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el Seed and Aya Tarek Discuss Calligraffiti

Born to Tunisian parents in the suburbs of Paris, el Seed has risen to the forefront of the Arab graffiti scene over the past few years. He stands out for his unique style which mixes Arabic calligraphy with the modern art of graffiti, relying on poignant messages and unconventional writing styles. el Seed started out ...  Read More »

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New Media and the Spectacle of the War on Terror

US-based artists of the Arab diaspora who have explored the interventionist potential of new media have often done so within the context of the American spectacle: a reality in which life is reduced to mere representation and social interactions and civic engagement are mediated through mass media and mass ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Anthony Downey, Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practices in the Middle East and North Africa

Anthony Downey, editor, Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practices in the Middle East and North Africa. London and New York: I. B. Tauris, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this collection of essays on new media and critical practices in the Middle East? Anthony Downey (AD): Ibraaz was ...  Read More »

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Nada Baraka's Fractals

Fractals is the first solo exhibition by Egyptian painter Nada Baraka. It was hosted in January 2015 by Mashrabia Gallery in Cairo. Experimenting with a range of materials, Baraka takes inspiration from science-fiction novels and internet images, and morphs them spontaneously in her paintings to examine the ...  Read More »

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ستاتوس\الوضع: العدد 2.1

يسرنا أن نعلن صدور العدد الثاني من مجلة "ستاتوس\الوضع" الصوتية. "ستاتوس\الوضع" مجلة صوتية مستقلة، تعاونية ونقدية وناشئة، تصدر شهرياً وتجمع بين التحليل والتغطية الأخبارية والسخرية. تنشر مقابلات\محادثات وتقارير ميدانية ومراجعات وتعليقات عميقة وقراءات. وتشمل المقابلات ناشطين وصحفيين وباحثين ومواطنين ...  Read More »

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Burj el Imam: Music by Sharif Sehnaoui, Raed Yassin and Alan Bishop

Beirut-based musicians Sharif Sehnaoui and Raed Yassin came together with Alan Bishop for a special performance of their upcoming "Burj el Imam" album at 100Copies Music Space in Cairo, Egypt. The album is a collaboration between Sehnaoui and Yassin known as 'A Trio' and Bishop, and is produced by Annihaya ...  Read More »

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London Event: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Reading and Book Signing (February 24)

In Conversation: Sinan Antoon Winner of 2014 Saif Ghoibash Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for The Corpse Washer Sinan Antoon will be in conversation with Paul Blezard, from the judging panel. The event will also feature: A reading from the novel, The Corpse Washer, a Q&A, followed by book ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Reading and Book Signing (24 February, London)

In Conversation: Sinan Antoon Winner of 2014 Saif Ghoibash Prize for Arabic literary Translation for The Corpse Washer 6:30-9:00 pm Waterstone’s Picadilly (4th Floor), 203/206 Picadilly, London W1J 9HD Sinan Antoon will be in conversation with Paul Blezard, from the judging panel. The event will also feature: * ...  Read More »

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Islam Kamal: Filmmaker from Alexandria

Alexandrian filmmaker Islam Kamal studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University, before enrolling in several film workshop organized by the Goethe Institut and Jesuits Cultural Center. He worked as DoP in several films in addition to filming and directing his own films and video art works. In this ...  Read More »

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'The Thing Is to Be Light as Air': An Interview with Mai Al-Nakib

Last spring, Bloomsbury published Mai Al-Nakib’s debut work of fiction, The Hidden Light of Objects (released in the US this January). Since then the collection of short stories has won praise and acclaim from across the globe, including the First Book Award at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2014. The ...  Read More »

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موسى أساريد: أربعة نصوص

              -I- روح الصحراء تُفَسّر إحدى الأساطير الرّائعة سببَ بقاء ...  Read More »

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القمر فوق بحر الرمال العظيم

في قلب بحر الرمال العظيم، في الجانب المصري من الصحراء الكبرى، وبمنطقة ما على تخوم ليبيا والسودان، حطّ ركبنا المكون من ثلاث سيارات دفع رباعي من طراز "تويوتا لاندكروزر". يُفضلها السائقون البدو في ارتياد الرمال؛ هكذا قال لي سائقنا ودليلنا "طلعت" من بدو مطروح ويتخذ من واحة "سيوة" قاعدة ...  Read More »

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Khaled Galal Eldeen: A Rolling Stone Gather No Moss

A rolling stone gathers no moss is the first solo show by Khaled Galal Eldeen in Cairo. Paper collages, printed sheets of silk, GIFs and an animation video offer different states of visual flatness, reflecting the mixed reality of objects made after the internet. Galal Eldeen developed the work over the past four ...  Read More »

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A Compound in Common: The Case of “Little Duweiqa,” Haram City

While the eyes of the world focused on the intermittent occupations of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, in the four years since the Egyptian uprising of 2011, a different kind of social action has persisted at the city’s periphery. On 13 August 2010 and in February 2011, during the eighteen days leading to Hosni Mubarak’s fall, ...  Read More »

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Cairo Downtown Passages Redesign

The Cairo Laboratory for Urban Studies and Environmental Research (CLUSTER) has been exploring the network of Cairo’s downtown passages for almost three years. as CLUSTER co-founder Omar Nagati explains that they see the passageways as an 'in-between' space that allows for unique possibilities for the ...  Read More »

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Rami Abadir and Mostafa El-Sayed: On 'Shawakish' Album

In early 2014, Cairo based musicians Rami Abadir and Mostafa El Sayed decided to jam together. They had known one another for a few years and shared a passion for using synthesizers and analog technologies in their music production. The result of this improvisation session was different from the music they played ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Elisabeth Anker, Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom

Elisabeth R. Anker, Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Elisabeth Anker (EA): There are two answers to this question. The first is political: the idea for the book came out of anger at both the extensively ...  Read More »

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الأقلام: ذاكرة أخرى لثقافة في العراق

ترى كم تاريخٍاً للثقافة في العراق "وهل العراق بدع من البلدان ليكون له تواريخ ثقافية عديدة!؟" شخصياً لا أدري؛ مادام أن للثقافة تاريخياً شخصياً: تاريخ أفراد بعينهم، كثيرون يعضون على نواجذهم قائلين، لأنفسهم ربما، أن الثقافة شان ذاتي، بول ريكور، مثلاً، يشدد في مدونته الكبرى، أن الذاكرة شان السرد، إنما تتعلق بذات ...  Read More »

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Dead Sea Living

Dead Sea Living, directed by German Gutierrez. Canada/France/Palestine, 2013. Although the Dead Sea has no life, it provides living through the rich minerals extracted from it. Yet the flood of water into the Dead Sea is slowly receding. It has witnessed a ninety-foot drop in only thirty years on a lake that is just ...  Read More »

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الفيلسوف طريد المدن الموحشة: عبد الله القصيمي الجزء الثاني

الفيلسوف طريد المدن الموحشة: عبد الله القصيمي (1907-1996) الذي طعن عرب القرن العشرين ف خاصرتهم.  (الجزء الثاني)   [انقر/ي هنا لقراءة الجزء الأول من المقال] القصيمي شاعراً تائهاً وفي الفصل السادس يولي المؤلف إبراهيم عبد الرحمن الإنتاج الشعري الذي قدمه القصيمي، ولم يلتفت إليه بوصفه تجربة ...  Read More »

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الجسد والسلطة في السينما( 2): قراءة جندريّة

الأثر المابعد حداثيّ، والسلطة ينزع النقاد إلى القول بأنّ تيار ما بعد الحداثة يعتمد على الانتقال من أحاديّة الحقيقة إلى تعدّدها وتداخلها وصراعات الرؤى فيها، تلك التي تقوم على فرديّة مطلقة ومتذرّرة، أو بحسب براين ماكهايل في كتابه"المتخيّل الما بعد حداثيّ" :"الانتقال من المنظوريّة التي تسمح للحداثيّ أن ...  Read More »

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Profile: Alexandrian Filmmaker Ahmed El Samra

Ahmed El Samra is a filmmaker and video artist, based in Alexandria, Egypt. He studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Alexandria, and developed his career as a filmmaker through a series of workshops. Samra produces short fiction films and documentaries, as well as video art works. Several of his films documented zar ...  Read More »

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Representing Iraq and its Diaspora: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Samir and Sinan Antoon

In this interview, Samir, an Iraqi filmmaker, discusses what has influenced and shaped his aesthetic, spanning from various film techniques to the shifting terrains of Middle East politics. During the interview, Jadaliyya co-editor Sinan Antoon asks Samir to reflect on history and memory in Iraq, examining the ways in ...  Read More »

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الفيلسوف طريد المدن الموحشة: عبد الله القصيمي الجزء الأول

الفيلسوف طريد المدن الموحشة: عبد الله القصيمي (1907-1996) الذي طعن عرب القرن العشرين في خاصرتهم.  (الجزء الأول)       لا يحدّق بالمستقبل سوى أهل البصيرة! ولا يَعْمى عن تلك الكوارث إلا من ملك البصر فقط! منذ وقت مبكر تنبّه المفكر عبد الله القصيمي (1907-1996) إلى أمراض القرن العشرين: ...  Read More »

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صراع "التطبيقات الإلكترونيّة" في المسلسل البريطاني " Black Mirror": من أجل إنسان تحوّل إلى " تطبيقْ"

 يفترض أن يعود المسلسل البريطاني المثير للجدل "  Black Mirror" إلى الشاشة قريباً ، في موسم ثالث بثلاث حلقات ، كما درجت عليه العادة في الموسمين ؛ الأول (2011) و الثاني (2013) . عبّر كاتبه البريطاني " تشارلي بروكر" بمختلف أساليب السخريّة عن واقعٍ تسوده قيم سوداء من التكنولوجيا و ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Mayanthi L. Fernando, The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism

Mayanthi L. Fernando, The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mayanthi Fernando (MF): When I first went to the field, I imagined a more conventional ethnography of the Islamic revival in France. I ...  Read More »

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ستاتوس/ الوضع: الحلقة ناقص ثلاثة

"ستاتوس" مجلة صوتية مستقلة، تعاونية ونقدية وناشئة، تصدر شهرياً وتجمع بين التحليل والتغطيةالأخبارية والسخرية. ستنشر مقابلات\محادثات وتقارير ميدانية ومراجعات وتعليقات عميقة وقراءات.وستشمل المقابلات ناشطين وصحفيين وباحثين ومواطنين من منطقة الشرق الأوسط سيرافق كلَّ عدد من مجلة ستاتوس الصوتية عرضٌ يدعى ...  Read More »

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Interview with Achin Vanaik on the Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and India-Palestine Solidarity

In September 2010, a landmark conference titled “A Just Peace for Palestine” held in New Delhi, India ended with a clear call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel as a strategy for realizing justice for Palestinians. The conference was co-organized by the Palestinian BDS National Committee ...  Read More »

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The Guide for Using Life: A Graphic Novel and Exhibition

In late November 2014, Cairo based journalist and author Ahmed Naji and comic and storyboard artist Ayman Al-Zorkany launched their new novel, titled The Use of Life at Medrar in Cairo. The novel which develops over three time periods and is inspired by life in Cairo was published by Dar Al Tanweer. It follows a non ...  Read More »

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Composer Maurice Louca on Salute the Parrot

Composer and musician Maurice Louca is an exciting and distinct voice coming out of Cairo, Egypt. Having been part of numerous bands over the past decade including: Bikya, Alif Ensemble and Dwarfs of East Agouza, in addition to his solo compositions (Garraya, 2011), he has made a name for himself locally and ...  Read More »

Syrian Population Regression

Population: ~ 22.5 Million

2011:  5,800+ (killed)

2012:  60,000+ (killed) and 500,000+ (external refugees)

2013:  100,000+ (killed), 2,000,000+ (external refugees), and 8 million+ displaced

 

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Population: 22,517,750
GDP: $107.4 billion 
Unemployment: 8.3%; Youth Employment (ages 15-24): 19.1%
Internet Users: 4.469 million 
Exchange Rate: ~ 98.00 Syrian pounds per US dollar
GDP Growth Rate: 3.2% 
Military Expenditures: 5.9% of GDP (World Rank: 10)
Health Expenditures: 2.9% of GDP (World Rank: 180)
Population Growth Rate: 0.913% 
Age Structure: 0-14 years: 35.2%; 15-64 years: 61%; 65 years and over: 3.8%
Literacy: 79.6%
Religious Demographics: Sunni Muslim 74%; other Muslim (includes Alawite, Druze) 16%; Christian (various denominations) 10%
Ethnic Demographics: Arab 90.3%, Kurds, Armenians, and other 9.7%

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