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Ideology and Humor in Dark Times

Lisa Wedeen, “Ideology and Humor in Dark Times: Notes from Syria.” Critical Inquiry 39.4 (2013). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Lisa Wedeen (LW): This article is part of a book project on what I call “neoliberal autocracy” and its unmaking. The book was initially envisioned as an account of aging authoritarianism and generational change. Then the uprisings happened and my orientation, although still centered on issues animating that project, had to ...

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Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria

[The following monthly summaries on developments in Syria were compiled and published by the International Crisis Group (ICG). Jadaliyya Reports will update this post each month as subsequent monthly summaries are issued.]  June 2014 Regime and rebel fighters early ...

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Rojava: Life and War in Kurdish Syria

Photos by Andy Spyra and Younes Mohammad. Text by Andy Spyra. In early October this year Younes and I left Erbil, the Kurdish capital of northern Iraq, heading straight to the border crossing at Fish Khabour, located in the triangle between Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. Six hours ...

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المثقفون العرب: سحر البيان بديلاً عن المعرفة

بيان المثقفين العرب الموقع مما يزيد عن (250) مثقفاً، سوريين بدرجة رئيسة (ثمة 149منهم) ولبنانيين، ولا بأس ببعض العراقيين بحسب الخارطة المفترضة للدولة الاسلامية (داعش) التي وصف البيان ظهورها بالردة من دون أن ينتبه موقعو البيان"ترى هل الامر داخل بالفعل في خانة النسيان ؟ أشك!" إن كلمة "الردة" ذات الاصل ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (July 12)

[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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Nobel Peace Laureates Slam Human Rights Watch's Ken Roth for Refusal to Cut Ties to U.S. Government

[In a May 12 letter, two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and over 100 scholars, journalists and human rights activists called on Human Rights Watch to close its revolving door to the U.S. government. On June 3, HRW published a response from executive director Kenneth Roth on its website, arguing that their “concern is ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (10 July)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to ...  Read More »

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المسألة السّورية: سؤال المصير والمستقبل: الحراك الشعبي في سورية

‫الحراك الشعبي في سورية 1ـ الحراك الشعبي السّوري ، الّذي بدأ في النّصف الثّاني من آذار (مارس) 2011 تحوّل تدريجياً ، وقبل أن يتصلّب عوده، وتترسخ قاعدته الشّعبية، ويتحقق استقلاله عن القوى والمؤثرات الخارجية، تحوّل، بعد بضعة أشهر، عن النهج السّلمي إلى حرب متعدّدة الصّفات ومن نوع جديد لم تألفه المنطقة، شاركت فيه أطراف ...  Read More »

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ABOUNADDARA’s Take on Images in the Syrian Revolution: A Conversation between Charif Kiwan and Akram Zaatari (Part One)

[The text below is based on a workshop organized by Sonja Mejcher-Atassi at the American University of Beirut, 11 April 2014, with the generous support of the Arts and Humanities Initiative and the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at AUB and the School of English’ project Imagining the Common Ground, ...  Read More »

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Khaled Khalifa: "Revolutions Can't Be Reversed"

[Last month, the Syrian novelist Khaled Khalifa visited London to promote ‘Syria Speaks’, an anthology of short stories, poems, articles and visual art collected as a response to the Syrian regime’s crackdown on dissident voices since the 2011 Syrian uprising. As one of the most powerful and prominent writers in ...  Read More »

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هل خفف العمال السوريون من أزمة الاقتصاد اللبناني؟

"دعوة لإعادة قراءة الآثار الاقتصادية للهجرة السورية للبنان" لا نتساءل في هذه الورقة عن تأثيرات الأزمة السورية (1) بكل تفاصيلها في لبنان ولكن يقتصر تساؤلنا علي المهاجرين أو النازحين إلى لبنان. هل خفّفوا من آثار الأزمة الاقتصادية اللبنانية أم ضاعفوها؟ يطرح هذا السؤال نفسه في ظلّ الهجمة المسعورة ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (June 24)

[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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ابحثوا عن السعودية

فيما يُستأَنَف قرعُ طبول الفتنة مجدداً على امتداد المشرق العربي، ثمة ما يلفت الى الدور السعودي في الفصل الجديد من محنة العراق. ولأن السعودية تجد نفسها اليوم معنيّة بصورة مباشرة بقلب المعادلات الجيوسياسية في المنطقة، فما توافر لديها من معطيات يجعلها طرفاً مستهدفاً في المرحلة المقبلة. ويمكن هنا رصد أهم المعطيات: ...  Read More »

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Popular Neighborhoods and the Arab Spring: Elements for a Renewed Approach

Pierre-Arnaud Barthel and Sylvy Jaglin, editors, Quartiers informels d’un monde arabe en transition. Réflexions et perspectives pour l’action urbaine [Informal Settlements in an Arab World in Transition. Reflections and Perspectives for Urban Action]. Paris: Agence Française pour le Développement, Conférences et ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (13 June)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (May 2014)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions, and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (June 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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تزامنٌ شيّق برغم الاختلاف

تزامن مشهدا الانتخابات المصرية والسورية، رغم الاختلاف الجذري بين البلدين. وفي المشهدين، تكرّرت مشاهد الاحتفال في الشارع، رغم الاختلاف الجذري بين البلدين. وإذ اتفق معارضو المشهدين على وسمهما بصيغة «عودة الديكتاتور»، ترى الناخبين في المشهدين قد اتفقوا أيضاً على تحديد هدف واضح للصيغة التي انتخبوها: العودة إلى البيت في ...  Read More »

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Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria (Updated)

[The following monthly summaries on developments in Syria were compiled and published by the International Crisis Group (ICG). Jadaliyya Reports will update this post each month as subsequent monthly summaries are issued.]  June 2014 Regime and rebel fighters early May struck deal for rebel evacuation from ...  Read More »

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A Creative Upsurge; Syrian Art Today (Part Two)

[Syria’s Apex Generation highlights post-uprising art as an introduction to the rich history of painting in Syria. Featuring the works of Abdul Karim Majdal Al-Beik, Nihad Al Turk, Othman Moussa, Mohannad Orabi, and Kais Salman, the exhibition and its accompanying publication explore a new school of painting in the ...  Read More »

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A Creative Upsurge; Syrian Art Today (Part One)

[Syria’s Apex Generation highlights post-uprising art as an introduction to the rich history of painting in Syria. Featuring the works of Abdul Karim Majdal Al-Beik, Nihad Al Turk, Othman Moussa, Mohannad Orabi, and Kais Salman, the exhibition and its accompanying publication explore a new school of painting in the ...  Read More »

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Muhammad al-Maghut: Roman Amphitheaters

Roman Amphitheaters Muhammad al-Maghut   1. Nothing is left of the revolution’s bells save echoes Nor of poetry’s horse save the bridle Nor of freedom’s road save fixed and flying checkpoints I have spent my childhood, youth and the entire length of the march to freedom and liberation, amid rifles, machine ...  Read More »

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Militarization and External Intervention: The Syrian Crisis

  The US organization Women Against War held a symposium in Chicago on 23 April 2014, to which researcher and scholar Bassam Haddad, Co-Founder and Co-Editor of Jadaliyya and Director of the Middle East Studies at George Mason University, was invited, alongside Rana Khouri, researcher and PhD student at ...  Read More »

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Ghassan Kanafani: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“  is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (May 24)

Regional and International Perspectives  Lebanon’s Alawites at a Crossroads Raphael Lefevre writes: “The recent calm presents a historic opportunity for Lebanese Alawites to search for new leaders who embrace a more independent approach toward Damascus and a more conciliatory posture toward Tripoli’s Sunni ...  Read More »

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Quick Thoughts: Omar Dahi on The Rebel Withdrawal from Homs and Brahimi Resignation

  [The agreement reached between opposition fighters and the Syrian regime with respect to Homs has solicited an array of speculation as to what it precisely represents. When combined with the recent resignation of UN Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, both events are interpreted as signals of a key shift in the ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (May 17)

[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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Flight of Icarus? The PYD's Precarious Rise in Syria

[The following report was published by the International Crisis Group on 8 May 2014] Executive Summary With the Syrian regime and opposition locked in a see-saw battle, Kurdish forces have consolidated control over large portions of the country’s north. Their principal players, the Democratic Union Party (Partiya ...  Read More »

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الأزمة السورية: نقد عسكرة الصراع وطلب التدخل الخارجيّ

قامت منظمة "نساء ضد الحرب" الأميركية بتنظيم ندوة في مدينة شيكاغو في 23 نيسان\إبريل (2014)، دُعي إليها رئيس تحرير "جدلية"، ورئيس قسم دراسات الشرق الاوسط في جامعة جورج ميسون بفرجينيا، الباحث والمفكر بسام حداد، والباحثة وطالبة الدكتوراه في جامعة نورث ويسترن (شيكاغو) رنا خوري. ونُظِّمت الندوة ...  Read More »

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4th Annual UC Davis Spring Human Rights Initiative Symposium (9-10 May)

 4th Annual UC Davis Spring Human Rights Initiative Symposium  This year's symposium is being held in conjunction with the meeting of the UC Humanities Institute-supported UC Human Rights Collaboration, which brings together 21 faculty and graduate students from the majority of the UC system's campuses. The ...  Read More »

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Arsal Struggles to Deal with the Syrian Refugee Overflow

In early April 2014, the UN High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) claimed that the number of Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon passed one million, amounting to a quarter of the host country's resident population. The UNHCR in Lebanon registers at least 2,500 new Syrian refugees every day. Hosting the highest per ...  Read More »

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الرأس منفصلاً عن الجسد

الرأس منفصلاً عن الجسد: حوار مع النحات السوري مصطفى علي  مصطفى علي من مواليد راس شمرا في اللاذقية، لم يتتلمذ على يد أحد في البداية، ولكنه تشرّب عبْرَ مسيرته الحياتية المليئة بالصعوبات المؤثرات كلّها صانعاً عالمه بإرادة لا تلين دفعتْ به إلى درب الفن الشاق. حمل صخرة سيزيف وصعد وهبط بها عبر المراحل الفنية ...  Read More »

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The Everyday Experience of Humanitarianism in Akkar Villages (Part Two)

Approaches to Program Implementation as Seen by People: Emerging Rifts between the Beneficiaries and the Providers About the People “Ethnicization” of needs and services is the approach according to which beneficiaries need to fit into specific categories in order to qualify for services and goods. In this sense, ...  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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