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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] ...


"We've Never Seen Such Horror": Crimes Against Humanity by Syrian Security Forces

[Map of Dar'a Governorate. Image from HRW.org]

[Below is the latest from the Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Syria.] "We've Never Seen Such Horror": Crimes Against Humanity by Syrian Security Forces Summary Since the beginning of anti-government protests in March 2011, Syrian security forces have killed hundreds of protesters and arbitrarily arrested thousands, subjecting many of them to brutal torture in detention. The security forces routinely prevented the wounded from getting medical assistance, and imposed a siege on several towns, depriving the population of basic services. Some of the worst abuses took place in Daraa governorate in southwestern Syria. The nature and scale of abuses, which Human ...

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Details of Military Prosecutor's Summoning of Egyptian Activist and Journalist Hossam El-Hamalawy

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On Monday, May 30th, 2011, Egyptian activist and journalist Hossam El-Hamalawy was summoned by the military prosecutor in relations to on-air accusations (made Thursday May 26) of the military's attack on protesters and activists during the Egyptian uprising. Below are a sequence of videos and reports that highlight how the events unfolded, giving voice to Hossam El-Hamalawy at different stages of the controversy. [Jadaliyya will be conducting the fourth interview with Hossam on the Muslim Brotherhood. See the first three interviews here, here, and here]. Video on Hossam El-Hamalawy on On TV show hosted by Reem Maged wherein in he makes his statements (Thursday May 26, ...

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Reflections on Egypt after March 19

[Egyptian Army Spokesperson General Ismail Etman, Image Source: Unknown]

Return of Identity Politics The March 19 constitutional referendum and the lead-up to it have tempered the strong feeling of unity that Tahrir Square had instilled in the country’s political community. The referendum marked the return of adversity and competition to Egypt’s political arena, as political groups were actively supporting (if not campaigning on behalf of) the “yes” and “no” positions prior to the vote. Despite the unprecedented level of cohesion that the opposition showed immediately after January 25th, the fear-mongering tactics that some religious leaders adopted to encourage voters to approve the constitutional amendments has helped polarize the Egyptian ...

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"V for Vendetta": The Other Face of Egypt's Youth Movement

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“Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea […] and ideas are bulletproof.” - From the film V for Vendetta In the summer of 2010 the youth of Facebook, “shebab al-Facebook,” began a campaign of peaceful civil disobedience through the Arabic “We are all Khaled Said” Facebook Fan Page. The success of their “silent stands” throughout the country gave youth a media friendly face as a group that espouses peaceful non-violent forms of civil disobedience to confront oppression and tyranny. The inspiration for the peaceful side of the movement was derived from divergent sources. Analysts writing in the western press were keen to point ...

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Culture VII

[Bader Mahasneh (b. Jordan, 1977). Image from foresightartgallery.com]

Spring is about to end (not the Arab one though). Sarah Palin wants to be Empress, but we still have culture. This week's picks:  * Prose of a Growing Movement by Rayya El Zein * The Persistence of Jokes by Elliott Colla * To the Master of the Banquet by Sargon Boulus (tr. Sinan Antoon) You can read last week's section here. All previous culture posts can be found here. We look forward to your comments, queries, and contributions. Please take a look at our Call for Posts and contact us culture@jadaliyya.com  

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The Persistence of Jokes

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My friends laughed and called me a “revolution tourist” — which wasn’t incorrect, since part of my reason for coming was to see what was happening up close. But the other reason, of course, was to visit the state archives to check on the status of my application. Last fall, I wrote up a vague proposal for research I intended to undertake on the inefficiencies of cotton pricing in the nineteenth-century. I submitted the proposal in triplicate: one to the head of the Ministry of Higher Education; one to the section of the Ministry of Culture which oversees the administration of the State Archives; and one to the head of the particular archive for which I sought permission. ...

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Egypt's ‘Orderly Transition’? International Aid and the Rush to Structural Adjustment

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Although press coverage of events in Egypt may have dropped off the front pages, discussion of the post-Mubarak period continues to dominate the financial news. Over the past few weeks, the economic direction of the interim Egyptian government has been the object of intense debate in the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). US President Obama’s 19 May speech on the Middle East and North Africa devoted much space to the question of Egypt’s economic future – indeed, the sole concrete policy advanced in his talk concerned US economic relationships with Egypt. The G8 meeting in France held on 26 and 27 May ...

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Where is Khaled? The Story of a Disappeared Critic

[Khaled Mohammed. Image from screen shot of BBC Arabic story.]

The following is a BBC Arabic (with English subtitles) story about Khaled Mohammed, a Saudi citizen who walked up to and began speaking with reporters in Riyadh as they were being "shown" how calm and stable things were in the Kingdom on March 11, 2011. In his interview, Khaled spoke candidly about the lack of political freedoms in Saudi Arabia. He was subsequently disappeared with no indication as to his location. Click here to visit the Facebook page that was created for him.        

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When An Act of War Is Not An Act Of War

[Two Faces of Nakba: Palestinians Fleeing to Lebanon in 1948, Walking Back in 2011]

Two weeks ago Israel attacked Lebanon. Troops opened fire on a large group of protestors at the border between these two states. The Israeli army used live ammunition, killing at least eleven civilians and wounding over 100 others, some critically. The Lebanese army also fired their weapons at, and over, the protestors who had arrived at the border in order to commemorate the Palestinian Nakba. Since May 15, 2011, the border has been quiet. Local and international powers such as the Lebanese state, the UN, the State of Israel, Hezbollah, and the Syrian state are complicit in this silence. The killing of refugees does not warrant much outrage, it seems, by the countries ...

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A Good Week for Bibi, a Bad Week for Barack, an Opportunity for the Palestinians

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The past week in Washington was an extraordinary one. It witnessed an American president give two speeches in which he offered further concessions to Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of a country that is a client of the United States. Netanyahu challenged the President from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, effectively seeking and receiving Congress's stamp of approval on his strikingly extreme positions. This end-run around the US Executive Branch followed an invitation from the head of the Republican congressional opposition to speak to a joint session of Congress. This invitation itself was in defiance of American constitutional principles and the hallowed ...

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Whither Palestinian Resistance? Part III Roundtable on Palestinian Diaspora and Representation

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[This is PART III of a three-part roundtable on Palestinian Diaspora and Representation moderated by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat. It features Naseer Aruri, Seif Da'na, Karma Nabulsi, and Sherene Seikaly. Read the 

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Manal al-Sharif: Saudi Woman Drives the Streets of al-Khobar (Video)

[Manal al-Sharif. Image from screen shot of YouTube video.]

The video below shows Manal al-Sharif driving around the streets of al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, while discussing the impact of women's inability to drive in Saudi Arabia. Manal is one of the women who are organizing the call for Saudi women to drive themeselves on June 17 as an act of protest. Click here to read the "I Will Drive Myself" for action. She was recently detained by Saudi authorities for her driving and her related statements. Click here to read the Letter Calling for Release of Manal al-Sharif.

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The Arab World's Forgotten Rebellions: Foreign Workers and Biopolitics in the Gulf

The Arab world is undergoing a potentially world-historical transformation. The Tunisian street vendor Muhammad Bouazizi’s self-imolation, following mistreatment by state authorities in late 2010, sparked a deluge of populist anger and activism that has toppled the Ben Ali and Mubarak regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, respectively, soon to be followed by street demonstrations and battles across the region.  At the time of this writing, Libyan rebels in alliance with a NATO coalition are battling Qaddafi ...

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تجاوز الماضي أم نسيانه؟

  السؤال الذى يتردد اليوم بقوة فى الشارع السياسى، ولم يعد فى مصر شارع ليس سياسياً، هو التالي: هل يمكن، وهل يجوز، للمصريين تجاهل الماضي القريب المليء بالفساد والانتهاكات البشعة للحقوق وطى صفحة هذا الماضى، ليمضي المجتمع - الآن وسريعاً – صوب المستقبل المأمول محققاً أهداف ثورة 25 يناير؟ وإذا لم يكن من الممكن تناسي عصر مبارك القميء ، فكيف يمكن للمجتمع المصري تجاوزه بأنجع الطرق وأقصرها وأقلها كلفة مادية وإنسانية ؟ والحق، فإن مصر ليست أول دولة تجابه مثل هذه الأسئلة. فكل بلدان العالم التى شهدت تغيرات عميقة ...

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نصيبنا من كعكة الإقتصاد

إجراء مدهش ذلك الذي أعلنته الحكومة منذ أيام بتجميد الضريبة العقارية. لم تختر حكومة شرف التأجيل بل التجميد مما يعني أن أمده أطول وغير محدد. ووجه الدهشة فيه هو أن هذه الضريبة هي إجراء اقتصادي نادر من نوعه في حكومة نظيف من حيث إنه يضع العبء على الأغنياء لا الفقراء. وفي زمن ثورة قامت من أجل العدالة الاجتماعية وضد عدم المساواة، كان غريبا أن تختار حكومة، اختار الميدان رئيسها، أن تقدم بهذه السرعة والجرأة على إجراء يسعد كل هؤلاء المستفيدين الذين اشتروا عشرات العقارات للمضاربة والتجارة وتغازل أولئك الذين يمتلكون ...

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The Year of the Citizen

During the Spring of the so-called Arab Spring, the euphoria that characterized the Winter of 2010/2011 has increasingly given way to more somber attitudes associated with Winter. For those who were expecting a linear progression towards freedom, in which vain autocrats and sclerotic regimes would fall with growing ease and rapidity, despondency is an appropriate response to the increasing ferocity with which ruling elites seek to remain in power. Yet in the life of peoples, as in life itself, linear ...

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"To the Master of the Banquet" by Sargon Boulus

"Ila Sayyid al-Walima" appeared in Sargon Boulus' posthumous collection `Azma Ukhra li-Kalb al-Qabila (Another Bone for the Tribe's Dog) (Baghdad and Beirut: Dar al-Jamal, 2008)   To the Master of the Banquet If you are a master give us some bread a drop of medicine for the sick! You, who call yourself a master, give to those who walked in all these funeral processions bewildered in the dream of disaster for whom a cloud passing through the sky of slaughter or a child’s skull, ...

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Prose of a Growing Movement

Yassin Alsalman, The Diatribes of a Dying Tribe. Write or Wrong / Paranoid Arab Boy Publishing, 2011. www.iraqi­sthebomb.com It’s a good time for a lyric exposé from an Iraqi-Canadian aged 25. Not that there could be such a thing as a bad time for one. With the “Arab Spring” turning the volume up, so to speak, of voices from the Arab world, “Westerners” building new ideas about the “East” are looking for different speakers and new narratives. Increasingly, it’s becoming obvious that Arabs in ...

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Entry Denied: Revolution in North Africa and the Continued Centrality of Migration to European Responses

The recent revolutions in Tunisia and Libya have brought the issue of trans-Mediterranean migration to the forefront of popular discussions about Europe’s relationship with its immediate neighbors in the Middle East and North Africa. It was on the back of hyperbolic and cataclysmic predictions of Europe being “swamped” by migrants that the case for intervention in Libya was partly made and following this, a number of EU member states have agreed on a temporary suspension of the Schengen Agreement. ...

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Tahrir Speaks: May 27th (Photos and Videos)

Today, May 27, 2011, Egyptians took to the streets in different parts of their country to affirm their continued commitment to the revolution that began on January 25, 2011. In Tahrir Square, approximately 150,000 protesters gathered to sing, laugh, chant, and assert their various demands. Preparations for the demonstrations began late Thursday night / early Friday morning and by mid-afternoon there was no doubt that a diverse array of Egyptians wanted much more than the resignation of Husni ...

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Return to Tahrir Square: May 27th (Ongoing Updates)

At 4 am, the two of us walked from Zamalik to Tahrir Square as protesters began to gather. We took some pictures and conducted some interviews. At this moment (7:00 am), we only have time to post a few of them (see three videos below, followed by images from Tahrir). UPDATE: Click here for our second post which features some of the signs, speeches, interviews, and music of the day's protests. Today, May 27, 2011, promises to be the largest mobilization across Egypt since Husni Mubarak was forced to ...

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Counter-Proposal from Yemen's Revolutionary Youth

While the Gulf Cooperation Council , the United States, the European Union, and the Yemeni president quibbled over who would sign a vague transfer-of-power concord President Ali Abdallah Salih nixed, the youth coalition of pro-democracy demonstrators have put together thirteen specific points for the coming transition (and had them translated into clear English).  Their proposals are certainly not inspired by al-Qa’ida or the Muslim Brotherhood, as the discredited Salih regime asserts, nor any other ...

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Running on Empty: International Education Funding Gets Deep Cuts

Although education reform is a hallmark of the Obama presidency, we have just witnessed the largest cuts ever to the US Department of Education’s international education programs. In 2009, Obama and his Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, announced Race to the Top. A $4.3 billion program, it is one of the largest and most expensive education programs in US history. A central goal of Race to the Top is to “prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the global economy.” ...

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The PLO: A Positive Model or Doomed for Failure? Part II Roundtable on Palestinian Diaspora and Representation

[This is PART II of a three-part roundtable on Palestinian Diaspora and Representation moderated by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat. It features Naseer Aruri, Seif Da'na, Karma Nabulsi, and Sherene Seikaly. Read the INTRO, PART I: Palestinians Organizing in Diaspora, Part II: The PLO: A Positive Model or Doomed for Failure?.]  2. Is it fair to say that prior to Oslo, Palestinians had effectively organized themselves in a transnational governing body in the ...

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