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Event Report-Back -- Before the Modern, After the Medieval: Egypt and the Middle East in the Eighteenth Century

On 28 and 29 March 2014 the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations at the American University in Cairo (AUC) convened its Annual History Seminar at Oriental Hall in downtown Cairo. Titled “Before the Modern, After the Medieval: Egypt and the Middle East in the 18th Century,” the seminar brought renowned scholars ...  Read More »

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Stasis Shift: Guernica Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Founder Bassam Haddad

Jadaliyya co-founder on telling alternative stories about the Arab world, understanding the life cycles of revolution, and confronting “the weight of ancient problems.”   In the fall of 2010, I was crossing a crowded hotel lobby at the Middle East Studies Association convention in San Diego when a friend ...  Read More »

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The Case Against Qatar: Host of the FIFA 2022 World Cup

[The following report was published by the International Trade Union Confederation on 16 March 2014] The Case Against Qatar: Host of the FIFA 2022 World Cup Qatar is a government which takes no responsibility for workers. $140 billion of infrastructure is forecast to get Qatar ready to host the 2022 World ...  Read More »

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Event: Angela Davis and Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat on Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine (19 April, Evergreen State College)

Peace Works 2014 Yet Again Captives: Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine April 19, 2014 The Evergreen State College Olympia, Washington Keynote discussion with Angela Davis and Noura Erakat 7:00 PM Washington Center for the Performing Arts Register for the full conference ...  Read More »

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Event Report-Back -- Reflections on the 22nd Annual Cairo Papers Symposium: Disabilities, Revolution, and the Politics of Hope

On 15 March 2014, the Cairo Papers in Social Science (CPSS), in collaboration with the Middle East Studies Center at the American University in Cairo, hosted its twenty-second annual symposium titled “Disabilities, Revolution, and the Politics of Hope.” The CPSS, established in 1977 by social science departments at ...  Read More »

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United States: Send Detainees Home to Yemen (Video)

[The following video was released by Human Rights Watch on 7 April 2014]  Read More »

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Iraqi Authorities Turn Their Sights on Journalists

[The following briefing was published by Reporters Without Borders on 26 March 2014] Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about the growing hostility that the Iraqi authorities are displaying towards critical journalists. One of latest violations of freedom of information is a warrant for the arrest of ...  Read More »

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Human Rights Violations in Bahrain during Formula One Race Period

[The following joint briefing was written by the undersigned and issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 6 April, 2014] On the morning of the Grand Prix race which will take place today at 6pm in Sakhir; BCHR (Bahrain Center for Human Rights), BIRD (Bahrain Institute for Rights & Democracy) and BYSHR ...  Read More »

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Good Faith or Good Tactics? How Some Anti-Divestment Groups Manipulate Public Discourse and Smear SJP

When preparing to bring up its divestment bill in February of this year, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) engaged in what is widely described as one of the most open and far-reaching public campaigns on campus. The organization made presentations to over twenty ...  Read More »

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في أعقاب زيارته لبيروت: اعتقال الصحافي مجد كيال واقتحام منزل عائلته

اعتقلت الشرطة الإسرائيلية مساء السبت الصحافي والناشط السياسي مجد كيال (حيفا) عند معبر "جسر الشيخ حسين" قرب بيسان، وهو في طريق عودته من بيروت إلى البلاد عبر الأردن. ووصل كيّال الحدود الأردنية - الإسرائيلية مساء السبت برفقة والدته، سهير، التي التقته في الأردن، بعد زيارته للعاصمة اللبنانية دامت نحو أسبوعين ...  Read More »

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Reports Roundup (April 12)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Son of UAE94 Detainee Tortured for Four Days This Alkarama Foundation press release describes the heinous treatment of detained human rights activist Osama al-Najjar by the ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers: 5th National RAWI + Mizna Literary Gathering (Deadline: April 21)

5th National RAWI + Mizna Literary Gathering Call for papers, workshops, performances, panels and more Deadline April 21 Theme: "New Beginnings" Minneapolis, Minnesota September 18-21 RAWI's Fifth National Gathering, held in partnership with Mizna, will take place at Open Book, ...  Read More »

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Announcing the Third Issue of B|Ta'arof Magazine: An Iranian Cultural Arts Publication

The third issue of B|ta’arof magazine, the Street Culture Issue, brings together popular and high art, searching for the extraordinary in the everyday. Its pages feature previously unseen work by Iranian visual art giant Ardeshir Mohasses and up-and-coming L.A. based artist Samira Yamin, interviews with scholar/writer ...  Read More »

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Son of UAE94 Detainee Tortured for Four Days

[The following press release was issued by the Alkarama Foundation on 3 April 2014] Osama Al Najjar, an Emirati human rights activist and the son of one of the 'UAE94', was tortured for four days during his secret detention by officers from the state security services who arrested him for a tweet. He was ...  Read More »

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Partha Chatterjee on 'Nationalism, Internationalism, and Cosmopolitanism: Some Lessons from Modern Indian History'

On 3 April 2014, Partha Chatterjee gave a lecture on "Nationalism, Internationalism, and Cosmopolitanism: Some Lessons from Modern Indian History" at the London School of Economics. The lecture inaugurated the Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity research group ...  Read More »

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LA Event--The Political Economy of the Syrian Uprising: Whither the Business Class? (2pm, 8 April, UCLA)

The Political Economy of the Syrian Uprising: Whither the Business Class? A lecture by Bassam Haddad, Associate Professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs and Director, Middle East Studies, George Mason University, and Co-Editor of Jadaliyya. Tuesday, 8 April 2014
 2:00 PM
 10383 Bunche ...  Read More »

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The Anbar Crisis: Inadequate Response to Increasing Needs

[The following press release was issued by the Danish Refugee Council on 12 March 2014] The violence in Iraq's western province of Anbar has displaced more than 340,000 individuals since late December; mostly women, children and elderly people. The Danish Refugee Council calls for humanitarian support from the ...  Read More »

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Reconfiguring Relief Mechanisms: The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon

The Issam Faris Institute (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) has released a report, authored by Rabih Shibli, the associate director for Development and Community Projects at AUB’s Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service. The report investigates the impacts of the Syrian refugee crisis in ...  Read More »

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Reports Roundup (April 6)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syra (Updated) The newest monthly briefing by the International Crisis Group on the most siginificant occurances in the Syrian ...  Read More »

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Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria (Updated)

[The following monthly summaries on developments in Syria were compiled and published by the International Crisis Group (ICG). Jadaliyya Reports will update this post each month as subsequent monthly summaries are issued.]  April 2014 Following Feb breakdown of Geneva II negotiations seeking political ...  Read More »

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Urgent Concern Related to Arbitrary Restrictions on Freedom of Expression and of Association in Qatar

[The following briefing was written by the Gulf Center for Human Rights and CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. Issued by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 28 March 2014] Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review 19th Session of the UPR Working Group 1. (A) Introduction  1.1 CIVICUS:World ...  Read More »

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Book Launch Event: Leisurely Islam (10 April, Harvard University)

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Program at Harvard University is pleased to present an author talk by Lara Deeb - Associate Professor of Anthropology, Scripps College and Mona Harb - Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Politics, American University of Beirut Moderated by Susan Kah, Associate ...  Read More »

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Conference--The Revolutionary Public Sphere: Contention, Communication, and Culture in the Arab Uprisings (10 April, University of Pennsylvania)

The popular rebellions that have swept Arab countries since December 2010 have spawned an active field of revolutionary cultural production. Scholars from around the world will gather at the Annenberg School for Communication's The Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication's (PARGC) inaugural symposium. ...  Read More »

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ACRI Petitions High Court: Restore Water to East Jerusalem

[The following press release was issued by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel on 25 March 2014] For some three weeks now, tens of thousands of residents of Jerusalem neighborhoods east of the Separation Barrier have been without running water. In response, local residents, community leaders and the ...  Read More »

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Open Letter to Saudi Minister of Interior Demanding Release of Human Rights Activist al-Qahtani

[The following open letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA)] Your Royal Highness, I write to you on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) to express our concern regarding economics professor Mohammad ...  Read More »

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Journalists Under Fire in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

[The following briefing was published by the Comittee to Protect Journalists on 24 March 2014] Multiple journalists have been assaulted, threatened, and censored in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory in recent months.  Israeli security forces on March 16, 2014, detained Fedaa Nasr, a correspondent ...  Read More »

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On Prison & Egyptian Regime’s "War on a Whole Generation": Democracy Now! Interview with Alaa Abd El-Fattah

In a Democracy Now! global broadcast exclusive, we spend the hour with one of Egypt’s most prominent dissidents, Alaa Abd El-Fattah, speaking in his first extended interview after nearly four months behind bars. An open Internet and political activist, Fattah has been at the forefront of the struggle for change in ...  Read More »

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Egyptian Organization for Human Rights Condemns Unfair Trial that Sentenced 528 to Death

[The following statement was issued by the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights on 25 March 2014] The Egyptian Organization Condemns the Execution of 528 in Unfair Trial On Monday 24 March 2014, Seventh Chamber of Minya Criminal Court handed down the death sentence for 528 supporters of former President Mohamed ...  Read More »

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Panel Event -- The Syrian Tragedy: Where From? Where to? (3 April, George Mason University)

The Syrian Tragedy Where From? Where to? Thursday April 3 3pm - 5pm Johnson Center Cinema George Mason University This event is free and open to the public Featuring Omar Dahi, Hampshire College/Jadaliyya: Material Roots of the Uprising: Rethinking the Economic Thesis Rochelle Davis, ...  Read More »

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Conference: Reason and Esotericism in Shi'i Islam (April 4, University of Chicago)

The University of Chicago Shi'i Studies Group presents A Shi'i Studies Symposium: "Reason an Esotericism in Shi'i Islam" 4 April 2014, 8.45am - 6:00pm Coulter Lounge, International House, 1414 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL Hermeneutics, Law, Theology, Heresiography, Epistemology, Politics, and ...  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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