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الانتخابات البلدية في فلسطين: حوار لمجلة الوضع مع حسن لدادوة

أجرى ضياء علي لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع حسن لدادوة، الانتخابات البلدية في فلسطين. تركز المقابلة حول الانتخابات البلدية في فلسطين و قراءة في أبعادها السوسيولوجية. 

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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 according to a political and sectarian calculus. Furthermore, the law carries no reform provision such as a women’s quota, an independent electoral commission, or adequate ...

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Quick Thoughts: Arang Keshavarzian on Iran’s Presidential Election

[“If you are hesitant about participating in the election, ask me, ‘Why?’” Photograph posted on “mamlekate” Telegram channel on 14 May 2017.]

[On 19 May 2017 the Islamic Republic of Iran conducted its twelfth presidential election since the monarchy was overthrown in 1979. After a variety of candidates were prevented from participating or withdrew in support of a different candidacy, the election was essentially a contest between President Hassan Rouhani, in office since 2013, and conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi. Jadaliyya turned to Arang Keshavarzian of New York University to interpret Rouhani’s decisive victory in the context of Iran’s political system. Some of these points were developed in an essay co-authored with Naghmeh Sohrabi in Middle East Report.] Jadaliyya (J): Iran is regularly described as ...

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Media on Media Roundup (May 17)

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This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup covers several important stories affecting the Middle East and North African mediascape. A ransomware cyberattack named #WannaCry, which initially affected European institutions, is allegedly spreading to the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia and the UAE named as the most vulnerable targets. As Iranian presidential elections near, conservative parties embrace social media platforms in their electoral campaigning and current President Rouhani looks to win a second four-year term, promising to target remaining US sanctions. According to Al Monitor, journalists in Gaza are facing an increased crackdown on their freedom of ...

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‘Optimism of the Intellect’? How to Stay Hopeful in the Wake of Turkey’s Referendum Results

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Following the constitutional referendum in Turkey, which resulted in a narrow victory for the “Yes” camp (with fifty-one percent of the voters approving the constitutional changes that grant President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan unprecedented powers), pundits rushed to portray a grim picture, mourning “the death of Turkish democracy.” In an op-ed for Foreign Policy, titled “RIP Turkey, 1921-2017,” Steven Cook claimed that with this victory, Erdoğan not only “permanently closed a chapter of his country’s modern history” but also closed off the prospect that Turkey could become a democracy. Similarly, Dexter Filkins of the New Yorker argued, “after fifteen years of riding the ...

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دورنا في صناعة الظلام

[المصدر موقع زنوبيا رسالة وطن]

[المقالة لربيع علم الدين ترجمها عن الإنجليزية إسامة إسبر] بعد الانتخابات الرئاسية مباشرة امتلأ حسابي على التويتر بالتعبيرات عن الصدمة والشكاوى. بدا كما لو أن العبارة المفضلة للجميع هي:"نحن أفضل من هذا”. لكنني اعتبرت هـذا الكلام خاطئاً، وفهمتُ منطقه الملتوي، والصدمة والأذى اللذين سيقودان أحداً ما كي يقول هذا، لكن هذا لم يكن صحيحاً. لسنا أفضل من هذا. نحن هذا. لقد انتُخبَ الرجل رئيساً. وبحكم طبيعة الحال إن أميركا هي هذا، نحن هذا. لا أقول كلامي هذا كي أوحي أننا يجب أن نُلام، أو أن أحداً ما لم يصوّت لدونالد ترامب هو مذنب كشخص صوّت. ما أحاول مواصلة الإشارة إليه، للأصدقاء، ولأي شخص يحب أن يصغي، هو أن قلة منا ترغب بالاعتراف بالمسؤولية، ليس بالضرورة قبول ...

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لمحة من أحداث الحملة الانتخابية في المغرب: مجلة الوضع مع نبيلة منيب

[نبيلة منيب الأمينة العامة لفيدرالية اليسار الديمقراطي في المغرب]

 أجرت سامية الرزوقي لمجلة  "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع  نبيلة منيب، الأمينة العامة لفيدالية اليسار الديمقراطي. وهي أول إمرأة تقود حزباً سياسياً رئيسياً، تلقي خطاباً في بلدة جنوبية غير بعيدة عن الصحراء الغربية أثناء حملتها الانتخابية.

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An Inquiry into the Dynamics of Elections, Gas Deals, and Assassinations in Jordan - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Reem Al-Masri and Omar Atout

In this interview conducted by Ziad Abu-Rish for Status/الوضع, Reem Al-Masri and Omar Atout give a critical assessment of the current situation in Jordan. The interview was conducted in Arabic on September 29, 2016. Reem Al-Masri is a writer and researcher at 7iber. Her research focuses on the structural, legislative, and technical dynamics of the communications sector, and the their effects on freedom of expression, assembly, and privacy. In addition, Al-Masri produced a number of resources on the most recent Jordanian election law for 7iber, inlcuding curating its satirical blog titled "The Democratic Wedding." She holds an MA in Culture, Communication, and ...

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Internationalism after Trumpism

[Image via Wikipedia]

In the interest of full disclosure: on 8 November, Election Day in the United States, I wrote a short piece intended to be part of the roundup of responses to the elections by Jadaliyya co-editors (if you have not read this excellent set of reflections yet, they can be found here). I sent off my neat thousand words around 7:30 on the night of the elections, and then settled in to watch the results. A few hours later, I wrote a slightly worried but not yet definitive email to my fellow editors: “ps if Trump wins tonight please kill this piece. I don't think it will still make sense. Hopefully that won't be necessary...” By the early hours of the morning, things had ...

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US Presidential Elections: Quick Reflections by Some Jadaliyya Co-Editors

[Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during United States presidential election 2016. Wikimedia Commons.]

The shocking victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential elections reflects important developments in US political culture just as it will have significant ramifications for US foreign policy. A world that had taken for granted four more years of neoliberal globalization and foreign intervention under Hillary Rodham Clinton now struggles to understand the extent to which the United States will pursue a different course, domestically and abroad, and what this means for citizens of both the US and the world at large. In this roundtable a number of Jadaliyya co-editors reflect on the meaning of Trump's campaign and election, and its potential consequences both at ...

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Schadenfreude circa 2016

[Donald Trump. Image via David Duke's Twitter account]

Schadenfreude, a German term, describes a coldhearted pleasure derived from the misfortune of others. While taking pleasure from others’ misfortune is not a virtuous sentiment, the 2016 race for the US presidency, which has been an unprecedented debacle in many ways, is one such circumstance when it may be politically valid. To understand who has derived grim pleasure from this debacle, and why, we should consider how different constituencies have apprehended the 2016 US presidential election.   Schadenfreude in the “Homeland” In the presidential primary for the Republican Party (also known as the Grand Old Party, or GOP), the relatively quick and easy victory of ...

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After the Moment: The Death of US Exceptionalism?

[US Electoral College Map as of 9am EST Wednesday 9 November 2016. Image via Politico.com]

The victory of Donald Trump over Hillary Rodham Clinton in the US presidential elections has sent a shock wave across the United States, the Americas, and indeed the world. However, the particular reverberations of this shock take on very different manifestations depending on geographic location, political affiliation, class background, and much more. In Beirut for example, some loyalists of recently elected Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement are brandishing Trump’s win as “another victory against the traditional political establishment,” while many of those that champion Russia’s Vladimir Putin as a check on US regional power are celebrating the ...

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The Referendum in Turkey-A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Sinan Birdal

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Shahram Aghamir speaks with Sinan Birdal, who unpacks Turkey's constitutional referendum that passed on April 16. In a turbulent political environment where the soft and hard executive power of the Turkish presidency is expanding rapidly, the referendum has proven the mechanism by which Erdogan can expand his control over the legislature and the judiciary. Following that, this podcast asks these questions: what did the referendum reveal about the nature ...

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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 1924 Barakat Building on the basis that it was a heritage site. In response to public pressure, the Municipality of Beirut expropriated the building in 2013, and has since overseen a contentious process of transforming the space into a memory museum. International donors ...

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Political Parties, Elections, and the Illusion of Opposition in Morocco

Introduction For the last several months, Moroccan politics has been dominated by the results of the October 2016 parliamentary elections, the subsequent blocage in the Islamist Justice and Development Party(PJD) creating a governing coalition, and the announcement of a new government.  Pro-state media narratives blamed the PJD’s former leader, Abdelilah Benkirane, and his inability to form a coalition. After more than five months of stalled talks, King Mohammed VI relieved Benkirane of his ...

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Along What Lines Are Lebanon’s Political Elite Divided?

Eight years on and Lebanon still does not have an electoral law. Despite the many draft proposals and meetings by the Council of Ministers (COM) and parliamentary sub-committees, political parties appear more likely to either hold elections according to the so-called 1960 law or illegally extend their mandates than pass a new electoral law. Granted, a new electoral law would determine who has the power to nominate a prime minister, form a new government, issue a vote of confidence and oversee ...

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Turkey After the Referendum: A Roundtable

Turkey Page Editors’ Introduction On 16 April 2017, amidst widespread reports of electoral fraud, a slim majority of those casting votes in Turkey voted to approve a referendum, which has as its main goal the overhaul of the executive branch. Most significantly, it does away with the position of prime minister, thereby transforming the presidency from being a ceremonial position as head of state into the sole leadership position of the executive branch. Opposition politicians and dissident journalists ...

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Where’s My Vote? The US Edition

In June 2009, protests erupted in Tehran and other major Iranian cities following Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s loss in the presidential elections against incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mousavi and the other opposition candidates alleged voter fraud and questioned the legitimacy of the Ahmadinejad win. Of course, the term “opposition” here is used loosely as presidential candidates are thoroughly vetted via a process that keeps out anti-establishment candidates. Everyone who makes it to the general election ...

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خطاب آنجيلا ديفس في مسيرة النساء في واشنطن

خطاب آنجيلا ديفس في مسيرة النساء في واشنطن يوم 21 كانون الثاني،2017  آنجيلا ديفس (مواليد 1944) ناشطة يساريّة معروفة في حركة الحقوق المدنية واليسار الأمريكي والعالمي. برزت في الستينيّات في صفوف الحزب الشيوعي الأمريكي وكانت مقرّبة من حركة الفهود السود. وهي كاتبة وأكاديميّة متقاعدة.   [ترجمة سنان أنطون] *** "في لحظة صعبة في تاريخنا، فلنذكّر أنفسنا، نحن، مئات الآلاف، ملايين النساء، ومتحولو الهويّة الجنسيّة، والرجال والشباب المتجمعون هنا في مسيرة النساء، بأننا نمثل قوى التغييرالمصممّة ...

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Donald Trumps the Media - A Status/الوضع Quick Thoughts with Adel Iskandar

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Bassam Haddad speaks with Adel Iskandar, who unpacks Trump's complicated relationship to the US media, reflects on the reaction of Middle Eastern media on his victory, and describes how the journalistic establishment will likely deal with him during the four-year presidency. Adel Iskandar is Assistant Professor of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author, coauthor, and editor of several works including Egypt In Flux: ...

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السياسة هي الحل

نحن لا نملك أوهاماً عن تأثير انتصار دونالد ترامب. إنه كارثة. إن احتمال نشوء حكومة يمينية موحّدة يقودها طاغية شعبويٌّ، تمثل كارثة. هناك طريقتان للرد على هذا الموقف: الأولى هي لوم شعب الولايات المتحدة، والثانية هي لوم نخبة البلاد. سيفعل كثير من النقاد هذا في الأيام والأسابيع المقبلة. فقد ألّف الليبراليون المذعورون مقالات تشرح كيفية الانتقال إلى كندا، وأمس تعطّل الموقع الإلكتروني لدائرة الهجرة الكندية بسبب الضغط الملح عليه. إن الأشخاص الذين دفعوا بنا إلى هذا الجرف يخططون الآن لهربهم. لكن ...

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Palestine after the US Elections: Discipline and Dissonance

While it may be too dismissive to declare that the US presidential election does not impact the question of Palestine, it is quite reasonable to conclude that the identity of the occupant of that office is of little relevance when it comes to Palestine. No other foreign policy issue is characterized by the intransigent and bipartisan consistency that shapes the question of Palestine and the United States’ relationship to Israel. Since the 1967 War, when President Lyndon B. Johnson scrapped a dual ...

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We Would Have Had to Deal with a White Nationalist Movement Either Way

During his campaign, Donald Trump demonstrated no knowledge on the issues, an abundance of childish invective, and plenty of outright scandals yet none of that deterred his predominantly white base. Exit polls show that white voters, who make up sixty-nine percent of the total, voted fifty-eight percent for Trump. These included a significant majority of both white men and women, especially non-college educated white men between the ages of 18-29. It is safe to say that Trump was the White people’s ...

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دموع الليبراليين في وداع الإمبراطور

 حين شارفت فترة رئاسة بيل كلينتون الثانية على الانتهاء، أواخر العام 2000، تصاعد منسوب المديح له في صفوف الليبراليين في الولايات المتحدة، وحتى خارجها. وعبّر الكثيرون منهم عن شيء من الحزن لانتهاء ولايته. فالرجل كان، بالنسبة لهم، محارباً وإنسانيّاً «حاول» إصلاح الأمور (سيُقال هذا عن أوباما) لكنه تعرّض لحملات شرسة ومؤامرات من «الجمهوريين». وخرج منها كلّها سالماً باستثناء جراح رمزيّة بسيطة (اتّهامه من قبل الكونغرس بشهادة الزور وبتعطيل العدالة في ما يتعلّق بعلاقته الجنسيّة مع المتدرّبة في البيت الأبيض، ...

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