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Syrian Refugees and the Map of a Dangerous Journey: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Alia Malek

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Malihe Razazan speaks with Alia Malek about Malek's article "The Road to Germany $2400" which recently appeared in Foreign Policy.  Alia Malek is a journalist, civil rights lawyer, and author of A Country Called Amreeka: Roots, American ...  Read More »

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Declaracion de la Delegacion de Prisioneros, Academicos, y Laborales de EE.UU., en Solidaridad con, a Palestina

[La siguiente declaración fue emitida por La Delegación de Prisioneros, Académicos, y Laborales de EE.UU., en Solidaridad con, a Palestina en abril de 2016.] Nos Paramos con Palestina en el espíritu de " Somoud " (Firmeza) La Delegación de Prisioneros, Académicos, y Laborales de EE.UU., en ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Anti-Prison, Labor, Academic Delegation Takes Stand against Israeli State Violence, Affirms Solidarity with Palestinian People

[The following press release was issued by The U.S. Prisoner, Labor and Academic Solidarity Delegation to Palestine in April 2016] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—April 16, 2016 On Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Anti-Prison, Labor, Academic Delegation Takes Stand against Israeli State Violence, Affirms Solidarity with ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 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 by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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مروان البرغوثي: نحو توليد نخبة سياسية فلسطينية جديدة

 التاريخ محكوم بالسير قُدماً، ومن الخطأ القاتل الوقوف عكس اتجاه سير التاريخ. ومقاومة الشعوب للاستعمار والظلم والقهر والاحتلال والعبودية والاستغلال والاعتداء على الكرامة الإنسانية، عناصر كلها تتفق مع هذا المسار الطبيعي، وبالتالي فإن علاقة الشعب المُستَعمَر والمقهور بالاستعمار الكولونيالي، هي علاقة رفض ومقاومة ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 29)

English Violence in Turkey Bosporus 'Bulls' Defy Terrorist Threat Kerim Karakaya reports that investors remain positive about Turkey as an investment prospect, having factored the country’s instability into their calculations over the course of 2015. The Wrong Mindset to Fight Terrorism Yasin Aktay, member of ...  Read More »

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Conference: AUB City Debates 2016: March 2-4

The yearly City Debates conference is organized by the graduate programs in Urban Planning, Policy and Design (MUPP-MUD) at the American University of Beirut. This year's City Debates stems from a relational and multi-scalar understanding of urban policy as an assemblage of ideas and tools that circulate and ...  Read More »

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Report: The Welfare of Syrian Refugees: Evidence from Jordan and Lebanon

The World Bank and the UNHCR released a new report entitled The Welfare of Syrian Refugees Evidence from Jordan and Lebanon, co-authored by Paolo Verme, Chiara Gigliarano, Christina Wieser, Kerren Hedlund, Marc Petzoldt, and Marco Santacroce, available for download through the Open Knowledge ...  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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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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The Ambiguous Encampment of the World

Michel Agier (ed.), Un monde de camps (A World of Camps), (Paris: La Découverte, 2014). The refugee camp is a topic of interest for many social scientists coming from different disciplines such as geography, urban studies, and anthropology. Literature on refugee camps has often been fragmented according to regions ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Anthony Gorman and Sossie Kasbarian, Diasporas of the Modern Middle East: Contextualizing Community

Anthony Gorman and Sossie Kasbarian, editors, Diasporas of the Modern Middle East: Contextualizing Community. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Universtiry Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Sossie Kasbarian (SK): The book came out of a workshop that we convened at the University of Edinburgh in ...  Read More »

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Prominent Anthropologists Explain Why They Support the AAA Boycott Resolution

On 20 November 2015, members of the American Anthropological Association will vote on a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions. Over the past year, a number of prominent anthropologists have written eloquently about why they support such a boycott, urging their colleagues to join them in that support. ...  Read More »

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Engaged Anthropology: The AAA’s Task Force Report on Israel/Palestine

On 8 October 2015, Israeli security forces brutally beat and arrested two students of Birzeit University, a major Palestinian university in the West Bank. In response, Birzeit issued an appeal to academic and human rights institutions to speak out against the crimes of the Israeli occupation. The university’s appeal ...  Read More »

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Eyes on the Sea: Syrian Refugees Flee Egypt

In June 2014, photographer Ebrahim Elmoly started a project to document the lives of Syrian refugees in Egypt. He spent one month each following three families. Below are their stories. Where possible, Ebrahim has followed up with the individuals to find out what happened  Read More »

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The Early Plight of Humanitarianism

Keith David Watenpaugh, Bread from Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015 America is a comfortable and rich country. We have safe homes….Their homes are in ruins….The moan of a race moves out across the heart of a stricken ...  Read More »

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Gaza’s Untold Story

August 26, 2015 marked the first anniversary of Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip, during which 2,219 Palestinians were killed. However, a large part of the story is left untold. Over half of those killed were refugees who were displaced from their homes in Yafa, Salama, Isdud, and many other villages and towns, as ...  Read More »

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كيف تصبح انتفاضة ثالثة؟

كتب الكثير خلال الأيام العشرة الماضية عن الأحداث الجارية في وسائل الإعلام الفلسطينية والإسرائيلية والأجنبية، على الرغم من قصر هذه الفترة، وبخاصة ما إذا كانت انتفاضة ثالثة، أم "هبة"، أم شيئاً آخر كلياً. ولا أريد هنا التوقف كثيراً حول التسمية، لكن هناك جانباً قد يكون من الضروري الإشارة إليه، لأنه لا يتعلق فقط ...  Read More »

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"We took the boat of death": Syrian Refugees Arrive in Austria

In September 2015, tens of thousands of Syrian refugees flooded into Austria from the Hungarian city of Hegyeshalom, six kilometers from the Austrian-Hungarian border. According to the United Nations, more than four million Syrians have fled the country since the civil war started. "We took the boat of death ...  Read More »

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لكي تنتصر الانتفاضة

ليس المطلوب المبالغة في الجدال حول تسمية ما يجري، "هبة" "موجة" "انتفاضة" "ردة فعل دفاعية"، فما يجري، بغض النظر عن التسمية، دليل حيّ جديد على قيامة المارد الفلسطيني من القمقم الذي عاش فيه، خصوصًا خلال السنوات العشر الماضية. لقد سقطت كل التحليلات التي نظّر أصحابها بأن زمن ...  Read More »

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غزة بلوز: دندنات الحب والموت والمقاومة

              "هنا، عند مُنْحَدَرات التلالِ، أمامَ الغروبِ وفُوَّهَةِ الوقتِ، قُرْبَ بساتينَ مقطوعةِ الظلِّ، نفعَلُ ما يفعَلُ السُجَناءُ، وما يفعلُ العاطلون عَن العَمَل: نُرَبِّي الأَمَلْ." محمود درويش يقال أن الألم يُبرز أفضل ما في الإنسان . حين ارتكبت ...  Read More »

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Roundtable On Refugee Crisis: Historical Legacies, Political Context, and Legal Mechanisms

Seemingly overnight Europe is confronted with a phenomenon already being experienced in Amman, Damascus, Beirut, Gaziantep and other cities in the Middle East: large numbers of desperate refugees fleeing war, destruction and economic destitution. The policy response of Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon to this influx has ...  Read More »

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Reimagining the University in a Time of Crisis – Every Campus a Refuge Campaign

The refugee crisis is a perpetual crisis. As long as there has been conflict, there have been refugees. I myself am the child of refugees, their first, born in a country right across the river from the one they fled. We were lucky; my family escaped the drudgeries of the refugee camps to live a life of tenuous ...  Read More »

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كابوس دمشـق وســماواتها: يوميات سورية

العودة إلى الشام 14  آب/أغسطس 2011  وقفتُ في الدور قلقاً بعض الشيء. لطالما أثار فيَّ مطارُ دمشق، أنا الكردي العراقي بجنسيتين عراقية وأخرى أمريكية مع اسم عليّ أن أردده أكثر من مرة قبل ترجمته، خليطاً غريباً من مشاعر التوجس والقلق وصولاً إلى الخوف. تُعتبر المطارات واجهة مصغرة لمدنها وهي بمثابة بوابتها التي ...  Read More »

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Migration and Exclusion in the Gulf: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Omar al-Shehabi

In this interview, Omar al-Shehabi discusses his new co-edited book, Transit States on Immigration in the Gulf, expanding on issues of migration, exclusion and co-optation.  Omar al-Shehabi is the director of the Gulf Centre for Development Policies. His current research interests lie in the demography and ...  Read More »

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Ghassan Kanafani: The Horizon Beyond the Gate

The Horizon Beyond the Gate Ghassan Kanafani Translated by Annie Weaver 1 Before reaching the top of the ladder, he stopped to catch his breath. No, it’s not possible that he could be so worn out...he knows well that he’s not tired at all. Carrying nothing more than a small basket and his ladder, the car had ...  Read More »

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Two Figures on a Bench, in a Park, Tiflis, 1914

When I was growing up in Amman, where my parents had finally landed as refugees from Palestine, we had a valise where we kept folds of photographs, faded images with wrinkled edges, the oldest ones—just a handful--going back to the early 1910s. The valise was a repository of the cruel itinerary of both branches of my ...  Read More »

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بعد مرور أربع سنوات: ما من أجوبة سهلة في سوريا

(كُتب هذا المقال في آذار\نيسان. ترجمة: أسامة إسبر) (Read English Version here) بعد أربع سنوات من القتل والتدمير، ليس هناك أسئلة سهلة في سوريا. ذلك أن الحلول الليبرالية المطروحة لا تفتقر للواقعية فحسب، بل هي أيضاً متضمنة في وجهات نظر عالمية غير ناضجة عن الحرية والعدالة والتنمية ...  Read More »

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An Update of Our Fall

AN UPDATE OF OUR FALL The hair delicate The waves combed it As if composing lines Lamenting the deed The mouth is turned away From the salt and sand The ear a pearl’s shell The murmurs of the tale still wet To us he shows Not his bright face But his back At us he looks Not with the keen eyes But ...  Read More »

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اللاجئون السوريون والخليج: لحظة فك السحر

عندما كتب ميشيل فوكو عن علاقة المعرفة بالسلطة ركز على أهمية العلوم الاجتماعية لتقديم المعرفة الدقيقة اللازمة لأي سلطة تريد تنوير أو ترويض رعيتها. فالإحصائيات والأرقام والمسوحات والاستبيانات والمقابلات المعمقة هدفها تقديم حد أدنى من المعلومات التي على ضوئها سيتم تفسيرها من قبل السلطات السياسية، وإنشاء ما يسمى ...  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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