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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 »

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Labor Representation in Post-Mubarak Egypt: An Interview with the Late Samer Soliman

[The following is the audio and transcript of an interview conducted by Julia Simon with the late Samer Soliman in September 2011. The interview discusses the state workers’ organization and associational freedom in post-Mubarak Egypt. Soliman was Professor of Political Science at American University in Cairo (AUC), ...  Read More »

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Inside Syria: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad Interview with David Barsamian

David Barsamian conducted the following interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on 19 November 2012. It does not cover recent events. Instead, it features an in-depth discussion of the historical and contemporary contexts of the uprising in Syria, as well as the essential dynamics inside the country and ...  Read More »

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From Yarmouk to Sabra-Shatila: The Guardian's Martin Chulov on Palestinian Refugees Fleeing Syria

Following the recent bombing of Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, over 2000 Palestinian residents of the camp have arrived in Lebanon, and the figures are expected to grow in the coming days. The Guardian’s Middle East correspondent, Martin Chulov, spoke with Malihe Razazan about the plight of the Palestinian ...  Read More »

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Regional and International Players in Syria's Civil War, The Protest Movement In Bahrain: Interviews with Bassam Haddad and Toby Jones

On Monday, 17 December, during a mass protest in Bahrain, twenty-five people were arrested, among them prominent human rights activist Yousef al-Muhafedha, who is the acting head of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. 17 December is recognized unofficially as Martyrs' Day in Bahrain. On that fateful day, in 1994, ...  Read More »

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DAM Explores the Unmapped in Their New Album "Dabke on the Moon"

DAM’s latest album “Dabke on the Moon,” released in November 2012, details the lives of prisoners of the occupation. This refers to both prisoners literally detained in Israeli jail cells as well as the millions of Palestinians who move – relatively – more freely, but are still held prisoner in the tight clench ...  Read More »

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Memory Wars and the Messiness of History: An Interview with Jim House on the Commemoration of 17 October 1961

[Dr. James (Jim) House is a Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Leeds. His research interests have focused on the history and memory of the Algerian War of Independence along with antiracism in France. His monograph, "Paris 1961: Algerians, State Terror, and Memory," which he co-authored with ...  Read More »

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China Central Television Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Hesham Sallam on Egyptian Constitutional Referendum

In this interview with CCTV America  that aired on 16 December 2012, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Hesham Sallam argues that there is more to the conflict over Egypt's constitution than a spat between Islamists and secularists over the religious nature of the state and role of religion in public life. This is a battle ...  Read More »

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The State of Egypt Today: Political Protests and Freedom of Press

On 22 November, thousands of protesters took to the streets when President Mohammad Morsi unilaterally granted himself sweeping powers to govern Egypt. He later rescinded some provisions of his decree but forced through a draft constitution and set a deadline for a popular referendum to enshrine it. Where is Egypt's ...  Read More »

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Art, Politics, and Critical Citizenry in Morocco: An Interview with Driss Ksikes

Driss Ksikes’ presence in Morocco is not one that is easily captured by static titles. He is at once an artist, an academic, a journalist, and an activist. However, it is his ability to transcend the rigidity of any one of these roles that has allowed him to evade stereotypes. Both his artistic and political ...  Read More »

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جدلية: لماذا وكيف؟ حوار مع بسام حداد

[نشرت هذه المقابلة مؤخراً في العدد الأول من مجلة "البوابة التاسعة" وكان قد أجراها نات مولر وعمر خليف قبل أشهر لكن نشرها تأخر لحين صدور العدد الأول.  وهنا تعيد جدلية نشرها] الإطلاق التجريبي الذي جرى في أيلول (سبتمبر) الماضي للمجلة الإلكترونية الإنكليزيّة – العربيّة، "جدليّة"، وهي المبادرة ...  Read More »

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The Strong Egypt Party, the Constitutional Decree, and Gaza: An Interview with Abdel Moneim Abul Futuh

Abdel Moneim Abul Futuh was a leading candidate in the 2012 Egyptian presidential election held last May, garnering approximately seventeen percent of votes cast in the first round (compared to approximately twenty-four percent and twenty-three percent for the two eventual run-off candidates—Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed ...  Read More »

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Beirut Photographer: Interview with George Azar

In 1981, George Azar traveled from UC Berkeley to Beirut, Lebanon to see the Arab-Israeli conflict first hand. He got a job as a stringer, photographing the Lebanese civil war for the Associated Press and United Press International. He was captured by the Israelis during the 1982 invasion and taken to Israel, where he ...  Read More »

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Egyptian Protesters and Imprisoned Iranian Hunger Striker: Interviews with Mona El Ghobashy, Hesham Sallam and Hadi Ghaemi

Egyptians are revolting once again but this time against an elected President: Mohammed Morsi, who just passed a series of presidential decrees giving him near-dictatorial powers. Almost two years after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt remains mired in major political struggles between the remnants of Hosni Mubarak's ...  Read More »

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What is Jadaliyya? "Portal 9" Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Founder Bassam Haddad

[This interview was published recently in the innaugural issue of  the Portal 9 Journal, by Nat Muller and Omar Kholeif. However, the interview was conducted many months prior, and awaited the launching of the publication.]  The modest launch of the bilingual English-Arabic online ...  Read More »

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Gaza Reprieve: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani On What The Cease-Fire Tells Us About the Balance of Power

The following interview was conducted on Friday 23 Novemeber 2012 by Russia Today's CrossTalk. Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani, Harry Fear, and Yoram Meital discusses several issues in the aftermath of the most recent assualt on Gaza: What side can legitimately claim victory, or is it too early for an assessment? ...  Read More »

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On Gaza: Interviews with Sherine Tadros and Mouin Rabbani, and A Reading by Sinan Antoon

The latest Israeli assault on Gaza has received ample coverage during the past week in the international media. In a special edition of Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, three guests deepen our understanding of the recent onslaught beyond the reality of Israel's brutal aggression. First, whose narrative ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat on China Radio International's Big Debate

In the below interview that was conducted on 21 November 2012, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat is part of a panel discussion on China Radio International's Big Debate to discuss recent developments regarding Israel's assault on Gaza. In addition to Noura Erakat, the panel features Daniel Levy (European ...  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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