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This issue was curated to locate the voices that speak to communities in flux and see the local for what it is—simultaneously rooted & uprooted.
STATUS/الوضع: Issue 4.1 is Live!
Status does not observe radio silence on Yemen! We constantly speak to Yemeni journalists and activists about conditions in their country

United States Foreign Policy

New Texts Out Now: Irene Gendzier, Dying to Forget: Oil, Power, Palestine, & the Foundations of US Policy in the Middle East

Irene Gendzier, Dying to Forget: Oil, Power, Palestine, & the Foundations of US Policy in the Middle East. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Irene Gendzier (IG): The desire to make sense of US policy in the Middle East, and particularly, US policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a subject that is regularly on the mainstream agenda and just as regularly distorted. J: What topics, issues and literature does this book address? IG: This study addresses the formation of postwar US foreign policy in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, with an emphasis on the intersection of political and ...

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ما التنوير؟ غوغل، ويكيليكس، وإعادة تنظيم العالم

[novinite المصدر: موقع]

هاري هالبن Harry Halpin هل ساعد الإنترنت البشرية على الخروج من اللانضج كي يستعبدها مرة ثانية نظامُ مراقبةٍ شامل؟ سواءً كان الناس يعون هذه المسألة أم لا، يتردّد صدى هذا السؤال في تجربتنا الرقمية اليومية، وفي الطريقة التي تُفْرَز وتُرْصَد بها الملفات الصغيرة، وفي جَمْع وكالة الأمن القومي للبيانات الوصفية (الميتاداتا) الخاصة بالبريد الإلكتروني والمكالمات الهاتفية، وفي الطبيعة الغريبة للإعلانات التي تظهر في جداول بحث غوغل والفيسبوك. لكن لا حاجة كي يشير المرء إلى وكالة الأمن القومي من أجل إلقاء اللوم. وبقدر ما هو من الصعب تقسيم العالم بين رقمي على نحو صارم ومتناظر، فإن مهمة غوغل في "تنظيم معلومات العالم" تتضمن الآن بصورة متزايدة تنظيم الحياة نفسها. ونعرف جميعاً ...

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Donald Trump’s “Unbelievably Small” Attack on Syria

[USN Tactical Tomahawk launch. U.S. Navy photo via Wikimedia Commons]

Rarely did such a limited attack as the one launched by the United States by means of cruise missiles against the Syrian air base of Shayrat provoke so much ado. US President Donald Trump authorized the attack in the evening of Thursday 6 April, shortly before having dinner with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at his own Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. It is in all likelihood the minimal option that Barack Obama had envisaged when the Syrian regime crossed his “red line” in August 2013. In one of his memorable statements, John Kerry described that option as “a very limited, very targeted, very short-term effort,” one that would be “unbelievably small.” That the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Karine Walther, Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921

Karine Walther, Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.   Jadliyya (J): What made you write this book? Karine Walther (KW): As my parents were both French immigrants to the United States, I have always been interested in what constitutes “American identity” and the history of how religious, ethnic and “racial” differences have been dealt with in the United States. After I finished my BA at the University of Texas, Austin, I pursued a Masters in France, where I studied the experiences of second and third generation French Muslim women. In the process, I learned quite a ...

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New Texts Out Now: Alex Lubin and Marwan M. Kraidy, eds., American Studies Encounters the Middle East

Alex Lubin and Marwan M. Kraidy, eds. American Studies Encounters the Middle East. Durham: University of North Carolina Press, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Alex Lubin and Marwan Kraidy (AL and MK): In 2011, just as the so-called “Arab Spring” was underway, the Center for American Studies and Research at the American University of Beirut hosted an international conference to explore historical and contemporary connections between the United States and the Middle East. The conversations at the conference ranged from historical analyses of the role of Muslim immigrants in the United States to the contemporary United States geopolitical ...

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Islam, Muslims, and the Trump World Order

[No Muslim Ban 2, Washington, DC USA. Taken on February 4, 2017 by Ted Eytan and uploaded via Flickr ]

As Muslim communities in the United States and around the world confront the terrifying prospects that a Donald Trump presidency holds for their lives and liberties, a long-simmering conflict within the American political establishment has reached its boiling point. Recent policy debates surrounding the ban on Muslim immigration and the proposed designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization mask a deeper struggle over the enduring practices of a political class in the throes of a revolt by a right-wing fringe movement. Determined to impose its puritanical vision of US power in the twenty-first century, the movement empowered by Trump’s election has ...

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دونالد ترامب والصراع في فلسطين

إزاء تصريحات الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترمب حول الحل المنشود للصراع، خاصة خلال زيارة رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي الأخيرة للولايات المتحدة، قامت جوقة كبيرة في معظم وسائل الإعلام الرئيسية في الولايات المتحدة وفي عدد من الدول في أوروبا أيضا، بانتقاد الرئيس ترمب وشجب تصريحاته نظرا لأنهم فهموا منها أنه تخلى عن حل الدولتين. وأشار الكثير من المعلقين والكتاب أن ما تخلى عنه هو موقف الولايات المتحدة ومعظم الدول الأوروبية والعربية أيضا خلال العقود الثلاث الأخيرة على الأقل، وأن هذه سابقة خطيرة وموقف غير مسؤول حول الحل للصراع في فلسطين. وقد يبدوا لأول وهلة أن هذا النقد والشجب والإستنكار ليس غريبا ومستهجنا ذلك أن الرئيس ترمب لم يؤكد على الموقف التقليدي للولايات المتحدة حول الحل المنشود، ...

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The ‘Arab Spring’ Never Happened (in English)

To investigate the trials and tribulations of the phrase “Arab Spring” for English-language audiences since 2010, it may be useful to start with a Google search—or, rather, a quick history of Google search results. If one looks at the top results for English-language searches using the term “Arab Spring” from 2010-2012, here is what you get:   A few things jump out, foremost among them the celebratory tone, accompanied by the desire to locate and attribute the credit for this “year of revolution,” as National Public Radio, hardly a hotbed of revolutionary desires, dubbed it. Was it Wikileaks that started things rolling? Should Facebook or Twitter get the ...

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الإمعان بالحرب في اليمن: مقابلة لمجلة الوضع مع فارع المسلمي

[فارع المسلمي كاتب وباحث يمني]

اجرت نهلة شهال لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع فارع المسلمي، كاتب وباحث يمني ومؤسس مشارك لـ "مركز صنعاء للدراسات الاستراتيجية"، وهو مركز أبحاث بقيادات شابة ويهدف إلى تقديم مقاربات جديدة لقضايا اليمن والخليج.    في أبريل، 2013,، أدلى المسلمي بشهادة أمام مجلس الشيوخ الامريكي مناهضة لاستخدام وضربات الطائرات من دون طيار (الدرون) الامريكية في اليمن. يناقش فارع المسلمي في هذا الحوار معنى نقل البنك المركزي من صنعاء إلى عدن وعن الحرب المستمرة وإدارة العنف فيها واتهام من يرفضون الانحياز لأحد طرفيها بـ "الحياد".  

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سياسات الرئيس الأميركي المنتخب دونالد ترامب في الشرق الأوسط: حوار مع الباحث روبرت بليتشر

[المصدر موقع نون دولية]

هناك مؤشرات متنامية، لكن القليل من الحقائق، حول شكل السياسة الخارجية لإدارة الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب، وخاصة في الشرق الأوسط. وكي نفهم ما تخبئه الأعوام الأربعة القادمة للمنطقة - وكجزء من سلسلة لقاءات “أفكار سريعة” مع محللي الشرق الأوسط في “مجموعة الأزمات الدولية” - حاورت “جدلية” روبرت بليتشر، نائب مدير برنامج الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا في المنظمة المذكورة.   جدلية: يبدو أن المحللين والمراقبين لا يمتلكون رؤية واضحة حول سياسة الإدارة الأميركية القادمة في الشرق الأوسط، وحيال سياستها الخارجية بعامة. برأيك ما هي الصفات العامة أو المبادئ الرئيسية التي ستتسم بها هذه السياسة؟ روبرت بليتشر: حتى حين يأتي الرؤساء إلى مناصبهم برسالة متماسكة ومجموعة من المبادىء التي يتم ...

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On Trump

[Donald Trump. Image by Ninian Reid via Flickr]

[In the shadow of Donald Trump's inauguration as 45th president of the United States on Friday, 20 January  2017, Jadaliyya would like to share with our readers recent articles and roundtables on Trump's election and analyses of his policy proposals for the United States and the Middle East.] Quick Thoughts: Rob Blecher on Donald Trump’s Middle East Policies - Rob Blecher     Making American Torture Great Again - Lisa Hajjar   Quick Thoughts: Mouin Rabbani on Trump Pledge to Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem - Mouin Rabbani  Donald Trumps the Media - A Status/الوضع Quick Thoughts ...

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The Unending War on Yemen with Sheila Carapico - A STATUS/الوضع Interview

In this interview, Sheila Carapico discusses the yearlong Saudi Arabia-led and US-backed military attacks on Yemen. The interview was conducted by  Shahram Aghamir on August 31, 2016. Sheila Carapico is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Richmond. Carapico is the author of Civil Society in Yemen: The Political Economy of Activism in Modern Arabia (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and numerous articles and book chapters on Yemen, the Arabian Peninsula, and the region.  A contributing editor to Middle East Report, she has also written essays for several publications about the Egyptian ...

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أرض السفارة الأميركية في القدس: المُلكية العربية والمأزق الأميركي

عادت مسألة نقل السفارة الأميركية إلى القدس المحتلة إلى صدارة الحدث الفلسطيني، بعدما أعلن الرئيس الأميركي المنتخب دونالد ترامب، خلال الحملة الانتخابية، نيّته نقل السفارة الأميركية من تل أبيب إلى القدس، باعتبارها "العاصمة الموحدة لإسرائيل"، وهو أمر أكّده مستشاروه بعد إعلان فوزه في الانتخابات وتشكيل طاقم إدارته. وهذا التحول في السياسة الأميركية إزاء مسألة نقل السفارة إلى القدس ـ والتي إن كان الحديث قد جرى عنها في فترات سابقة وتداولها الكونغرس الأميركي غير مرة، إلاّ إن أي رئيس أميركي سابق لم ...

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Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani Talks to Al Jazeera about US Missile Strike on Syria

In this interview conducted with Al Jazeera English on 7 April 2017, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani discusses the recent US missile strike against Syria. Rabbani concludes that it appears to be a single strike rather than the beginning of a broader campaign, and not undertaken as part of a particular political or military strategy. While military action by definition carries a risk of escalation, and this attack only increases the level of foreign military intervention in Syria that has been a primary ...

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Is Trump Going to Commit the Next Great US Catastrophe in Syria?

At the UN Security Council on 5 April 2017, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley held up pictures of children killed by a gas attack in Khan Shaykhun, south of the Syrian city of Idlib. Estimates suggest about fifty to sixty people died in this attack. The United States, the United Kingdom, and France placed a resolution before the Security Council condemning the attack and asking for an investigation of it. There is no call for armed action against anyone because the council is divided on who ...

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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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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Interview on Trump’s Immigration Ban and U.S. Middle East Policy with Common Policy

Jadaliyya Co-Editor,  Noura Eraka joins Common Policy a podcast of the Hauenstein Center of Grand Valley State University, to discuss her work in international law and refugee law, as well as on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She also addresses President Trump’s demand for “extreme vetting” of refugees, as well whether his Middle East policy significantly differs from those of his recent predecessors.

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Critical Readings in Political Economy: Apartheid

Andy Clarno, Neoliberal Apartheid (University of Chicago Press, 2017). In some of the earliest editions of Al-Hadaf, the journal of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, there is explicit mention of the myriad similarities between the “racist, settler colonial regimes” occupying the antipodes of Africa and the crossroads of the Levant. The Popular Front in theory and practice understood their struggle as linked to that of the South African liberation movement. It is against that rich ...

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Perspectives on the Immigration Ban: A Town Hall with GMU Faculty

On Thursday, February 9 The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, in conjunction with the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, hosted a town hall titled “Perspectives on the Immigration Ban.” The Center organized the town hall as a response to the confusion and questions surrounding Executive Order 13769, titled “Protection of The Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” and more commonly referred to as the “Muslim Ban,” signed on 27 ...

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Where’s My Vote? The US Edition

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 ...

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Sir Nigel Rodley versus Donald Trump on Torture

Donald Trump is a man who defines himself by the number of norms he violates, according to Michael D’Antonio, the author of a biography, The Truth About Trump. “He's always refused to be like other people when it comes to manners and respect for others and loyalty to the truth…He's kind of a barbarian in that way—he gets a thrill out of disturbing other people and proving that he doesn't have to go along with what other people expect.”  One issue most people expect a US president to go along ...

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Trump Consecrates Decades of US Policy on Palestine and Israel: Now What?

In late June 1967 and just before Israel’s unilateral annexation of East Jerusalem, British Foreign Minister Brown warned Israel that “if [Israel] purport[s] to annex the Old City or legislate for its annexation, they will be taking a step which will not only isolate them from world opinion, but will also lose them the sympathy that they have.” When Israel annexed East Jerusalem on 28 June 1967, in full daylight and during the course of diplomatic debates leading to UN Security Council Resolution 242, ...

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A Critical Retrospective on Obama’s Rhetoric of New Beginnings

“Who is that guy?” Barack Obama’s impressive oratorical skills rocketed him onto the national stage of US politics in 2004 when he, then a freshman senator from Illinois, delivered a speech of stunning eloquence at the Democratic Party national convention. Four years later, he won two decisive victories, first beating Hillary Clinton to become the Democratic Party nominee and then beating Republican Party nominee John McCain to become the president of the United States. Obama’s smooth and imaginative ...

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John Kerry’s Eureka Moment: The Mouse That Almost Roared

It has been a bizarre week for US policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On 23 December 2016, the Barack Obama administration narrowly avoided becoming the first since Harry Truman’s to leave office without a single United Nations Security Council resolution censuring Israel to its credit. Given that Washington has spent the past eight years relentlessly shielding what Secretary of State John Kerry on 28 December termed “the most right wing [government] in Israeli history, with an agenda driven ...

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