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Kateb Yacine: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally ...  Read More »

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مقطع من رواية سِفر الاختفاء

[مقطع من رواية "سفر الاختفاء" صدرت الشهر الماضي عن دار الجمل بيروت - بغداد وهي الرواية الثانية للكاتبة]   أشعر بغضب عليك! ذاكرتك المرصعة في رأسي فيها شروخ. هل أنا الذي لا أذكر كل ما قلته أنت لي؟ أم أنك قلت ما لم يستوعبه عقلي؟ كنت صغيراً عندما بدأت أسمع حكاياتك. ولما استنجدت بها، اكتشفت شروخها. بدأت ...  Read More »

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Do Not Compel Me to Sing

I Left My Shoes in Istanbul, directed by Nigol Bezjian. Lebanon/Turkey, 2013. Nigol Bezjian’s I Left My Shoes in Istanbul begins with its protagonist protesting that he has no desire to go on the journey that lies at the heart of the film. It ends with the haunting voice of a singer, begging the listener, “Do not ...  Read More »

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Khalil Al-Sakakini: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally ...  Read More »

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Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar in Translation

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, The Time Regulation Institute, translated by Maureen Freely and Alexander Dawe, introduction by Pankaj Mishra. New York: Penguin, 2014.   The verbal text is jealous of its linguistic signature but impatient of national identity. Translation flourishes by virtue of that paradox.  ...  Read More »

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July Culture Bouquet

July has been quite eventful and cruel. Neymar is out and the Caliphate is in and on. And we have a colorful bouquet for our readers. Elliot Colla examines the military-literary complex and the pervasive network of embedded iterature. Sonja Mejcher-Atassi curates a conversation between Charif KIwan and Akra Zaatarai. ...  Read More »

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The Military-Literary Complex

Poetry cannot serve as an emotional bandage for the blood and guts of warfare; such an industry is doomed to dishonor the dead as well as the living. — Yusef Komunyakaa Not so long ago, American corporate media willingly accepted a set of new conditions and limitations in exchange for the privilege of reporting ...  Read More »

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Video Channeling: Mai Elwakil in Conversation with Daniella Rose King

Medrar.TV is a Cairo-based YouTube channel presenting digital content that documents contemporary visual art, sound and music events, exhibitions, talks, performances, and interviews across Egypt and the Arabic-speaking world. In the interview that follows, Medrar.TV's co-founder and writer Mai Elwakil talks ...  Read More »

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The House of Melancholy and Strength

House of Strength  Performance by Nooshin Rostami Choreography by Merisha Mesihovic Industry City Open Studios, Brooklyn 26 April 2014    [House of Strength is a performance by the Iranian Brooklyn-based artist Nooshin Rostami inspired by the traditional Persian gymnasiums called ...  Read More »

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An Excerpt from Amjad Nasser's "Land of No Rain"

[Land of No Rain, the recently published novel by Jordanian poet Amjad Nasser (b. 1955), describes the experiences, thoughts and memories of an ageing leftist who decides to go home to fictional Hamiya after twenty years in exile. The move makes him reflect on the effects time has wrought on him, on the world around ...  Read More »

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ABOUNADDARA’s Take on Images in the Syrian Revolution: A Conversation between Charif Kiwan and Akram Zaatari (Part One)

[The text below is based on a workshop organized by Sonja Mejcher-Atassi at the American University of Beirut, 11 April 2014, with the generous support of the Arts and Humanities Initiative and the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at AUB and the School of English’ project Imagining the Common Ground, ...  Read More »

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Call for Contributions: Translation and the Many Languages of Resistance, Cairo, March 2015

Translation and the Many Languages of Resistance Call for Papers Cairo, 6-8 March 2015 Deadline: 15 September 2014 Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, UK Organized by Mona Baker, Yasmin El Rifae, and Mada Masr Call for Contributions Read More »

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Layer of Green: Eleven Photographic Works

Layer of Green Eleven Photographic Works March - April 2014 Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo   “Layer of Green” is the outcome of a photography workshop organized by Goethe-Institut Kairo and CIC- PhotoSchool in November 2013. The theme is a highly adaptable layer that reflects a notion of green ...  Read More »

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Khaled Khalifa: "Revolutions Can't Be Reversed"

[Last month, the Syrian novelist Khaled Khalifa visited London to promote ‘Syria Speaks’, an anthology of short stories, poems, articles and visual art collected as a response to the Syrian regime’s crackdown on dissident voices since the 2011 Syrian uprising. As one of the most powerful and prominent writers in ...  Read More »

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Baya Mahieddine: A Profile from the Archives

[A Profile from the Archives is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally ...  Read More »

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Sun Ra in Egypt, 1971

Sun Ra in Egypt, 1971 By Tom Bogaert May - June 2014 Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo   This art project by Tom Bogaert takes as its starting point Sun Ra's 1971 visit to Egypt. The legendary American jazz pioneer, mystic, poet, and philosopher was born as Herman Poole Blount, but changed his name to Le ...  Read More »

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Israel and the Palestinian Territories Lonely Planet: Systematic Erasure and Casual Racism

Haifa is a picturesque city of hills, gardens, and trendy cafes perched along the slopes of Mount Carmel in northern Israel. If the Lonely Planet guidebook is to be believed, Haifa is notable because Arabs and Jews live in “visible harmony,” and residents consider themselves a “model of tolerance” for the region ...  Read More »

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"فصل من "أنا ونامق سبنسر

كنت أتأمل في مويجات الماء الناعمة، في هذا الغروب الشفيف، وتذكرت مرة أخرى ذلك العالم البعيد الذي عشته مع ماري قبل أن يخلق الأولاد. تذكرت نصفي البرازيلي. عشت رحلتنا ثانية بعد سنين من حدوثها. تماهيت مع الرحلة ونسيت بحيرة دامهوس التي أحدق بمياهها الزرقاء. أمر لفت بصري، ورأيته موجودا في أغلب الأمكنة. انهم الأطفال. الأطفال ...  Read More »

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Ahmed Fouad Negm: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“  is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally ...  Read More »

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Sheikh Imam: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editors Hesham Sallam and Adel Iskandar on Egypt Post-Election

In this interview with Zein El-Amine on WPFW, Jadaliyya Co-Editors Hesham Sallam and Adel Iskandar discuss the recent presidential elections in Egypt and the environment in which the vote was held, the state of Egypt's January 25 Revolution in light of successive waves of repression against political activists, the ...  Read More »

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رواية "1919": إعادة تأريخ جريئة تفتقد إلى روح الثورة

صدرت "1919" لأحمد مراد في بداية هذا العام، ونشرت منها حتى الآن ثلاث طبعات، مما يبشّر بنجاح أكبر من ذلك الذي حقّقته أعماله السابقة، من "فيرتيجو"، روايته الأولى التي حُوّلت إلى مسلسل، إلى "الفيل الأزرق" التي أُدرجت على القائمة القصيرة لجائزة البوكر العالمية سنة 2014. "1919" تدور ...  Read More »

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Saadi Yousef: At Kerak Citadel

 At Kerak Citadel   Always, at sunset, the castle walls begin to breathe. The war is over—it has been two or twenty centuries now. But then suddenly when night falls, the war comes back. Soldiers in their towers light their candle, far from the gusting wind And alone, they cry to themselves. The ...  Read More »

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Zeid Hamdan

Zeid Hamdan 2010-2013 Beirut, Lebanon   In this video, Medrar.TV takes you on a trip through the inspiring practice of Lebanese musician and producer Zeid Hamdan, who is credited as the main force behind developing electro Arab pop music. Since the mid nineties, Hamdan (b.1976) has either founded or produced ...  Read More »

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Hassan Al-Banna: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Librarians and Archivists with Palestine Launches New Website and Solidarity Network

[The following press release was issued by Librarians and Archivists with Palestine on 5 June 2014.] On the 47th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and after 66 years of dispossession of the Palestinian people, a group of librarians and archivists is launching a network of ...  Read More »

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Still in Bed

Now that ISIS is rattling across Iraq's provinces, we can expect the cheerleaders of US military intervention to return to the podium. Some will say that military actions need to be backed up with political pressure. Some will say this is what we get for not 'finishing the job'. Others will suggest, in a hushed and ...  Read More »

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International Arts Censorship by the Turkish Embassy: The Case of 'Here Together Now' in Madrid

Last year, a case of censorship occurred in the course of Here Together Now, an exhibition held at Matadero Madrid, Spain from January to March 2013. The event was curated by Manuela Villa, and realized with the support of the Turkish Embassy in Madrid, Turkish Airlines, and ARCOmadrid. In the exhibition booklet, the ...  Read More »

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Embedded Poetry: Iraq; Through a Soldier's Binoculars

Critics and reviewers greeted Brian Turner’s Here, Bullet (Alice James Books, 2005) with effusive and unanimous praise. His poems were read as “dispatches from a place more incomprehensible than the moon. . . observations we would never find in a Pentagon press release.” I read the poems back then and was not ...  Read More »

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May Ziada: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“  is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally ...  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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