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 »
[The following is the latest from the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) on the situation facing migrant workers and Libyan nationals fleeing Libya as refugees.]
Exiles from Libya Flee to Egypt: Double Tragedy for Sub-Saharan Africans
1. Hundreds of thousands of migrant workers and ... Read More »
[Originally published as an editorial in Al-Masry Al-Youm, July 23, 2011.]
Today marks 59 years since the July Revolution, an event that has defined the last half century of Egyptian history. Coming on the heels of another revolution, one popular in nature, this anniversary invites more reflection than ... Read More »
Below is a video produced by the Egyptian daily, Al-Masry Al-Yom, revealing the kind of crack-down that the protesters faced as they marched to commemmorate the anniversary of the July 23 Revolution. For more information on the march and the crack-down, see Hossam El-Hamalawy's post here. Read More »
The planned 23 July march on the Supreme Council of Armed Forces headquarters in Heliopolis started from Tahrir sometime close to 5pm. The march was initially around five thousand strong, but soon swelled to more than 20,000 protesters. I am giving here the most conservative estimate; some friends think the numbers ... Read More »
«هذا أوان الحرائق، لا ينبغي أن يُرى غير النُّور» (هوسي مارتي) وصف الفيلسوف الماركسي سلافوي جيجك الانتفاضات الشعبية التي تشهدها المنطقة العربية بالمعجزة. الوصف دقيق ما دامت الحالة التي يتحدّث عنها ينطبق عليها التعريف المألوف للمعجزة، بما هي حدث خارق لم يتنبّأ بحدوثه أحد.
قد يقال ردّاً على هذه المفرقعة التي أطلقها ... Read More »
Noah’s flood is coming nearer!
The city is sinking little…by little
And water rises
On the steps of houses
The post office
Statues (of our immortal ancestors)
The prison gate
The State House
The corridors of fortified barracks.
Birds ... Read More »
A Modern Museum for an Ancient Nation?
With the French Revolution came the first truly public museum in the world, the Louvre, which opened its doors in 1793. Private collections owned by wealthy individuals were made accessible to the middle and upper classes in major European cities roughly since the eighteenth ... Read More »
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 »
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 Arab Spring could not be more textured as different governments, political interests, and international relations have uniquely shaped each nation’s uprising. Still, certain patterns have been common to this turning point in the Arab world. These have included burgeoning protests, state-sponsored violence ... Read More »
فى حوار مع مجلة صندوق النقد الدولى (آى ام اف سيرفى IMF Survey)، اعتبرت راتنا ساهاى، وهى الخبيرة التى رأست بعثته إلى مصر للتفاوض على قرض بـ3 مليارات دولار قبل أسابيع، أن رفض قرض المؤسسة الدولية جعل الموازنة المصرية معرضة لمخاطر نمو أقل للاقتصاد ولخلق الوظائف بسبب تقليل الانفاق على الصحة والاسكان والتعليم «فى وقت يطالب ... Read More »
All Spring, Jadaliyya presented you with weekly offerings on poetry, fiction, music and art from the Arab world, a bouquet we called "Culture" because we didn't know a better word for the flowers we were finding. Summer is here and the flowers keep on blooming. Another week, and three more pieces to enjoy -- ... Read More »
[With the smoke of the Egyptian uprising still hanging in the air, Kareem Abdulsalam recently published his ninth diwan, Teargas Cannisters (Qanabil musila li-l-dumu', Cairo: Dar al-Kitaba al-Ukhra, March 2011). Abdulsalam's poetry captures the elation of a revolution half started and the dread of ... 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 »
Egyptian, Arab and international socialists and progressive forces met in Cairo 3-5 June, to discuss the future of the Arab revolutions in light of imperialism, Zionism and global capitalism. The Forum in Solidarity with the Arab Revolutions was organized by a number of progressive groups in Egypt and represented ... Read More »
تقوم توجهات سياسية شتى اليوم بتوظيف شعار "الانتخابات أولاً" للهجوم على من يطالبون "بالدستور أولاً"، وعادة ما يستند هذا الشعار لاتهام المعسكر الأخير "بالالتفاف" على نتائج الإستفتاء، متجاهلين أن المجلس العسكري عينه قد التف على الاستفتاء بالفعل من خلال إعلان دستوري خرج عن حدود المواد ... Read More »
[This interview was conducted in Arabic by Elliott Cola and translated/published in Spanish by www.rebelion.org]
Entrevista al novelista egipcio Sonallah Ibrahim sobre la revolución: La imaginación como acto transitivo
[Traducción para Rebelión de Loles Oliván]
El mes pasado el novelista egipcio ... Read More »
Only Jadaliyya can put together an Egyptian novelist, an Iraqi musician and a tyrant in the same space. Our eleventh installment features two interviews and a famous poem from the late 1980's being read again nowadays in Syria and other Arab countries. We also have a series of images from Yemen:
On Writing and ... 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 »
In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, "How Tyrants Endure," political science professors Bruce Bueno De Mesquita and Alastair Smith offer a rational choice perspective on the Arab revolutions. It's a fairly short article, but given its large claims and the fact that Bueno De Mesquita does significant ... Read More »
التقى كريس ستون مع الكاتب محمد صلاح العزب في القاهرة يوم ٣٠ مايو، ٢٠١١. لم نترجم المقابلة إلى العربية الفصحى بل حاولنا أن نحتفظ بلغة الحوار الطبيعية قدر الإمكان. ذكر كريس لمحمد أن الفكرة كانت نشر مقابلة معه وأخرى مع كاتب مخضرم مثل صنع الله ابراهيم . سأله محمد إذا كان قد ذكر اسمه للأستاذ صنع الله، فيبدو ... Read More »
“Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave, eats a bread it does not harvest, and drinks a wine that flows not from its own wine-press” - Khalil Gibran
Since the late 1970s the Egyptian government has steered the country toward economic liberalization. This entails the rolling back of ... 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 »
Dunia: Kiss Me Not on the Eyes. Directed by Jocelyn Saab. Egypt/Lebanon/France, 2005.
It might seem that a dance film about female circumcision can only devolve into a cliché-laden take on an over-exhausted (and over-analyzed) subject, but Dunia: Kiss Me Not on the Eyes manages to encompass both the drama of dance ... Read More »
Last month, the Egyptian novelist Sonallah Ibrahim sat down with Jadaliyya to talk about revolution, literature and the imagination. As always, the author was generous -- presenting a broad view of literature politics, and life. (Recorded in Cairo, May 14, 2011; the Arabic text can be found here. A Spanish translation ... Read More »
في الشهر السابق زارت " جدلية " بيت الروائي المصري صنع الله أبراهيم لتتحدث معه عن الثورة ، الأدب و أمكانيات التخييل. كما يفعل دائما أكرمنا المؤلف بتقديم رؤية شاملة ليس للإبداع و السياسة فحسب بل لحياة البشر أيضا. الترجمة باللغة الأنجليزية هنا و باللغة الأسبانية هنا
سؤال: هل كانت أحداث يناير ... 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 »