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Affirming the Rights of Students to Organize, Protest, and Resist (City University of New York)

[This statement was released on 23 November 2015.] In light of recent events and revelations, we, as faculty and graduate student members of CUNY for Palestine, reiterate our unequivocal support for students to organize for social justice, and to protest against injustices, without having their rights to free speech ...  Read More »

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Leading Artists Endorse Cultural Boycott of Israel

Eight leading artists, all with ties to New York, state their support for the cultural boycott of Israel in our new video. The eight artists recount the hardships that Israel imposes on Palestinian artists, and the history of Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people. They explain the Palestinian boycott call, and ...  Read More »

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Deadline for Applications: M.A. in Middle East and Islamic Studies at George Mason University

The Middle East Studies Program and the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University announce the early deadline for applications for the Fall/Spring 2016-2017 academic year: 15 February 2016. The aim of this degree program is to reposition the study of the Middle East and Islam within a ...  Read More »

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الأكاديميا والعدالة الاجتماعية: دعوة لتقديم أوراق بحثية

                  دعوة لتقديم أوراق بحثية   آخر موعد: ٣٠ تشرين ثاني/نوفمبر ٢٠١٥ Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA AR-SA Read More »

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Academia and Social Justice: Call for Papers

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Disrupting the Chessboard: Perspectives on the Russian Intervention in Syria, with Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Bassam Haddad

Disrupting the Chessboard: Perspectives on the Russian Intervention in Syria Introduction: The Russian Intervention in Syria Payam Mohseni, Editor In late September 2015 at the request of the Syrian government, dozens of advanced Russian warplanes entered Syrian airspace and began conducting intensive ...  Read More »

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Salaita Update: Settlement Reached in Case of Professor Fired for 'Uncivil' Tweets

[The following press released was issued on 12 November 2015 by Steven Salaita's legal defense team.] Settlement Reached in Case of Professor Fired for “Uncivil” Tweets Contact: Jen Nessel, (212) 614-6449, November 12, 2015, Chicago – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and ...  Read More »

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Dalieh’s Civil Campaign’s Open Competition: Three Winning Entries

Last June 2015, The Civil Campaign to Preserve the Dalieh of Beirut announced its open ideas competition results at the Lebanese Ministry of Environment. The jury selected three winning entries from twenty submissions. The selection was made on the basis on the projects’ sensitivity to the urban context, reaffirming ...  Read More »

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Dalieh Civil Campaign’s Open Competition: Background Report

The Civil Campaign to Protect the Dalieh of Raoucheh authored a competition brief to guide all participants to the competition in elaborating and proposing their entries. It is available in English and Arabic on the Campaign’s website. In addition, the Civil Campaign authored a rich background report providing text, ...  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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Revisiting Dalieh: Open Ideas Competition Results & Updates

In June 2015, The Civil Campaign to Preserve the Dalieh of Beirut announced its open ideas competition results at the Lebanese Ministry of Environment. The Civil Campaign is a coalition of individuals invested in safeguarding Beirut’s livability, advocating for the protection of the city’s seafront as a shared space ...  Read More »

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Dalieh’s Civil Campaign’s Open Competition: Results

When we started working on the ''Revisiting Dalieh'' competition about a year ago, our goal was to involve the largest number of people in shaping visions for the location of Dalieh of Raouche, as a starting point for a public debate about the common spaces in the city. We wanted to present alternative visions to the ...  Read More »

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Dalieh’s Civil Campaign’s Open Ideas Competition: Jury Report

The jury held its official deliberation on Saturday 30 May 2015 at the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut. The jury members included Jad Chaaban (AUB); Habib Debs (URBI); Marwan Ghandour (Iowa State University); Hans Kienle (University of Stuttgart); Jala Makhzoumi (AUB); Nizar Saghieh (Legal ...  Read More »

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Seminaire: Mais que veut donc le peuple?

Ce séminaire est organisé par Habib Ayeb (Université Paris 8), François Ireton (CNRS) et Vincent Battesti (CNRS). Il aura lieu deux fois par mois le mercredi de 15h à 18h à l’Université de Paris 8 Vincennes à Saint-Denis (bâtiment D, salle D008, rez-de-chaussée, station de Métro "Saint Denis-Université", ...  Read More »

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Seminaire doctoral: Societes urbaines mediteraneennes: Histoire et anthropologie

L’Institut interdisciplinaire d’anthropologie du contemporain/Laboratoire d’anthropologie urbaine (IIAC/LAU) et le Centre de recherche Europes-Eurasie de l’Institut nationale des langues et civilisations orientales, avec le soutien de l’ED 265 Langues, littératures et sociétés du monde de l’INALCO, organise ce ...  Read More »

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يا لطيف! جدلية تدخل عامها الخامس

يا لطيف! جدلية تدخل عامها الخامس من الصعب أن نبالغ بحماسنا المتواصل للعمل على “جدلية”. لكن في ظل الأوضاع الراهنة في المنطقة، من الصعب الحفاظ على حماس غير مقيّد. لقد أطلقنا هذا المشروع قبل وقت قصير من انطلاق الثورات العربية وتطورت المجلة بموازاة الحماس الذي واكب انطلاق الثورات العربية. ونجدنا نواجه الآن لحظة من ...  Read More »

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Letter to Turkish PM Davutoglu Concerning Academic Facing Criminal Indictment for “Terrorist Propaganda” and Praising 'Crime and Criminals' Due to a Final Exam Question

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 3 November 2015] Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara, Turkey Via facsimile +90 312 417 0476 Dear Prime Minister Davutoğlu: I write on behalf of the ...  Read More »

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Be It Resolved: Full Text of the Proposed AAA Boycott Resolution

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions has submitted a boycott resolution to the American Anthropological Association (AAA) for consideration at the upcoming Annual Meeting in Denver. The resolution endorses the Palestinian civil society call to boycott Israeli academic ...  Read More »

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Announcing the 2016 Political Economy Book Prize Competition (Political Economy Project)

The Political Economy Project (PEP) is pleased to invite nominations for our 2016 Middle East Political Economy Book Prize. PEP aims to recognize and disseminate exceptional critical work on the political economy of the Middle East. While the book must have a political economy theme, we welcome ...  Read More »

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Declassification of Presidential Daily Briefings Report

On September 16th, 2015, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) formally declassified roughly twenty-five hundred President’s Daily Briefs (PDBs) from the Kennedy and Johnson administrations between 1961 and 1969. These documents are now accessible in the CIA’s Freedom of Information Act reading room. At the press ...  Read More »

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Political Economy of the Middle East: Continuities & Discontinuities in Teaching & Research (Event at GMU)

Political Economy of the Middle East:  Continuities & Discontinuities in Teaching & Research Friday 6 November, 2015 3 pm - 6 pm Merten Hall 1202 GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY Pizza and Refreshments Served      S C H E D U L E  Panel 1: Field Research  : :  3 ...  Read More »

Symposium: Palestine and Pedagogy at the University (UCLA, 6 November 2015)

Palestine and Pedagogy at the University: A one-day conference Friday, November 06, 2015 9:15 AM - 5:00 PM Charles E. Young Research Library, Main Conference Room UCLA Attedance is free, but requires an RSVP CONFERENCE SCHEDULE 9:15 –11:00: Panel I
 Moderator: Asli Bali, Professor UCLA Law School ...  Read More »

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ICRC Report: Urban Services During Protracted Armed Conflict

This report seeks to stimulate a much-needed discussion on developing a better approach to assisting people in urban areas that have been affected by protracted armed conflict. Currently, some fifty million people worldwide are affected by armed conflict in urban areas, with knock-on effects that go far beyond the ...  Read More »

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Syracuse Event: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq (29 October 2015)

Join us for a book talk by author Ali Issa, as he discussed his most recent book: Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq (Tadween Publishing). Collected from dozens of interviews with, and reports from, Iraqi feminists, labor organizers, environmentalists, and protest movement leaders, Against All Odds ...  Read More »

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The Protest Movement in Lebanon | Thursday, 29 October 6 - 8 pm | GMU

The Protest Movement  in Lebanon Thursday, 29 October 6 - 8 pm   Research Hall 163 George Mason University Pizza and Refreshments Served Paul Salem, Middle East Institute The Challenges of Protest and Reform within Lebanon’s Sectarian Political System  A young, ...  Read More »

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Job Opening - Gender and Women's Studies at the AUB English Department

The Department of English at the American University of Beirut is seeking to fill an open-rank position in gender and women’s studies to begin August 15, 2016. The new hire will be expected to coordinate the development of the university’s initiative in gender and women’s studies as a trans-disciplinary research and ...  Read More »

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Filming Revolution

Filming Revolution: a meta-documentary about filmmaking in Egypt since the revolution Filming Revolution is an interactive data-base documentary archive about independent and documentary filmmaking in Egypt since the revolution. Bringing together the collective wisdom and creative strategies of media-makers in Egypt, ...  Read More »

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis (Refugees and Migrants Series, Part 2)

The Syrian Refugee Crisis [Refugees and Migrants Series, Part 2]  Introductory Remarks  Lisa Breglia, Director of Global Affairs and Global Programs, GMU   On the Syrian Political Context Bassam Haddad, Director of the Middle East Studies Program, GMU   Panel  On International Law ...  Read More »

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ICGG Endorses Academic Boycott of Israel

Forging Solidarity, taking a stand on Palestine  International Critical Geography Group votes by an overwhelming majority to endorse Academic Boycott of Israel in its seventh conference PRESS RELEASE   13 October 2015 – This past summer the International Critical Geography ...  Read More »

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Job Opening: Two Tenure-Track Positions in Arabic Studies at Williams College

The Program in Arabic Studies at Williams College seeks to appoint two tenure-track Assistant Professors, beginning July 2016. Specialization open, PhD preferred. Excellent language teaching credentials and experience are essential, interdisciplinary scholarly interests are desirable. The teaching load for regular ...  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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