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 »
[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 »
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 »
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 »
[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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
[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]
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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 »
[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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
[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 »
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 »
“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 »
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 »
Two weeks ago Israel attacked Lebanon. Troops opened fire on a large group of protestors at the border between these two states. The Israeli army used live ammunition, killing at least eleven civilians and wounding over 100 others, some critically. The Lebanese army also fired their weapons at, and over, the ... Read More »
At 4 am, the two of us walked from Zamalik to Tahrir Square as protesters began to gather. We took some pictures and conducted some interviews. At this moment (7:00 am), we only have time to post a few of them (see three videos below, followed by images from Tahrir).
UPDATE: Click here for our second post which ... Read More »
Sunday 15th May, 2011. 7.30am, Nada calls. "The buses are already full and they told us if we want to hitch a ride we'd have to stand the whole way down, is there space with you?" The buses are full? Big smile on my face. "Of course!" Quick change of plan, and I wait for Rana before we set off ... Read More »
[This article was written in English by Ziad Abu-Rish and translated/published in Spanish by www.rebelion.org]
¿Qué ha pasado con las protestas en Jordania?
[Traducción para Rebelión de Loles Oliván]
A raíz de “la primavera árabe”, en Jordania se celebraron durante los viernes de nueve semanas ... Read More »
[The following conference announcement was sent to us by its organizer, Professor Nouri Gana.]
The Tunisian revolution had taken the world by surprise. Never before in the history of the modern Arab world had a grassroots uprising toppled an entrenched dictator of Ben Ali’s caliber and longevity without recourse to ... Read More »
This is an audio recording of an informal roundtable on how the recent popular uprisings in the Arab world have impacted research and teaching on the Middle East in the various disciplines. The roundtable was held on May 2 at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) as part of the Luncheon Seminar, a ... Read More »
Perhaps the best starting point for understanding the current remarkable wave of protest spreading across the Arab world, would be to examine the nomenclature used to describe or frame it. To some observers it is seen as a ‘cataclysm.’ Others speak of the ‘contagion effect’. Still others might ... Read More »
[The following announcement was originally released in Arabic, and can be found here. Translation by Ziad Abu-Rish and Khuloud.]
Us women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are the ones who will lead this society towards change. While we failed to deliver through our voices, we will not fail to deliver through our ... Read More »
This Is My Picture When I Was Dead. Directed by Mahmoud Al-Massad. Netherlands/Jordan, 2010.
‘If you don’t know Ma’moun Mreish, you don’t know the history of the Palestinian Revolution.’
This line is key to the mixture of personal and national history presented by director Mahmoud Al-Massad in This Is My Picture ... Read More »
The following is a nine-minute documentary about Ayat al-Qurmuzi, a poet who was detained during the Bahraini uprising. The short film was produced as part of the Solidarity Campaign with Female Prisoners of Conscience in Bahrain. Despite official statements that the state of emergency will be lifted as of June 1, ... Read More »