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“Til Sect Do You Part?” On Sectarianism and Intermarriage in Lebanon

In August 2017, a Christian man and a Muslim woman (Boutros and Marwa) made headlines when they married in Lebanon. Why? One might assume that the interreligious nature of the couple prompted this media attention. However, that was far ...

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آخر أيّام المدينة - الجزء الاول

"آخر أيّام المدينة" أو "الحضارة في آخر أيامها" كما قال "آخر الرجال المحترمين" بدأ حضور "المدينة" في السينما المصريّة يأخذ شكلًا مميزًا خلال السبعينيات كنتيجة للفترة الساداتيّة التي وُعدت ووعَدت ...

[An image of Ahmed Ouyahia, current Algerian prime minister. Image from Wikimedia Commons]

Game of Mustaches: A Song of Mustache and Technocracy

It was the second unexpected sacking of an Algerian prime minister in less than three months. After Abdelmalek Sellal, Abdemajid Tebboune's turn came with no going-away party. The prime ministers fell one after the other, and one wondered ...

Istanbul: A Megacity in the Light of Turkey’s Political Transformation

Jean-François Pérouse, Istanbul Planète, La Ville-Monde Du Xxie Siècle. Paris: La Découverte, 2017. This book is the result of more than twenty years of social, economic, and urban observations and investigations by a geographer[i] ...

The Politics of the Public Sphere and Navigating State Interactions: The Case of al-Midan Theatre

The history of Israel and the country’s founding lends itself to a complicated understanding of the public sphere. In 1948, Zionist forces expelled upwards of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes; however, fifteen percent of the Palestinians who lived on the land that would subsequently become the State of Israel remained.[1] This segment of the Palestinian population, or ’48 Palestinians, were often forced into neighboring majority Arab villages or corralled into certain neighborhoods in “mixed cities” such as Haifa and Jaffa, which also brings into debate how truly “mixed” such cities are. In consequence, there are now several different public spheres within ...

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Precarities of Academic Freedom: On Detention In Iran - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Homa Hoodfar

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Noura Erakat speaks with Homa Hoodfar about her ordeal and more broadly about the precarious status of academic freedom and knowledge production.  In early 2016, Homa traveled to Iran for personal and professional reasons. After a month-long stay, just one day before her departure, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard confiscated her travel documents and prevented her from leaving. They arrested her three months later. Professor Hoodfar spent 112 days, or about 4 months, in jail before Iran released her to Oman and finally back home to Montreal. Find out more about her experiences, and how this shaped her perceptions today, ...

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وزارة الصمت الوطني: عن الارشيف المفترض لوزارة الداخلية في بلاد الواق واق

[لوحة للفنان العراقي محمد مهر الدين. المصدر: الحياة]

كان الصمت السبيل الأنجح في إدارة وتوجيه الرأي العام في العراق. وإن شئتم الدقة فإن فرض الصمت هو التعبير الأمثل، كان هذا شأن وزارة الداخلية دائما، وبالأخص في العهود الجمهورية "المجيدة" ولا شك. وفي التحديد إشارات سائبة يمكن أن تُفيد أني بصدد أن أكتب مدحا مجانيا لحكومات العهد الملكي؛ على الاقل إن كلامي لن يتعلق بتلك العهود، وما كانت عليه حال وزارة الداخلية فيها. مع ذلك، فإن ورقة مهملة محفوظة في وزارة التخطيط، كان لصديق عمل هناك، في عقدين متتاليين، أن يطلع عليها، وهي عبارة عن مطالعة كتبت لصالح موظف عراقي ذيلت المطالعة باسمه، وهو جبار "السايس". المطالعة مرفوعة إلى أمين العاصمة: المفتي. ونقرأ في المطالعة: "لقد عدت بالحصانين إلى الإسطبل، بعد يوم طويل من ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 4)

[Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II laying the foundation stone of the new diocese headquarters at Caringbah, Sydney on 30 August, 2017. Photo from the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Sydney & Affiliated Regions Facebook page.]

[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 by Sunday night of every week.]  Political Rights UN Human Rights Council statement slams Egypt website blocks Two UN officials issued a joint statement expressing their “grave concern” over the Egyptian government’s decision to block access to websites on Egyptian internet service providers, in what is the first public comment on the issue by one of the international ...

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Syria Media Roundup (August 31)

[Image of the town of Jobar in Damascus, Syria. Image by Dimashqi Lens 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 by Monday night of every week.]             Inside Syria Offensives target ISIL on Lebanon-Syria border (19 August 2017) Lebanese army starts operation near Ras Baalbek while separate Hezbollah-Syrian army offensive begins in Qalamoun. Syria: Bashar al-Assad rejects security cooperation with west (20 August 2017) Assad praises Russia, ...

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Education in the Time of Virality

Wide-spread access to the internet has facilitated access to news and information at rates unseen in earlier eras. As individuals have the ability to post and spread political information, social commentary, and other thoughts at will, it has caused an information overload for users of social networking sites. In a fight for views, reposts, and clicks, creators, both corporate and not, have been forced to develop new tactics to inform their audiences. This response to a new mode of information consumption also forces a reconsideration of how we understand knowledge production. Much of the information put forth into the world is taken in passively, such as through ...

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The Current Protests in Morocco - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Miriyam Aouragh

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Khalil Bendib speaks with Miriyam Aouragh, who navigates the ongoing anti-government protests in Morocco. It has been over eight months since Moroccans took to the streets in mass protests, which began in the Moroccan countryside as a local social mobilisation movement. Turning into a collective national outcry and a comprehensive trial of state policies to define their shortcomings and fragility, the current wave of protests appears to be the biggest challenge to governance in Morocco since the accession of King Mohammed VI to the throne in 1999. Find out more in this Status/الوضع interview with Khalil Bendib. Miriyam Aouragh is ...

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Jadaliyya Launches New Political Economy Page

We are especially excited today to launch the new Political Economy Page on Jadaliyya. This page is co-produced with the Political Economy Project. It serves as a space for producing critical work in political economy, as well as a resource for researchers, educators, and students interested in the field. We will regularly review and publish submissions related to any facet of political economy in accordance with the mission statement of the Political Economy Project, with some variation that is intended to stimulate productive discussions and debates. This page will publish material in English and in Arabic, as well as other languages, and will increasingly feature ...

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Invisibility and the Toxic Economy of War in Iraq

In April 2008 a small US engineering firm—Stafford, Texas-based MKM Engineers—brought to a close almost two decades of toxic cleanup work on a former US military facility just west of Kuwait City. Seventeen years earlier, in July 1991, a defective heating unit on a military vehicle loaded with 155mm artillery shells at Camp Doha caught fire and ignited a devastating inferno. The blaze injured several dozen people and damaged scores of other vehicles, including several highly prized M1A1 tanks.[1]  Thousands of artillery shells cooked in fire, setting off an extended explosive chain reaction. Ricocheting debris and bursting ordinance sent base personnel scurrying for ...

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Jordan’s Long War Economy

By A.J. Coyne, courtesy of Creative Commons

At dawn on 17 September 1970 two divisions of the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF), plus newly formed internal security units from the Government Intelligence Directorate (GID), attacked the capital Amman. Over the previous year, sporadic violence flared between JAF units and the Palestinian fida’iyyun as multiple efforts at negotiation and resolution faltered. The fighting lasted longer than the Jordanian command expected, encompassing many parts of the country and not ending until July 1971 in the city of Ajlun. This was Jordan’s longest war, and for a country involved in nearly every major Middle Eastern war, a turning point like no other. Neat conceptualization of war ...

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تامر مصطفى: الصراع على السلطة الدستورية: دور المحكمة الدستورية العليا في السياسة المصرية

    جدلية: ما الذي دفعك إلى تأليف هذا الكتاب؟     تامر مصطفى: بدأ البحث من أجل تأليف هذا الكتاب سنة 1997 حين كنت طالب دكتوراه في القاهرة. ولقد سحرتني حقيقة أن المحاكم المصرية كانت منتدى مهماً للناشطين المعارضين كي يطعنوا في صحة نتائج انتخابات مجلس الشعب في 1995. وكانت الصحف تمتلئ يومياً بتغطية للقضايا التي فضحت الغش والتلاعب بالانتخابات. وكنت مشوشاً حيال فهم لماذا يسمح نظام استبدادي متأصّل للمحاكم حتى أن تستمع لقضايا كهذه. وفي الوقت نفسه هناك القليل من الأبحاث حول وظائف وديناميات وسياسة المحاكم في السياقات الاستبدادية. وأخيراً، تمحورت دراستي بشكل أكثر تحديداً على المحكمة الدستورية العليا، التي صارت السبيل الأكثر أهمية لناشطي المعارضة في ...

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Visualizing Palestine: Justice Denied

For victims and survivors of the 2014 assault on Gaza, Israel’s own military courts are the only place to seek legal recourse. These courts do not offer a genuine avenue for justice to Palestinians.  Of the 500 Palestinian complaints which were filed with Israeli military courts in relation to the 2014 Gaza war, 196 were dismissed immediately, 133 were lost in the system, and only 31 were brought forward for criminal investigation. Three soldiers were eventually convicted for minor felonies such as credit card theft and looting. Military commanders and politicians—those most responsible for the massive destruction and loss of life—have never been held accountable ...

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Egypt’s Power Game: Why Cairo is Boosting its Military Power

Recent spending patterns in Egypt pose a dilemma. While experiencing the worst economic crisis in decades, which involves a dwindling of resources, a sharp currency devaluation and an acute shortage of foreign exchange, levels of military spending in Egypt have dramatically increased. How can the two trends be reconciled? Why would a cash-strapped government spend massively on guns when its population of 90 million needs more bread and jobs and services? This peculiar pattern began to take shape as soon ...

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'The King Is Good, the Political Class Is Bad': A Tired Myth

Following this year’s “Throne Day” speech on 29 July 2017, commentators were unanimous: Morocco’s King Mohammed VI’s offensive against political parties was more violent than ever. In Morocco, however, the “crisis,” “weakness,” and “dysfunction” of parties is a repeated refrain. After the death of King Hassan II, new tonalities have enriched the refrain, which have been injected into the discourses held by a wide range of enunciators, including ordinary citizens, the media, actors of “civil ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (August 28 - September 3)

[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.]   Jordan’s Long War Economy Israel’s Big Business of War War Economies Roundtable: Introduction Invisibility and the Toxic Economy of War in Iraq Internships At ASI (& Internships for College Credit Program) ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (3 September)

[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] The Occupation Forces  Eleven Palestinians Have Been Detained In Overnight Raids Throughout West Bank Those arrested include teens from around Hebron, Jenin, as well as Bethlehem. At least ...

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Cities Media Roundup (July-August 2017)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to, mentioning “Roundup” in the subject line. We also welcome your submissions to the Cities Page: please check details on]   Urban Development More Affordable Housing Ahmed Kotb reports for ...

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الكتابة كفعل تحرري: حوار لمجلة الوضع مع أميرة سلمي

أجرى ضياء علي لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع أميرة سلمي، محاضرة في معهد دراسات المرأة في جامعة بيرزيت، لها عدة أوراق بحثية ودراسات.  تركز المقابلة حول موضوع رسالة الدكتوراة التي قدمتها الضيفة والتي تتناول موضوع الكتابة كفعل تحرري عند غسان كنفاني وايمي سيزير. 

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Al Jazeera Targeted in the Gulf Crisis - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Adel Iskandar

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Malihe Razazan speaks with Adel Iskandar about the future of Al Jazeera following the ongoing confrontation between Qatar and several GCC states led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. With the situation continuing to be moving at a slow burn, it is far from certain what will happen next. Find out more in this Status/الوضع interview with Malihe Razazan. Adel Iskandar is an Assistant Professor of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University in ...

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War Economies Roundtable: Introduction

The concept of a war economy has varied considerably.  Historically, the term referred to a marshalling of national resources to support a state’s prosecution of war. Walter Oakes argued that “a war economy exists whenever the government’s expenditures for war (or ‘national defense’) become a legitimate and significant end-purpose of economic activity” (Oakes 1944: 12). Oakes and other scholars saw war economies as logical developments of capitalism in the core countries. In the decades of the late ...

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Follow the Money, Uncover the Power Dynamics: Understanding the Political Economy of Violence’

In the 1976 drama-documentary about the Watergate scandal, All the President’s Men, the informant, “Deepthroat,” tells the journalists from The Washington Post to “follow the money.” This is also good advice when it comes to the political economy of violence. Follow the money: some people lose it; some people gain it–some for survival purposes, others for combat purposes, a lot purely because the opportunity arose. Understanding the different methods of accumulation and dispossession that are part of the ...

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Israel’s Big Business of War

The Arab revolutions of 2011 turned violent conflicts have renewed scholarly interest in exploring the role political economy may have played in their causes, dynamics, and consequences. Of great significance within those broad lines of inquiry is the phenomenon of “war economy,” and its multiple manifestations, as a dominant system within ongoing wars, as well as possibly shaping the context of post-conflict reconstruction. There is less attention, however, to the idea that a “war economy” may be a ...

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جرائمُ نموذجيّة وقصص أخرى

 ماكس أوب 1 كنّا في الباص منحشرين كما لو في علب السردين. كان ذلك الرجل قذراً للغاية. وكانت رائحته كريهة، وخصوصاً رائحة قدميه. أؤكد لكم، يا سادة، أنه لم يكن هناك من طريقة لتحمل رائحة قدميه. علاوة على ذلك كان قمصيه متسخاً جداً، وقبة القميص سوداء كالفحم. كان ينظر إلي. لقد كان قميئاً ومقرفاً. أردت أن أغير مكان جلوسي، ولعلكم لن تصدقوا ذلك، إلا أن ذلك الرجل لحقني! كانت رائحة القمامة نفسها تفوح منه، وبدا لي فمه عشاً للصراصير. ربما دفعتهُ بشكلٍ قوي، ولكنهم لن يحملوني مسؤولية أن عجلات الباص قد ...

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New Texts Out Now: Tamir Moustafa, الصراع على السلطة الدستورية: دور المحكمة الدستورية العليا في السياسة المصرية

Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? TM: Research for this book began in 1997, when I was a Ph.D. student studying in Cairo.  I was fascinated by the fact that the Egyptian courts had become such an important forum for opposition activists to contest the results of the 1995 Maglis al-Shaab elections.  The newspapers were filled every day with coverage of cases that exposed election fraud and manipulation.  I was at a loss for understanding why an entrenched, authoritarian ...

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