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EUROPE, EUROPE, EUROPE: Chant Avedissian with Sadia Shirazi الوقوف على تخوم أرض السواد 'I must save my life and not risk my family’s safety!' al soura al wahida li yousra Gay Rights as Human Rights: Pinkwashing Homonationalism
[Presiden Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi. Source: Official Facebook Page of President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi]

Egypt Two Years after the Coup

Today marks two years since the 3 July 2013 coup that paved the way to the rise of President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and the military-sponsored regime that he leads. On this occasion, Jadaliyya brings its readers a diverse set of ...

[Mahienour Al-Masry protests with the families of those killed on the 25th of January 2011 in front of the court during the trial of the officers responsible. 13 October 2013. Photo by Heba Khamis.]

Mahienour Al-Masry: An Icon of the Revolution in Prison

Text and Photos by Heba Khamis Translated by Eman Hashim Whether as a revolutionary activist chanting at protests or as an attorney advocating on behalf of the underprivileged in the courtroom, Mahienour Al-Masry is a strong voice ...

Meydan Politics: Taksim in Flux after Gezi

Political engagement in contemporary democracies can easily be reduced to private individuals voting separately in anonymity. Yet, politics is a state of constant negotiation, preferably where individuals are in each other’s presence to ...

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The Saudi Leaks and Egypt: A Recap

It was not long after Wikileaks had released the Saudi cables that the dirty laundry it revealed about Egypt’s political elite began circulating in news reports and social media. Although many of the leaks have only confirmed what ...


New Texts Out Now: Keith P. Feldman, A Shadow over Palestine: The Imperial Life of Race in America

[Cover of Keith P. Feldman,

Keith P. Feldman, A Shadow over Palestine: The Imperial Life of Race in America. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Keith P. Feldman (KF): Edward Said once quipped that in the United States, Israel and Palestine are in so many ways “local, not foreign policy, matters.” I began research for this book in order to understand how this came to be so. Of course, in a certain sense, the answer to such a question is overdetermined by the proliferation of popular, political, and official state-authorized discourse in the US about this “special relationship.” Israel and Palestine matter intimately ...

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Syria Media Roundup (June 3)

[Image of Aleppo, Syria. Image by Freedom house 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  Coming Challenges for Syria’s Rebels Yezid Sayigh writes on mounting problems of governance, and why the Syrian rebels need to demonstrate military coordination, political skills, and administrative capacity. ISIL seizes Syrian regime's lucrative phosphate mines “ISIL strikes at heart of Syrian economy ...

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قليلا من بالستينا يا أمي

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[ هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين تقوم "جدلية" بنشره.] أنا مثل كل الأمهات، أغسل وأكنس وأشتري الخبز والخضروات، فيما أزاول مهنتي، لكنني نادراً ما أكتفي بما أنجزت. أسهر الليالي وأنحت ساعات النهار أشكالاً وألواناً وألحان رقص وأبيات شعر، أدنو من الأنهار والغابات وحدائق الأطفال بحثاً عن ابتسامة رضى، وأخاف خوفاً شديداً من سيمفونية الابتزاز الباكية. لكنني لست مثل كل الأمهات، لأنني قررت ألا أنقل لأولادي عِرق الوجع. أقرر في كل يوم أن أنسى الوطن. لا أترك نفسي لفيروز تبكيني، وتقلب معايير المنطق واتزان اليوم. أقرر ألا أصنع الشيش برك، أكلتي المفضلة التي تعلّمتْها جدتي القبرصية من جدة أمي في يافا، لأن صنع هذه ...

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What Is Special about Israel?

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This time of the year we commemorate sixty-seven years to the 1948 war and Nakba, and forty-eight years to the 1967 war and occupation. As always, the question of why particular attention must be paid to these events comes up. Is there anything special about them, and about Israel as a state? Israeli hasbara officials and their supporters overseas frequently invoke the notion of “singling out” as a problem in analyses and campaigns aimed to address Israeli state practices. They do not necessarily deny that there are problems with government policies, formal and informal discrimination within the Green Line, and denial of rights beyond it. But they usually explain these ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 2)

[Protesters in Gezi Park, Istanbul, 31 May 2013. Image via kisa kuyruk / 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 Anniversary of the Gezi Park Protests Is This Your Justice, Turkey? Melis Alphan summarizes the lack of developments in the court cases concerning those who died during the Gezi Park protests. Harvey: Gezi Park Resistance Still Continues Despite Leaving Park David Harvey’s statements from Istanbul on the second anniversary of the Gezi Park ...

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Cities Media Roundup (May 2015)

[Cairo, 2011, by Luc Legay via WikiCommons]

[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 and Real Estate Development A New Dubai-Style Cairo? Several articles are still discussing the new capital city proposed by the government for Cairo. The one featured in the title is in Al-Ahram. In this one (in Arabic), the ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 1)

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[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 China, Egypt Agree to Nuclear Cooperation World Nuclear News reports, “A memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate in the construction of power reactors has been signed between China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) and the Egyptian Nuclear Power Plant Authority (NPPA).” IAF Chief Unfazed Egypt May Get ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (May 25-31)

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.  We Are All Uncomfortable: On Academic Boycott & What Is Productive The Cell of Survival: Bara Sarraj Not Much Special in UN Middle East Missions Beyond Blame: Troubling the Semiotic Ideology of Muslim Passion حورية المطلقة في سن الثالثة عشرة لا تنفع إلا لقراءة كتب الاطفال The Armenian Genocide and the Politics of Knowledge Letter of Support by Colleagues and Personal Friends ...

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Nidaa Tounès et Ennahda, l’alliance entre « deux forces d’ancien régime » en Tunisie. Retour sur l'histoire de la révolution avec Aziz Krichen

[Rached Ghannoushi et Beji Kaid Essebsi. Image de espacemanager.com]

Aziz Krichen est une figure historique de la gauche tunisienne. Son opposition frontale aux régimes de Habib Bourguiba et de Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali le conduit en prison puis à l’exil. Ministre conseiller du président Moncef Marzouki depuis janvier 2012, il a démissionné de ses fonctions en mai 2014 pour ne pas avoir à cautionner une stratégie consistant à attiser les clivages identitaires du pays pour mobiliser l’électorat islamiste en prévision de l’élection présidentielle. Il répond ici à Khadija Mohsen-Finan qui l’interroge sur l’état actuel et le devenir de la classe politique tunisienne. Khadija Mohsen-Finan. — Selon vos propos, après 2011, la ...

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كنيس الاحتلال المقدس

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[هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين ستقوم "جدلية" بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين.]   "سنصبح نحن يهود التاريخ  ونعوي في الصحراء بلا مأوى"  مظفر النواب كبرنا في سوريا على حبّ فلسطين، رضعْنا حبَّها مع حليب الطفولة. كانت الأحاديث في طفولتنا كلها عنها وعن العدو الذي يحلم بإقامة دولة تمتد حدودها من الفرات إلى النيل. رُبيّنا في المنازل والمدارس على التنبه إلى هذا الخطر. وكانت كلمة فدائي، أو العمل الفدائي، تشكل سحراً خاصاً بالنسبة للأجيال التي سبقتنا وحتى لجيلنا. لكن فلسطين، في الحقيقة، خُذلَتْ، وتُركت لمصيرها الجهنمي. فقد خذلها كثيرون، وأخطأ معها كثيرون، حتى في طريقة النضال. ...

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Dispatches from the 2015 Palestinian Festival of Literature

[This and all images in this post by Sarah Carr]

I am lucky enough to have been invited to the 2015 Palestinian Festival of Literature. Here is a despatch from days one, two, and three. Lego State Israel happens so suddenly. There we were one moment on the coach in Amman. Our tour guide, Ruby, started talking about crossing the border into the West Bank at exactly the same moment as the coach suddenly started reversing, a possibly inauspicious sign. Then we sped through Amman and its pleasant emptiness into the Jordanian countryside as Ruby gave us an introduction to the country that lasted about five minutes. “Jordan is the ‘safety bulb’ of the region”, she declared. It is the only Arab country that has peace ...

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Beyond Blame: Troubling the Semiotic Ideology of Muslim Passion

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In the months following the tragic murders at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery in Paris, reactions to the attacks predictably gravitated toward two polar positions. Pundits and politicians in Western Europe and North America—almost entirely non-Muslim—deplored not only the murders themselves, but also the ostensible incompatibility between Islam and freedom of speech and expression in general. Although this chorus of condemnation reflected recent geopolitical events—notably the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq—its tone and substance were nearly identical to earlier denunciations of Muslim intolerance in the context of the ...

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STATUS/الوضع: Episode -2, The Show!

With every Status / الوضع Audio Journal issue, there is an accompanying show. In this second episode (-2) of the Status show, Bassam Haddad, Sinan Antoon, and Adel Iskandar discuss and synthesize the content of the interviews from Issue 2.1 through conversations with some of the hosts. In addition to exploring the wide array of one-on-one interviews, they also speak to hosts Huda Asfour and Tareq Radi on Status' first set of Special Segments.   Status / الوضع is an evolving critical, ...

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'Lines Drawn on an Empty Map': Iraq’s Borders and the Legend of the Artificial State (Part 2)

[This article is the second in a two-part series on the making of Iraq's borders. Click here to read Part 1] In attending to how local actors shaped Iraq’s formation as a nation-state after World War I, the point is not to deny the power of British imperial forces, or the violence they unleashed on Iraqis during the occupation (1914-1920) and Mandate (1920-1932) periods. On the contrary, I would contend that one effect of the artificial state narrative is precisely to efface British imperial ...

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ناريمان خورشيد وتنظيم زهرة الأقحوان

[ هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين ستقوم "جدلية" بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين.] لم تكن عائلتي من الذين هُجِّروا عام النكبة، فأمي وأبي من عائلتين نصراويّتين، والناصرة لم تُهجّر يوم النكبة. لم أعش حالة اللجوء بنفسي ولم أسمع عنها من عائلتي. لكن عشت النكبة بتفاصيلها. حيث كانت إسرائيل قد فرضت على من تبقى من فلسطينيين داخل ما أسمته حدودها حكماً عسكرياً استمر منذ عام النّكبة لغاية عام  1966ً. وبعد هذا العام أُلغي الحكم العسكري ...

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'Lines Drawn on an Empty Map': Iraq’s Borders and the Legend of the Artificial State (Part 1)

It may be that no modern nation-state has been called “artificial” more times than Iraq. While most scholars are quick to admit that all nation-states are artificial, in the sense that they are created by humans, Iraq, it would seem, is more artificial than most. The story invariably begins with the post-World War I peace settlements, during which the borders of Iraq, along with those of the other Arab Mashriq states, were purportedly created, more or less out of thin air, by Europeans. As David Fromkin ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 2)

[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 Arabian mosque hit by bomb attack A suicide bomber belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (May 2015)

 [This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions, and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyyastrives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your ...

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DARS Media Roundup (May 2015)

[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 & Commentary Nonviolent Resistance in Yemen Defies Western Stereotypes, by Stephen Zunes Despite the unfounded negative stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims as ...

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Chocolate Bar of the Future

Chocolate bar of the future is Hend Samir's first solo show. It is organized and hosted by Medrar for Contemporary Art as one of the awards for its annual arts competition titled Roznama. The exhibition takes a critical view of modern consumerism, individuals’ shopping habits and the role of advertising in manipulating consumer behavior. Chocolate Bar of the Future emulates the visual and sentimental experiences of shopping, with a collection of paintings based on manipulation of photos and magazine ...

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The Politics of Gendered Violence in Lebanon

Ali al Zein murdered his wife Sara Al-Amin on 18 May 2015. Her murder was shocking in its brutality. It is only one link in a long chain of visible and invisible violence against women in contemporary Lebanon. Structural conditions give birth to this violence. These conditions enshrine the legal impunity and social acceptability of female vulnerability to violence. Amin’s murder is an instance of intimate partner violence, the latest in a spate of wife killing across Lebanon. In addition to ...

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عندما محا كمال الجعفري تشاك نوريس من يافا

[هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين ستقوم "جدلية" بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين.] "امتلأت الطريق حول بيت جدتي (في يافا) بملصقات عن آية الله الخميني وأعلام حزب الله. وقفتُ مع مجموعة من الأطفال أنتظرُ بداية تصوير الفيلم… فجأة ظهرت سيارة رسم على بابها اسم مدرستي "القديس يوسف" وقف فيها رجلان أشقران يطلقان النار عشوائياً… اذكر أنّ الأولاد قالوا لي إنّ أحد الرجال كان الممثل الأميركي تشاك نوريس". ...

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Press Freedom on Trial in Turkey: A Statement from BirGun

[The following statement and call to action was issued by BirGün, an independent left daily newspaper in Turkey that is being prosecuted for covereage of then Prime Minister (now President) Recep Tayyip Erdogan.] On 2 June, a trial will begin in Caglayan Istanbul Second Criminal Court. Baris Ince, the editor-in-chief of the Turkish independent daily newspaper, BirGün, is being sued under Article 229 of the Turkish Criminal Code for “defamation of the President.” The newspaper printed an acrostic ...

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New Texts Out Now: Olfa Lamloum and Mohamed Ben Zina, Jeunes de Douar Hicher et d’Ettadhamen. Une enquête sociologique

Olfa Lamloum and Mohamed Ben Zina, dir., Jeunes de Douar Hicher et d’Ettadhamen. Une enquête sociologique. Tunis: Arabesques / International Alert, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait éditer ce livre? Olfa Lamloum (OL) : Le projet de ce livre collectif a été conçu et soutenu dans les différentes phases de sa réalisation par International Alert (IA), une ONG internationale présente dans plus de 25 pays, qui œuvre en faveur de la consolidation de la paix et du soutien aux ...

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