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United Nations Periodic Update on Syria

[The following report was issued by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic of the United Nations on 20 December 2012.] Introduction  The unrelenting violence in Syria has resulted in thousands of deaths; untold thousands of wounded, detained, and ...  Read More »

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Four Poems

The Box of Pain   You were not there at daybreak When patients, passengers and soldiers Stretched their heads, bald or shaven, Like tiny cottages in distant windows. The boy passed the light fog Which didn't stay long Before the hospital gate Where he found a pistol lying on the grass. You were not ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (December 27)

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

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Will Brahimi Get a Breakthrough?

The killing has changed the city’s shape - This rock Is bone This smoke people breathing, Adonis, “The Desert,” 1982-83. On 20 December, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ independent commission of inquiry on Syria released its periodic update. The short report makes for frightful reading. The numbers ...  Read More »

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صندوق الألم: جولان حاجي

صندوق الألم (مقطع) لم تكنْ هناك، هذا الفجر، حين أطلَّ المرضى والركابُ والجنود برؤوسٍ صلعاء وحليقة مثل أكواخٍ معتمة في نوافذ بعيدة. ضبابٌ خفيف لم يمكثْ  طويلاً عبَرهُ الصبيُّ أمام بوّابةِ المستشفى حيث وجدَ مسدساً ملقى على العشب. لم تكن هناك. الآن، أنت قصةٌ تُروى في مكانٍ لستَ فيه. حلقك، صندوقُ ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (December 20)

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

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Inside Syria: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad Interview with David Barsamian

David Barsamian conducted the following interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on 19 November 2012. It does not cover recent events. Instead, it features an in-depth discussion of the historical and contemporary contexts of the uprising in Syria, as well as the essential dynamics inside the country and ...  Read More »

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From Yarmouk to Sabra-Shatila: The Guardian's Martin Chulov on Palestinian Refugees Fleeing Syria

Following the recent bombing of Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, over 2000 Palestinian residents of the camp have arrived in Lebanon, and the figures are expected to grow in the coming days. The Guardian’s Middle East correspondent, Martin Chulov, spoke with Malihe Razazan about the plight of the Palestinian ...  Read More »

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Regional and International Players in Syria's Civil War, The Protest Movement In Bahrain: Interviews with Bassam Haddad and Toby Jones

On Monday, 17 December, during a mass protest in Bahrain, twenty-five people were arrested, among them prominent human rights activist Yousef al-Muhafedha, who is the acting head of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. 17 December is recognized unofficially as Martyrs' Day in Bahrain. On that fateful day, in 1994, ...  Read More »

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Syrian Refugees: Reliance on Camps Creates Few Good Options

[The following report was issued by Refugees International on 5 December 2012.]  Syrian Refugees: Reliance on Camps Creates Few Good Options  Summary The civil war in Syria has forced large numbers of Syrians from their homes, and in many cases from the country entirely. Refugees continue to ...  Read More »

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The Triumph and Irrelevance of Meta-Narratives Over Syria: “Rohna Dahiyyah”

Do not try to simplify what is going on in Syria. You will fail. We also cannot yield to complexity. So many of the discussions on Syria—especially those occurring outside Syria—are simply detached from the tragedy, including perhaps my own writings. For instance, for the first time after fifteen years of ...  Read More »

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عن واشنطن والائتلاف والنصرة

عشية الاجتماع المنتظر لمجموعة "أصدقاء سوريا" في مراكش، صدر عن واشنطن قراران هامّان..الأول ويقضي بالاعتراف بالائتلاف الوطني السوري كممثل شرعي للشعب السوري، أما الثاني فيُدرج "جبهة النصرة" في عِداد القائمة السوداء للمنظمات الإرهابية. وأحسب أن القرارين جاءا متلازمين، وما كان للأول أن يصدر قبل أن ...  Read More »

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A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 3)

[From Vijay Prashad's three-part series "A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria." See Part 1: Refugees here and Part 2 : Neighbors here.] Our enemies did not cross our borders They crept through our weakness like ants. -- Nizar Qabbani, “Footnotes to the Book of Setback” (‘ala Daftar al-Naksah), ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (December 13)

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

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A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 2)

Our enemies did not cross our borders They crept through our weakness like ants.    -- Nizar Qabbani, “Footnotes to the Book of Setback” ...  Read More »

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الضحك في الزمن المظلم: مقابلة مع ممدوح حمادة

[ ممدوح حمادة أحد أبرز كتاب السيناريو والحوار التلفزيوني في سوريا. قدم بالتعاون مع المخرج الليث حجو بعضاً من أفضل الأعمال الكوميدية، خاصة مسلسلات "بقعة ضوء" ابتداء منذ عام 2000  و"أمل - ما في" عام 2004. وقد أثمر تعاونه مع ذات المخرج في المسلسل الشهير "ضيعة ضايعة" في عامي ...  Read More »

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A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 1)

Our enemies did not cross our borders They crept through our weakness like ants.   -- Nizar Qabbani, “Footnotes to the Book of Setback” ...  Read More »

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WFP Concerned About Food Security in Syria

[The following statement was issued by the United Nations World Food Programme on 4 December 2012.] The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is warning that the recent escalation of violence in Syria is making it more difficult to reach the country’s hardest-hit areas and that food insecurity is on the rise due ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (December 6)

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

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Syria Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (November 2012)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Syria. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Syria-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that ...  Read More »

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Hurricane Sandy Hits Little Syria: Worrying about Buildings and Brothers

The cliché always reasserts itself as a truth: “as long as you are safe, that is all that matters.” In the wake of a disaster, material things – buildings, possessions, money – fade away in importance, and we first worry about the safety of our friends and loved ones. Yet, as Hurricane Sandy approached New York City, ...  Read More »

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How Syria Turned Off the Internet

[The following report on internet outage in Syria on 29 November 2012 was produced and published by CloudFare on the same date.] Today, 29 November 2012, between 1026 and 1029 (UTC), all traffic from Syria to the rest of the Internet stopped. At CloudFlare, we witnessed the drop off. We have spent the morning ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (November 29)

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

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A Precarious Balancing Act: Lebanon and the Syrian Conflict

[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 22 November 2012.] A Precarious Balancing Act: Lebanon and the Syrian Conflict Executive Summary  Syria’s conflict is leaking out of its borders, but in few places are risks higher than in Lebanon. This is not just a matter of history, ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (November 22)

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

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في جذور الأسباب البنيوية للانتفاضة السورية

للانتفاضة السورية الحالية أسباب بنيوية تتجاوز العامل المستمر، أي القمع. ترتبط هذه الاسباب بالمعطيات السياسية ــ الاقتصادية التي اجتاحت سوريا منذ العام 1986، عندما بدأ النظام عملياً في تحويل تحالفاته الاجتماعية والسياسية من العمال إلى الأعمال. والاشارة تحديداً تخص العلاقة المتصاعدة في العقود القليلة الماضية بين ...  Read More »

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نصوص

[هذه النصوص للكاتب السوري الكبير زكريا تامر من صفحة “المهماز” التي يكتبها على الفيسبوك. تنشرها “جدلية” بالاتّفاق مع الكاتب وبمناسبة ترجمتها إلى الإنكليزية من قبل الشاعرة الأمريكية االمعروفة مارلين هاكر. يمكنكم قراءة الترجمة هنا]       “من أنت؟” من هو السوري؟  السوري هو مواطن مغمور ليس ...  Read More »

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الدوحة وأخواتها

منذ أكثر من شهرين وكل من مرّ على المجلس الوطني السوري، من مؤسسين ومستقيلين وأعضاء ومنتسبين ومبشرين بالعضوية يتوافدون على الدوحة من أجل إخراج هذا الجسد من غرفة العناية المشددة التي فشل الطبيب إريك شوفالييه في إخراجه منها لوحده. فلا الصورة الجماعية لقيادته مع الرئيس هولاند، ولا الضخ المالي والدعم الديبلوماسي كان كافياً. ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (November 15)

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

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The Swallows of Syria

[Note: The views and testimonies herein are the refugees’ own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the author or of Jadaliyya.] Somaya left Homs, Syria after finding the corpse of her tortured son in a sewage ditch. Zaynab escaped with her family when she discovered that Syrian soldiers kidnapped, raped, and ...  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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