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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.3 is Live! Celebrating Our One-Year Anniversary

Amidst the rambunctious MESA (Middle East Studies Association) conference atmosphere, we and all our partner organizations are happy to announce the release of STATUS/الوضع Issue 2.3. By far, this is our richest and most diverse ...

[Image of the Eiffel Tower illuminated with the Tricolor following the Paris attacks. Image by Passion Leica/Flickr]

A Moveable Feast? Reflections on the French Coverage of the Paris Attacks

Writing on the relationship between acts of terror and the mystification of liberalism in 1947, Maurice Merleau-Ponty wrote that, “cunning, violence, propaganda, and realpolitik” appeared “in the guise of liberal principles” and were “the ...

[Data from Banque du Liban ( Graph by the author. The ratio of dollar to Lebanese lira deposits is taken as a confidence indicator in the Lebanese economy.]

The Diaspora, Debt, and Dollarization: Unraveling Lebanon’s Resilience to a Sovereign Debt Crisis

There are no official statistics on the numbers of Lebanese who have emigrated and are working abroad, nor on the immense sums of money they transfer to their home country. According to World Bank estimates, remittances comprised between ...

[لوحة للفنان الروسي فالسيلي كيندنسكي]

يكفيني أن ألمس ورقة خضراء حتى أرى

              ورقة خضراء قبل أن أنقل حياتي البسيطة إلى هذا الزمان،  لم تكن أحلامي لترتفع أعلى من سماء، تغطي دالية عنب،  حيث الحكمة في متناول كل حي * كان يكفيني أن ألمس ورقة ...

Gaza’s Untold Story

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August 26, 2015 marked the first anniversary of Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip, during which 2,219 Palestinians were killed. However, a large part of the story is left untold. Over half of those killed were refugees who were displaced from their homes in Yafa, Salama, Isdud, and many other villages and towns, as a result of and following the Nakba in 1948. The majority of those killed lived in refugee camps in the Gaza Strip within a 30 mile (50 km) radius of their homes of origin. A total of 1,236 refugees were killed during the 2014 offensive, including at least 309 children [Click to download] This data visualization visually represents the untold story of ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (October 15 – 21)

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[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] The Occupation Forces Euro-Med Monitor Report: Israeli Brutalities Caught On Camera The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor released this week a new report summarizing their investigations into the recent Israeli human right abuses in the occupied Palestinian Territories. Israeli Soldiers Kill Two Teens in Hebron Bashar Nidal al-Jabari, 15 years old and Husam ...

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Shady El Noshokaty: Colony - Latitude

Colony - Latitude is the first in a fifteen-part art project by Shady El Noshokaty. It consists of a sculpture, drawings, diagrams and an animated video. Like his previous multi-faceted projects, it takes an intimate personal experience as an entry point to explore the relationship between minds, physical existence and the imagination. Latitude began from exploring the form of a skin discoloration that marks the artist’s hand. He conducted an extensive online research to locate 15 existing towns, cities and islands that match the contours of his birthmark. He then began collecting and ordering primary information about these sites, their history, language, arts and ...

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Navigating the Law and Misuse of Title VI: A STATUS/الوضع Special Segment

In this second episode of "Reclaiming Academic Freedom," host Tareq Radi speaks to Omar Shakir, Yaman Salahi, and Nadia Ben Youssef, three lawyers who discuss the legalities of academic freedom and the legal challenges they face both in the United States and the Palestinian 1948 territories.    The special segment below includes four parts that you can click on separately. Please find the transcript below the player. Listen to the first episode of Reclaiming Academic Freedom here.  Omar Shakir is a Bertha Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he focuses on unlawful detentions at Guantánamo prison, U.S. targeted ...

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إدواردو غاليانو: المدينة

[مصدر الصورة آ.ب]

هل ستحكين لنا حكايتك؟ هل ستُكلميننا همساً ذات مرة؟ هل ستقولين لنا: إنني خُطِّطتُ في مسار طلقة مدفع، أهانتني الريح، كنستني، الريحُ التي تهبُّ من الجنوب أنقذتني من الأوبئة ؟ هل ستقولين لنا: إنني نزفت، فُرِّغْتُ، حُرِقْتُ، وغُدِرْ بي؟ هل ستُسَلِّميننا سيوفاً كي ننتقمَ لك؟ مرايا كي نضاعفك؟ نبيذاً كي نحتفل بك، أصواتاً حتى نسميكِ؟ أيتها المدينة المقنّعة التي تخفين وجهكِ عنا، نحن أبناءَك: هل يرقصُ الأحياءُ والأمواتُ معاً في لياليكِ ؟ هل يخرج الأحياءُ والأموات للصيدِ معاً ؟ <

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Egypt Media Roundup (October 19)

[Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions poster featured at BDS Egypt launching event in April 2015. Photo by Hosam el-Hamalawy]

[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 by Sunday night of every week.]  Elections For the Love of Egypt: High profile, low on politics in parliament race For the Love of Egypt is contesting all of the 120 seats available to blocs, using four lists. Egypt's Wafd Party invokes past glories in parliamentary bid The Wafd Party is competing for 264 independent seats in the upcoming parliamentary elections, fifty percent ...

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عظامي قصب النايات

[مقطع من لوحة للفنان العراقي صبيح كلش]

في الهاوية... ألتقط أنفاسي حبات شعيرِ، أرفعها قرباناً، للآلهة الصّائمة في السّماء، أخمد كجاذبية صمّاء، أشاهد دمع الهواء، أرى الأرض تلطم بالصّخر جبين الماء، أهوي كشيطان محروق الجناح ولا أتنزّل. في الأرض السّابعة أشرب أنخاب الحمض، أُذيب الذّاكرة البلهاء، أفطر على خبز من خيانة. الآلهة هناك تتلمظ أضلع صدري ، ترمي قلبي نيزكاً، يشعّ كقطرة منيِ على حافة نصل الحياة.   "عندما تدفُن موتاكَ، نظّف أسنانهم جيداً، لأنّهم يبتسمون ابتسامة أبدية، بعد أنْ يكشط الفناء حزن جلدِهم" دعني من النصائح أيّها الصّوت العلوي، أنا مشغول في خلق نول الموت، يلزمني عظمتي السّاعد والسّاق، بحثتُ عنهما طيلة نهارين سقطا من حساب أيام الخلق في أوّل الزّمان، إذ كان الإله، يثني على عمله بأنّه ...

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Jadaliyya Turns Five. يا لطيف

It is hard to overestimate our continued enthusiasm for working on Jadaliyya. But amid the current state of affairs in the region, it is difficult to maintain unfettered enthusiasm. We started this project shortly before the euphoria of revolutionary upheaval. Now we find ourselves in a moment of protracted despair, with glimmers of hope. Yet, we are determined to forge ahead. We tried to delay this anniversary announcement until "things" settled down, but it increasingly seems unwise. so here it goes. Five years after we launched this publication, we remain wedded to treating it as brand new, with all the care, vigor, and even insecurity of launching a new ...

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مقابلة مع الشاعرة العراقية لميعة عباس عمارة

[لوحة للشاعرة لميعة عباس عمارة بريشة الفنان العراقي جواد سليم. مصدر الصورة موقع نور]

"قد لا أكون شاعرة كبيرة ولكني لم أكن يوماً إنسانة صغيرة" الشاعرة لميعة عباس عمارة تستعيد مسيرتها الشعرية ومحطات مهمة في تاريخ العراق الأدبي والسياسي والاجتماعي اتسم شعر لميعة عباس عمارة بجرأة ورومانسية مرهفة، ولغة محكمة التراكيب والمفردات،  مما جعلها تحتل مكانة في خارطة الشعر العربي كإحدى أهم الشخصيات الشعرية النسوية. عُرفت أيضا بعذوبة إلقائها، ذلك أنها تبدو وهي تلقي القصيدة كإلهة سومرية تختزل كل أزمنة وأطياف العراق.  ولدتْ في بغداد لعائلة جنوبية عريقة من الطائفة المندائية ونشرتْ أول قصيدة وهي طفلة لا تتجاز أربعة عشر عاماً في مجلة ”السمير“. وصفها المحرر إيليا أبو ماضي آنذاك قائلاً: “إذا كان في العراق أطفال كهؤلاء فإنه مقدم على نهضة ...

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Abed Al Kadiri: New Blood

[Detail of Abed Al Kadiri's

 “I fear […] new blood.” (Ounsi El-Hajj, “Lann,” 1960) Several art historians and philosophers of aesthetics distinguish between two distinct periods, “the age of taste” and “the age of emotion,” the former referring to a time before the development of aesthetics at the hands of Immanuel Kant (d. 1804). This kind of distinction can be easily assimilated into Arabic, particularly the notion of “taste” (dhawq), which, along with its derivative terms, refers to the link between the senses and the arts while “tasting” (tadhawwuq) refers to the human act by which one judges works of art and aesthetic practices. The verb “to taste” (dhaqa) in Arabic ...

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روبرت بلاي: قصائد مختارة

كشاعرٍ ومحرِّرٍ ومترجمٍ أحدث روبرت بلاي (١٩٢٦-) تأثيراً عميقاً في الشعر الأميركي أدى إلى نقلة نوعية على صعيد الشكل الشعري.  ولم يكن شاعراً منغلقاً أسير تقاليد شعرية معينة، بل انطلق فاتحاً الحدود بين الثقافات ملقّحاً القصيدة بمؤثرات من تراثات مختلفة، وقد عدّ ترجمة الشعر عملية إبداعية تنفخ الروح في آداب البلدان المختلفة، إذ لا يمكن لشاعر أن يبقى أسير تراثه الشعري، بل يجب أن ينفتح وينطلق إلى فضاء الشعر الكوني الأرحب كي يمتح من ينابيع الآخر. ربما لهذا نظر بلاي إلى الترجمة كرديف للإبداع، مؤمناً أن هناك لغة خلف اللغات، هي لغة الشعر، ولا يمكن أن نخرجها من مناجمها الخفية إلا بمعاول الترجمة التي تتجاوز كونها عملية نقل من لغة إلى أخرى. ألم يقل صديق روبرت بلاي، الشاعر السويدي ...

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"We took the boat of death": Syrian Refugees Arrive in Austria

[Syrian refugees along with other migrants marching from the Hungarian city of Hegyeshalom to the Austrian border. September 2015. Photo by Jonathan Rashad.]

In September 2015, tens of thousands of Syrian refugees flooded into Austria from the Hungarian city of Hegyeshalom, six kilometers from the Austrian-Hungarian border. According to the United Nations, more than four million Syrians have fled the country since the civil war started. "We took the boat of death and drowned in the Aegean Sea on the way to Greece," said Hassan Elbalah, a Syrian refugee who escaped the war this year. As I waited in the bus station in Berlin before heading to Hungary, two Syrian men approached me and desperately asked if I knew how they could go to Malmo, Sweden. When I arrived, the Keleti train station in Budapest seemed ...

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Of Shadows and Solidarity

Keith P. Feldman, A Shadow over Palestine: The Imperial Life of Race in America. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015. In July 2014, at the height of the most recent Israeli military assault upon Gaza, a major rally was held in New York City—in defense of Israel. “United We Stand with Israel” attracted major figures in city, state, and national politics, the large majority of them progressive Democrats, who offered fiery speeches affirming Israel’s right to self-defense and recommitting to ...

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Political Economy Workshop for Graduate Students/Researchers: Call for Letters of Interest

Dear Researchers, We are writing to solicit Letters of Interest (LI) from doctoral students and other researchers for a workshop to be held in Spring or Summer 2016 on the political economy of the Middle East [Date and Time TBA]. The aim of the workshop is to connect doctoral students and researchers with mid-career and senior scholars working in the field and to provide them with the opportunity to present their research and to receive feedback from a community of scholars working in the field of ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (October 20)

[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 by Monday night of every week.]   Regional and International Relations U.S. Senators Hem and Haw on Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Abuses Lee Fang reports on US politicians’ extreme ...

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New Texts Out Now: Raymond Hinnebusch, The International Politics of the Middle East

Raymond Hinnebusch, The International Politics of the Middle East, revised second edition. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Raymond Hinnebusch (RH): Having taught international politics for many years, I became dissatisfied with the texts available for students. Some were purely historical and descriptive. Many were edited collections of chapters on individual countries, often uninformed by a common framework. There was a general failure ...

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Beyond the Exotic in Ottoman Baths

Bath houses or hammams were fundamental fixtures of cities and towns throughout the Ottoman world. Western travelers and writers were drawn to the exotic allure of bath houses as spaces associated with leisure and eroticism, which featured prominently in orientalist tropes concerning Europe’s Islamic other. This legacy of exoticism notwithstanding, new scholarship on Ottoman baths demonstrates that the hammam can serve as a site for fruitful and fascinating historical inquiry into the social ...

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كيف تصبح انتفاضة ثالثة؟

كتب الكثير خلال الأيام العشرة الماضية عن الأحداث الجارية في وسائل الإعلام الفلسطينية والإسرائيلية والأجنبية، على الرغم من قصر هذه الفترة، وبخاصة ما إذا كانت انتفاضة ثالثة، أم "هبة"، أم شيئاً آخر كلياً. ولا أريد هنا التوقف كثيراً حول التسمية، لكن هناك جانباً قد يكون من الضروري الإشارة إليه، لأنه لا يتعلق فقط بالتسمية، وإنما بجوهر الموضوع، وهو الأمر الذي سأعود إليه بعد قليل. وأشير مباشرة إلى أن السبب الرئيسي في حيرة الكثير من المعلقين الفلسطينيين، إضافة إلى قيادة الجيش الإسرائيلي، ووسائل إعلام ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (October 12-18)

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.   The Ankara Massacre and the State as a Serial Killer in Erdogan’s Turkey Call by Academics for International Solidarity after the Ankara Bombing Ankara Bombings: Democracy Now! Interview with HDP’s Hisyar Ozsoy and Turkey Page ...

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Ankara's Black Saturday: An Interview with Osman Sahin

Last Saturday, two powerful bombs turned a peaceful rally in Ankara into into a bloody nightmare. According to the People’s Democratic Party's (HDP) estimates, 128 people have been killed and over five hundred injured. The anger against the government of president Erodgan became evident in the immediate aftermath of the massacre, as tens of thousands of people took to the streets shouting slogans against the government, chanting “murderer Erdogan, murderer police.” According to news reports, immediately ...

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Call by Academics for International Solidarity after the Ankara Bombing

[The following statement was released in English, French, Turkish, and German on 17 October 2015. To sign on to this petition, please click here.] Call by Academics for International Solidarity after the Ankara Bombing In the wake of the atrocious bomb attack in Ankara on 10 October that killed over a hundred demonstrators for peace, we, the undersigned academics and scholars, call on the Turkish government to account for these events, and on all governments to reconsider their relations with the ...

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Continuing the Struggle

In Ankara, on 10 October, a few minutes after 10am, two of us (Alp and Max) were on our way to the “Labor, Peace and Democracy” rally. We were a little late and just entering the crowd, rushing towards the train station to meet with others, when the first bomb struck two hundred meters ahead. It all happened at the same time—the explosion, the shockwave, a thirty-foot column of fire and smoke. Everything stopped, then the second bomb exploded. What happened was clear to us, but not the precise ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (October 8 – 14)

[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] The Occupation Forces Israeli Occupation Forces Kidnapped 650 Palestinians in October The Palestinian Authority Committee says most kidnapped are younger than 20 years old Gaza: Pregnant Woman ...

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Libya: The Forgotten War of the Tebu and Tuareg

In the midst of the Libyan desert, a thousand kilometers south of Tripoli, a war divides two communities that had been living a brotherly life until the post-revolutionary vortex carried away their friendship. The Tebu, an ethnic group that traces its roots to the Tibesti Mountains in Chad, and the Tuareg, the “Berbers of the desert” spread throughout the Sahel-Saharan region, had been living side by side since having signed a peace treaty in late nineteenth century. In August 2014, however, violence ...

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