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[Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, speaking at the Münich Security Conference in 2012.]

HRW Whitewashes Israel, The Law Supports Hamas: Some Reflections on Israel’s Latest Massacre

 [The analysis and data in this article refer to the period prior to the Israeli ground invasion.] On 7 July 2014, Israel unleashed Operation Protective Edge against Gaza. When it launched a ground invasion on 18 July 2014, Israel ...

[Image of a South Sudan Independence Day celebration at Diversey Harbor Grove. Image by Daniel X. O'Neil/Flickr.]

On the Margins Roundup (July)

[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 ...

Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 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 ...

[Algerian writer Kateb Yassin]

Kateb Yacine: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and ...


On the Margins Roundup (June)

[Image of a ship graveyard in Nouadhibou, Mauritania. Image by slosada/Flickr.]

[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.] Somalia Al-Shabab claims deadly Kenya attack Somalia-based group says attacks will continue, and tells tourists to stay away after assault in Mpeketoni kills forty-eight. African solutions for African problems? Ambassador Abukar Arman, former Somalia special envoy to the United States, argues that interventions ...

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ما هي خصائص الثورة المضادة؟

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  كما أن هناك رد فعل لكل فعل، هناك ثورة مضادة لكل ثورة. الثورة المضادة ظاهرة طبيعية، كما هو رد الفعل التالي على الثورة المضادة. ولا تنتصر إحداهما على الأخرى إلا إذا كان رد الفعل أفعل من الفعل الأول. وهذا لا يتم الا إذا أضاف طرف من الطرفين إلى ردّ فعله فهماً أعمق لطبيعة عدوّه. وهنا فقط، من خلال الفهم الأعمق، يرتفع ردّ الفعل عن طبيعته الميكانيكية، ويصبح أداةً لمعرفة فاعلة وجديدة. ولذلك لا يُعوّل على كلام فضفاض عن ثورة مضادة، إن لم يتضمّن هذا الكلام محاولة لفهم ماهية هذه الثورة المضادة. للثورة المضادة وجهان كما للثورة وجهان، وجه مؤسساتي ووجه نفسي. الوجه المؤسساتي يتعلق بامتلاك مؤسسات حاكمة أو مؤثّرة في المجتمع، بينما يتعلق الجانب النفسي بالصراع على التوقعات والآمال ...

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Quick Thoughts: Zainab Saleh on Iraq

[Iraq Mosul vector map from Shutterstock]

[The recent upsurge in fighting in Iraq has placed that country in the headlines once again. Jadaliyya asked Iraq specialist Zainab Saleh to clarify the background and implications of recent developments]: Jadaliyya (J): Recent events in Iraq have been rather dramatic. What led to these developments? Zainab Saleh (ZS): The fall of Mosul and other Iraqi cities to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) needs to be understood against the combined background of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, the sectarian political system installed by the occupying powers, regional and international politics, and the conflict in Syria. The institutionalization of sectarian ...

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12 Eylul’le Hesaplasmaya Bir Mahkeme Yeter mi?

[Kenan Evren visits the Romanian National History Museum, 1982 (Image via Wikimedia Commons.)]

12 Eylül’le Hesaplaşmaya Bir Mahkeme Yeter mi? Kenan Evren ve Tahsin Şahinkaya isimleri kimileri icin 12 Eylül davasında adı geçen iki generalin ismi iken benim gibi çocukluğunu darbenin sıcak günlerinde geçirenler için biraz daha fazlasını ifade ediyorlar. Mesela babaların ansızın evden alınıp götürülmelerini, amcaların Fatsa’da öldürülmelerini, annelerin intiharını, kardeşlerin işkencelerini... Diyarbakır’ı, Mamak’ı, Metris’i, bütün zorba işkencecileri…Davanın dünkü karar duruşmasında ‘iyi halden’ müebbet hapis cezası çıkması hafızaya kazınmış bu ağırlıklardan kurtulmamızı sağladı mı? Hayır. Biraz içimiz soğudu mu? Evet. 12 Eylül Davası solu iyiden iyiye ...

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Statement by Comrades from Cairo: Everyone's Right to Protest

[Artwork by graffiti artist Ganzeer]

[The following statement was recently released by Comrades from Cairo] Everyone's Right to Protest To Those At Whose Side We Struggle, We write to you again at the bloody dawn of a new presidency: our fourth in as many years. General Abdel Fattah El Sisi, who oversaw the brutal overthrow of Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, now sits on Egypt’s Iron Throne. Mubarak’s resurgent police state is more ferocious than ever. The media, controlled by a handful of millionaires, is terrorizing the populace into sacrificing their most basic rights to the double-faced deity of Security and Stability. And the young revolutionaries who dared to challenge the status quo and ...

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Eksik kalmis hayatlarin kelimeleri: Keske Bir Opup Koklasaydim

[Cover of Eylem Delikanlı,

Eksik kalmış hayatların kelimeleri: Keşke Bir Öpüp Koklasaydım “Geleceğe dair umutluyum, kitabı da bu umutla yazdık” 12 Eylül 1980 askeri darbesi, Türkiye’de toplumsal ve iktisadi yapıyı köklü biçimde değiştirmesinin yanında son otuz senedir yaşananların anlamlandırılmasında sıkça referans verilen bir olay/an olması nedeniyle de şüphesiz Türkiye tarihinin milatlarından biridir. Resmi rakamlara göre 1 milyon 683 bin kişinin fişlendiği, 230 bin kişinin yargılandığı, 7 bin kişi için idam cezası istendiği, 517 kişiye idam cezası verildiği, 4 bini öğretmen ve akademisyen olan toplam 40 bin kişinin işten çıkartıldığı, 14 bin kişinin yurttaşlıktan çıkartıldığı, 171 kişinin ...

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Deciphering the Escalation of Sectarian Violence in Iraq: An Interview with Nida Alahmad

[Academy of Fine Arts, Baghdad, 2003. Image from InCounter Productions]

With the escalation of sectarian conflict in Iraq, the country's future has become the topic of the day for analysts and pundits alike. Until recently, making American media and Middle East watchers remember Iraq was an uphill battle. But now, with the advances of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militias, low and behold, interest in Iraq and its intricate geographical boundaries along sectarian lines has heightened and the conflict is once again front and center in the media. Shahram Aghamir spoke with Dr. Nida Alahmad, an Academic Associate at the Department of History and Civilization in the European University Institute about the fast changing political ...

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Public Statement: Rabab Abdulhadi Responds to AMCHA Allegations

[The following public statement was issued by Rabab Abdulhadi via Palestine Solidarity Legal Support on 18 June 2014. A footnoted version of this statement is available here.] Dear Friends and Colleagues, I write to provide a response to the false allegations made against me by the AMCHA Initiative in its latest escalation of the McCarthyist repression campaign to silence discussion of Palestinian rights on campus. The accusation that I misrepresented the nature and purpose of my January 2014 trip to Palestine and Jordan is false. The record, including documents which AMCHA cites, demonstrates that my application for travel authorization was ...

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رواية "1919": إعادة تأريخ جريئة تفتقد إلى روح الثورة

صدرت "1919" لأحمد مراد في بداية هذا العام، ونشرت منها حتى الآن ثلاث طبعات، مما يبشّر بنجاح أكبر من ذلك الذي حقّقته أعماله السابقة، من "فيرتيجو"، روايته الأولى التي حُوّلت إلى مسلسل، إلى "الفيل الأزرق" التي أُدرجت على القائمة القصيرة لجائزة البوكر العالمية سنة 2014. "1919" تدور أحداثها أثناء الثورة التي هزّت القطر المصري منذ حوالي قرن، ولكنّها تخرج عن مألوف المشاهد الراسخة في الوجدان المصري عنها، فهي ليست، كما قد تتوقّع من عنوانها، رواية عن مظاهرات مارس وأبريل 1919 المهيبة المطالبة بعودة سعد زغلول من منفاه، وما يرتبط بها من صور الهلال والصليب متعانقين، وجماهير محتفلة بعودة الباشا، ومسيرات لهوانم مطالبة بالإفراج عن ...

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New Texts Out Now: Linda Herrera, Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East

[Cover of Linda Herrera, editor,

Linda Herrera, editor (with Rehab Sakr), Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Linda Herrera (LH): The idea for this book began during the workshop, “Youth and Citizenship in a Digital Era” of the Thirteenth Mediterranean Research Meeting of the Robert Schumann Center for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. During three days of lively and often impassioned discussions, I knew that we had valuable and unique material from a highly engaged community of scholars that should be shared with a wider audience. This volume showcases ...

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Zeid Hamdan

[Zeid Hamdan composes, writes lyrics, and plays a range of instruments. Image courtesy of MedrarTV.]

Zeid Hamdan 2010-2013 Beirut, Lebanon   In this video, Medrar.TV takes you on a trip through the inspiring practice of Lebanese musician and producer Zeid Hamdan, who is credited as the main force behind developing electro Arab pop music. Since the mid nineties, Hamdan (b.1976) has either founded or produced music for some of the most successful underground bands in the region, including the Arabic trip hop band Soap Kills, The New Government (Pop rock), Katibe5 (Arabic hip-hop), ShiftZ (Arabic electro), Heba Mansouri (Arabic trip hop), Kanjha Kora (Guineean pop), Kazamada (Arabic electro pop), Dany Baladi (Arabic electro pop), and Zeid and the Wings (New ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 17)

[Eight army medics were killed and nine others injured in an attack on a bus north of Aden, Yemen. Image from Jialiang Gao/Wikimedia Commons.]

[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 Jihadistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran Immanuel Wallerstein argues that the success of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant may bring Riyadh and Tehran closer together. Saudi rejects foreign interference in Iraq, blames 'sectarian' Maliki Noah Browning analyzes the official Saudi position on ...

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Call for Papers: Conference on Impact of Arab Uprisings on Citizenship in Arab World (12-14 November)

The Arab uprisings that occurred in a number of Arab states and have had ripple effects on others since late 2010 are part of a process of change that had been brewing in the Arab World for some time. Participants in the uprisings demanded dignity, work, bread, liberty, and social justice, linking together calls for political, social, and economic change and for wider citizen participation in political life.​ The uprisings overthrew long-held assumptions of the people’s apathy and/or the inability to ...

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NPR Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Editor Elliott Colla on ISIS and the Media

In this interview with NPR's Brooke Gladstone, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Elliott Colla discusses his essay "Watching ISIS on TV." Colla does a reading from his essay in which he describes his Iraqi in-laws reflecting on their country's frenzied televisions channels' coverage of the conflict. In the second part of the show, Colla offers his commentary about the deregulation of Iraq's media after the US invasion, the fragmentation and polarization of the public, and the entrenchment of ...

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Popular Neighborhoods and the Arab Spring: Elements for a Renewed Approach

Pierre-Arnaud Barthel and Sylvy Jaglin, editors, Quartiers informels d’un monde arabe en transition. Réflexions et perspectives pour l’action urbaine [Informal Settlements in an Arab World in Transition. Reflections and Perspectives for Urban Action]. Paris: Agence Française pour le Développement, Conférences et Séminaires 7, 2013. Available online. Housing in most of the Arab world cities is an informal affair. After having founded a family, or to remain near employment opportunities, most people ...

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Presbyterian General Assembly Votes to Divest from Israeli Occupation

[The following press release was issued by US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation on 20 June 2014.] Following a ten year process, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has voted 310 to 303 to divest from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, and Hewlett Packard as a result of the companies’ involvement in the Israeli military occupation.  This historic move came roughly two weeks after the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church -- the largest ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editors Hesham Sallam and Adel Iskandar on Egypt Post-Election

In this interview with Zein El-Amine on WPFW, Jadaliyya Co-Editors Hesham Sallam and Adel Iskandar discuss the recent presidential elections in Egypt and the environment in which the vote was held, the state of Egypt's January 25 Revolution in light of successive waves of repression against political activists, the political and economic interests guiding the behavior of the country's military leaders, and the role of revolutionary art in documenting the history and dynamics of the revolution. 

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New JADMAG: The Afterlives of the Algerian Revolution

The Afterlives of the Algerian Revolution  Edited by Muriam Haleh Davis  E-version: $3.49 Paperback: $5.99 Combo: $7.99   In July 2012, Algeria celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence, which signaled the victory of the FLN (National Liberation Front) over the French army. Despite five decades of Algerian independence, much of the work done on Algeria continues to focus on the colonial period. This pedagogical publication seeks to interrogate Algerian history ...

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Letter to Obama Administration on Egyptian State Violations of Human Rights

In an unprecedented statement, over forty senior academics including more than a dozen former presidents of the most important professional association for scholars of the Arab and larger Muslim world, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), have signed a letter to US President Obama and Secretary State John Kerry calling for the Administration to demand the immediate release of blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah and other political detainees in Egypt, for Egyptian officials to suspend the protest law of ...

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Comparing American and Israeli Ways of War

Over the last few years, Israel and Palestine have become major topics of interest and debate for scholars who do American Studies. This is evident in burgeoning comparative analyses of settler colonialisms, militarized borders, intersections of racialization and revolutionary politics, and cultural productions that emanate from or speak to the issue of diaspora, to name a few. Here, I share some thoughts about the comparative work that I do on Israel’s and America’s ways of war. I contend that Israel ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (16 June)

[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.] Art and Science Muslim group's concerns about 'Tyrant' addressed, FX and producers say A new television show is drawing concern from some American Muslims, ...

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Saadi Yousef: At Kerak Citadel

 At Kerak Citadel   Always, at sunset, the castle walls begin to breathe. The war is over—it has been two or twenty centuries now. But then suddenly when night falls, the war comes back. Soldiers in their towers light their candle, far from the gusting wind And alone, they cry to themselves. The Messenger will come. Most definitely he will come, carrying his head on the tip of a spear. Perhaps he was exhausted and, in his long wait, forgot that spears blossom in the morning. Do you ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 17)

[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 Fall of Mosul and Turkey’s Hostage Crisis Sunni Radicals Seize Turkey's Mosul Consulate Turkey’s Mosul consulate has been seized by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham and ...

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Communication to 38th World Heritage Committee on the Nomination of Battir as a World Heritage Site in Danger

Introduction Battir is a Palestinian village located on the border which separates the West Bank from Israel since 1948; its human historic landscape, characterized by dry-stone terraces and ancient irrigation systems dating back to pre-roman times, yet in use according to traditional agricultural practices, is menaced by the construction of the Separation Barrier, which, if built, will irreversibly damage the site and disrupt the way of living of its inhabitants. “This is a landscape produced by ...

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