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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 »

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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 »

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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