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The Perils of American Muslim Politics الهَدم والبناء الاستعماري في الجولان حقوق المثليين والمثليات محكّ لحقوق الإنسان بين المدرسة والمسجد نص للأديب
[Mass iftar held to protest destruction in the İçkale valley.All photographs by the author.]

Destruction and Construction, Resistance and Solidarity: Diyarbakir/Surici Observations Part II

[To read the previous article in this series, “Diyarbakir: The Heart of this City Beats in Suriçi,” click here.] Things won’t calm down in Suriçi. The destruction and construction of İçkale Valley has come to a close, and the neighborhood ...

[اللوحة للفنان العراقي قيس السندي]

الاغتيال والاختطاف في العراق: حقل التحريض المتسع

 لا توجد إحصائية دقيقة للاغتيالات والاختطاف في العراق. فالسلطات الرسمية لا تكترث كثيراً بأرشفة الاخبار السيئة التي تحدث يومياً، أما الصحافة فلا تعير أهمية أيضاً لمثل هذه الحوادث، وغالباً تتعامل معها إذا ما هزّ اغتيال او اختطاف الرأي ...

[Tanks in the streets of Tehran in 1953. Image via Wilipedia]

Musaddiq’s Spectre: On the Recent Declassification of US Documents

Following the 1989 release of the first Iran-related volume of the State Department’s Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series, a plethora of books and articles have been written detailing the MI6-CIA coup d’état in Iran on 19 ...

[La décharge de Borj Hammoud vue du port de pêche avant les récents travaux de démantèlement - Photo Eric Verdeil - CC-ND-NC]

Des déchets aux remblais: imaginaire aménageur, corruption et dérèglements métaboliques à Beyrouth

Les scandales à répétition qui éclatent à propos de la gestion des déchets au Liban et plus particulièrement dans l'agglomération de Beyrouth mettent en évidence les montants énormes des contrats en question et leur opacité, et donc plus ...

الجاليات العربية والمسلمة في ألمانيا بين الإندماج والوقاية [Arab and Muslim Communities in Germany between Assimilation and Prevention]

[فتيات في منطقة كرويتسبيرغ في برلين. المصدر غير معروف]

”هذا البلد، هو بلد ذو طابع وقيم مسيحية-غربية ممتدة عبر عصور، وأتمنى أن يكون هذا أمراً واضحاً لا شك فيه.“ بكلمات كهذه أراد وزير الداخلية الألماني هانس بيتر فريدريش (عن الحزب الإجتماعي المسيحي البافاري) وضع النقاط على الحروف في إفتتاح ”المؤتمر الإسلامي الألماني“ السادس الذي عقد في التاسع والعشرين من شهر اذار/مارس الماضي في برلين. لكن يبدو أن الوزير الجديد أخطأ الحروف فتحول المؤتمر إلى خلاف بدل أن يكون مؤتمر حوار لوضع خطط تساعد على ”إندماج“ المسلمين في المجتمع الألماني ووصل الأمر إلى أن تطلب النائبة عايدان ازوغوز (عن الحزب الديمقراطي الإجتماعي الألماني) من المسلمين أن يقاطعوا المؤتمر مستقبلاً إلى أن يأتي من هو أكفأ وأجدر من وزير الداخلية، ليترأس مؤتمراً من هذا ...

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Urge (to Keep) Going

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Urge for Going. By Mona Mansour. Directed by Hal Brooks. Through April 17, Public LAB, The Public Theater, New York, NY. Urge for Going, Mona Mansour’s new work in development, is a coming-of-age story built from the outside in. Her 90-minute play follows Jamila, a seventeen-year-old Palestinian preparing to take the Baccalaureate on the eve of her graduation from a UN school in Beirut, Lebanon. Surrounded by her two uncles, her parents, and her brain-damaged brother, Jul, in a Beirut refugee camp, her quest to take the test fights a family’s worth of dysfunction and several generations’ worth of dislocation, frustration, and regret. Mansour’s piece offers a ...

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Interview with Sheila Carapico on the Uprising in Yemen (Conducted by Sharam Aghamir)

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AUDIO PLAYER BELOW Since the protests began in February, more than 120 people have been killed in Yemen, including 46 children and more than 5000 wounded. Shahram Aghamir of Pacifica Radio's Voices of the Middle East and North Africa spoke with Yemen specialist, Sheila Carapico about the protest movement, President Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime and the changing political configuration in Yemen. Sheila Carapico is professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond, and is a contributing editor of MERIP (Middle East Report). She has written extensively on Yemen, including Civil Society in Yemen: The Political Economy of Activism in ...

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On the Re-Mythification of the Arab

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Accompanying the ongoing events in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain and Libya has been an emerging narrative of an “Arab awakening” that has been launched by so-called Arab revolutionaries. One can see this slogan, “the Arab Awakening,” promoted through various media, not least by the increasingly popular Al-Jazeera news channel.  In a recent article entitled “It’s Arab and it’s Personal” the “awakening” is declared to have the power to “rewrite history” ultimately unifying the “Arabs” in their goals and slogans. The “Arab street” is boiling with its internet-connected “youth” and we get fancy catch phrases like Uri Avnery’s “the genie is out of the bottle.” ...

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Deposed Tyrants Retirement Home

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What is to become of already-deposed dictators? And who will follow? Khalil Bendib portrays some of the issues implicated in these questions and more.    

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In the Shadow of Words: Le Trio Joubran in Memoriam of Mahmoud Darwish

[Le Trio Joubran. Image from]

It is inevitable that a dancer watching a dance performance, a film-maker watching a film, a musician watching a concert will take notice of details and little tricks that are not available to most others. A skilful camera movement, a new interpretation of a well-known choreography, a note that is played with a new insight…But, albeit rarely, there are instances when something happens on the stage or screen so that, in a moment, something flashes from the spectacle with such extreme power that even the most ignorant feels its presence. And when that happens, even though one lacks the words, the terminology, and the knowledge to pinpoint and define exactly what ...

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Orientalising the Egyptian Uprising

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Since the beginning of the Egyptian uprising in January 25th a new grand-narrative about this so-called “revolution” and more broadly the Arab world is being constructed by the media (international and local), academics, politicians, and the local elite.[1] This narrative appears to be replacing the long held “Arab Exceptionalism” narrative, which held sway for decades and argued that Arabs because of sociological and cultural reasons are ‘immune’ to democracy and democratization. While many have criticized this earlier discourse as Orientalist and lacking in analytical rigor, its seamless replacement dubbed the “Arab Awakening,” is being constructed on the very ...

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Saudi Hegemony vs. the Arab Spring

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The day the Bahraini authorities demolished the Pearl monument at the center of Bahrain’s ‘Tahrir Square’ on March 18th, the state-run Bahrain News Agency announced to a puzzled public that the “GCC monument” had been removed for a “facelift” in order to get rid of "bad memories.” Amidst the rubble, it came to light that the symbol known locally as the ‘Pearl roundabout’ in reference to Bahrain’s pearl diving and trading history was in fact officially known as the “Gulf Cooperative Council roundabout”—with each pillar of the now-destroyed structure representing a member state of the “cooperative” council. Meanwhile in the areas of Sitra and Karranah, 29-year old ...

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The Role of Workers and Labor Unions in the Egyptian Revolution: Video Interview with Hossam Hamalawy (Part 1)

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Jadaliyya is hereby presenting the first (deliberately belated) installment in a series called "A Portrait of a Revolutionary," featuring interviews with an Egyptian journalist and activist who was at the forefront of the Egyptian protest movement, Hossam Hamalawy. Below is the first part of the interview, recorded in Arabic prior to Part 2 (on the role of the Egyptian army) and Part 3 (on the role of the Egyptial political and economic elite. The first part below deals with the role of the Egyptian Labor Unions in tipping the scale during the last days before Mubrak's resignation. This video was recorded on February 23rd. I opted for ...

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Update from Islamophoberia

[Glenn Beck. Image from The Daily Awesome]

Islamophoberia, a place millions of Americans call home, will get a lot colder come 2012 because the main gasbag is being shut down in December. The decision of Fox News to cancel The Glenn Beck Show will leave the idiosphere scrambling for a new source of fuel to motor anti-Muslim ranting. Sure, there are alternative sources, like bacon-bookmarked Qur’an burning proponent Ann Barnhardt, who admonished her blog readers: “Go out, buy a Koran, video yourself burning it and post that on YouTube. Do it NOW. Show the muslims [sic] how utterly futile it would be to kill me.”  Her burning and taunting was a gesture of “foursquare” solidarity with the mega- mustachioed ...

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إنتفاضة البحرين حتى التدخل السعودي [The Bahraini Uprising Until the Saudi Intervention]

[Bahrain Protests. Image from Unknown Archive]

عندما بدأت الإنتفاضة في البحرين في 14 من شباط/فبراير، تدفق الآلاف من المواطنين إلى الشوارع للمطالبة بالإصلاحات، بما في ذلك إصلاح الدستور، التحقيق في سرقة الأراضي العامة والذي يكلف خزينة الدولة مليارات الدولارات، وإنهاء التمييز المنظم. وسارعت الحكومة بإطلاق قواتها للتصدي للإحتجاجات. وفي خلال يومين، قتلت عناصر الأمن إثنين من المتظاهرين. وبعد ذلك، تدفق عشرات الآلاف إلى الشوارع مطالبين بالثورة: إسقاط الحكومة، التى واجهت دعوات التغيير خلال الخمسين سنة الماضية بالعنف، والإعتقال، والتخويف والنفي. وفي مواجهة هذا التهديد غير المسبوق من قبل الشعب، ألقى الملك حمد بن عيسى آل خليفة خطاباً على تلفزيون الدولة ليعبر عن أسفه ووعد بإجراء تحقيق لإلقاء القبض على المسؤولين عن هذه ...

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Video of the Goldstone Debate at Stanford Law School

On Monday March 28th, the Stanford International Law Society hosted a debate on the legacy of the Goldstone report and the larger application of international law to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict featuring Justice Richard Goldstone himself in one of his first public commentaries on the investigation. Four days later, Justice Goldstone published his controversial op-ed in which he "reconsiders" the Fact-Finding Mission's Report. Debate panelist Abraham Bell, professor of law at the University of San Diego Law School, thereafter published an op-ed in the Jerusalem Post attributing Goldstone's sudden shift to the Stanford debate. Other ...

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Prospects for the Sectarian Terrain (Part II)

[Read Part I here.]  On the afternoon of 17 March there was a government-supported demonstration in Baghdad's Karada neighborhood. About 100 demonstrators were provided with police escorts who closed the road on their behalf, unlike the police resistance protestors usually face in Iraq. Protestors carried banners stating they were from the “Khafija tribe, Beni Sa'd tribe and the people of Karada.” One banner stated: “The Beni Sa‘d tribe condmens the Saudi intervention that is killing our brothers ...

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الهيمنة السعودية تسحق الربيع البحريني [Saudi Hegemony Stamps Out the Bahraini Spring]

في اليوم الذي هدمت فيه السلطات البحرينية دوار اللؤلؤة الذي صار بمثابة "ميدان تحرير" البحرين في ١٨ آذار/مارس، أعلنت وكالات الأنباء البحرينية التابعة للدولة للجمهور الحائر بأن "معلم مجلس التعاون الخليجي" قد هدم في مساع تهدف الى "إجراء عملية تجميل لوجه المدينة" وذلك من أجل التخلص من "الذكريات السيئة." ومن بين الأنقاض، صار من الواضح ان الرمز الذي يعرف محلياً "بدوار اللؤلوة" في إشارة الى تأريخ البحرين في الغطس والتجارة باللؤلؤ يدعى رسمياً ...

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Prospects for the Sectarian Terrain (Part I)

On 22 March, Sha‘lan Sharif wrote an article in the spirit of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal,” in al-Akhbar, the Arab world’s leading leftist newspaper. Sharif compared “the Jewish question” in pre holocaust Europe to the “Shiite question” of today. Jews were accused of conspiring against Europe, and against mankind throughout the ages, like rats carrying the plague, according to the Nazis. Just as Jews could not be trusted so too Shiites were accused of taqiyya, or dissimulation to conceal their ...

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Essential Readings: Reading Pakistan

Here are the stripped down facts: Pakistan is roughly 165 million people. Most of us are young: 69 percent of the population is under age 30. And we’re poor. Almost a quarter of the people here live below the poverty line. As I write, the quarter-finals for the cricket world cup are underway. Pakistan’s unpredictable and occasionally magnificent team is playing the West Indies. The sport, which was a kind of civilizing project to teach Victorian mores, has become a national obsession.   Beyond ...

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Roundup on the Goldstone Controversy

While the impact of Justice Goldstone’s op-ed on accountability and justice remains to be seen, one thing has already been made clear: his contentious and vague editorial has worked to place Israel’s Winter 2008/09 offensive back on center stage. Like Israel’s fatal attack on the Mavi Marmara in May 2010 that inspired heated debate on the legality of Israel’s Gaza blockade, Goldstone’s editorial has produced a watershed of commentary on Gaza’s ongoing submission to a debilitating blockade and the ...

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At the Table: Sharif Waked's Khumus

Just outside a Palestinian restaurant, named “al-Bayt” in the recently recognized village of Ayn Hawd southeast of Haifa, a table and two chairs stand precariously balanced on a steep slope. From a distance it is a pretty scene that promises the serenity of a picnic. On closer look, there is deformity and fragility. Together they offer an incisive reflection on those many moments when the Palestinian everyday in Israel meets the persistent apprehension and restlessness of memory. Sharif Waked’s ...

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New MERIP Issue on People Power: A Must-Read!

[Below is MERIP's press release introducing the new issue titled "People Power." Jadaliyya Reports presents it as a "Must-Read" issue!] Revolution is a weighty word, one as freighted with past disappointments as with hope for the future. The fate of the midwinter political revolutions in the Arab world is far from determined, as forces of counter-revolution have rallied. But, along with army officers and lords of finance, any balance sheet must also account for another actor—the ...

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Essential Readings: Bahrain: Origins of a Crisis

This Essential Readings post is written by Sandy Russell Jones. [Editors' Note: This is the third in a series of "Essential Readings," in which we ask contributors to choose a list of must-read books, articles, and new media sources on a variety of topics. These are not meant to be comprehensive lists, but rather starting points for readers who want to read more about particular topics.   Sandy Russell Jones, a Fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis and a lecturer in ...

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Protests on the Rise Again in Syria: A Report from Jadaliyya Affiliate in Damascus

Today, Friday, April 9th, was a difficult day in Syria, with many more protesters killed and injured during after-prayers demonstrations. It seems the protests are resuming their momentum and expanding beyond remote towns and cities to cover increasing areas of major cities like Damascus (Videos coming tomorrow, Saturday, April 10th, as they become available).   The Syrian regime, like its Arab counterparts facing popular internal opposition, has accused foreign elements for orchestrating the ...

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Why Goldstone Wrote that Op-Ed? Video Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor

On Friday April 1st, justice Richard Goldstone wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post that seemingly retracts his report investigating the Gaza war known as Cast Led. No one really knows what exactly led the justice to do this. In the video interview below, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat explores some possible answers. Noura participated in a debate a week prior over the very same Goldstone report (watch the debate here). The debate was tweeted live here at Jadaliyya. Erakat published this op-ed in ...

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Essential Readings: Counterinsurgency

This Essential Readings post is written by Laleh Khalili. [Editors' Note: This is the second in a series of "Essential Readings,"  in which we ask contributors to choose a list of must-read books, articles, and new media sources on a variety of topics. These are not meant to be comprehensive lists, but rather starting points for readers who want to read more about particular topics.

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Interview with Juliano Mer Khamis (2005)

This is an interview I conducted with Juliano Mer Khamis about his remarkable documentary, Arna's Children, in 2005. It was aired on "Voices of the Middle East and North Africa" on KPFA Radio in Berkeley, California.

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