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Aleppo: Impending Battle [Ongoing Post]

[This is an ongoing post and is updated regularly. It was first published/launched on 4 November 2016. Recent posts/updates are below. The reports of suffering become more devastating as you scroll down] 4 November 2016 The battle for Aleppo has been underway for some time, but is in all likelihood entering an even ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Syria Page Co-Editor Basileus Zeno on Sectarianism, Syria, and Iran, on BBC Newshour Extra

After Aleppo? On Friday, 23 December 2016, the BBC’s Newshour Extra featured a discussion on the sectarianism as a framework of analysis for the war in Syria. Host Owen Bennet Jones mediated between panelists Basilseous Zeno (PhD Student in Political Science at University of Masschusetts Amherst), Mohammed Alyahya ...  Read More »

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The Turkish State of Emergency and LGBT+ Kurds

After the end of the peace negotiations between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan, PKK) in July 2015, Kurdish cities witnessed massive destruction. The destruction was accompanied by racist and sexist graffiti messages by Turkish government forces in many of the wrecked areas. Then, ...  Read More »

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Quick Thoughts: Dorothée Myriam Kellou on French Cement Giant Lafarge's Operations in Syria

[In June 2016, French journalist Dorothée Myriam Kellou published the results of her groundbreaking investigation of the French cement giant Lafarge’s operations in Syria, replete with payoffs to armed groups and indications of covert dealings with the Islamic State (IS) movement in order to facilitate the ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (December 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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Summary of UN Board of Inquiry Report into Air Attack on UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent Aid Convoy

[The following summary was submitted on 21 December 2016 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the President of the Security Council. The summary is of the United Nations Headquarters Board of Inquiry into the September 2016 attack on a UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent aid convoy Urem al-Kubra, near Aleppo. The full ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on the Left, Imperialism, and Syria at KPFA

The following interview aired live on Wednesday 21 December 2016 on the UPFRONT show of KPFA (Pacfica Radio San Francisco and Oakland). The episode takes the recent developents in Aleppo as the launch point to discuss dynamics in Syria. The episode features Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad (also the ...  Read More »

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رؤية

1-- تجتاح الحرب،التي تقترب من نهاية عامها السادس، سورية من أقصاها الشرقي إلى أقصاها الغربي ومن شمالها إلى جنوبها. وهي لم تعمل على تفكيكها وحسب، بل أدت إلى تدمير الكثير من مدنها وقراها واحتلال مناطق عديدة منها من الطامعين من أطراف وجهات مختلفة. في آذار2011 بدأت في البلاد انتفاضة شعبية طمحت لتحقيق الحرية والكرامة ...  Read More »

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What the West Owes Syrians: US and European Arms Sales to the Middle East 2011-2014

The last two years have seen heated debates within Europe and the United States about the costs of hosting Syrian and other refugees. However, there has been almost complete silence about another aspect of their involvement in the conflict: the extent of arms sales to the Middle East. Between 2011 and 2014, and ...  Read More »

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Media on Media Roundup (December 20)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup deals with a number of issues that occupied the media scene in the region, from the end of the battle over Aleppo to the state of journalism during 2016 and the cultural misrepresentation of Muslims on the BBC. After a four-year battle over the Syrian city of Aleppo, ...  Read More »

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مختارات من الصحافة العربية 17 كانون الاول

مختارات من الصحافة العربية (من 6 حتى 12 كانون الاول) مصر «الطب الشرعي» يكشف السبب وراء وفاة مجدي مكين الطب الشرعي يكشف أن مجدي مكين ضُرب حتى الموت أثناء سجنه في العامرية دراسة: النفوذ السياسي يتحكم في توزيع الأجور الحكومية و"الخدمة المدنية" لم يحل المعضلة ما تزال سياسات الحكومة تؤثر في توزيع الدخل ...  Read More »

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السِجالي الشرس

من «نقد الفكر الديني» ـ هذا الكتاب الذي كنّا أواخر سبعينيات القرن الماضي نقرأه ونتداوله كأي منشور سرّي لحزب محظور، ونتباهى باقتنائه كأية تحفة نادرة ـ إلى «العلوية السياسية» مروراً بـ «ذهنية التحريم: سلمان رشدي وحقيقة الأدب» و «ما بعد ذهنية التحريم» لم يغادر الكاتب السوري «صادق جلال  العظم» دائرة السجال، تارة مع ...  Read More »

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East Aleppo Graffiti: Messages for Asad and the City

[The following compilation and translations was created by Osha al-Mussalami and published on MiddleEastEye.net on 15 December 2016]             “One day we will return.” This is just one of the messages that have been left behind on the walls by the Syrians being evacuated out of ...  Read More »

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Media on Media Roundup (December 14)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup features stories on the manufacturing of media narratives during war, Egypt’s media laws, and a new ISIS radio show for concerned jihadis. The New York Times has scrutinized Bana Alabed’s Twitter account. A seven-year-old girl from East Aleppo who tweets with the help of ...  Read More »

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أزمة في الثورة السوريّة

لا تستمد الثورة السورية شرعيتها من استبداد النظام وفساده وإجرامه ومصادرته حقوق السوريين فقط، وإنما هي تستمد ذلك، أيضاً، من توقهم الى الحرية والكرامة والمساواة، والعيش كمواطنين لا كمجرد رعايا، لكن الثورات، والسورية منها، فوق هذين، تحتاج إلى تعزيز شرعيتها، وتحصين ذاتها، هذا يتعلق بحفاظها على مسارها، ومقاصدها النبيلة، ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (December 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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أنا كتابٌ لم أكتبْه ولم أقرأه

لا أعرف شيئاً عن هشام خاطر. تكاد معرفتي بكتابته تقتصر على حدود الصفحات القليلة لهذا الكتاب "حَنداج". رواة نصوصه أقرب إلى أولاد رفضوا النضوج لأنهم يرفضون التحول إلى مجرمين. إنهم يهذرون داخل رأس رجل وحيد يضبط هذياناتهم، لأن الكتابة في أحد وجوهها احتيالٌ على الخوف، للعيش معه والتحكّم به وحتى ممازحته، وقد ...  Read More »

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The Left and the Syria Debate

Talking about Syria  Civil wars generate their own momentum. They go through different phases and produce different leaderships and warlords. The Lebanese civil war makes for a good academic comparison with the current Syrian war in that internal and external actors are entangled and weapons and fighters are ...  Read More »

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Yasser Munif on the State of the Syrian Uprising

In this interview, Yasser Munif addresses the state of the Syrian uprising. In conversation with Bassam Haddad, Yasser discusses a number of related topics dealing with domestic and regional factors. The intereview was recorded on 17 October 2016. Yasser Munif is assistant professor of sociology in the Institute for ...  Read More »

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Media on Media Roundup (December 6)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup deals with a number of issues, such as the publicised self-representation of countries known for regular attacks on media freedom. Following the recent controversy revolving the "Muezin Bill" which would ban the public call for prayer in the Israeli-occupied ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Syrie, anatomie d’une guerre civile

Adam Baczko, Gilles Dorronsoro, Arthur Quesnay. Syrie, anatomie d’une guerre civile. Paris: CNRS Editions, 2016. Jadaliyya (J) : Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait publier ce livre? Adam Baczko, Gilles Dorronsoro, Arthur Quesnay (AB, GD, AQ) : L’idée de conduire des recherches en Syrie a émergé ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (December 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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Humanitarian Needs Overview of Syria (December 2016)

[The following report on the humanitarian situation in Syria was produced on behalf of the Strategic Steering Group (SSG) for December 2016] Humanitarian Needs Overview:  Syrian Arab Republic December 2016:  13.5 Million People in Need Part I: Summary Humanitarian Needs As the Syria crisis enters ...  Read More »

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Quick Thoughts: Mouin Rabbani on Aleppo and the Syria Conflict

[The ongoing full-scale assault by the Syrian military, Russian air force and allied militias on eastern Aleppo, which forms the most significant remaining opposition stronghold in the country, appears to portend a strategic turning point in the Syrian conflict. Jadaliyya turned to Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani, former head ...  Read More »

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ذاكرة المستقبل

كنت جالساً البارحة بمفردي، وهذا بحد ذاته الآن شيء لا ينصح به لكل السوريين في المهجر، أتابع الأخبار. لا شغف ولا إثارة كانت تأتي من جميع القنوات الاخبارية أوصفحات التواصل الاجتماعي. على الرغم من أن معظم الأخبار كانت تركّز على مدينتي الجريحة. ليس فقط على المدينة، بل أكثر تحديداً على بعض الأحياء التي قضيت فيها سنين ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (November 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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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad Addresses Aleppo Today on Democracy Now!

"Nothing Short of a Slaughter": 1 Million Syrians in Aleppo Under Siege with No Hospital, Food" As the United Nations says nearly 1 million Syrians are living under siege and the last remaining hospitals in eastern Aleppo have been destroyed, we speak with Syrian analyst Bassam Haddad and get an update ...  Read More »

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Media on Media Roundup (November 22)

In this week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup: The battle between the Turkish government and Turkish media continues. Hezbollah flexes its muscles in Syria, and the moon is ready for its close up. According to a recent report published by Freedom House, Turkey has been downgraded to "not free" status as ...  Read More »

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النحلة

[يسرّ "جدليّة" أن تقدّم للقراء ملفاً جديداً يعرف بعدد من الشعراء الأكراد الذين يكتبون بالعربية. سننشر مواد هذا الملف بالتسلسل على مدار الأيام القادمة وسنفعّل الروابط أدناه حال نشر كل مادة. اضغط/ي هنا للإطلاع على جميع مواد الملف] ما بال الفجر تنفّس أفضل ألوانه وعلى غفلة من حلمي بكّر؟ * * * ...  Read More »

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هجران

[يسرّ "جدليّة" أن تقدّم للقراء ملفاً جديداً يعرف بعدد من الشعراء الأكراد الذين يكتبون بالعربية. سننشر مواد هذا الملف بالتسلسل على مدار الأيام القادمة وسنفعّل الروابط أدناه حال نشر كل مادة. اضغط/ي هنا للإطلاع على جميع مواد الملف] أميلُ للاعتراف بأنني أحياناً أتصوّرُ رأسكَ الدائري المنقوع في الملح ...  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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