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Syria Media Roundup (July 5)

[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 on Jadaliyya: June 2012 Edition

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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المعارضة السورية تطالب أمريكا بتسليحها وتجاوز مخاوفها من الإسلاميين

طالبت بعض فصائل المعارضة السورية الولايات المتحدة الأحد بالبدء بتسليحها "لإظهار الرغبة بالتخلص من نظام الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد"، وحضتها على "تجاوز مخاوفها" من وجود إسلاميين على الأرض قالت إنهم يقاتلون في صفوف المعارضين. فقد نقلت وكالة رويترز للأنباء عن معارضين سوريين وقادة في "الجيش السوري ...  Read More »

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The Current Impasse in Syria: Interview with Haytham Manna' [Now with full English transcripts + all videos]

On 27 April 2012, around the Jadaliyya Co-Sponsored Conference at Lund University ("Contesting Narratives, Location Power"), I sat down for an extensive interview with Haytham Manna`, one of the icons of the independent Syrian opposition and a leading founder of the National Coordinating Body for Democratic ...  Read More »

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خطايا إمبرياليّة

 عمدت الأنظمة العربية في مراحل ما بعد الاستقلال إلى ابتذال مفهوم الإمبريالية إلى أقصى الحدود. فكونها جاءت إلى السلطة بعد معارك ضد الاستعمار، تمسّكت بمفهوم العداء للإمبريالية لتبرّر بقاءها في الحكم، وإلغاءها آليات العمل الديموقراطي، وصولاً إلى ممارسة أبشع أساليب القمع. كان على المرء انتظار الهيمنة النيوليبرالية ...  Read More »

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One Year of Hope

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (June 28)

[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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Ajamindustry

It is problematic enough that Fouad Ajami repeats much of the reductionist arguments about all things Arab in his new book on Syria's rebellion, but then the New York Times must stumble upon this book, and review it. I will not attempt to review the book itself, for critiquing Mr. Ajami has become like critiquing Fox ...  Read More »

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Al-Akhbar and Syria: No Room for Silence

Revolution, Uprising, Protest Movement, Crisis, Armed Insurgency, Civil War, and many other variations of titles have been used over the past 15 months to describe events in Syria. There have been many disagreements on Syria over this span of time, but there is no disagreement over the fact that Syria has been the ...  Read More »

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Hafez Al-Assad in 1976

People of my generation cannot (and should not) forgive and forget. What happened in 1976 changed the course of contemporary Lebanese history and prolonged the agonizing years of the civil war. In 1976, the PLO-Lebanese National Movement (LNM) coalition was on its way to defeat the pro-Israeli Phalanges militias in ...  Read More »

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Hafez Al-Assad in 1976

People of my generation cannot (and should not) forgive and forget. What happened in 1976 changed the course of contemporary Lebanese history and prolonged the agonizing years of the civil war. In 1976, the PLO-Lebanese National Movement (LNM) coalition was on its way to defeat the pro-Israeli Phalanges militias in ...  Read More »

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Lebanon, the Sectarianization of Politics, and Genderalizing the Arab Uprisings: Interview with Maya Mikdashi

The following interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Maya Mikdashi was conducted by Eugenio Dacrema for the Istituto per gli studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI), on whose website it was originally published on 21 June 2012. In the interview, Maya discusses developments in Lebanon as they related to the uprising in ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (June 21)

[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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Life in Homs

[The following account of a day in the life of someone living in Homs was first published on the blog Thoughts and Feelings of a Syrian Freedom Fighter.] Life in Homs In here you’ll read exactly what I’ve experienced on Thursday, June 14th, 2012. I woke up at 5 AM after three hours of “sleep,” checked if there’s ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (June 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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The Guardian's Martin Chulov Discusses Reporting on Syria

 With Syria grabbing all the news attention, and journalists being virtually barred from entering the country, how can we decipher fact from propaganda? There is no shortage of information and analysis about what is unfolding in Syria. With foreign journalists shut out, much of the news comes from citizen ...  Read More »

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Syrian Refugee in Wadi Khaled (In both Arabic and English)

هذا الشريط ضمن سلسة من الأفلام تنشرها ”جدلية“ بالإتفاق مع موقع ”العربي الحر“ ومن انتاجه. توثق هذه الأفلام الوثائقية القصيرة التي تتراوح مدتها بين دقيقتين إلى ثلاث دقائق لجوانب في الحياة اليومية لهؤلاء الذين تتحدث عنهم، وتبعات الثورات العربية سلباً وايجاباً على حياتهم. تتبع الكاميرات حيوات أفراد من أجيال وطبقات مختلفة، ...  Read More »

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Hizballah, Development, and the Political Economy of Pain: For Syria, What is "Left" (Part 3-Final)

[This is a third part in a series under the title of "For Syria, What is Left?" The first two parts can be accessed (1) here and (2) here. Arabic Translations can be found (1) here and (2) here.]  The enormity of the unfolding tragedy in Syria will dwarf the content of the ...  Read More »

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Razan Ghazzawi: Imprisoned Syrian Blogger and Recipient of Human Rights Defender at Risk Award (Video)

[The following video and statement were produced by Front Line Defenders as part of their Human Right Defender at Risk Award.] Razan Ghazzawi is a Syrian human rights activist and blogger who has been arrested and released on two occasions in the last few months. Following several threats she was arrested for the ...  Read More »

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"Up Front" Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Current Developments in Syria

This interview was conducted with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad by Brian Edwards-Tiekert of KPFA's "Up Front." The interview discusses the staying power of Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria, and why the regime's days may be numbered; the ineffective cease-fire plan of Kofi Annan; what a post-regime Syria ...  Read More »

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Syria's Creative Resistance

Bashar al-Assad snores, his head twitching on a large white pillow. Suddenly, he wakes up. “The people want to overthrow me!” he screams, the pompom on his nightcap bouncing.  A military officer approaches, pats him on the head and whispers gently, as if comforting a toddler: “Don’t worry, my dear Mr. President, ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (June 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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Blaming Others: A History of Violence in Lebanon

Violence has defined the seven years since the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. But there are ruptures in the now familiar landscape of burning tires; Israel’s abduction of Lebanese citizens, its invasion of the country’s airspace, mounting casualties from Israeli land mine and cluster bombs; ...  Read More »

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Houla: Not a Game Changer

Confession: the images of the carnage in Houla did not move me like they seem to have moved the rest of the world. Yes, they were tragic, horrific acts of violence against the most innocent of victims. But they didn’t break anything inside of me that was not already broken, nor did they raise the level of outrage or ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (May 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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The Kurdish Question in Syria: A General Approach

[The following article was translated into English by Christine Cuk.] The Kurdish issue in Syria has a history and trajectory that are different from sectarian problems in the region. It is not a sectarian problem, as the Kurds are not a sect of Arabs or a special Islamic group. They belong to a people that are forty ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (May 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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About Last Night

Last night the sound of gunfire punctuated the Beirut soundscape. Supporters of the anti-Syrian and majority Sunni Future Movement clashed with members of the pro-Assad and Sunni Majority Arab Movement. The fighting, which was most intense around the Beirut Arab University, continued until the early hours of the ...  Read More »

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Al-Jazeera's (R)Evolution?

In March of 2011, an unusually forthright editorial by an anonymous writer made its way into The Peninsula Qatar, an English language daily bankrolled by a member of the emirate’s ruling family. At the time of publication, protesters had already toppled the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt, uprisings were in full swing ...  Read More »

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الانتفاضات العربيّة وفلسطين في المخيالين اللبنانيّ والسوريّ

تنقسم مداخلتي إلى قسمين، يتناول الأوّلُ "الانتفاضاتِ العربيّةَ وفلسطين في المخيال اللبنانيّ"، ويتناول القسمُ الثاني "الانتفاضات العربيّة وفلسطين في المخيال السوريّ". ولا حاجة إلى القول إنّ المخيال هنا (أو الوعي) ليس واحدًا في الحالين، على ما ستُظهر هذه المداخلة، بل مخيالاتٌ متعدّدةٌ في كلّ بلد، وقد ...  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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