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Media on Media Roundup (April 4)

[Portrait of Taha Hussein. Wikimedia Commons]

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup discusses several important stories affecting the MENA mediascape. According to CNN and CBS, the recent “electronics ban” by the Trump administration was largely prompted by intel that al-Qaida and ISIS militants are developing ways to plant explosives in electronic devices. VICE Media are looking to expand their website and digital channel to the Middle East, aiming to open approximately fifty new staff positions in Dubai. Suppression of free speech persists, as Lebanese citizen Ahmad Amhaz faces trial following his publication of a Facebook post deemed offensive to members of government and Egyptian author Ahmad Naji ...

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Call for Papers: Mobilities and Materialities of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula (Kuwait, 17-19 March 2017)

[Image from official call for papers of the Gulf Studies Symposium (GSS)]

The Center for Gulf Studies at the American University of Kuwait will hold its third Gulf Studies Symposium (GSS) on 17-19 March 2017. The GSS is a meeting of worldwide Gulf scholars and researchers held biennially in Kuwait. Each symposium is based on a particular scholarly theme that is timely both to the region and to the field of Gulf studies. The theme of the 2017 GSS is "Mobilities and Materialities of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula." CALL FOR PAPERS The 2017 GSS will bring together international and regional scholars to engage in an interdisciplinary discussion on the movement of people into, out of, across, and within the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula in ...

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35 عاما على تشكيل مجلس التعاون الخليجي

[المصدر ويكيبيديا]

 في 25 أيار/ مايو الماضي مرّت الذكرى الخامسة والثلاثون لتأسيس مجلس التعاون الخليجي. احتفى الإعلام الرسمي، وإن في أطر ضيقة، بنشر مقالات وبثّ برامج أشادت بما "حققه العمل الخليجي المشترك من إنجازات في المجالات السياسية والأمنية والاقتصادية والتنموية". وبالمقابل، لم تثر المناسبة اهتمام مواطني بلدان المجلس، فهو تأسس بقرار سياسي اتخذه الحكام دون مشاركة عامة بأي شكل من الأشكال، واستمر طيلة السنوات الماضية شأناً خاصاً بالعوائل الحاكمة وحدها، فيه تَعقد اتفاقاتها وتَحِل خلافاتها وتُناقش أمورها المشتركة. وكما لم يتأسس مجلس التعاون بإرادة شعبية فهو لم يتحول طيلة الخمس وثلاثين سنة الماضية إلى مشروع شعبي ليس متاحاً حتى الآن للمواطنين مناقشة أموره أو التنسيق عبر ...

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المجتمع المدني في الخليج العربي: الواقع والاحتمالات. مقابلة للوضع بين انور الرشيد وفاتح عزام

نقاش حول واقع وانشطة وتاريخ حركات المجتمع المدني في منطقة الخليج العربي. أنور الرشيد رئيس منتدى المجتمع المدني الخليجي منذ 2007. يعمل أيضاً كصحفي ومحلل سياسي، وعضو جمعية الصحفيين الكويتيين، وهو مراقب دولي للانتخابات في المنطقة وكان نائب رئيس مجلس مديري شبكة انتخابات العالم العربي. وهو عضو في منظمة حقوق الإنسان الكويتية، ونسّق عدة “مؤتمرات ظل” للمجتمع المدني بالتوازي مع مؤتمرات قادة مجلس التعاون الخليجي  

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اللاجئون السوريون والخليج: لحظة فك السحر

[لاجئون سوريون على الحدود التركية. المصدرا.ب]

عندما كتب ميشيل فوكو عن علاقة المعرفة بالسلطة ركز على أهمية العلوم الاجتماعية لتقديم المعرفة الدقيقة اللازمة لأي سلطة تريد تنوير أو ترويض رعيتها. فالإحصائيات والأرقام والمسوحات والاستبيانات والمقابلات المعمقة هدفها تقديم حد أدنى من المعلومات التي على ضوئها سيتم تفسيرها من قبل السلطات السياسية، وإنشاء ما يسمى "بنظام الحقيقة". ومع كل أسف ما نجده هذه الأيام من جدل حول لماذا لم تستقبل دول الخليج اللاجئين السوريين هو تتويج لنظام يتناقض كلياً مع "نظام الحقيقة": إنه "نظام الجهل" أو سلطة "الجهل". وكلمة الجهل هنا هي كلمة منمقة لكي لا نقول "نظام التضليل الشعبوي".  فمنذ سنوات عدة، لم أتمكن أبداً، كمتخصص بموضوع الهجرة واللجوء، ...

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Discussion: Gulf Youth and the City (17 June 2015, AGSIW)

Gulf cities have followed similar paths of urbanization and architecture shaped by state planning and commercial development. While local differences exist, all reflect the demands of government and business, with little attention paid to civic requirements and public spaces. Recent events across the globe, from the Occupy movements to the 2011 Arab uprisings, have brought the role of cities in political life to the forefront. However, with few exceptions, Gulf cities are known more as glittering global consumer capitals than places of civic engagement or political struggle.  With a dynamic younger generation rising in the Gulf, what is the public’s role, ...

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'The Thing Is to Be Light as Air': An Interview with Mai Al-Nakib

[Mai Al-Nakib. Photo: Omar Nakib]

Last spring, Bloomsbury published Mai Al-Nakib’s debut work of fiction, The Hidden Light of Objects (released in the US this January). Since then the collection of short stories has won praise and acclaim from across the globe, including the First Book Award at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2014. The Hidden Light of Objects is not so much a collection but rather, to borrow from the language of Gilles Deleuze, an assemblage of fictions whose themes, characters and things are deeply entangled with one another. Especially suggestive in this regard is Al-Nakib’s figure of the bougainvillea—that vine with such an evocative local name, majnuna (madwoman) and ...

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Snapshot: Kuwait City

An antique seller at the Friday market, Kuwait City. Photo by Faisal Al Fouzan.

Every Friday during my day off work, I take my camera and explore Kuwait City. Kuwait on the weekends, especially in the mornings, is very peaceful. Everyone seems relaxed and to be having a quiet time. Some days I go to the Friday market, which is a flea market that opens on weekends only, to photograph pieces of life there, such as sellers arranging their used goods and antiques, a boy laying on the carpets he helps to sell while he waits for potential customers, and peoples’ interactions. Or I head to Al Mubarkiya, the old traditional market of Kuwait, and experience other moments of lives there: workers in action, busy with customers, or having their break and ...

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Call For Papers: Knowledge-Based Development in the Gulf (Kuwait, March 2015)

Knowledge-Based Development in the Gulf Call for Papers Kuwait, 13-15 March 2015 Deadline: 15 October 2014  The Center for Gulf Studies at the American University of Kuwait will hold its second Gulf Studies Symposium (GSS) on 13-15 March 2015. The GSS is a meeting of worldwide Gulf scholars and researchers held biennially in Kuwait. Each symposium is based on a particular scholarly theme that is timely both to the region and to the field of Gulf studies. The theme of the 2015 GSS is “Knowledge-Based Development in the Gulf.”   Arab Gulf states increasingly utilize the phrase “knowledge economy” in their development strategies. Policy reports and ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 2)

[Image from Bahrain Center for Human Rights.]

[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 You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia Alastair Crooke argues that the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria needs to be understood in light of Wahhabi ideology. To really combat terror, end support for Saudi Arabia Owen ...

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Home Surveillance and the Rights of Domestic Workers

[Migrant Rights logo. Image from @MigrantRIghts.]

[The following report was originally published by Migrant Rights on 25 July 2014 under the title "Home Surveillance Marketed Against Domestic Workers' Privacy Rights."] The alleged link between migrants and crime is a commonly regurgitated misconception in much of the migrant receiving world. In the Gulf States, local media particularly dramatize the ‘danger’ of migrant domestic workers to family privacy and child safety. Authorities further fuel these xenophobic narratives, regularly scapegoating migrants for any and all social problems, including the loss of cultural heritage and language. Saudi discourse particularly demonizes Ethiopian migrants, condemning ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 10)

[Flyer of Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani hailing the nomination of Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. Image from Flickr/Julio.]

[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 Arabia and Iran Reach Out Tentatively Ben Hubbard examines the recent rapprochement between Riyadh and Tehran.  GCC ambassadors’ reinstatement reports denied Habib Toumi reports on a Bahraini diplomat’s assertion that the three Gulf Cooperation Council ambassadors in ...

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New Texts Out Now: Farah Al-Nakib, Kuwait Transformed: A History of Oil and Urban Life

Farah Al-Nakib, Kuwait Transformed: A History of Oil and Urban Life (Stanford University Press, 2016). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Farah Al-Nakib (FA): This book is the culmination of nearly ten years of research on Kuwait’s urban social history, which I began working on in 2006 for my doctoral dissertation. But in many ways, I have been thinking about the kinds of urban and social transformations that I address in this book for much longer, ever since I was a teenager. Kuwait in the ...

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Critical Readings in Political Economy: Resilience

Sean Yom, From Resilience to Revolution (Columbia, 2015); Suzanne Maloney, Iran’s Political Economy since the Revolution (Cambridge, 2015). Why do governments last? What kind of governments last? Increasingly, studies on the stability of regimes in the Middle East/North Africa region focus on how elites enfold the middle and working classes into socio-political orders. Such enfoldment happens through turning the state into not merely an instrument of violent class rule through extraction, but also ...

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التمييز كأداة للتسلط والإخضاع

في بداية هذا الشهر (آذار/مارس) أعلنت وزارة الصحة في الكويت قراراً بتعميم العزل في العيادات الصحية بين المواطنين والوافدين، بعد نجاح فترة تجريبية استمرت طيلة ستة أشهر. وحسب ذلك القرار، تُخصص العيادات الصباحية للكويتيين فقــط بينما تُخصص العيادات المسائيـــة لغير الكويتيين (الذين يشكلون أكثر من ثلثيْ سكان البلاد). ويتيح القرار لمن أراد من المواطنين "حرية الاختيار بين الفترتين الصباحية والمسائية". قرار العزل بين المواطنين والوافدين هو أحد النتائج السلبية لإعادة الهيكلة الاقتصادية التي فرضت ...

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Manifesto Against the Woman

Weeks before the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, Indian theorist Chandra Talpade Mohanty published her book, Feminism without Borders, in which she discusses the hegemony of Western feminism and its deadly transnational effects. In doing so, Mohanty did not reveal a truth that other feminists had somehow missed. She did, however, theorize what she called “third world difference”–that brute pedestal upon which western feminists stand as they survey the world. Mohanty uses the term to critique the problematic ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 30)

[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 Wikileaks Docs Reveal Saudi intrigues against Bahrain’s Arab Spring Faten Bushehri examines Saudi Arabia’s meddling in ...

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Sami Mohammad: On the Path to Al Sadu

Within a few years of joining Kuwait’s Free Atelier in 1959, Sami Mohammad created a collection of paintings and sculptures that would determine the direction of his art over the next five decades. As one of the studio’s first artists, he was given a stipend by the Kuwaiti government that allowed him to focus on developing his artistic practice fulltime. The groundbreaking art space and its associated programs provided Mohammad and his colleagues with an ideal setting—a place where they could liberally ...

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أكثر المطلوبين: محمد العجمي. محادثة ل "الوضع" بين منى كريم ومحمد العجمي

في هذا اللقاء الذي أجرته منى كريم يسلّط محمد العجمي الضوء على نشاطه وعلى أسباب وظروف اعتقاله بالإضافة إلى مسائل أخرى.  محمد العجمي مغرد مشهور على التويتر وناشط سياسي من الكويت. اعتُقل عدة مرات  لانتقاده النظام. عجمي عضو في “اللجنة الوطنية لمراقبة الانتهاكات”. اعتُقل في في ٢٧ آب\أغسطس بعد أن استُدعي وحُقّق معه مطوّلاً  وقد أمر المسؤولون باحتجازه فترة مبدئية من ١٠ أيام على ذمة التحقيق      

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Gulf Women's Writing: On Slavery, Migrant Labor, and Statelessness

On 10 November, Mona Kareem will give a talk at Binghamton University (1:00pm in room LT 1506) on how Gulf women writers adopt—or challenge—nationalist narratives. How, Kareem asks, do women writers deal with racialized minorities, migrants, and stateless individuals? What kinds of feminist positions are taken within their discussions of racism? Can citizen-women offer an alternative history or new narratives on issues of slavery, migrant labor, and statelessness? Kareem is herself stateless, ...

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Understanding Modernity: A Review of the Kuwait Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

On 6 June 2014, the Kuwait pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia’s 14th International Architecture Exhibition opened with a restaging of an event that took place three decades earlier: the ceremonial opening of the Kuwait National Museum. Under the heading “Acquiring Modernity” (responding to the overall Biennale theme “Absorbing Modernity”), the Kuwait pavilion seeks to “articulate the nation’s history of modernization” by focusing its participation on the history of the national museum, first ...

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لا تقصص رؤياك

نواف اكتسحني برد شديد، انتشلني من إغماءة، كنت أنتفض. حاولت أن أفتح عيني باتساع فلا أستطيع، جفناي متورمان وثقيلان. استطعت فتح فرجة صغيرة من عيني الشمال منها سبرت المكان الذي تسرب إليه خيط نور من ثقب في ساتر حديدي يسد النافذة. غرفة صغيرة، عدة كراسي بأرجل طويلة جنب الحائط، طاولتان بينهما قطعة سجاد، صندوق قناني مشروبات غازية فارغة، علب أصباغ رائحتها اتعبت تنفسي. نظرتي مهزوزة وألم انتشر في رأسي. ما لبثت النظرة قليلا حتى أسدلت جفني من الألم وعدت للظلام، ارتحت قليلا. صمت مطبق كصمت بدايات الكوابيس لا يخترقه سوى ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 17)

[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 ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 27)

[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  What Saudi-Iranian rapprochement means for Assad Lina Khatib argues that Tehran is likely to agree to limit ...

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