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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 »

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حكاية مخيم اليرموك: اخطأنا الرصاص، فأصابنا سهم الجوع

يصرخ أخوه الصغير من شدة الجوع، لا دواء ولا غذاء في المخيم منذ أشهر، قام بربط بطنه وبطن أخوته بحبال في محاولة منه لتخفيف ألم الجوع، لم يعد يستطيع التحمل. يقرر أن يغامر بالخروج من المخيم ليشتري الخبز لعائلته بعد فقدانه كلياً في المخيم منذ أكثر من 170 يوماً، يخرج من البيت محاولاً التسلّل خارج المخيم فيتلقى رصاصة تُرديه ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (January 3)

[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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النصّ هو الذي يختار المترجم

أعلنت دار التكوين في سوريا عن إصدارها لـ "الأعمال الأدبيّة" لليورنادو دافنشي، وهذا هو نص الإعلان:  صدرت عن دار التكوين في دمشق الكتابات الأدبية لأشهر فناني النهضة الإيطاليين والعالميين على الإطلاق "ليوناردو دافنشي"، وهي تضم جميع الكتابات والملاحظات والمسوَّدات التي كتبها ليوناردو وجمَّعتها ...  Read More »

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صباح الانفجار

حبيبي، كنا سنقتل في انفجار اليوم في بيروت لو رضيت أن تستيقظ باكراً وتتنزه معي في وسط المدينة إذ نتوجه نحو مقهى جديد اكتشفته مؤخراً في شرق المدينة وانتظرت بفارغ الصبر أن أريك إياه. حبيبي، لو متنا سوية لكانوا اعتبرونا شهداء الحب. أو ربما لن يعرف أحد الحقيقة، وهي أني جررتك من نومك الى الموت. لن يعرفوا حتى أسماءنا، ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (December 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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O.I.L. Media Roundup (24 December)

[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 OIL@jadaliyya.com by ...  Read More »

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Rojava: Life and War in Kurdish Syria

Photos by Andy Spyra and Younes Mohammad. Text by Andy Spyra. In early October this year Younes and I left Erbil, the Kurdish capital of northern Iraq, heading straight to the border crossing at Fish Khabour, located in the triangle between Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. Six hours later we arrived to see dozens of Syrian ...  Read More »

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Press Release: UN Syria Commission Announces Thematic Paper on Enforced Disappearances As War Tactic

[The following press release was issued by the United Nations Syria Comission on 19 December 2013 announcing its second thematic paper, entitled "Without A Trace: Enfroced Disappearances in Syria." Click here to download the paper.] Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (December 17)

[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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What Do You Miss Most? Syrian Refugees Respond

[Editor’s note: The following statements and pictures are part of ongoing research on the Syrian refugee population conducted by Rochelle Davis, Associate Professor at Georgetown University and a team of researchers. Click here to read an article published in the summer of 2013 by Rochelle Davis and Abbie Taylor ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (10 December)

[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 OIL@jadaliyya.com ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (December 10)

[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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العدد السادس من مجلة بدايات

  صدر العدد السادس من مجلة ”بدايات“، وهي مجلة ثقافية فصلية أُطلقتْ استجابة للتحولات التاريخية التي نتجت عن الثورات العربية. كتب فوّاز طرابلسي، رئيس تحرير المجلة،  افتتاحية العدد حول سوريا و”تحقيقاً عن تحقيق في مجزرة موصوفة“. أما المحور الأول ”من باب أولى“ فتناول موضوعات متعلقة بمجتمعات ودول كالبحرين وإيران ...  Read More »

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القراءة المبكرة

هنري ميلر  لم أبدأ بإعادة قراءة كتب معيّنة إلا في السنوات القليلة الماضية. أستطيع أن أتذكّر بدقّة الكتب الأولى التي أفردتُها من أجل إعادة القراءة: ولادة المأساة، الزوج الأبدي، أليس في بلاد العجائب،الطقوس الإمبراطورية الفاحشة، وكتاب هامسن ألغاز.إن هامسن، كما قلتُ في غالب الأحيان، هو أحد المؤلفين الذين أثّروا فيّ ...  Read More »

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Media On the Margins: An Interview With Rania Abouzeid About Reporting on Syria

Jadaliyya's "Media on the Margins" is a monthly show dedicated to the stories behind the news, on the fault-lines of journalism, and the fringes of public discourse. In each episode, Malihe Razazan speaks to reporters, editors, citizen journalists, and photographers to unpack their craft, interrogate their ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (November 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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The Conflict in Syria is a War on Development

As Syria has descended into a brutal civil war much of the media coverage seems focused on military advances, the nature of the political and military opposition, and more recently the prospects for a political settlement. Less attention is being paid to other aspects of the conflict, in particular the extent of the ...  Read More »

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ديوان النثر العربي لأدونيس في أربعة أجزاء

أمثلة في التحرّر من القواعد يضيء العنوان الذي يستخدمه أدونيس لكتابه الجديد «ديوان النثر العربي»، الصادر في أربعة أجزاء عن دار بدايات، سوريا (2012)، آراء سابقة طرحها وتبناها الشاعر في كتاباته النظرية وحواراته ومقالاته ومشاريعه الثقافية بدءاً من مجلة «شعر» مروراً بـ «مواقف» وانتهاء بمجلة «الآخر» التي أُطلقت ...  Read More »

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The Death of Abdelqader Saleh

A spokesperson for the Syrian rebels’ Supreme Military Command just confirmed to me that Abdelqader Saleh, the military leader of the Tawhid Brigade in Aleppo, is dead. Saleh was one of the commanders hit in an airstrike a few days ago, or more likely a series of strikes. Three of the Tawhid Brigade’s ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (November 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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جولة عبر محطات خط سكة حديد درعا ـ حيفا

[مرّت في الرابع من أكتوبر/تشرين الأول ذكرى افتتاح خط السكّة الحديدية الواصلة بين المدينتين حيفا ودرعا في العام 1905. كانت انطلاقة هذا الخط في عهد الدولة العثمانية جزءاً من مشروعها الحداثي لتعزيز سلطتها عبر ربط المناطق الاستراتيجية في هذا الشق من امبراطوريتها المتداعية حينذاك. حمل القطار معه تغييرات ...  Read More »

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Fugitive Markets and Arrested Mobilities: Gaziantep’s Iranian Bazaar

Under the auspices of ongoing negotiations between the Iranian state and the P5+1 over the former’s nuclear program and the crippling economic sanctions unleashed by the latter on Iran and its citizens, Moharram proceedings are nonetheless underway full-force in Tehran. Even in Meydoone-e Kajj of Tehran’s Saadat Abad, ...  Read More »

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The Civilian Administration of the Insurgency in Aleppo

While the human and financial means were limited, civilian institutions have nevertheless emerged in a few months in the zones conquered by the insurrection movement in Northern Syria. This experience of reconstructing an administrative system through the bottom-up has enabled to restart the public service system and ...  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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