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The Confiscation of Armenian Properties: An Interview with Umit Kurt

The following interview with Ümit Kurt tackles how the physical annihilation of the Armenians paralleled the confiscation and appropriation of their properties in 1915. By citing the various laws and decrees that orchestrated the confiscation process, Kurt places our understanding of the genocide within a legal ...  Read More »

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ICAHD Finland Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani

The following interview was conducted with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani by the Finland chapter of the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions on 2 February 2014. In the interview, Rabbani discusses a range of issues including the impact of the Arab uprisings on Palestine, the 2012 UN campaign, the current ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on NPR’s Worldview, Addressing Syria’s Presidential Elections

The speaker of parliament announced yesterday that that the Syrian regime will hold presidential elections on 3 June 2014. This announcement comes amid an array of speculation about the strategies of the regime in the face of over three years of the Syrian uprising, a brutal and destructive regime response, and the ...  Read More »

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Stasis Shift: Guernica Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Founder Bassam Haddad

Jadaliyya co-founder on telling alternative stories about the Arab world, understanding the life cycles of revolution, and confronting “the weight of ancient problems.”   In the fall of 2010, I was crossing a crowded hotel lobby at the Middle East Studies Association convention in San Diego when a friend ...  Read More »

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A Civilian Snapshot of Iraq: NPR Interview with Sinan Antoon on His 'The Corpse Washer'

In the following interview on 30 March epsiode of NPR's All Things Considered, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon discusses his self-translated The Corpse Washer. In his comments, Antoon highlights some the ideas and processes that went into both the writing of the original Arabic version as well as English translation. ...  Read More »

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On Prison & Egyptian Regime’s "War on a Whole Generation": Democracy Now! Interview with Alaa Abd El-Fattah

In a Democracy Now! global broadcast exclusive, we spend the hour with one of Egypt’s most prominent dissidents, Alaa Abd El-Fattah, speaking in his first extended interview after nearly four months behind bars. An open Internet and political activist, Fattah has been at the forefront of the struggle for change in ...  Read More »

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Media On the Margins: An Interview with Alex Christie-Miller about Turkey's Attack on the Media Beyond Twitter

On this edition of "Media on the Margins," Malihe speaks with Istanbul-based freelance journalist Alexander Christie-Miller shortly after Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's ban on Twitter went into effect and before the country's elections. On 20 March, during a campaign rally ten days before the local ...  Read More »

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Poetry, Solidarity, and BDS: An Interview with Remi Kanazi

Following the debut of his most recent work, This Divestment Bill Hurts My Feelings, Palestinian-American writer Remi Kanazi canvasses his experiences as an activist and poet. In the video below, Remi collaborates with Suhel Nafar, director, animator, and co-founder of DAM, to create a powerful case for ...  Read More »

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Why is the Dead Sea Dying? An Interview with Muna Dajani

The famous Dead Sea, a salt lake between Jordan to the east and the occupied West Bank and present-day Israel to the west, has been shrinking at the alarming rate of 1.5 meters a year for the past forty years. So why is the Dead Sea dying? Malihe Razazan of "Voices of the Middle East and North ...  Read More »

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On Saudi-Qatari Tensions: Ian Masters Interviews Toby C. Jones

In this 12 March 2014 interview on the radio show Background Briefing with Ian Masters, Toby Jones discusses recent regional political developments in the Arabian Peninsula. Jones, a professor of modern Middle East history at Rutgers, examines the escalating inter-Gulf tensions between Saudi Arabia and ...  Read More »

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Alevis in Ottoman Anatolia: An Interview with Ayfer Karakaya-Stump

The former Ottoman world is home to many communities of Muslim religious minorities that have been variously deemed heterodox deviants from the acknowledged schools of Islamic law. Narratives about them have focused on a certain impurity or syncretism in their religious practices. One such group is the Kizilbash/Alevi ...  Read More »

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In Conversation with Artist Nadia Ayari

Since the start of her artistic practice over a decade ago, Nadia Ayari has engaged painting and the history of its development with marked intensity and seriousness. Adding to the complexity that one finds in her usage of the medium is her subject matter, which is not easily decipherable; figural but somehow ...  Read More »

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'The Family Duress Was a Campaign of Torment': An Interview with Asli Igsiz

WHY? Aslı Iğsız is a scholar who teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University, one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the US. At the same time, however, she is also the daughter of retired General Hasan Iğsız, who has been sentenced to life on the charges of ...  Read More »

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What’s Happening in Turkey? A Roundtable with the Turkey Page Editors

Those who have followed the political scene in Turkey over the past few weeks have watched the unfolding of a number of overlapping major events. Among the breaking stories are those related to the corruption crisis, which has resulted in a significant challenge to the power of the AKP government; the open conflict ...  Read More »

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JAD FOR REEL Podcast (عن جد) – Episode 4

The fourth episode of ‘An Jad/For Reel, Jadaliyya’s monthly audio podcast, covers Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, developments at the Arab Studies Institute, reverberations of academic boycott, and gender. It begins with a roundup of some of Jadaliyya’s hottest December and January pieces and takes a look at the development of ...  Read More »

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حوار مع ديبيش شاكرابرتي القانون هو الذي يحمي الأسس الحقيقية للحداثة

ديبيش شاكرابرتي Dipesh Chakrabarty من مفكري الحداثة وهو يدعو إلى فهم جديد لها في سياقاتها المختلفة، ويدعو أيضاً إلى "حداثة بديلة" يتحدث عنها باستفاضة في كتابه ”مواطن الحداثة: مقالات في صحوة دراسات التابع“، الذي صدر حديثاً في ترجمة عربية لمجيب الرحمان وصدر عن ”كلمة“. بالإضافة إلى ذلك، هو مؤرخ متخصّص في ...  Read More »

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ارفُض، شعبك يحميك

لقد رأت المؤسسة العسكرية الإسرائيلية منذ النكبة واحتلال فلسطين إلى يومنا هذا، الضرورة  القصوى في الربط بين العسكري والسياسي. ففي آب 1948، عمّم رئيس أركان الجيش، يعكوف دوري، أمراً يعلم فيه أقسام الجيش عن قيام وحدة ”الأقليّات“. قبل أن يشغل دوري ذلك المنصب، كان ولسنوات رئيس فرق ”الهاجانا“ الصهيونية. وأشار دوري ...  Read More »

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كتب: مقابلة مع ديمة الشكر

[ضمن سلسلة "كتب“ التي تعنى بالإصدارات الجديدة، تنشر ”جدلية“ حواراً مع الناقدة ديمة الشكر وفصلاً من كتابها الصادر حديثاً ”الرنين المطوّق: العروض قديماً وحديثاً“، الشارقة، دائرة الثقافة والإعلام، ٢٠١٣.] جدلية: كيف تبلورت فكرة الكتاب وما الذي قادك نحو الموضوع؟ ديمة الشكر: تبلورت فكرة الكتاب خلال ...  Read More »

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Writing about Palestine: An Interview with Selma Dabbagh

In her debut novel, Out of It, British-Palestinian writer Selma Dabbagh explores the conflict in Palestine from a compelling intimate angle–the struggle between the personal and the political. Through her characters, she focuses on what it means for individuals to constantly weigh up the competing demands of the ...  Read More »

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Islam and the Black Freedom Struggle: An Interview with the After Malcolm Project

The After Malcolm: Islam and the Black Freedom Struggle project is a unique digital archive initiative housed at Georgia State University in Atlanta. By documenting and digitizing a range papers, records, audio and visual material, and oral histories, the project aims to increase the awareness of the role of Islam in ...  Read More »

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الأدب والثّورة: حوار مع حسين الواد بمناسبة الذّكرى الثّالثة للثورة التونسيّة

نوري ڤانة: أوّلا، كيف تعرّف بنفسك؟  حسين الواد: من مواليد منتصف القرن العشرين بالمكنين (جهة الساحل الشرقي) لأسرة تدهورت أوضاعها في عهد الاستعمار الفرنسي. تعلقت بأبي قضية مع "الجندرمة" الفرنسية سرعان ما تطوّرت إلى حكم بالإعدام ففرار من المعتقل لتستقر على المؤبد. عرفت، باكراً جداً، أن فساد أصحاب النفوذ ...  Read More »

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Egypt's Terrible Three: Interview with Hossam El-Hamalawy

Nearly three years after the fall of Mubarak, with the deep state and the military openly back in control, Egypt seems to have come full circle. How did that happen and what is the situation on the ground really like, with Egyptians going to the polls yet again to vote on a new constitution? Vomena's Khalil Bendib ...  Read More »

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The Whisper Strategy (Drama and Power Relations in Syria): An Interview with Donatella Della Ratta

We have heard a lot about the spring of Syrian drama, which flourished in the decade that preceded the 2011 uprising and perhaps even before. Some argue that the regime indirectly worked with directors and actors to serve a political goal, while others think that Syrian directors, actors, and scriptwriters were able ...  Read More »

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النصّ هو الذي يختار المترجم

أعلنت دار التكوين في سوريا عن إصدارها لـ "الأعمال الأدبيّة" لليورنادو دافنشي، وهذا هو نص الإعلان:  صدرت عن دار التكوين في دمشق الكتابات الأدبية لأشهر فناني النهضة الإيطاليين والعالميين على الإطلاق "ليوناردو دافنشي"، وهي تضم جميع الكتابات والملاحظات والمسوَّدات التي كتبها ليوناردو وجمَّعتها ...  Read More »

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Proverbs, Politics, and Paris: An Interview with Nancy Kricorian

Nancy Kricorian loves proverbs, especially Armenian ones. She has been collecting them for years, finding them in various books and corners of the internet and then saving them in her ever growing collection, which she shares through social media. Her current favorite—“Law is written for the rich, punishment for the ...  Read More »

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Demanding Equality: Interview with Steven Salaita on the ASA Academic Boycott

The American Studies Association (ASA) recently became the second US-based scholarly association to endorse the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The 800-member Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS) was the first. A group of ASA scholars proposed the boycott resolution to the ASA’s Community and ...  Read More »

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الصراع على الحيز المديني: حوار مع ديفد هارفي

لماذا تهم الصراعات المدينية في مشاريع التغيّر الاجتماعي؟ ما أهمية استعادة الحيز العام في الحركات الاجتماعية؟ كيف نعيد التفكير بما هو ممكن في هذه اللحظة العالمية المظلمة من التفاوتات المدينية الحادّة واللامساواة الاجتماعية؟ من أجل أجوبة عميقة لهذه الأسئلة، أجرينا مقابلة مع ديفد هارفي David Harvey في 24 تشرين ...  Read More »

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What Do You Miss Most? Syrian Refugees Respond

[Editor’s note: The following statements and pictures are part of ongoing research on the Syrian refugee population conducted by Rochelle Davis, Associate Professor at Georgetown University and a team of researchers. Click here to read an article published in the summer of 2013 by Rochelle Davis and Abbie Taylor ...  Read More »

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New Paradigms in Israel and Palestine: Interview with Noura Erakat and Leila Farsaikh

In early November 2013, the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats of the European Parliament organized a two-day conference to debate New Paradigms in Israel & Palestine. The organizers understood that this latest round of negotiations faciliated by US Secretary of State John Kerry would ...  Read More »

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Media On the Margins: An Interview With Rania Abouzeid About Reporting on Syria

Jadaliyya's "Media on the Margins" is a monthly show dedicated to the stories behind the news, on the fault-lines of journalism, and the fringes of public discourse. In each episode, Malihe Razazan speaks to reporters, editors, citizen journalists, and photographers to unpack their craft, interrogate their ...  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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