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Elections

Municipal Politics in Lebanon

The municipal system has been a key pillar of debates on administrative decentralization, economic development and political participation in Lebanon. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, activists sought to stop the demolition of the 1924 Barakat Building on the basis that it was a heritage site. In response to public pressure, the Municipality of Beirut expropriated the building in 2013, and has since overseen a contentious process of transforming the space into a memory museum. International donors have increasingly directed aid flows for Syrian refugees in Lebanon through municipalities instead of the central government. Concomitantly, many of these municipalities ...

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Political Parties, Elections, and the Illusion of Opposition in Morocco

[Foreign Minister Saad-Eddine Al-Othmani of Morocco during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. on March 15, 2012. Photo taken by the US Department of State and uploaded via Wikimedia Commons]

Introduction For the last several months, Moroccan politics has been dominated by the results of the October 2016 parliamentary elections, the subsequent blocage in the Islamist Justice and Development Party(PJD) creating a governing coalition, and the announcement of a new government.  Pro-state media narratives blamed the PJD’s former leader, Abdelilah Benkirane, and his inability to form a coalition. After more than five months of stalled talks, King Mohammed VI relieved Benkirane of his position and nominated former foreign minister and number 2 in the PJD, Saadedine Othmani, as the head of government.  Othmani quickly formed a coalition of parties, ...

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Along What Lines Are Lebanon’s Political Elite Divided?

Eight years on and Lebanon still does not have an electoral law. Despite the many draft proposals and meetings by the Council of Ministers (COM) and parliamentary sub-committees, political parties appear more likely to either hold elections according to the so-called 1960 law or illegally extend their mandates than pass a new electoral law. Granted, a new electoral law would determine who has the power to nominate a prime minister, form a new government, issue a vote of confidence and oversee government’s performance, and initiate or approve pieces of legislation. But, the failure of political elites to pass a new electoral law after more than eight years of talking ...

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Turkey After the Referendum: A Roundtable

[Istanbul, 15 April 2017. Photo by Ayça Çubukçu.]

Turkey Page Editors’ Introduction On 16 April 2017, amidst widespread reports of electoral fraud, a slim majority of those casting votes in Turkey voted to approve a referendum, which has as its main goal the overhaul of the executive branch. Most significantly, it does away with the position of prime minister, thereby transforming the presidency from being a ceremonial position as head of state into the sole leadership position of the executive branch. Opposition politicians and dissident journalists have described the referendum as an effort to create one-man rule for current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma ...

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Where’s My Vote? The US Edition

[Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Photo by Mohammad Kazempour uploaded from Wikimedia Commons]

In June 2009, protests erupted in Tehran and other major Iranian cities following Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s loss in the presidential elections against incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mousavi and the other opposition candidates alleged voter fraud and questioned the legitimacy of the Ahmadinejad win. Of course, the term “opposition” here is used loosely as presidential candidates are thoroughly vetted via a process that keeps out anti-establishment candidates. Everyone who makes it to the general election phase has enough credentials to be considered part of Iran’s Islamic revolution, which reached power in 1979 and has ruled ever since. Parallels can be drawn with the US ...

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خطاب آنجيلا ديفس في مسيرة النساء في واشنطن

خطاب آنجيلا ديفس في مسيرة النساء في واشنطن يوم 21 كانون الثاني،2017  آنجيلا ديفس (مواليد 1944) ناشطة يساريّة معروفة في حركة الحقوق المدنية واليسار الأمريكي والعالمي. برزت في الستينيّات في صفوف الحزب الشيوعي الأمريكي وكانت مقرّبة من حركة الفهود السود. وهي كاتبة وأكاديميّة متقاعدة.   [ترجمة سنان أنطون] *** "في لحظة صعبة في تاريخنا، فلنذكّر أنفسنا، نحن، مئات الآلاف، ملايين النساء، ومتحولو الهويّة الجنسيّة، والرجال والشباب المتجمعون هنا في مسيرة النساء، بأننا نمثل قوى التغييرالمصممّة على منع ثقافات العنصرية والأبوية-الذكورية المحتضرة من أن تنهض من جديد. ندرك أنّنا عناصر جمعيّة فاعلة للتاريخ وبأن التاريخ لا يمكن أن يمحى مثل صفحات الانترنت. نعلم أنّنا ...

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Donald Trumps the Media - A Status/الوضع Quick Thoughts with Adel Iskandar

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Bassam Haddad speaks with Adel Iskandar, who unpacks Trump's complicated relationship to the US media, reflects on the reaction of Middle Eastern media on his victory, and describes how the journalistic establishment will likely deal with him during the four-year presidency. Adel Iskandar is Assistant Professor of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author, coauthor, and editor of several works including Egypt In Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution (AUCP/OUP), Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism (Basic Books), Edward ...

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السياسة هي الحل

[المصدر موقع اكسبريس]

نحن لا نملك أوهاماً عن تأثير انتصار دونالد ترامب. إنه كارثة. إن احتمال نشوء حكومة يمينية موحّدة يقودها طاغية شعبويٌّ، تمثل كارثة. هناك طريقتان للرد على هذا الموقف: الأولى هي لوم شعب الولايات المتحدة، والثانية هي لوم نخبة البلاد. سيفعل كثير من النقاد هذا في الأيام والأسابيع المقبلة. فقد ألّف الليبراليون المذعورون مقالات تشرح كيفية الانتقال إلى كندا، وأمس تعطّل الموقع الإلكتروني لدائرة الهجرة الكندية بسبب الضغط الملح عليه. إن الأشخاص الذين دفعوا بنا إلى هذا الجرف يخططون الآن لهربهم. لكن الانحاء باللائمة على الجماهير الأميركية بأنها السبب في نصر ترامب يعمّق النخبوية التي حشدت ناخبيه في المقام الأول فحسب. ولا شكّ أن العنصرية والتمييز بين الجنسين لعبا دوراً ...

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Palestine after the US Elections: Discipline and Dissonance

[President and Mrs. Johnson welcome Prime Minister and Mrs. Eshkol to Washington DC in 1964. Image by Moshe Pridan via Wikimedia Commons]

While it may be too dismissive to declare that the US presidential election does not impact the question of Palestine, it is quite reasonable to conclude that the identity of the occupant of that office is of little relevance when it comes to Palestine. No other foreign policy issue is characterized by the intransigent and bipartisan consistency that shapes the question of Palestine and the United States’ relationship to Israel. Since the 1967 War, when President Lyndon B. Johnson scrapped a dual containment policy in the Middle East in favor of one supporting permanent Israeli military preeminence, the American political machine has systematically performed a ...

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We Would Have Had to Deal with a White Nationalist Movement Either Way

[Ku Klux Klan members march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington in 1928. Image via National Archives and Records Administration]

During his campaign, Donald Trump demonstrated no knowledge on the issues, an abundance of childish invective, and plenty of outright scandals yet none of that deterred his predominantly white base. Exit polls show that white voters, who make up sixty-nine percent of the total, voted fifty-eight percent for Trump. These included a significant majority of both white men and women, especially non-college educated white men between the ages of 18-29. It is safe to say that Trump was the White people’s candidate.  As Trump accurately referenced in his victory speech, he led a movement, not a campaign. Specifically, a white nationalist movement eager to identify as ...

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دموع الليبراليين في وداع الإمبراطور

[«أوباما. الصورة من «السفير]

 حين شارفت فترة رئاسة بيل كلينتون الثانية على الانتهاء، أواخر العام 2000، تصاعد منسوب المديح له في صفوف الليبراليين في الولايات المتحدة، وحتى خارجها. وعبّر الكثيرون منهم عن شيء من الحزن لانتهاء ولايته. فالرجل كان، بالنسبة لهم، محارباً وإنسانيّاً «حاول» إصلاح الأمور (سيُقال هذا عن أوباما) لكنه تعرّض لحملات شرسة ومؤامرات من «الجمهوريين». وخرج منها كلّها سالماً باستثناء جراح رمزيّة بسيطة (اتّهامه من قبل الكونغرس بشهادة الزور وبتعطيل العدالة في ما يتعلّق بعلاقته الجنسيّة مع المتدرّبة في البيت الأبيض، مونيكا لونسكي). ونسي أو تناسى أولئك الليبراليون (وهم يُحسَدون على نعمة النسيان المتكرّر هذه) سجله الكارثيّ على الصعيديْن الخارجي والداخلي. وغضّوا النظر عن نكثه بوعوده ...

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Media on Media Roundup (November 2)

[A 2015 photo of the Michel Aoun who was elected President of Lebanon on 31 October 2016. Photo by Imadmhj via Wikimedia Commons]

In this week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup, the war of words over the push for a US-backed “no fly zone” in Syria continues as an extension of the war on the ground: Alternet scrutinizes mainstream media’s “high-octane push for war,” using the 2011 war in Libya as a lesson. Lebanon’s presidential nominee General Michel Aoun has a history of recurring clashes with the press, which, in a country where it is technically illegal to disparage the head of state, does not bode well for the concept of media freedom. “Alan Kurdi’s death was a critical juncture in refugee portrayals worldwide,” states a recently published study that explores the political maneuvering ...

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Quick Thoughts: Arang Keshavarzian on Iran’s Presidential Election

[On 19 May 2017 the Islamic Republic of Iran conducted its twelfth presidential election since the monarchy was overthrown in 1979. After a variety of candidates were prevented from participating or withdrew in support of a different candidacy, the election was essentially a contest between President Hassan Rouhani, in office since 2013, and conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi. Jadaliyya turned to Arang Keshavarzian of New York University to interpret Rouhani’s decisive victory in the context of Iran’s ...

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Media on Media Roundup (May 17)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup covers several important stories affecting the Middle East and North African mediascape. A ransomware cyberattack named #WannaCry, which initially affected European institutions, is allegedly spreading to the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia and the UAE named as the most vulnerable targets. As Iranian presidential elections near, conservative parties embrace social media platforms in their electoral campaigning and current President Rouhani looks to win a ...

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‘Optimism of the Intellect’? How to Stay Hopeful in the Wake of Turkey’s Referendum Results

Following the constitutional referendum in Turkey, which resulted in a narrow victory for the “Yes” camp (with fifty-one percent of the voters approving the constitutional changes that grant President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan unprecedented powers), pundits rushed to portray a grim picture, mourning “the death of Turkish democracy.” In an op-ed for Foreign Policy, titled “RIP Turkey, 1921-2017,” Steven Cook claimed that with this victory, Erdoğan not only “permanently closed a chapter of his country’s modern ...

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دورنا في صناعة الظلام

[المقالة لربيع علم الدين ترجمها عن الإنجليزية إسامة إسبر] بعد الانتخابات الرئاسية مباشرة امتلأ حسابي على التويتر بالتعبيرات عن الصدمة والشكاوى. بدا كما لو أن العبارة المفضلة للجميع هي:"نحن أفضل من هذا”. لكنني اعتبرت هـذا الكلام خاطئاً، وفهمتُ منطقه الملتوي، والصدمة والأذى اللذين سيقودان أحداً ما كي يقول هذا، لكن هذا لم يكن صحيحاً. لسنا أفضل من هذا. نحن هذا. لقد انتُخبَ الرجل رئيساً. وبحكم طبيعة الحال إن أميركا هي هذا، نحن هذا. لا أقول كلامي هذا كي أوحي أننا يجب أن نُلام، أو أن أحداً ما ...

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لمحة من أحداث الحملة الانتخابية في المغرب: مجلة الوضع مع نبيلة منيب

 أجرت سامية الرزوقي لمجلة  "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع  نبيلة منيب، الأمينة العامة لفيدالية اليسار الديمقراطي. وهي أول إمرأة تقود حزباً سياسياً رئيسياً، تلقي خطاباً في بلدة جنوبية غير بعيدة عن الصحراء الغربية أثناء حملتها الانتخابية.

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An Inquiry into the Dynamics of Elections, Gas Deals, and Assassinations in Jordan - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Reem Al-Masri and Omar Atout

In this interview conducted by Ziad Abu-Rish for Status/الوضع, Reem Al-Masri and Omar Atout give a critical assessment of the current situation in Jordan. The interview was conducted in Arabic on September 29, 2016. Reem Al-Masri is a writer and researcher at 7iber. Her research focuses on the structural, legislative, and technical dynamics of the communications sector, and the their effects on freedom of expression, assembly, and privacy. In addition, Al-Masri produced a number of resources on the ...

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Internationalism after Trumpism

In the interest of full disclosure: on 8 November, Election Day in the United States, I wrote a short piece intended to be part of the roundup of responses to the elections by Jadaliyya co-editors (if you have not read this excellent set of reflections yet, they can be found here). I sent off my neat thousand words around 7:30 on the night of the elections, and then settled in to watch the results. A few hours later, I wrote a slightly worried but not yet definitive email to my fellow editors: “ps if ...

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US Presidential Elections: Quick Reflections by Some Jadaliyya Co-Editors

The shocking victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential elections reflects important developments in US political culture just as it will have significant ramifications for US foreign policy. A world that had taken for granted four more years of neoliberal globalization and foreign intervention under Hillary Rodham Clinton now struggles to understand the extent to which the United States will pursue a different course, domestically and abroad, and what this means for citizens of both the US and ...

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Schadenfreude circa 2016

Schadenfreude, a German term, describes a coldhearted pleasure derived from the misfortune of others. While taking pleasure from others’ misfortune is not a virtuous sentiment, the 2016 race for the US presidency, which has been an unprecedented debacle in many ways, is one such circumstance when it may be politically valid. To understand who has derived grim pleasure from this debacle, and why, we should consider how different constituencies have apprehended the 2016 US presidential election. ...

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After the Moment: The Death of US Exceptionalism?

The victory of Donald Trump over Hillary Rodham Clinton in the US presidential elections has sent a shock wave across the United States, the Americas, and indeed the world. However, the particular reverberations of this shock take on very different manifestations depending on geographic location, political affiliation, class background, and much more. In Beirut for example, some loyalists of recently elected Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement are brandishing Trump’s win as “another ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani on 2016 US Elections and Israel/Palestine Policy

In this edition of Al Jazeera English's Inside Story, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani discusses the impact the US presidential election is likely to have on American policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rabbani argues that continuity in Washington's increasingly uncritical and unconditional support for Israel and its policies in the occupied Palestinian territories is the default option, and can be expected to continue irrespective of the election's outcome.

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On Municipal Elections in Lebanon and the Prospects of Change

In a few weeks’ time, Lebanon’s fourth round of municipal elections since 1998 are scheduled to be held. This event highlights three key and interrelated challenges facing the country. The first is whether the ruling political elite will actually decide to hold municipal elections. If held, the second challenge concerns whether elected council members will adhere to a plan of action that addresses people’s local needs. The third challenge is getting people to vote for those who will serve them rather ...

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