Max Ajl: Start by telling us a little about the Ir LeKulanu campaign.
Matan Kaminer: Ir LeKulanu, “city for all of us” in Hebrew, is a municipal political party in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. It was founded six years ago by a number of activists who had been involved in different local struggles. Among the groups represented at ... Read More »
[Click here for Part One: The Limits of Electoral Democracy]
The first part of this article examined the parallel constriction of citizens’ rights and parliamentary authority in the decades leading up to the 2011 confrontation between Kuwait’s rulers and its citizens and their representatives. While coinciding with ... Read More »
Egypt and Syria are absorbing attention in Kuwait and elsewhere in the Gulf, but not so much that the treatment of domestic dissidents has slipped off the agenda. When it comes to civil liberties, Kuwait was an outlier among its Gulf peers. Its constitution enumerates a list of citizen rights and liberties, while its ... Read More »
[This is one of six pieces in Jadaliyya's electronic roundtable on the anniversary of the Algerian Revolution. Moderated by Muriam Haleh Davis, it features contributions from Ed McAllister, James McDougall, Malika Rahal, Natalya Vince, Samuel Everett, and Thomas ... Read More »
AKP maharetini kaybediyor. İktisadi ve toplumsal alanda her şeyi alınır-satılır kılarken ve siyasi alanda her türlü değere el koyarken, kullandığı dil iflas ediyor. Toplumsal kesimler, AKP’nin dilinin örtüsünü kaldırarak, hakikati ifşa ediyor.
AKP maharetini KAYBEDİYOR
AKP son bir haftadır bir yandan BDP’ye ... Read More »
These past few months have been a particularly turbulent period for Morocco’s Party of Justice and Development-led coalition government. While King Mohammed VI was on an extended vacation in France during May and June 2013, the conservative nationalist Istiqlal Party announced it was withdrawing from the coalition. ... Read More »
Gezi Hareketi ve seçimler
Gezi Ayaklanması’nın ilk haftalarından beri, hareketin seçimlerdeki tavrının ne olması gerektiği hararetle tartışılıyor. Konumlanışlar muhtelif ama, üç ana hattın ön plana çıktığı görülüyor. Bunların artıları olduğu kadar eksileri de var. Neyse ki bu üç ana hattın artılarını eklemleyen ... Read More »
After the first round of the presidential elections in Mali, which predictably favored Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the reactions oscillated between criticism of the context in which the poll was conducted and a performative optimism (especially in France where the juvenile enthusiasm of the ruling Socialist Party was ... Read More »
Au lendemain du premier tour des élections présidentielles au Mali, qui ont pour l'instant donné l'avantage au favori Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, les réactions oscillaient entre critique des conditions du scrutin et optimisme performatif (surtout en France où l'enthousiasme juvénil du Parti Socialiste au pouvoir confinait ... Read More »
When there is a general change of conditions, it is as if the entire creation had changed and the whole world been altered, as if it were a new and repeated creation, a world brought into existence anew. –Ibn Khaldun, The Moquaddimah
Mir-Housein Mousavi, an Islamic revolutionary with leftist political sensibilities, ... Read More »
Iranian politics took all of us by surprise again. While the election of Hassan Rowhani as the new president of Iran marks an important turning point in the factional rivalries and elite conflict in Iran, the process of the election also displayed a rather new model of oppositional politics in Iran. This new ... Read More »
I sat down today to write an article on proposed legal reforms to both the personal status and the electoral system in Lebanon. I have been meaning to write this article for over a month, and have it sketched out on paper, and half written it in my head. Its sentences haunted me while preparing for class and its ... Read More »
It is fair to say the presidency of Hassan Rohani came as a surprise to everyone. This includes 50.7% of Iranian voters, who according to government accounts, voted for him in the June 15th presidential election in Iran. Some of the attention was on the undemocratic nature of the Iranian presidential elections due to ... Read More »
Something significant and electric is taking place in Iran, and consuming many Iranians around the world in advance of the presidential elections that are set to take place on Friday, 14 June 2013. Over the last few days, segments of a broad Iranian democratic opposition have increasingly taken to the streets in ... Read More »
Today, Iranians cast their vote for the country’s eleventh presidential election. It certainly will not be an easy decision, with a field of candidates that lack any sense of major diversity in their policies and ideologies. With one glaring exception, the deck is stacked in favor of the conservative elites.
As any ... Read More »
When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leaves office, after finishing his second four-year term as Iran’s president, his tenure as the firebrand public face of a country, almost exclusively seen in Western media as a pariah and a threat to world security, will have left a lasting impact on the international stage. Mainly on account ... Read More »
Shortly following the internationally-funded uncontested election in Yemen, a high-ranking western diplomat berated me for not voting. When I asked him, "would people in your country be happy with a one-person election?" He responded: "people in my country are not trying to kill each other!"
While ... Read More »
The director of United for Iran, a human rights organization, and co-author of the best-selling graphic novel, Zahra’s Paradise, have launched a virtual presidential campaign to draw attention to the lack of democratic processes and viable candidates in this year’s carefully engineered elections in ... Read More »
In the post-colonial era, struggles for democracy have increasingly been seen and presented as necessary to fulfill the aborted promises of national liberation. Particularly since the end of the Cold War, electoral democracy has come to be viewed as the most effective mechanism to confront the usurpation of states, ... Read More »
With the deepening of a political stalemate between the government and the opposition in Egypt and the marked deterioration of economic conditions, critics of the January 25 Revolution continue to highlight what they view as the revolution’s failure to bring about a stable political order that can live up to the many ... Read More »
Lebanon has been in the news a lot lately. From union strikes to legal advocacy to intermittent Sunni-Shiite violence to daily Israeli violations of Lebanese sovereignty to the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees currently living in Lebanon to the election crisis to the resignation of Prime Minister Miqati, ... Read More »
التاريخ اليمني الحديث مليء بالحوارات والحكومات الائتلافية ومجالس الرئاسة والحروب أيضاً. واللافت إن هذه الحروب تعقب كل حوار وعملية تسوية عادة. آخر هذه النماذج هي حرب 1994 التي جاءت بعد حكومة ائتلافية موسعة وتوقيع وثيقة العهد والاتفاق في فبراير 1994، التي أقرت الكثير من المطالب المقترحة حالياً لحل المشكلة اليمنية، مثل ... Read More »
On the evening of 14 January 2011, a single man was shouting on Bourguiba Avenue, "Ben Ali hrab!" (Ben Ali has fled), celebrating the stunning victory of a revolution. In this cry, the admiration for the people, love for freedom, and sorrow for the dead was heard. He was alone in the dark, on an avenue that ... Read More »
[The following article was issued by Bahrain Watch on 11 February 2013.]
With the the start of yet another “National Dialogue” arranged by the Bahraini government yesterday, the Bahrain Watch team thought it would be appropriate to highlight the issue of gerrymandering which will certainly be brought up ... Read More »
When some future historian writes a chronicle of twenty-first-century Lebanon, she will likely devote a bemused footnote to the odd events of February 2013, when the country’s leaders saw fit to tear down a pillar of the confessional regime one week, only to erect another one a week later. On 11 ... Read More »
On 23 January 2013, elections were held for the seventeenth parliament of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. During the past several months, the monarchy and its allies hailed the 2013 parliamentary elections in Jordan as both the symbol and litmus test of the regime's commitment to "reform" in the country. ... Read More »
The 2013 Israeli elections produced a dramatic nothing. Yair Lapid, television anchor, writer of clichés, son of loudmouth celebrity and one-time politician Tommy Lapid, and famed for his hairstyle, entered the political scene to form a party of handpicked personalities which won nineteen seats in the Knesset, and ... Read More »
This week, Amman-based activist and writer Hisham Bustani updates VOMENA on the first Jordanian parliamentary elections since the Arab uprisings, and what they mean for the country.
More than thirty journalists were killed in Syria in 2012 alone. Istanbul-based freelance journalist Justin Vela talks about the ... Read More »