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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 ...

[محل حلاقة سوري في لارنكا]

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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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 13)

[West Bay Skyline, Doha, Qatar. Photo taken by Gregory Hawken Kramer and uploaded via Wikimedia Commons]

[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 The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news “There is no $110 billion deal. Instead, there are a bunch of letters of interest or intent, but not contracts.” Qatari riyal under pressure as Saudi, UAE banks delay Qatar deals “Saudi Arabia's central bank advised ...

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المدرسة الصينية في البناء والتربية

غرافيتي لبانكسي في مخيم كاليه سنة 2015

لا تتساوى الجدران في العظمة والشهرة. المثال الأعرق قدَّمه شيه هوانغ دي، الإمبراطور الذي شُيّد في حقبة حكمه سورُ الصين. أرفق هذا التشييد بمأثرةٍ تاريخية أخرى هي إحراق الكتب، ليستهلَّ الإمبراطورُ باسمه فجرَ التاريخ ويكونَ الأولَ في كل مضمار، مانعاً كلمة "موت" من التداول، معاملاً تلك البلاد الشاسعة في الشرق كأنها حديقةُ قصرٍ من قصوره، آمراً بتمتين الحدود الشمالية للإمبراطورية في وجه البرابرة، فسُيّجت الحدود بسورٍ شاهق بطيء البناء، وظهرهُ طريقٌ معبَّد تحرسه الأبراج. الكتب تصون الماضي، والعمارة ترنو إلى المستقبل. آنذاك، كان المجتاحون والمتسلّلون المحتمَلون في الصين هم المغول والتتار الذين حوّل السورُ العظيم وجهةَ حملاتهم ومذابحِ غزواتهم إلى الغرب (غرب ليس إلا شرقَ ...

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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 have increasingly directed aid flows for Syrian refugees in Lebanon through municipalities instead of the central government. Concomitantly, many of these municipalities ...

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تركيع حماس لن ينهي الاحتلال

  لا أخفي سرا بالقول انني اختلف مع حركة حماس منذ التأسيس، اختلفت مع ارتباطها الإخواني، وترسيم الصراع ضد الاحتلال الصهيوني على قاعدة دينية (لست مع تديين السياسة)، ولاحقاً اختلفت مع حماس "نظام الحكم" الذي اختار محاور ينتمي إليها، محاور تستغل القضية الفلسطينية لتمرير سياسات تُبعد فلسطين عن مرمى التحرير أجيالاً وأزماناً. اختلفت مع حماس كنظام حكم، حيث قدمت أسوأ نموذج للحكم في قطاع غزة، دفع الغزيون ثمن تفاؤلهم به، واعتقادهم أن "الحكام الجدد" قد يكونوا أكثر نزاهة وعدلا، وقدرة على تحسس آلام الناس عمن سبقهم! أما المقاومة فقضية أخرى ليست مرتبطة بحماس "نظام الحكم"، المقاومة أوسع كثيراً وأقدم كثيرا من تنظيم فشل في الحكم، في حين أن ذراعه المقاوم ...

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Cities Media Roundup (May 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 cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning “Roundup” in the subject line. We also welcome your submissions to the Cities Page: please check details on cities.jadaliyya.com] Wars and Refugees السكن في الحديقة .. حياة اللاجئين أمام المفوضية بمدينة 6 أكتوبر A photo essay by Jihad Abaza for Mada that documents the struggles of Sudanese refugees in the 6th of October City, Egypt, and the spaces they use as shelters. The ...

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Bombast of Mass Slayer

[Art by Serwan Baran]

My name is Mass Slayer. I live in bombs and bullets, in cannons and rockets. I live in the nucleus of you. I could be an army, a lone wolf, or a terrorist band. I need not toil, pay individual visits, like the everyday Reaper. I stun as many as I can, in one go, I stun them on a street, in a bar, in a temple, in the battlefield, in the comfort of their homes-- and you could be there. Nothing pleases me though more than being in the news, and nothing pleases the news more than my exploits. What a joy to star in a movie, to be shared and streamed, flashing my motto, Viva La Muerte! Drench me with tears and condemnations, I thrive on mass ...

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Reminiscing Gramsci

[Portrait of Antonio Gramsci at around thirty years of age from the early 1920s. Image by unknown via Wikimedia commons]

“What would Gramsci think of our current predicaments?” wondered the young leftist mayor of the Italian city of Cagliari, Massimo Zedda. “He would probably think that things have improved, but we also have many problems in Sardinia… That is why we need to organize.” With this proclamation, the blue-jeaned mayor declared 2017 the “Year of Gramsci,” and opened the conference “A Century of Revolutions: Gramscian Paths in the World.” It was a fitting moment to revisit the life and work of Antonio Gramsci on April 27, the eightieth anniversary of his death, in a year that also marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution, and seven years into the turbulence of the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Irene Gendzier, Dying to Forget: Oil, Power, Palestine, & the Foundations of US Policy in the Middle East

Irene Gendzier, Dying to Forget: Oil, Power, Palestine, & the Foundations of US Policy in the Middle East. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Irene Gendzier (IG): The desire to make sense of US policy in the Middle East, and particularly, US policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a subject that is regularly on the mainstream agenda and just as regularly distorted. J: What topics, issues and literature does this book address? IG: This study addresses the formation of postwar US foreign policy in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, with an emphasis on the intersection of political and ...

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أيام بلا تاريخ

[صورة شهدي عطية]

 "علينا أن أن نتحمل أفكارنا طوال الليل، حتى تقف البديهية النضرة في البرد بلا حراك" – والس ستيفنز **** كان "الطويل" جالسًا في سيارة الترحيلات المكدسة بالرفاق وهو يدخن في صمت. على عكس رفاقه لم يكترث "الطويل" بالاقتراب نحو الكوة الضيقة لينظر من خلال الثقوب الحديدية كي يرى نبض الشارع الذي لم يتجسسه منذ أكثر من عام. كان الدفء القادم من هذه النوافذ كافيًا. وكانت أشعة الشمس الواقعة على جلد "الطويل" الجاف والبارد قد أيقظت حنينًا في فؤاده إلى ما هو خارج الجدران، حنينًا جعله يعزف عن التقدم نحو الكوة كي لا تخر قواه ولا يتغلب الشوق على الصمود. استطاعت الشمس والدفء وحدهما أن يذكرا “الطويل” بطعم الحياة التي كانت، وبإمكانية الحياة خارج ...

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Cancer, Ethnicity, and the Bodies of Others

[Cancer cells. Source: Wikimedia Commons]

For Maral G. H. (2004-2016) Cancer, I have learned, insists on the visibility of ethnic belonging.[1] Cancer shrinks the topography of one’s world. Lives, interests, desires, abilities, relationships all recede, sometimes gradually and sometimes with blinding speed, to the contours of the body—what the body is able to sustain, what the body is capable of, what the body allows for, where the body is able to go. Cancer narratives and discourses wage their most fierce battles against the visceral primacy of that decline. Patients and families attempt, or are urged, to “fight” cancer with the power of the mind, with will, the sheer desire to live and “beat” the disease. ...

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The 1967 Defeat and the Conditions of the Now: A Roundtable

Introduction By Sherene Seikaly The last two years have been chock full of commemorations, from World War I to the Russian Revolution and many in between. With each of these commemorations, scholars and observers attempt to put history in conversation with the global darkness of our times. Today we commemorate the 1967 Six Day War. On 5 June 1967, Israel tripled its territory, occupying the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Golan Heights. The Israeli army had put a decisive end to the power and ambition of both pan-Arabism and the armies that were meant to fight on its behalf.  The defeat was rapid and deep. The consequences ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 5)

[Egypt's defense minister Mahmoud Hegazy and NATO general Denis Mercier. Photo from the official Facebook page of the Spokesperson of the Egyptian Armed Forces.]

[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 approves NGO law over 6 months after it receives Parliament’s approval Egypt’s contentious NGO law was approved by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and published in the Official Gazette on Monday. The law will go into effect on Tuesday, 30 May, over six months after it was approved by Parliament in November 2016. US senators, ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (June 5-11)

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.   What is Happening between Qatar and the GCC? A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Bassam Haddad and Abdullah Al-Arian The 1967 Defeat and the Conditions of the Now: ...

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Syria Media Roundup (June 12)

[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  U.S.-led coalition strike kills founder of Islamic State media outlet: brother (31 May, 2017) An air ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 12)

[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 Egypt blacklisted again by International Labor Organization Egypt is back on the blacklist of the UN-affiliated International Labor Organization over the nation’s ...

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What is Happening between Qatar and the GCC? A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Bassam Haddad and Abdullah Al-Arian

In this conversation with Bassam Haddad, Abdullah Al-Arian discusses the roots of the confrontation between Qatar and several GCC states, and identifies some of the differences in their posture toward some of the various issues in the Arab region. He also explores the reasons behind the timing of the current escalation and the implications of this crisis for some of the region's conflicts.    Abdullah Al-Arian is an assistant professor of history at Georgetown ...

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Political Economy Summer Institute: Two Public Events | GMU

This weekend, the Political Economy Project is holding its second annual Political Economy Summer Institute (PESI) at George Mason University. The summer institute brings together some two dozen participants (both graduate students/researchers and instructors) for four intense days of instruction and engagement.  Around the summer institute, we are holding two public events. One is a keynote lecture on Oilcraft by Robert Vitalis, and the other is a panel on the Political Econnomy of the Arab ...

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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 Strip. For nineteen years, Arab states had regarded Israel as a foreign colony established by the collusion of imperial powers. Amid the anti-colonial fervor that animated much of the global south at the time, these states refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish ...

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Call for Targeted Academic Boycott of Turkey

[This call was released by Academics for Peace on 7 June 2017. The statement is also available in Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Kurdish (Sorani), Kurdish (Kurmanji), Norwegian, Persian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. For more information, click here; to sign on to this petition, click here.] CALL FOR TARGETED ACADEMIC BOYCOTT OF TURKEY DO NOT BE A PARTY TO CRIMES IN TURKISH HIGHER EDUCATION Background In January ...

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قلب ثقيل

قلب ثقيل أخيراً فهمتُ أنّ القلبَ صندوق. أُفْرغه من أحزانه وأملؤه بالفرح متى ما شئت. لا أنجح دائماً. أحياناً يصبح أثقل مّما يمكن حمله، وتحمّله. فأضعه جانباً وأتكئ إليه لدقائق. ثم أنهض وأحمله من جديد.  لا أريد أن أظلمه. فهو يخفّ أحياناً. يفرد جناحيه ويطير في الأعالي. فيذكّرني أنّني عشّه. لكنّ هذه محض أوهام تلائم القصيدة.   الحقيقة هي أن القلبَ رفٌّ طويلٌ تجثم عليه صناديق ثقيلة.  لا أجنحة ولا. . . غبار وألم. كذبتُ ثانية، من أجل القصيدة طبعاً. سأقول الحقيقة الآن، فنحن نقترب من السطر ...

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Letter to Chancellor White and President Castro Regarding the Edward Said Professorship at the California State University

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 2 June 2017, in response to the abrupt cancellation of the search to fill the position of the Edward Said Professorship in Middle East Studies at the California State University at Fresno.] Dr. Timothy P. White Chancellor California State University twhite@calstate.edu Dr. Joseph I. Castro President California State University ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 6)

[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 Two Saudi policemen hurt in bombing in restive Shi'ite town: SPA “Monday's attack was the second in two ...

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Quick Thoughts: Arang Keshavarzian on Iran’s Presidential Election

[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 ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (May 29-June 4)

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.   Challenging Knowledge Production in the British Academy: Who Can Speak on Palestine? Corruption and Reform in Tunisia: The Dangers of an Elitist Analysis New ...

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