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Yemen: The Peace and National Partnership Agreement

[What follows is the text—taken from the announcement by Jamal Benomar—of the Peace and National Partnership Agreement signed by representatives of Ansarallah, the umbrella organization of the Houthi movement, and the leadership of major political factions in Yemen, including the sitting government. It was signed late ...  Read More »

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اليمن: نص اتفاق السلم والشراكة الوطنية

[نص الاتفاق من إعلام جمال بنعمر] اتفاق السلم والشراكة الوطنية 
 21 أيلول (سبتمبر) 2014 مقدمة
: بناء على مخرجات مؤتمر الحوار الوطني الشامل، التي توافقت عليها جميع المكونات اليمنية والتي أرست أسس بناء دولة يمنية اتحادية ديموقراطية جديدة مبنية على مبادىء سيادة القانون والمواطنة المتساوية واحترام حقوق الإنسان ...  Read More »

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Call for Applicants: Historian of the Modern Middle East (Brown University)

As part of a major new hiring initiative across multiple fields, the Watson Institute for International Studies and the Department of History at Brown University invite applicants for an open rank position for a historian of the modern Middle East during the long 20th century (from the late-19th century onwards). The ...  Read More »

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Open Letter to the Brooklyn Book Festival re Israeli Sponsorship

[The following open letter is being ciruclated in protest of the Brooklyn Book Festival's partnership with the Israeli Office of Cultural Affairs in New York to sponsor Assaf Gavrons participation in the festival.] Tell the Brooklyn Book Festival to no longer accept partnerships with the Israeli government or ...  Read More »

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DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (DC-PFAF): Program and Tickets

The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (DC-PFAF) is a not for profit, volunteer run annual project. It is in its fourth year and aims to showcase the work of Palestinian filmmakers and artists for audiences in Washington, DC and its surrounding areas. It is a unique festival in that the stories told ...  Read More »

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NYC Event -- The War on Gaza: Military Strategy and Historical Horizons (19 September, Columbia University)

The Center for Palestine Studies and the Middle East Institute present The War on Gaza Military Strategy and Historical Horizons Presenters Noura Erakat (Assistant Professor, George Mason University) Rashid Khalidi (Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University) Moderator ...  Read More »

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Dozens to Bike from Philadelphia to Washington, DC to Raise Funds for Medical Relief for Gaza’s Children

[The following press release was issued 17 September 2014 by Cycling4Gaza.] Dozens to Bike from Philadelphia to Washington, DC to Raise Funds for Medical Relief for Gaza’s Children  Between September 18 and 21, more than 40 cyclists are expected to pedal more than 217 miles (350 km) from Philadelphia to ...  Read More »

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LA Event--From Gaza to Ferguson: A Panel Discussion (18 September 2014)

UCLA School of Law's Critical Race Studies presents From Gaza to Ferguson From the Washington Post to Ebony Magazine to the streets of Ferguson and beyond, connections between events in Ferguson and Gaza have cpatured the popular imagination. This panel will examine and explore the relationship between race, the ...  Read More »

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Media, Activism and the New Political: 'Istanbul Conversations' on New Media and Left Politics

[The following introduction and transcript of an October 2013 roundtable discussion on media, activism, and left politics was published in the journal Media Culture and Society. The roundtable features a number of scholars/activists, including Jadaliyya co-editors Bassam Haddad and Sherene ...  Read More »

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بدايات، فصلية ثقافية فكرية: لكل فصول التغيير

صدر العدد ٩/٨ من مجلة ”بدايات“، وهي مجلة ثقافية فصلية أُطلقتْ استجابة للتحولات التاريخية التي نتجت عن الثورات العربية. كتب فوّاز طرابلسي، رئيس تحرير المجلة، افتتاحية العدد تحت عنوان ”حروب الردة أو أغتيال المستقبل” وركزت المجلة في عددها الراهن على الأوضاع في سوريا ولبنان والعراق.      محتويات ...  Read More »

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The Question of Judeo/Arabic(s): Itineraries of Belonging [Lecture at GMU]

CSC cultural Studies Colloquium, a forum for interdisciplinary research, presents: The Question of Judeo/Arabic(s): Itineraries of Belonging Ella Shohat Co-presented with the Middle East Studies Program and the Arab Studies Institute Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:30-6:30pm Johnson Center, ...  Read More »

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Call for Applications: Carnegie Centennial Fellowships at the University of Minnesota for Scholars from Arab Universities

Call for Applications Humphrey School of Public Affairs University of Minnesota Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship in Support of Visiting Scholars in the Social Sciences from Arab Universities The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota announces the availability of a limited ...  Read More »

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Announcing the New Issue of Middle East Report -- Fuel and Water: The Coming Crises

FUEL AND WATER: THE COMING CRISES Demand for fuel and water in the Middle East is rapidly increasing. Populations are growing, as are expectations of middle-class levels of consumption. Supplies of fuel and water are finite, however, and renewable water reserves are dwindling fast. The summer ...  Read More »

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Civility Codes Contradict Free Speech: Letter to Berkeley Chancellor Dirks from California Scholars for Academic Freedom

[The following letter was issued on 11 September 2014 by California Scholars for Academic Freedom in response to a recent statement by Chancellor Nicholas Dirks of the University of California Berkeley.] September 11, 2014 Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor University of California – Berkeley Dear Chancellor ...  Read More »

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The University of Illinois Board of Trustees Votes against Reinstating Professor Salaita

BREAKING: The University of Illinois Board of Trustees met today to vote on whether or not to reinstate Professor Steven Salaita to his position with the American Indian Studies department at UIUC. Despite a sizeable turnout of students, faculty and community members in support of Salaita’s reinstatement, the Board of ...  Read More »

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Rigged Cars and Barrel Bombs: Aleppo and the State of the Syrian War

[The following reports was issued on 9 Sepetember 2014 by the International Crisis Group (ICG).] Rigged Cars and Barrel Bombs: Aleppo and the State of the Syrian War Executive Summary As Aleppo goes, so goes Syria’s rebellion. The city is crucial to the mainstream opposition’s military viability as well as its ...  Read More »

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Islamic State: Back in Business

[The following article was originally published by Peter Harling in Le Monde Diplomatique, and subsequently republished by the International Crisis Group (ICG).] Emerging in an increasingly chaotic Middle East, IS is profiting from the region’s growing sectarianism, political vacuum and the ambivalence of the ...  Read More »

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Conference Announcement: Identity, Sovereignty, and Global Politics in the Building of Baghdad, Harvard GSD (Sept.18-20, 2014)

Identity, Sovereignty, and Global Politics in the Building of Baghdad: From Revolution through the Gulf War and Beyond Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, September 18-20, 2014 Using the history of urban development in Baghdad as a reference point, this conference examines the extent to which ...  Read More »

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Salaita Speaks Out: A Report-Back from the Press Conference

At a press conference this afternoon, Professor Steven Salaita spoke publicly for the first time since the termination of his employment. Nearly one year ago, Professor Steven Salaita accepted an offer from the interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to join the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign ...  Read More »

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First Official Statement by Steven Salaita Concerning His Termination from UIUC

[The following statement was issued by Steven Salaita on 9 September 2014 during a press conference that was held immediately following a student walkout at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UI-UC).] My name is Steven Salaita. I am a professor with an accomplished scholarly record; I have been a fair and ...  Read More »

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Open Letter: Graduate Students Demand Restoration of Academic Freedom at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

[The following open letter to Chancellor Wise at the University of Illinois Urbana Champagne was issued on 4 September 2014 by graduate students from around the United States and beyond in opposition to the summary dismissal of Professor Steven Salaita and in defense of academic freedom and freedom of speach. Over 550 ...  Read More »

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University of Illinois Jewish Community Letter in Support of Our Professor Steven Salaita

[The below open letter was issued to Chancellor Wise and the University of Illinois- Uraban Champaign (UIUC) Board of Trustees from Jewish faculty, staff, students, alumni and parents at the university in support of Steven Salaita. The letter was drafted by Samantha Brotman, alumna of Georgetown University’s Master of ...  Read More »

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Call for Submissions: Routes

Call for Submissions Deadline for Pitches: September 5, 2014 The decline of the Ottoman Empire and the colonial encounter it facilitated between the Middle East and Europe dramatically and permanently altered the nature of regional mobility. With the establishment of nation-states, the drawing of borders where none ...  Read More »

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Call for Submissions: Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Modern and Contemporary Arab Art

Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Modern and Contemporary Arab Art Submission Deadline: 1 December 2014 Description The Association of Modern and Conctmporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA) is currently accepting submissions for the 2015 Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Graduate Paper in ...  Read More »

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On SJP’s Freedom to Organize: An Open Letter from CUNY Faculty

[The following letter, signed by faculty from sixteen colleges of the City University of New York (CUNY), was released on 1 September 2014. For more information, or to sign on as a CUNY faculty signatory or an affiliate supporter, click here.] As members of the CUNY faculty, we are writing this open letter to ...  Read More »

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Message From Human Rights Defender Maryam al-Khawaja

[This statement of concern was published by the Bahrain Center for Human Right on 29 August, 2014, shortly after Maryam al-Khawaja was detained in Bahrain].  The Bahrain Center for Human rights expresses its grave concern over denying the human rights defender and co-director of the Gulf Center for Human rights, ...  Read More »

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Open Letter on Gaza and BDS from the Middle East Caucus of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies

[The following statement was issued by the Middle East Caucus of the Society for Cineman and Media Studies on 11 August 2014.] As scholars, artists and community organizers, and as members of the Middle East Caucus(MEC) of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), we are deeply disturbed by the ...  Read More »

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Anthropologists In Defense of Intellectual and Academic Freedom at U. Illinois

Dear Chancellor Wise,  We write as anthropologists to regretfully inform you that we will refuse to speak as guest lecturers or participants in public events at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign until you reverse your decision to prevent Professor Steven Salaita’s appointment to the Department of ...  Read More »

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Call for Artists: International Juried Exhibition—Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video (Deadline: 21 September 2014)

For Immediate Release Contact: Sasha Ali | Exhibitions Manager pr@cafam.org | 323.937.4230 x25 Call for Artists: International Juried Exhibition—Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video LOS ANGELES — The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and Farhang Foundation announce a collaboration for a juried ...  Read More »

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Antisemitism and Salaita

[The following letter was originally published on the author, the Head of the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Director of the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, on his website.]  17 August 2014 Dear Chancellor Wise, I am sorry that I ...  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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