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New Texts Out Now: Luca Anceschi, Gennaro Gervasio, and Andrea Teti, Informal Power in the Greater Middle East Against All Odds Voices of Popular Struggle In Iraq It's Official: In 2006, The Lebanese Government Was Hoping Israel Would Disarm Hezbollah For them Tripoli’s Unseen Faces الجسد والسلطة في السينما
[A protest for Palestine in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on 29 March 2012. Image by author.]

Palestinian Authority Security Cooperation and the Internationalization of Occupation: The Case of Ahmad Sa’adat

“Security coordination is sacred.” Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas made that statement in Ramallah in May 2014 to an Israeli audience. He was referring to the policy of high-level intelligence and security cooperation ...

[Beirut Downtown by Abdsayady92 via WikiCommons]

Cities Media Roundup (January 2015)

[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 ...

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New Texts Out Now: Toby Matthiesen, The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent, and Sectarianism

Toby Matthiesen, The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent, and Sectarianism. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Toby Matthiesen (TM): I became interested in the issue of ...

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Zajal on Arak

I remember when electricity came to my village. I must have been about seven or eight.  The government installed a transformer in the village center. The thing was housed in a metal locker. The villagers called it ‘The Clock.’  ...


السيّاب...نهارٌ لا يرحل

عرفتُ السيّاب أول مرة في مطلع تسعينات القرن الماضي؛ أي بعد نحو ثلاثين عاماً على رحيله، من خلال قصيدته "رحل النهار"، فمن حسن حظي أنها كانت مدرجةً ضمن منهاج اللغة العربية للصفوف الثانوية كنموذج لحركة الشعر الحرّ، وذلك بعد أن تفرّد نزار قباني بالحظوة الواحدية شعرياً آنذاك خارج أسوار المدرسة وتقاليد المجتمع والعائلة المحافظين، وظلت قصائده العمودية هي الأكثر تداولاً كالمنشورات السرية بين أبناء جيلي ممن يسبّحون باسمه وبشعره في سنّ المراهقة. بدت "رحل النهار" أشبه ببيضة الدّيك، فقد حفظتُها عن ظهر قلب في فترة قياسية، ولا أزال أردّدها بين فينة وأخرى منذ ذلك الحين، بل وأمتحن نفسي بمدى حفظي لها كلّما عدتُ إلى ديوان "منزل الأقنان". كيف لا وقد كانت لحظة ...

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On the Margins Roundup (December)

[Image of a pottery manufacture in Kalabougou, Mali. Image by Marco Bellucci]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Mauritania Mauritania Will Toughen Anti-Corruption Laws Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz announced plans to strengthen laws against corruption on United Nations Anti-Corruption Day. Migration, Fisheries, and the Supremacy of European Interests in Mauritania Hassan Ould Moctar discusses ...

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Al-Sayyab: Two Poems

[Al-Sayyab's Statue in Basrah. Image from Wikipedia]

[Badr Shakir al-Sayyab (1926-1964), one of Iraq’s most important modern poets and a pioneer of modern Arabic poetry, died fifty years ago today.] Two Poems Badr Shakir al-Sayyab Tr. Sinan Antoon The River and Death Buwayb Buwayb Bells of a tower lost deep in the sea Water in jars, sunset in trees Jars dripping bells of rain whose crystals melt in wailing Buwayb, Buwayb A longing darkens in my blood for you, my river Buwayb Sad as rain I wish I could run in the dark my hands holding a year of yearning in every finger As if carrying votive offerings wheat and flowers I wish I could rise from the hillbeds to glimpse the moon swimming between your ...

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Syria Media Roundup (December 23)

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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  The strange normality of life in the middle of Syria's war Diana Darke on Syria’s culture heritage and how it has been demolished by war and violence, but optimism still lives on. In exile, Syrians build the country they never could under regime “ Syrians’ not knowing each other helped the regime survive.”  What ...

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استراتيجية النظام السوري أثناء الانتفاضة: محادثة لـ “الوضع” بين خضر خضور وبسام حداد

خضر خضور باحثٌ  في مركز كارنيغي للشرق الأوسط في بيروت. يناقش في هذه المقابلة استراتيجية النظام السوري أثناء الانتفاضة مستقصياً الفرق بين النظام والدولة، والجدل المؤيد للمعارضة والمضاد لها، وديناميات قواعد اجتماعية مختلفة للنظام، وأكثر من ذلك. يركز بحث خضور على مسائل الهوية والمجتمع في سوريا. انظر من فضلك النص المدون للمقابلة تحت زر التشغيل      

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Roznama 3: Competition and Exhibition for Young Egyptian Artists

Roznama is a periodical visual arts competition and exhibition for early career Egyptian artists. Its goal is to encourage contemporary artworks, which are different from orthodox forms taught at local art academies. Medrar organized the third edition as a competition, where a selection committee comprising: artist Basim Magdy, curator Tarek Abou El Fetouh and artist Hala Elkoussy chose 17 works to be exhibited at Medrar in October 2014. The jury also awarded artists Hend Samir and Sara Nabil the Roznama 3 Competition Award (USD 1000 and a solo show at Medrar in 2015). Artists Marwa Benhalim and Sherifa Hamed received the Jury’s Certificates of Appreciation. The ...

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Requiem for Tunisia’s Revolution?

[Tunisian man facing Ben Ali’s security forces with a loaf of bread, the use of the baguette is symbolic for the regime's failure to provide public goods and a reminder of the 1984 bread riots in Tunisia. Image from Tixup]

The Arab uprisings seemed to herald a fatal rupture in orientalist narratives, challenging as they did essentialized renderings of the region as one mired by "authoritarian resilience" and failures to democratize. However, four years after the uprisings, familiar forms of reductionist analysis about the regions persist, albeit more subtly. The latest readings of the Tunisian experience have not shied away from condescending tropes regarding the success of its stable, liberal transition as opposed to the volatility and illiberal failings of other “Arab spring” countries. The Economist’s rationale for choosing Tunisia as the magazine’s “country of the year” ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (December 21)

[Image of a home in Choum, Mauritania. Image by Ammar Hassan/Flickr]

[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 Thursday night of every week] Algeria   Appel au meurtre contre Kamel Daoud A Salafi imam called for the assassination of Kamel Daoud, an award winning journalist and novelist from Oran, after an appearance on the French channel France 2. Bouteflika continue son tour d’Europe des hopitaux The medical plane for Algeria’s president ...

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Latin America’s Lesson for the United States: Prosecute the Torturers

[ People hoping for change at the Guantanamo and Bagram detention facilities. The White House, Washington, DC. January 2009. Image by Mike Benedetti.]

The Senate Select Intelligence Committee report on torture has revived debate worldwide about the United States use of torture in the aftermath of 9/11. ­ Some have applauded the report—including organizations such as Human Rights Watch and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which have pushed for a full accounting of the use of methods prohibited by US and international law, as well as accountability for those who made such methods official state policy. They also note significant shortcomings—including the Senate’s failure to release the full report, a four-year delay in the release of the summary and the redaction of key ...

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Soma, Ermenek, Yirca: Can Anti-Coal Activists Defend Coal Miners and Olive Farmers?

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The coal-mining town of Soma in the western Aegean region of Turkey hardly made headlines until last May. A mining disaster that took the lives of 301 mine workers in Soma on 14 May 2014 brought forward the country’s fragile mix of social injustice, lack of occupational safety, and a fossil-fuel-dependent energy policy. This was by no means the first time that miners had died in a coal pit several hundreds of meters beneath our feet. Indeed, as İş Güvenliği Meclisi reports, 1,235 workers were killed while working in 2013, ninety-three of whom were from the mining sector. Many more followed in the months preceding the Soma disaster. Yet what further made Soma a tragedy ...

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New Texts Out Now: Isabelle Werenfels, Beyond Authoritarian Upgrading: The Re-Emergence of Sufi Orders in Maghrebi Politics

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Isabelle Werenfels, "Beyond Authoritarian Upgrading: The Re-Emergence of Sufi Orders in Maghrebi Politics." The Journal of North African Studies 19.3 (2014). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Isabelle Werenfels (IW): It is a mélange of reasons. First and foremost, I was struck by how little research has been done by political scientists on the contemporary relationship between Sufi orders, the state, and politics in Algeria and Tunisia. Even in Morocco, this relationship has not received the scholarly attention it deserves. There is some excellent work by anthropologists touching upon the political dimension of Sufism, but very little by ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 16)

[The Olympic Village in London, part of the real estate portfolio acquired by Qatar's royal family. Image from Oast House Archive.]

[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 GCC announces steps to bolster security Basma Atassi reports on the final statement issued by members of the Gulf Cooperation Council at the end of the Doha summit. GCC: In search of a vision Al Jazeera English interviews six Gulf scholars on the challenges facing the Gulf Cooperation ...

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ملف من الأرشيف : بدر شاكر السياب

[تعيد جدلية نشر هذا الملف اليوم بمناسبة الذكرى الخمسين لرحيل السياب. ”ملف من الأرشيف“ هي سلسة تقوم ”جدلية“ بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات  شخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم العربي.] ‫       الاسم: بدر الشهرة: سياب إسم الأب: شاكر إسم الأم: كريمة السياب مكان الولادة: جيكور تاريخ الولادة: 1925 تاريخ الوفاة: 1964 تاريخ الزواج: 1955 إسم الزوجة: إقبال طه عبد الجليل الأولاد: غيداء/ ...

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New Texts Out Now: Jean-Claude David et Thierry Boissiere, Alep et ses territoires. Fabrique et politique d’une ville (1868-2011)

Jean-Claude David et Thierry Boissière, dir., Alep et ses territoires. Fabrique et politique d’une ville (1868-2011). Beyrouth-Damas: Presses de l’Ifpo, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait éditer ce livre? Jean-Claude David (JCD) et Thierry Boissière (TB): Le projet de cet ouvrage date de 2008, lorsque Thierry Boissière a été nommé responsable de l’antenne de l’Ifpo à Alep. Nous souhaitions alors profiter de ce séjour pour construire une réflexion commune sur cette ville, à la fois ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 23)

[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 and UAE oil ministers defend Opec response to falling prices The Emirati and Saudi oil ministers affirm that ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (December 23)

[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 Zaman Newspaper Raid Turkey Issues Arrest Warrant for US-Based Erdoğan Foe This article provides useful background about the Zaman raid and the tensions between the Turkish ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (December 15-21)

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 Politics of "Unveiling Saudi Women": Between Postcolonial Fantasies and the Surveillance State  Open Letter to Mr. Rem Koolhaas The Islamic State: The Fear of Decline? Historical Realities of Concept ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 22)

[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 The CIA Torture Report: Through Arab Eyes Maged Mandour writes, “The fear that the United States has lost its moral compass is vastly ...

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The Shoebox Is on the Other Foot: Turkey's Year of Retaliation

Which date is more useful for explaining the arrests of prominent Turkish media figures that occurred earlier this month: 4 April 2009—when the Turkish religious leader Fethullah Gülen first issued a broadside against the “Tahşiyeciler,” a small religious group that opposed his interpretations of scripture—or 17 December 2013—when prosecutors and police connected with Gülen’s movement[1] spearheaded a series of sweeping arrests that ensnared both government officials and the sons of several ministers?[2] ...

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سجن النساء يجتاز اختبار بكدال ويتجاوزه

أمتعنا الثلاثي مريم ناعوم (كاتبة السيناريو)، كاملة أبو ذكري (المخرجة)، نيللي كريم (البطلة) هذا العام في رمضان بمسلسل "سجن النسا" كما أمتعونا العام الماضي بمسلسل "ذات". والمسلسل هذا العام مأخوذ عن مسرحية للكاتبة الراحلة فتحية العسال، ولكن السيناريو (الذي كتبته مريم نعوم مع هالة الزغندي) أخذه إلى آفاق أرحب تماماً كما فعلت نعوم العام الماضي بمسلسل "ذات" فأثبتت أنها كاتبة نسوية من الطراز الأول، وإن لم تحظ أعمالها بالتفات على هذا المستوى. فلقد غرقت للأسف في اعتراضات هامشية من قبل ...

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Hassan Khan: Taraban

Taraban is inspired by two Egyptian songs by Youssef El Manialawy from the early 20th century. Hassan Khan worked with a group of singers and musicians to develop a piece that employs the same modes and transitions as the original songs, yet allowing for improvisation. The musicians working with Khan played the oud, qanoun, violin and riqq. On stage, Khan uses filters, processors, virtual synthesizers, live mics, a battery of feedbacking mixers and laptop manipulation ...

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Historical Realities of Concept Pop: Debating Art in Egypt

Today, every phenomenon of culture, even if a model of integrity, is liable to be suffocated in the cultivation of kitsch. Yet paradoxically in the same epoch it is to works of art that has fallen the burden of wordlessly asserting what is barred to politics.                                     -Adorno, “Commitment” Over the past ...

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Syria Media Roundup (December 16)

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 Syrian forces ‘use chlorine gas’ on ISIS: monitor The Syrian regime resorts to the use of chlorine gas ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (December 16)

[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 AKP / “New Turkey” / Democracy / Authoritarianism A New Threat Looming on Turkey's Horizon: Brain Drain According to Barçın Yinanç, the AKP’s efforts to introduce religion ...

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