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Let Us Now Praise Murderous Men; Lebanese Presidential Candidates, Considered

Lebanon is slated to hold presidential elections next week, despite the fact that the parliamentary elections have yet to be held and it is the Lebanese parliament that elects the Lebanese President. Last year elections were postponed for the first time in the state’s history, and parliament ...  Read More »

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Tartus in the Present Crisis: A Mirror of the Syrian Regime

Whether in the Syrian or international media, Tartus is often presented as an island of calm in the ongoing Syrian crisis. The typical response of a Tartus resident to a non-resident interlocutor inquiring about the local situation is “Hon ma fi shi,” which translates from the Arabic as “There is nothing going on ...  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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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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A Civilian Snapshot of Iraq: NPR Interview with Sinan Antoon on His 'The Corpse Washer'

In the following interview on 30 March epsiode of NPR's All Things Considered, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon discusses his self-translated The Corpse Washer. In his comments, Antoon highlights some the ideas and processes that went into both the writing of the original Arabic version as well as English translation. ...  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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Joint Statement Calling for Release of Arbitrarily Detained Journalists and Others in Syria

[The following joint statement was issued by the undersigned and published by Reporters Without Borders on 17 March 2014]  Free Key Rights Defenders Government Arbitrarily Holds Darwish, Colleagues Despite UN Demands The government of Syria should immediately and unconditionally release the arbitrarily ...  Read More »

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Squeezing the Life out of Yarmouk: War Crimes Against Besieged Civilians

[The following report was published by Amnesty International on 10 March 2014] Introduction Three years after popular pro-reform then anti-government protests drew a brutal response from the Syrian authorities, leading to the internal armed conflict that continues to rage, around a quarter of a million civilians are ...  Read More »

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Between Convenient Misreading and Mythology: The Iran Sanctions Regime and the Institutionalization of War

After eight years of Ahmadinejad at the helm of government, Iran is experiencing a new trajectory. A number of promising signs in the weeks and months following Hassan Rouhani’s election as president on 14 June 2013 have given rise to a sense of cautious optimism for change and reform in Iran. Such signs ...  Read More »

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Beyond Emergency Assistance: Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Iraq

[The following report was published by Refugees International on 4 February 2014] Beyond Emergency Assistance: Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Northern Iraq In less than three years, the Syrian conflict has forced well over two million of that country’s citizens to take refuge in other states. Some 200,000 have fled ...  Read More »

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Actes du colloque Syrie: reconstructions, immatérielles et matérielles?

Parution: Irène Labeyrie et Claude Yacoub (coord.), Actes du colloque Ila Souria 1.0, Syrie: reconstructions, immatérielles et matérielles? (Paris: Association Ila Souria, 2014). L’association Ila Souria a publié en janvier 2014 les actes du colloque "Syrie: reconstructions, immatérielles et matérielles?", ...  Read More »

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Quantum of Surveillance: Familiar Actors and Possible False Flags in Syrian Malware Campaigns

[The following joint report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto was published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on 23 December 2013] Quantum of Surveillance: Familiar Actors and Possible False Flags in Syrian Malware Campaigns Introduction Malware attacks ...  Read More »

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Rule of Fear: ISIS Abuses in Detention in Northern Syria

 [The following report was published by Amnesty International on 19 December 2013] Introduction This briefing describes serious abuses of human rights committed in detention facilities run by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), an armed opposition group that currently controls significant swathes of ...  Read More »

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Rojava and Kurdish Political Parties in Syria

The Syrian uprising has presented Syrian Kurds with an opportunity to assert self-determination in a variety of ways, despite divisions within the community. Some Kurdish political parties have been able to exploit the evolving nature of the crisis and reap considerable gains. Despite many obstacles and much ...  Read More »

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"بحثاً عن "الثلاثة ديناري

قبل أعوام قليلة، بدأت بالعمل على رواية تدور أحداثها في العراق. ولتحفيز نفسي على الكتابة، استعرت اسم شخصية حقيقية، محسن خضر الخفاجي. للوهلة الأولى، لم يبدُ لي الخيار ذا معنى، إذ أن الأحداث مختلقة وأي تشابه ممكن سيكون بالصدفة المحضة.  لكن وفيما كنت أراجع المسودة الأولى، شعرت أنه ينبغي عليّ كشف هوية هذا الرجل. لقد ...  Read More »

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موت صاخب في عاصمة مجنونة

  بعد خمسةٍ أيام من كل أسبوع، أقضيها مضطراً خارج المنزل، يتفاقم فيها خوف من قتل على الهويّة، أو موت بسيارة مفخخة، أو حفلة اطلاقات نارية هوجاء، أرجع إلى أُمي التي تستقبلني وكأني عائد للتو من جبهات القتال. تشم ملابسي بحثاً عن رائحة البارود، وتتفقد ملامحي لتطمأن على أن سحنتي لم يطلها جنون العاصمة الذي ينشر الرعب في ...  Read More »

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An Introduction to Kareem Risan's "The Book of Sectarianism"

The Euphrates is a long procession Cities pat its shoulders as palm trees weep —Sinan Antoon [1] In these ashen years following the 2003 American invasion of Iraq, Kareem Risan has produced over two dozen art books. Created as one-of-a-kind artifacts, some are bound and can be unfolded, expanded, and ...  Read More »

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Seeing Is Striking: Selling Israeli Warfare

In 2013, Jane’s Weekly Defense Magazine ranked Israel as the world’s sixth largest arms producer. The country has some six hundred defense companies, including about four hundred devoted to homeland security (HLS). Almost ten percent of all Israelis are in some way economically dependent on the security ...  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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My Dahiyeh: Notes on the Dehumanization of A Beirut Neighborhood

I grew up in the neighborhood of Bir al-‘Abed. As pictures emerged of Malak Zahwi and Ali Khadra (two of the now five people killed when a car bomb went off in the neighborhood on Thursday 2 January 2014), I noticed how some people appeared amazed to see these "civilians" dead in Dahiyeh.
 It made me realize ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (December 2013)

[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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Rojava: Life and War in Kurdish Syria

Photos by Andy Spyra and Younes Mohammad. Text by Andy Spyra. In early October this year Younes and I left Erbil, the Kurdish capital of northern Iraq, heading straight to the border crossing at Fish Khabour, located in the triangle between Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. Six hours later we arrived to see dozens of Syrian ...  Read More »

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Press Release: UN Syria Commission Announces Thematic Paper on Enforced Disappearances As War Tactic

[The following press release was issued by the United Nations Syria Comission on 19 December 2013 announcing its second thematic paper, entitled "Without A Trace: Enfroced Disappearances in Syria." Click here to download the paper.] Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab ...  Read More »

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معارضة مستحيلة: سحر نظام الحزب الواحد

يُمثّل عام 1962 على المستوى السياسي ولادة الجزائر المستقلة بقيادة جبهة التحرير الوطني التي انتصرت في تنافسها على جميع الأحزاب السياسية الأخرى. وكان الحزب الشيوعي الجزائري الحزب السياسي الوحيد الذي تجنّب الهزيمة الساحقة والحلّ في سياق التنافس مع جبهة التحرير الوطني. لجأ الحزب الشيوعي الجزائري إلى العمل السري سنة 1955 ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (29 November)

  [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention, and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to ...  Read More »

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The Conflict in Syria is a War on Development

As Syria has descended into a brutal civil war much of the media coverage seems focused on military advances, the nature of the political and military opposition, and more recently the prospects for a political settlement. Less attention is being paid to other aspects of the conflict, in particular the extent of the ...  Read More »

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The Death of Abdelqader Saleh

A spokesperson for the Syrian rebels’ Supreme Military Command just confirmed to me that Abdelqader Saleh, the military leader of the Tawhid Brigade in Aleppo, is dead. Saleh was one of the commanders hit in an airstrike a few days ago, or more likely a series of strikes. Three of the Tawhid Brigade’s ...  Read More »

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Improving Access to Education for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

[The following recommendations were issued by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS).] The Government Must Improve the Access to Education for Syrian Refugees Roundtable Discussion Series The LCPS, CLS, and KAS discussion group recommends that the government takes the following six actions to provide ...  Read More »

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Testing Diversity, Researching the Invisible: The Jew, the Israelite, and the Margins of Algerian National Identity (in France)

[This is one of six pieces in Jadaliyya's electronic roundtable on the anniversary of the Algerian Revolution. Moderated by Muriam Haleh Davis, it features contributions from Ed McAllister, James McDougall, Malika Rahal, Natalya Vince, Samuel Everett, and Thomas ...  Read More »

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Anything But Politics: The State of Syria's Political Opposition

[The following report was issued by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on 17 October 2013] Anything But Politics: The State of Syria's Political Opposition Executive Summary Often derided for its infighting or dismissed as irrelevant, Syria’s political opposition reflects the contradictions, misunderstandings ...  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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