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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] ...


Interview with Bassam Haddad on Developments in Syria (Conducted by Sharam Aghamir)

[Map of protests in Syria. Image from pomed.org]

 AUDIO PLAYER BELOW A wave of protests have been shaking Syria since nearly the middle of March.The protests that began by calling for political reforms,escalated after the security forces opened fired on demonstrators in the southern city of Dar'a. Shahram Aghamir of Pacifaca's Voices of the Middle East and North Africa spoke with Bassam Haddad about the nature of these protests, the response of the Syrian Regime to them,and their regional implications. This interview was conducted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011.

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Revolutionary Tremors in Central Asia?

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On April 3rd, 2011 Kazakhstan held presidential elections. Nursultan Nazarbayev, in power since 1991, called these elections a year early after scrapping a plan to hold a national referendum that would do away with the inconvenience of regular presidential contests and which was to extend his term until 2020. The referendum plan, although backed by both chambers of the Kazakh legislature and an apparently willing public (5 million signature in support of the referendum seem to have been collected), was declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Council. Despite this setback, Nazarbayev faced only three minor candidates in the presidential contest all of whom ...

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The Ongoing War; Lebanese Leaders Against the Lebanese

[Lebanese National Dialogue Table: Image From Unknown Archive]

It has been 21 years since the end of the Lebanese civil war. 21 years since the last spasms of violence reverberated through the country’s cities, towns and villages. More than two decades ago, a country torn apart, in ruins and in rubble, suddenly found itself at “peace.” Almost immediately, the reconstruction began. In these years, landmarks such as Nasser, Modca, Horshoe, and the Carlton were torn down and replaced with uniforms of the new global order; cheap clothing made in china, chain restaurants selling American fast food, and coffee houses selling the internet, caffeine, and a cosmopolitan varnish. Quickly after the war billboards began to cover gunfire ...

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Independence, Nakba, and the Visual Archive

[Juliano Mir Khamis. Image from Unknown Archive]

As part of our recognition of the life, work and tragic death of Juliano Mer-Khamis (1958-2011), we are publishing an excerpt from Ella Shohat’s recent postscript chapter to the new edition of Israeli Cinema: East /West and the Politics of Representation (IB Tauris, London), which features a discussion of Juliano’s powerful documentary, Arna’s Children. The excerpt is taken from the section, “Independence, Nakba and the Visual Archive,” published with the author’s permission in memory of Juliano Mer-Khamis. . . . [At the time of the completion of] Israeli Cinema, the bulk of Israeli films, and documentary cinema in particular, relayed the ...

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Why Tamer Hosny Won't Go Away

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A bit of conventional wisdom making the rounds among Egyptian revolutionaries is they succeeded not only in bringing down their hated dictator, Hosni Mubarak, but also in taking down other despised figures associated with the regime. This includes technocrats, like ex-Minister of the Interior Habib al-Adly, and plutocrats, like Ahmed Ezz, the now-disgraced steel monopolist, both of whom now sit in Tura prison. Both of these figures named have been close allies of Gamal Mubarak, the younger son of Hosni Mubarak and, until the revolution came, the heir apparent to the presidency. While protesters are not blind to this fact, and to its implication that Gamal ...

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Saleh's Speech on Mixing the Sexes and Its Implications

[Participant in April 16 Women's March in Yemen. Image from youtube.com]

[This post was sent to Jadaliyya by Woman from Yemen.] Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh recently used another political tool to try and suppress the pro-change protests. Like many leaders worldwide, he used "women" as a tool against his opponents. His brief statement on the prohibition of mixing between women and men (English text of President's speech) along with the smear campaigns on national TV against women implies that women in pro-change square are "loose" women. This is a great insult to all women activists. It is a dishonor to all women, their families and tribes. His speech has numerous implications. He is clearly trying to appeal to ...

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Indictment

[Muhammad Farhat al-Shaltami. Image from www.tieob.com]

The following poem is by Muhammad Farhat al-Shaltami (1945-2010), one of the leading figures of Libyan dissident literature. Born in Benghazi in the wake of Italy’s bloody colonial rule, al-Shaltami was a teacher by occupation. He was first imprisoned in the 1960s under the monarchy – for his poetry as much as for his politics. He was imprisoned again more than once during the 1970s by the Qaddafi regime. Shaltami was the author of numerous diwans, with many poems originally composed in and about prison. Much of his poetry was only published in the 1990s. The Arabic original (below) comes from the collection Tadhakir li-l-jahim (Tickets to ...

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Prospects for the Sectarian Terrain (Part II)

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[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 in Bahrain." Another stated: "Patience oh Sauds, the Mahdi Muhammad is coming." And another stated: "Oh infidels oh infidels why are you killing the ...

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

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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 "دوار مجلس التعاون الخليجي" - حيث يمثل كل عمود من البناء المهدم عضواً من أعضاء مجلس "التعاون." وفي الوقت عينه، وفي مناطق سترة وكرانة، دفن حشد من المعزين ...

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Prospects for the Sectarian Terrain (Part I)

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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 “true intentions”. While Sharif’s analogy might sound extreme, he was correct in observing an increase of hatred of Shiites throughout the Sunni Arab world. While there ...

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Essential Readings: Reading Pakistan

[Protest in Karachi against drone strikes. Image from EPA/The Express Tribune]

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 that, you could go through this or this or this or this, but at the end of it, frankly, you’d know very little, or more accurately, you’d know just enough to be ...

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Roundup on the Goldstone Controversy

[Justice Richard Goldstone. Image from Getty Images.]

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 escalating drumbeats of a renewed Israeli attack on the 360 square mile Strip. Significantly, this media cycle has been just as intrigued by the editorial’s implications as ...

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زمن عربي جديد [A New Arab Era]

لم يتمركز السوريون في احدى ساحات دمشق كي يبدأوا منها انتفاضتهم. كانت البداية في مدينة درعا عاصمة منطقة حوران، ثم اتخذت شكل تحركات متنقلة من اللاذقية الى حمص الى القامشلي الى بانياس الى دمشق الى دوما... المشهد السوري يختلف عن المشهد في تونس او مصر او البحرين او اليمن او ليبيا. كل بلد يكتشف بنفسه وعبر تجربته الخاصة الشكل الملائم للثورة على الحكم الاستبدادي. لسنا امام ثورة عربية واحدة تستعيد الخطاب القومي الناصري، لكننا في الوقت نفسه امام ظاهرة موحدة الهدف تجتاح العالم العربي برمته.  مرة جديدة ...

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Jordan's New Opposition and the Traps of Identity and Ambiguity

There are two major tribulations in Jordan from which all other issues stem. The first is the autocratic authority that dominates the role of all “state institutions” (i.e., the Cabinet, the Parliament, and the Judiciary). This autocratic domination is legally sanctioned by the Jordanian constitution:  ·      Article 26 states that “The Executive Power shall be vested in the King, who shall exercise his powers through his Ministers.” ·      ...

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Jadaliyya Launches Culture Section

Today Jadaliyya launches its culture section; an open space for creative, original, and critical texts about culture(s) in Arabic and English. We seek to support cultural expression in a wide variety of sites and contexts, media and genres. To this end, we are interested in contributions dealing with literature, theatre, music, cinema, visual arts and design, photography, TV and Radio, video art, social media and Internet expression.  Here are this week's four ...

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Sultana: A Chapter from a Novel by Ghalib Halasa

Ghalib Halasa was an author of seven novels, two short story collections, and several works of journalism, literary criticism, translation and political analysis. He was born in a Jordanian village near Madaba in 1932 and died in Damascus in 1989. He lived in Baghdad, Cairo, Beirut and Damascus and his work is a powerful example of border-crossing engagement and brilliance. His work has only very rarely been translated. Sultana was first published in 1987 and was Halasa's second to ...

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Al-Jazeera Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor on Syria

This is a two-part interview (10 minutes total) conducted with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Monday, April 19, in reference to what amounts to be an escalation in the regime-protesters confrontation in the city of Homs. The interview also addresses the question of infiltrators and/or external forces meddling in Syrian affairs.

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Essential Viewing: Five Tunisian Films from a Postrevolutionary Perspective

It is impossible to watch a Tunisian film today from an exclusively prerevolutionary perspective. The present historical juncture will stealthily thrust itself to center stage. Besides, the value of film does not reside solely in its appropriateness to its own historical moment of production, but equally in its relevance to other, yet to come, historical moments. It becomes highly productive, not to say inevitable, that we rethink postcolonial Tunisian film through the lenses of the revolutionary and now ...

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

”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 ...

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Urge (to Keep) Going

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 ...

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

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 ...

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On the Re-Mythification of the Arab

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 ...

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Deposed Tyrants Retirement Home

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

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 ...

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