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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 ...

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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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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 University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar and author of Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat's Egypt (Oxford University Press, 2014). He is ...

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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 Uprisings. For further information on either the Political Economy Project or the Summer Institute, visit ...

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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 homeland. They demanded that Palestinian refugees be allowed to return and given the right to govern themselves as promised by Britain, the League of Nations Mandate system and ...

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Call for Targeted Academic Boycott of Turkey

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[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 2016, 2,212 academics working in or researching on Turkey signed a declaration calling on the Turkish government to end the war in the Kurdish region, seek a peaceful ...

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قلب ثقيل

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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 الأخير. لا أعرف شيئاً عن قلوبكم أنتم.  لكنّني أعرف أن قلبي قصرٌ قديم وشاسع، حتّى أنني كنت أتوه فيه فيما مضـى.  أمّا الآن فحجراته وزواياه كلّها معبّأة بمئات ...

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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 Fresno josephcastro@csufresno.edu Dear Chancellor White and President Castro: We write to you on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) to ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 6)

[Doha, Qatar. Skyline at night. Showing the expansion of the business district. Photo taken by Nuroptics and uploaded via Wikimedia Common]

[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 weeks targeting security forces deployed to guard workers busy razing the old part of the town, known as al-Musawara.”  UAE base in Somaliland soon to launch ...

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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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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 Texts Out Now: Mehammed Mack, Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture

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Sorry I Drowned | آسف لأني غرقت

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[The following video and introduction were co-produced by Studio Kawakeb and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)] The world has catastrophically failed millions of people fleeing war, persecution and despair. Calculating politics won out over moral and legal obligations to offer protection and assistance to those in need. Like a contagious disease, walls, fences and restrictive border measures rampantly spread causing countless thousands of people to die on land or at sea. This 6-minute animated film Sorry I Drowned, created by the Beirut-based Studio Kawakeb and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), is inspired by a letter allegedly found on the body of someone who ...

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Morocco's Hirak Movement: The People Versus the Makhzen

[Men carrying fish in Essaouira, Morocco. Photo credit to Juan Antonio Segal.]

Morocco’s Hirak protests are the latest bout in the tug-of-war between the Makhzen (Moroccan regime) and the victims of hogra. The late Mouhcine Fikri, the political prisoner Nasser Zefzafi, and Nawal Ben Aissa have emerged as the emblematic figures of this movement. Al Hirak al Chaabi, or the Popular Movement, is an independent, popular movement that was started in the northern Moroccan city of Al Hoceima in October 2016 by local inhabitants who were fed up with the status quo. The protests have grown significantly in the last months, despite numerous attempts by authorities to quell the movement, which has now spread throughout the country. Although it is not ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ahmad Dallal, The Political Theology of ISIS: Prophets, Messiahs, and "the Extinction of the Grayzone"

Ahmad Dallal, The Political Theology of ISIS: Prophets, Messiahs, & "the Extinction of the Grayzone”. Washington DC: Tadween Publishing, 2017.  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Ahmad Dallal (AD): Much has been written about ISIS. Most studies address specific aspects of the movement’s activities, but fall short of identifying the overall ISIS project that is used to homogenize and integrate the diverse constituencies targeted by ISIS. In this essay I try to identify the key features of the larger project of ISIS, its political theology. To my mind, a radical critique of the ISIS project cannot rely on simply highlighting the weakness of ...

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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 ...

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Bombast of Mass Slayer

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 ...

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Reminiscing Gramsci

“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 ...

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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 ...

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أيام بلا تاريخ

 "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، ...

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Cancer, Ethnicity, and the Bodies of Others

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 ...

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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 ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 5)

[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 ...

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The 1967 June War and the Palestinian National Movement

The June 1967 war did not create the contemporary Palestinian national movement, but did establish the conditions for its meteoric rise and ability to wrest custodianship of the Question of Palestine from the Arab states. This development has had far-reaching consequences to this day. From the conclusion of the 1936–39 Great Arab Revolt against the British Mandate in Palestine until the 1967 war, the Palestinians were often little more than spectators to the regional and international decisions and ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (June 2)

[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 Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The Occupation Forces Israeli Forces Have Injured Numerous Palestinians During Skirmishes All Across The West Bank And Gaza Using live fire, rubber bullets and tear gas, the Israeli forces have ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (May 22-June 4)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating about Islam and reflects a wide variety of opinions and approaches. It does not reflect the views of the Critical Currents in Islam page or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to cci@jadaliyya.com by Saturday night of every week.]     May 29-June 4 London terror attack: Isis claims responsibility amid group's 'call for increased attacks', The Independent Group ...

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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 4.1 is Live!

Our 4.1 Issue of Status Audio Magazine is live! Yes, we changed the name from "Journal" to "Magazine." But the substance goes on. So much to go through!  First, make sure you login and create your own page with saved, flagged, and loved content, organized in folders, or not, for sharing purposes or for later revisits. Look for "LOGIN" on the top right of the new website here.  Also, customize content to your heart's content, right on the site, by selecting your ...

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