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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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A Practical Solution for Iraq

The rise of ISIS and the declaration of a Caliphate that controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria signals a moment of exceptional danger not only for Iraq and its future existence as a state, but for US national interests. The United States has sacrificed life and limb and invested billions of dollars to save Iraq ...  Read More »

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HRW's Pro-Israel Partisanship on 'Protective Edge'

[The following post was originally published on Just World News.] The NYC-based organization Human Rights Watch, which has grown increasingly closer to the US government over the years, has sunk to a new low in the kneejerk response it published July 9, to Israel's deadly 'Operation Protective Edge'. See ...  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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No, Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory

[In view of Israel's assertions that its current attacks on the Gaza Strip are an exercise in legitimate self-defense, Jadaliyya re-posts an analysis of this claim by Co-Editor Noura Erakat initially published in 2012.]   On the fourth day of Israel's most recent onslaught against Gaza's Palestinian ...  Read More »

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The Perils of American Muslim Politics

This Ramadan, many American Muslim leaders are anxiously awaiting to hear whether they have made the cut for the annual White House Iftar. An invitation to this iftar, as with similar events the State Department and the Pentagon hold, serves to symbolize recognition in the halls of American power and a degree of ...  Read More »

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المسألة السّورية: سؤال المصير والمستقبل: الحراك الشعبي في سورية

‫الحراك الشعبي في سورية 1ـ الحراك الشعبي السّوري ، الّذي بدأ في النّصف الثّاني من آذار (مارس) 2011 تحوّل تدريجياً ، وقبل أن يتصلّب عوده، وتترسخ قاعدته الشّعبية، ويتحقق استقلاله عن القوى والمؤثرات الخارجية، تحوّل، بعد بضعة أشهر، عن النهج السّلمي إلى حرب متعدّدة الصّفات ومن نوع جديد لم تألفه المنطقة، شاركت فيه أطراف ...  Read More »

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The Military-Literary Complex

Poetry cannot serve as an emotional bandage for the blood and guts of warfare; such an industry is doomed to dishonor the dead as well as the living. — Yusef Komunyakaa Not so long ago, American corporate media willingly accepted a set of new conditions and limitations in exchange for the privilege of reporting ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (June 2014)

 [This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions, and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect ...  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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Sun Ra in Egypt, 1971

Sun Ra in Egypt, 1971 By Tom Bogaert May - June 2014 Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo   This art project by Tom Bogaert takes as its starting point Sun Ra's 1971 visit to Egypt. The legendary American jazz pioneer, mystic, poet, and philosopher was born as Herman Poole Blount, but changed his name to Le ...  Read More »

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Quick Thoughts: Lisa Hajjar on Guantanamo Bay and High Seas Detention

[Jadaliyya Co-Editor Lisa Hajjar recently returned from her fifth visit to the US naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where the United States has maintained a military prison facility since 2002. Below she provides her impressions and analysis of the current state of military trials.] Jadaliyya (J): You ...  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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Quick Thoughts: Trita Parsi on the Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

[The November 2013 Joint Plan of Action concluded between Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United States, UK) in Geneva, committed the parties to concluding a comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear program by 20 July. Jadaliyya asked Trita Parsi, who has written and commented widely on these ...  Read More »

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NPR Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Editor Elliott Colla on ISIS and the Media

In this interview with NPR's Brooke Gladstone, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Elliott Colla discusses his essay "Watching ISIS on TV." Colla does a reading from his essay in which he describes his Iraqi in-laws reflecting on their country's frenzied televisions channels' coverage of the conflict. In the ...  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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Deciphering the Escalation of Sectarian Violence in Iraq: An Interview with Nida Alahmad

With the escalation of sectarian conflict in Iraq, the country's future has become the topic of the day for analysts and pundits alike. Until recently, making American media and Middle East watchers remember Iraq was an uphill battle. But now, with the advances of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militias, ...  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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Comparing American and Israeli Ways of War

Over the last few years, Israel and Palestine have become major topics of interest and debate for scholars who do American Studies. This is evident in burgeoning comparative analyses of settler colonialisms, militarized borders, intersections of racialization and revolutionary politics, and cultural productions that ...  Read More »

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Gezi Platform NYC & GEZIniyoruz First Year Summary (Video)

Over the course of the past year, Gezi Platform NYC and GEZIniyoruz Network stood in solidarity with our friends in Turkey for our shared struggle against the oppressive neo-liberal police state that has been taking root under the AKP rule. We rose up in unison, we talked in unison, we recalled in unison, and we ...  Read More »

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Still in Bed

Now that ISIS is rattling across Iraq's provinces, we can expect the cheerleaders of US military intervention to return to the podium. Some will say that military actions need to be backed up with political pressure. Some will say this is what we get for not 'finishing the job'. Others will suggest, in a hushed and ...  Read More »

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Embedded Poetry: Iraq; Through a Soldier's Binoculars

Critics and reviewers greeted Brian Turner’s Here, Bullet (Alice James Books, 2005) with effusive and unanimous praise. His poems were read as “dispatches from a place more incomprehensible than the moon. . . observations we would never find in a Pentagon press release.” I read the poems back then and was not ...  Read More »

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Angela Davis and Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat on Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine (Video)

The following keynote addresses by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat and Scholar/Activist Angela Davis were given at The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice PEACEWORKS 2014. Entitled "Yet Again As Captives: Mass Incarceration in the U.S. & Palestine: A Conversation with Angela Davis and Noura ...  Read More »

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Afterthoughts on Piketty’s Capital

By David Harvey Thomas Piketty has written a book called Capital that has caused quite a stir. He advocates progressive taxation and a global wealth tax as the only way to counter the trend towards the creation of a “patrimonial” form of capitalism marked by what he dubs “terrifying” inequalities of ...  Read More »

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Press Release: NLG Fact-Finding Delegation Calls for End of U.S.-Backed Administrative Detention of Palestinians by Israel

[The following press release was issused by the National Lawyers Guild on 29 May, 2014.] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NLG Fact-Finding Delegation Calls for End of U.S.-Backed Administrative Detention of Palestinians by Israel NEW YORK -- Approximately 200 Palestinians from the West Bank have been held for months or years ...  Read More »

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Press Release: New date of 21 October Set for Trial of Rasmea Odeh

[The following press release was issued 28 May 2014 by the Defense Committee for Palestinian American organizer Rasmea Odeh.] For Immediate Release Palestinian American organizer from Chicago, Rasmea Yousef Odeh, appeared in U.S. District Court in Detroit, Michigan, on Wednesday, 28 May 2014, with a new attorney, ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (28 May)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the ...  Read More »

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Quick Thoughts: Keane Bhatt on Human Rights Watch’s 'Revolving Door' for US Government Officials

  [On 12 May an open letter published on AlterNet to Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth urged the organization to close "what seems to be a revolving door" for US government officials, warning that the appointment and employment of such officials "call into question its ...  Read More »

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Press Release: DePaul Divest Declares Victory in Student Campaign

 [The following is a press release issued by the DePaul University chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine on 24 May 2014.] CHICAGO – Following two months of campaigning at DePaul University, student coalition DePaul Divest declares victory in a campaign to divest from corporations that profit off of human ...  Read More »

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Nobel Peace Laureates and Others to Human Rights Watch: Close Your Revolving Door to US Government

[The following open letter was issued on 12 May 2014 by the below signatories, and originally published on Alternet.org.] Dear Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch characterizes itself as “one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.” However, HRW's ...  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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