذه النوافذ كافيًا. وكانت أشعة الشمس الواقعة على جلد "الطويل" الجاف والبارد قد أيقظت حنينًا في فؤاده إلى ما هو خارج الجدران، حنينًا جعله يعزف عن التقدم نحو الكوة كي لا تخر قواه ولا يتغلب الشوق على الصمود. استطاعت الشمس والدفء وحدهما أن يذكرا “الطويل” بطعم الحياة التي كانت، وبإمكانية الحياة خارج ...

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Cancer, Ethnicity, and the Bodies of Others

[Cancer cells. Source: Wikimedia Commons]

For Maral G. H. (2004-2016) Cancer, I have learned, insists on the visibility of ethnic belonging.[1] Cancer shrinks the topography of one’s world. Lives, interests, desires, abilities, relationships all recede, sometimes gradually and sometimes with blinding speed, to the contours of the body—what the body is able to sustain, what the body is capable of, what the body allows for, where the body is able to go. Cancer narratives and discourses wage their most fierce battles against the visceral primacy of that decline. Patients and families attempt, or are urged, to “fight” cancer with the power of the mind, with will, the sheer desire to live and “beat” the disease. ...

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The 1967 Defeat and the Conditions of the Now: A Roundtable

Introduction By Sherene Seikaly The last two years have been chock full of commemorations, from World War I to the Russian Revolution and many in between. With each of these commemorations, scholars and observers attempt to put history in conversation with the global darkness of our times. Today we commemorate the 1967 Six Day War. On 5 June 1967, Israel tripled its territory, occupying the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Golan Heights. The Israeli army had put a decisive end to the power and ambition of both pan-Arabism and the armies that were meant to fight on its behalf.  The defeat was rapid and deep. The consequences ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 5)

[Egypt's defense minister Mahmoud Hegazy and NATO general Denis Mercier. 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.]  Political Rights Sisi approves NGO law over 6 months after it receives Parliament’s approval Egypt’s contentious NGO law was approved by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and published in the Official Gazette on Monday. The law will go into effect on Tuesday, 30 May, over six months after it was approved by Parliament in November 2016. US senators, ...

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The 1967 June War and the Palestinian National Movement

The June 1967 war did not create the contemporary Palestinian national movement, but did establish the conditions for its meteoric rise and ability to wrest custodianship of the Question of Palestine from the Arab states. This development has had far-reaching consequences to this day. From the conclusion of the 1936–39 Great Arab Revolt against the British Mandate in Palestine until the 1967 war, the Palestinians were often little more than spectators to the regional and international decisions and developments that determined their fate—first and foremost the 1948 establishment of the State of Israel, which resulted in their collective dispossession. Although ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (June 2)

[West bank-Palestine. By Wall in Palestine via Flickr]

[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 Injured Numerous Palestinians During Skirmishes All Across The West Bank And Gaza Using live fire, rubber bullets and tear gas, the Israeli forces have continuously maintained a position of disproportional violence against peaceful protest movements across the occupied territories. Domestic Politics The Palestinian ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (May 22-June 4)

The Holy Qur'an by Al Hussainy Mohamed

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating about Islam and reflects a wide variety of opinions and approaches. It does not reflect the views of the Critical Currents in Islam page or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to cci@jadaliyya.com by Saturday night of every week.]     May 29-June 4 London terror attack: Isis claims responsibility amid group's 'call for increased attacks', The Independent Group has called on its followers to carry out increased terror attacks around the world during Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Read More ‘It’s Haunting Me’: Teen ...

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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 4.1 is Live!

Our 4.1 Issue of Status Audio Magazine is live! Yes, we changed the name from "Journal" to "Magazine." But the substance goes on. So much to go through!  First, make sure you login and create your own page with saved, flagged, and loved content, organized in folders, or not, for sharing purposes or for later revisits. Look for "LOGIN" on the top right of the new website here.  Also, customize content to your heart's content, right on the site, by selecting your favorite topics   Start browsing, customizing, and archiving now, as this issue comes at yet another important juncture in the region. Which brings us to the ...

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مختارات من الصحافة العربية 26 ايار

[المصدر موقع الجزيرة]

مختارات من الصحافة العربية (من 16 حتى 22 ايار) مصر   في برلمان مصر، لجنة حقوق الإنسان ضد حقوق الإنسان منذ تأسيسها فشلت لجنة حقوق الإنسان في مصر في الدفاع عن حقوق الإنسان. بيان من الأسر المصرية المسيحية المهجرين من محافظة شمال سيناء إلى محافظة بورسعيد العائلات المسيحية المصرية المهجرة من شمال سيناء إلى محافظة بور سعيد أصدرت بياناً يلفت الانتباه إلى الصعوبات التي كان يمرون فيها. حول مشروع قانون التأمين الصحي الاجتماعي الشامل المبادرة المصرية للحقوق الشخصية تقدم مراجعة لمشروع

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التقية والتوقيت في أداء حماس غير المقروء

التقية في اللغة يراد بها الحذر ، وأهل السنة اعتبروها رخصة عند الضرورة ، وهل من ضرورة/أزمة، أكثر من هذه المرحلة التي تمر بها حركة حماس وحكمها لقطاع غزة؟ الوثيقة التقية: شخصياً لم أر في الوثيقة أكثر من بيان صحفي أو إعلان مبادئ، لا يجُب (يلغي) الميثاق التأسيسي للحركة، بل مبادئ أبقت الباب موارباً على كل التفسيرات حفاظاً على "المتطرفين والمعتدلين" داخل الحركة في آن – تقية-. الوثيقة كما يقول خالد الحروب هي "رسملة وشرعنة كل تصريحات قيادات حركة حماس"، فمثلاً الإعتراف بدولة على حدود 67 جاء على لسان الشهيد أحمد ياسين قبل أبو مرزوق وخالد مشعل وغيرهم، وها هو الإعتراف يرسمل في وثيقة، تقول الشيء وضده! تبدو "التقية" نهجاً أكثر وضوحاً اتبعته حماس ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 30)

[Oil-Shale Development, Stuart Deposit, Australia. Image by Greenpeace Australia/Stewe. August 1998.]

[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 Saudi foreign assets keep falling in April amid heavy overseas borrowing “The Saudi Arabian central bank's foreign assets fell in April as the government borrowed heavily abroad.”  Shaken Opec seeks to work alongside shale oil producers “Opec was once a by-word for ...

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قلب ثقيل

قلب ثقيل أخيراً فهمتُ أنّ القلبَ صندوق. أُفْرغه من أحزانه وأملؤه بالفرح متى ما شئت. لا أنجح دائماً. أحياناً يصبح أثقل مّما يمكن حمله، وتحمّله. فأضعه جانباً وأتكئ إليه لدقائق. ثم أنهض وأحمله من جديد.  لا أريد أن أظلمه. فهو يخفّ أحياناً. يفرد جناحيه ويطير في الأعالي. فيذكّرني أنّني عشّه. لكنّ هذه محض أوهام تلائم القصيدة.   الحقيقة هي أن القلبَ رفٌّ طويلٌ تجثم عليه صناديق ثقيلة.  لا أجنحة ولا. . . غبار وألم. كذبتُ ثانية، من أجل القصيدة طبعاً. سأقول الحقيقة الآن، فنحن نقترب من السطر ...

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Letter to Chancellor White and President Castro Regarding the Edward Said Professorship at the California State University

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 2 June 2017, in response to the abrupt cancellation of the search to fill the position of the Edward Said Professorship in Middle East Studies at the California State University at Fresno.] Dr. Timothy P. White Chancellor California State University twhite@calstate.edu Dr. Joseph I. Castro President California State University ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 6)

[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 Two Saudi policemen hurt in bombing in restive Shi'ite town: SPA “Monday's attack was the second in two ...

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Quick Thoughts: Arang Keshavarzian on Iran’s Presidential Election

[On 19 May 2017 the Islamic Republic of Iran conducted its twelfth presidential election since the monarchy was overthrown in 1979. After a variety of candidates were prevented from participating or withdrew in support of a different candidacy, the election was essentially a contest between President Hassan Rouhani, in office since 2013, and conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi. Jadaliyya turned to Arang Keshavarzian of New York University to interpret Rouhani’s decisive victory in the context of Iran’s ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (May 29-June 4)

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.   Challenging Knowledge Production in the British Academy: Who Can Speak on Palestine? Corruption and Reform in Tunisia: The Dangers of an Elitist Analysis New ...

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Sorry I Drowned | آسف لأني غرقت

[The following video and introduction were co-produced by Studio Kawakeb and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)] The world has catastrophically failed millions of people fleeing war, persecution and despair. Calculating politics won out over moral and legal obligations to offer protection and assistance to those in need. Like a contagious disease, walls, fences and restrictive border measures rampantly spread causing countless thousands of people to die on land or at sea. This 6-minute animated film ...

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Morocco's Hirak Movement: The People Versus the Makhzen

Morocco’s Hirak protests are the latest bout in the tug-of-war between the Makhzen (Moroccan regime) and the victims of hogra. The late Mouhcine Fikri, the political prisoner Nasser Zefzafi, and Nawal Ben Aissa have emerged as the emblematic figures of this movement. Al Hirak al Chaabi, or the Popular Movement, is an independent, popular movement that was started in the northern Moroccan city of Al Hoceima in October 2016 by local inhabitants who were fed up with the status quo. The protests have ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ahmad Dallal, The Political Theology of ISIS: Prophets, Messiahs, and "the Extinction of the Grayzone"

Ahmad Dallal, The Political Theology of ISIS: Prophets, Messiahs, & "the Extinction of the Grayzone”. Washington DC: Tadween Publishing, 2017.  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Ahmad Dallal (AD): Much has been written about ISIS. Most studies address specific aspects of the movement’s activities, but fall short of identifying the overall ISIS project that is used to homogenize and integrate the diverse constituencies targeted by ISIS. In this essay I try to identify the ...

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Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

[This is an ongoing post that will be updated regularly. It was first published on 6 December 2016. The updates appear at the bottom.] The conflict in Yemen seems set to intensify as 2016 draws to a close. The deposed president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi returned to Aden from exile in mid-November after his government was reestablished in the southern city. This move, alongside a renewed ground campaign and the continued aerial bombardment throughout northern Yemen by the Saudi Arabia-led ...

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De-Escalation Zones in Syria: Not an Alternative for Refugees

On 3 May 2017, Iran, Turkey, and Russia signed a proposal in Astana for the creation of “de-escalation zones” in Syria.  Fighting—including aerial attacks—would cease and humanitarian assistance would be made available. One such de-escalation zone already exists under the military control of the Turkish-led coalition in Jarablus. It has shown to be a poor alternative for refugees looking to exercise their asylum rights under international refugee law.  The existence of this so-called “safe ...

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عمر شبانة: سيرة لأبناء الورد

مقاطع مختارة من ديوان  "سيرة لأبناء الورد“  للشاعر عمر شبانة فلسطين/ الأردن، الصادر عن ”الأهلية“ في عمّان.  اسْمي الذي يليقُ بي -10- في غابة الأسماء كانَ الأنبياءُ، والصّعاليكُ، وتاريخٌ من الدّماء، حارقّ،  وكان ثمّة السيّد والعبيد،  كان الماء من زمزم، والنبيذ، وكلّ واحدٍ يقودني في غابة، وكل غابة تأخذني، من أذنيّ نحو غابة، تدور بي كأس هُنا، وموجةٌ من البكاء في الكأس،  كأنني هناك  وبين كأسين من الجنون

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (May 22-28)

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. Paradoxes of ‘New Turkey’ نوشيروان مصطفى: تاريخ مكتوب بدماء الضحايا Finding Your Way Around Tehran's Public Archives Available Now: The Political Theology of ...

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