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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 ...

STATUS/الوضع: Issue 4.1 is Live!
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This issue was curated to locate the voices that speak to communities in flux and see the local for what it is—simultaneously rooted & uprooted.
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Status does not observe radio silence on Yemen! We constantly speak to Yemeni journalists and activists about conditions in their country

Mahmoud Darwish: Standing Before the Ruins of Al-Birweh

[The remains of the cemetery at al-Birweh. Image by Maqbula Nassar, from]

March 13th is Mahmoud Darwish’s birthday. He departed on August 9th, 2008, but he is seventy today and his poems are t/here for us. Jadaliyya celebrates his presence by publishing this translation.   Standing Before the Ruins of Al-Birweh   Like birds, I tread lightly on the earth’s skin so as not to wake the dead I shut the door to my emotions to become my other I don’t feel that I am a stone sighing as it longs for a cloud Thus I tread as if I am a tourist and a correspondent for a foreign newspaper Of this place I choose the wind I choose absence to describe it Absence sat, neutral, around me The crow saw it Halt, my two companions! Let ...

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عصافير العقيد [The Colonel's (Gaber) Asfours]

[Sketch of al-Qadhdhafi. Image from Unknown Archive]

في لحظات احتضار نظامه، وسط الجنون والخراب، لا يبقى من العقيد الليبي سوى صورة المهرّج. مهرّج مغطى بالدم والريش والدولارات، يعيش الوحدة محاطاً ببعض ابنائه، عاجزاً عن التصديق بأن الزمن انقلب به، والهاوية في انتظاره.الاحتضار الدموي الطويل لنظام 'الكتاب الأخضر'، يأتي في سياق ثورة شعبية تجتاح العالم العربي، وتؤسس لشرعية سياسية جديدة، تقطع مع الانقلاب العسكري، ومع نظام الجمهوريات الوراثية، القائم على القمع والنهب والخوف. يستدعي هذا التحول نقداً جذرياً للخيانات الثقافية، التي اتخذت اشكالا مختلفة، في الزمن الانقلابي. الصدمة بدأت بقبول جابر عصفور منصب وزير الثقافة في الحكومة الأخيرة التي شكلها الديكتاتور المصري المخلوع. وانتهت الى اعلان عصفور استقالته 'لأسباب صحية'، بعد ...

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Notes from the Bahraini Field [Update 4]

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[The following is part of a series of email reports from Jadaliyya affiliates in Manama. They will be updated regularly to reflect the latest developments in Bahrain.] Friday March 11, 2011 Ahead of a protest march to the King's Court in Riffa today (where most of the royal family live), tensions are high. For reasons of pragmatism or principle, many protesters have decided not to join the rally, but hundreds (at least) have already gathered. On the pro-government side, the rhetoric of "mob mentality" has increased significantly on internet social forums, and spilled onto the streets last night. Gangs of youths targeted and forced the shut-down of a number of ...

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Distortions of Dialogue

[Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Sultan smiles with Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa. Image from]

"I've had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can't take more.” “You mean you can't take less,” said the Hatter, “it's very easy to take more than nothing." Recent news reports on the current uprising in Bahrain are all talking about the talk; we hear, or read, that, “Clinton, Saudi minister support Bahrain dialogue,” and that “UAE-Qatar support Dialogue Initiative.” Days later, US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey “Feltman praises initiatives by HM King Hamad,” and according to Bahraini authorities, “Bahrain has also received support from the Governments of France, Jordan, Russia and Turkey for the national ...

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Don't Blame the King for Islamophobia, Blame the Kingdom

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Peter King and the Homeland Security Committee’s hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims are upon us. Mainstream op-ed pieces have increasingly suggested the "divisiveness" of this New McCarthyism, especially after the Southern Poverty Law Center listed Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller’s Stop Islamification of America as a hate group and after the Nuremburg-like Tea Bagging of a Yorba Linda Mosque.       Muslim-baiting is not new nor is the strategy to divide and quarantine immigrant communities. Daniel Pipes has long portrayed the Muslim and Arab American communities as a seditious “Danger Within.” Tea-Baggers, pro-Israel ...

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Women United for the Future of the Middle East

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[This announcement was sent to Jadaliyya. For more information, click here or here.] We are a group of feminists from a few countries in the Middle East, getting together to create a regional feminist alliance (Women United for the Future of the Middle East), in these incredible times of struggle, victory and hope. Inspired by the power of people who transformed our region and our world in the past few weeks, we urgently feel the need for a feminist intervention in these defining times. Most of us are young women who build our efforts to end women’s oppression on a long history of women’s struggles, in the Middle East and throughout the world. Our first collective ...

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The Center or Bust: Will the various forces in Bahrain finally compromise on a centrist approach to power?

[President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his first offical trip to Saudi Arabia in 2007. Image from]

The events in Bahrain are most tantalizing.   Should the opposition gain some ground and succeed in breaking the 240-year old stranglehold of the al-Khalifa family on the island, it would make Bahrain a beacon of social and political progress in the Gulf.  Should they fail and see their movements repressed harshly, presumably with Saudi help, it would nominally keep the al-Khalifas in power but throw the opposition in the arms of a waiting Iran and the rest of the island under Saudi domination. The Bahraini events are happening at a time when four sets of variables are converging at the same time.  First There seems to be a major split within the ...

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The Peter King "Radicalization of Muslims" Hearing and American Democracy

[Peter King. Image from AP.]

Republicans clearly think that they have found a political winner in Muslim-bashing. Peter King, Republican representative from New York’s Third Congressional District (in Long Island), is the new chair of the House Homeland Security Committee. He was way ahead of the Muslim-bashing curve. Most Republicans didn’t get excited about the possibilities of using an anti-Muslim platform as a wedge issue until 2010, after the wild popularity of the "Obama is a secret Muslim" meme and the meteoric rise of the anti-"Ground Zero Mosque™” and "stop Shariah Law" campaigns – all of which conveniently coincided with the Republican gains in the 2010 election. ...

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الخطة الشعبية المجربة لإسقاط الأنظمة المتجبرة [The Tested Popular Plan for Toppling Powerful Regimes]

[Fireworks in Cairo's Tahrir Square, February 11, 2011. Image from AFP/Getty]

 قد يكون أبلغ دروس الثورتين المصرية والتونسية أن ثورة شعبية سلمية، يشارك فيها عشرات الألوف أو مئاتها، هي ما يمكن أن تهدم هياكل سلطة باطشة كهذه القائمة في أكثر الدول العربية. لا يعدو هذا «الدرس» أن يكون تسجيلاً لما حصل بالفعل في البلدين. لكن هذا التسجيل لما هو عارض، مبدئيا، معقول وضروري وقابل للتعميم. أو هذا ما ستحاول هذه المقالة قوله. منذ سبعينيات القرن العشرين، وفي مناخات الحرب الباردة وما بعد هزيمة حزيران المهينة، استقرت في حكم البلدان العربية المركزية نخب سلطة لا قضية لها تسمو على البقاء الأبدي في الحكم. ولهذا الغرض عملت على تحطيم الجيش وتمزيقه، أو تقزيمه، وفي الوقت نفسه بناء وحدات عسكرية وأجهزة أمنية جبارة وموثوقة، مدربة على القسوة، ولا تأبه للحياة البشرية. ...

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Teach-in: Democratization, Empire, & the Arab Revolt of 2011

[Teach-in participants. Image by Jadaliyya]

In light of revolutions, or refo-lutions as captured by Jadaliyya contributor Asef Bayat, Jadaliyya teamed with the US Palestinian Community Network-DC to organize a teach-in targeting the progressive left community in the DC metro area. The teach-in entitled "Democratization, Empire, & the Arab Revolt of 2011" and held at St. Stephens Church in DC, featured Professors Mervat Hatem (Howard University), Noureddine Jebnoun (Georgetown University), Bassam Haddad (Georgetown University), and Noura Erakat (Georgetown University) and was moderated by T. Kumar, the International Legal Advocacy Director at Amnesty International-USA. The panel attempted to capture ...

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Paradoxes of Arab Refo-lutions

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Serious concerns are expressed currently in Tunisia and Egypt about the sabotage of the defeated elites. Many in the revolutionary and pro-democracy circles speak of a creeping counter-revolution. This is not surprising. If revolutions are about intense struggle for a profound change, then any revolution should expect a counterrevolution of subtle or blatant forms. The French, Russian, Chinese, Iranian, and Nicaraguan revolutions all faced protracted civil or international wars. The question is not if the threat of counter-revolution is to be expected; the question rather is if the ‘revolutions’ are revolutionary enough to offset the perils of restoration. It seems that ...

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And the Late Night Comedians Shall Lead Us

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For those of you lucky readers who are able to access Al Jazeera or Al Arabiya on your televisions, you can stop reading now. This is for those of us, in the US, who either have to sleep with our laptops streaming the “real” news or who, for fear that our batteries may die, have to set our cell phone alarm clocks to wake up at 3:00 a.m. to watch reporting of a firefight in Benghazi or the de-powerification of another corrupt politician in (pick one) Palestine, Yemen, Iraq, Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain (and the list goes on). You lucky Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya subscribers can pity us, for indeed we deserve your pity. But we are not completely without our own reliable ...

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Shades of Solidarity: Notes On Race-talk, Intervention, and Revolution

In this season of revolution, the early and stunning toppling of dictators – if not necessarily entire regimes – in Tunisia and Egypt has been followed by what appear for the moment to be stalemates in Bahrain and Libya. And in these latter two countries, despite wildly different circumstances, a curious phenomenon has emerged: a concern over foreign, and often racially marked, “mercenaries.” In Tunisia and Egypt, armies have acted as relatively cohesive national institutions, able to define their ...

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Killing in the Name of: Libya, Sovereignty, Humanity

Libyans are begging to be saved, we have been told. We are also told that the international community has the responsibility to protect Libyans. It is now March 11, 2011. Yesterday, the Republic of France recognized the sovereignty of the Interim Transitional National Council of the Libyan Republic, presumably as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people. France is scheduled to send an ambassador to Benghazi soon, but she may arrive too late, or too early. Everything depends on how transitional ...

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عن الجيش والشرطة والثورة المضادة [On the Army, Police and the Counter-Revolution]

في تاريخ الثورات المنتصرة لا يقف النظام القديم في موضع المعترف بالهزيمة، وما يقوم به لمحاولة استعادة وضعه السابق، يشير إلى حدود وآفاق الثورة المضادة التي تعتمل للإجهاز على الثورة الجديدة أو لإستيعابها وتحويلها لمجرد أيقونة مفرغة من مضمونها ومكاسبها. والتي تعبد الطريق لعودة أساليب الحكم البائد في ثوب جديد ولا مانع وقتها من التشدق بشعارات الثورة ومبادئها. ومنذ بداية ثورتنا المصرية وبعد انتصارها التاريخي بإسقاط الديكتاتور مبارك، وحتى وقتنا الراهن لم تصمت تلك الدعاية الرخيصة التي تحاول النيل منها ومن ...

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Why Syria Is not Next . . . so far [With Arabic Translation]

As millions of Arabs stir their respective countries with demonstrations and slogans of change and transition, certain Arab states have been generally spared, including some oil rich countries and Syria. Syria stands out as a powerful regional player without the benefit of economic prosperity and with a domestic political climate that leaves a lot to be desired. Some say it combines the heavy-handedness of the Tunisian regime, the economic woes of Egypt, the hereditary rule aspects of Morocco and Jordan, ...

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The Student Movement in 1968

A couple of weeks ago on Jadaliyya, Jessica Winegar reported on some of the stories she heard from the older men and women she met in Tahrir Square in Cairo. A number of them spoke of being leftist student activists in the 1970s but in the years since had to watch, as Winegar writes, “their youthful dreams of creating a just society crumble before their eyes.” While analysts have listed historical antecedents to the current events, such as the 1919 Revolution in Egypt and the first Palestinian ...

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Personal Revolutions: One Woman's View from the Bahraini Frontline

Since February 14th 2011, Bahrain has been experiencing a massive popular uprising in which large numbers of women from different socio-economic, political and religious backgrounds have taken to the streets to demand greater rights, freedom and democracy. They were met with a brutal crackdown from the Interior Ministry and Bahrain Defense Force, which left seven demonstrators dead and scores injured. In light of international media frenzy, diplomatic condemnations, and rising public anger, the ...

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الخروج من الميدان [Exiting the Square]

لم نكن نسمع بكلمة «ثورة» سوى في الكتب والأفلام. الثورة الفرنسية، الثورة البلشفية، الثورة الإسلامية، الثورة الثقافية، الثورة الكوبية، ثورة الطلبة... كل ثورة كانت تزيد مهابة الكلمة، وتجعلها ـــــ بفضل جسامة أحداثها وعظمة أفكارها، ثم ما آلت إليه مصائرها ــ مشحونةً وملتبسة. وشقّت الكلمة حياةً لها في مخيّلاتنا. كانت الثورة تلوح في أذهاننا كاستدعاءات متخيلة للحظات استثنائية «يكافح» الجميع فيها لـ «صنع التاريخ». لحظات تشبه مرجلاً ضخماً يتضاءل حجمنا بجانبه، وينصهر فيه الجميع. لذلك، كنا في حيرة ونحن نضع الكلمة ...

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خرافات إقتصادية في خدمة الثورة المضادة [Economic Myths in the Service of the Counter Revolution]

يحذرنا هؤلاء بعلو الصوت: مالم تتوقف الاعتصامات والاحتجاجات "التي تأخذ شرعيتها من معتصمي التحرير"، فإنه الدمار الاقتصادي الكامل: ستتوقف المصانع والأعمال ولن يتلقى العمال والموظفون أجورهم وستصير كارثة. ويعمل هذا التحذير-التهديد، الذي صرنا نسمع صيغا متعددة منه من سياسيين ورجال أعمال وإعلاميين من أنصار "تقديس الاستقرار" أيا كان، عمله على مستويين: الأول إثارة حالة من الذعر بين  المواطنين فيما يخص توفر السلع الغذائية على وجه الخصوص، ومن ثم خلق مركز ثقل سياسي يرفض الاحتجاجات ...

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A Portrait of a Revolutionary: Hossam El-Hamalawy on the Role of the Egyptian Army (Part 2)

Jadaliyya is hereby presenting the first installment in a interactive (see below) 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's vantage point is quite unique, and his broad knowledge of the Egyptian political landscape as well as history positions him to provide an unparalleled account of the the context and developments that have led to the resignation of ...

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عن الإستثناء المغربي [On the Moroccan Exception]

  لقد كان لافتا للنظر وجود حملة شرسة استعملت فيها كل الوسائل المتاحة من إعلام تقليدي وإلكتروني وكذلك الإعلام الفتاك الجديد ألا وهو سلاح الاعلام الإجتماعي للدفاع عن فكرة واحدة ووحيدة وهي الإستثناء المغربي. إذ يجب الاعتراف باختلاف المغرب كبلد وجغرافيا وتنوع ثقافي وتاريخي عن بقية البلاد العربية فإنه في نفس الوقت من الضروري مساءلة هذا الإستثناء في بعديه السياسي والإجتماعي. من الضروري مساءلة هذا الإستثناء على ضوء العوامل التي أدت إلى انفجار الثورات في البلدان العربية الأخرى. فإذا بين لنا التحليل ...

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Iraq Too?

Many cast doubts that the lung through which Tunisia breathed freedom could give birth to kindred lungs in Arab lands to the east or west. Even after Egypt shook the earth to dethrone its last Pharaoh, doubts were cast again as to the mobility of the phenomenon. Then came Libya, which is on the verge of casting away its dangerously delusional and brutal despot. Tunisia is everywhere. The spirit of the mythical bird, al-Bouazizi, hovers, together with those of other martyrs, in every Arab sky, from ...

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Yemen's Popular Uprising in Photos

“Thanks, Tunisia!  Congratulations Egypt!  You are the trailblazers of freedom.” The day after Tunisia’s leader fled his country on January 14, a group of Yemeni students at Sanaa University and members of Women Journalists Without Chains, led by Tawakul Karman, marched toward the Tunisian Embassy to show their support for the Arab world’s first popular uprising in 2011.  In recent years, leaders of the Yemeni opposition coalition known as the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) organized ...

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