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"The Real News" Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor on Islamists and the Egyptian Revolution

This is an interview conducted by TheRealNews.com with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Hesham Sallam after the events of this past Friday in Tahrir Square. Hesham discusses some of the tensions underlying the conduct os Islamists vis-a-vis the larger struggle to institutionalize the revolution in Egypt.        Read More »

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Salafis in Tahrir

A few notes on yesterday's demonstration in Tahrir, generally viewed as an Islamist show of force. First, the numbers. Based on visual cues (beards, galabiyas), signs and slogans I'm guessing at least ninety percent of those in Tahrir were affiliated with the Islamists, and at least half of those were Salafi. I am ...  Read More »

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Anarchist, Liberal, and Authoritarian Enlightenments: Notes From the Arab Spring

The Arab spring, as far as we can see, appears to require no guardian intellectual authority, no political leadership, no organized parties. In fact even after revolutionary success, those elements still fail to materialize: there is no party of the revolution anywhere, no leader emerges to embody its historical ...  Read More »

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Sowing the Arab Spring

Rami Zurayk, Food, Farming and Freedom: Sowing the Arab Spring. Charlottesville, VA: Just World Books, 2011. Is there a link between the decline in the availability of hearty village bread in Lebanon and the Arab revolutions of the past several months? In Food, Farming, and Freedom: Sowing the Arab Spring, Rami ...  Read More »

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Breaking the Siege and the Diplomatic Impasse: An Interview with Huwaida Arraf

[This interview was conducted by Jadaliyya co-editor Noura Erakat. Huwaida Arraf is Chairperson of the Gaza Freedom Movement Coalition and Co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement.]  NE: Let's get some of the basics first—how many passengers were a part of the Freedom Flotilla II? How many ships ...  Read More »

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The Arab Spring: Common Roots, Common Challenges

Ongoing revolutions in the Arab world signify another iteration of a process the world has witnessed before in various regions, including Southern and Eastern Europe, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Observers were wondering why the cloud of democracy passed over the Arab World without raining. This question led ...  Read More »

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The Arab Uprisings and the Priorities of the Left

For a number of leftist intellectuals, the 2011 Arab Spring belongs to a rare category of historical events: a series of political disturbances, each one igniting the other, across an entire region of the world. There have been only three comparable examples in history: the South American wars of liberation from ...  Read More »

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Statement of Syrian Christians in Support of the Revolution

[The following statement was issued in English, French, and Arabic by a group of Syrian Christians on July 10, 2011.] Statement of Syrian Christians in Support of the Revolution I. Christianity being a religion of truth, justice, equality and love, Syrian Christians can not but be with their fellow citizens in their ...  Read More »

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Promises and Challenges: The Tunisian Revolution of 2010-2011

[Below is the latest from the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) on Tunisia.] Promises and Challenges: The Tunisian Revolution of 2010-2011 The Report of the March 2011 Delegation of Attorneys to Tunisia from National Lawyers Guild (US), Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers (UK), and Mazlumder (Turkey). PART I: ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers: BDS as a Means of Enforcing International Law in Palestine

Call for Papers: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions as a Means of Enforcing International Law in Palestine   Institute of Law – Birzeit University   The Theme of Volume XVII of the Palestine Yearbook of International Law is “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions as a Means of Enforcing International Law in ...  Read More »

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Revolution and Repression on the Banks of the Suez Canal

Many people in Suez proudly claim that they initiated Egypt’s “January 25 Revolution.” There were several demonstrations in opposition to Gamal Mubarak inheriting the presidency from his father as early as July 2010. Relations between the police and the people were tense after a police general was ...  Read More »

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Leadership of Palestinian BDS Campaign Responds to New Israeli Law

[The following press release was issued by the Palestinian BDS National Committee on July 12, 2011.] The Israeli parliament (Knesset) last night passed a new law  criminalizing support for the Palestinian civil society campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, penalizing Israeli persons ...  Read More »

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The Syrian Revolution: Interview with Rosa Yaseen Hassan (Part 1)

In late June, a Jadaliyya affiliate sat with Syrian novelist Rosa Yaseen Hassan to talk about the Syrian revolution. The interview was conducted in Arabic by a Jadaliyya affiliate and transcribed/translated into English by Ziad Abu-Rish. This post represents Part 1 of the interview, in which Hassan discusses the ...  Read More »

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Egypt's Incomplete Revolution: The Challenge of Post-Mubarak Authoritarianism

While Hosni Mubarak awaits trial the security state he built is fighting for its survival and, with the help of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, may pull through. As the clock ticks toward September parliamentary polls, the champions of January 25th are struggling to raze Mubarak’s apparatus and erect an ...  Read More »

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Revolutionary Cartoons: An Interview With Ahmad Nady

[The January 25th Revolution in Egypt brought to the fore the artistic talents of many of the youth who participated in the sit-ins and demonstrations of Tahrir Square. This is the first installment of a series of short interviews with the artists of the Egyptian revolution. Samples of Nady's work appear below the ...  Read More »

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Egypt: The Struggle Continues

Thousands of demonstrators filled expressing anger and determination rallied in Tahrir Square on Friday, July 1. Sharp clashes between youth on the one hand and police and regime thugs on the other on Tuesday and Wednesday June 28 and 29 were the immediate impetus for the demonstration. But in addition to ...  Read More »

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Orientalising the Egyptian Uprising, Take Two: A Response to Rabab el-Mahdi and Her Interlocutors

Published by Jadaliyya on April 11 2011, Rabab el-Mahdi’s “Orientalising the Egyptian Uprising” precipitated a spirited discussion both in online comments on the article and offline discussions among Jadaliyya readers. While it is impossible to do justice to the article and the debates it has generated, the crux of ...  Read More »

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On Writing and Revolution: An Interview with Mohamed Salah Al-Azab

Chris Stone met with the writer Mohamed Salah al-Azab in Cairo on May 30, 2011, and the Arabic text can be found here.  When Chris mentioned that Jadaliyya was thinking of juxtaposing his interview next to one with Sonallah Ibrahim, Mohamed asked if his name had been brought with Sonallah, as they had apparently ...  Read More »

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Postcards from the Yemen Uprising

[This series of images from Sana'a, Yemen was taken by Dr. Mohamed Al Haj of Sana'a University during June, 2011.]    [A man with his daughter on their way to protests, Friday, June 3rd]    Read More »

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آصف بيات في كتابه "الحياة كسياسة: كيف يغير أناس عاديون الشرق الأوسط"

آصف بيات باحث متميز في الحركات الاجتماعية ونشاط الطبقة العاملة والفقراء وسياسات المكان في الشرق الاوسط وقد صدر له حديثاً كتاب بعنوان "الحياة كسياسة: كيف يغير أناس عاديون الشرق الأوسط" . بيات متخصص في علم الاجتماع وكانت أعماله نتيجة بحوث ميدانية كما أنها، في ذات الوقت، متطورة من الناحية النظرية. وتعد ...  Read More »

Gays, islamistas y la primavera arabe; Que haria un revolucionario?

[This article was written in English by Maya Mikdashi and R.M. and translated/published in Spanish by www.rebelion.org] Gays, islamistas y la primavera árabe ¿Qué haría un revolucionario? [Traducción para Rebelión de Loles Oliván] El pasado mes de mayo el blog Una lesbiana en ...  Read More »

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A Poetry of Resistance: The Disappearance of Ayat al-Qormezi in Bahrain's “Hidden History”

After reciting her poetry at Lulu Square where Bahrain’s protests were centered in February and March 2011, twenty-year-old poet Ayat al- Qormezi disappeared. Although al-Qormezi has been reported dead, her death has also been reported to be a rumor. Traces of the square that galvanized demonstrators in Manama became ...  Read More »

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1000 American Luminaries Support the Arab Spring

Moved by the immense courage of Arab men and women who have toppled vicious dictators in Tunisia and Egypt, and those who are still at it in Yemen, Syria and Bahrain, some of the brightest stars of American culture and arts have initiated a campaign to show their solidarity with Arabs and to call on the US government ...  Read More »

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Gays, Islamists, and The Arab Spring: What Would A Revolutionary Do?

This past May, the blogger behind the “Gay Girl in Damascus” site responded to an alarmist front-page article by CNN International on the future of LGBT rights in the wake of the Arab Spring. The crux of the blogger’s response centered on the ways in which gay rights rhetoric is being used to undermine the revolutions ...  Read More »

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The Largest Demonstration in Hama Ends with Blood, and Signals a Shift

In what has been dubbed as the "Friday of the Children of Freedom" protests yesterday, Hama witnessed the largest demonsration yet, and Syria the largest crackdown to-date, with more than 50 protesters reported killed and several hundred wounded by live ammunition in the key city of Hama alone. These ...  Read More »

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Shooting at Protesters at Qalandia Crossing (and the Golan) Today: Live Video by Jadaliyya Researcher

While commemorating al-Naksa before marching peacefully to Jerusalem today, Israeli soldiers shot and injured at least four protesters (with rubber bullets) and dozens were hospitalized from inhaling tear gas.  Jadaliyya researcher Nour Joudah was at the demonstration and was affected by the tear gas but did not ...  Read More »

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Returning to the Border: Preparing for June 5th on the Lebanese Border

[Editors' Note: Since the writing of this report, the Lebanese Army declared the border area a closed military zone. Several Palestinian groups have cancelled their plans to organize and participate in the event and instead have chosen to hold protests in their respective refugee camps. Several of those injured on May ...  Read More »

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The Arab World's Forgotten Rebellions: Foreign Workers and Biopolitics in the Gulf

The Arab world is undergoing a potentially world-historical transformation. The Tunisian street vendor Muhammad Bouazizi’s self-imolation, following mistreatment by state authorities in late 2010, sparked a deluge of populist anger and activism that has toppled the Ben Ali and Mubarak regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, ...  Read More »

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"V for Vendetta": The Other Face of Egypt's Youth Movement

“Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea […] and ideas are bulletproof.” - From the film V for Vendetta In the summer of 2010 the youth of Facebook, “shebab al-Facebook,” began a campaign of peaceful civil disobedience through the Arabic “We are all Khaled Said” Facebook ...  Read More »

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Tahrir Speaks: May 27th (Photos and Videos)

Today, May 27, 2011, Egyptians took to the streets in different parts of their country to affirm their continued commitment to the revolution that began on January 25, 2011. In Tahrir Square, approximately 150,000 protesters gathered to sing, laugh, chant, and assert their various demands. Preparations for the ...  Read More »

 

About DARS Page

The DARS Page chronicles daily acts of resistance and subversion (DARS) in contemporary Arab societies and beyond. All forms of resistance and subversion to political, economic, social, or cultural forms of exploitation are of interest. This includes resistance to authoritarianism, occupation, imperialism, and social norms, and the many ways these are subverted.

While acts of resistance and subversion are ubiquitous, the focus is conventionally placed on the grand and visible, even as these constitute a small portion of the daily actions of millions of people who find themselves resisting and subverting on a daily basis. We cover and analyse both visible as well as invisible daily acts of resistance and subversion. DARS also features news and analyses on civil society in the region. 

DARS aims to provide both empirical and theoretical means to capture a multitude of phenomen: personal or collective, visible or underground, nonviolent or violent. We are not locked into a political party nor into a single theoretical framework. We advocate a decidedly critical and contextualized approach. If you have any questions or comments, or would like to us to consider featuring something on the DARS Page, please email us at dars@jadaliyya.com

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