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Syria Media Roundup (May 16)

[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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الربيع العربي والاسلام السياسي

[كانت "جدلية" قد نشرت مقالة بعنوان "صادق جلال العظم يحسم أمره وينتقل إلى التنظير العلني للسُّنة ولفكر " الإسلام السياسي البزنسي" بقلم يوسف حجازي تعقيباً على محاضرة القاها صادق جلال العظم في برلين. ننشر هنا نص المحاضرة بعد توفره لدينا.]  لربما من المفيد أن أبدأ مداخلتي بتوصيف ...  Read More »

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Death from the Skies: Deliberate and Indiscriminate Air Strikes on Civilians

[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch on 10 April 2013.]  Death from the Skies: Deliberate and Indiscriminate Air Strikes on Civilians   Summary Since late July 2012, Syrian government forces have carried out air strikes from fighter jets and helicopters against cities, towns, and ...  Read More »

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Amidst a Violent Conflict, Syria’s Students Struggle for an Education

[The following article was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more information on the publishing world as it relates to pedagogy and knowledge production, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.] In a rare public appearance, Bashar Asad ...  Read More »

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Why There Is No Military Solution to the Syrian Conflict

Today, as violence intensifies in Syria, external powers, including the United States, are openly debating direct intervention. Such intervention is justified as serving multiple goals at once: it is a means of securing chemical weapons caches; a mechanism to protect the civilian population; and a necessary measure to ...  Read More »

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Uncounted and Unacknowledged: Syria's Refugee University Students and Academics in Jordan

[The following report was issued by the University of California Davis Human Rights Initiative and the Institute for International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund.]   Uncounted and Unacknowledged: Syria's Refugee University Students and Academics in Jordan  The following is a brief preliminary report ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (May 9)

[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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O.I.L. Media Roundup (May 9)

[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 OIL@jadaliyya.com ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Simon Jackson, Diaspora Politics and Developmental Empire: The Syro-Lebanese at the League of Nations

Simon Jackson, “Diaspora Politics and Developmental Empire: The Syro-Lebanese at the League of Nations.” Arab Studies Journal Vol. XXI No. 1 (Spring 2013). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Simon Jackson (SJ): The article draws on my current book project, provisionally titled Mandatory Development: ...  Read More »

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Widespread Middle East Fears that Syrian Violence Will Spread

[The following report was issued by the Pew Research Global Attitudes Project on 1 May 2013.]  Widespread Middle East Fears that Syrian Violence Will Spread As concern mounts about the Syrian government’s possible use of chemical weapons against its own people, publics in the Middle East – especially the ...  Read More »

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New Addition to the Syrian Islamic Front

The Haqq Battalions Gathering, a militant group in the Hama province,announced in mid-April 2013 that they are joining the Syrian Islamic Front(SIF). This is the first time since the SIF’s creation in December 2012 that an independent outside organization of any consequence decides to join the front. ...  Read More »

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Syria Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (April 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 ...  Read More »

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Beyond the Banality of Evil: The Challenge of Professional Photography in Syria

“You gave me mud and I turned it into gold.” - Charles Baudelaire    This year, photographs on Syria have swept the Pulitzer prize. Five Associated Press (AP) photographers, Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen have been awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in breaking ...  Read More »

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Blurring the Borders: Syrian Spillover Risks for Turkey

[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 30 April 2013.] Blurring the Borders: Syrian Spillover Risks for Turkey Executive Summary Turkey has struggled to find the right response to the Syrian civil war, which has brought shellfire, bombs, militias, refugees, sectarian tensions, ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (May 2)

[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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Aid Inside Syria: Too Little, But Not Too Late

[The following report was issued by Refugees International on 24 April 2013.]  Aid Inside Syria: Too Little, But Not Too Late Two years after the Syrian revolution began, there is much wider recognition of the dire humanitarian needs inside the country, and support for expanding cross-border aid activities is ...  Read More »

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قراءة في الحراك السياسي في الجولان المحتل

 البعد الثقافي-المثالي للثورة: قراءة في الحراك السياسي في الجولان المحتل  مادة اثنوغرافية تمهيدية: "إذا كانت رجولتك مشروطة بغشاء بكارتي فهي حتما معدومة بزواله (الجولان المباع/المحتل 24-8-2012)"، هكذا رفعت الناشطات يافطة في تجمع أسبوعي تضامني في مجدل شمس، لنصرة الثورة السورية. انتشرت الصورة على ...  Read More »

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مَن يُحاسِب؟ ومَن يُحاسِب مَن؟

لأول مرة في تاريخ العالم العربي الحديث نجحت انتفاضات شعبية سلمية في إطلاق مسارات أفضت إلى تنحي أربعة رؤساء دولة عن الحكم. ولأول مرة في التاريخ ذاته، أحيل هؤلاء الرؤساء إلى المحاكمة، وجاهياً أو غيابياً، بتهم تتعلق بالأمر بالقتل والتعذيب والفساد ونهب الأموال العامة.  والآن تلوح مؤشرات إلى أن هذه المكاسب ...  Read More »

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"صادق جلال العظم يحسم أمره وينتقل إلى التنظير العلني للسُّنة ولفكر "الإسلام السياسي البزنسي

صادق جلال العظم يحسم أمره وينتقل إلى التنظير العلني للسُّنة ولفكر "الإسلام السياسي البزنسي" ألقى صادق جلال العظم في 8 آذار/مارس 2012 محاضرة في برلين ضمن ندوة نظمتها مؤسسة ابن رشد تحت عنوان "العلمانية والمسألة الدينية، تركيا نموذجًا" تحدث فيها العظم عن إيجابيات التجربة التركية وعن تفاصيل ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (April 25)

[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 (April 18)

[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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الأم شجاعة": خطاب أسماء الأسد في عيد الأم"

 تسجيل "بروحك تحمي الياسمين"، بدقائقه الأربع عشرة، خلاصة أخرى لفترة حكم الأسد الثاني، وارث الكرسي والذعر. لم يسهُ المخرج الذي تعمد البطء في التصوير، إذ اختيرت الموسيقى الكلاسيكية، الهوليودية الاستخدام في سائر المشاهد، مثلما كانت سمفونيات ماهلر في تأبين الأسد الأول تخفي ضحالة الكلمات المتبادلة بين ...  Read More »

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Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon

[The following report was issued by American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) in April 2013.]  Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon A Vulnerable Community Following their expulsion from Palestine in 1948, many Palestinian intellectuals, businessmen, and craftspeople fled to Syria and ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (April 11)

[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 Alawite Dilemma in Homs

Syria's Alawites are often portrayed as a monolithic religious community which has unconditionally and unwavering supported the Syrian regime through the crisis which has shaken the country since March 2011. However, very little attention has been paid to the community’s diversity and to reasons for its support of the ...  Read More »

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Social Media Bouquet from Syria

[This is part of a collection of multi-media items that have circulated on Syrian social media networks over the past two years of the uprising. The collection does not necessarily reflect the views of Jadaliyya, but represents salient themes and recurring motifs.] Point Zero On 26 September 2012, an explosion ...  Read More »

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بدرخان علي: "الانتخابات الحرّة" ليست شيئاً عظيماً، بعد خراب البلد

‫يأخذنا الباحث الكردي السوري بدرخان علي في هذه المقابلة في جولة نقدية حول الثورة السورية ودروبها المتشعبة، خصوصاً في المناطق ذات الأغلبية الكردية، التي تقع تحت سيطرة أحزاب كردية متعددة، تتضارب في المصالح والأهداف. ويتطرق إلى طبيعة العلاقة التي تربط حزب الإتحاد الديمقراطي PYD بالنظام السوري وبحزب العمال الكردستاني ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (April 4)

[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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'What Good Are Free Elections When A Country Is Destroyed?'

[More than two years into the uprising in Syria, important questions remain about a number of a dynamics concerning the present situation and future prospects in Syria. Below, Muhammad Dibu interviews Baderkhan Ali on the trajectory of the Syrian uprising, the aspirations of Syria's Kurdish community, and the ...  Read More »

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Syria Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (March 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 ...  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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