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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 »

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January Culture Bouquet

The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind / If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? — Shelley Even in winter, some flowers will bloom. Their blossoms may be fragile, sad and short-lived, but the strongest of all flowers are those which fight the ice. Each petal reminds us that the dead land is yet not dead, and that ...  Read More »

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Zajal on Arak

I remember when electricity came to my village. I must have been about seven or eight.  The government installed a transformer in the village center. The thing was housed in a metal locker. The villagers called it ‘The Clock.’  At first, The Clock was a thing of contention. It was installed in the winter and ...  Read More »

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Jabra Ibrahim Jabra: Ramparts

Beneath the walls, walls. And beneath them, walls. Ur, Jericho, Ninevah, Nimrud— On the debris where the sighs of lovers went to die Where chattered then vanished the teeth of captives, stripped bare There, now are hills that bloom each spring Now home to crickets and ants, Refuge to sparrows in the late ...  Read More »

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Jabra Ibrahim Jabra: Jerusalem, Time Embodied

[This translation is an excerpt of Jabra Ibrahim Jabra’s twenty-page essay, “Jerusalem: Time Embodied.” It was published by the Modern Library (al-Maktaba al-‘Asriya) press in Beirut in 1967 in a collection of his literary and social criticism entitled, The Eighth Journey. Jabra wrote these recollections of his ...  Read More »

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‘A Distinctly French Universalism’: Translating Laïcité after Charlie

Mayanthi L. Fernando, The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. Naomi Davidson. Only Muslim: Embodying Islam in Twentieth-Century France. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012. Joan Wallach Scott. The Politics of the Veil. Princeton: Princeton ...  Read More »

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مجلة الدراسات الفلسطينية العدد 101: تطورات القدس ومسألة السلفية الجهادية

صدر العدد 101 (شتاء 2015) من مجلة الدراسات الفلسطينية متضمناً عدداً من المقالات والدراسات والشهادات والتحقيقات، وتناول بشكل خاص التطورات في القدس، في مقالة في باب "مداخل"، لنظمي الجعبة، وتحدث فيها عن استيطان القدس، بعنوان: "استيطان القدس: تنفيذ خطط قديمة"، وتحقيق لعبدالرؤوف أرناؤوط بعنوان: ...  Read More »

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Rap as Activism in Morocco: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Mouad Belghouate (El-Haqed) and Samia Errazzouki

In this interview, Mouad Belghouate, who also goes by El-Haqed, discusses his work as both a rapper and activist in the Febraury 20th Movement in Morocco. Samia Errazouki asks Mouad to reflect on his time in prison, his relationship with other prisoners, and the growth of the rap industry in Morocco.  Please ...  Read More »

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الجسد والسلطة في السينما

لا ينج الحديث عن الثقافة والأدب والفنون، باعتبارهم "تعابير" ثقافية عن مجتمعاتها من سؤال "الجسد"، فإذا كان الفن يُنظر إليه "على أنه مرآة للقدرات البشرية في مرحلة تاريخية معينة، بوصفه الشكل المتفوق الذي تُعرف فيه ثقافة ما عن نفسها"، وجب علينا تناول تمثلات الجسد في كل هذه الأجناس الثقافية، ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Wins 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Translation Prize

[Jadaliyya co-editor Sinan Antoon wins the 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for The Corpse Washer. Here are excerpts from the press release] The 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation was awarded to Sinan Antoon, for his translation of his own novel The Corpse ...  Read More »

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Third Eye: Photography

Third eye is a group exhibition, showcasing the work of five upcoming Egyptian photographers. Photographer and curator Hala Elkoussy selected Tasnim Abdelrahman, Amr Adel, Sherifa Hamed, Nadia Mounier and Ziad Hassan to take part in a three-month workshop and the exhibition, hosted by Mashrabia Gallery in December ...  Read More »

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عمر» لهاني أبو أسعد: قوة السينما من دون تابوهات»

يُشكّل «عمر» (2013)، الفيلم الجديد للمخرج الفلسطيني هاني أبو أسعد، لحظة سينمائية متفرّدة بحدّ ذاتها في المشهد السينمائي الفلسطيني العربي. لحظة متفرّدة، لأنه يُساهم في تفعيل آلية اشتغال سينمائيّ فلسطيني متحرّر من سطوة التقاليد الصارمة في مقاربة الموضوع الفلسطيني، ومتفلّت من خطابية تُسيء إلى «القضية» وناسها أكثر مما ...  Read More »

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From Nadah El Shazly's New Music Album: Ateyaton

Egyptian singer, producer and actress Nadah El Shazly performed parts of her new album in the making at 100Copies Music Space in March. Shazly has a formal education in community psychology and theater, but she has been developing her musical talent since she was a child. She used to sing in her ...  Read More »

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Rana Hamadeh: Alien Encounters

“And Before It Falls, It Is Only Reasonable to Enjoy Life a Little” is one of several episodes making up Rana Hamadeh’s long-term research project “Alien Encounters”. “Alien Encounters” was initially inspired by Sun Ra's 1974 film ‘Space is the Place’, which proposes an African-American exodus towards outer space in ...  Read More »

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The 25th Youth Salon

The 25th edition of The Youth Salon (Salon of Young Artists) is curated by Egyptian artist Khaled Hafez and showcases over four hundred works at the Cairo Opera House Grounds and Mahmoud Mokhtar Museum in Cairo. The salon is an annual competition and mega exhibition started by the Culture Ministry in 1989 to support ...  Read More »

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Charlie Hebdo et les limites de la République

Tout de suite après le massacre aux bureaux de Charlie Hebdo, les commentateurs se sont émus d’une attaque sur « l’Occident et la démocratie » « les valeurs fondamentales de la République française. » Ces valeurs « républicaines » sont invoquées avec unanimité, sans débat, comme ...  Read More »

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The Worker’s Trap: An Interview with Sara Rahbar

Dirty gold is the color that smothers every surface of Sara Rahbar’s New York City studio. Disembodied casts of the artist’s own anxiously clenched hands and feet are laid out, clinically, on long tables alongside bullet casings, rifle butts, chains, and other found objects. With the same studied intensity that won ...  Read More »

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Khalvat: Towards Meaning

Sahand Hesamiyan’s Khalvat (2014) resembles a futuristic vessel. Composed of a circular shell, the thin ribs that begin at the work’s oculus create a sense of propulsion as they extend into narrow piers. With triangular pieces adjoined to its lattice frame at forty-five degree angles, the projectile sculpture appears ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Hisham Aidi, Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture

Hisham Aidi, Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture. New York: Pantheon, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Hisham Aidi (HA): This book grows out of two experiences. The first: in the early 2000s, I was working as a cultural reporter covering Harlem and the South Bronx, writing ...  Read More »

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Gheith Al-Amine: Artist, Musician and Radio Host

Lebanese artist, musician, filmmaker and radio presenter Gheith Al-Amine takes us on a tour of his home-studio in Beirut, Lebanon. He talks about his latest video work which was shown at the 2014 Berlinale. It is a performative audio-visual tribute to Egyptian composer and singer Sheikh Imam, performed with a ...  Read More »

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يدي شجرةٌ، فاستظلّ بفيئها

              إنْ أكلتني الرّيحُ ، أصير كثيباً، تمرّين بي كغزال أَحفظُ لدمِها من ذئب الغضا، تلتقط  الكلأ بشفاهٍ ذاهلة عن الكلام. تهبني العتمةُ عينَيْ بومةٍ ترى فأرَ غيابكِ ، فقلبي كفكِّ عجوزٍ، أُسْقِطُه بكأسِ بكاء قبل النّوم ، فلا أجترّ كبقرة حلوبٍ الأحلام. أرفعُ بصمتكِ ...  Read More »

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Mona Marzouk’s ‘Trayvon’ Takes Inspiration from Egyptian Courtrooms

“Trayvon”, a solo show by Alexandrian artist Mona Marzouk, takes its name from the much publicized Trayvon Martin case. But the inspiration for the new painting series was Egyptian courtrooms, the roles they have played over the past four years in supposedly “upholding” justice and their representation in local media. ...  Read More »

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Badr Shakir al-Sayyab: Fifty Years On

The great Iraqi poet Badr Shakir al-Sayyab died fifty years ago today, on December 24, 1964. During his short life, Sayyab changed the language and form of Arabic poetry for good: in part, by breaking centuries' old meters and remaking the rhythms of verse; in part, by engaging intensely with a number of traditions ...  Read More »

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Badr Shakir Al-Sayyab: The Balcony of the Nobleman's Daughter

I remember the village winter, where drops of light came sprinkling Through the gaps in the clouds, like melodies Sliding between the strings of an instrument set atremble by the darkness It had sung before--in the morning...why am I being so calculating? a child I would simply smile At my nights and days, ...  Read More »

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Badr Shakir Al-Sayyab: The Poem and the Phoenix

From the new room, my bier calls on me to write a poem. So I write what’s in my blood, and I cross out until the unruly idea gives in. My new room is spacious, more spacious than my grave. If fatigue descends over wakefulness, sleep is sweeter— springing up even from eyes of stone, even from the lonely ...  Read More »

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Badr Shakir al-Sayyab: Crutch in Hell

[This poem is purported to the be the last Sayyab composed during his life. We each translated it independently. Here, we present the two results, side by side. Between them and beyond them somewhere lies the beauty of the original.] 1. A Crutch in Hell I continue to circle Round the millstone of my pain A ...  Read More »

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Badr Shakir Al-Sayyab: Three Letters

[Sayyab's correspondence contains some of his most profound statements on poetry, modernity and contemporary politics of the era. Here, we present to you three letters, addressed to Suhayl Idris, Yusuf al-Khal, and Adonis, respectively.] 3/25/1954 To My Brother Dr. Suhayl Idris: Greetings! The letter that you just ...  Read More »

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مومس السياب وأيامي العمياء

هو الشعور ذاته ينتابني عندما أكون أمام طلب أو رغبة في الكتابة عن أسماء خلدت نفسها بنفسها بأعمالها، وهذا ما حدث مع بدر شاكر السياب أيضاً وأنا أحاول جاهدة أن أكتب شهادتي عنه. بعدما كتب الكثيرون وكُتب الكثير عنه ما الذي سأكتبه لم يُكتب وما الذي سأضيفهُ! ورغم ذلك أجد أن ذاكرتي تلحّ علي لأبدأ في نقطة بدأ منها معظم ...  Read More »

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السياب.. جدول النواح

(1) لم أتعرّف على شعر بدر شاكر السياب إلا من باب التدرّب، كنت فتى في الخامسة عشر من عمره يحاول أن يكون ممثلاً مسرحيّاً، ولم يختر مدرّبي على الإلقاء –آنذاك- سوى قصيدة "المومس العمياء" لما تحمله من صعود درامي، وكلمات "أصيلة" بإمكانها مساعدتي على نُطق الأحرف بشكلها الصحيح والرصين، وكنت حينها اقرأ ...  Read More »

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السيّاب...نهارٌ لا يرحل

عرفتُ السيّاب أول مرة في مطلع تسعينات القرن الماضي؛ أي بعد نحو ثلاثين عاماً على رحيله، من خلال قصيدته "رحل النهار"، فمن حسن حظي أنها كانت مدرجةً ضمن منهاج اللغة العربية للصفوف الثانوية كنموذج لحركة الشعر الحرّ، وذلك بعد أن تفرّد نزار قباني بالحظوة الواحدية شعرياً آنذاك خارج أسوار المدرسة وتقاليد المجتمع ...  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



Syria Map and Stats

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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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