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Open Letter: Dutch Man Returns Righteous Among the Nations Medal, Protesting Killing of Relatives in Gaza

[The following letter was written by Dutch lawyer H.A. Zanoli and addressed to Israeli Ambassador to the Netherlands Haim Davon. It  was published in Haaretz.] Ambassador Haim Davon Embassy of Israel Buitenhof 47 2513 AH The Hague The Hague, August 11 2014 Subject: Return of medal of ...  Read More »

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Enhancing Municipal Capacities in Lebanon

The Civil Society Knowledge Center (CSKC) of Lebanon Support featured last month a paper by Marwa Boustani discussing the potential role of Lebanese municipalities and unions of municipalities in addressing needs generated by the Syrian refugee crisis. The author advocates the strengthening of their capacities through ...  Read More »

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New Report: Housing, Land and Property Issues in Lebanon

The UNHCR and UN-Habitat have recently launched a new report assessing the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon by studying issues of housing, land and property. Entitled Housing, Land and Property Issues in Lebanon: Implications of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, the report is authored by lawyers Nizar Saghieh and Karim ...  Read More »

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Egypt: Rab’a Killings Likely Crimes Against Humanity

No Justice a Year Later for Series of Deadly Mass Attacks on Protesters (Cairo) – The systematic and widespread killing of at least 1,150 demonstrators by Egyptian security forces in July and August 2013 probably amounts to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said today in a report based on a ...  Read More »

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Multimedia and Publications Editor Position Now Open

Job Title: Multimedia and Publications Editor Duties & Responsibilities: The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Multimedia and Publications Editor is responsible for editing, basic designing, and the production cycle for all CCAS print and electronic publications, as well as creating promotional ...  Read More »

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Persian Translation of Maya Mikdashi's 'Can Palestinian Men be Victims'

آیا مردان فلسطینی می‌توانند قربانی باشند؟ خوانش جنسیتیِ جنگ اسرائیل علیه غزه هر صبح چشمانمان را بر لیست به‌روز شده‌ی قصابی می‌گشاییم: ١٠٠، ٢٠٠، ٤٠٠، ٦٠٠ فلسطینی کشته شده توسط دستگاه جنگ اسرائیل. این اعداد جزییات ناخوشایند بسیاری را می‌پوشانند؛ اکثریت مردم غزه یعنی یکی از پرجمعیت‌ترین و ...  Read More »

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Statement from Free Speech and Constitutional Law Scholars in Support of Steven Salaita

August 15, 2014 Dr. Phyllis M. Wise Chancellor University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Swanlund Administration Building 601 John Street Champaign, IL 61820 Dear Dr. Wise: As scholars of free speech and constitutional law, we write to express alarm at your decision to revoke a tenured offer of appointment to ...  Read More »

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UAE-Linked NGO Whitewashes Migrant Abuse

 [This Migrant Rights report sheds light on the response of Gulf regimes in general and the Geneva-based NGO International Gulf Organization (IGO) in particular to international criticism of migrant labor rights in the region.]  This past year, the crackdown that resulted in the deportation of over a ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Wear Black to Show Sympathy and Support for the People of Gaza

[This press release was issued by a coalition of Palestinian women’s groups including the Palestinian Working Women’s Society for Development, Hedaya Shamon-Gaza; Al-Tajamu’ al-Nasawi al-Maqdasi, the Women’s Legal Aid and Counseling Center, the Women Studies Center, YWCA, the Gender Studies Program-Mada al-Carmel and ...  Read More »

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Scholars Pledge to Boycott UIUC Over the Firing of Steven Salaita

On 6 August, Inside Higher Ed reported that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) had rescinded a job offer to Steven G. Salaita, who was set to begin a tenured position in the American Indian Studies program this month. The article quoted “sources familiar with the university’s decision” as ...  Read More »

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Letter to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Protesting Revocation of Job Offer Made to Steven Salaita

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on 11 August 2014.] Dr. Phyllis M. Wise Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via email: chancellor@illinois.edu Dear Chancellor Wise: I am writing on behalf of the Committee on ...  Read More »

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The Ongoing Ceasefire Negotiations: Al Jazeera English Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani

Al Jazeera English hosted Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani for an interview on the situation in the Gaza Strip on 8 August 2014. The interview focused on current ceasefire negotiations in Cairo between Israeli and Palestinian delegations.     Read More »

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1,200 Spanish University Professors and Researchers Demand to Break Academic Relationships with Israel

[This statement was first published here on 6 August 2014.] More than one thousand professionals have signed a manifesto, released by the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) academic campaign for Palestine, demanding to end all institutional relations with the Israeli academic world, until it stops ...  Read More »

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CCR Letter to University of Illinois Regarding Professor Steven Salaita

[The following letter was sent by the Center for Constitutional Rights to Chancellor Phyllis Wise of the University of Illinoise at Urbana-Champaign on 7 August 2014 regarding the school's decision to terminate Professor Steven Salaita for his political speech.]    Read More »

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Call for Manuscripts: The SOAS Palestine Studies Series

 CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS THE SOAS PALESTINE STUDIES SERIES WITH I.B.TAURIS PUBLISHERS, LONDON The SOAS Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS) at the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) has announced the launch of the first, and presently the only, university series in Palestine Studies in the English language. ...  Read More »

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USACBI Condemns UIUC Firing of Arab-American Scholar Steven Salaita

The Organizing Collective of the  US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel protests in the strongest possible terms the termination of the appointment of Professor Steven Salaita by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).  According to the report in Inside Higher Education, ...  Read More »

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Open Letter Gaza – Dutch Academic and Affiliates

 August 2014 We, Professors, teachers and staff of Dutch Universities, reply to the call of our academic colleagues in Gaza and condemn in the strongest terms the excessive and brutal violence of ‘operation protective edge’ and Israel’s structural oppression of the population in Gaza. Since the beginning of ...  Read More »

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Zebda: One Life Less (Une vie de moins)

 One Life Less  On his blog Geographical Imaginations, Derek Gregory wrote a feature of Jean-Pierre Filiu's book Gaza: A History (recently translated from French), showcasing also one song Filiu authored, entitled "Une vie de moins/One life less." Music is by Zebda ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Institute of Women's Studies Urgent Call

[The following press release was issued by Birzeit University Institute of Women's Studies on 31 July 2014.] As we write this statement, twenty-five days after the brutal incursion on Gaza, over a thousand and four hundred of innocent civilian women, men, and children have been butchered by Israel’s war machine and ...  Read More »

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Over 100 Middle East Studies Scholars and Librarians Call for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

[The following letter calling on scholars and librarians within Middle East studies to boycott Israeli academic institutions was submitted in the name of the below signatories to Jadaliyya on 6 August 2014.] We, the undersigned scholars and librarians working on the Middle East, hold that silence about the latest ...  Read More »

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Training to Engaged Research: Proposal Writing and Research Design Seminars

TRAINING TO ENGAGED RESEARCH: PROPOSAL WRITING AND RESEARCH DESIGN SEMINARS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES FOR JUNIOR FACULTY IN EGYPTIAN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES ARAB FAMILIES WORKING GROUP http://arabfamilies.org Lead Presenter: Suad Joseph, University of California, Davis DATE: OCTOBER 24, 25, 26, ...  Read More »

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Home Surveillance and the Rights of Domestic Workers

[The following report was originally published by Migrant Rights on 25 July 2014 under the title "Home Surveillance Marketed Against Domestic Workers' Privacy Rights."] The alleged link between migrants and crime is a commonly regurgitated misconception in much of the migrant receiving world. In the Gulf ...  Read More »

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Video: Inside Israel's Pro-War Nationalist Camp

The Real News' Lia Tarachansky reports on nationalists in Israel and their support for Operation Protective Edge. Tarachansky covers just who these nationalist groups are, the motives of their support for Israeli incursion in Gaza, and their political goals.  Read More »

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Bogazici Soma Dayanismasi Soma Gozlem Degerlendirmeleri

Boğaziçi Soma Dayanışması Soma Gözlem Değerlendirmeleri [Soma'da gerçekleşen facianın ardından Boğaziçi Üniversitesi akademisyen, öğrenci ve emekçileri tarafından kurulan Boğaziçi Soma Dayanışması Temmuz ayında ilçeye tekrardan bir ziyaret gerçekleştirdi. Soma'daki faciaya yol veren çalışma koşulları, sendika, ...  Read More »

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Disarmament in Gaza?: CNN Anderson Cooper 360° Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani

CNN Anderson Cooper 360° hosted Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani for an interview on the situation in the Gaza Strip. The two primarily discussed the Israeli bombing of Al-Aqsa TV and the feasbility of a complete disarmament in Gaza.   Read More »

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Video: Behind the Lying Eyes of Mark Regev

Using a prototype Truth Rectification Processor, the words of Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev have been filtered through a complex algorithm that strips away lies. This experiment, led by @alexnunns, is inspired by earlier, remarkable research carried out by gabbriana2008, which used alternative ...  Read More »

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W Radio (Colombia) Interviews Jadaliyya co-Editor Mouin Rabbani on Gaza

  The W interviews Jadaliyya co-Editor Mouin Rabbani on the Israeli political endgame in its latest Gaza incursion. They also discussed his article "Israel Mows the Lawn."        Read More »

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"A Slaughter of Innocents": Democracy Now! Interview with American Jewish Leader Henry Siegman

 Given his background, what American Jewish leader Henry Siegman has to say about Israel’s founding in 1948 through the current assault on Gaza may surprise you. From 1978 to 1994, Siegman served as executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s "big three" ...  Read More »

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Iranian Intellectuals, Artists and Social Activists' Statement on the Recent Conflict in Palestine

[The following statement was issued by the below signatories on 29 July 2014.] “Remaining silent while Palestinian people are slaughtered is a sin which nothing could absolve.” We condemn the barbaric and frequent assaults that have been committed by the Israeli state against the people of Palestine. We also support ...  Read More »

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Joint Declaration by International Law Experts on Israel’s Gaza Offensive

[Prefatory Note from Richard Falk: Posted here is a joint declaration of international law experts from around the world who are listed below as endorsers. I am among the endorsers, and the text was initially drafted by several international law scholars. We welcome additional signatures that can be sent to me in the ...  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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