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Syria Media Roundup (August 22)

[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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ما الذي تبقى من دمشق؟

في صباح أحد الأيام، أثناء زيارة قمتُ بها مؤخراً إلى دمشق ـ والتي كانت زيارتي الأولى في عام ـ ذهبتُ إلى الجامع الأمويّ، أحد أقدم المساجد في العالم. كان هذا البناء المذهل في ما مضى من الزمان معبداً رومانياً، ثم صار إحدى الكنائس المسيحية الأولى، قبل أن يصبح، ما يعدّه كثيرٌ من المسلمين، رابعَ أكثر أمكنة العبادة قداسةً في ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (August 16)

[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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تل الزعتر: الرواية غير المحكية

تل الزعتر محطة من محطات كثيرة في تاريخ اللجوء الفلسطيني التي لم تحظ بالبحث والتوثيق الكافيين لحفظها. ولو حاولنا مقارنة مجزرة تل الزعتر بسواها من المجازر لوجدنا، إضافة الى الأهداف والمنفذين، سمة مشتركة أخرى بينها وهي «الافلات من العقاب». وعندما يمر المرء بالطريق العام المحاذي لتل الزعتر اليوم فلا شيء يدل على وجود حياة ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (August 9)

[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 Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (July 2013)

 [This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Syria. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Syria-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity ...  Read More »

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Damascus: What's Left

One morning on a recent visit to Damascus, my first in a year, I went to the Umayyad Mosque. One of the oldest mosques in existence, the spectacular building was a Roman temple and then an early Christian basilica before it became what many Muslims consider to be Islam’s fourth holiest place of worship. As usual, it ...  Read More »

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نموت ويحيا الوطن

”نموت ويحيا الوطن“ عبارة طالما سمعناها في مشاتل الوطنية ومراعي الطفولة منذ ذلك اليوم المشهود من شهر  أيلول، حيث حملنا تلك الحقائب المحملة بأطنان الأسفار النازة بالوطنية، قاصدين ذلك البناء الحديث المنتصب بزهو في قلب القرية: المدرسة. طالما أطربت العبارة آذاننا بموسيقاها وبجمالها الأخاذ وتركتنا نسيح في أرض الله ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (August 1)

[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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Human Rights Watch: Arrests of Syrians in Egypt Raise Deportation Fears

[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on 25 July 2013] Egypt: Arrests of Syrians Raise Deportation Fears  (New York) – Egyptian authorities should stop arbitrarily detaining Syrians and threatening to summarily deport them. The authorities should release the Syrian detainees unless they ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (July 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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Sectarianism in Syria: Myth and Reality

From media coverage to academic debate on the Middle East, the dominant narrative since the attack on the twin towers has been about the "D word"--democracy. The Arab world was traditionally portrayed in western eyes as an exception in terms of modernization and democratization. Meanwhile, Iraq was torn ...  Read More »

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"Tamtheel: Restoring Popular Sovereignty" Initiative Launches

Under the banner Tamtheel: Restoring Popular Sovereignty, youth and popular associations met in El Bireh municipality to launch an initiative that calls for returning the supreme legislative body of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) to the Palestinian people and towards rebuilding the national liberation ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (July 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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بحثاً عن فلسطين وسوريا في مصر الثورة

من المُفارقات التاريخيّة، أن نسمع عِبارات مثل "عِصابات فلسطينيّة"، "إرهابيّون فلسطينيّون"، "متسللون فلسطينيّون"، في وسائل إعلام مصريّة. كيف وَجد هذا الخِطاب المقيت طريقهُ إلى الإعلام المصريّ؟ خِطاب عمِلت إسرائيّل بأذرعها الإعلاميّة وعلاقاتها الدوليّة على ترسيخهِ طِوال عقود، لتقبع صورة ...  Read More »

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Woman’s Work: The Twisted Reality of an Italian Freelancer in Syria

He finally wrote to me. After more than a year of freelancing for him, during which I contracted typhoid fever and was shot in the knee, my editor watched the news, thought I was among the Italian journalists who had been kidnapped, and sent me an email that said: “Should you get a connection, could you tweet your ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (July 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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Sobre que deberia uno escribir? Tercer verano pavoroso en Siria

[This article was originally written by Bassam Haddad and published by Jadaliyya in English. It was translated into Spanish by Sinfo Fernández and published by Rebelión.]  Sobre qué debería uno escribir? Tercer verano pavoroso en Siria Durante las últimas semanas que he ...  Read More »

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Revisando de nuevo la situacion en Siria: Dos anos errando

[This article was originally written by Bassam Haddad and published by Jadaliyya in English and Arabic. It was translated into Spanish by Sinfo Fernández and published by Rebelión.]  Revisando de nuevo la situación en Siria: Dos años errando Si tuviera un dólar por cada ...  Read More »

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Triunfo e irrelevancia de las metanarrativas sobre Siria: 'Rohna Dahiyyah'

[This article was originally written by Bassam Haddad and published by Jadaliyya in English and Arabic. It was translated into Spanish by Sinfo Fernández and published by Rebelión.]  Triunfo e irrelevancia de las metanarrativas sobre Siria: "Rohna Dahiyyah" No ...  Read More »

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حوار مع نعوم تشومسكي حول الثورة السورية

في زيارته القصيرة لبيروت، كان لنعوم تشومسكي، المفكر والفيلسوف الأميركي الغني عن التعريف، لقاء مع بعض الأفراد السوريين المستقلين، من ناشطين إعلاميين وعاملين في مجال الإغاثة ومشتغلين في الحقل الثقافي والاقتصادي. وقد صارح تشومسكي المجتمعين بأنه جاء ليصغي إليهم، وليستمع إلى وجهات نظرهم المختلفة حول الأوضاع الراهنة في ...  Read More »

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Syria Media Roundup (July 4)

 [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’s Metastasising Conflicts

[The following report was issued by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on 27 June 2013.] Syria’s Metastasising Conflicts Executive Summary Two years, scores of thousands of dead, a mushrooming regional sectarian war and millions of refugees and internally displaced later, the Syrian war is tying the international ...  Read More »

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The Challenges of Managing the Influx of Syrian Refugees into Lebanon

[The following recommendations were issued by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) on 20 June 2013.] The Challenges of Managing the Influx of Syrian Refugees  Roundtable Discussion Series LCPS discussion group recommends six immediate actions on the Syrian refugees: The government must lead the ...  Read More »

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May/June Culture

Jadaliyya's Culture Bouquet returns with the first of two summer editions.  Mona Kareem translates a poem by the late Syrian poet Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain. Elisabeth Jaquette translates a short story by Youssef Idris. Maymanah Farhat considers Kamal Boullata's monograph on painter Hani Zurob in a brief post ...  Read More »

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March, 2013

After hearing so many horrible stories about what is happening in my country of birth, from the news and from friends, I decided to create an artistic representation of the cycle of loss and hope that is playing out. I took on the role of a young Syrian going through all the chaos in the country. He is born into an ...  Read More »

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Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain: O Stones, Listen to the Music

[Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain (1954-1982) was born in the Syrian city of Dara’a on March 1954 to a poor family. Growing up as a deaf-mute, he struggled with his education and decided to quit school. He worked as a journalist from 1976 until his death in Damascus in 1982. He published three poetry collections and this poem ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (2 July)

[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 Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (June 2013)

 [This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Syria. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Syria-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity ...  Read More »

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The Growing Challenge to The Syrian Regime and the Syrian Uprising

It was bound to happen. And we are simply witnessing its tip: growing opposition to the militant opposition, on similar ethical grounds used to critique the regime.  First, some basic related observations are in order. The following video was uploaded by Syria - Civil State on June 18, 2013. The clip shows a ...  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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