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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 ...

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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] ...

Kenyon Review Interview with Sinan Antoon on Literature and Arab Uprisings

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[The following interview was conducted with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon on the relatonship between the Arab uprisings and literature. The interview was originally published on the Kenyon Review Blog.] 1. How do you think literature may or should respond to this spring’s events? What role (or roles) would you say literature has played, and how might those roles change? Literature always responds to history, of course, but works hastily written under the pressure of responding often risk being pedestrian, but there are exceptions! The revolts are still ongoing and unfolding and we are all still processing their effects, but they have definitely energized all ...

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Palestinians Organizing in Diaspora: PART I Roundtable on Palestinian Diaspora and Representation

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[This is PART I 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.]  Palestinians are not unique for organizing themselves in diaspora. The Tamils of Sri Lanka have recently elected their transnational government and other ther ethnic polities like indigenous communities in Latin America, including the Mayans of Zapata, have organized themselves within their homelands, as opposed to without. How can the Palestinian national body be contextualized in a legacy of diasporic politics and calls for ...

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A Journey into Refugee Camps along the Tunisian-Libyan Border

[Image Source: Noureddine Jebnoun. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) tents at a camp in Ras Ajdir, Tunisia]

During a trip to Tunisia in April 2011, I had the opportunity to visit the Tunisian-Libyan border in Ras Ajdir, where thousands of refugees have fled Libya since the uprising against Colonel Qaddafi began on February 17. There, the refugees are living in makeshift camps with the hope of returning to their home countries, such as Eritrea, Egypt, and Mali. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has set up thousands of tents in the remote desert of Echoucha, a no-man’s-land near the Tunisian city of Ben Guerdane and not far from Ras Ajdir. Relief NGOs, such as the Tunisian Red Crescent, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Food Program, ...

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Bin Laden's TV

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“An aging man crouched before a TV -- a junkie TV, I might add -- in a darkened room. Not exactly how most people picture the man who called for global jihad.”  --CNN Over the course of the last week, there has been much discussion of the Bin Laden videos released by the Pentagon, footage seized during the Navy Seal raid in Abbottabad. The most damning video captured during the course of the raid — or, thus we have been assured by media pundits — is that of a seated and stooped Bin Laden, cloaked in an aging blanket, his right hand clutching a remote control as he views images of himself on satellite television. To take the mainstream media and ...

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خمسة ملاعيب اقتصادية للاستيلاء على ثورتنا

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1.    الاقتصاد ينهار مصر ستعلن إفلاسها والاقتصاد دخل مرحلة الخطر. نائب محافظ المركزي يحذر من ثورة جياع. المجلس العسكري يقول إن وحش الفقر سيطر على 70% من المصريين. لاشيء يمكن أن يسبب الفزع والصدمة أكثر من وضع كهذا بعد أقل من 4 شهور على اندلاع ثورة يناير؟ لكن هل هذا تقدير سليم للموقف؟ الحقيقة أن الأرقام التي أعلنت ونشرت بشكل واحد في جميع الجرائد المصرية تتمتع بدرجة هائلة من عدم الدقة وعدم العلمية اضطرت بعض وزراء الحكومة الاقتصاديين للتدخل بنهاية الأسبوع لتصحيح بعضها. أول الأرقام الخاطئة كما يبين الباحث الشاب محمود كمال هو رقم عجز الموازنة الذي أشير إلى أنه سيصل إلى 1290 مليار جنيه، بينما تؤكد الأرقام التقديرية بحسب وزير المالية سمير رضوان إلى أنه سيزيد ...

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On Our Way to Palestine: An Eyewitness Account of Nakba Day at the Lebanese Border

[Protesters marching towards Palestine. Image from Nour Samaha.]

Sunday 15th May, 2011. 7.30am, Nada calls. "The buses are already full and they told us if we want to hitch a ride we'd have to stand the whole way down, is there space with you?" The buses are full? Big smile on my face. "Of course!" Quick change of plan, and I wait for Rana before we set off to pick up Nada and Lara and join Ahmad in Khalde. After a stop for coffee, we began our journey down, with Ahmad leading our two-car convoy. It was very unlikely we would get lost though, because every kilometre or so we'd pass half a dozen buses decked out with Palestinian flags, clearly heading in the same direction as us. And if somehow we missed ...

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من يحاسب المجلس العسكري: ورقة موقف

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"المجلس العسكري" أو" المجلس الأعلي للقوات المسلحة" أو "قيادات الجيش المصري"، مرادفات للسلطة الحاكمة الحالية ، وهى الجهة التى تخلي الرئيس السابق عن سلطاته لصالحها وأعلنت وقف العمل بدستور 1971 بموجب إعلان أو بالأحرى تصريح دستوري فى 13 فبراير2011، ثم هي من طرحت تعديلات على الدستور ثم قامت بإصدار إعلان دستوري جديد. "المجلس الأعلى للقوات المسلحة " أنشىء لتمكين رئيس الجمهورية من السيطرة على القوات المسلحة من خلال مجلس أعلى يضم كافة تشكيلات القوات المسلحة، وقد أصبح بعد الثورة بيده تسيير كل الأمور. كان أول ظهور لاسم "المجلس الأعلى للقوات المسلحة" قبل تخلي الرئيس السابق عن سلطاته مباشرة، وإذاعة خبر اجتماع المجلس دون الرئيس!! ...

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Democracy Now! Roundtable with Noura Erakat on Obama Speech and Palestine

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 This is a roundtable interview conducted with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat, author Norman Finkelstein, and J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami on Friday, May 20 in reference to President Barack Obama's May 18th "Middle East Speech" and U.S. policy towards Palestine and Israel. In a major speech on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and on the Arab Spring, President Obama said a Palestinian state must be based on the 1967 borders, the first time a U.S. president has explicitly taken this position. The Israeli government immediately rejected Obama’s comments, calling the 1967 borders "indefensible." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ...

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المتهم حسني مبارك مجرم ضد الانسانية

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كنت قد كتبت هذا المقال منذ أكثر من أسبوعين وأرسلته  للنشر في بعض الجرائد المصرية وقيل لي إنه "لظروف ضيق المساحة نعتذر عن النشر." ولم أتناول هنا فكرة ترددت مؤخراً في مصر وهي فكرة العفو عن مبارك إذا تنازل عن أمواله للشعب المصري، وهي الفكرة التي نفاها مؤخراً المجلس العسكري بعد استنفار كبير من أبناء الشعب لمجرد طرح الفكرة. ورأيي باختصار أنه لا عفو بدون محاكمة وأن الوحيد الذي له حق إقرار العفو هو الشعب المصري، كما أن مبارك متهم بتهم ليست مالية فقط ولكن بجرائم ضد الإنسانية أثناء فترة حكمه. كما أشرح في هذا المقال كيف أن جريمة قتل المتظاهرين هي جريمة ضد الإنسانية أيضاً. يعتبر الرئيس السابق مبارك أهم وأشهر محبوس احتياطياً في تاريخ مصر المعاصر ولمحاكمته دلالات ...

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Dressing Like a Terrorist

Even cats sometimes wear the terrorist costume

Like many others, I was dismayed to learn of the two imams wearing traditional Muslim garb who were forcibly removed from an airplane that was to carry them to a conference on Islamophobia. The passengers who were removed from a Delta/ASA flight in Memphis, Masudur Rahman and Mohamed Zaghloul, apparently frightened other passengers and upset one of the pilots, who refused to fly with them on board. Not everybody was dismayed, however. The Delta/ASA pilot and the frightened passengers have received support from numerous voices among the American commentariat.  The situation was a clear-cut case of ethnic profiling. On this everybody should ...

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الظهور الأخير لجوليانو مير خميس على المسرح

[المخرج جوليانو مير خميس. تصوير سليم أبو جبل]

ترك جوليانو مير خميس مهام عمله كمدير لمسرح الحرية في مخيم جنين وجاء بشكل طاريء إلى مسرح القصبة في رام الله مخرجًا  لمسرحية الكراسي. الثالث من نيسان كانت ليلته الأخيرة؛ العرض الافتتاحي للمسرحية. قبل بدء العرض بلحظات صرخ من وراء الكواليس بصوته الجهوري "كاميرات.. بدون فلاش".. وخلال العرض سمعت صوت ضحكات عالية من المقاعد الخلفية في قاعة المسرح، كان هو، أحيانًا كان يطلق "هشششش" طويلة للممثلين كي يضبط إيقاعهم.. كان يكسر الصمت دون حرج، إنه جوليانو الذي اعتاد على كسر الجدار الرابع في المسرح، مخرجًا كان أم ممثلا، مشاهدًا كان أم عابر سبيل..  في الحياة وعلى خشبة المسرح.  في مسرحية "الكراسي" من تأليف يوجين يونيسكو طان جوليانو  كما ...

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Targeted and Entrapped: Manufacturing the "Homegrown Threat" in the United States

[The following report was issued by The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at New York University School of Law.] Targeted and Entrapped: Manufacturing the "Homegrown Threat" in the United States EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Since September 11, 2001, the U.S. government has targeted Muslims in the United States by sending paid, untrained informants into mosques and Muslim communities. This practice has led to the prosecution of more than 200 individuals in terrorism-related cases. The government has touted these cases as successes in the so-called war against terrorism. However, in recent years, former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents, ...

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On a NY Stage: Four Strong Characters Seek Out the Meaning of Gaza and the Arab Spring

[This report was written by Phillip Weiss and originally published on Monoweiss.] Last night we had an event about Gaza in Manhattan with the Culture Project. It was so great and affirming that I was up most of the night savoring the experience. It was in a grand hall in midtown Manhattan, it was sold out, people actually paid money to go in, and they were rewarded with wisdom about Gaza, Goldstone and the Arab spring. Of the five people on the stage that night, four were women. Many people commented on ...

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Roundtable on Palestinian Diaspora and Representation (INTRO)

 “[T]he formation of a diaspora could be articulated as the quintessential journey into becoming; a process marked by incessant regroupings, recreations, and reiteration. Together these stressed actions strive to open up new spaces of discursive and performative postcolonial consciousness.” -Okwui Enwezor In the wake of Arab revolutions across North Africa and the Gulf, a new discussion on Palestinian self-determination has emerged. While all such discussions touch on foreign colonization, ...

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An Excerpt from "Judgment Day" by Rasha al Ameer

In Rasha al Ameer's Judgment Day (first published in Beirut in 2002 by Dar Al-Jadeed) a reclusive and middle-aged Muslim cleric from a rural background tells the story of how he falls in love with an independent, educated and urban woman who invites him to work on a book about the great Arab poet Mutanabbi. The relationship opens the man's eyes to aspects of life he has never encountered and leads him to reconsider everything he has ever learned. In this section, set in the early stages of their ...

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Culture VI

With Culture VI we discover that May is another cruel month, breeding/Out of the dead land, mixing/Memory and desire, stirring/Dull roots with spring rain... And so it goes with three new offerings that might remind us that the end of spring is near: 1. An excerpt from Jonathan Wright's translation of Rasha al Ameer's novel, Judgment Day. 2. Palestinian Artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme discuss their current project, The Zone, with Eva Langret. 3. Rebecca Luna Stein ...

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عزف منفرد على القانون

قصة يحمل آلته ويخرج. هي ضخمة، ثقيلة، هشة. حجمها لا يناسب المصاعد وصناديق السيارات. أبعادها، لا تتوافق مع أبعاد هذا العصر. يحملها على ظهره ويمضي في طريقه. الحر يعصف به من جهة وازدحام المدينة يعصف به من جهة أخرى. تجده يعزف في نوادٍٍِ ليلية، عزفه خلفية لاهتزاز أرداف راقصة، يعزف أربع ساعات كل مساء. يتقاضى أجره مياومة. مرة في الأسبوع يعزف في مقهى بدلاًٍ من الملهى. الأجواء هنا أفضل بالتأكيد. نعم هناك انحطاط، ولكنه انحطاط من نوع آخر. أحد المشاكل هنا مثلاً هي عازف الجيتار. كل مرة تبدأ الفرقة بالعزف في انسجام ...

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A Conversation with Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme on "The Zone"

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme work collaboratively from their base in Ramallah, Palestine. They have performed together with Ramallah Underground and recently founded the sound and video performance collective Tashweesh. Recent exhibitions and projects include New Sound (NY LYD) Images Festival, 2011 (Copenhagen); the 6th Liverpool Biennale (Future Movement); 23es Instants Video CCF, 2010 (Marseille); Home Works V, Ashkal Alwan, 2010 ...

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Que ha pasado con las protestas en Jordania

[This article was written in English by Ziad Abu-Rish and translated/published in Spanish by] ¿Qué ha pasado con las protestas en Jordania? [Traducción para Rebelión de Loles Oliván] A raíz de “la primavera árabe”, en Jordania se celebraron durante los viernes de nueve semanas consecutivas numerosas protestas y sentadas en las que se reclamaban reformas políticas y económicas. Pero mientras que la intervención de la OTAN en Libia se ha ...

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Amnesia: Ben Ali's Infamous Legacy

On independence day, March 20, and then again on April 30, the eve of Tunisia’s Labor Day, Tunisia’s interim president Fouad Mebazaa -the watchdog legislator of Ben Ali’s authoritarian rule since 1987- called upon the Tunisian people for national reconciliation without specifying its terms and conditions. His call echoed the campaign led by interim Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi -one of Bourguiba’s notorious old guard- and the security forces that urged Tunisian society to turn the page and move ...

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A Critique of Reporting on the Middle East

I’ve spent most of the last eight years working in Iraq and also in Somalia, Afghanistan, Yemen, and other countries in the Muslim world. So all my work has taken place in the shadow of the war on terror and has in fact been thanks to this war, even if I’ve labored to disprove the underlying premises of this war. In a way my work has still served to support the narrative. I once asked my editor at the New York Times Magazine if I could write about a subject outside the Muslim world. He said even if I was ...

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Reflections on the (In)Visibility of Copts in Egypt

I've been thinking lately about the circumstances under which Coptic Christians emerge on the Egyptian socio-political landscape. Those circumstances tend to be, in a word, ugly. Copts become a visible religious community when they are attacked. And then Westerners in particular wonder: “Who are the Copts?” (I should also point out, however, that although well aware of the existence of Copts, or al-aqbat in Arabic, most Egyptian Muslims are equally unfamiliar with Coptic religiosity.) This strange play ...

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Entrapment and Racialization: The "Homegrown" Canard

A new report out today from New York University School of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) describes how American counterterrorism efforts have singled out Muslim Americans by “sending paid, trained informants into mosques and Muslim communities.” The report finds that some 200 terrorism-related prosecutions have relied upon informants, resulting in plenty of convictions that have been proudly trumpeted as hallmarks of  a successful counterterrorism program -- one that ...

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في ذكرى رحيل سعد الله ونوس ... الفيل يحتضر

أنهى سعد الله ونوس مسرحية "الفيل يا ملك الزمان" بالنبوءة التالية‫: الجميع :هذه حكاية. ممثل 5: ونحن ممثلون. ممثل 3: مثلناها لكم لكي نتعلم معكم عبرتها. ممثل 7: هل عرفتم الآن لماذا توجد الفيلة؟ ممثلة 3: هل عرفتم الآن لماذا تتكاثر الفيلة؟. ممثل 5: لكن حياتنا ليست الا البداية. ممثل 4: عندما تتكاثر الفيلة تبدأ حكاية أخرى. الجميع: حكاية دموية عنيفة. وفي سهرة أخرى سنمثل جميعا تلك الحكاية. شاءت الأقدار أن تتصادف الذكرى الرابعة عشرة لرحيل الكاتب والمسرحي السوري العربي الكبير مع بداية نهاية ...

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