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Cyprus, Divided and Financially Broke: An Interview with Rebecca Bryant

The economic crisis in Cyprus has put the eastern Mediterranean island nation in the lime light. Cyprus has been divided for more than four decades between the Turkish north and majority Greek south. While for Greek Cypriots, the history of Cyprus starts with ancient Greece and Hellenistic culture, the Turkish Cypriot ...  Read More »

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Le Sahara, l’identité et l’africanité dans la littérature francophone du Sud-est: Moha Souag s’exprime

Moha Souag est un écrivain francophone qui a gagné une place prestigieuse dans le paysage littéraire francophone au Maroc grâce à sa persévérance, à l’abondance des ses écrits et à son style d’écriture innovant ; « polygraphe confirmé, il a touché/visité (tâté de) tous les genres littéraires, la poésie, la ...  Read More »

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The Arab Studies Journal Celebrates Twenty Years: An Interview with Bassam Haddad, Sherene Seikaly, and Nadya Sbaiti

On 19 April 2013, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University hosted a reception celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Arab Studies Journal (ASJ). As the journal’s managing editor since September 2011, I used this milestone as an occasion to interview the founding editor Bassam ...  Read More »

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A Non-Nuclear Conversation: An Interview with Iranian Human Rights Campaigner Dr Hadi Ghaemi

Iranian activists, journalists and human rights advocates have been coming under increasing pressure by the Iranian government; at a time when the international news media is fixated on Iran's nuclear program. This week, Malihe Razazan speaks with Hadi Ghaemi, Executive Director of the International ...  Read More »

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Questioning Sectarianism in Bahrain and Beyond: An Interview with Justin Gengler

In popular accounts of politics in the Arabian Peninsula in this post-Arab uprisings era, "sectarianism" has been an omnipresent signifier for conflict and unrest. The term commonly acts – implicitly, because it is never qualified or defined – as both a description of political contestation and, ...  Read More »

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Altérité, interculturalité et marginalité dans la littérature francophone marocaine : Entretien avec El Hassane Aït Moh

El Hassane Aït Moh est l’un des nombreux écrivains marocains, voire maghrébins, résidants à l’étranger et qui ont adopté la langue française comme langue de production littéraire. Après un long parcours dans l’enseignement public, El Hassane a rejoint la mission culturelle marocaine en France pour continuer ...  Read More »

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Salafism in Tunisia: An Interview with a Member of Ansar al-Sharia

The emergence of Salafi movements in post-Ben Ali Tunisia surprised both the international community and many in Tunisia itself. The astonishment was such that when the first Salafi demonstrations took place in downtown Tunis, journalists and observers were talking quite confusingly about the phenomenon. Some accused ...  Read More »

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The Kurdish Question and Turkish-Israeli Relations: An Interview with Professor Cihan Tugal

In his Nowruz message on 21 March, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, declared a ceasefire and called on armed militants to withdraw from Turkish territory. He said, “Today we are waking up to a new Middle East, a new Turkey, and a new future” and added, “The Middle East and ...  Read More »

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'What Good Are Free Elections When A Country Is Destroyed?'

[More than two years into the uprising in Syria, important questions remain about a number of a dynamics concerning the present situation and future prospects in Syria. Below, Muhammad Dibu interviews Baderkhan Ali on the trajectory of the Syrian uprising, the aspirations of Syria's Kurdish community, and the ...  Read More »

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Media Mea Culpas and The Iraq War: Co-Editor Sinan Antoon and Others on AJE (Video)

Looking back over the ten years since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, what was the role of the US media in the war on Iraq and how has it portrayed that role since? The following segment from Al Jazeera's "Listening Post" features a number of commentators and analysts, including Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon. ...  Read More »

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Samera Esmeir in Coversation with Adalah's Suhad Bishara, Marking Land Day in Palestine; and Lina Attalah on the Future of Egypt Independent Newspaper

30 March marks Land Day in Palestine. On the latest edition of Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, Professor Samera Esmeir speaks with Suhad Bishara, Director of the Land and Planning Rights Unit of Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, about Israel's contemporary land policies. Egypt ...  Read More »

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Sinan Antoon on Iraq Ten Years After US Invasion: Panel Interview on DW

Ten Years ago, the United States and its "Coalition of the Willing" invaded Iraq while justifying such an act on shifting, conflicting, and false pretenses of combating terrorism, containing weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and democracy promotion. Subsequent to that invasion, the United States proceeded ...  Read More »

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Noura Erakat and Rashid Khalidi on US-Israeli Relations: Interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes

This week US President Barack Obama made his first Middle East visit of his second term in office. It was also his first trip to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) since coming into office in 2008. The purpose of the trip was to warm chilled relations with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, as ...  Read More »

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Iraqi Tragedy; More than 10 Years in the Making: An Interview with Jadaliyya's Editor Sinan Antoon

19 March marked the tenth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq. Ten years after the invasion and occupation of Iraq, what has changed for the country and its people? To understand the legacy of the war and occupation of Iraq, Vomena's Shahram Aghamir spoke Iraqi poet, novelist and scholar, Professor Sinan ...  Read More »

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أسامة سعيد: بيان العنف

[ بمناسبة مرور عامين على اندلاع الثورة السورية، توجّهت "جدلية" إلى عدد من الكتاب السوريّين بحزمة أسئلة تنطلق من مقولة فانون حول العنف ودوره في التغيير الثوري. تقارب الأسئلة جدلية العنف والسلم في التغيير السياسي. فتقف عند مفهوم الثورة السلمية وإمكانية تحقيقها على أرض الواقع. كما تتعرض إلى العنف كوسيلة ...  Read More »

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Almost Two Years of Bloodshed in Syria: What End is There in Sight?

With the second anniversary of the Syrian uprising fast approaching, there seems to be no end in the near future to the nightmare the country is currently going through. What are the myths and realities of the Syrian uprising, as well as the roots and the trajectories? Professor Beshara Doumani of Brown University ...  Read More »

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She Who Tells a Story: Interview with the Photography Collective Rawiya

[Rawiya is a collective of photographers from the Middle East, which is garnering accolades and attention internationally. The members are Myriam Abdelaziz (Egypt/France, based in NY/Cairo), Tamara Abdul Hadi (Iraq/Canada, based in Beirut), Laura Boushnak (Palestine, based in Sarajevo), Tanya Habjouqa (Jordan/US, ...  Read More »

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Exposing Sexual Violence in Morocco: An Interview with Nadir Bouhmouch

[This article features an interview with Moroccan filmmaker and activist Nadir Bouhmouch. See Bouhmouch’s first film My Makzhen and Me here: My Makhzen and Me and a clip for his upcoming film, 475, here: www.475lefilm.com.] “The state-backed raping of poor women undermined the class solidarity that had been ...  Read More »

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Palestinian Refugees in Jordan and the Revocation of Citizenship: An Interview with Anis F. Kassim

[Anis F. Kassim is an international law expert and practicing lawyer in Jordan. He was a member of the Palestinian legal defense team before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the 2004 landmark case on Israel’s separation wall, and that led to the ICJ’s Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the ...  Read More »

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First Jordanian Elections post Arab Uprisings; Challenges of Reporting from Syria

This week, Amman-based activist and writer Hisham Bustani updates VOMENA on the first Jordanian parliamentary elections since the Arab uprisings, and what they mean for the country. More than thirty journalists were killed in Syria in 2012 alone. Istanbul-based freelance journalist Justin Vela talks about the ...  Read More »

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Meet AbdelRahman Mansour Who Made 25 January A Date to Remember

AbdelRahman Mansour is the cyberactivist who set the date of 25 January for the Egyptian revolution. It is time for you to meet him. In June 2010, Wael Ghonim set up the Facebook page and anti-torture campaign in honor of Khaled Said, the Alexandrian killed at the hands of police. Abdulrahman joined him as a ...  Read More »

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The Human Rights Situation in Egypt: An Interview with Aida Seif El-Dawla

Aida Seif El-Dawla is a psychiatrist, long time Egyptian human rights activist, and Executive Director of the al-Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence. Since 1993, the Nadeem Center has worked both to rehabilitate victims of state torture while also helping to mobilize different societal sectors ...  Read More »

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Advocacy, Uprising, and Authoritarianism in Bahrain: An Interview With Ahmed Al-Haddad

Almost two years after the beginning of the February 14 uprising, the Bahraini regime is still struggling to crush the ongoing political and civil rights movement, all the while working to rehabilitate Bahrain’s “tainted” image. Media blackouts, relentless surveillance and scare tactics, arbitrary detentions, ...  Read More »

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Tipping Towards Iraq's Squares: An Interview with Falah Alwan

The Iraqi state releasing 335 detainees this past week? Prime Minster Nouri al-Maliki bussing in a few hundred paid “supporters” to rally? What gives? Signs point to the wave of mass anti-government protests mostly centered around the provinces al-Anbar, Niniweh, and Salah al-Deen, shaking Iraq since 21 December 2012. ...  Read More »

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A New Revolt in Morocco?: An Interview with Mohamed El Marouani

[Mohamed El Marouani is the author of Abdessalam Yassine's funeral oration, who died on 13 December 2012. Sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for "conspiring against state security," El Marouani was released during the wake of the February 20 Movement. He is the founder of the Al Umma, which he hopes to ...  Read More »

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Mohamed El Marouani: « Les ingrédients d’une nouvelle vague de révolte, sont désormais réunis »

[Mohamed El Marouani est l'auteur de l'oraison funèbre de Abdessalam Yassine. Condamné à une peine de vingt-cinq ans de prison, pour complot contre la sureté de l'état, il est libéré dans le sillage du mouvement du 20 février. Il est le fondateur de l'association Al Oumma qu'il aimerait transformer en parti politique, ...  Read More »

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Penser le changement de l'éducation au Maroc : Interview de Nabil Belkabir, membre de l'UECSE

Trente pour cent, c’est le taux d’analphabétisme donné par les autorités au Maroc, qui est encore plus élevé chez les femmes et en milieu rural. Mais trente pour cent c’est aussi le chiffre du chômage avancé par la Banque mondiale pour les 15-29 ans (qui représentent quarante-quatre pour cent de la population en âge ...  Read More »

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Migrants' Rights & International Solidarity: Interview with Catherine Tactaquin

December 18th is International Migrants Day, when in 1990 the U.N. General Assembly signed the Migrant Workers Convention, an agreement that establishes the rights of one of the most vulnerable global populations within a framework of human rights. The problem is the only countries that have actually ratified the ...  Read More »

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Al Jazeera America: Purely a Business Endeavor? Interview with Adel Iskandar

Last week, Qatar-based media giant Al Jazeera purchased Al Gore’s failing Current TV for five hundred million dollars. After years of being snubbed by American cable networks, is Al Jazeera’s expansion purely a business endeavor? This week, Malihe Razazzan spoke with Jadaliyya's Media and Reporting Co-Editor ...  Read More »

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Supporting Rula Quawas and Academic Freedom: An Interview With A Former Student

On 2 September 2012, Professor Rula Quawas was removed from her position as the Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the University of Jordan under nebulous circumstances. In a letter addressed to the president of the university, the president of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Professor ...  Read More »

About the Interviews Page

Jadaliyya’s Interview Page is a hub for all interviews published on Jadaliyya, including those in print, audio, and video formats. It features three categories of interviews: interviews conducted for Jadaliyya publication; interviews featuring Jadaliyya Co-Editors; interviews published elsewhere but considered important enough to be republished on Jadaliyya.

 

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