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Vox Populi Editors

Vox Populi Editors

Vox Populi's September/October Issue Is Here!

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For Vox Populi’s September/October issue, we chose to focus on the LGBTQ+ community, highlighting themes of activism, expression, and representation. Now more than ever, we must recognize the fight for queer justice as an intersectional struggle, occurring across several different fronts – one of those being the aesthetic and artistic. The pieces compiled in this issue represent the breadth of the region’s LGBTQ+ presence, drawing from a variety of different ...

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Vox Populi Roundup (September/October)

[Rainbow flag at Mashrou' Leila concert in Cairo. September 22, 2017. Image by Benno Schwinghammer, Picture-Alliance/dpa/AP Images, via Vice Media.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on organic issues around the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Vox Populi Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to voxpopuli@jadaliyya.com by the first week of every month.]   English UAE cuts sentences for Singaporeans jailed for cross-dressing: A pre-operative transgender woman ...

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Vox Populi Relaunches on Jadaliyya!

[Gemmayze Graffiti. Beirut, Lebanon. May 2017. Image by Camille Reynolds.]

The new and refreshed Vox Populi page has officially relaunched as of 21 August 2017. In the rejuvenation process, we focused on building on our existing mission but made some adjustments in order to ensure sustainable content. Each month, Vox Populi (voxpop.jadaliyya.com) will focus on a different thematic subject, which we will analyze through the variety of pieces and roundups we produce that month. Below is our mission statement:  Vox Populi ...

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Vox Populi Roundup (August)

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[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on organic issues around the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Vox Populi Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to voxpopuli@jadaliyya.com by the first week of every month.] English Mashrou’ Leila and the night club’s political power On a recent breezeless afternoon, I met two young ...

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Jadaliyya Launches a New Page: VOX POPULI صوت الشعب

[Image from el-Seed, Morocco. It is also the page banner for Vox Populi, acquired by permission.]

Jadaliyya is proud to announce the launch of a new page, Vox Populi [صوت الشعب/Sawt al-Sha‘b or Voice of the People]. Featuring popular artistic and aesthetic expressions that emanate from the Middle East, Vox Populi seeks to highlight silenced and/or underrepresented cultural forms and conduits while challenging official and mainstream cultural production and narratives about the region. In addition to showcasing the independent work of ordinary citizens and groups—which ...

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Yaser El Manawhly - The Monetary Fund

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With witty political commentary and folk-ish oud melodies, Egyptian musician Yasser El Manawahly channels the spirit of Sheikh Imam into the contemporary political and social issues of Egypt. In this song, Yasser takes on the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Talk of an IMF loan has been widespread among Egyptian policymakers since the January 25 uprising unseated Hosni Mubarak. Even though this song was released in October 2012, it is particularly relevant to current ...

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Bio

Vox Populi Editors

 

Vox Populi features popular artistic and aesthetic expressions that emanate from the Middle East. It seeks to highlight silenced and/or underrepresented cultural forms and conduits while challenging official and mainstream cultural production and narratives about the region. In addition to showcasing the independent work of ordinary citizens and groups—which includes street art, graffiti, popular non-commercial songs, hip hop, DIY YouTube series, etc.—the page aims to capture new and changing forms, spaces, and avenues of political socialization and mobilization. Through interviews, analysis, individual and institutional profiles, video snippets, films, music videos, and visual and street art, Vox Populi communicates and showcases important trends about/from the region that are often left out in what is otherwise serious analytical treatments.

Featured material does not necessarily constitute an endorsement by Jadaliyya. Rather, it reflects trends, patterns, and emergent spaces for alternative forms of expression. 

If you wish to contribute to this page, send your material to VoxPopuli@Jadaliyya.com 

 

Vox Populi Editors

Camille Reynolds, Dima Yassine, Katty Alhayek, Mohammad Ali Nayel, Bassam Haddad