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Palestinian Youth: New Movement, New Borders

Reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah may present the first victory of a nascent Palestinian youth movement, which earned its moniker, the March 15th movement, from the first day of its mass protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Only one day after the launch of their movement demanding an end to ...  Read More »

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What Happened to Protests in Jordan

In the wake of the “Arab Spring,” Jordan witnessed nine consecutive weeks of Friday protests as well as numerous sit-ins calling for political and economic reforms. But as NATO’s intervention in Libya deepened, civil society in Bahrain was brutalized, protests in Syria expanded, and struggles over the limits of regime ...  Read More »

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Aesthetic Uprisings

Signs of the Times: The Popular Literature of Tahrir: Protest Signs, Graffiti & Street Art. Curated by Rayya El Zein and Alex Ortiz. Special Issue of Shahadat, April 2011. Full issue available here.   In the heady days that followed the January 25 demonstrations in Egypt, the air seemed to crackle with ...  Read More »

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English Translation of Interview with Hossam El-Hamalawy on the Role of Labor/Unions in the Egyptian Revolution

[Below is both the English translation and the video of the interview. The interview was conducted by Bassam Haddad, then translated and transcribed by Christine Cuk. It was also reviewed by Mohamed Aly and Bassam Haddad. Thanks to Christine and Mohamed for volunteering to make this interview available to English ...  Read More »

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Special Bodies, Speculative Personhood: Bradley Manning and Mohamed Bouazizi

 He was very sincere. We are like soulless bodies since he left. –Basma Bouazizi, sister If Brad Manning, 22, is the Collateral Murder and Garani massacre whistleblower then, without doubt, he’s a national hero. –Wikileaks He may be a mutilated trunk dismembered all about, the spirit removed all around ...  Read More »

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Revolt in Egypt: An Interview

[The below excerpt is from a New Left Review interview with Hazim Kandil on the origins, course, and future trajectory of the Egyptian Revolution. For the full interview, click here] Mubarak has gone, but the apparatuses on which his dictatorship rested have not vanished. The armed forces currently hold ultimate ...  Read More »

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Essential Viewing: Five Tunisian Films from a Postrevolutionary Perspective

It is impossible to watch a Tunisian film today from an exclusively prerevolutionary perspective. The present historical juncture will stealthily thrust itself to center stage. Besides, the value of film does not reside solely in its appropriateness to its own historical moment of production, but equally in its ...  Read More »

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Interview with Sheila Carapico on the Uprising in Yemen (Conducted by Sharam Aghamir)

AUDIO PLAYER BELOW Since the protests began in February, more than 120 people have been killed in Yemen, including 46 children and more than 5000 wounded. Shahram Aghamir of Pacifica Radio's Voices of the Middle East and North Africa spoke with Yemen specialist, Sheila Carapico about the protest movement, President ...  Read More »

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On the Re-Mythification of the Arab

Accompanying the ongoing events in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain and Libya has been an emerging narrative of an “Arab awakening” that has been launched by so-called Arab revolutionaries. One can see this slogan, “the Arab Awakening,” promoted through various media, not least by the increasingly popular ...  Read More »

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Orientalising the Egyptian Uprising

Since the beginning of the Egyptian uprising in January 25th a new grand-narrative about this so-called “revolution” and more broadly the Arab world is being constructed by the media (international and local), academics, politicians, and the local elite.[1] This narrative appears to be replacing the long held ...  Read More »

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New MERIP Issue on People Power: A Must-Read!

[Below is MERIP's press release introducing the new issue titled "People Power." Jadaliyya Reports presents it as a "Must-Read" issue!] Revolution is a weighty word, one as freighted with past disappointments as with hope for the future. The fate of the midwinter political revolutions in the Arab ...  Read More »

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Saudi Hegemony vs. the Arab Spring

The day the Bahraini authorities demolished the Pearl monument at the center of Bahrain’s ‘Tahrir Square’ on March 18th, the state-run Bahrain News Agency announced to a puzzled public that the “GCC monument” had been removed for a “facelift” in order to get rid of "bad memories.” Amidst the rubble, it came to ...  Read More »

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Protests on the Rise Again in Syria: A Report from Jadaliyya Affiliate in Damascus

Today, Friday, April 9th, was a difficult day in Syria, with many more protesters killed and injured during after-prayers demonstrations. It seems the protests are resuming their momentum and expanding beyond remote towns and cities to cover increasing areas of major cities like Damascus (Videos coming tomorrow, ...  Read More »

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The Arab Spring: Two Dictators Down, Twenty To Go

Dictators in Libya, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen, Jordan, Syria and other Arab countries have resorted to increasingly repressive and brutal tactics to hold on to power. Khalil Bendib's two cartoons succinctly portray the current state of the 'Arab Spring' as well as its future prospects.         Read More »

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الشعب قرر الإضراب وهذا ما سيكون" عن يوم الأرض" [On Land Day: The People Have Decided to Strike and so it Shall be]

كانت تلك هي المرة الأولى التي أرى فيها هذا الكم الهائل من قوات الجيش والشرطة تنتشر في أغلب أحياء بلدة الطيبة التي كبرت بها، والتي تقع حوالي اربعين كيلومتراً شمال يافا. لا أدري كم عاماً كان قد تركني في حينه، ربما ثمانية أو تسعة. واعتقدت، وكان الصباح في آخره، بأن الحرب قد قامت. فسألت أمي عما إذا كان الجنود ينتشرون في ...  Read More »

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ثورة يناير وتأسيس شرعية جديدة [The January Revolution and Establishing a New Legitimacy]

بينما ما زالت بقايا النظام السابق تطلق على ما حدث في مصر لفظ «حركة» أو «فورة»، نجد أن الإعلام الرسمي قد طور خطابه ليصفها بأنها ثورة، ولكن دائماً ما يضيف إليها لفظ آخر مثل الشباب، الانترنت، أو كما حلا لبعض المحللين أن يصفوها بثورة الطبقة الوسطى. مع التقدير الكامل لكل هذه الفئات والطبقات والأدوات ودورها البارز في ثورة ...  Read More »

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Is the 2011 Libyan Revolution an Exception?

After the fall of Hosni Mubarak, the strong man of the Middle East on February 11, 2011, the Arab Spring appeared to be an unrelenting force. In the week following his downfall, three theaters of major rebellion—Libya, Yemen, Bahrain—quickly emerged, with Iran’s suppressed Green revolution resurfacing for a while as ...  Read More »

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Preliminary Historical Observations on the Arab Revolutions of 2011

Towards the end of his long, eventful life, in 1402, the renowned Arab historian Ibn Khaldun was in Damascus. He left us a description of Taymur’s siege of the city and of his meeting with the world conqueror. None of us is Ibn Khaldun, but any Arab historian today watching the Arab revolutions of 2011 has the sense ...  Read More »

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Friday Protests in Syria (Videos)

Below is some video footage of four different protests in Syria that took place on Friday March 18, 2001.  Read More »

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The Saudi Women Revolution Statement

[The following statement in English and Arabic (below) was written by Mona Kareem on Friday March 18th, 2011, and can be found on her personal blog.] After the recent importance of Social Media in creating change in our societies, a lot of Saudi women have been active on Twitter through the hash tag ...  Read More »

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How it Started in Yemen: From Tahrir to Taghyir

On February 11 after the Friday noon prayers Yemeni students and activists organized a demonstration in the capital city of Sanaa in solidarity with Egyptian demonstrators frustrated with Mubarak’s refusal to resign. At about 1 PM they met in front of the small roundabout by the new campus of Sanaa University and ...  Read More »

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Pearl No More: Demolishing the Infrastructure of Revolution

The Pearl Roundabout is gone. On Friday, March 18, Bahraini government forces exploded the structure that had been built in 1982 as a commemoration to the importance of pearl diving to Bahrain's pre-oil economy. The six twisted arms of the sculpture (meant to be dhow sails) that held the concrete Pearl in place ...  Read More »

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Panel Video: How Now BDS? Media, Politics and Queer Activism

[Earlier, Jadaliyya Reports re-published critical statements (see here and here) in responses to the NY LGBT Center's decision to cancel the "Party to End Apartheid." Below is a brief description and the video of a panel ("How Now BDS?") organized by Adalah-NY as part of Israel Aparthied Week, ...  Read More »

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من يوميات صحفية عن ثورة تونس [From the Diary of A Journalist in the Tunisian Revolution]

اليوم وقد نجحت ثورة تونس في إحداث أول ثقب في جدار القمع العربي، وأبهرت العالم وألهبت خيال الحرية لدى العرب، فقد آن الأوان لطرق أبواب الفضاء الإعلامي بعد أن عمته موجة من الهواء النقي المعتق برائحة الياسمين الثائر. هواء الحرية والديمقراطية حرر الألسن والأقلام وجعل الصورة تحاكي وتحكي. ...  Read More »

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The Student Movement in 1968

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 ...  Read More »

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Support Women's Call for Democracy in Bahrain (Video and Petition)

[The below video and petition were created by the Bahrain group Women of Lulu. For the original posting, as well as to sign the peititon, see here. Also, be sure to read Jadaliyya's "Personal Revolutions: One Woman's View from the Bahraini Frontline."]   "A Better World for All" Bahrain ...  Read More »

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

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 ...  Read More »

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Gathering to Protest: Videos from Saudi Arabia

The $35 billion question for the last month has been whether the recent wave of protests that erupted across the Arab world, from its far west in Morocco to US-occupied Iraq in the east, will reach the Saudi Kingdom. Today, Friday March 4, 2011, witnessed two small protests, one in the capital city Riyadh, the other ...  Read More »

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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 ...  Read More »

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Popular Protest in North Africa and the Middle East (I): Egypt Victorious?

[For Full International Crisis Group Report Click Here] Popular Protest in North Africa and the Middle East (I): Egypt Victorious? Executive Summary It is early days, and the true measure of what the Egyptian people have accomplished has yet to fully sink in. Some achievements are as clear as they are stunning. ...  Read More »

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