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Video: US Aid to Israel - The Real Deal

The special relationship between Israel and the United States goes deep...real deep. It's based on security, conflict and most of all money. Most of it for the Israeli military. But with over two hundred killed in Gaza just this July and the Israeli military's long list human rights abuses, AJ+ Labs' Francesca ...  Read More »

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Petition: Nobel Peace Laureates and Celebrities Call for Military Embargo on Israel

[This letter was posted by BDS Movement. An abridged version of this letter calling for the UN and governments to impose a military embargo on Israel was published in the Guardian on July 19 2014. The letter is signed by six Nobel peace laureates: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Adolfo Peres ...  Read More »

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Press Release: UNRWA Commissioner-General Press Briefing on the Situation in Gaza Strip

[The following statement was delivered by the Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Pierre Krähenbühl, on 14 July. In the intervening six days, the casualty figures cited in this statement have more than ...  Read More »

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On Our Intervention in Kalam al-Nas: Real Estate Development Will Not Realize the Dreams of the Lebanese

On Thursday 26 June 2014, a number of activists from the Civic Campaign for the Preserve of Dalieh infiltrated a live broadcasting of an episode of LBC’s Kalam al-Nas in Downtown Biel’s “Dream Real Estate Expo.” The particular episode tackled the topic of real estate development in Lebanon, ...  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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FAQ on Failed Effort to Arrange Ceasefire Between Israel and Hamas

Q: Why do you think Hamas didn't accept the terms of the ceasefire? Rashid Khalidi (RK): Hamas has insisted that there be a lasting resolution of the basic problem of Israel's siege of Gaza, as was promised as part of the 2012 cease-fire, but never implemented in spite of Israel's recognition that Hamas ...  Read More »

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Solidarity with Guantanamo Bay & Palestine: An Open Letter Calling on the Boycott of the White House Iftar

[The following open letter was originally published by Falling Walls Initiative.] “Hardship is the only language used here. Anybody who is able to die will be able to achieve happiness for himself. He has no other hope except that. The requirement is to announce the end and challenge the self love for life and the ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Debates Whether Diplomacy Can End the Conflct in Gaza on Al Jazeera English’s “Inside Story”

[This video and post were originally published by Al Jazeera English.] US President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he was worried fierce fighting with Hamas in Gaza could escalate, and offered help to broker a ceasefire.   Obama spoke to Netanyahu after ...  Read More »

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Video: Life in Gaza Explained

Gaza has been described as the world's largest open air prison. Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip has had catastrophic results for average Palestinians living there. AJ+'s Dena Takruri looks at the unforgiving realities they face everyday.  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat “Debates” Senior Advisor to Israeli Ambassador on Democracy Now!

Israel’s brutal aerial onslaught on the population of the Gaza Strip continues. As of Saturday 12 July 2014, Israel has killed 127 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip alone, not including the nearly dozen killed during its Operation Brother’s Keeper. Hamas has responded by firing crude rockets and mortars into Israel that ...  Read More »

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Video: What The Media Isn't Telling You About Israel's Attack on Gaza

In this two minute video on AJ+ Labs, host Dena Takruri explains what the mainstream media is missing in its coverage of Israel's attack on Gaza and why context matters.    Read More »

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Nobel Peace Laureates Slam Human Rights Watch's Ken Roth for Refusal to Cut Ties to U.S. Government

[In a May 12 letter, two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and over 100 scholars, journalists and human rights activists called on Human Rights Watch to close its revolving door to the U.S. government. On June 3, HRW published a response from executive director Kenneth Roth on its website, arguing that their “concern is ...  Read More »

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Mouin Rabbani Appears on Russia Today's Cross Talk

Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani participates in a debate on the current Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip on Russia Today's Cross Talk program. Other guests are Dan Arbell and Norman Finkelstein.    Read More »

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Call for Contributions: Translation and the Many Languages of Resistance, Cairo, March 2015

Translation and the Many Languages of Resistance Call for Papers Cairo, 6-8 March 2015 Deadline: 15 September 2014 Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, UK Organized by Mona Baker, Yasmin El Rifae, and Mada Masr Call for Contributions Read More »

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Letter Concerning LA City Council Threats to Student Free Speech

[The following open letter was issued by theCommittee on Academic Freedom of the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA)] July 1, 2014 Bob Blumenfield  councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org  Mike Bonin  councilmember.bonin@lacity.org Joe Buscaino  councildistrict15@lacity.org Gilbert ...  Read More »

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Letter Concerning Israeli Raids on Palestinian University Campuses

[The following open letter was issued by theCommittee on Academic Freedom of the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA)] June 30, 2014 John Kerry US Secretary of State via fax 202-663-3636 Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of Israel via fax 972-2-5303367 Dear Sirs, On behalf of the Committee on Academic ...  Read More »

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Call for Applicants: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Military Mobilities, Ports, and Transport Infrastructure in the Middle East

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Department of Politics and International Studies SOAS, University of London Duration: 3-Year Fixed Term (Start: 1 January 2015 or ASAP thereafter) Location: London Salary: 32,862 to 38,795 (inclusive of London Allowance) Application Deadline: 1 August ...  Read More »

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Israeli Police Brutally Beat Palestinian-American Youth

[The following press release was issued by friends and family members of Tarek Abu Khdeir on 4 July 2013.] For Immediate Release Following the brutal abduction and murder of 16-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem, his cousin, 15-year-old Tarek Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian-American child in Jerusalem on holiday ...  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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Details and Statements On Federal Court Dismissing All Charges Against Sami Al-Arian

[The following statement was issued by Sami Al-Arian's attorney, Jonathan Turley, on 27 June 2014. Below it is a short statement by Al-Arian's family that was included at the end of Turley's statement.] Statemeny by Jonathan Turley It is with a great sense of relief and thankfulness that I can now report that all ...  Read More »

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Israel’s West Bank Operation: Causes & Consequences

The disappearance of three Israeli youths in mid-June 2014 while hitchhiking home from a Jewish settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank has brought an already volatile situation to the boiling point. At a time of growing Palestinian agitation on account of a mass hunger strike by prisoners and amidst Israeli ...  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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ABC Radio (Australia) Interviews Jadaliyya co-Editor Mouin Rabbani on Palestinian Reconciliation

In this interview with ABC Radio (Australia), Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani explains the background and examines the prospects of the April 2014 Palestinian reconciliation agreement. Rabbani answers questions about the formation of a new Palestinian government, its political program, and economic ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers: Conference on Impact of Arab Uprisings on Citizenship in Arab World (12-14 November)

The Arab uprisings that occurred in a number of Arab states and have had ripple effects on others since late 2010 are part of a process of change that had been brewing in the Arab World for some time. Participants in the uprisings demanded dignity, work, bread, liberty, and social justice, linking together calls for ...  Read More »

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Presbyterian General Assembly Votes to Divest from Israeli Occupation

[The following press release was issued by US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation on 20 June 2014.] Following a ten year process, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has voted 310 to 303 to divest from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, and Hewlett Packard as a result of the companies’ ...  Read More »

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Statement by Comrades from Cairo: Everyone's Right to Protest

[The following statement was recently released by Comrades from Cairo] Everyone's Right to Protest To Those At Whose Side We Struggle, We write to you again at the bloody dawn of a new presidency: our fourth in as many years. General Abdel Fattah El Sisi, who oversaw the brutal overthrow of Mohamed Morsi and his ...  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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Public Statement: Rabab Abdulhadi Responds to AMCHA Allegations

[The following public statement was issued by Rabab Abdulhadi via Palestine Solidarity Legal Support on 18 June 2014. A footnoted version of this statement is available here.] Dear Friends and Colleagues, I write to provide a response to the false allegations made against me by the AMCHA Initiative in ...  Read More »

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Call for Proposal: Research Grants for Study of 'The Gulf Family'

The Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar announces a major research initiative designed to enhance our understanding of "The Gulf Family." Grant Purpose In the Gulf region (the GCC states, Yemen, Iraq, and Iran) the tribe has ...  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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