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الخطاب المناهض للحرب، أو النوم مع الأعداء

  لم يُثِر التهديد بالضربة العسكرية على سوريا حماسة كثيرين. لكنّه نجح في وضع الثورة السورية في واجهة  النقاشات، بعدما كانت غائبة عن أولويات جدول الأعمال الغربي، دولاً ورأياً عاماً، يساراً ويميناً. فالثورة السورية لم تتمكّن من فتح شهية الحكومات الغربية على الضغط لإنهاء المأساة الدائرة هناك منذ عامين ونصف ...  Read More »

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Does an Anti-War Stance Suffice in Syria?

There is no need to beat around the bush and no need to preach to the choir about this subject, about which so much has already been written. The thesis of “humanitarian intervention,” also known as “military humanism”—which consists of the argument that when faced with grave human violations committed at the national ...  Read More »

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Syria News Update (9 September 2013)

[This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.]  Developments Syrian FM: We are ready to sign Chemical Weapons Convention John Kerry Gives Syria Week to Hand Over Chemical Weapons or Face Attack “The US secretary of state has said that President Bashar al-Assad ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (10 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 OIL@jadaliyya.com ...  Read More »

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Syria News Update (8 September 2013)

[This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Developments  AIPAC Goes All-Out on Syria Manu Raju says “the powerful pro-Israel lobby AIPAC is planning to launch a major lobbying campaign to push wayward lawmakers to back the resolution authorizing U.S. strikes ...  Read More »

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Savas karsitligi yeter mi?

Savaş karşıtlığı yeter mi? Lafı fazla dolandırmanın, amiyane tabirle tereciye tere satmanın lüzumu yok, zaten malum konu hakkında hayli kapsamlı bir literatür mevcut: “Askeri hümanizm” olarak da anılan “insani müdahale” tezi, yani ulusal düzeyde gerçekleşen vahim insan hakları ihlalleri karşısında “uluslararası ...  Read More »

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Syria News Update (5-6 September 2013)

[This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Developments  Reid Introduces Syria Resolution in Senate  Exclusive: Defecting Assad Ally Reaches Istanbul On General Ali Habib’s current whereabouts Read More »

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The Final Stage: Rojava

The latest developments in Syria have taken on an increasingly complicated shape, threatening a tragic repeat of its recent past. Oppositional forces remain Sunni-majority and multi-brigaded. Sustained attempts by these oppositional forces to exclude Kurds from the political struggle in Syria, despite Kurds’ ...  Read More »

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Eye-Witness Account of How Some Syrians Treated at Airport in Jordan

[The following is a recently published annoymous eye-witness account. It documents the experience of one self-identified Syrian individual as s/he attempted to enter Amman, Jordan via air travel, and what that person witnessed in terms of the treatment of other Syrians traveling through the Amman airport. The text has ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (September 6)

[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 News Update (4 September 2013)

 [This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.]  Developments Senate Committee Approves Resolution Authorizing U.S. Strikes on Syria in a 10-7 vote, which means the resolution will now move to the Senate. Senate Resolution on Syria Rep. Brad Sherman ...  Read More »

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What’s Next for Syria’s Kurds?

As events in Syria continue to dominate news headlines across the world, the ascendency of Syria’s geopolitically significant Kurdish minority has brought a new twist to the increasingly bloody conflict. The Kurds gained control of majority Kurdish towns along the Syria-Turkey border, including Afrin and Ayn al Arab ...  Read More »

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"A Strike Against Syria Forecloses the Possibility of a Political Solution": Bassam Haddad on MSNBC's Chris Hayes Show

ALL IN with Chris Hayes on MSNBC Syria: The Case for War The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing Tuesday on a U.S. military strike against Syria, in which Secretary of State John Kerry offered dire warnings about the consequences of inaction. Chris Hayes is joined by Senator Jim Rish, R-Idaho, Rep. ...  Read More »

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Syria News Update (3 September 2013)

[This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Developments Running Transcript: Kerry, Hagel, and Dempsey Testify at Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Syria  Tensions Escalate as US and Israel Test Missiles Over Mediterranean A few hours before ...  Read More »

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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 »

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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