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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 »

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Five Texts by Zakaria Tamer

Five Texts by Zakaria Tamer Translated by Marilyn Hacker Who are you? Who is the Syrian? The Syrian is an unknown citizen, he did not become famous for having chosen death, prison, and endurance over suffering and self-abasement as the path to freedom. The Syrian is a citizen living outside Syria and a ...  Read More »

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The Struggle of Twice-Displaced Refugees: Palestinians Fleeing Syria to Lebanon

Meesar Lahan’s personal story represents thousands of Palestinian refugees filtering into the Shatila refugee camp of Lebanon from war-stricken Syria. Their move to Lebanon represents a second displacement (the first being from Palestine), and many of these refugees are giving up hope, some even considering a return ...  Read More »

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Syria: When Official Memory is Amnesia

With those who would kill him waiting at each of the gates of Damascus should he try to escape, Saul of Tarsus, the man who would come to be known as Christianity’s St. Paul, fled nonetheless.  Crouching in a basket, he was lowered over the city’s walls by his supporters, and he fled into the Syrian night. It ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (November 8)

 [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 (October 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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Syria Media Roundup (November 1)

[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 UN at ASIL: R2P and the Arab Uprisings

The Under-Secretary for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel, Patricia O Brien, recently addressed the American Society of International Law Midyear Meeting at the University of Georgia School of Law. In her representative capacity, O’Brien dedicated her luncheon remarks to a discussion about the ...  Read More »

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Syrian Hands Raised: User Generated Creativity Between Citizenship and Dissent

As much as images of violence, civil war, and sectarian strife become prominent in the media narrative of the Syrian uprising, little gems of innovative cultural production, artistic resistance, and creative disobedience continue to sprout across the virtual alleys of the Internet. These creative gems are also the ...  Read More »

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Studying Social Streams: Cultural Analytics in Arabic

One of the challenges of studying technology is learning how to deconstruct the tools from the political ideologies held by those who develop them. As Timothy Mitchell explains in his book Colonising Egypt, the practice of science and systems of ordering national standards are modern projects that enable governments ...  Read More »

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As Syria Free-Falls . . . A Return to the Basics: Some Structural Causes (Part 2)

[This is Part 2 of “As Syria Falls.” Part 1 can be accessed here] Amid the mounting and tragic violence, loss of life, and loss of Syria, it seems difficult to write about history and causes. Yet it is equally difficult to write critically about the current chaos, precisely because of the information gap. One also ...  Read More »

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Four Arab Artists and Intellectuals Receive 2012 Prince Claus Fund Award

[The following press release was issued by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development on 6 September 2012.]  The Prince Claus Awards The Prince Claus Awards honour outstanding achievements in the field of culture and development. The awards are presented annually to eleven individuals or ...  Read More »

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis Intensifies

Over three hundred thousand refugees have fled across Syria’s borders to Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon, according to the latest UNHCR statistics. This number accounts for only those who have registered with the UN or are waiting to register. The UN also estimates that one to one and a half million people are ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (October 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 »

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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