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Misery Beyond the War Zone: Life for Syrian Refugees and Displaced Populations in Lebanon

[The following report was issued by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on 6 February 2013.] Misery Beyond the War Zone: Life for Syrian Refugees and Displaced Populations in Lebanon Executive Summary  The ongoing crisis in Syria is forcing ever more Syrians to flee their homeland in search of safety. ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (February 14)

[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 Media Roundup (February 7)

[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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روايات موسيقية من اسطنبول

[تنشر هذه المقالة ضمن إتفاقية شراكة وتعاون بين "جدلية" و"معازف" ] Politiki Mousiki* روايات موسيقية من اسطنبول "ya khabibi ya lelelli" آخر الأخبار الفنية الواردة عن فرق النفخ البلقانية تؤكد أن “الفتاة المصرية” (“مصرلو” بالتركية) ما زالت تحافظ على شعبيتها الأكيدة وحضورها الراسخ في ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Sally K. Gallagher, Making Do in Damascus

Sally K. Gallagher, Making Do in Damascus: Navigating a Generation of Change in Family and Work. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Sally Gallagher (SG): I have had a long interest in gender and economic development, and had the opportunity to begin a study of ...  Read More »

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The Syrian Regime Bravely Condemns the Israeli Airstrike on Syria

Several days after Israeli air force struck targets inside Syria, President Bashar al-Asad bravely condemned the assault. Moreover, he also asserted with defiance that Israel is trying to “destabilize” Syria, debunking thereby the claims that, by striking a part of Syria's sovereign territory, Israel was trying to ...  Read More »

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Two Years of Meta-Narratives: How Not to Cover Syria

Bassam Haddad mentioned in his article entitled “The Triumph and Irrelevance of Meta-Narratives Over Syria: “Rohna Dahiyyah” that people writing about Syria are often detached from the pain and realities of the people on the ground. We believe this argument is rather fallacious and unfair. Some of those producing ...  Read More »

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Syria Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (January 2013)

[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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Syria Media Roundup (January 31)

[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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"انتصارالـ "ميتا – خطاب" على سوريا وعدم ارتباطه بها: "رحنا ضحيّة

لا تحاول تبسيط ما يجري في سوريا لأنك ستفشل. ولكننا لا نستطيع أن نذعن للتعقيد كذلك.  إن العديد من النقاشات حول سوريا – وخصوصاً تلك التي تجري خارج سوريا– هي وبكل بساطة منفصلة عن واقع المأساة في هذا البلد، وقد تكون كتاباتي من بينها. فمثلاً، ولأول مرة بعد خمس عشرة عاماً من البحوث المعمقة عن السياسة والمجتمع ...  Read More »

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Syria and the United States: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Al-Jazeera's "Empire"

The Al-Jazeera English show Empire looks at the history of the US relationship with Syria and the current state of the armed uprising. The host, Marwan Bishara, explores what is - or should be - the Obama policy towards Syria, with guests: Bassam Haddad, the director of the Middle East studies programme ...  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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A Leopard in Winter: An Interview with Syrian Director Nabil Maleh

In early January, more than 1,500 people packed three nights of screenings in Dubai of Syrian director Nabil Maleh’s film The Road to Damascus (‘A al-Sham ‘A al-Sham, 2006), a filmic journey across Syria that includes stops at its historical ruins and economically strapped towns. The screenings were sponsored by the ...  Read More »

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Syria's Kurds: A Struggle Within a Struggle

[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 22 January 2013.] Syria's Kurds: A Struggle Within a Struggle  Executive Summary As Syria’s conflict has expanded, the population in majority-Kurd areas has remained relatively insulated. Keeping a lower profile, it has been spared the brunt of ...  Read More »

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The Gendered Body Public: Egypt, Sexual Violence and Revolution

We must acknowledge, sit with, and address the sexual violence that has, is, and will occur in and around Tahrir Square. How do we do this work in a responsible and ethical manner that is in solidarity with Egypt's ongoing (and multiple) revolutions? How do we retain and respect political, economic, and social ...  Read More »

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Toronto Event: Photo Auction: Once I Was Here: Benefit for Syrian Refugees (31 January 2013)

Once I Was Here: Benefit for Syrian Refugees 31 January 2013 A silent auction of photographs in aid of Syrian refugees featuring the works of world-renowned frontline photojournalists. Click h  Read More »

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First Jordanian Elections post Arab Uprisings; Challenges of Reporting from Syria

This week, Amman-based activist and writer Hisham Bustani updates VOMENA on the first Jordanian parliamentary elections since the Arab uprisings, and what they mean for the country. More than thirty journalists were killed in Syria in 2012 alone. Istanbul-based freelance journalist Justin Vela talks about the ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (January 24)

[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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تزييفُ الوعي وتطييفُ التاريخ في سياقات الثورة السوريّة

(إلى الصديق الأستاذ جورج طرابيشي مفكرًا فوق الطوائف، وإلى ضحايا الطوائف) رغم الاختلافات الهائلة (ديمقراطيًّا) بين حقبةِ ما بعد الاستقلال وحقبةِ البعث، فإنّ الفترتين تتقاطعان من حيث الغياب شبه التامّ لأيّة دراساتٍ علميّةٍ للمسألة الطائفيّة في سوريا. فقد بقيتْ هذه المسألة من المحرَّمات طوال فترة حكم البعث، ومن ...  Read More »

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"Business Networks in Syria": Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on C-Span Book TV

Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad discussed his book, Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience with C-Span's Book TV, and talked about the current conflict in that country. This interview was recorded on the campus of George Mason University on 27 September 2012 and aired ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (January 17)

[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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باقة ورد للأحياء

شعر باقةُ وردٍ للأحياء الأمواتُ لا يمارسون الكلام  يحترفونَ الصمتَ والغياب  وإن أغراهم ذات حياة كلام ما  خرجوا خفيفين كالظلال  ينتعلون قبورهم  بخفة الشبح  يتبادلون شاياً بارداً  يضعونَ الوردَ  على أرواحِ أحيائهم ويرحلون  صداقة متينة يرافقني ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (January 10)

[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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Tamerlane in Damascus

In December of 1400, Timur left the rubble of Aleppo and Hama behind, making his way to the outskirts of the first city of Syria: Damascus. By this time, an Egyptian army under the command of the Mamluk Sultan himself had arrived in Syria, engaging in several skirmishes with Timur’s forces. Then, abruptly, it headed ...  Read More »

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Translation of Statements Made by Minister of Electricity Gebran Bassile and MP Nayla Tueni

There are over 170,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon. These men, women, and children have come to Lebanon fleeing the ongoing and deteriorating violence in Syria. In addition, thousands of Palestinians have fled their refugee camps in Syria to brother camps in Lebanon. These people have no other place to ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (January 3)

[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 (December 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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All Armies - the Syrian Regime, the FSA and Islamist - Are Thieves

During the 1990s, my small village which felt like it was cut off from half the known world experienced a strange new phenomenon. A big mosque was built by donors from the city of Hama, the cost of which at the time outstripped the earnings of the residents of the whole village combined. The thing I remember most ...  Read More »

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December Culture

Our last culture bouquet this year features poetry from Syria and Palestine, fiction from Algeria/France, and two reviews. Marilyn Hacker translates two chapters from Leila Sebbar's I Don't Speak My Father's Language. Kamran Rastegar reviews Ahmad Ghossein's My Father is Still a Communist. Syrian ...  Read More »

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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 »

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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