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Quick Thoughts: Thomas Serres on Algeria’s Protests

Quick Thoughts: Thomas Serres on Algeria’s Protests

Algeria has in recent weeks been gripped by a growing wave of popular demonstrations, which are reaching a crescendo as the closing date for nominations for the 18 April presidential elections approaches. Central in this equation is the prospective candidacy of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, incapacitated for several years and demonstrably incapable of leading the country or its government.

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We Made Every Living Thing From Water: An Interview with Karim Eid-Sabbagh

We Made Every Living Thing From Water: An Interview with Karim Eid-Sabbagh

Since the garbage crisis began in Lebanon in 2015, the country's environmental credentials have been repeatedly called into question by the international community and its own citizens. The ecological crisis exacerbated, and was exacerbated by, problems of water resource management. The sorry state of water infrastructure is at the root of Lebanon being among the world's top-fifteen per-capita consumers of bottled water. This plastic can be found everywhere, literally covering beaches, degrading in open dumps across the country, and burning with other garbage as seepage and toxins intensify pollution.

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Ella Shohat, On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements: Selected Writings (New Texts Out Now)

Ella Shohat, On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements: Selected Writings (New Texts Out Now)

In concrete terms, this project, spanning four decades of writing, came into existence over five years ago thanks to the initiative of Pluto Press. In conversation with colleagues, students, and activists, I realized that such a collection could serve to document the trajectory of a debate. This collection hosts texts drawn from diverse sources and belonging to divergent genres: essays, lectures, conversations, and memoir pieces.

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Essential Readings: Piracy in the Persian Gulf by Johan Mathew

Essential Readings: Piracy in the Persian Gulf by Johan Mathew

Piracy is one of those activities that vie for the title of the world’s second oldest profession. It is undoubtedly the case that homo sapiens engaged in maritime raiding well before the dawn of recorded history. Some of the oldest extant texts produced by human beings – cuneiform tablets from ancient Mesopotamia – discuss the taking of booty and maritime raids between the various city-states and empires around the coasts of the Persian (or Arabian) Gulf.[1] Thus, there is little question that piracy in general, and piratical raids in the Gulf in particular, are among the most ancient activities undertaken by human civilizations.

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The Climate of Middle East Studies

The Climate of Middle East Studies

Climate change’s violent impacts are expected to be particularly grave in the Middle East. Like Kolkata and New York, rising sea levels will inundate coastal cities around the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf. By the end of this century, soaring daytime temperatures could make substantial parts of North Africa and the Gulf uninhabitable.

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NEWTON Bouquet, "Morocco Matters"

NEWTON Bouquet, "Morocco Matters"

The editors kick off 2019 with a NEWTON Bouquet focusing on Morocco. Morocco has a rich history of popular mobilization, political protest, and has been embroiled in conflict over the Western Sahara. For those reasons and many others, the following NEWTON selections remind us that Morocco, too, has a rich and complex social, economic, and political history that deserves to be explored and studied by students, scholars, and the enthusiasts alike.

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Sophia Hoffman, Iraqi Migrants in Syria: The Crisis Before the Storm (New Texts Out Now)

Sophia Hoffman, Iraqi Migrants in Syria: The Crisis Before the Storm (New Texts Out Now)

After finishing my post-graduate studies in London in 2004, I trained as a journalist and then moved to Damascus to pick up some foreign correspondence work. I quickly became gripped with curiosity about how politics worked in Syria, both in the day to day, and on the international level. Everyday life in Syria seemed governed by a mix of intense fear and relaxed, easy-going attitudes that I really wanted to understand better.

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The Year in Art 2018

The Year in Art 2018

Seeking to gauge the year in art, Jadaliyya’s Culture page invited artists, writers, and other cultural practitioners to share their thoughts on some of the most impactful shows of 2018. Together, the reviews below reflect how curatorial practices, particularly in the context of institutions (museums, biennials, and universities), are rapidly changing in order to meet the current demands of criticism and art historical discourse.

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