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Tahrir, Taksim, Tempelhof: Between Political Fields

Sitting in Engels—one among many of Neukölln's cosy, candlelit, hipster-friendly cafés—I read on a sticker the slogan: “Tah[r]ir, Taksim, Tempelhof: Das Feld gehört uns allen!” (Tahrir, Taksim, Tempelhof: The Field belongs to us all!). Tempelhof itself is a former airport located in former West Berlin, famous for its ...  Read More »

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Partha Chatterjee on 'Nationalism, Internationalism, and Cosmopolitanism: Some Lessons from Modern Indian History'

On 3 April 2014, Partha Chatterjee gave a lecture on "Nationalism, Internationalism, and Cosmopolitanism: Some Lessons from Modern Indian History" at the London School of Economics. The lecture inaugurated the Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity research group ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Bahrain Activists Return from Korea Seeking to Ban Tear Gas Exports

[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Watch on 26 March 2014] A Bahrain Watch delegation has returned from a weeklong visit to Seoul, at the invitation of South Korean civil society activists.  The purpose of the trip was to educate the government and public about ongoing human rights violations and ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: India: Wounded States (Special Issue of Warscapes)

India: Wounded States. Special issue of Warscapes, edited by Bhakti Shringarpure and Aruni Kashyap. February 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this special issue? Warscapes (W): Since the inception of Warscapes we have had a stream of submissions from India that recount experiences of military ...  Read More »

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MEETING POINTS 7: Ten Thousand Wiles and a Hundred Thousand Tricks

MEETING POINTS 7: Ten Thousand Wiles and a Hundred Thousand Tricks February — March 2014 Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo   Meeting Points 7 is a series of exhibitions taking place between September 2013 and June 2014 in Zagreb, Antwerp, Cairo, Hong Kong, Beirut, Vienna, and Moscow. Organized by the Young ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: John Tofik Karam, On the Trail and Trial of a Palestinian Diaspora: Mapping South America in the Arab–Israeli Conflict, 1967–1972

John Tofik Karam, "On the Trail and Trial of a Palestinian Diaspora: Mapping South America in the Arab–Israeli Conflict, 1967–1972." Journal of Latin American Studies 45.5 (November 2013). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? John Tofik Karam (JTK): I didn’t set out to do the kind of research ...  Read More »

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Ghosts of Yogas Past and Present

My Facebook feed has recently been saturated with posts and articles regarding yoga in the United States. It has been very frustrating to read about how white people teaching and doing yoga is apparently “traumatic” for South Asian Americans. I grew up in a village eight hours away from Mumbai. As someone from a ...  Read More »

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العمل المشترك بين القوى اليسارية والعلمانية والديمقراطية

يتم الفصل في المجتمعات الحديثة ما بين الذاكرة وعلم التاريخ، الذي أصبح هو الذي يحدد ويفسر أحداث الماضي. وينتقد الفيلسوف نيتشه، المؤرخين الذين ينتهجون ذاكرة انتقائية في ٳختيارهم، فقط لما يعتبرونه مفيداً للمجتمع وللإنسان. فقد شهد القرن العشرين اهتماماً ملحوظاً بمسألة الذاكرة. فبحسب أبحاث سيجموند فرويد، فإن (الذاكرة ...  Read More »

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تأملات في الجسد

لأجسادنا وجهان/جلدان، وجه/جلد على العالم الخارجي، في الـ"هناك" البعيد القريب، حيث يتماس "الآخر" مع سطحه، فنعرف به ذواتنا وحدوده، ووجه/جلد على ذواتنا يطل في الـ"هنا"، هو الوجه القريب للمسافة البعيدة التي تهجس فيها أرواحنا بما يضج فيها وبها، هي المسافة الرمزية للأنا، فهيها –مثلًا- يرتع ...  Read More »

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On Protests in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Quickly and Darkly

Two Vignettes Conversation One was with the waiter in a large Sarajevo hotel, where we were generally a bit sheepish to be attending our conference (the deciding factor was that it was big enough for all of the participants, the down side was its odd business history and the fact that the main conference room was ...  Read More »

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حوار مع ديبيش شاكرابرتي القانون هو الذي يحمي الأسس الحقيقية للحداثة

ديبيش شاكرابرتي Dipesh Chakrabarty من مفكري الحداثة وهو يدعو إلى فهم جديد لها في سياقاتها المختلفة، ويدعو أيضاً إلى "حداثة بديلة" يتحدث عنها باستفاضة في كتابه ”مواطن الحداثة: مقالات في صحوة دراسات التابع“، الذي صدر حديثاً في ترجمة عربية لمجيب الرحمان وصدر عن ”كلمة“. بالإضافة إلى ذلك، هو مؤرخ متخصّص في ...  Read More »

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A Bomb, With Ribbon Around It

South Asian Women’s Creative Collective, A Bomb, With Ribbon Around It. Queens Museum, Queens, New York, 14 December 2013 – 18 January 2014. A Bomb, With a Ribbon Around It, at the Queens Museum through 18 January 2014, is an eclectic collection of contemporary works from the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective, ...  Read More »

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A Portrait of Kuwaiti Artist Monira Al Qadiri

 A Portrait of Kuwaiti Artist Monira Al Qadiri Monira Al Qadiri's diverse background and personal history are reflected in much of her work, yet in the most unexpected ways. Her parents--an ex-diplomat and a visual artist--had lived in Russia before she was born in Senegal. Al Qadiri grew up in Kuwait, and at ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Ralf Brand and Sara Fregonese, The Radicals’ City: Urban Environment, Polarization, Cohesion

Ralf Brand and Sara Fregonese, The Radicals’ City: Urban Environment, Polarization, Cohesion. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Sara Fregonese (SF): The book is based on the research project “The Built Environment: Mirror and Mediator of Radicalization?” which ran from 2008 to ...  Read More »

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India's Iran Policy: Between US Primacy and Regionalism

Abstract Standing at a press conference with Turkmenistan’s Deputy Prime Minister Rashid Meredov on January 22, 2013, India’s President Pranab Mukherjee committed India once more to a natural gas pipeline to run from Central Asia to South Asia. “India is deficient in energy resources,” said the President, “whereas ...  Read More »

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Lessons from the Campaign for Sanctions on Apartheid South Africa

Campaigns for freedom usually seem impossible at the start and inevitably successful at their conclusion. It has become common for opponents of the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign to insist that it cannot emulate the success of the fight to isolate apartheid South Africa. The South African sanctions ...  Read More »

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Co-Editors Mouin Rabbani and Noura Erakat, and O.I.L. Page Co-Editor Max Ajl, on “What Comes Next?: A Forum on the End of the Two-State Paradigm”

[These posts are part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.” This series was initiated by Jewish Voice for Peace as an investigation into the current state of thinking about one state and two state solutions, and the collection has been further expanded by Mondoweiss to mark 20 years ...  Read More »

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Covering One's Back: An Exhibition Curated by Maha Maamoun and Ala Younis

Covering One's back May 2013 Gezira Art Center in Cairo, Egypt   In this interview filmed at Cairo’s Gezira Art Center, curators Maha Maamoun and Ala Younis discuss the inspiration behind their group show, Covering One’s Back, which featured an international lineup of artists. Through installation, video, and ...  Read More »

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Quebec’s Charter of Values: Citizenship, Patriarchy, and Paranoia

On 10 September 2013, the Quebec government led by the Parti Quebecois introduced its Charter of Quebec Values, that it hopes to implement in that Canadian province. If passed, the charter would, among other things, forbid government employees from wearing “conspicuous” religious symbols ...  Read More »

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From Reagan to Obama: Secrecy and Covert Operations in the Fight against “Terrorism”

Ronald Reagan was the first American president to put “terrorism” at the heart of his foreign policy discourse. During his first term, Reagan did so mostly in reference to conflicts in Central America. In El Salvador, his administration presented US military aid as necessary to help the Salvadoran armed forces fight ...  Read More »

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SMSlingshot An interactive show by VR/Urban - Germany 2nd D-CAF Festival, Downtown Cairo, Egypt April 2013   VR/Urban is a German collective of artists, designers, and researchers focusing on technology, media sciences, and architecture. Since 2008, the collective has been working on empowering the public by ...  Read More »

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Open Letter and Petition to Revoke Ban of SAIA and Hammam Farah at York University

[The following open letter was issued by Students Against Israeli Apartheid - York University to York University in Toronto, ON on August 7, 2013] RE: Attempted intimidation of student activists, anti-democratic invocation of University regulations, and abuse of administrative power, April 30, 2013 and May 3rd ...  Read More »

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Kashmir Mass-Rape Survivors Struggle as Kafkaesque Justice Reigns

Twenty-two years and six months is probably enough time for India to think it has policed memories and fostered institutionalized forgetfulness in Indian-administered Kashmir. But such efforts have proven counterproductive. On the wintry night of 23-24 February 1991, an Indian Army unit systematically executed a ...  Read More »

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Mutual Opportunism in Ugandan–Israeli Relations

Israel’s relations with Uganda over the past five-plus decades epitomize how military ties and business investments ebb and flow with the currents of regional politics. These are halcyon days for mutual opportunism in Israeli-Ugandan relations.  In some ways, the cooperative present harkens back to the early ...  Read More »

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The Konyism of Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the United Nations

 “Foreign policy is an explicitly amoral enterprise,” Samantha Power, 2003. On 10 August, the newly appointed US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, addressed the Fourth Estate Leadership Summit, an event of Invisible Children. This was Ambassador Power’s first public address since she took her ...  Read More »

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المغاربة ينددون باغتصاب طفولتهم مرتَيْنِ

شهد المغرب يوم  الجمعة مظاهرات تاريخية "تندد" لأول مرة بحق  العفو الدستوري الذي يمارسه الملك منذ عقود وقننه الفصل 58 من دستور البلاد المُعَدَّلِ في فاتح يوليوز/تموز من سنة 2011. فملك المغرب ،أمير المؤمنين وحامي الملة والدين، حسب عُرْفِ المخزن، يمنحه الفصل الثامن والخمسون من الدستور ممارسة العفو ...  Read More »

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جسد المرأة الغواية ومحنة الإنسان – الجزء الثالث

[تشكل هذه المقالة الجزء الثالث والأخير من بحث للكاتبة رجاء نعمة. قامت جدلية بنشر جزئيه. إضغط هنا لقراءة الجزء الأول وهنا لقراءة الجزء الثاني] شيطان "الجنس وَضحاياه": إنس ينشق على إنسه تمنحنا اللغة العربية مفتاحاً حيوياً لثنائية جنس البشر. فكلمة “إنسان” لا تتعدى كونها مثنى “إنس” (إنس ان) التي توحّد ...  Read More »

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Brazil, Turkey: Emerging Markets, Emerging Riots

Brazil and Turkey, two so-called emerging market economies, have been undergoing massive public protests over the last few weeks, protests that erupted simultaneously against the ruling parties in each country. The unrest in both countries was sparked by small protests against relatively minor issues: a hike in public ...  Read More »

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Kurdish Translation of Statement by Comrades from Cairo: 'We Can Smell the Tear Gas from Rio and Taksim to Tahrir'

[This statement was originally published in English here. It was translated into Kurdish by Xelef Botan.] Nameyek ji Hevalên ji Qahîre: em bêhna gaz a ku ji Rio û Taksîm’ê tê li Tehrîrê distînin [Ev nivîsar, wergera danezana ku demekî nêzik de ji alîyê Hevalên ji Qahîre ve hatîye weşandî ye. Hun dikarin Ingilîzîya ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Neha Vora, Impossible Citizens: Dubai's Indian Diaspora

Neha Vora, Impossible Citizens: Dubai's Indian Diaspora. Durham: Duke University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Neha Vora (NV): I have always had an interest in South Asian diasporas, particularly in the forms of identification, cultural production, and belonging that occur as people move ...  Read More »

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Egypt Elections Watch Update

A Jadaliyya and Ahram Online Initiative

As part of the Egypt Elections Watch (EEW), Jadaliyya and Ahram Online, with the Center of Contemporary Arab Studies (Georgetown University) and the Middle East Studies Program (George Mason University) as co-sponsors, will produce articles/posts/profiles on a weekly basis, covering organizations, political parties, coalitions, relevant laws and procedures, and profiles of key individuals related to the Egyptian elections. This is in addition to news updates summarizing major developments surrounding the lead-up to the election, such as emerging or shifting alliances, new political positions, and candidacy announcements. If you have questions, comments, contributions, and/or an eye-witness account, please email us at: For a listing of EEW’s team members please click here.


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Population   82,079,636
GDP  $497.8 billion
Unemployment   9%; Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): 24.8%
Internet Users   20.136 million (2009)
Exchange Rate  5.6124 Egyptian pounds per US dollar
GDP Growth Rate  5.1%
Military Expenditures   3.4% of GDP (World Rank: 35)
Health Expenditures  6.4% of GDP (World Rank: 94)
Population Growth Rate  1.96%
Age Structure   0-14 years: 32.7%; 15-64 years: 62.8%; 65 years and over: 4.5%
Literacy   71.4%
Religious Demographics   Muslim (mostly Sunni) 90%; Coptic 9%; other Christian 1%

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