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Violence: Theirs and Ours

“I do not understand the squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favor of using poison gas against uncivilized tribes. It would spread a lively terror.” -- Winston Churchill, 1920, with regard to the uprising in Iraq. London On 23 March 2017, Khalid Masood ploughed his car into pedestrians on ...  Read More »

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Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

[This is an ongoing post that will be updated regularly. It was first published on 6 December 2016. The updates appear at the bottom.] The conflict in Yemen seems set to intensify as 2016 draws to a close. The deposed president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi returned to Aden from exile in mid-November after his ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 22)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup ...  Read More »

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Media on Media Roundup (March 21)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” Roundup examines several important topics affecting the MENA region’s mediascape. The Pentagon released an aerial photo of a building demolished by a U.S. airstrike in Syria alleged to be an al-Qaeda center. However, local activists insist it was a mosque and the airstrike ...  Read More »

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Report: Yemen Needs Urgent Assistance to Prevent Famine

[The following report was issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on 15 March 2017.] Number of people at emergency food insecurity levels increases 20 per cent in nine months 15 March 2017, Sana'a/Amman - Severe food insecurity threatens more than 17 million people in ...  Read More »

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Media on Media Roundup (March 14)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup looks at several important dyanmics shaping the MENA region’s mediascape. In Palestine, Arabs took to the streets to protest Israeli legislation that aims to silence mosque loudspeakers. Several Syrian activists protested Jaysh al-Islam representing opposition groups and ...  Read More »

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Media on Media Roundup (February 21)

This week’s Jadaliyya "Media on Media" roundup delves into several topics affecting the Middle East and North Africa region. Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ continues to make headlines, prompting a series of interesting debates and discussions. Security researcher Ryan Lackey advises visa-holders affected by ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 21)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup ...  Read More »

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الإمعان بالحرب في اليمن: مقابلة لمجلة الوضع مع فارع المسلمي

اجرت نهلة شهال لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع فارع المسلمي، كاتب وباحث يمني ومؤسس مشارك لـ "مركز صنعاء للدراسات الاستراتيجية"، وهو مركز أبحاث بقيادات شابة ويهدف إلى تقديم مقاربات جديدة لقضايا اليمن والخليج.    في أبريل، 2013,، أدلى المسلمي بشهادة أمام مجلس الشيوخ الامريكي مناهضة ...  Read More »

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Press Release: NYC Yemeni Grocery Stores to Shut Down in Response to "Muslim Ban"

Wednesday, February 1 (New York, New York)  On Thursday, February 2, Yemeni grocery store owners across five New York boroughs will close 1,000 stores from 12pm to 8pm in response to the Trump administration’s infamous “Muslim Ban” executive order. This shutdown of grocery stores and bodegas will be a public ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (January 26)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup ...  Read More »

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The Unending War on Yemen with Sheila Carapico - A STATUS/الوضع Interview

In this interview, Sheila Carapico discusses the yearlong Saudi Arabia-led and US-backed military attacks on Yemen. The interview was conducted by  Shahram Aghamir on August 31, 2016. Sheila Carapico is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of ...  Read More »

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الوضع الحالي وتطورات الحرب في اليمن

حوار مع شيلا كارابيكو صُوِّر التدخل العسكري السعودي في اليمن كحملة قصيرة ودقيقة، ستنجز بسرعة هدف إعادة تنصيب حكومة عبد ربه منصور هادي في السلطة. لكن الحملة لا تبدو في ضوء ما يجري اليوم قريبة من تحقيق هدفها الذي أعلنته حين انطلقت في آذار 2015. في غضون ذلك، تم تدمير الكثير من اليمن ومن بنيته التحتية فيما تمر البلاد في ...  Read More »

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Quick Thoughts: Sheila Carapico on The Current State and Future Prospects of War in Yemen

[The Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen was conceived as a short, sharp campaign that would quickly achieve the objective of restoring the government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi to power. Yet it is today no closer to realizing its aims than when it began in March 2015. In the meantime much of Yemen and its ...  Read More »

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Conflict Medicine: A Manifesto

Contemporary protracted conflicts across the Middle East have presented health systems and professionals with unprecedented challenges. The objective of this manifesto on conflict medicine is to highlight the need for a better understanding of the different pathways of injury and re-injury within the changing ecology ...  Read More »

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Media on Media Roundup (October 12)

This week, Jadaliyya's "Media on Media" roundup takes a closer look at the media industry in the Middle East.  In the shadow of Syria’s inconsistent media coverage, an entrepreneurial journalist has developed a platform which uses geo-tracking to collect social media from and on conflict zones. The ...  Read More »

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The Red Sea in History: An Interview with Alexis Wick

The body of water now known as the Red Sea was surrounded for nearly four centuries by the Ottoman Empire's well-protected domains. During that time, it became a space of not only geological and geographic but also historical coherence. While the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, and other maritime spaces ...  Read More »

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الأطفال في شمال اليمن: بحث عن الحياة وسط الحطام

لا يتابعون قناة "سبيستون" ولم يسمعوا بمسلسل "ماشا والدب" ولا يلعبون "البوكيمون غو" ولا يقرأون مجلات "ماجد" و "العربي الصغير". يحتفل أطفال العالم بأعياد الميلاد ويتلقون الهدايا وباقات الزهور، ويحتفل السكان في شمال اليمن بـ "استشهاد الأطفال" الذين يُقتلون في ...  Read More »

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عن مفهوم العمارة المنحازة للناس وعن الشغف بعمارة اليمن: مقابلة لبرنامج الوضع

في هذه المقابلة لبرنامج الوضع، تتحدث سلمى سمر دملوجي مع نهلة الشهال من جريدة السفير، عن تجربتها كمهندسة معمارية وفهمها لفن العمارة. سلمى سمر دملوجي ​معمارية عراقية مقيمة في بيروت حيث تعمل أستاذة عمارة العالم الإسلامي في الجامعة الأمريكية. وهي رئيسة المهندسين في مؤسسة دوعن للعمارة الطينية التي ساهمت في ...  Read More »

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Yemen's Political Economy: An Anthropologist's Perspective - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Martha Mundy

 In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Moe Ali Nael interviews anthropologist Martha Mundy, who weighs in on the  political, economic, and social challenges in Yemen. Martha Mundy taught at Yarmouk University, UCLA, the American University of Beirut, Université Lyon 2 Lumière, and the London School ...  Read More »

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Yemen Quietly Being Killed: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Safa Al Ahmad

In this broad-ranging and incisive STATUS/الوضع interview with journalist and filmmaker Safa Al Ahmad, she delves into her recent coverage of Yemen reflecting on the humanitarian disaster there, the various actors on the ground, and the gendered dimensions of covering this conflict. Safa Al Ahmad is a Saudi freelance ...  Read More »

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Killing Yemen: An Interview with Sheila Carapico

On 26 March 2016, tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of the capital Sanaa to mark the first anniversary of the US-backed Saudi military attacks on their country. In the past twelve months, the United States military has provided intelligence for the Saudi strikes, refueled its bombers, and replenished ...  Read More »

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الفيلم الوثائقي تعز بين المطرقة والسندان

يوثق هذا الفليم الاستثنائي لصفاء الاحمد، والذي عرض على بي بي سي العربية بتاريخ ٢٢ شباط/ فبراير ٢٠١٦ رحلتها الشجاعة إلى مدينة تعز في اليمن. وتعيش هذه المدينة تحت الحصار منذ نيسان/ابريل ٢٠١٥، فرضته الميليشيا الحوثية، مما أدى الى نقص حاد في وصول الاغذية، المساعدات الطبية، والوقود، وزاد الأزمة الانسانية ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (October 6)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 29)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 22)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 15)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by ...  Read More »

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What's Trending? (Summer 2015): A STATUS/الوضع "Quick Thoughts" report by Laila Shereen Sakr

"What is Trending on Social Media in the Middle East?" is a regular feature of the Quick Thoughts special segment on Status. It offers insight into subjects that dominate online discussion in the Middle East. With every Issue, we will talk to Laila Shereen Sakr, who monitors, collects, and analyzes ...  Read More »

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Yemen, Battered and Forgotten: An Interview with Hisham Al-Omeisy

Three years after a popular uprising against Ali Abdullah Saleh's thirty-three years of autocratic rule in Yemen forced him to stand down, the country is now embroiled in a bitter civil war and a Saudi-led military intervention with catastrophic consequences for the population. It has been more than five months since ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 8)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ...  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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