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Between Poststructuralist Theory and Colonial Practice Others Palestine Media Roundup تركيع حماس حوار مع مظفر النواب - الجزء الأول

Familiar Ruptures and Opportunities, 1967 and 2017

The 1967 war was a fundamental, damning failure for the Arab world. In the course of six short days, Israel expanded its jurisdiction across the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula and the Syrian Golan Heights, as well as the West Bank and the Gaza ...

Municipal Politics in Lebanon

The municipal system has been a key pillar of debates on administrative decentralization, economic development and political participation in Lebanon. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, activists sought to stop the demolition of the ...

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جزيرة اللجوء المؤجل: قبرص

مزّق محمد، اللاجئ السوري، ورقة قبول العمل التي مُنحت له بعد مقابلات عدة في مهن أرسل إليها من قبل "مكتب التشغيل والتأمين" في مدينة لارنكا القبرصية، كانت الفرصة الممنوحة له "عاملاً لفرز المعادن في معمل خردوات وقمامة يبعد عن ...

Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (May 2017)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of May 2017. It also includes the most recent roundups, editors picks, and most-read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content ...


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Life in a Street: How Informal Mechanisms Govern Scarce Public Spaces in Nabaa, Beirut

[Negotiations and invisible tactics: bargaining over space as well as prices. Image by Petra Samaha]

The informal mechanisms of organization in everyday public life have been at the core of concerns of many researchers and practitioners (e.g., Rukmana and Hegel in Indonesia, Mehrotra in India, and Nagati in Egypt). While examining these processes in different contexts, the focus was typically on their interplay with "formal" regulations or in relation to the private built environment. Few highlighted the significance of these informal arrangements per se and their importance in governing public shared spaces (Simone 2004 & 2009, Bayat 1998 & 2010). These mechanisms lend some sort of spatial flexibility to the street transforming it into much more than ...

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Syria Media Roundup (June 28)

[A glimpse of Damascus taken in April, 2011. Image by Henry Patton 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 Air strikes pound southwest Syrian city of Deraa (20 June, 2017) Government air and artillery bombardments hit rebel-held areas of the Syrian city of Deraa, on the border with Jordan, on Tuesday after a two-day ceasefire expired, witnesses, rebels and the army said. US ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 27)

[Doha, Qatar. Picture taken by JanManu in 2014 and uploaded via Wikimedia Commons]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula for the past two weeks 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 Final Battle for the Arab World “So it might be useful to step back from examining any one conflict and instead simply try to identify larger historical and political patterns.” US senators approve Trump's weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, despite ...

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مَعرض الشِقَاق لبنجي بوياجيان

جانب من المعروضات. الصورة من أرشيف الكاتبة

مَعرض "الشِقَاق" لبنجي بوياجيان: زَخارِف تحتفي بالحرفةِ والأخطاء وبصمات تركها عابرون في تاريخِ المكان يقال بأن الأخطاء تُقترف عمدا في السجاد العجمي، لأن النسّاجين يؤمنون بأن "الكمال لله وحده"، وأن الأخطاء بمثابة شقوق تدخل منها الروح لحماية القطعة. كثيراً ما تأملت الأشكال والزخارف التي تزين السجاد باحثة عن أخطاء تؤكد لي إذا ما كانت القطعة يدوية صنعتها أياد بشرية، أم آلية الصنع مؤتمتة لا أخطاء فيها ولا تمتلك روحاً لحظة اكتشاف الأخطاء دائما تسرني وكأنني أجد كنزا مخبأً بين الزخارف الملونة. لذا أنظر مليا إلى البلاط المزخرف الذي رصف أرضية الغرفة ذات الواجهات الزجاجية الكبيرة التي جلسنا أنا وبنجي بوياجيان نتحدث فيها عن معرضه "الشِقَاق" ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 26)

[Labor Leader Kamal Khalil. Photo from Wikimedia Commons, taken by Lilian Wagdy.]

[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 to ratify Tiran and Sanafir agreement within days: Source President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will move to ratify the Tiran and Sanafir islands agreement in a matter of days, according to an official source who spoke on condition of anonymity. Sisi ratifies Tiran and Sanafir agreement, cedes islands to Saudi Arabia President Abdel ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (June 25)

[Separation wall between Israel and Palestine. Photo by Dafna Kaplan and uploaded 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 Palestinians Are Being Subjected To "Collective Punishment" In Jerusalem After An Attack In The Old City Israeli authorities are continuing to enforce strict measures against the residents of the city by means of road closures, arbitrary searches and mass detentions. In one day, three hundred and fifty Palestinians with West Bank ...

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حوار مع مظفر النواب - الجزء الأخير

[مظفرالنواب في سجن نكرة السلمان. الأول من اليسار وقوفاً]

س: هناك حديث كثير عن أزمة الشعر وعن العلاقة بين تطور الوسائل السمعية والبصرية والرقابة والمصاعب المادية وأسعار الورق. فهل الشعر في أزمة؟ م ن: لقد طرحت أشياء عديدة. إن طغيان المرئيات، التلفزيون والـ «سي إن إن» وغيرها، سوف يشغل الناس لفترة. لكن الأذن تظل دائماً بحاجة إلى شيء آخر. أنا مثلاً لا أحب أن أشاهد التلفزيون كثيراً. أحب أن أسمع ولا أدري لماذا. بعد فترة سيكون هناك توازن مرة ثانية. الجانب الثاني هو أسعار الورق والرقابة. طبعاً هذه تؤثر بشكل سلبي. وعندنا في البلاد العربية هذه الظاهرة، مع الأسف، أكثر تفاقماً. فقليل من الناس يمكنهم أن يشتروا كتاباً. مثلاً، بعض الكتب في سوريا سعرها ٨٠٠ ليرة وراتب الموظف ٣٠٠٠. أما في العراق فالموضوع لا يمكن الحديث عنه. س: من الواضح ...

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سنديان السويداء ولعنة الحرب السورية

تمتد أحراج السنديان في السويداء على مساحة مئات الدونمات في قرى الكفر والسهوة وقنوات وعلى أطراف المدينة الشرقية فيما يعرف بمحمية الضمنة، وحتى بداية الحرب السورية كانت مقصدا للاستجمام والرحلات ومتنفساً لأهل المدينة بما تحتويه من مناظر طبيعية وهواء نظيف. السنديان أشجار دائمة الخضرة وبطيئة النمو ومعمرة قد تصل إلى مئات السنين تتميز بخشب قاسي ومتين ويعتبر من أفضل أنواع الخشب، كما أنّ هكتاراً واحداً من السنديان يمتص ما يقارب 15 طن من غاز ثاني اكسيد الكربون في السنة ويطرح ما يعادلها من الاكسجين، ويعدل من سرعة الرياح بمقدار 40 بالمئة وتستجلب الرطوبة من مسافة 100 كم تقريباً، كما أنّ ثمارها كانت تستخدم فيما مضى في الغذاء في سنوات الجفاف والقحط. خلال فترة حكم العثمانيين والفرنسيين ...

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Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf Cooperation Council Crisis

[Logo of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)]

It is tempting, and not entirely inaccurate, to dismiss the escalating crisis between Qatar and a number of its neighbors as a petulant princely playground spat. Extending this tempting logic, one could conclude that decisive victory by each of the protagonists would be the optimal outcome. Yet the dispute also reflects deeper dynamics in Arab and regional politics that are shaping the increasingly turbulent and violent realities of the Middle East. Saudi Arabia’s Gulf Cooperation Council The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which is the locus of the present crisis, was established in 1981 by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates ...

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Des bidonvilles aux villes de béton : une somme sur l’évolution urbaine d’Alger

Recensé: Rachid Sidi Boumedine, Bétonvilles contre bidonvilles. Cent ans de bidonvilles à Alger (Alger : APIC éditions, 2016) Il est rare, en Europe ou aux Etats-Unis, que les professionnels de l'urbanisme soient en même temps des chercheurs occupant une position centrale dans le champ académique des études urbaines[1]. Tel est en revanche le cas en Tunisie d'un Morched Chabbi, et en Algérie d'un Rachid Sidi Boumedine, tous deux à la fois sociologues et urbanistes praticiens. Ayant alterné responsabilités officielles et travaux d'études à titre de consultants, ils ont en même temps enseigné, pris part aux débats de leur temps et écrit une œuvre constituée ...

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استذكار غرامشي

"ماذا سيكون رأي غرامشي حيال مآزقنا الحالية؟" تساءلَ رئيس بلدية مدينة كالياري الإيطالية اليساري الشاب ماسيمو زيدا ثم أجاب: "ربما سيفكّر بأن أمورنا تحسنت، لكننا نواجه أيضاً مشاكل كثيرة في سردينيا... ولهذا نحتاج إلى أن نتنظّم". بهذا التصريح أعلن رئيس البلدية الذي يرتدي الجينزالأزرق عام 2017 "عاماً لغرامشي" وافتتح مؤتمر "قرن من الثورات: مسارات غرامشية في العالم". وكان 27 نيسان لحظة مناسبة لتسليط الضوء من جديد على حياة وأعمال أنطونيو غرامشي في الذكرى الثمانين لموته، في السنة التي حددت أيضاً الذكرى المئوية للثورة الروسية ومرور سبع سنوات على الانتفاضات العربية التي اتسمت بالاضطراب. إن الطاقة والحماس اللذين أحاطا بهذه المناسبة الخاصة ...

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Traces, Fragments, Scraps: Collecting Cairo’s Discarded Images

[The author's mother and aunt, Beirut, 1954. Courtesy Yasser Alwan.]

[In this two-part essay we present a selection of captivating photographs from roughly the first half of the 20th century in Egypt, collected by Yasser Alwan and held by the photography center Akkasah at NYUAD. The essays by Akkasah director Shamoon Zamir and Alwan provide valuable context and insights into how to understand this particular collection. The first selection of photographs, with Zamir's essay, highlights the collection's poignant snapshot photographs, while the second group with Alwan's essay showcases a range of studio portraits. - Editor] A photograph is always a fragment, but its unique persuasive power lies in appearing to be a complete and ...

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مختارات من الصحافة العربية 29 حزيران

مختارات من الصحافة العربية (من 19 حتى 25 حزيران) مصر مصر: تيران وصنافير تفتحان بوابات الغضب على النظام الغضب يتصاعد نتيجة مصادقة مجلس الشعب على تسليم جزيرتي البحر الأحمر تيران وصنافير للسعودية. بالتفاصيل.. 5 مشادات واشتباكات في اجتماع “تيران وصنافير”.. و”عبدالعال” يخالف اللائحة الجدل على اتفاقية ترسيم تيران وصنافير يحتدم بعد مصادقة مجلس الشعب على الصفقة لصالح المملكة العربية السعودية. محطة لتسليم «تيران وصنافير» للسعودية18 جدول زمني يشمل إجراءات قضية الترسيم المصرية والسعودية لتيران وصنافير ...

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MESA Memo on Impact of US Supreme Court Decision on Travel Ban

[The following memo was issued on 27 June 2017 by the the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) regarding the Supreme Court's limited stay in the case that MESA has joined as plaintiff against the Executive Order to Limit Entry of Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants] On Monday, June 26, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued a limited stay in the case that MESA has joined as a plaintiff, IRAP v. Trump, partially reinstating the revised Executive Order (EO) from March 6, ...

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A Lyrical Cruise in Tunis

Urban scholars spend at least a decade thinking about the cities they research from the time they identify a research problem to the time they publish their manuscript. But we rarely find published those initial thoughts that are as much about misunderstanding as about comprehending the cities we turn into research projects. This essay is based on field notes from my first summer of pre-dissertation fieldwork in Tunisia, May to July 2014. I use pseudonyms to protect the identity of my interlocutors. The ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (June 19-25)

[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.] Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf Cooperation Council Crisis حوار مع مظفر النواب - الجزء الأول حوار مع مظفر النواب - الجزء الثاني استذكار غرامشي

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Lebanon's New Electoral Law: Proportional in Form, Majoritarian at Heart

The Lebanese government and parliament finally approved an electoral law on 16 June 2017, “averting” a political and constitutional crisis. Political parties have congratulated themselves for this “achievement,” despite being four years late and creating a dangerous precedent by illegally extending the parliamentary mandate three times since 2013. While the long-awaited electoral law contains elements of a proportional representation (PR) system, its soul is majoritarian and its districts are crafted ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mazen Masri, The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism: Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State

Mazen Masri, The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism: Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State. London: Bloomsbury Professional, 2017. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mazen Masri (MM): The question of the book–Israel’s definition as a Jewish and democratic state–is one that I have been preoccupied with since I took the constitutional law course in the first year of my law degree at the Hebrew University. I was struck by how this contradiction is explained away using liberal ...

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Call for Abstracts: The Politics of Boycotts (Deadline: 1 September 2017)

 The Politics of Boycotts Issue number 134 (May 2019) Abstract Deadline: September 1, 2017 Issue editors: E. Natalie Rothman and Andrew Zimmerman This issue of the Radical History Review seeks to contribute historical depth and comparative breadth to recent discussions around the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in support of Palestine. Our aim is to create a broad basis for historical and strategic discussion by exploring a variety of spatio-temporal ...

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Full Circles: Hamas Goes to Cairo

During the past week, a Hamas delegation paid an official visit to Egypt, which these days is news in and of itself. During its time in Cairo, the delegation also met with former Fatah warlord Muhammad Dahlan, which is even bigger news. The Hamas delegation was led by Yahya Sinwar. A leader of Hamas’s Martyr Izz-al-Din Qassam Brigades – who served more than twenty years in Israel’s prisons until released in a 2011 exchange – Sinwar was recently elected to lead the movement in the occupied Gaza Strip, ...

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Survivor: Life After Cluster Bomb

Survivor is a decade-long documentary photography project following the story of Mohammed, a young cluster bomb survivor. During the summer 2006 Israel-Hizbollah war in Lebanon he was riding as a passenger on his father's motorbike when it struck a cluster bomb. Over the past 10 years I have documented how Mohammed, like so many other survivors around the world, lives with the horrifying repercussions of cluster munitions. Mohammed was eleven years old when he lost both legs during the last week of the ...

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Caught Between Two Fires: Sudanese Refugees in Jordan

Ahmad is poised as a journalist from Kutum, a town that lies 120 kilm away from El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur in Sudan. His towering figure and wide shoulders sway slowly with each calculated step he takes around his home’s uneven floor, leaning on his aluminum cane for support. He is among the many Darfuris that have in recent years actively spoken out about persecution in their homeland: I am forced to raise my voice because my family members are victims. There are real problems: rape, ...

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Syria’s Rebels, Before and After Aleppo: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Bassam Haddad and Aron Lund

In this conversation for STATUS/الوضع, host Bassam Haddad talks to Aron Lund about the state and status of Syria’s rebels, more than five months after the battle for Aleppo. Lund addresses the aftermath of the rebels defeat in east Aleppo in December 2016 and the significance of this loss for the opposition in general as well as the armed groups. Bassam also asks Lund to elaborate on what he thinks explains the pattern of mergers and factionalism among rebel groups over the years. The conversation ...

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New Texts Out Now: Michèle Jolé, Histoire turque de l’Institut d’urbanisme de Paris. Des étudiants de 1919 à 1969

A propos de : Michèle Jolé, Histoire turque de l’Institut d’urbanisme de Paris. Des étudiants de 1919 à 1969 (Institut français d’études anatoliennes/ Openeditionbook: Istanbul, 2017) Jadaliyya (J.) : Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait écrire ce livre? Michèle Jolé (M.J.): La question est particulièrement pertinente. Je m’y suis d’ailleurs, longuement  et sans doute avec complaisance, arrêtée dans le premier chapitre de ce livre. On peut y voir un besoin de légitimer cette aventure, hors de mes champs ...

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