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حَضٌّ عَضٌّ، لقاءٌ عِقابٌ

حَضٌّ عَضٌّ، لقاءٌ عقابٌ.  محتقرينَ، كَــ. هــاء مـيم جيم. يستدركون، كاتّهامٍ مخزٍ متلِفٍ، دورَ المثقَّف العضويّ. يطالبونك به يا أستاذُ؟ أنا المخاطَبُ، أنا، حقّاً؟   نضالٌ مَرَضٌ عُضالٌ، فَعَّالٌ لما يريد، ربٌّ تعالى، تعالَ، إليّ، سؤالٌ، هيّا، لكنْ، رِدْفُها، سائرة كالضوء إلى الباب، يتموّجُ. خصرٌ ...  Read More »

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Syria News Update (2 September 2013)

 [This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Developments  Le Figaro Interviews Bashar al-Assad Georges Malbrunot interviewed the Syrian president and questioned him about the chemical weapons attack and the regime’s reply to a potential attack on ...  Read More »

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(Dis)integration: Palestinian Refugees in the Syrian Civil War

One of the most potent discourses used to describe events in Syria has been that of social disintegration or fragmentation. The diverse tapestry of ethnic, religious, and national identities that characterized Syrian society is unraveling into sectarian strife and will be difficult to reconstitute in a post-conflict ...  Read More »

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خمسةُ أنهار في الجحيم

              خمسةُ أنهار في الجحيم الفرات (إلى الصديقين أحمد حافظ وعلي العائد) أيّها النهر، أين نجد شموعاً لجميع القبور، ملائكةً تسهر على الجراح، آذاناً إلهيّة تصغي للأنين، لحشرجةِ الموتى في أنفاسنا؟ في دخانٍ يُموِّهُ الفَجْر ويَرْميه كتلةَ لهبٍ ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (August 2013)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the ...  Read More »

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Syria News Update (1 September 2013)

[This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Developments Ahmed Jarba: We Will Block Arms From Extremists Because They Will Kill Us if We Don’t Hassan Hassan provides a run down of an interview conducted by Lebanese Television Channel (LBC) with the president of the ...  Read More »

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Letter to a Syrian Friend Who Said: ‘Your Opposition to the US Attack on Syria Means You Support the Asad Regime’

Dear Friend: You are in Syria, somewhere in Damascus. You have been involved in various protests to fight for more democratic space in Syria, and then, after the early months of 2011, to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Asad. I have learned a great deal from people like you, about your country and about the nature ...  Read More »

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Syria Statement by International Crisis Group

[The following statement was issued by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on 1 September 2013.] Assuming the U.S. Congress authorises them, Washington (together with some allies) soon will launch military strikes against Syrian regime targets. If so, it will have taken such action for reasons largely ...  Read More »

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US Strike on Syria An "Uncalculated Adventure": Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on MSNBC

MSNBC Headine "Haddad: Mulling Syria strike is an 'uncalculated adventure'" Former State Department Spokesperson P.J. Crowley, Mouaz Moustafa from the Syrian Emergency Task Force, Bassam Haddad from George Mason University, Reuter's David Rohde and MSNBC military analyst and former army Colonel Jack Jacobs ...  Read More »

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Syria News Update (31 August 2013)

Syria News Update (31 August 2013) [This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.]  Developments Consensus, Then About-Face From Obama on Syria The United States will seek congressional approval for his strike on Syria.  Analysis of Syria Gas Attack Could ...  Read More »

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Syria News Update (29-30 August 2013)

[This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Developments Cameron Forced to Rule Out British Attack on Syria After MPs Reject Motion U.S. Had Intel on Strike Before it Was Launched A Foreign Policy article reveals that “American intelligence agencies had indications ...  Read More »

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الهجمات بالسلاح الكيمياوي والتدخلّات العسكرية

إن صور الجثث المصفوفة على الأرض والمكفنة بالشراشف البيضاء، دون أثر لدم أو إصابة انتشرت الأسبوع الماضي عبر الإعلام الاجتماعي وفي نشرات الأخبار كي تشير إلى مرحلة أخرى مروّعة في الحرب السورية. ففي الرابع والعشرين من آب، أفادتْ منظمة أطباء بلا حدود أنّ كثيراً من المصابين، الذين تلقوا العلاج في أعقاب الهجوم في الغوطة ...  Read More »

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As the United States Prepares to Strike Syria: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Democracy Now

As the United States continues to try to build an international coalition, Democracy Now interviewed Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Bassam Haddad, Director of the Middle East Studies Program at George Mason University. The interview includes commentary on the latest developments in the efforts to strike Syria for the regime's ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (August 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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Chemical Attacks and Military Interventions

Images of dead bodies laid out on floors wrapped in white cloth, with no sign of blood or injury circulated across social and news media last week to signal another horrific stage of the Syrian war. As of 24 August, Doctors without Borders has indicated that many patients treated in the aftermath of the attack in ...  Read More »

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Final Sahnesi: Rojava

Suriye'deki gelişmeler, ülkenin yakın tarihin kötü bir tekerrürünün yaşanması ihtimali ekseninde karmaşık bir hal almaya başladı. Sünnilerin yoğunlukta olduğu muhaliflerin çok başlı olması, Kürtlere yönelik dışlama gayretleri, Kürtlerin örgütlülüğü ve uluslararası güçlerin istikrar değil 'çıkar hesabı' yapması, ...  Read More »

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I'm Still Alive ... لم أمت

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Syria Media Roundup (August 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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ما الذي تبقى من دمشق؟

في صباح أحد الأيام، أثناء زيارة قمتُ بها مؤخراً إلى دمشق ـ والتي كانت زيارتي الأولى في عام ـ ذهبتُ إلى الجامع الأمويّ، أحد أقدم المساجد في العالم. كان هذا البناء المذهل في ما مضى من الزمان معبداً رومانياً، ثم صار إحدى الكنائس المسيحية الأولى، قبل أن يصبح، ما يعدّه كثيرٌ من المسلمين، رابعَ أكثر أمكنة العبادة قداسةً في ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (August 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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تل الزعتر: الرواية غير المحكية

تل الزعتر محطة من محطات كثيرة في تاريخ اللجوء الفلسطيني التي لم تحظ بالبحث والتوثيق الكافيين لحفظها. ولو حاولنا مقارنة مجزرة تل الزعتر بسواها من المجازر لوجدنا، إضافة الى الأهداف والمنفذين، سمة مشتركة أخرى بينها وهي «الافلات من العقاب». وعندما يمر المرء بالطريق العام المحاذي لتل الزعتر اليوم فلا شيء يدل على وجود حياة ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (August 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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Syria Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (July 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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Damascus: What's Left

One morning on a recent visit to Damascus, my first in a year, I went to the Umayyad Mosque. One of the oldest mosques in existence, the spectacular building was a Roman temple and then an early Christian basilica before it became what many Muslims consider to be Islam’s fourth holiest place of worship. As usual, it ...  Read More »

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نموت ويحيا الوطن

”نموت ويحيا الوطن“ عبارة طالما سمعناها في مشاتل الوطنية ومراعي الطفولة منذ ذلك اليوم المشهود من شهر  أيلول، حيث حملنا تلك الحقائب المحملة بأطنان الأسفار النازة بالوطنية، قاصدين ذلك البناء الحديث المنتصب بزهو في قلب القرية: المدرسة. طالما أطربت العبارة آذاننا بموسيقاها وبجمالها الأخاذ وتركتنا نسيح في أرض الله ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (August 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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Human Rights Watch: Arrests of Syrians in Egypt Raise Deportation Fears

[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on 25 July 2013] Egypt: Arrests of Syrians Raise Deportation Fears  (New York) – Egyptian authorities should stop arbitrarily detaining Syrians and threatening to summarily deport them. The authorities should release the Syrian detainees unless they ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (July 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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Sectarianism in Syria: Myth and Reality

From media coverage to academic debate on the Middle East, the dominant narrative since the attack on the twin towers has been about the "D word"--democracy. The Arab world was traditionally portrayed in western eyes as an exception in terms of modernization and democratization. Meanwhile, Iraq was torn ...  Read More »

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"Tamtheel: Restoring Popular Sovereignty" Initiative Launches

Under the banner Tamtheel: Restoring Popular Sovereignty, youth and popular associations met in El Bireh municipality to launch an initiative that calls for returning the supreme legislative body of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) to the Palestinian people and towards rebuilding the national liberation ...  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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