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

It is very common nowadays to come across reports discussing the negative impact of the Syrian humanitarian crisis on the Lebanese economy as a whole. On the one hand, there have been several attempts to focus on the victims and their plight, rather than looking at the complex dynamics of humanitarian intervention in ...  Read More »

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#23BucukNisan / Unutulan Cocuklarin Bayrami

#23BuçukNisan / Unutulan Çocukların Bayramı [Bu bildiri New York City Gezi Platformu tarafından, GEZIniyoruz Amherst, Amsterdam, Berlin, Bielefeld, Chicago, Dresden, Goettingen, London, New York, Oslo, Ottawa, Penn State, Rotterdam ile beraber 23 Nisan 2014 tarihinde yayımlandı. / The following statement was ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 22)

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

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On Power Cuts, Protests, and Institutions: A Brief History of Electricity in Beirut (Part One)

[What follows are some preliminary findings on the history of the electricity sector of Lebanon in general and that of Beirut in particular. Such research forms part of a broader project on the history of struggles over the political economy of Lebanon, within which the issue of electric public utilities was and ...  Read More »

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A Guide to Lebanon’s Street Protests

Thousands of Lebanese workers and activists have been pouring onto the streets over a litany of issues since parliament resumed work this month following a year-long hiatus. Most of the protests are related to the country’s startling income inequality and stark poverty levels. Even before the Syrian war triggered an ...  Read More »

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The Case Against Qatar: Host of the FIFA 2022 World Cup

[The following report was published by the International Trade Union Confederation on 16 March 2014] The Case Against Qatar: Host of the FIFA 2022 World Cup Qatar is a government which takes no responsibility for workers. $140 billion of infrastructure is forecast to get Qatar ready to host the 2022 World ...  Read More »

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Event: Angela Davis and Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat on Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine (19 April, Evergreen State College)

Peace Works 2014 Yet Again Captives: Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine April 19, 2014 The Evergreen State College Olympia, Washington Keynote discussion with Angela Davis and Noura Erakat 7:00 PM Washington Center for the Performing Arts Register for the full conference ...  Read More »

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Event Report-Back -- Reflections on the 22nd Annual Cairo Papers Symposium: Disabilities, Revolution, and the Politics of Hope

On 15 March 2014, the Cairo Papers in Social Science (CPSS), in collaboration with the Middle East Studies Center at the American University in Cairo, hosted its twenty-second annual symposium titled “Disabilities, Revolution, and the Politics of Hope.” The CPSS, established in 1977 by social science departments at ...  Read More »

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Human Rights Violations in Bahrain during Formula One Race Period

[The following joint briefing was written by the undersigned and issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 6 April, 2014] On the morning of the Grand Prix race which will take place today at 6pm in Sakhir; BCHR (Bahrain Center for Human Rights), BIRD (Bahrain Institute for Rights & Democracy) and BYSHR ...  Read More »

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وقفة احتجاجية لعاملات الجنس في تونس

 "من كان منكم بلا خطيئة، فليرمها بحجر" السيّد المسيح  مطلع شهر آذار/مارس الفائت، وقفت عشر نساء أمام المجلس الوطني التأسيسي للمطالبة بإعادة فتح ماخور مدينة سوسة المُغلق منذ سنة وأربعة أشهر، بعد حملات نظمتها مجموعات من الشباب السلفي. يصل خبر النسوة إلى نائبة رئيس المجلس، السيدة محرزية لعبيدي (من ...  Read More »

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The Sadness of Post-Militance: Some Reflections on Brown University’s 'New Directions in Palestine Studies' Conference

In late February, just about anyone who ever wrote anything about the political economy of Palestine and the Palestinians descended upon Providence, Rhode Island. They were there to attend Brown University’s much-anticipated conference organized by Beshara Doumani, “New Directions in Palestine Studies: Political ...  Read More »

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Asylum and the Right to the City: Lessons from Turkey’s Syrian Guests and Other Urban Refugees

The mass movement of Syrians fleeing civil war to neighboring countries has become called the “Syrian refugee crisis.” The sheer volume of refugees brings up questions not only regarding these countries’ financial means and organizational capabilities but also, more importantly, regarding national identity and ...  Read More »

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Urgent Concern Related to Arbitrary Restrictions on Freedom of Expression and of Association in Qatar

[The following briefing was written by the Gulf Center for Human Rights and CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. Issued by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 28 March 2014] Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review 19th Session of the UPR Working Group 1. (A) Introduction  1.1 CIVICUS:World ...  Read More »

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Joint Statement Calling for Release of Arbitrarily Detained Journalists and Others in Syria

[The following joint statement was issued by the undersigned and published by Reporters Without Borders on 17 March 2014]  Free Key Rights Defenders Government Arbitrarily Holds Darwish, Colleagues Despite UN Demands The government of Syria should immediately and unconditionally release the arbitrarily ...  Read More »

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Witnessing Gezi (Video)

Gezi Tanıklığı / Witnessing Gezi Camera, director: Emin Özmen Director: Barış Koca Editor: Soner Emanet Original soundtrack: Berkant Kılıçkap Subtitle: Engin Önder Graphic Design: Ozan Şanal Organization: Agence Le Journal Gezi Tanıklığı / Witnessing Gezi was created with the recordings of photojournalist ...  Read More »

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Confronting the Human Rights Crises Left in the Wake of the Iraq War

[The following briefing was written by Jeena Shah and published by the Center for Consitutional Rights on 24 March 2014] The Bush administration’s plan to invade Iraq spurred the largest outcry and anti-war protests in the history of the world. More than ten years and hundreds of thousands of lives later, U.S. ...  Read More »

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Reporters Without Borders Statement on Harassment of Media in Yemen

[The following joint briefing was issued by the Freedom Foundation, the Union of Journalists, and Reporters Without Borders. It was published by Reporters Without Borders on 13 March 2014] Two years after Abd Rab Mansour Hadi became president, the situation of freedom of information in Yemen continues to be very ...  Read More »

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A Cycle of Insecurity in Egypt's North Sinai

Photos and text by Rob Stothard. Interviews by Rob Stothard and Max Strasser. Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, sandwiched between two old foes, is a territory of vital importance. Bordered by the Suez Canal to the west and Israel and the Gaza Strip to the east, North Sinai is home to a thriving smuggling trade and several ...  Read More »

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Oman Intensifies Localization Strategies

[The following briefing was published by Migrant Rights on 13 February 2014] Nationalization policies in Oman and the wider Gulf region are not new; many programs began in the late 1980s and enforcement has since fluctuated – often waning in periods of heavy development and revived in economic downturns. The spade of ...  Read More »

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Press Release: UN Claims UAE Government Has Duty to Release UAE94

[The following press release was issued on 20 March 2014 by the Alkarama Foundation] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention's independent experts adopted an opinion confirming the arbitrary nature of the detention of those detained in the 'UAE94' case and requested the UAE government release them. Today, the UN ...  Read More »

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Arduous Journeys on Roads Not [Yet] Taken: Language, Neoliberal Work Skills, and the Exhausted Educational Dream

The passionate controversy over Noureddine Ayouche’s proposal to replace fuṣḥā with the Moroccan vernaculars (especially Moroccan Arabic, dārija) as languages of instruction in pre-school and early primary school classes indicates that questions over classroom language are never solely pedagogical. Rather, they are ...  Read More »

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Monument of the Unknown Student

[For Berkin Elvan, who died on 11 March 2014 at seven in the morning. He had been in a coma for 269 days after having been shot by a gas canister while walking to buy bread during the Gezi Protests. He was fourteen years old when he was shot, and fifteen years old when he died. We are publishing a translation of Ece ...  Read More »

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'Seni bilen hayran, bilmeyen dusman' or, Why Erdogan Remains so Popular

“Seni bilen hayran, bilmeyen düşman” or, Why Erdoğan Remains so Popular At a rally in Istanbul’s Bakırköy district last Saturday, members of the all-female audience were whipped up like teenagers at a pop concert long before the main speaker arrived. “Who are we waiting for?” teased the compere. “Recep Tayyip ...  Read More »

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Looking Suspicious: The Profiling of Muslim Americans

Profiling is a tactic used by police and security agencies in which people are treated as suspicious because of their racial or religious identity and subjected to heightened scrutiny. By 2000, there was a bipartisan consensus in the United States that the pervasive use of such tactics was inherently discriminatory ...  Read More »

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Sosyal Bilimler ve Kadinlarin Bilme Bicimleri

Sosyal Bilimler ve Kadınların Bilme Biçimleri Sosyal bilim alanında çalışan bir kadın için en zor işlerden biri, erkek egemen bilme biçimleri içinde kendine yer açmak, söylediğinin duyulmasını sağlamaktır. Çünkü erkek egemen, endüstriyel ve kapitalist bir kültür içinde yeşermiş olan sosyal bilimlerin, bilmek ile ...  Read More »

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We the Women Are in Taksim in Istanbul on the 8th of March!

[The following statement was released by the Istanbul Feminist Collective on 4 March 2014. It has been edited slightly for stylistic purposes.] We are, as the women who live in Turkey, raising our voices on the streets for eleven years, calling out against patriarchy, against men's violence, sexism, heterosexism, ...  Read More »

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لماذا لم يثر الصعيد؟ محاولة أولية للفهم ودعوة للنقاش

   إن القراءة التقليدية للصعيد تتجاهل التغيرات التي شهدتها المنظومة والبنية الاجتماعية، وفي العلاقات والتراتبية الاجتماعية وحتى هيكل السلطة المحلية لصالح جماعات وليدة سياسات الانفتاح والتحول الاقتصادي، كما ذكر الباحث المصري عمرو عدلي في أحد تعليقاته التي قارن فيها بين أوضاع الصعيد والأوضاع الاقتصادية ...  Read More »

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Buradan bir cikis var mi? Ya da neden HDP’deyim?

Buradan bir çıkış var mı? Ya da neden HDP’deyim? Yolsuzluk krizi başladığından beri aklımda Haydar Darıcı’nın Sabancı Üniversitesi’nde Leyla Neyzi danışmanlığında yazmış olduğu tezden bir bölüm var. Tez 2006’dan itibaren Terörle Mücadele Yasası kapsamında yargılanan, nam-ı diğer taş atan çocuklar hakkında. Çocuklar ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 4)

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

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Roundtable Discussion: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey (Harvard University, 3 March)

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The Political Anthropology Working Group, and Jadaliyya present A Roundtable Discussion: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey March 3, 2014 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm CGIS South Bldg, Belfer Case Study Room 020, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA A discussion of the Gezi ...  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



Syria Map and Stats

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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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