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Syria Media Roundup (February 12)

[The sky of strangled Damascus, Syria. Image by Dimashqi Lens via Flickr]

[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 week.]              Inside Syria Government Push in North Forces 50,000 to Borders An increase in Russian and Syrian government air strikes across northern Syria over the past week has sent more than 50,000 residents fleeing to the Turkish border. As heavy raids continue and pro-government forces move in ...

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Report: The Welfare of Syrian Refugees: Evidence from Jordan and Lebanon

The World Bank and the UNHCR released a new report entitled The Welfare of Syrian Refugees Evidence from Jordan and Lebanon, co-authored by Paolo Verme, Chiara Gigliarano, Christina Wieser, Kerren Hedlund, Marc Petzoldt, and Marco Santacroce, available for download through the Open Knowledge Repository.  This report is the result of a mainly quantitative joint study by the World Bank and the UNHCR, using survey and registry data about Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Syria, in order to assess their financial and social status, and to evaluate existing policies towards the refugee situation. The results reveal a complicated situation in which high levels of ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 2)

[Silopi, 19 January 2016. Image by Fatih Pinar]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Violence in the Southeast Ambulances Halted as Turkey Besieges Kurdish Town Frederike Geerdink describes the efforts by lawyers to secure ECHR support for Turkish citizens in Cizre denied access to ambulances. The ECHR, however, maintains that Turkish courts have precedence. A Country on the Edge of Europe Increasingly Looks like War-Torn ...

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قصائد للشاعرة كراسيا العوض

[صورة للفنانة اللبنانية فاطمة الحج]

-1- أريدك الليلة معي نيران الحروب تضيء على كل شيء ولا وجه أشاهده على جدارن تهدمت سوى وجه الخديعة. أريدك معي.. الموت يحاصرني و ذراعيّ قصيرتان جداً لا تطالان عنقه لتهددانه بأغنية أو قصيدة وحيدة أنا... أبحث عن جثتي في العنواين العريضة في الأخبار في الشاشات الحمراء المضرجة بدمي في تلعثم المذيعة وهي تتلو اسمي على قائمة القتلى فلا أجدني. تعال... أشعر بأن الرصاصة تسكن حنجرتي و أن رأسي المثقل بالحجارة عاجز عن اختراع أية فكرة بإمكانها اقناعي بأنني ما زلت على قيد الحياة. تعال قليلاً... بزنبقة بيضاء بإبريق ضوء برداء من الموج. الصحراء تكاد تبتلعني تعال.. أريد أن أسند رأسي على حلم أبدي يطفىء النيران بابتسامتك. -2- أعرف أن السكر المنثور فوق وجه الموت لا ...

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Syria Media Roundup (January 27)

[Image of the press conference of the Special Envoy for Syria on January 25, 2016. Image by UN Geneva via Flickr]

[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 week.]             Inside Syria Lavrov: Russia's Anti-Terror Response Has 'Turned the Tide' in Syria Russian air force operations against terrorists in Syria have drastically altered the situation on the ground.  What’s Behind de Mistura’s Insistence on Involving Civil Society in Geneva Talks? The UN ...

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لا يزالون آملين بالديمقراطية

[المصدر موقع المركز العربي للابجاث ودراسة السياسات]

برزت الديمقراطية أثناء ربيع العرب كطوق نجاة، بمقدوره أن ينتشلهم من مستنقع الفساد والاستبداد، الذي انحدرت إليه دولة ما بعد الاستعمار. ودبت الجماهير بأقدامها الميادين، وهي تصدع بالعيش والحرية والكرامة، منبهة العالم لموجة تبشر بالديمقراطية، بعد صمت طويل، استغرق قرنين كاملين، ظلت فيه هذه الجموع ترنو لموجات الديمقراطية الكبرى، تضرب شطآن غيرهم دون أن ينالهم منها شيء. قبل أربعة عقود، غالبتهم الحسرة على حالهم المقموعة، فيما يستبشر العالم بتجاوز عدد الديمقراطيات، لأول مرة في تاريخه، عدد النظم التي لم تعرف الديمقراطية. وحتى قبل عقدين ونيف، حين تضاعف عدد الديمقراطيات ليتخطى التسعين دولة. ولما حل القرن الحادي والعشرون؛ كانوا يراوحون مكانهم، لا تنعم من بين بلدانهم المنكوبة بالاستبداد ...

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Between Wind and Water: A Dialogue with Members of MSF/Greenpeace’s SAR Team in Molyvos

[Image of MSF staff, Sami, in the conversation during a rescue. Image by Greenpeace volunteer Will Rose]

Description of piece: A conversation I was able to record and edit between some of the MSF/Greenpeace search and rescue team members based in the Greek Island of Lesvos. It’s a rare sneak peek into the minds and insights of the people behind these types of assistance projects.  During the dusk of November and dawn of December, a joint operation to rescue people risking their lives on the dangerous sea crossing between Turkey and Greece was launched by international medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) and environmental organization Greenpeace.  Nearly a month has passed since the initiative began, with already more than ...

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Syria Media Roundup (January 20)

[The smile of a child from besieged Hameh who retrieved some food for her and her family. Image by Dimashqi Lens via Flickr]

[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 week.]   Inside Syria Islamic State frees 270 of 400 people kidnapped from Syria's Deir al-Zor The civilians released will remain in Islamic State-run villages in Deir al-Zor . Syria's Warring Parties Teach Separate Curriculums Four distinct entities are furthering divisions among the younger generations in Syria as each imposes a different education ...

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ISIS: The 'Islamic State' between Orientalism and the Interiority of MENA’s Intellectuals

[Child at a protest in Paris after the 2015 Islamic State attacks. Image by Gyrostat via Wikimedia Commons]

Is ISIS all about Islam, or about geopolitics? This dualism has framed the debate about ISIS among Western analysts, especially American ones. They have formed two camps, one sees in ISIS and its practices an irrefutable evidence of the “true face of Islam”; another insists that ISIS has nothing to do with “real Islam” and reduces it to a telltale backlash against imperialism and Western policies in the Middle East and North Africa (hitherto MENA). This dichotomous approach is one of a few angles through which ISIS has been dissected and analyzed in the United States,[i] but it has more significance than others because it is more common and involves high profile American ...

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ISIS in the News: Extensive Media Roundup (October-December 2015)

[Editorial Note: This is not a "best of," only a roundup of significant pieces. See here for an introduction to this roundup series] English Articles  The men saving Syria’s treasures from Isis (22 September 2015) Jeremy Bowen reports a ”remarkable group of archaeologists are battling to save the country’s ancient artefacts”. 3 AK-47-wielding women reportedly decimate ISIS militants (23 September 2015) A trio of women has formed an all-female fighting force to seek revenge on ISIS for atrocities committed against Yazidi women in Iraq, and it has reportedly been decimating the enemy recently. ISIS put signatures notebook at the mosques (28 ...

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The Art of Healing: Syrian Refugee Children Express Themselves

[A student (name withheld) at the Friendship School in Turkey. Photo by David Gross.]

[Note: The children's portraits are not paired with their drawings, for the sake of their privacy. The young artists of the drawings are kept anonymous and all children are only referred to by first name, when permitted.] The Syrian civil war has created the largest refugee crisis in a generation, yet the world has not provided for nearly enough of them. Many Syrians, mostly children, still need the basics: shelter, education, food, and security. Many also need psychosocial support and therapy to cope with their traumatic experiences. As a photojournalist I have covered war, conflict, natural disasters, and their aftermath. However, when it came to depicting the Syrian ...

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Press Release: Doctors Without Borders on Siege and Starvation in Madaya

[Google map image showing Madaya with respect to Damascus as well as border with Lebanon]

[The following press release on the seige of Madaya, Syria was issued by Doctors Without Borders on 7 January 2016 and updated on 8 January 2016] Syria: Seige and Starvation in Madaya 8 January Update: The MSF-supported medics in Madaya have identified 250 people with severe acute malnutrition, including 10 patients who are in immediate need of lifesaving hospitalization. The number of people in need of medical care is growing. If a safe medical evacuation procedure can be agreed, such as the rare UN- or ICRC-brokered deals that have occasionally been achieved in other besieged areas, MSF will be prepared to facilitate the identification of patients in need of ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 9)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Violence in the Southeast/Kurdish Politics Turkish Government Determined not to Withdraw from PKK Fight Murat Yetkin discusses the reasons why the Turkish government will not ...

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Syria Media Roundup (February 3)

[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 week.]    Inside Syria Assad Advances in Latakia with Russian Support Pro-government forces, with Russian support, have retaken control of more than 35 villages in the northern ...

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الحرب على ذاكرة الحداثة: داعش مثالاً

              17 اُذْكُرْ مَا فَعَلهُ بِكَ عَمَالِيقُ فِي الطَّرِيقِ عِنْدَ خُرُوجِكَ مِنْ مِصْرَ. 18 كَيْفَ لاقَاكَ فِي الطَّرِيقِ وَقَطَعَ مِنْ مُؤَخَّرِكَ كُل المُسْتَضْعِفِينَ وَرَاءَكَ وَأَنْتَ كَلِيلٌ وَمُتْعَبٌ وَلمْ يَخَفِ اللهَ. 19 فَمَتَى أَرَاحَكَ الرَّبُّ إِلهُكَ مِنْ جَمِيعِ أَعْدَائِكَ حَوْلكَ فِي الأَرْضِ التِي يُعْطِيكَ الرَّبُّ إِلهُكَ نَصِيباً لِتَمْتَلِكَهَا تَمْحُو ذِكْرَ عَمَالِيقَ مِنْ تَحْتِ السَّمَاءِ. لا تَنْسَ. سفر التثنية – ...

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Call for Papers: Graduate Student Conference on Social and Political Change in MENA (April 8, New York)

Call for Papers Avenues of Social and Political Change:  Five Years of Contention in the Middle East and North Africa  April 8, 2016 The Graduate Center, City University of New York 365 Fifth Avenue, New York City Abstract Submission Deadline: February 5, 2016 Five years after the eruption of mass protests across North Africa and the Middle East, citizens of these countries now live under contrasting conditions. While some countries, such as Tunisia, have made headway on the road to ...

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في قصص "ميغ 21" لفاطمة ياسين الجغرافيا الإنسانية بديلاً من تمزق الأرض السورية

حيث سوريا حقل فسيح يحده الأفق، على حد تعبير فاطمة ياسين في مجموعتها "ميغ 21" (دار نون – الإمارات العربية المتحدة 2015)، تبدو مصائر الناس في الجغرافيا السورية الممزقة، والفصام السياسي الذي يجمع النظام والمعارضات على حد سواء، رهينة ما تبقى من خيالات السوريين الذين لم يتصوروا من قبلُ أن في مقدورهم إشعال ثورة في يوم ما، كما لم يتخيلوا أن في مقدور الديكتاتور أن يدافع عن مزرعته السورية بهذا القدر غير المسبوق من الوحشية. تقارب فاطمة ياسين حالات إنسانية صادفتها في رحلتها من حي ركن الدين الدمشقي ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (January 26)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Ninth Anniversary of Hrant Dink’s Assassination Justice, Peace Watch for Assassinated Journalist Hrant Dink Bianet covers the vigil in front of the Agos ...

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Urgent Call for Action by Women’s Freedom Assembly in Turkey

[The following statement was issued by Women's Freedom Assembly (KÖM) on 18 January 2016 as a call for international women's solidarity in regards to the ongoing war in the Kurdish region and growing repression of dissent in Turkey.] To Women’s Organizations: Urgent Call for Action Women’s Freedom Assembly (KÖM) is calling on your solidarity against the war and massacres that we have been living through for the past eight months. The AKP government and President Tayyip Erdoğan are repressing, through ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (January 19)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Violence in the Southeast Violence Dominates Politics Mümtaz'er Türköne decries a recent PKK on a police family lodgings in Diyarbakır, comparing the ...

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Text of Alleged Contract between Russian and Syrian Governments

[The following is an English translation made available by the Washington Post on 15 January 2016 of a Russian-language document the newspaper claims was posted on a Russian government website. According to the Washington Post, the document "details the terms of its [Russian] ariel support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad."] Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic on deployment of an aviation group of the Russian Armed Forces on the territory of the Syrian ...

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عامان من حكم داعش للمدينة الضائعة

التعليم في الرقة بين مخالب النظام وأنياب الدولة الإسلامية* مضى أكثر من عامين على آخر زيارة لمدينتي الرقة (2 - 9 أيلول/ سبتمبر 2013)، أصبحت خلالهما المدينة عَلَماً في الخارطة العالمية من باب داعش، بعد أن كان عدد لا بأس به من السوريين لا يعرف أين تقع المدينة التي تتوسط محافظة توازي مساحتها البالغة (19616 كم2) مساحة دولة الكويت، وتقترب من ضعفي مساحة لبنان. قبل سنتين، أخذت الطائرة من اسطنبول إلى أورفة (شانلي أورفا، بالتركية)، ومنها عبر "الدلمش - ميكروباص" إلى أقجة قلعة (أكجا كالا)، وهي المقابل ...

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Syria Media Roundup (January 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 week.]   Inside Syria Inside Madaya: 'It feels deserted but you know there are people there' Pawel Krzysiek of the International Committee for the Red Cross describes what he has seen ...

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اللاجئون السوريّون في المدن الألمانيّة: آليّات إعادة توطينهم وآثارها على البنى العمرانيّة في المدينة

تتطرّق هذه المقالة إلى سكن اللاجئين السورييّن المقيمين في ألمانيا. بناءً على تجربتي في المعيشة في مخيم للّاجئين في مدينة كولن والمواد المتوفرة المتعلّقة بالموضوع تتطرق هذه المقالة بالدرجة الأولى إلى الأنماط المختلفة للمساكن المؤقّتة للّاجئين السوريين في ألمانيا و بالدرجة الثانية إلى العمليّة التي يمرّ اللاجئون السوريون من خلالها أثناء بحثهم عن مساكن دائمة. تناقش المقالة بالدرجة الثالثة و الأهم التغيّر الجاري في البنى العمرانيّة و الاجتماعيّة في ضوء العمليّة المستجدّة لإعادة توطين اللاجئين. على الرغم من ...

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