The Mission of Kana’an
Kana’an is a quarterly Arab journal devoted to the debate of theoretical, cultural, political, and economic issues that affect the Arab nation. It aims at supporting Arab resurgence in a difficult and complex era and views itself as an integral part of such resurgence. This complex era is marked by many crucial developments. Primarily, the phenomenon of abandonment of principles and values in which people believed and for which they fought. Although these principles were not proved wrong, people’s morale has deteriorated and they continued to retreat from participating in the struggle for national causes. Kana’an distinguishes itself by its commitment to the entirety of Arab national causes – economic and social development, unity, culture, and gender.
Kana’an has tirelessly attempted, and remains committed, to present an analytical critique of the reality through a dialectical approach that examines that reality through what has been written and recorded. Through this endeavor, Kana’an is guided by the belief that changing reality cannot begin from a position of complacency, reconciliation, or adaptation. Change, rather, starts by critically analyzing this reality.
Through open debate, Kana’an tries to demonstrate the positive relationship between Arab nationalism (embodied in the popular masses in the Arab Homeland) and Marxism (that takes into consideration the specific Arab reality, circumstances, and needs). Kana’an modestly aligns itself with the Arab nationalist resurgence project and works with it on confronting the Imperialist-Zionist project. As such, Kana’an finds itself in direct confrontation with the various capitalist comprador forces – economic, cultural, and political. In this role, Kana’an confronts the internalization of defeat at all levels: Arab individual, Arab rulers, and political parties. Kana’an, also, has the duty of confronting “normalization” with the Zionist/Israeli entity at the levels of political authority and regime. Finally, Kana’an confronts the process of adaptation that is imposed by the terms and dictates of globalization on the countries of the Third World and the Arab Homeland in particular.