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[A view point of the city Kobanê, in Syrian Kurdistan, during the bombradment of ISIL targets by US-led forces, The photo has been taken from Turkish-Syrian border (Suruç). Photo by M. Akhavan / Persian Dutch Network.]

Three Theses on ISIS: The Universal, the Millenarian, and the Philistine

The ruthless brutality of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) unfolds before our eyes on the screens. As commentators struggle to explain and understand it, it becomes convenient to revive old Orientalist tropes. Beyond the spectacular brutality, the reason that ISIS invites attention (both fascination and fear) is that it seems easy to fit in confrontational narratives of Islam (us v. them, anti-American, etc.). Muslims are clearly angry at something. In his ...

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"Beyond the Frame"، فيلم عن السّوريّ تامر العوام وكلّ من عاش أو لم يعش حربًا

"Beyond the Frame"، فيلم عن السّوريّ تامر العوام وكلّ من عاش أو لم يعش حربًا في العام 2010، التقيا المخرج المسرحيّ التلفزيونيّ السّوريّ تامر العوام والسّينمائيّ الفلسطينيّ عمر شلش في مدينة "هاللي الألمانيّة، لأول مرة وبعد سوء تفاهم سببته  عن غير قصد - زوجة ...

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Bassam Haddad on Syria At Harvard: 'A Stateless Regime or State with Many Regimes?'

On 2 April 2015 at Harvard University's Middle East Institute (MEI), Bassam Haddad presented a lecture in MEI Visiting Scholar Michael C. Hudson's Spring 2015 Study Group "Rethinking the Arab State." In his lecture, Haddad assessed the fluctuating political reality in ...

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Syria Media Roundup (February 3)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 2)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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الحرب على ذاكرة الحداثة: داعش مثالاً

              17 اُذْكُرْ مَا فَعَلهُ بِكَ عَمَالِيقُ فِي الطَّرِيقِ عِنْدَ خُرُوجِكَ مِنْ مِصْرَ. 18 كَيْفَ لاقَاكَ فِي الطَّرِيقِ وَقَطَعَ مِنْ مُؤَخَّرِكَ كُل المُسْتَضْعِفِينَ وَرَاءَكَ وَأَنْتَ كَلِيلٌ وَمُتْعَبٌ وَلمْ يَخَفِ اللهَ. 19 فَمَتَى أَرَاحَكَ الرَّبُّ ...  Read More »

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قصائد للشاعرة كراسيا العوض

-1- أريدك الليلة معي نيران الحروب تضيء على كل شيء ولا وجه أشاهده على جدارن تهدمت سوى وجه الخديعة. أريدك معي.. الموت يحاصرني و ذراعيّ قصيرتان جداً لا تطالان عنقه لتهددانه بأغنية أو قصيدة وحيدة أنا... أبحث عن جثتي في العنواين العريضة في الأخبار في الشاشات الحمراء المضرجة بدمي في تلعثم المذيعة وهي تتلو ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers: Graduate Student Conference on Social and Political Change in MENA (April 8, New York)

Call for Papers Avenues of Social and Political Change:  Five Years of Contention in the Middle East and North Africa  April 8, 2016 The Graduate Center, City University of New York 365 Fifth Avenue, New York City Abstract Submission Deadline: February 5, 2016 Five years after the eruption of mass ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (January 27)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every ...  Read More »

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في قصص "ميغ 21" لفاطمة ياسين الجغرافيا الإنسانية بديلاً من تمزق الأرض السورية

حيث سوريا حقل فسيح يحده الأفق، على حد تعبير فاطمة ياسين في مجموعتها "ميغ 21" (دار نون – الإمارات العربية المتحدة 2015)، تبدو مصائر الناس في الجغرافيا السورية الممزقة، والفصام السياسي الذي يجمع النظام والمعارضات على حد سواء، رهينة ما تبقى من خيالات السوريين الذين لم يتصوروا من قبلُ أن في مقدورهم إشعال ثورة ...  Read More »

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لا يزالون آملين بالديمقراطية

برزت الديمقراطية أثناء ربيع العرب كطوق نجاة، بمقدوره أن ينتشلهم من مستنقع الفساد والاستبداد، الذي انحدرت إليه دولة ما بعد الاستعمار. ودبت الجماهير بأقدامها الميادين، وهي تصدع بالعيش والحرية والكرامة، منبهة العالم لموجة تبشر بالديمقراطية، بعد صمت طويل، استغرق قرنين كاملين، ظلت فيه هذه الجموع ترنو لموجات الديمقراطية ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (January 26)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday ...  Read More »

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Between Wind and Water: A Dialogue with Members of MSF/Greenpeace’s SAR Team in Molyvos

Description of piece: A conversation I was able to record and edit between some of the MSF/Greenpeace search and rescue team members based in the Greek Island of Lesvos. It’s a rare sneak peek into the minds and insights of the people behind these types of assistance projects.  During the dusk of November and ...  Read More »

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Urgent Call for Action by Women’s Freedom Assembly in Turkey

[The following statement was issued by Women's Freedom Assembly (KÖM) on 18 January 2016 as a call for international women's solidarity in regards to the ongoing war in the Kurdish region and growing repression of dissent in Turkey.] To Women’s Organizations: Urgent Call for Action Women’s Freedom Assembly (KÖM) is ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (January 20)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (January 19)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday ...  Read More »

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ISIS: The 'Islamic State' between Orientalism and the Interiority of MENA’s Intellectuals

Is ISIS all about Islam, or about geopolitics? This dualism has framed the debate about ISIS among Western analysts, especially American ones. They have formed two camps, one sees in ISIS and its practices an irrefutable evidence of the “true face of Islam”; another insists that ISIS has nothing to do with “real ...  Read More »

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Text of Alleged Contract between Russian and Syrian Governments

[The following is an English translation made available by the Washington Post on 15 January 2016 of a Russian-language document the newspaper claims was posted on a Russian government website. According to the Washington Post, the document "details the terms of its [Russian] ariel support for Syrian President ...  Read More »

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ISIS in the News: Extensive Media Roundup (October-December 2015)

[Editorial Note: This is not a "best of," only a roundup of significant pieces. See here for an introduction to this roundup series] English Articles  The men saving Syria’s treasures from Isis (22 September 2015) Jeremy Bowen reports a ”remarkable group of archaeologists are battling to save the ...  Read More »

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عامان من حكم داعش للمدينة الضائعة

التعليم في الرقة بين مخالب النظام وأنياب الدولة الإسلامية* مضى أكثر من عامين على آخر زيارة لمدينتي الرقة (2 - 9 أيلول/ سبتمبر 2013)، أصبحت خلالهما المدينة عَلَماً في الخارطة العالمية من باب داعش، بعد أن كان عدد لا بأس به من السوريين لا يعرف أين تقع المدينة التي تتوسط محافظة توازي مساحتها البالغة (19616 كم2) مساحة ...  Read More »

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The Art of Healing: Syrian Refugee Children Express Themselves

[Note: The children's portraits are not paired with their drawings, for the sake of their privacy. The young artists of the drawings are kept anonymous and all children are only referred to by first name, when permitted.] The Syrian civil war has created the largest refugee crisis in a generation, yet the world has ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (January 13)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Doctors Without Borders on Siege and Starvation in Madaya

[The following press release on the seige of Madaya, Syria was issued by Doctors Without Borders on 7 January 2016 and updated on 8 January 2016] Syria: Seige and Starvation in Madaya 8 January Update: The MSF-supported medics in Madaya have identified 250 people with severe acute malnutrition, including 10 ...  Read More »

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اللاجئون السوريّون في المدن الألمانيّة: آليّات إعادة توطينهم وآثارها على البنى العمرانيّة في المدينة

تتطرّق هذه المقالة إلى سكن اللاجئين السورييّن المقيمين في ألمانيا. بناءً على تجربتي في المعيشة في مخيم للّاجئين في مدينة كولن والمواد المتوفرة المتعلّقة بالموضوع تتطرق هذه المقالة بالدرجة الأولى إلى الأنماط المختلفة للمساكن المؤقّتة للّاجئين السوريين في ألمانيا و بالدرجة الثانية إلى العمليّة التي يمرّ اللاجئون ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (December 30)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every ...  Read More »

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Syria: An Interview with Samer Abboud

The humanitarian costs of the Syrian conflict have been staggering. Many, including officials at the United Nations, identify this as the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. More than 200,000 Syrians killed, more than four million refugees, approximately eight million displaced inside Syria, close to 650,000 ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (December 23)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every ...  Read More »

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قالتْ: أظافري أقصّها أهلّة؛ لتحكَ سماءَ ظهركَ

          قالتْ: أظافري أقصّها أهلّة؛ لتحكَ سماءَ ظهركَ الحبّ حيوانٌ أليف ليس قطاً ولا كلباً لكن له من القطّ النكران ومن الكلب الوفاء. الحبّ حيوان أليف لا تكسلْ، فلا تأخذه في كلّ صباح ومساء ليقضي حاجته لربما قرب سورٍ مليء بأقفال العشق أو نهر غارق في المفاتيح. الحبّ حيوان ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (December 9)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every ...  Read More »

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ذاهب لكنني باق يا سوريا

ذاهب لكنني باق يا سوريا   يا سورية ها أنا ذا ذاهبٌ لكنني باقٍ لأنني لا أجد وسيلةً لرحيلي بعد أن عايشتُ ناسك؛ وسمعتُ ودندنتُ موسيقاكِ وتذوّقْتُ طعامكِ وعبرْتُ صحراءك وسرتُ في دروب تدمر وحمص حين تذوَّقت العرق الذي حلّى شفتيّ ودخل تاريخك كاملاً في قلبي و صار العالمُ طفلاً في كلماتي. أسرتني الأحلامُ في ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (December 2)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every ...  Read More »

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‘New Turkey’: Toward an Authoritarian and Sectarian Police State

Tahir Elçi, the president of the bar association in southeastern Diyarbakır province and a determined Kurdish human rights lawyer, was shot dead on Saturday, 28 November, during a press statement he had delivered in Diyarbakır. Photos of Elçi’s dead body lying on the ground quickly overwhelmed social media accounts, ...  Read More »

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دمشق 2013

    -1- ما أتعسَ حياتِنا، وما أفقرَ طُموحنا عالمٌ يفيض بالمآسي، وكلٌّ منَّا يَفيض بالحقْدِ الصَّغير، والهموم الصغيرة. -2- يلزمنا أنْ نتَّحدَ بالشَّمْسِ لنشعرَ أنَّ فينا طاقةً لإنفاذها، يلزمُنا أنْ نتَّحِدَ بالبحر، لنحسَّ أنَّ الزَّبدَ ليس منَّا، وَمَنْ غشَّنا فهو ...  Read More »

Syrian Population Regression

Population: ~ 22.5 Million

2011:  5,800+ (killed)

2012:  60,000+ (killed) and 500,000+ (external refugees)

2013:  100,000+ (killed), 2,000,000+ (external refugees), and 8 million+ displaced

 

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Population: 22,517,750
GDP: $107.4 billion 
Unemployment: 8.3%; Youth Employment (ages 15-24): 19.1%
Internet Users: 4.469 million 
Exchange Rate: ~ 98.00 Syrian pounds per US dollar
GDP Growth Rate: 3.2% 
Military Expenditures: 5.9% of GDP (World Rank: 10)
Health Expenditures: 2.9% of GDP (World Rank: 180)
Population Growth Rate: 0.913% 
Age Structure: 0-14 years: 35.2%; 15-64 years: 61%; 65 years and over: 3.8%
Literacy: 79.6%
Religious Demographics: Sunni Muslim 74%; other Muslim (includes Alawite, Druze) 16%; Christian (various denominations) 10%
Ethnic Demographics: Arab 90.3%, Kurds, Armenians, and other 9.7%

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