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Video: When Media Coverage Of Gaza And Israel Becomes The Story

  When it comes to news about Israel and Palestine, the media coverage itself often becomes the story. For AJ+ Labs, host Dena Takruri looks at where the US media got it wrong and how social media is keeping the mainstream accountable.     Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Debates the Tactics and Ethics of Warfare on PBS Newshour

This PBS Newshour segement reflect's PBS's concern wiht the "growing number of casualties in the battle between Israel and Hamas" which "raised questions about the tactics being used by both sides." Judy Woodruff invites Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat of George Mason University and Amos Guiora of ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (24 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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HRW Whitewashes Israel, The Law Supports Hamas: Some Reflections on Israel’s Latest Massacre

 [The analysis and data in this article refer to the period prior to the Israeli ground invasion.] On 7 July 2014, Israel unleashed Operation Protective Edge against Gaza. When it launched a ground invasion on 18 July 2014, Israel had already killed 230 Gazan Palestinians, of whom seventy-five percent (171) were ...  Read More »

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Did Israel Spark Violence to Prevent "Peace Offensive"?: Democracy Now! Interview with Mouin Rabbani and Norman Finkelstein

It is widely thought that the flare-up in Israel and the Occupied Territories began with the kidnapping of three Israeli teens in the West Bank just more than a month ago. But our guests — author Norman Finkelstein and Palestinian political analyst Mouin Rabbani — argue that such a narrative ignores the broader ...  Read More »

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Repetition and Death in the Colony: On the Israeli Attacks on Gaza

At the moment of writing these lines, the BBC reports one hundred deaths thus far in Gaza in the recent Israeli onslaught. As we have seen these scenes before, the invocation of repetition comes naturally. “Once again” is a commonly used word when it comes to death and suffering under occupation in ...  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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Video: Israeli Settlements Explained

In this three-minute episode, which originally aired on AJ+ Labs, host Dena Takruri explains what Israeli settlements are, the violence they cause to Palestinians, and their critical role in fueling conflict.         Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Responds to Israeli General Consul Regarding Operation Brother’s Keeper On Al Jazeera America

On June 12, 2014, three Israeli settler boys were kidnapped on a hike near the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. Although a police recording indicated that one of the boys had been immediately killed, Israel set off a national search for the boys, entitled “Operation Brother’s Keeper,” in which it ...  Read More »

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Quick Thoughts: Lisa Hajjar on Guantanamo Bay and High Seas Detention

[Jadaliyya Co-Editor Lisa Hajjar recently returned from her fifth visit to the US naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where the United States has maintained a military prison facility since 2002. Below she provides her impressions and analysis of the current state of military trials.] Jadaliyya (J): You ...  Read More »

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Migrant Workers and Labor Unions in the Gulf: An Interview with Karim Radhi

[In this Migrant Rights interview, trade union activist Karim Radhi focuses on the cultural attitudes toward migrant laborers in the Gulf, which he sees as the primary obstacle to their integration into any workers’ movement there. The interview first appeared in Arabic and was later translated by Saqer ...  Read More »

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Letter to Obama Administration on Egyptian State Violations of Human Rights

In an unprecedented statement, over forty senior academics including more than a dozen former presidents of the most important professional association for scholars of the Arab and larger Muslim world, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), have signed a letter to US President Obama and Secretary State John Kerry ...  Read More »

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The End of Rent Control in Lebanon: Another Boost to the “Growth Machine?”

It is an open secret that, given the political instability of the past three years, the Lebanese real-estate sector has suffered a sharp decrease in demand for upmarket property. In spite of this, giant construction cranes, and glass-and-steel towers continue to dominate the Beirut skyline—something that is unlikely ...  Read More »

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Tunisia: The Collective Making of a Constitution

Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) session held on 26 January 2014 did not put an end to disagreements among its members. However, it did represent the culmination of the work done by members. These members were elected by people on 23 October 2011 to draft the provisions of the Constitution of the Tunisian ...  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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نقاش - لهذه الأسباب أصبحت المدينة متوحشة وبهذه الشروط نوقف التوحش

مسؤولون إما بإصدارهم القوانين والأنظمة غير الملائمة، وإما بمقاومتهم أي تعديل لما هو غير مناسب ومسيء للمدينة، وإما بصمّ آذانهم عن سماع صوت العارفين والاختصاصيين، وإما بالقيام بالأعمال "المتوحشة" في حق المدينة أو تشجيعها، وإما بالسكوت وإغماض العيون عما يجري، بمن فيهم أولئك الأنبياء الكذبة الذين يحاضرون عن ...  Read More »

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Egyptian Investment Law Axing Proxy Litigation Harmful to Citizen Rights

Days before its resignation on 24 February 2014, the Beblawi cabinet announced its intention to amend Egypt's investment law. The change would limit the right to challenge sales contracts of public sector companies concluded between the government and investors, by limiting that right [of challenging these contracts ...  Read More »

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In Algiers, the Twenties Are No Longer the Best Years

Two young activists, one is Algerian and the other is Tunisian. They look like two drops of water: thin, close fitting sweaters, Zara can be read on one of them, it is not a war cry, just a brand name, short and wise hair, clean shaven. The first, Mohand Kadi, is a student and activist with the Raj Association (The ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Bahrain: A System of Injustice

[The following press release was issued by Human Rights Watch on 28 May 2014.] (London) – Bahrain’s criminal justice system fails to deliver basic accountability and impartial justice, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 64-page report, “Criminalizing Dissent, Entrenching Impunity: Persistent ...  Read More »

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Press Release: NLG Fact-Finding Delegation Calls for End of U.S.-Backed Administrative Detention of Palestinians by Israel

[The following press release was issused by the National Lawyers Guild on 29 May, 2014.] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NLG Fact-Finding Delegation Calls for End of U.S.-Backed Administrative Detention of Palestinians by Israel NEW YORK -- Approximately 200 Palestinians from the West Bank have been held for months or years ...  Read More »

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Press Release: New date of 21 October Set for Trial of Rasmea Odeh

[The following press release was issued 28 May 2014 by the Defense Committee for Palestinian American organizer Rasmea Odeh.] For Immediate Release Palestinian American organizer from Chicago, Rasmea Yousef Odeh, appeared in U.S. District Court in Detroit, Michigan, on Wednesday, 28 May 2014, with a new attorney, ...  Read More »

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Religion, Race, and Repression in Mauritania: The Ould Mkhaitir Apostasy Affair

On 2 January 2014, Mohamed Ould Cheikh Mohamed Ould Mkhaitir, a young Mauritanian engineer from the northern industrial city of Nouadhibou, published a denunciation of caste-based racism, which he framed as a call for religious reform. He dared to challenge the discrimination against Moulamines, the lowest of the low ...  Read More »

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The Empty Promise of State-Sponsored Feminism in the Arabian Peninsula

States in the Arabian Peninsula have maintained, and in some cases strengthened, their authoritarian structures in the shadow of the recent Arab uprisings. In spite of this, the US government and many of its allies continue to herald a liberalizing shift in places such as Saudi Arabia or Kuwait largely on the basis of ...  Read More »

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Lebanese Judges and Journalists: Breaking the Stereotypes

On 24 February 2014, a Lebanese court ruled in favor of Judge Randa Yaqzan in her case against al-Akhbar newspaper and journalist Mohamed Nazzal. Following the ruling, the convicted media outlet (al-Akhbar) criticized the court, going as far as questioning the legitimacy of the court’s right to examine other cases ...  Read More »

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نقاش نقدي لتطبيقات النموذج الجنوب إفريقي على فلسطين

أود في هذه المقالة التعرض بالنقاش النقدي لاستخدامات النموذج الجنوب إفريقي لتفسير القضية الفلسطينية وتخيّل الحلول التطبيقية المناسبة لها. تنطلق معظم التطبيقات الفلسطينية من رفض حلّ الدولتين للنزاع الفلسطيني الإسرائيلي. والحجج الرئيسة متنوعة. ابرزها أن اختبار المفاوضات الفلسطينية الإسرائيلية يفضي إلى نتيجة فاقعة بأن لا ...  Read More »

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Egypt - One Court, One Month: 1212 Death Sentences

[The following briefing was published by the Alkarama Foundation on 29 April 2014] Within a month, the Al Minya Criminal Court handed down in two separate verdicts 1212 death sentences following blatantly unfair and speedy trials in relation to the demonstrations that happened on 14 August 2013. In the first case, 37 ...  Read More »

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'My Sleep is My Break': Exploitation of Migrant Domestic Workers in Qatar

[The following report was published by Amnesty International on  22 April 2014] "My Sleep is My Break": Exploitation of Migrant Domestic Workers in Qatar Introduction and Overview "No day-off and no mobile if you don't want to give. It is as you like madam, the same with  working hours, ...  Read More »

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Press Release: ICAHD Joins Appeal to Israeli Supreme Court Against Military Planning in Area C of the West Bank

[The following press release was issued by The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions on 24 April, 2014.]  ICAHD, in conjunction with Rabbis for Human Rights/Shomrei Mishpat, The Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center, and The Society of Saint Yves, The Catholic Center for Human Rights, and ...  Read More »

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علم السياسة في مصر: التاريخ والتوجهات

لا تضيف هذه الوريقات جديداً إلى ما يعلمه القارئ عن الموضوع، غير أن هناك حاجة ماسة إلى التذكير بتاريخ علم السياسة في مصر واتجاهاته؛ ذلك أن أي فعل يهدف إلى الحفاظ على ما هو قائم أو تغييره، إنما يحتاج إلى إرادة تسانده، وتلك الإرادة يشحذها ويقوي من تصميمها وعيٌ متنامٍ، ويترسخ ذلك الوعي ويتنامى بتزايد الخبرات واتساع ...  Read More »

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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 »

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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