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On the Margins Roundup (March)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each ...  Read More »

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Snapshot: Khartoum

While working on a story in Sudan I found myself using my iPhone much more than my professional camera for personal snapshots. Mainly because it is easy, discrete, and has a deep depth of field. These are Instagram snapshots of observations and daily life in the Sudanese capital over a week in early January 2014. ...  Read More »

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Counting the “Missing People” of Omdurman: Theatrics in Khartoum, Sudan

[The essay is based on collaboration between the two authors. AbdouMaliq Simone conducted and wrote the field research about the drama school; he then invited Jadaliyya Cities Page co-editor, Hiba Bou Akar, to contribute. Simone’s field research is based on his life in Khartoum in 1987-1990, and this contribution is ...  Read More »

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On the Margins Roundup (January)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each ...  Read More »

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The Armed Conflict in South Sudan: An Interview with Khalid Medani

Two and half years after its birth, the world’s youngest nation-state, South Sudan, is engulfed in a crisis which has escalated into an armed conflict between two factions in the ruling People Liberation Movement. The political protagonists jockeying for power come from the ranks of the rebels who fought against the ...  Read More »

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يا أهلا بالمذابح

  مقالة الصديقة العزيزة ريم سعد في الشروق يوم ٥ يناير التي كانت بعنوان "أوهام دموية عن الحلول الجذرية" لفتت نظري إلى مقالة أحمد المسلماني، التي نشرها سنة ٢٠٠٨ في "المصري اليوم"، والتي كانت بعنوان "جريمة رائعة". مقالة المسلماني كانت من جزئين وأشاد فيها بمذبحة القلعة التي تمت يوم ١ ...  Read More »

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On the Margins Roundup (December)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each ...  Read More »

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On the Margins Roundup (November)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each ...  Read More »

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Ten Days of Revolt In Sudan: An interview with Khalid Medani

In the ten days following September 23rd, Sudan has witnessed the largest anti-government protests since the military coup that brought its president Omar Al-Bashir to power in 1989. Thousands of Sudanese protesters took to the streets chanting "freedom" and renewing calls for their autocratic ruler to stand ...  Read More »

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السودان: «السياسي» و«الاقتصادي» متداخلان

  في العشرين من أيلول/سبتمبر الماضي، أكملت بعثة صندوق النقد الدولي زيارتها إلى السودان، وفي الرابع والعشرين منه أعلنت الخرطوم بدء تطبيق حزمة إجراءات اقتصادية أبرز ملامحها رفع الدعم عن المحروقات، وتعديل سعر الصرف الرسمي للدولار الجمركي. وفي الرابع من الشهر الجاري أعلن مجلس مديري الصندوق في تقييم له عن الوضع ...  Read More »

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On the Margins Roundup (October)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each ...  Read More »

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On the Margins Roundup (July)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each ...  Read More »

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Sudan's Spreading Conflict II: War in Blue Nile

[The following report was issued by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on 26 June 2013.] Sudan's Spreading Conflict II: War in Blue Nile Executive Summary The war in Blue Nile state has had a horrible impact, with about a third of the state’s population in need of humanitarian assistance, including some 150,000 ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Mark Fathi Massoud, Law's Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan

Mark Fathi Massoud, Law's Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mark Fathi Massoud (MFM): I wrote this book to investigate the nature of the law and how law is used ...  Read More »

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Open Letter to Sudanese President Regarding Censorship and Intimidation Campaign

[The following letter was issued by the Committe to Protect Journalists on 18 April 2013.]  President Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir Office of the President, People's Palace P.O. Box 281, Khartoum, Sudan Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent, nonprofit organization that ...  Read More »

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بورتسودان: تلك المدينة الزهرة

[مدن، زاوية جديدة على "جدلية" يكتب فيها الكتاب والكاتبات عن مدنهم المفضلة. يفتتح السلسلة الكاتب السوداني أمير تاج السرّ] بالرغم من أنني ولدت في قرية صغيرة شمال السودان، إلا أنني ارتبطت كثيراً بمدينة بورتسودان، الميناء الذي أنشأه الاستعمار الإنجليزي، بديلاً عن ميناء مدينة سواكن المجاورة، التي غدت بعد ذلك ...  Read More »

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January 2013 Culture

Jadaliyya's first monthly culture bouquet of 2013 has arrived! Painters Samia Halaby and Athir Shayota contribute to Visuals in 1500, a new series of profiles that takes a single work of art as the starting point for larger discussions on aesthetics. Marilyn Hacker translates a poem by Taher Bekri. Maia ...  Read More »

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Amir Tag Elsir: Ebola '76

A Chapter from Amir Tag Elsir’s  Ebola ‘76 Translated from the Arabic by Maia Tabet   In times of Tragedy, Things seem real. Eyes are real. The hand that greets a neighbor is real, And the moon is real, not just a fantasy in the distance. My sweetheart asks me about the meaning of reality, I refer ...  Read More »

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Sudan: Major Reform or More War

[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 29 November 2012.] Sudan: Major Reform or More War Executive Summary The “Sudan Problem” has not gone away with the South’s secession. Chronic conflict, driven by concentration of power and resources in the centre, continues to plague the country. ...  Read More »

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الترابي في الثمانين

من أكتوبر إلى يونيو: إفلاس الرؤية وبؤس السيرة [1] أكمل الدكتور حسن الترابي، الزعيم الإسلامي، عامه الثمانين هذا العام. وإن قلنا إن شخصاً ما في أي مكان في عالمنا اليوم قد أكمل عامه الكذا فإن مثل هذه الجملة لا تثير في الغالب مشكلة، إلا أنها ربما تثير مشكلة في حالة الترابي. فالترابي عندما سئل مرة عن تاريخ ميلاده وهو ...  Read More »

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#SudanRevolts: Halima's Testimony (Video)

The following video is the account of a University of Khartoum student named Halima. While on campus during a protest on 9 July 2012, she was shot with a rubber bullet by police officers, resulting in the loss of her right eye.     Read More »

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Interview with Representative of Sudan Change Now

[Over the last month, a protest movement has gripped Sudan. The movement pronounced Friday 13 July "Kadanka Friday" in order to highlight the role of women in the opposition movement. Below, Heather McRobie interviews Rawa Gafar Bakhit, a representative of Sudan Change Now, about the overall course of the ...  Read More »

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Free Citizen Journalists in Sudan & Call for Videos

[The following statement was issued by Sudan Watch on 22 July 2012. The organization is calling for brief videos about the importance of citizen journalism for an upcoming campaign.]  Citizen journalism has been changing the media landscape since the rise of blogs in the late 90s. This was further ...  Read More »

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An Open Letter to the President of Republic of Sudan

[The following letter was originally published on Young Professionals in Human Rights on 30 June 2012.]  Dear Mr. Omer Elbashier: When you took over power, it was uncomfortable. When you fired skilled workers in civic service, it was unreasonable. When you introduced Sharia laws, ...  Read More »

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"The Jews of Our Time?": Israel's Deportation of the South Sudanese

Planeloads of South Sudanese refugees from Israel have been landing in South Sudan’s capital of Juba over the past few weeks. Many of them had been living in the poor neighborhoods of Hatikva and Shapira in southern Tel Aviv, working in such jobs as hotel chambermaids or waiters. Israel has justified the deportations ...  Read More »

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نظرة على الآفاق والتحديات التي تواجه انتفاضة جديدة في السودان

[نشر هذا المقال للمرة الأولى على جدلية باللغة الإنجليزية. قام بترجمته إلى العربية علي أديب النعيمي.] بينما كان الاهتمام الإعلامي العربي والدولي منصباً على فوز الإخوان المسلمين بالانتخابات الرئاسية في مصر، استمرت مظاهرات غير مسبوقة منذ عقدين من الزمن في شوارع الخرطوم ومدن سودانية كبيرة أخرى للأسبوع الثاني. ألهمت ...  Read More »

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Understanding the Prospects and Challenges for Another Popular Intifada in Sudan

While the attention of the Western and Arab media has focused on the historic victory of the Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate in Egypt, street protests of a scale not witnessed for two decades continued into their second week in Khartoum and other major Sudanese cities. Anti-government protests, initially ...  Read More »

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بيان من اللاجئين السودانيين المضربين عن الطعام في بيروت

نحن اللاجئون السودانيون المضربون عن الطعام لليوم الثاني عشر على التوالي أمام مقر المفوضية العليا للاجئين في بيروت، كنا قد نفّذنا بالسابق عدداً من المظاهرات السلمية، آخرها في شهر أبريل\نيسان 2012 أمام مكتب المفوضية للمطالبة:  1- بإعادة التوطين وتحديد صفة اللجوء  2- تحويل شهادات التسجيل إلى شهادات ...  Read More »

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The Palm House

It was Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice. I had been staying in the village of Wad al-Kababish, the one closest to where Wad al-Nar used to be, but separated from it by a vast desert. Exactly forty days had passed since the funeral I described. Quivering, I made my way through the crowds that stood in the shade ...  Read More »

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Democracy Now! Interview with Mahmood Mamdani on Regional Implications of NATO Intervention

This is an interview conducted with Mahmood Mamdani on Wednesday, 14 September, in regards to recent developments in Libya and Sudan. The interview addresses the implications of NATO's intervention in Libya and the independence of South Sudan, highlighting the regional implications for the African continent. As 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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