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Step by Step (Khutwa, Khutwa)

Title: Step by Step (Khutwa, Khutwa) Filmmaker: Ousamma Mohammad Date: 1979 Country: Syria Duration: 22 min Other recommended films: Stars in Broad Daylight (1988) and Sacrifices (2002)  When the food is ready just call me Stretched out in my hut Greater than me O Hafez (x2) Bless your father and ...  Read More »

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Improving Access to Education for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

[The following recommendations were issued by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS).] The Government Must Improve the Access to Education for Syrian Refugees Roundtable Discussion Series The LCPS, CLS, and KAS discussion group recommends that the government takes the following six actions to provide ...  Read More »

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Palestinians Torn Over the Syrian Crisis

In February 2012 Ismael Haniyeh, Prime Minister of Hamas in the Gaza strip, delivered a speech at Cairo’s Al-Azhar mosque.  In this speech he broke with the logic promoting reconciliation between the Syrian regime and its opposition that had been initially adopted by his movement over the course of several ...  Read More »

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Infographic: Palestinian Refugee Children in Syria

Among the continuing flurry of global media coverage on the crisis in Syria, the situation of the estimated six million displaced by conflict has gained only sporadic reportage. Meanwhile, the second large scale displacement of the longstanding Palestinian refugee population in Syria has been little mentioned. By ...  Read More »

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UN Should Mandate Unhindered Humanitarian Access To and Within Syria

[The following report was issued by theInternational Crisis Group (ICG) on 1 November 2013.] UN Should Mandate Unhindered Humanitarian Access To and Within Syria Overview The U.S.-Russian agreement to remove Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal has led many observers to hope for a political breakthrough.  A ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (November 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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Anything But Politics: The State of Syria's Political Opposition

[The following report was issued by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on 17 October 2013] Anything But Politics: The State of Syria's Political Opposition Executive Summary Often derided for its infighting or dismissed as irrelevant, Syria’s political opposition reflects the contradictions, misunderstandings ...  Read More »

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الرماديون والبحر

كلما يممتُ صوب البحر بللني المطر ورجعت أبكي للرمال... يحدثُ أن يولد المرء رمادياً في عالم الوسط، لا يطال البياض ولا يطأ السواد، يترنح بينهما على برزخ الرفض ومحاولات الانصهار. يُدرك كلماتي جيداً كل من يحمل تاريخ 1948 فوق خيمته... الخيمة التي تطورت مع تطور تعايشنا لتغدو طوابق، ترتفع شاهرة نفسها صرخة في وجه الوجود، ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (October 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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Les Palestiniens déchirés par la crise syrienne

En février 2012, Ismaël Haniyeh, premier ministre du Hamas dans la bande de Gaza, prononce à la mosquée Al-Azhar au Caire un discours rompant avec la logique de conciliation entre le régime et l’opposition syrienne initialement adoptée par le mouvement pendant plusieurs mois1. Le changement progressif de ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (October 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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من صفر إلى آخر

-من يوميات ناشر- اهتزّت الجدران كلّها في العاشر من أيّار (مايو) 2012. نهضتُ عن الكنبة كما لو أنّ نابضاً دفعني. صوتٌ نشازٌ خَلْخل الجوّ، هدم جدران الطمأنينة، وألقى مزيداً من أثقال الخوف على كاهل سكان دمشق في جميع منازلهم. كان هذا انفجار القزاز، والذي كان من المحتمل أن أكون من ذراته المتطايرة لو أنني لم أعدل عن ذهابي ...  Read More »

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جدلية" في عامها الثالث: خلاصة رحلة"

في الأسبوع الماضي بلغ عمر "جدلية" ثلاث سنوات. لسنا متعبين. نحن منهكون، ولم نشعر أبداً بأننا أحسن حالاً. ”حين اتصل بي بسام أول مرة في تموز/يوليو 2010 كي يطلب مني الانضمام إلى فريق جدلية قال: لن يأخذ الأمر من وقتك سوى بضع ساعات في اليوم. لم أعرف أنه كان يعني كلّ يوم!“  ليسا حجار، محررة في ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (9 October)

[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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تأملات ناشط حول الانتفاضة السورية: حوار مع عبد القادر الدهون

لم يكن من المفترض أن يحدث الأمر على هذا النحو إلا أنّه حدث. فكان لتغيّر في الظروف قد لفت انتباهي إلى عبد القادر منذ بضعة أشهر، فيما كنت أخطّط لإجراء مقابلات مع سوريين ذوي وجهات نظر مختلفة. في النهاية، الآخرون المُدرجون في قائمة الحوار، وما بقيَ هو قصة ناشط سوري صاحب شخصية غير نموذجية. وعلى الرغم من أنني لا أتفق ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (October 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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O.I.L. Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (September 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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An Activist's Reflections on the Syrian Uprising: Interview with Abdul-Qader Al-Dhoun

This was not meant to happen in this manner. But it did. A twist of circumstances brought Abdul-Qader to my attention a few months ago as I was planning on interviewing Syrians with differing viewpoints. In the end, the other interviewee bailed. What remained is an account by a Syrian activist who is not a typical ...  Read More »

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الشجرةُ ساعةُ الله

              الشجرةُ ساعةُ الله رباعياتُ حُبّ     جلستُ في حديقةٍ قربَ شيخٍ، مدَّ الربيعُ يدَ الوقت لكلينا. سترينه عندما تعبرين المكان، سيأويكِ عندما تبكين عليّ. *** لا أعرفُ كيف تكون السعادة؟ ولا أرى غير ظلالٍ داخل رأسي. ربما تكون غيمةً، ربما ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (September 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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عندما تضطهد الثورة المضادة الحلقة الأضعف

 "انتم تبع مرسي والا السيسي؟"، هذا ليس سؤالا في جلسة نقاش سياسي على مقهى، بل هو سؤال وجهته النيابة إلى أحد اللاجئين السوريين، عقب القبض عليه أثناء محاولته الخروج من مصر، بعد أن كان متواجدا فيها بشكل شرعي لشهور. هذا السؤال العبثي يلخص مأساة اللاجئين السوريين والفلسطينيين في مصر، فعلى الرغم من أن التهم ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (25 September)

 [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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Rojava's Political Structure

In 1990 Osman Sebrî wanted to pick himself up from his sickbed in Damascus to greet his guest standing. He was eighty-five years old, and in no condition to walk. His guest, Abdullah Öcalan, leaned toward his bed, embraced and saluted him. Arrested along with his uncle during the Sheikh Said Rebellion, set free and ...  Read More »

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From Reagan to Obama: Secrecy and Covert Operations in the Fight against “Terrorism”

Ronald Reagan was the first American president to put “terrorism” at the heart of his foreign policy discourse. During his first term, Reagan did so mostly in reference to conflicts in Central America. In El Salvador, his administration presented US military aid as necessary to help the Salvadoran armed forces fight ...  Read More »

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Defeating the Enemy: A Response to Khalid Saghieh

Khalid Saghieh’s “Sleeping with the Enemy: The Global Left and the ‘No to War’ Discourse” in Jadaliyya leaves a lot of questions unanswered, including where exactly he stands on the question of a military strike on Syria. Saghieh, a former editor of the leftist Lebanese daily al-Akhbar, accuses the anti-war movement, ...  Read More »

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Malaise Over Syria

  During the lead up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, we took a clear position against [imperialist] war and against dictatorships: la li-al-harb, la li-al-dictatoriyat. Today, no such simple slogan is possible. That slogan is old. We need new positions, new slogans. We need to find our way out of the ...  Read More »

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Event: Bassam Haddad on Understanding the Arab Uprisings and Their Aftermath (23 September, Fairfax)

Understanding the Arab Uprisings and Their Aftermath A Lecture by Bassam Haddad Director, Middle East Studies Program George Mason University Monday September 23, 2013 7:00pm Center for the Arts, Concert Hall Fairfax Campus - GMU This talk addresses the causes of the Arab uprisings and ...  Read More »

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الحق في قتل الجسد: الزومبي جسد/نص ما بعد كولونيالي

الجسدُ البَشري يُشحنُ بدلالاتٍ متغيرةٍ وغَير مستقرةٍ، على مَدى تاريخِه في جَانِبيه المُطلق/ المَعنوي والنِسبي/ المَادي؛ كَما في دلالةِ زمنيةِ أَكل التُفاحةِ من شجرةِ المَعرفة. وبالتَالي فَالنتيجةُ منذُ تِلك اللحظةِ الوجوديةِ الهًامة والمُعبرة في الوَعي الإِنساني أَنتجت الحاجة لـ"ترويض الجسد الإنساني" –في ...  Read More »

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Sleeping with the Enemy: The Global Left and the 'No to War' Discourse

The threat of a military strike on Syria has not aroused the enthusiasm of many. It has succeeded, however, in bringing the Syrian revolution to the discussion table. Until now, Syria has been notably absent from the list of priorities on the Western agenda, apparently a matter of little interest to governments and ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (September 13)

[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 »

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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