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[Gemmayze Graffiti. Beirut, Lebanon. May 2017. Image by Camille Reynolds.]

Vox Populi Relaunches on Jadaliyya!

The new and refreshed Vox Populi page has officially relaunched as of 21 August 2017. In the rejuvenation process, we focused on building on our existing mission but made some adjustments in order to ensure sustainable content. ...

[L'homme à la moustache de fer, Ahmed Ouyahia, est de retour. À l'heure de l'urgence économique, le voilà en première ligne, et ce n'est sûrement pas pour rigoler.]

La moustache de fer (A Song of Mustache and Technocracy)

C'est le deuxième limogeage en moins de trois mois. Après Abdelmalek Sellal, c'est au tour d'Abdelmadjid Tebboune de prendre la porte sans pot de départ. Les Premiers ministres algériens tombent donc comme des mouches, et l'on se demande ...

مشاهدات يومية واجتماعية من السويداء: من حركة الاعتصام... إلى اغتيال البلعوس

تعود مدينة السويداء لتظهر من جديد في ساحة الخبر السوري مع مشهد اعتقال الناشط المدني والمعارض جبران سلامة مراد. الشاب الثلاثيني الذي ألقت دورية تابعة للمخابرات العسكرية القبض عليه، على الطريق بين مدينَتَي السويداءــ القريَّا، له سجلٌ حافل ...

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تونسيات محرومات من اختيار أزواجهن

تشهد الساحة الحقوقية في تونس جدلاً واسعاً ومتواتراً بشأن منشور لا زال يثير حفيظة المنظمات الحقوقية. فمن فترة لأخرى تصدح أصوات المدافعين عن حقوق المرأة التونسية تطالب بإلغاء منشور يصفه البعض بأنه منشور ظالم ومجحف. المنشور الصادر ...


Regional "Contagion" in the Arab World: For "Good" or "Worse?"

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Although predicted by few, the current upheavals in several Arab countries reinvigorate commonplace perceptions of the countries and peoples in the Arab world and the Middle East at large as constituting a densely intertwined, interconnected and bounded region. When Tunisian protestors expelled their dictator, parallels were quickly drawn with Mubarak’s rule in Egypt, prompting mass mobilization there and causing a similar exit of this country’s long-standing ruler. In their wake, anti-regime protestors in other Middle Eastern countries equally felt a rare momentum for change. With varying results, they scrambled to get rid of their own rulers’ deeply engrained ...

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Saudi Arabia's Week of Shame

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Since King Abdullah returned to Riyadh last month, members of his ruling family have resorted to myriad political, economic, and personal measures to prevent public expressions of dissent against the Al Saud. The Ministry of Interior issued a statement warning that any act of public protest is prohibited in Saudi Arabia and punishable by law. The country’s senior ulema were quick to legitimize this criminalization of protest with religious justifications, reminding everyone that “conspiring” against the political leadership is an unIslamic act akin to conspiring against god. The ulema then issued an official memorandum requesting that preachers at mosques discuss the ...

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الذين غيروا كل شيء ومع ذلك لا نثق بهم [Those Who Changed Everything Yet We Still Don't Trust Them]

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  "الشعب المصري غير ناضج بعد للديمقراطية". يبدو أن هذا التصور المثير للجدل لرئيس الوزراء السابق أحمد نظيف في 2005، والذي عاد على لسان نائب الرئيس السابق عمر سليمان خلال ثورة يناير في حوار مع شبكة إيه بي سي الأمريكية، يمثل فكرة متجذرة بعمق لدى النخبة المصرية. في المرتين، أثارت التصريحات الصحفية للمسئولين موجة من الاستنكار، رسمت علاقة متوترة مع الأول وحكومته، وساهمت في تدهور رهيب لشعبية الثانية وسقوط سريع من الحياة السياسية. لكن هاهي الفكرة تعود لنا بأشكال مختلفة وصور مغايرة، وإن بصور أقل وضوحا وصراحة، ومن نخب سياسية كانت تصنف في المعارضة للنظام القديم، جنبا إلى جنب مع أخرى كانت مؤيدة له.   ومنذ اللحظات الأولى لثورة يناير، كان هناك من يحاول ...

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French Wildflowers and Algerian Gangsters: Humanism and Violence at the Movies

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Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men). Written and directed by Xavier Beauvois. France, 2010. Hors la loi (Outside the Law). Written and directed by Rachid Bouchareb. Algeria/Belgium/France, 2010. Recently, two movies have offered Algeria a starring role at the post-colonial box-office. Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men), which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes film festival and César award for Best Film, is the story of seven Trappist monks who lived in Algeria during the civil-war of the 1990s. Hors la loi (Outside the Law), which is directed by Rachid Bouchareb (who previously directed Ingidène) and received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language ...

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Darker Than Black Tuesday [Notes From the Bahraini Field- Update 6]

[Bahrainis protesting at Saudi Embassy in Manama. Image from washingtontimes.com]

Amid an atmosphere of extreme tension a number of Asian men, mostly from Pakistan, have reportedly been attacked with swords and iron rods during the last two days. The government seems to have taken up their cause to point blame at opposition protesters although as of yet the circumstances in which they were attacked, and who attacked them are not clear. The men attacked were all civilian residents who have in the past borne the brunt of anti-government sentiment. Mostly Pakistanis, they are often recruited by the hundreds into Bahrain's security forces, their citizenship fast tracked and social benefits guaranteed. They are then used in riot police squads to mete out ...

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More Than a "Personal Error of Judgment": Seif Gaddafi and the London School of Economics

[Seif Gaddafi. Image by Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters]

“Seif is committed to resolving contentious international and domestic issues through dialogue, debate, and peaceful negotiations.” These were the words with which Professor David Held introduced a public lecture by Seif al-Islam al-Gaddafi at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2009. Last week, British media revelled in replaying Held’s words, before cutting to Seif Gaddafi’s February 21, 2011, speech on Libyan state TV in which he predicted "rivers of blood" and vowed: "We'll fight until the last man, the last woman, the last bullet.” Another Youtube video shows Gaddafi wielding an assault rifle and rallying his supporters with promises to arm them. ...

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Focus on Freedom: In Solidarity with Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi

In December 2010, a court in the Islamic Republic of Iran sentenced filmmaker Jafar Panahi to six years in prison for collusion against the government. Even after his body is released from prison, the government wants to control his thoughts, his dreams, his words and prevent him from expressing them in cinematic form. The court also banned him from writing scripts, making films, traveling abroad, and speaking with any media for twenty years. “It’s depressing,” said director Martin Scorsese, “to imagine a society with so little faith in its own citizens that it feels compelled to lock up anyone with a contrary opinion. As filmmakers, we all need to stand up for ...

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What is a Sari Nusseibeh For?

[Cover of

Sari Nusseibeh, What is a Palestinian State Worth? Cambridge, MA: Harvard Belknap Press, 2011. Among Palestinians there may well be a more fundamental underlying cultural or religious disposition to believe in the reality of death so strongly as to view life as being on a par with death, or even of far less value. (189) Late-style Benny Morris? Thomas Friedman? That would be Sari Nusseibeh, President of Al-Quds University in Jerusalem and professor of philosophy. It comes in what purports to be, inter alia, a work of political philosophy, published under the aegis of Harvard University Press, and replete with the usual reductions of Gandhi and invocations of the powers ...

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من يوميات صحفية عن ثورة تونس [From the Diary of A Journalist in the Tunisian Revolution]

[Protests during the Tunisian Revolution. Image from Unknown Archive]

اليوم وقد نجحت ثورة تونس في إحداث أول ثقب في جدار القمع العربي، وأبهرت العالم وألهبت خيال الحرية لدى العرب، فقد آن الأوان لطرق أبواب الفضاء الإعلامي بعد أن عمته موجة من الهواء النقي المعتق برائحة الياسمين الثائر. هواء الحرية والديمقراطية حرر الألسن والأقلام وجعل الصورة تحاكي وتحكي. وأطلق عنان الصحفي ليرتوي ويروي محيطه، فقد تفنن النظام السابق على امتداد 23 سنة بإجلاء الصحفيين من مجال الابداع الاعلامي. اليوم وقد تحررنا من النسور والعقبان المحوّمة في بياض أوراقنا بحثا عن أصابعنا لتلتهمها كتبت أو لم تكتب، يمكنني أن أسرد تجربة فريدة في زمن التعتيم والتحريف والتزوير. فالأيام القليلة قبل سقوط النظام، الذي كان من بين الأكثر مراقبة للصحافة وقمعا ...

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

[A Saudi mujahid teaches Bosnian soldiers how to shoot. Image fron unknown archive.]

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 interests distinctly from those of rulers and move accordingly to preserve their own positions in society. But in Libya and Bahrain, we are told, regimes have relied ...

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Killing in the Name of: Libya, Sovereignty, Humanity

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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 or permanent the new “government” will be, located as it is “in the City of Benghazi, the temporary location, till the liberation of Tripoli the Capital City and the ...

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

[Egyptian Police and Protesters in Cairo, January 2011. Image from Unknown Achive]

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 مكتسباتها. الهدف واضح تماما فذيول النظام السابق تحاول الالتفاف والتحايل لإجهاض العمل الثوري وإيقاف مظاهرات الميادين والاحتجاجات الاجتماعية تحت أقاويل من عينة “فلنتوقف عند هذا ...

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How it Started in Yemen: From Tahrir to Taghyir

On February 11 after the Friday noon prayers Yemeni students and activists organized a demonstration in the capital city of Sanaa in solidarity with Egyptian demonstrators frustrated with Mubarak’s refusal to resign. At about 1 PM they met in front of the small roundabout by the new campus of Sanaa University and marched through town chanting slogans and carrying pictures of Gamal Abdel Nasser the Egyptian hero of Arab nationalism. Less than 200 people took part and only two were women. Slogans ...

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[Between Ignorance And Fraudulence: The Yes Vote Campaign In Egypt] حملة التصويت بـ<<نعم>> بين الجهل وتدليس الثورة المضادة

يقوم مؤيدو التعديلات الدستورية المقترحة الآن بالترويج لواحدة من أكبر حملات التدليس التي عرفتها مصر. وتتجلى أولى صور هذا التدليس في تسويقهم لفكرة ساذجة مفادها أن التصويت بـ<<نعم>> على التعديلات الدستورية هو توكيد للديمقراطية، وأن من يرفضونها إنما يرفضون بذلك الديمقراطية نفسها. أو على الأقل يدعون أن من يرفضون هذه التعديلات إنما يبنون موقفهم على الخوف ممن سيفوزون في الانتخابات البرلمانية القادمة--خصوصا فلول الحزب الوطني السابق الذين يقومون الآن بإعادة إنتاج أنفسهم في أشكال جديدة، وجماعة الإخوان ...

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A State of Violence [Notes from the Bahraini Field- Update 7]

In the early hours of the morning on Wednesday March 16th, the Bahraini army attacked and “cleansed” (the word used on national TV was تطهير) the Pearl roundabout using helicopters, tear gas and live ammunition. Below is a first-hand account from a Human Rights Watch Correspondent in Bahrain: "At 7.30 this morning I tried to go to Salmaniya hospital. But the whole area is surrounded by riot police diverting cars away from the area. I walked around for a little while trying to assess the ...

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It's Official: In 2006, The Lebanese Government Was Hoping Israel Would Disarm Hezbollah For them

So now we know. In 2006, as Israel was bombing Lebanese highways, power supplies, the airport, and oil reservoirs, the Lebanese Prime Minister was hoping that Israel would finish “the job” quickly and successfully. Now we know. As over a quarter of the population was displaced from their homes under the threat of missiles, tank fire and artillery, the then commander of the army and now president of Lebanon, was letting the Israeli government know that the Lebanese army would stand down. As 10,000 homes ...

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Solidarity and Intervention in Libya

The Libyan uprising is entering its fourth week. The courage and persistence of the Libyan people’s efforts to overthrow al-Qaddafi have been met with ongoing regime brutality ranging from shoot-to-kill policies to the indiscriminate use of artillery against unarmed civilians. When we last wrote on this subject, we already recognized that the situation in Libya was dire. Since that time the violence of the regime’s unhinged bid to subdue the armed insurgency has only escalated. The mounting civilian ...

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Abduh al-Fallah: Elite Myths and Popular Uprisings

The refrain “al-sha‘b/yu-rîd/is-qât/al-ni-zâm” has proven resiliently mobile: it rang out in Tunisia, echoed in Tahrir, traveled west to Libya and Algeria, and east to Yemen, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. A central part of this poetic and exhilarating refrain is al-sha’b: the people. How do we understand the people today when the term has come to be at best a glorified, naïve idea and at worst a stale concept? As we witness popular mass mobilization overthrow some of the most entrenched and ostensibly stable ...

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After Tunisia and Egypt: Palestinian Neoliberalism at the Cross-roads

A spectre is haunting the Middle East – the spectre of popular revolts against autocratic governments. Listening to the loud chants from demonstrators in Algiers to Sana’a asserting their political and economic demands, it is clear that exorcising this spectre needs more than just political regime change: they are demanding the change of the system that has produced poverty, unemployment and vast income disparities. These phenomena did not occur spontaneously or as a natural stage of development. Rather, ...

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Of Predators and Radicals: King's Hearings and the Political Economy of Criminalization

To understand Congressman Peter King’s (R-NY) hearings on the “extent of radicalization” of U.S. Muslims before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, one need not go so far back as the McCarthy era or Japanese interment (At the same time Congressman Mike Honda of California’s public stance connecting the King hearings to internment is worth noting here – and a powerful statement). Listening to the few, highly-orchestrated testimonies King assembled, I was brought back to a much more recent ...

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Mahmoud Darwish: Standing Before the Ruins of Al-Birweh

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 ...

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

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 ...

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Notes from the Bahraini Field [Update 4]

[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 ...

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Distortions of Dialogue

"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 ...

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