Jenin Women’s Tobacco Diaries:
Women Workers’ lives Between Colonialism, Exploitation, and Survival
June 8, 2023
Kholoud Al Ajarma
Tobacco cultivation and cigarette production, known locally as "Arabic cigarette" in the city of Jenin and its villages, have become basic sources of livelihood for thousands of Palestinians whose daily lives are hampered by Israeli policies, limited job opportunities, and financial need.
Agriculture in Palestine: Non-market Production
June 5, 2023
Palestinian farmers are often forced to destroy their crops as a protest of Israeli crops flooding the Palestinian market. This occurs with the watermelon crop almost every summer season, when Palestinian farmers find pre-season Israeli watermelons sold in Palestinian markets at low prices.
The Modest Harvest of the Algerian Labor Movement
April 28, 2023
Gianni Del Panta and Lorenzo Lodi
In the 2010s, mass movements emerged in many countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Algeria was all but an exception. Although long-standing autocrat Abdelaziz Bouteflika smoothly weathered the 2010-11 revolutionary cycle (Volpi 2013), he was forced to resign in April 2019, after which a popular movement known as the “Hirak” mobilized uninterruptedly for nearly six weeks.
Published in 2022 in collaboration with Oxfam
Plumber Mariam Tawfeeq Matlaq fixing a water tank on the roof of her
house, in Zarqa, north of Amman, Jordan. Oxfam has supported Mariam to
train other women to become plumbers across Zarqa (Picture: Abbie
The Emotional Labor of Surviving Precarity in Egypt
Wednesday March, 15, 2023
When we met, Mahmoud immediately suggested he had no chance: “There will be an army of people there!” We arrived at 9 a.m., and Mahmoud was told to take a ticket and wait outside the gates along with around 200 others. He took ticket number 850 for the day. The application was open for 10 days, suggesting many thousands would be applying. Following Mahmoud, several others we spoke to who were waiting patiently for their turn also expressed that they had no chance of acceptance.
February 3, 2023
The reality of climate breakdown is already visible in North Africa and the Arab region, undermining the ecological and socioeconomic basis of life. Countries such as Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt are experiencing severe recurrent heat waves and prolonged droughts, with catastrophic impacts on agriculture and small-scale farmers.
Friday December 16, 2022
The IMF, last-resort creditor for economically failing sovereigns, attached about 26 conditions on average to each of its loans in 2016-2017, up from an average of 19 conditions in 2011-2013, according to this review. This is despite the IMF's own guidelines review in the interim that makes “parsimony in program-related conditions," a principal.
Friday December 2, 2022
Having integral elements in the mechanics of global agricultural value chains such as food, feed, fertilizers, and fuel, Russia and Ukraine (and Belarus) play key roles in the overall functioning and stability of the global food system.
East Mediterranean Natural Gas: A Lubricant for Israel’s Regional Integration
Friday, July 1, 2022
On March 28, 2022, foreign ministers from Israel, the US, Egypt, Bahrain, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) met in Sde Boker
How the Corruption-Centric Discourse in the Arab World Proved Self-Defeating
Thursday, May 5, 2022
During the two major rounds of popular mobilization and revolutionary collective action in 2011 and 2019, corruption came to occupy a central position in the opposition's discourse on underdevelopment, injustice and inequality, and despotism in the Arab world
Understanding Capitalism in the MENA and the Process of Neoliberal Reform
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Alongside the absence of democracy, or its significant shortcomings, the widespread economic marginalization and intense socioeconomic grievances constituted one of the most important causes of the uprisings that erupted in the Middle East and North Africa