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From the New York Times (Thursday Evening):
At Work in Syria, Times ... Read More »
Recent articles and analysis on Syria, representing diverse positions:
Virtual and on-the-ground changes to Syria’s streets and squares
Chatham House on Syria (1)
Chatham House on Syria (2)
Some tribal history for Syria
Syria, Spin and Propaganda on Al-Jazeera’s The Listening Post
The real Syrian opposition...? ... Read More »
The Internet is the first medium in history that supports groups and conversations at the same time. While the telephone gave us a one-to-one platform and televisions, magazines, radios, and books gave us the one-to-many platform, the Internet gave us the many-to-many platform. As a tool of communication and sharing, ... Read More »
As a well disciplined anthropologist I have learned to be weary of the word “culture.” In fact, it is difficult for me to write the word without using scare quotes. But after Lebanese boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists scored an important victory last month, the word has been everywhere in my online ... Read More »
At first glance, the impending premiere of Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset would seem to herald that Iranian Americans have finally achieved melting pot bliss in the cauldron of American multiculturalism. After three decades of villainy, cultural essentialism, and protagonistic invisibility in American media, six youngish ... Read More »
For a couple of centuries now, we have had to make due with Samuel Johnson’s famous phrase: “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Thanks to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, we can now revise this phrase for the twenty-first century. Tthe last last refuge of a scoundrel, it appears, lies in taking up the battle against ... Read More »
A Quick Listing of The United States' Record of Veto Use at the United Nations (UN): 1972–2011*
[Including Resolutions against Decades of Atrocities and Violations, Often Supported and/or Bankrolled by the United States]
Year Resolution Vetoed by the United ... Read More »
Across the Arabian Peninsula and stretching well into North Africa and Sudan, there is a common bond, perhaps only behind religion and language in importance, that binds Arabic language speakers together. Museums across the Gulf proudly display lineage maps illustrating the family trees of ruling members, linking them ... Read More »
[This timeline is part of a series on Egypt's media after Mubarak. Click here to read "Free at Last?"]
10: Thousands of protesters converge from different areas in Cairo and Alexandria on the Ministry of Defense and the Northern Military Area, respectively. Demonstrators called for an immediate ... Read More »
While 25 January 2011 marks the first anniversary of Egypt’s revolution, for many Egyptians, January twenth-figth is not a day for celebration but a day to complete unfulfilled promises of the revolution they started a year ago: bread, freedom, and social justice. Produced by the Mosireen collective, the following ... Read More »
Terrorists have backstories, and American politicians play dirty in the “war on terror”. These revelations are what propel the Showtime’s hit series, Homeland, seemingly setting it apart from other pop culture representations of post-9/11 America. “How do you tell a thriller in the post-9/11, post-Abu Ghraib, and ... Read More »
With the first anniversary of the January 25 uprising in Egypt fast approaching, Egypt’s military junta has stepped up its media campaign against democracy activists. Since February 2011, sixteen private channels, many of them owned by bussiness tycoons, have received licences from the state. However, in September ... Read More »
Belén Fernández, The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work. London and New York: Verso, 2011.
A researcher once carried out an informal study to try to find out whether or not people actually read the books on bestseller lists. To find out, he put envelopes in the reputedly high-selling books. In each ... Read More »
Golden, like a shower, said one of the US marines as he urinated, along with three of his fellow officers, on three dead Afghans. Over the last forty-eight hours this grizzly spectacle has resuscitated the horrific images of US soldiers’ torturing and sexually humiliating men from Abu Ghraib prison to Guantanamo Bay. ... Read More »
One day after returning to the United States after a trip to Lebanon, I watched the latest Republican Presidential Primary Debate. Unsurprisingly, Iran loomed large in questions related to foreign policy. One by one (with the exception of Ron Paul) the candidates repeated President Obama's demand that Iran not block ... Read More »
The war of information in Egypt — one that has been at the heart of this revolution since its inception — is escalating.
On one side, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), and the institutions it rules over, are making twin use of a fully compliant state media apparatus to demonize the protest ... Read More »
Alaa Abd El Fattah, a prominent Egyptian revolutionary activist and blogger, has been released from prison after nearly two months behind bars. Fattah was ordered jailed by a military court on October 30 and summoned to face charges that included inciting violence—a charge he firmly denies. He refused to cooperate, ... Read More »
Reading the press release issued by the Turkish Armed Forces on Thursday, 29 December 2011, it is impossible to get the sense that during the previous night, its warplanes struck and killed thirty-five citizens of Turkey, many of them high school students and all of them civilians. When referring to the young Kurdish ... Read More »
The following three photos are part of The Nation Estate project by Larissa Sansour. The Project "is a sci-fi photo series conceived in the wake of the Palestinian bid for nationhood at the UN. Three preliminary sketches have been developed especially for the Lacoste Elysée Prize 2011" (Sansour). Her ... Read More »
This is not another article about Christopher Hitchens.
This may come as something of a relief, given the spilling of ink occasioned by Hitchens’ untimely death last week, with Neal Pollock’s fine parody hopefully bringing this outpouring to an end. After an initial set of hagiographies, it was encouraging to see a ... Read More »
Jadaliyya is hereby launching its new On Media and Reporting (O.M.A.R.) page. You can access the page here. We will soon be issuing a Call for Reports/Papers/Interviews/Videos that address reporting on the region. This effort is intended to analyze critically the lenses through which the region and various related ... Read More »
Martin Chulov has been the Baghdad correspondent for the Guardian of London. He has been covering the Middle East since 2005.
In this interview, Chulov discusses the situation on the ground in Iraq as the last of the American soldiers complete their withdrawal. The end of the war leaves a country ... Read More »
Long before Facebook updates and 140-character tweets, a number of cyber activists defined the landscape of non-government led opinion in the Gulf Arab states. In less than a decade, a group of bloggers—many of whom have never met—has paved the way for the emergence of the “other opinion” that was and continues to be ... Read More »
This is an interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon on the Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC).
“Closure” is a very productive trope in political and other narratives. It drowns out all other voices (preferably with applause), produces silence and draws a fictitious end. The curtain is drawn and the crowd’s already brief ... Read More »
Old Habits Die Hard
On the morning of 12 February, Al-Ahram, the Egyptian national newspaper and the publication with the widest distribution in the Arab world, ran a headline over its banner declaring: “The People Have Toppled the Regime.” Like the rest of the government-run media, both print and broadcast, ... Read More »
Feminists and women of color for years have been making the intervention that materiality matters. Even in the digital world, the idea that data should be abstracted and free-floating serves to reinforce the authority of privileged, white male practices. For literary critic Katherine Hayles, "[This] leads to a ... Read More »
Jadaliyya needs captivating photographs of the Arab world.
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In this video, Ghada recounts details about being tortured by the Egyptian army as well as specifics regarding their behavior and tactics. The account includes disturbing details, including descriptions of what she witnessed while in captivity. The video is in Arabic and features subtitles. A translated transcription ... Read More »
Since February of this year Cairo has become dotted with sites of trauma, locations where violence—and often death—have taken place at the hands of security forces or army personnel. Despite the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces’ (SCAF) claim that it “protected the revolution” and its continuous promises to ... Read More »
The following video shows the sacrifice of Egypt's martyrs for their revolution: the fight from January through the present moment, against Mubarak, his police state, the army, and SCAF. A complete list of the names of the fallen is provided at the end of the film.
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