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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] ...


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

[Image from author's archive]

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, and a narrower leadership base than any other country across the Arab world. Why, then, is all relatively quiet on the Syrian front?  We can delude ourselves by ...

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The Student Movement in 1968

[Students assembling at AUB in 1971. Image from May 25th 1971 issue of Outlook (AUB).]

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 Intifada (1987-1993), little mention has been made of the student movement to which she refers, the one that erupted in 1968 across the Arab world and lasted until the ...

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

[Women's demonstration in Bahrain. Image from London News Pictures]

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 government withdrew its armed personnel to allow the public a free space in which to express their discontent and demands. It is here that aspirations for the future of Bahrain ...

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الخروج من الميدان [Exiting the Square]

[Signs and Slogans at Tahrir Square. Image by Haytham El-Wardany]

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 على ألسنتنا، فكنا نتحسسها شيئاً فشيئاً، نتلعثم في نطقها كأننا نتعلم الكلام لتونا. تارةً تتملّكنا حيادية المنطق، فنفضّل استخدام كلمة انتفاضة، وتارةً أخرى تغلبنا العاطفة ...

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

[Egypt's Stock Market. Image by Mohamed Abd El Ghani, Reuters]

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 الاجتماعية كعمل "تخريبي للاقتصاد". أما المستوى الثاني وهو الأهم، فهو وأد مطلب أساسي للثورة هو :العدالة الاجتماعية، وهو مطلب تنفر منه مصالح وأرباح كثيرين. والأكيد أن ...

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

[Hossam El-Hamalawy. Image from Jadaliyya Interview]

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 former Egyptian President, Husni Mubarak, and the aftermath. Below is the second part of the interview. I opted for presenting it first, however, because it is in ...

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عن الإستثناء المغربي [On the Moroccan Exception]

[Morocco Protest. Image from globalvoicesonline.org]

  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 العلمي الدقيق  انتفاء هذه الأسباب من البيئة السياسية والإجتماعية المغربية، فإننا سنكون سعداء بالإتفاق مع مروجي فكرة الإستثناء المغربي وسيكون جحوداً بل وكفراً بالوطن وقيمه ...

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Iraq Too?

[An Iraqi waving the Iraqi Flag at Tahrir Square. Image from unknown archive]

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 Bahrain to Morocco and from Oman to Amman. They said that the flood would not reach Iraq. Its complex history and disastrous past and present kept it at a significant ...

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Yemen's Popular Uprising in Photos

[Image from Yemen Times]

“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 street protests in Sanaa and elsewhere around the country. As the wave of revolts spread from Tunisia to Egypt and other countries in the region, the JMP quickly announced ...

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The Arabs in Africa

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As Libyans rise up against the 41-year-old dictatorship of Muammar al-Qaddafi, one of the most striking claims of state violence has been the hiring of “African mercenaries” to crush the revolt. Like Hosni Mubarak’s “thugs” (or baltagiya in Arabic, terms that gained widespread currency almost instantly), the mercenaries represent the anti-populist face of violence, those who are willing to take to the streets not for reasons of personal conviction or national duty, but for compensation from the embattled regime. The mercenaries and the thugs provide a contrast to the nonviolent, impassioned politics of the protesters. One point further distinguishes Qaddafi’s ...

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Emergencies and Economics: Algeria and the Politics of Memory

[The crest of the UGTA (The General Union of Algerian Workers)]

On February 24th the Algerian government lifted the state of emergency that has been operative in Algeria for almost two decades. Undoubtedly, this was a response to the changing political tides in the Middle East, as well as popular unrest in Algeria itself. While localized riots have been a common occurrence in the country since 2005, the start of 2011 has witnessed a wave of simultaneous protests in Algeria. On January 8th, the regime announced it would temporarily cuts taxes on sugar and cooking oil in an attempt to quell the protests. But that was before the Jasmine Revolution. After watching events in Tunisia, and then Egypt, Algerians were emboldened, taking ...

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

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 ...

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Women United for the Future of the Middle East

[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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

 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 ...

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

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 ...

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Paradoxes of Arab Refo-lutions

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 ...

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And the Late Night Comedians Shall Lead Us

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 ...

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The Fabric of Democracy

When disturbed, they usually escape by running and rarely take to flight. (The Common Peacock) In Rogues, his 2003 volume on rogue states,[1] Jacques Derrida looked to Plato's Republic in order to assess the Grecian syntagma of democracy as ‘democracy to come.’ Passages from the Republic referring to ‘democratic man and his freedoms’ hold special relevance; Derrida used it to examine the rise of Islamism in Algeria but I would like to focus on the relationship between clothing, democracy ...

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Oil Supply Disruption Poses a Threat to Asian Economies

[Rana Khoury & Mary E. Stonaker co-authored this post] Why should Singapore – and Asia, more broadly – care about the astonishing upheavals rippling across the Middle East and northern Africa?  While seemingly far away, there is much at stake in this troubled region. The current turmoil should be a wake-up call for Asia to realize that what happens there has a growing impact on its economies and even on security issues. The Middle East is increasingly significant to the Singapore ...

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The Counter-Revolution

Many groups in Egypt are working for political change – progressive and regressive, transparent and dubious – and the stakes are high because the power of the Mubarak regime has not been relinquished in substance. While the army has benefitted most from the revolution—its image has been polished like no time in recent history and its most likely rival, Hosni Mubarak’s son Gamal, has been eliminated–it is by no means clear which direction the Higher Army Council is taking the country. What has become ...

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