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Les quartiers populaires et les printemps arabes: Elements pour une approche renouvelee

Compte rendu de: Pierre-Arnaud Barthel et Sylvy Jaglin (éds.), Quartiers informels d’un monde arabe en transition. Réflexions et perspectives pour l’action urbaine, (Paris: Agence Française pour le Développement, Conférences et Séminaires no.7),159 p. Accessible en ligne. L'informalité est la condition d'habiter ...  Read More »

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Media on the Margins: An Interview with Muhammad Ali on his Frontline Documentary "Syria's Second Front"

On this edition of Media on the Margins, Malihe Razazan speaks with Syrian-born Frontline correspondent Muhammad Ali about his most recent reporting trip from the town of al-Atārib near Aleppo in northern Syria, which is the subject of his Frontline documentary, “Syria’s Second Front.” Since the start of the ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (March 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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Harvard Event: The History of Syrian Revolt: Structural Causes and Dynamics (4 March)

  Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies Director's Series presents The History of Syrian Revolt: Structural Causes and Dynamics A Lecture by Bassam Haddad All the other Arab uprisings are complex, but the Syrian case is endowed with added complexity because it is at the heart of various ...  Read More »

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Rojava and Kurdish Political Parties in Syria

The Syrian uprising has presented Syrian Kurds with an opportunity to assert self-determination in a variety of ways, despite divisions within the community. Some Kurdish political parties have been able to exploit the evolving nature of the crisis and reap considerable gains. Despite many obstacles and much ...  Read More »

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Job Opening: Specialists on Syria at the University of St Andrews

Inviting Applications from Specialists on Syria at the University of St. Andrews. Link to Vacancy Posting Lecturer - MR1291 Description School of International Relations, Salary: £37,756 - £46,400 per annum, Start: 1 September 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter Details The University of St Andrews is ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (23 February)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to ...  Read More »

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الفضاء العظيم

انهارت أسوار الجوّ الذي هيمن فيه الإعلام الرسمي على الخطاب العام عبْر وزارة تسيطر على كلِّ مفاصله، مرتبطة ببنية رقابية تشرف على كل مفاصلها، وفقدت الصحف والإذاعات والمحطات التلفزيونية الرسمية الناطقة باسم الحقيقة كما يراها الحزب الحاكم، أو المتخفية وراء ستار وتمارس لعبة الإعلام بذكاء، احترامها أو حضورها، فقد تغيرت ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (February 15)

[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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Announcing the Launch of Syria Studies (Peer-reviewed Open-access Journal)

Announcing the launch of Syria Studies, a peer reviewed open access journal devoted to the study of contemporary Syria published by the St Andrews University Centre for Syrian Studies. The journal can be accessed at the following internet address: http://css.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/online-journal/ For the first ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (7 February)

 [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to ...  Read More »

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موت صاخب في عاصمة مجنونة

  بعد خمسةٍ أيام من كل أسبوع، أقضيها مضطراً خارج المنزل، يتفاقم فيها خوف من قتل على الهويّة، أو موت بسيارة مفخخة، أو حفلة اطلاقات نارية هوجاء، أرجع إلى أُمي التي تستقبلني وكأني عائد للتو من جبهات القتال. تشم ملابسي بحثاً عن رائحة البارود، وتتفقد ملامحي لتطمأن على أن سحنتي لم يطلها جنون العاصمة الذي ينشر الرعب في ...  Read More »

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Reflections on Not Writing about the Syrian Conflict

  Friends and colleagues often ask if I am busy responding to Syria’s three-year revolution-turned-civil war, given that I have spent much of my career researching and writing about social and cultural life in Damascus. I reply with guilt-tinged evasion. This “expert’s” reluctance to intervene mystifies and ...  Read More »

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مدينة طرابلس: من يقوى على الحلم؟

"جحيم الكائنات الحية ليس شيئاً سيأتي. هناك جحيم موجود أصلاً وهو الذي نسكن فيه كل يوم. وثمة وسيلتان لتجنب ألمه. الأولى تنجح بسهولة وتناسب الأغلبية من الناس: قبول الجحيم، وأن تصبح جزءاً منه إلى درجة أنك لا تعود تراه. أما الثانية ففيها مخاطرة وتتطلب انتباهاً وتعلماً دائمين: البحث والتعرف على منْ وماذا، وسط الجحيم، ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (February 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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New Texts Out Now: Lisa Wedeen, Ideology and Humor in Dark Times: Notes from Syria

Lisa Wedeen, “Ideology and Humor in Dark Times: Notes from Syria.” Critical Inquiry 39.4 (2013). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Lisa Wedeen (LW): This article is part of a book project on what I call “neoliberal autocracy” and its unmaking. The book was initially envisioned as an account of aging ...  Read More »

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Different Policies, the Same Game: Syrian and Palestinian Refugees in Egypt

Past Treatment of Refugees in Egypt Continuing conflict in the Middle East and North Africa over the past decade has caused a sudden, periodic rise in the number of first Iraqi, then Libyan, and most recently Syrian refugees to Egypt. However, the predominant refugee groups in the country since the 1990s have been ...  Read More »

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كتب: مقابلة مع ديمة الشكر

[ضمن سلسلة "كتب“ التي تعنى بالإصدارات الجديدة، تنشر ”جدلية“ حواراً مع الناقدة ديمة الشكر وفصلاً من كتابها الصادر حديثاً ”الرنين المطوّق: العروض قديماً وحديثاً“، الشارقة، دائرة الثقافة والإعلام، ٢٠١٣.] جدلية: كيف تبلورت فكرة الكتاب وما الذي قادك نحو الموضوع؟ ديمة الشكر: تبلورت فكرة الكتاب خلال ...  Read More »

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كتب: الرنين المطوّق: العروض قديماً وحديثاً

فصل من كتاب: الرنين المطوّق: العروض قديماً وحديثاً  استقرار التدوين لا يفصلُ بين العَروضيّ (342/954)  وابن عبد ربّه[1] (328/939) إلا سنوات قليلة، لكنّ المكانَ يفصلُ بينهما: فالأوّل مشرقيّ، والثاني أندلسيّ. زد على ذلك، أنّ نِظرةً إلى مُؤلَفيْهما في العَروض، لن تجدَ إلا الفَصْلَ بينهما ثانيةً: فالـ ...  Read More »

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ما هو أكثر شيء تشتاق إليه؟ أجوبة اللاجئين السوريين

ما هو أكثر شيء تشتاق إليه؟ أجوبة اللاجئين السوريين [تمثل الأقوال التالية جزءاً من بحث مستمر يتناول مواضيع اللاجئين السوريين. وتقوم بهذا البحث الأستاذة روشيل ديفيس مع فريق من الباحثين في جامعة جورجتاون.  انقر هنا لقراءة المقالة التي نشرتها روشيل ديفيس وآبي تايلور في صيف 2013 والتي تتناول خلفية وسياق أزمة ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (January 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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قليلنا كثير وكثيرنا ليس واحداً

قليلنا كثير وكثيرنا ليس واحداً... في انتظار الحرب كلّ شيءٍ آنيّ والضوء مسألة نظر. في الحرب تخلع الأشياء معناها وترتدي الانتظار. والانتظار غيبوبة تسرقك من الآن وتهبك للترقب فتحيا على أرجوحة الربما بين ماضٍ وغد. نحن اللاجئون نصبنا فوق حبال الأرجوحة خيمتنا ورحنا في الظل نراوح. قبل أربع وستين سنة عشنا ما نكرّره اليوم ...  Read More »

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Stories of Refuge: Oral Histories of Syrian Asylum Seekers in Germany

In Munich recently, I found myself sitting in an Iraqi-owned café with three Syrian men. The first was a young businessman who spends much of his time, money, and energy helping Syrian refugees in Munich and sending aid to Syria. Second, there was a young poet who called himself “the poet of the revolution” and had ...  Read More »

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مختارات من الصحافة العربية

  مختارات من الصحافة العربية ( من 5 إلى 11 كانون الثاني/ يناير 2014)      المسألة أكبر من يناير! يتوقع بلال فضل أن يتم التصويت على الدستور بنعم وأن يصل المرشح المقرب من العسكر إلى الحكم ولكن يرى أن هذا لن يكون آخر المطاف لأن ثورة 25 يناير لم تحقق أهدافها بعد.    ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Rebecca Joubin, The Politics of Love: Sexuality, Gender, and Marriage in Syrian Television Drama

Rebecca Joubin, The Politics of Love: Sexuality, Gender, and Marriage in Syrian Television Drama. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Rebecca Joubin (RJ): Despite the mass media attention that the most prolonged crisis of the “Arab Spring turned Winter” has generated, ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (January 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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Report-Back from LCPS Panel Discussion on Impact of Syrian Conflict on Lebanese Economy

[The following summary was produced by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) on a panel discussion held on 6 December 2013 on the impact of the Syrian conflict on the Lebanese economy.]  The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS), in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), organized a ...  Read More »

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The Whisper Strategy (Drama and Power Relations in Syria): An Interview with Donatella Della Ratta

We have heard a lot about the spring of Syrian drama, which flourished in the decade that preceded the 2011 uprising and perhaps even before. Some argue that the regime indirectly worked with directors and actors to serve a political goal, while others think that Syrian directors, actors, and scriptwriters were able ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (December 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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Apples of the Golan: A Review

Apples of the Golan. Directed by Jill Beardsworth and Keith Walsh. Austria/Ireland/Syria, 2012. A man places four apples on the ground in a rectangle. He paces back and forth between them. “The cell was seventy centimeters by 1.8 meters. I was sleeping with no mattress…twenty-four hours in darkness. I was ...  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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