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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 ...  Read More »

[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 ...  Read More »

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) ...  Read More »

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 ...  Read More »

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 ...  Read More »

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 ...  Read More »

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 ...  Read More »

[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 ...  Read More »

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 ...  Read More »

 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 ...  Read More »

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 ...  Read More »

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. ...  Read More »

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 ...  Read More »

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 ...  Read More »

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 ...  Read More »

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 ...  Read More »

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 ...  Read More »

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 ...  Read More »

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 ...  Read More »

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 ...  Read More »

 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، ...  Read More »

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. ...  Read More »

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 ...  Read More »

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 ...  Read More »

With the marked deterioration of economic conditions and the deepening of security challenges confronting the state, the current military-backed regime in Egypt has failed to deliver on its long-standing promises of ...  Read More »

In their hearts and minds, Tunisians were not in a mood to rejoice on the fifth anniversary of their revolution. While Tunisians are often told that theirs is the only revolution that remains from the "Arab ...  Read More »

The Moroccan electoral race began in September with the local and regional elections, which culminated on Tuesday 13 October with the election of the President of the Chamber of Councillors, the Upper House of ...  Read More »

The mood was tense as the election results came in to the local office of the progressive People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in the town of Erzurum in eastern Turkey. This is a very conservative region on the invisible ...  Read More »

With a final turnout of less than twenty-six percent, voting for the first round of Egypt’s parliamentary elections ended on 28 October across fourteen governorates, including Giza, Alexandria, Suez and Fayoum. The poor ...  Read More »

In the days following the 1 November election, Turkey’s pro-government newspapers have depicted a bright future for the nation. Writing for Yeni Şafak, one columnist explained that the government could now move forward ...  Read More »

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Vox Populi features popular artistic and aesthetic expressions that emanate from the Middle East. It seeks to highlight silenced and/or underrepresented cultural forms and conduits while challenging official and mainstream cultural production and narratives about the region. In addition to showcasing the independent work of ordinary citizens and groups—which includes street art, graffiti, popular non-commercial songs, hip hop, DIY YouTube series, etc.—the page aims to capture new and changing forms, spaces, and avenues of political socialization and mobilization. Through interviews, analysis, individual and institutional profiles, video snippets, films, music videos, and visual and street art, Vox Populi communicates and showcases important trends about/from the region that are often left out in what is otherwise serious analytical treatments.

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