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 »
In late June, a Jadaliyya affiliate sat with Syrian novelist Rosa Yaseen Hassan to talk about the Syrian revolution. The interview was conducted in Arabic and transcribed/translated into English. This post represents Part 3 of the interview, in which Hassan discusses culture and culture production in Syria during the ... Read More »
[This is the third installment of Amal Hanano's account of her trip back to Aleppo. You can read the first two here and here]
In the universe of Revolution 2.0, Facebook is the reigning capital, and The Syrian Revolution 2011 page (with over 218,000 “official” followers) is considered prime real estate. Earlier this ... Read More »
[This is the second installment of Amal Hanano's diary of her trip back to Aleppo. You can read the first installment here]
While “The people want to topple the regime” has become the anthem of the Arab Spring, “There is nothing” is the unofficial chant of the people of Aleppo. “Ma fi shi” is the must-use, “it” ... Read More »
Lebanon has been without a government for months. Finally, a thirty-member cabinet was formed two weeks ago. With a revolutionary uprising in Syria and the brutal response by the Syrian regime intensifying, there is now a Lebanese government whose sole function, it seems, is to weather the storm at the country's ... Read More »
[This is the first installment of Amal Hanano's diary of her trip back to Syria]
I begin to lose sleep weeks before I leave – waking in the middle of the night, my mind racing with anxiety. My insomnia may be the obvious sign that I have no business going to Syria while the country, as my close friend likes to remind ... 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 »
The Journal Of An Arab Executioner
Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998)
I have become a sultan over you
Break your idols after straying, and worship me…
I don’t always reveal myself…
So sit down on the patience pavement to see me
Leave your children with no bread
And leave your women with no ... Read More »
[This clip was posted today on the "Fann al-Thawra al-Suriyya" (The Art of the Syrian Revolution) page on Facebook. The name chosen by its producer/s, "The Strong Heroes of Moscow," as well as the lyrics, parody the Syrian regime's propaganda and the discourse of its backers. We are reposting a ... Read More »
[From the New York Times. Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad was interviewed by the New York Times for their first story on the move to charity work by the Syrian Tycoon, Rami Makhlouf]
Reviled Tycoon, Assad’s Cousin, Resigns in Syria
By ANTHONY SHADID
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syria’s most powerful businessman, a ... Read More »
[The below post was sent to us by an author that has asked to remain anonymous and only identified as Hamwia due to safety considerations regarding relatives in Hama and other parts of Syria.]
A young man, studying medicine, was alone in his apartment. When the soldiers barged into his house he proclaimed his ... 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 »
This is an interview conducted by the BBC with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on the question of "sectarianism" in Syria. It was recorded a few weeks prior, but we have decided to publish it because of the magnitude that this topic has occupied in the past days. 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 »
[This article was written in Arabic by Khalil Issa and translated into English by Hanna Petro]
When the left loses all the material elements of its steadfastness, as a result of its mistakes on the one hand and because of surrounding local pressures on the other, it is usually left with nothing but the ... Read More »
Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998) was a Syrian poet, essayist, diplomat, and publisher and one of the most popular poets in the Arab world in the last few decades of the 20th century. He was born and raised in Damascus in a middle-class merchant traditional family. At the age of 15, Qabbani’s sister committed suicide because ... Read More »
Some Fires Burn More than Others
[August 10th, 2009] Bosra is on fire. Red lights shine through the night in the ancient Roman amphitheatre. The smoke pours onto the stage, where the famous pop singer, Ali al-Deek, and his orchestra have set the audience and the stage on metaphorical fire. Everyone is dancing: old ... Read More »
This week's basket has everything you need to start the week: Greek mythology, French philosophy, the politics of poetry, and a dispatch from Palestine:
Algeria's Impact on French Philosophy: Between Poststructuralist Theory and Colonial Practice by Muriam Haleh Davis
The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony and the ... Read More »
In what has been dubbed as the "Friday of the Children of Freedom" protests yesterday, Hama witnessed the largest demonsration yet, and Syria the largest crackdown to-date, with more than 50 protesters reported killed and several hundred wounded by live ammunition in the key city of Hama alone. These ... Read More »
[This article is written by Khalid Saghieh and translated by Assaf Khoury*]
Up until a few months ago, Hizballah could legitimately claim pride of place in the Arab anti-imperialist camp. Hizballah was the only Arab force that repeatedly stymied the powerful Israeli military ... Read More »
[Below is the latest from the Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Syria.]
"We've Never Seen Such Horror": Crimes Against Humanity by Syrian Security Forces
Since the beginning of anti-government protests in March 2011, Syrian security forces have killed hundreds of protesters and arbitrarily arrested ... Read More »
Hamza Ali al-Khatib, a 13-year old boy, was attending a protest calling for the end of the siege of Der'a. He was one of the many individuals detained that day as part of a brutal crackdown on the protest. One month later, his body was released to his family with clear signs that he had been tortured. Videos of his ... Read More »
Two weeks ago Israel attacked Lebanon. Troops opened fire on a large group of protestors at the border between these two states. The Israeli army used live ammunition, killing at least eleven civilians and wounding over 100 others, some critically. The Lebanese army also fired their weapons at, and over, the ... Read More »
[On Wednesday May 18th, 2011, President Obama issued a letter addressed to both the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate in regards to a new set of US sanctions on Syria. The letter was originally made public by The White House Press Secretary and can be found here.]
For Immediate Release
May ... Read More »
أنهى سعد الله ونوس مسرحية "الفيل يا ملك الزمان" بالنبوءة التالية:
الجميع :هذه حكاية.
ممثل 5: ونحن ممثلون.
ممثل 3: مثلناها لكم لكي نتعلم معكم عبرتها.
ممثل 7: هل عرفتم الآن لماذا توجد الفيلة؟
ممثلة 3: هل عرفتم الآن لماذا تتكاثر الفيلة؟.
ممثل 5: لكن حياتنا ليست الا البداية.
ممثل 4: عندما تتكاثر الفيلة ... Read More »
This is our fifth weekly edition of Jadaliyya's Culture. Previous weeks can be found here, here, here and here.
This week's offerings include:
The conclusion of Sinan Antoon's translation of "Mirrors of Absence" by Syrian dissident poet, Faraj Ahmad ... Read More »
This is the second part of selected excerpts from Faraj Bayraqdar's "Mirrors of Absence," written in Saydnaya Prison, Syria, between 1997-2000. The first part was published last week.
Mirrors of Absence
It is neither bias
there is no graveyard
in this world or the ... Read More »
Many supporters of Hizbullah's resistance are at a loss when it comes to its position on the Syrian regime and the uprisings. The following video is from a Tunisian satellite channel whose show "WIthout Flattery" hosted a discussion with various Arab poets on the state of the Arab world. In it, popular ... Read More »
[The following statement was issued by the Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic in Washington D.C. in response to a recent New York Times article that extensively quoted Syria's leading businessman and cousin of President Bashar al-Asad, Rami Makhlouf, on developments in Syria. The original article can be found ... Read More »
This is our fourth weekly edition of Jadaliyya's Culture. Previous weeks can be found here, here and here.
This week, with Hamdy El-Gazzar's قالت الجدة ("Quoth the Grandmother," trans. by Alex Ortiz), we initiate Hakadha narwi al-thawra, a new series of fiction from the revolutionary Arab ... Read More »