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What is a Car Bomb?

It is surreal to wake up to news of a car bomb back home, now thousands of miles away. Immediately, the war-shaped body is both numb and preoccupied with images of death and destruction. The mind wanders and sutures the past, present, and future seamlessly. Phone calls, emails, and texts begin. The space between a ...  Read More »

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An Introduction to Helen Zughaib's "Stories My Father Told Me"

“Stories My Father Told Me” is a series of twenty-three gouache paintings by Lebanese-American artist Helen Zughaib. Based on the memories of her father, Elia, who was born in Damascus in 1927 under the French Mandate, this large body of work is filled with the recollections of his early childhood in the Old City of ...  Read More »

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Culture in Defiance: Continuing Traditions of Satire, Art, and the Struggle for Freedom in Syria

[The following report was issued by the Prince Claus Fund Gallery on 19 July 2012.]  Culture in Defiance: Continuing Traditions of Satire, Art, and the Struggle for Freedom in Syria  Introduction: Laughter, Beauty and Human Resolve Imagine leaving your home at a moment’s notice with some clothes, a ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (October 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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HRW Calls on Turkey and Iraq to Open Borders to Syrian Refugees

[The following statement was issued by Human Rights Watch on 14 October 2012.]  The Iraqi and Turkish authorities should immediately re-open border crossings where more than 10,000 Syrians have been stranded for weeks and allow all those wishing to seek asylum to cross without delay, Human Rights Watch said ...  Read More »

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NYC Event: Three Jadaliyya Co-Editors on The Uprising in Syria at The Brecht Forum (22 October 2012)

The Uprising in Syria Time/Date: 7:30 PM, 22 October 2012 Location: The Brecht Forum Address: 451 West Street (that's the West Side Highway) between Bank & Bethune Streets The uprising against the regime of Bashar al-Asad in Syria, which began in March 2011, has polarized the U.S. left. Some denounce the ...  Read More »

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Tentative Jihad: Syria's Fundamentalist Opposition

[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 12 October 2012.] EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Prematurely and exaggeratedly highlighted by the regime and belatedly and reluctantly acknowledged by the opposition, the presence of a powerful Salafi strand among Syria’s rebels has become irrefutable. That is ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (October 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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New Texts Out Now: Myriam Ababsa, Baudouin Dupret, and Eric Denis, Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East

Myriam Ababsa, Baudouin Dupret and Eric Denis, editors. Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East: Case Studies from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. Cairo and New York: The American University in Cairo Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Myriam Ababsa (MA), Baudouin ...  Read More »

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The Violence of the Revolution Between Legitimacy and Deviance: Syria and the Need for Corrective Action

The persistence of the regime's cohesion in the face of all the fissures and strikes it has sustained demands that every Syrian—whether an activist, a fighter, a partisan, or [a] silent [observer]—take pause and reconsider the trajectory of change in Syria. This change has exceeded in its level of danger anything our ...  Read More »

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عنف الثورة بين الشرعية والانحراف: سوريا وضرورة التصحيح

إن تشظي المعارضة السياسية والمعارضة المسلحة في سوريا أمام نظام مازال رغم كل التصدعات والضربات القاسية التي أصابته متماسكاً يتطلب من كل سوري ـ ناشط سياسي أو مقاتل أو منحاز أو صامت ـ وقفة مع الذات وإعادة نظر في مسار التغيير في سوريا الذي وصل إلى مرحلة تفوقت بخطورتها على كل تصوراتنا وتوقعاتنا .. لهذا فإن كل مواطن سوري ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (October 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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Syria Monthly Archive on Jadaliyya (September 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 (September 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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"من المآسي المضاعفة للنزوح:فتيات سوريات للزواج "بثمن بخس

"إعلان .. إعلان: فتيات سوريات للزواج. للاتصال على الارقام التالية: (...)"، نصٌ ترويجي عُلِّق على جدران الطرقات والاعمدة، بعد أيام قليلة من وصول اللاجئات السوريات الى محافظات الاردن الشمالية هرباً من الاضطرابات التي تجتاح بلادهن. اختفى الاعلان سريعاً، غير ان الحديث عن توفر لاجئات سوريات للزواج غدا "طبقاً ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (September 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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الطاغية إبن الطاغية

‎[.إرتأت جريدة “الأخبار” ألّا  تنشر مقالة أسعد أبو خليل الأسبوعيّة وهذا هو نصّها الكامل] ‎يجثم فوق صدور العرب طغاة، ويجثم فوق صدورهم أبناء الطغاة. الطغاة يولّدون، لكن ليس إلى ما لا نهاية. الإنتفاضات العربيّة—إن دلّت على شيء—دلّت على أن أجل الطغاة محدود، حتى لو كانت أميركا وإسرائيل هما الضامنتيْن. ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (September 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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السلطة الساعية إلى انتزاع الطائفة من جبلها إلى عنفها

حتى هذه اللحظة، لا يزال ولاء الطائفة العلوية، الأكثر التباساً بين المواضيع المطروحة في الثورة السورية. الطائفة التي لم يعطها التاريخ حقها من الدراسة والبحث، لا يفهم كثيرون أسباب ولائها المطلق. والبعض يشطح بخياله بعيداً ليحمّل الموضوع أكثر مما يحتمل. هل الاضطهاد الذي تعرضت له الطائفة عبر تاريخها على يد السلاجقة ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (September 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 ...  Read More »

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Syria Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (August 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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The FSA: How to Lose Support and Alienate People in No Time

By December 2011, peaceful protests had stopped being confined to Fridays and had become part of our daily life. Regime suppression continued apace, but we felt we had a modicum of safety. In response to regime attacks on peaceful protests, members of the FSA took on the responsibility of protecting the protest ...  Read More »

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The Love Affair with Erdogan (Part 2)

[The following is part two of a two-part piece on Tayyip Erdogan.  Part one was posted Monday, 27 August.] How, then, has Erdoğan managed to escape with his international reputation relatively unscathed, and his domestic popularity only marginally diminished? One might be tempted to argue that although his ...  Read More »

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As Syria Free-Falls . . . A Return to the Basics (Part 1)

Lest we forget, or forget why, it has become important to consult the basics regarding the Syrian uprising. This might very well be the best time for such a review. For as the death toll rises and the gradual destruction of the social fabric continues, the Syrian tragedy is increasingly more about the fall ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (August 30)

[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 ...  Read More »

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Syria: Joint Rapid Food Security Needs Assessment

[The following report was issued by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in June 2012.] Syria: Joint Rapid Food Security Needs Assessment  Summary of Findings Crops and livestock sectors are  the most affected by the ongoing crisis in the country. Table  1 summarizes the ...  Read More »

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The Balkanisation of Syria: Myth or Reality?

In recent weeks, as the number of casualties in the Syrian civil war has been soaring exponentially, so have comparisons of the situation in the country with the wars that ravaged and, ultimately, resulted in the break up of the Yugoslav federation into several smaller and purportedly ethnically more homogeneous ...  Read More »

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The Economic and Human Toll of Syria's Worsening Refugee Crisis: Democracy Now! Interview with Omar Dahi

The following interview was conducted with Omar Dahi, a Syrian professor of economics at Hampshire College on August 14th, 2012 regarding the economic consequences of the uprising in Syria, especially in terms of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon.  The escalating conflict in Syria has magnified the refugee ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (August 23)

[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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Writing, Revolution, and Change in Syria: An Interview with Nihad Sirees

It can be said without hesitation that Nihad Sirees is an Aleppine writer, not because he hails from that city and lived there for most of his life, but because the bulk of his writing starts there and orbits in its universe. From Northern Winds to The Girls, and even The Silence and the Roar, which ...  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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