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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] ...


New Texts Out Now: Sheila Carapico, ed., Arabia Incognita: Dispatches from Yemen and the Gulf

Sheila Carapico, editor,  Arabia Incognita: Dispatches from Yemen and the Gulf. Charlottesville: Just World Books, 2015.  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Sheila Carapico (SC): This book began as an activist political project, a form of protest against a cruel war. Colleagues at MERIP were thinking of compiling a simple PDF reader to help students and others understand the background to the military intervention in Yemen the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia called Operation Decisive Storm in late April 2015. Then Helena Cobban of Just World Books invited me to “curate” an edited volume. I devoted the summer of 2015 to reading thirty-five years’ worth of ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (July 20)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Maghreb and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Maghreb Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to maghreb@jadaliyya.com] Algeria Stagnation, oil and oligarchy: a look at today’s Algeria After leading anti-colonial initiatives and internationalist cooperation, Algeria adopted market reforms in the 80s and 90s that have contributed to current political stagnation. Algeria to grant African migrants work permits amid surge in racism Algeria responds to a shortage of workers by granting job permits and ...

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The Referendum in Turkey-A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Sinan Birdal

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Shahram Aghamir speaks with Sinan Birdal, who unpacks Turkey's constitutional referendum that passed on April 16. In a turbulent political environment where the soft and hard executive power of the Turkish presidency is expanding rapidly, the referendum has proven the mechanism by which Erdogan can expand his control over the legislature and the judiciary. Following that, this podcast asks these questions: what did the referendum reveal about the nature of the AKP's support base, and who exactly is the opposition now? Find out more in this Status/الوضع interview with Shahram Aghamir.   Sinan Birdal is a ...

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Fear and Loathing in Turkish Academia: A Tale of Appeasement and Complicity

[Turkish riot police detained demonstrators who gather at Besiktas to support detained teachers Semih Ozakca and Nuriye Gulmen, in Istanbul on 23 May 2017. Image by Depo Photos/Press Association via openDemocracy.]

It was a “call for papers” like all others. “On behalf of the Turkish Political Economy Society (TPES),” said the organizers of the Fifth TPES Interdisciplinary Workshop on Turkey and Latin America in Comparative Perspective, “we would be happy if you would consider submitting an abstract and help us spread the word by forwarding the CfP to other scholars who may be interested.” Many probably did, among them Yasemin Yılmaz and Orçun Selçuk, two PhD candidates from The City University of New York and Florida International University respectively, who saw this as an opportunity to share their work with and get feedback from their peers and senior academics in Turkey and ...

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Musaddiq’s Spectre: On the Recent Declassification of US Documents

[Tanks in the streets of Tehran in 1953. Image via Wilipedia]

Following the 1989 release of the first Iran-related volume of the State Department’s Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series, a plethora of books and articles have been written detailing the MI6-CIA coup d’état in Iran on 19 August 1953. The coup resulted in the ouster of the much-celebrated Prime Minister Muhammad Musaddiq, who—to the profound chagrin of United Kingdom—nationalized the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (today known as British Petroleum) in March 1951. One might therefore be forgiven for asking why the June 2017 release of a new FRUS volume series, Iran, 1951-1954, should spark so much public and scholarly interest.   The main social networks ...

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قصائد للشاعر الايطالي بييرو جاهير

[صورة للشاعر الايطالي بييرو جاهير]

بييرو جاهير Piero Jahier (1884-1966) بييرو جاهير في سطور: كان شاعراً ومترجماً وصحفيَّاً إيطاليَّاً، وُلِدَ في جنوة في 11 نيسان/ أبريل 1884، وأمضى طفولته فيها، وأمَّا كنيته "جاهير" فإنَّها فرنسيَّة الأصل، إذْ كان فرعٌ من تلك العائلة قد انتقل إلى إيطاليا منذ أجيالٍ كثيرةٍ خلتْ. أتمَّ دراسته الابتدائيَّة في كلٍّ من تورينو وسُوسا. بعد موتِ والده انتحاراً سنة 1897 انتقلتْ والدته مع أبنائها السِّتَّة إلى فلورنسا مسقطِ رأسِها، وما إن أنهى بييرو المرحلة الثَّانويَّة من دراسته حتَّى فاز بمنحةٍ دراسيَّةٍ والتحق بكلِّيَّةِ اللاهوت الـﭭـالديَّة في فلورنسا، وبدأ في تلك الأثناء عملَه في السِّكك الحديديَّة ليعيل أسرته التي كانت تعاني من ضائقةٍ مادِّيَّةٍ شديدة، ولكنَّه ...

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الاغتيال والاختطاف في العراق: حقل التحريض المتسع

[اللوحة للفنان العراقي قيس السندي]

 لا توجد إحصائية دقيقة للاغتيالات والاختطاف في العراق. فالسلطات الرسمية لا تكترث كثيراً بأرشفة الاخبار السيئة التي تحدث يومياً، أما الصحافة فلا تعير أهمية أيضاً لمثل هذه الحوادث، وغالباً تتعامل معها إذا ما هزّ اغتيال او اختطاف الرأي العام بنقل الرواية الرسمية "اضطراراً" ومن ثم تقمص رواية "جديدة" يضعها الممول المدعوم من جهة سياسية أو ميليشيا مسلحة، ويكون تسويق هذه "القصة" عبر وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي التي تعمل كماكنة نشطةٍ لتسطيح أي حدث ومن ثم ابتلاعه في خضم "قصص جديدة" تشبع الرغبات الفضولية وتثير زوابع من العراك الطائفي، وصولاً إلى التحريض الذي قد تكون نتيجته القتل او الاختطاف. بازار الجريمة ولأن بلاد ما بين النهرين اللذان ...

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The United Nations and Palestine: Biased?

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It is common currency to accuse the United Nations (UN) of harboring an inveterate anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian bias. Israel, so the claim goes, is consistently held to a higher standard than other states that manage to escape the world body’s scrutiny despite their abysmal records, and is consistently condemned by the UN for engaging in a legitimate struggle for survival against the Palestinians and other Arabs. To an even greater extent than her predecessors, the current US permanent representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, has made combatting the world body’s purported anti-Israel obsession a personal crusade – in the process easily exceeding her Israeli ...

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الكتب: نص للأديب جوزف كونراد

[صورة للأديب الانجيليزي البولندي جوزف كونراد]

I قِيلَ منذ وقت طويل جداً إنّ للكتب مصيرها. نعم إنَّ لها مصيراً، وهو يشبه إلى حدٍّ كبير مصير الإنسان. فهي تشاطرنا غيابَ اليقين الكبير لدينا حيال خزينا أو مجدنا، والظلم الشديد والاضطهاد العنيف، والافتراء وسوء الفهم، وشهرة النجاح غير المستحقة. ومن بين جميع الجمادات، وإبداعات الإنسان كلها، إن الكتب هي الأقرب إلينا، فهي تحتوي على فكرنا وطموحاتنا واستياءاتنا وأوهامنا وإخلاصنا للحقيقة وميلنا المتواصل إلى الخطأ. لكنها تشبهنا أكثر في تمسكّها العابر بالحياة. إن جسراً يُبْنى وفق قواعد فنّ بناء الجسور يَحْظى بحياة طويلة ومشرّفة ومفيدة. لكن كتاباً جيداً كالجسر في طريقة بنائه يمكن أن يهلك دون أن ينتبه إليه أحد في اليوم نفسه الذي يولد فيه. إن فنّ مبدعي الكتب غير كاف لمنحها أكثر ...

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Cities Media Roundup (June 2017)

[A Donkey in the Casbah of Algiers]

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning “Roundup” in the subject line. We also welcome your submissions to the Cities Page: please check details on cities.jadaliyya.com] Infrastructure  A Alger, l’âne, “camion-poubelle” de la Casbah depuis cinq siècles Libération reports on the central role played by donkeys in the Casbah of Algeria, a World Heritage Site, and thousand-year-old city. La ligne ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 3-9)

[This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles and roundups. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series.] الاستقطاب عند حماس: بين المدرسة والمسجد خمس قصص قصيرة للكاتب الإسباني خوان خوسية مياس حقوق المثليين والمثليات محكّ لحقوق الإنسان

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 10)

[Detained lawyer Tarek Hussein. Photo from the official Twitter page of the EuroMed Rights Network.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]  Political Rights Writer Ahmed Naji prevented from leaving Egypt Writer Ahmed Naji was prevented from leaving Egypt early on Thursday morning. On attempting to fly out of Cairo International Airport, he was informed that he is still banned from travel, based on a decision issued by the public prosecutor’s office. Censorship Board bans ...

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Destruction and Construction, Resistance and Solidarity: Diyarbakir/Surici Observations Part II

[To read the previous article in this series, “Diyarbakir: The Heart of this City Beats in Suriçi,” click here.] Things will not calm down in Suriçi. The destruction and construction of İçkale Valley has come to a close, and the neighborhood has been transformed into a park. While the closed-off areas have been entirely demolished, the demolition of the Alipaşa and Lalebey neighborhoods—which started under an urban renewal project in 2012, but stopped due to resistance—has resumed. This widening, ...

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Syria Media Roundup (July 19)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]              Inside Syria Food supplies reach families from Syria's Raqqa as road reopens: U.N. (12 July 2017) Food supplies ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (July 3-July 16)

July 10-16 A Muslim and a Jew urge the Supreme Court to strike down the Muslim ban, LA Times  An American Jew and an American Muslim explain why they're against Trump's controversial Muslim Ban. Read More Islam-Bashers Blast Civil Rights Activist Linda Sarsour, Twisting Her Use of the Word `Jihad', Southern Poverty Law Center Organized anti-Muslim movements are unified in their outrage over recent remarks by civil rights activist Linda Sarsour, falsely arguing that she was inciting violence ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 17)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]  Political Rights 80 Wadi al-Natrun prisoners join hunger strike protesting maltreatment More than eighty political prisoners in Wadi al-Natrun Prison’s maximum security facility, ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 10-16)

[This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles and roundups. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series.] الكتب: نص للأديب جوزف كونراد The Future of Work for Syrian Refugee Women in Jordan: Is the “Gig Economy” an Opportunity? خمس قصص قصيرة للكاتب الإسباني خوان خوسية مياس New Texts Out Now: Hannes Baumann, Citizen Hariri: Lebanon's ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (July 16)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page co-editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The Occupation Forces Hundreds Of Palestinian And Israeli Activists Marched Along Major Highway To Protest Occupation The route taken by the group followed Route 60, a major highway used by ...

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Des déchets aux remblais: imaginaire aménageur, corruption et dérèglements métaboliques à Beyrouth

Les scandales à répétition qui éclatent à propos de la gestion des déchets au Liban et plus particulièrement dans l'agglomération de Beyrouth mettent en évidence les montants énormes des contrats en question et leur opacité, et donc plus largement la corruption qui joue un rôle déterminant dans l'organisation de l'action publique. Les débats de l'été 2015 ont ainsi permis d'exposer publiquement les zones d'ombre, anomalies et irrégularités concernant les contrats successifs de Sukleen, et de pointer vers ...

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Syria Media Roundup (July 12)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]   Inside Syria Rebels accuse Syrian army of chlorine attack, army calls it fabrication (1 July 2017) A Syrian rebel group accused the Syrian army of using chlorine gas against its ...

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The Future of Work for Syrian Refugee Women in Jordan: Is the “Gig Economy” an Opportunity?

Syrian refugees across the Middle East and North Africa face very challenging circumstances. In 2015, UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCS) concluded that eighty-six percent of these refugees in Jordanian host communities (i.e., outside camps) were living below the poverty line (Ritchie 2017). Relatively few working-age refugees are in paid work—twenty-eight percent overall but just seven percent of women (Stave and Hillesund 2015: 43). This is a result of legal prohibitions on their employment, a lack ...

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قصائد للشَّاعر الإيطالي فاوستو ماريَّا مارتيني

قصائد للشَّاعر الإيطالي فاوستو ماريَّا مارتيني Fausto Maria Martini (1886-1931) فاوستو ماريَّا مارتيني في سطور: شاعرٌ ومسرحيٌّ وناقدٌ أدبيٌّ، وُلِدَ في 18 آب/ أغسطس 1886 في روما. درسَ في كلِّيَّة الحقوق، غير أنَّ ميوله انعطفتْ بهِ نحوَ الأدب والصَّحافة والمسرح، وقبل كلِّ شيءٍ نحوَ الشِّعر، فانضمَّ إلى جماعة "شعراء روما الشَّباب" التي كان من أبرز أعضائها الشَّاعر سِرجيو كوراتسيني. افتُتِن فاوستو ماريَّا مارتيني بالشِّعريَّةِ الغروبيَّة فكانت سماتُها جليَّةً في مجموعتيه الشِّعريَّتين الأولى ...

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Sur l'utilité de se concentrer sur Alger

[Cet article est écrit en réponse à une recension récente publiée par Eric Verdeil du livre de Rachid Sidi Boumedine Bétonvilles contre bidonvilles. Cent ans de bidonvilles à Alger.] En réponse à votre commentaire sur mon ouvrage, je souhaite réagir à votre remarque sur l’absence d’une mise en perspective de la situation des bidonvilles à Alger par rapport au contexte des pays maghrébins. J'avais médité un long développement pour ce qui concerne une étude comparative "Maghreb" puis j'ai ...

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New Texts Out Now: Hannes Baumann, Citizen Hariri: Lebanon's Neoliberal Reconstruction

Hannes Baumann, Citizen Hariri: Lebanon’s Neoliberal Reconstruction. Hurst: London, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Hannes Bauman (HB): On 14 February 2005 I was preparing my PhD proposal in the library of IFEAD, the French research institute in Damascus. During a break I noticed that people were huddling around a portable TV in the lobby, transmitting grainy images of a bomb explosion. It was the Beirut blast that killed former billionaire-prime minister Rafiq Hariri. A month ...

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