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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 »

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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 »

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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