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Syria's Mutating Conflict

[The following report is the latest from the International Crisis Group (ICG) on Syria.]  Syria's Mutating Conflict Executive Summary  At a distance, Syria’s conflict can resemble a slow, painful slog, punctuated by intermittent accelerations and apparent tipping points, influenced by international ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (August 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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Syria Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (July 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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خمسون دقيقة مع مناف طلاس

[نشر هذا المقال للمرة الأولى باللغة الإنجليزية في مجلة "مدل إيست ريبورت"، وترجمه إلى العربية وائل سواح.] أثناء إحدى زياراتي الدورية إلى سورية، كنت مع مجموعة من الأصدقاء في مطعم من تلك المطاعم الصاخبة التي بدأت تغزو بكثافة المدينة القديمة المحيطة بحي باب توما في دمشق. ليست هذه المطاعم سواء، فبعضها كان ...  Read More »

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Reports of Cluster Munitions Use in Syria

[The following statement was released by the Cluster Munitions Coalition on 12 July 2012.]  If confirmed, reports would mark first use of these indiscriminate arms by Syria.  The Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) is deeply concerned by reports that Syrian government forces have used cluster munitions after ...  Read More »

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My 50 Minutes with Manaf

During one of my regular visits to Syria, I was with a group of friends at one of the bustling new restaurant-bars that dotted Damascus’ old city, around Bab Touma. Some places were more popular than others, frequented by internationals and a particular stratum of Damascene society that included some people who were ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (July 26)

[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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Against Orthodoxy: The Story of Alawi Origins

Since the outbreak of the popular uprising in Syria last spring, the media have focused on the Alawi minority which controls the levers of power in that country. Most often, one hears echoes of mainstream Sunni and Shi’i sources that Alawis represent a heretical or, at best, syncretic deviation from Muslim ...  Read More »

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Syrian Refugees: Anxious Neighbors Stretched Thin

[The following report was issued by Refugees International on 10 July 2012.]  Syrian Refugees: Anxious Neighbors Stretched Thin  Since early 2012, Lebanon and Jordan have seen a dramatic increase in the number of refugees crossing their borders as the Syrian government intensifies its crackdown on ...  Read More »

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Damascus Developments [Updated]

In Damascus, members of various local coordinating committees have been organizing for three days to find shelter for residents of areas of the city which have witnessed heavy clashes between the the Syrian regime army and the Free Syrian Army.  Activists have been circulating maps on social networking sites ...  Read More »

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Imperialistic Sins

Arab regimes in the post-independence era have misused the concept of imperialism to the highest levels. Because these regimes assumed power after defeating colonialism, they clung to their hostility against imperialism to justify the consolidation of power and the abandonment of all democratic mechanisms, sinking ...  Read More »

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Syrian Refugees: Lessons from Other Conflicts and Possible Policies

As the violence and conflict intensifies in Syria, it is important to remember the growing movement of displaced persons and refugees. The recent experiences of Iraqis, Libyans, and Palestinians offer lessons on how to address the needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees and how the host countries and ...  Read More »

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فلسطينيو سورية والثورة السورية

بعد قيام إسرائيل (١٩٤٨)، بوسائل القوّة، واستيلائها على ٧٧ بالمئة من أرض فلسطين، تمّ تهجير حوالي ٨٥٠ ألفاً من الفلسطينيين من أراضيهم وممتلكاتهم، وتشريدهم في البلدان المجاورة (إضافة إلى الضفة والقطاع)، وقد وفد إلى سورية منهم، حوالي ٩٠ ألفاً، مانسبته ٢ بالمئة من مجموع السوريين.     وقد تعاملت السلطات ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (July 19)

[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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مناف طلاس ... إنشقاق أم هروب!

ثمة فرق شاسع بين الانشقاق وبين الهروب. ويبقى استخدام مفردة بدل الأخرى، مجرد خيار سياسي يخصّ المحطات الإعلامية وأقطاب المعارضة السورية في الداخل وفي الخارج، كما يخصّ النظام السوري والإعلام المتحدث باسمه. المحطات الإعلامية المعارضة للنظام السوري، قالت إن العميد المحيّد منذ أكثر من سنة، قائد الفرقة 105 في الحرس الجمهوري، ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (July 12)

[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 Syria Cause a Divorce Between Iran and Turkey?

Turkey and Iran are two of the Middle East’s oldest and most powerful states, and both aspire to play a greater role in a new regional order. Major geopolitical developments in the Middle East—the rise of Kurdish nationalism, the destruction of Saddam Hussein’s regime, the expansion of Israeli settlements in ...  Read More »

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Asad Apologists: The Ostrich Syndrome

The debate surrounding Syria has stooped very low among self-identified leftists and anti-imperialists. It is high time the discussion moves away from personal attacks, and focuses instead on presenting specific arguments and developing clearer political positions. No group has been as pilloried by all sides as much ...  Read More »

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البوستر السياسي السوري .. الكلمة في وجه الرصاصة

قبل بداية الثورة السورية ببضعة شهور، كتبت لي الإقامة لليلة يتيمة في أحد الفنادق التابعة لمؤسسة الجيش التي تمتلك سلسلة من النوادي الترفيهية والفنادق المخصصة للضباط والعسكريين السوريين . التجربة سوريالية بكل ما تعني الكلمة من معنى، بدءاً بطقوس الاستقبال القريبة من التحقيق الأمني، وصولاً لخدم الفندق الذين يرتدون اللباس ...  Read More »

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Slain Filmmaker Bassel Shahade: "It's very dangerous to hold a camera around this country" (Video)

“When I held my camera and went to Homs... It was like holding a weapon with me. It’s very dangerous to hold a camera and travel around the country.” Syria Through a Lens highlights the life, activism, and films of martyred Syrian filmmaker Bassel Shahade. On May 28th, 2012, Bassel was killed during a government ...  Read More »

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Syrian Cartoonist Ali Ferzat: 'They broke my hands to stop me from drawing Assad' (Video)

In this series of interviews, leading cartoonists from the Arab world talk about the revolutions transforming the region through the prism of their own work. Below, we feature the first interview in the series, conducted with Ali Farzat, the Syrian cartoonist who was attacked by thugs, considered to be part of the ...  Read More »

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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 »

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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