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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 »

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Event: Syria in the Context of the Arab Uprisings (17 November, New York City)

Syria in the Context of the Arab Uprisings Sunday, Nov. 17, noon-6pm NYU Silver Center, Room 405   Join leading Syrian and other Middle East scholars and activists at an afternoon teach-in on the Syrian uprising. Hear from activists on the frontlines in Syria and Palestine as well as from writers and scholars ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (October 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’s Kurds and Turkey

In mid-July 2013, the Kurdish majority areas in Syria became embroiled in fierce fighting between the People’s Defence Units (Yekîneyên Parastina Gel [YPG], the Kurdish military forces) and an array of armed opposition groups.[1] While other regions of Syria—notably Homs—had descended into a state of civil war more ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (November 11)

[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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MESA 2013 Academic Freedom Recipients: Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) and the Scholars at Risk (SAR) Program

[The following press release was issued by the Middle East Studies Association on 11 October 2013.] For Immediate Release                                                         ...  Read More »

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Call for Applicants: Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for Syrian Students

Due to the difficult situation in Syria, The Swedish Institute has decided to allocate up to 15 scholarships for Syrian students on an annual basis for two years.  The scholarships are for full-time master’s level studies in Sweden for the academic years of 2014/15 and 2015/16, i.e. a total maximum of 30 ...  Read More »

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Les villes petites et moyennes dans les revoltes arabes: un etat des lieux

Les villes petites et moyennes dans les révoltes arabes: un état des lieux. Compte rendu de: Karine Benafla (dir.), Dossier « Villes arabes: conflits et protestations », Confluences Méditerranée, 85 (2013), 9-164. Une des dimensions singulières des révoltes arabes est leur territorialité, qui a ...  Read More »

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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 »

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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