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Jadaliyya: A New Form of Producing and Presenting Knowledge in/of the Middle East (Interview with Bassam Haddad by Julia Elyachar)

[This interview appeared in a series of articles in the journal Cultural Anthropology.] Julia Elyachar (JE): Jadaliyya has quickly become the go-to place for information and analysis of what is going on in Egypt and the region. Moreover, Jadaliyya is the place where writing of a kind that we associate with ...  Read More »

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Knowledge and Power in Algeria: An Interview with Daho Djerbal on the Twentieth Anniversary of NAQD

It is still very possible to work on Algeria without ever passing through the Contrôle Passeport in Algiers. For a host of reasons—archival, bureaucratic, historical and, perhaps, psychological—Algeria remains on the margins of its own historiography. Arriving in September, I expected to get many questions from ...  Read More »

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Law and Family (Non-)Unification in Israel: A Conversation Between Samera Esmer, Taiseer Khatib, and Hassan Jabareen

On 11 January, the Israeli Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the 2003 Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law. This law effectively prohibits Palestinian residents of the 1967 Occupied Territories, who are married to Palestinian citizens of Israel or to residents of East Jerusalem, from entering into Israel ...  Read More »

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The Current Political Situation in Libya: An Interview with Ali Ahmida

Libya is back in the news with increasing tensions among various militia groups and political factions struggling for power, sometimes through street battles. Three months have passed since the regime of Muammar Qaddafi was dislodged in Libya. So what is happening in Libya today? What forces are in play, wand hat has ...  Read More »

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Sanctioning Iran: An Interview on Iran's Ruling Bloc, Internal Strife, and International Pressure

On the last day of 2011, US President Obama signed into law a military authorization bill containing a provision that imposes new sanctions presumably in order to punish Iran for its nuclear program. The sanctions force foreign financial institutions that do business with Iran’s central bank to choose to either end ...  Read More »

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A Syrian Activist and Filmmaker in Hiding: Interview with Democracy Now!

Syrian troops continue to fire on protesters despite a visit by Arab League monitors to assess the Assad regime’s compliance with a plan to resolve the country’s political crisis. More than 5,000 people have been killed in the nine-month-long uprising. We’re joined from Damascus by Bassel, a Syrian activist and ...  Read More »

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Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah on His Detention and Egypt: Democracy Now! Interview

Alaa Abd El Fattah, a prominent Egyptian revolutionary activist and blogger, has been released from prison after nearly two months behind bars. Fattah was ordered jailed by a military court on October 30 and summoned to face charges that included inciting violence—a charge he firmly denies. He refused to cooperate, ...  Read More »

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"No Room for Palestinian Artist": An Interview with Larissa Sansour

The following three photos are part of The Nation Estate project by Larissa Sansour. The Project "is a sci-fi photo series conceived in the wake of the Palestinian bid for nationhood at the UN. Three preliminary sketches have been developed especially for the Lacoste Elysée Prize 2011" (Sansour). Her ...  Read More »

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Patriotism, Democracy, and Revolution in Syria and Beyond: An Interview with Tha'ir Deeb

Congratulations to the Syrian writer and translator Tha’ir Deeb. What is currently happening in Syria right now was a dream of his that landed him in jail back in 1987, which led to his being tortured and having his toes hacked off. The following is how he described the change for which he has “dedicated his life and ...  Read More »

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An Interview With Paul Sedra: Another Victim of the Egyptian Junta - I'Institut d'Egypte

One Egyptian news paper wrote “Many Egyptians pass this building every day on their way to work and they take great pride in it. And on Saturday, December 17th that very special building, The Institut d'Égypte became the latest causality of the ongoing military attack on the revolutionary protesters. Malihe ...  Read More »

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Stark Challenges for Iraq as US Exits: Interview with The Guardian's Martin Chulov

Martin Chulov has been the Baghdad correspondent for the Guardian of London. He has been covering the Middle East since 2005. In this interview, Chulov discusses the situation on the ground in Iraq as the last of the American soldiers complete their withdrawal. The end of the war leaves a country ...  Read More »

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The Iraq We are Leaving Behind: Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon

This is an interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon on the Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC). “Closure” is a very productive trope in political and other narratives. It drowns out all other voices (preferably with applause), produces silence and draws a fictitious end. The curtain is drawn and the crowd’s already brief ...  Read More »

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Bahrain's Past and Present: An Interview with Nabeel Rajab

During the period of the 1940s through the 1960s, regime forces and oil company private security contractors violently crushed anti-colonial and anti-imperialist protest movements in places like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain (among many others), with the explicit approval of and material support from London and Washington ...  Read More »

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Sectarianism, Opposition Parties, and Online Activism in Bahrain: An Interview with Blogger Chan'ad Bahraini

For the blogosphere in the Gulf region, the name Chan'ad became a reference to all of those who were seeking accurate, well written, and up-to-date inside information from Bahrain in English. Chan'ad, author of the blog Chan'ad Bahraini 2.0, has been a prominent figure of digital activism in Bahrain and the region ...  Read More »

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BBC Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Asad's ABC Interview

Too much was made of today's ABC Interview with the Syrian President Bashar Asad today, at least in the so-called "West," as compared with the Middle East. Notably, this was the first time in a long while that Bashar spoke publicly, and certainly the first time he appeared on an American network. In this BBC ...  Read More »

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Turkey's Foreign Policy Towards the Middle East: An Interview with Asli Bali (Part 1)

This is Part 1 of a two-part interview in which Asli Bali discusses Turkey's foreign policy interests and obejectives with regards to the Middle East. In Part 1, Asli tackels the question of whether Turkey's foreign policy positions vis-a-vis the Middle East have changed with respect to what is otherwise ...  Read More »

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Internal April 6 Dynamics, Egyptian Politics, and Outlooks for the Future: An Interview with Ahmed Maher

[The following is an interview that Nancy Elshami conducted with Ahmed Maher on 16 November 2011 in New York, NY. The interview was conducted in English.] Nancy Elshami (NE): The April 6 Youth Movement has played a crucial role in Egypt since 2008 in setting up opposition movements and organizing youth in ...  Read More »

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Egypt and Yemen Developments: Interviews with Hossam Bahgat and Atiaf al-Wazir

Recently, the international media’s attention was on Egyptian revolutionaries asking for the military junta to step down; But as news that the parliamentary elections were about to precede as planned, attention shifted to what the political structure in the Egypt of the near future and in the long term will look like. ...  Read More »

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"Arab League and United States Not Fit to Intervene in Syria": Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad

As regional and international pressure mounts on Syria, the domestic scene seems to be heading towards civil war. No sooner than the Arab League sanctions on Syria were announced recently, did the camps that support or oppose the status quo there entrench themselves further in their position, leaving little room for ...  Read More »

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Making Sense of Developments in Egypt and Syria: A KPFA Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editors Hesham Sallam and Bassam Haddad

In the following interviews with KPFA's Khalil Bendib and Sharam Aghamir, Jadaliyya Co-Editors Hesham Sallam and Bassam Haddad, discuss developments in Egypt and Syria, respectively (listen below). In his interview, Hesham Sallam (between the two minute mark and the  thirty-four minute mark) highlights ...  Read More »

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Decolonizing Islamophobia in France: An Interview with Houria Bouteldja

I met Houria Bouteldja in Paris, France at the Institut du Monde Arabe, a building whose architectural majesty overcasts those around it, including the Notre Dame. Although it was built to raise cultural awareness (and in accordance with eighteen Arab countries), Houria, spokeswoman of Les Indigènes de la République, ...  Read More »

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A Syrian Activist in Hiding: Democracy Now! Interview with Razan Zaitouneh

Daily protests continue in Syria even as the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights estimates the government has killed more than 3,500 people during the last eight months in its attempt to silence a growing popular uprising. Over the weekend, protesters carried out a general strike in several ...  Read More »

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The Ongoing Struggle in Bahrain: An Interview with Alaa Shehabi

Alaa Shehabi (AS): I am Alaa Shehabi from Bahrain. I am a lecturer, economist, and writer by day. I am also the wife of a political detainee. My husband is called Ghazi Farhan, he is a businessman, completely apolitical. A month after the Saudis invaded, he was arrested from his office car park. On that day, 12 ...  Read More »

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The Fire Next Time Is Now: An Interview with Angus Wright

Angus Wright has a way of saying things we may not want to hear in a way that is hard to ignore. An example: During a meeting of environmentalists about shaping the public conversation on our most pressing ecological crises, folks were wrestling with how to present an honest analysis in accessible language—how to ...  Read More »

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Organizing for No Military Trials for Civilians: Interview with Egyptian Activist Shahira Abouellail

Since the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) assumed interim governance of Egypt on 28 January 2011, at least twelve thousand civilians have been subjected to speedy military trials, often without any access to lawyers, witnesses, or evidence. SCAF is using military trials as a means to stifle dissent and ...  Read More »

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Turkish Politics, Kurdish Rights, and the KCK Operations: An Interview with Asli Bali

Turkey recently has witnessed a massive police operation against activists, advocates, academics, and publishers who are pro-Kurdish on the grounds of alleged links to the outlawed “Union of Communities in Kurdistan” (sometimes also referred to as the Kurdish Communities Union), known by its Kurdish-language acronym, ...  Read More »

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Unfulfilled Promises and Demands in Post-Revolution Egypt: Interview with Wael Gamal

In this short interview, Wael Gamal discusses the unfulfilled promises and demands in post-revolution Egypt. Since February, the powers that be in Egypt, symbolized and represented by the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces, had promised or agreed to implement a number of policies and decisions that comport with the ...  Read More »

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Portraits of a People

In the end, after the terror, torture, and murder, the tyrant rules with his face. The people cannot escape it, his image is all-consuming, devouring our streets, our walls, our shops, our screens. His face erases all others. Either you become a reflective surface for his image, or you disappear, literally and ...  Read More »

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An Interview with Hisham Matar

On 22 August, the day Libyan rebel forces took Tripoli, acclaimed author and son of Libya, Hisham Matar, opened an impassioned essay with, “We got rid of Muammar Qaddafi. I never thought I would be able to write these words. I thought it might have to be something like: ‘Qaddafi has died of old age’; a terrible ...  Read More »

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Leyla Halid'le Soylesi: Yasanmis Gundelik Bir Deneyim Olarak Direnis ve Devrim

[This interview was conducted in Arabic by Ziad Abu-Rish and translated/published from English into Turkish by SOL KÜRE.] Leyla Halid’le Söyleşi: Yaşanmış Gündelik Bir Deneyim Olarak Direniş ve Devrim [Aşağıdaki metin, yazarın 2007 yazında Leyla Halid’le yaptığı söyleşi dizisinin 1. bölümüdür.] İşgal ...  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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