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Syria Media Roundup (September 20)

[Love in the time of war. By Syrian artist Wissam Al-Jazairy.]

[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 After a cease-fire, Homs residents face hard times Homs residents express the inadequate conditions Syria has been left in. Schools, homes, and businesses are in terrible shape, and people have lost the feeling of stability and security.  Whoever Saves a Life Matthieu Aikins provides a comprehensive report about the ...

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بدايات، فصلية ثقافية فكرية: لكل فصول التغيير

[مقطع من غلاف عدد مجلة

صدر العدد ٩/٨ من مجلة ”بدايات“، وهي مجلة ثقافية فصلية أُطلقتْ استجابة للتحولات التاريخية التي نتجت عن الثورات العربية. كتب فوّاز طرابلسي، رئيس تحرير المجلة، افتتاحية العدد تحت عنوان ”حروب الردة أو أغتيال المستقبل” وركزت المجلة في عددها الراهن على الأوضاع في سوريا ولبنان والعراق.      محتويات العدد ٨/٩ ربيع-صيف ٢٠١٤ الافتتاحية: حروب الردّة او اغتيال المستقبل من باب اولى:  ·  سليمان تقي الدين: العرب مطلع الالفية · الياس خوري: ثلاثة اسئلة فلسطينية من وحي غزة · سنان انطون: لحظة الموصل: العراق في المرحلة الانتقالية · محمد حجيري: عرسال وإنقلاب الصورة ملف: بيروت: الحق في المدينة · نادين بكداش: المستأجر القديم من مواطن الى عقبة<

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Rigged Cars and Barrel Bombs: Aleppo and the State of the Syrian War

[The following reports was issued on 9 Sepetember 2014 by the International Crisis Group (ICG).] Rigged Cars and Barrel Bombs: Aleppo and the State of the Syrian War Executive Summary As Aleppo goes, so goes Syria’s rebellion. The city is crucial to the mainstream opposition’s military viability as well as its morale, thus to halting the advance of the Islamic State (IS). After an alliance of armed rebel factions seized its eastern half in July 2012, Aleppo for a time symbolised the opposition’s optimism and momentum; in the following months, it exposed the rebels’ limits, as their progress slowed, and they struggled to win over the local population. Today, locked in ...

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The Un-Islamic State

[A Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Devise (VBIED) after exploding on a street outside of the Al Sabah newspaper office in the Waziryia district of Baghdad, Iraq. Image by Eli J. Medellin.]

Since the Islamic State (IS) movement seized control of Iraq’s second city of Mosul in early June 2014 it has achieved unprecedented levels of success in Iraq and Syria, seized territory in Lebanon, and expanded to the border regions of most surrounding states. As a result the international community, which had virtually forgotten about Iraq and was growing increasingly uninterested in Syria, put these conflicts back at the top of its agenda virtually overnight. The U.S. is once again engaged in hostilities in Iraq and considering direct, less covert means of involvement in Syria, as are a number of its partners. Regional governments, which had previously seen the IS as ...

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Roundtable Introduction: New Media, New Politics? Revolutions in Theory and Practice

[Photo from Malmo Univesity Blog. Courtesy of Ahmed Alwaeli (Creative Commons)]

In April of 2013, the Arab Media Center at the University of Westminster's CAMRI hosted its annual Arab media studies conference under the title of “New Media, New Politics?” At a critical juncture in the progress of the region’s uprisings, the common denominator at the event was (the need for) a prevailing dialectical understanding of the Arab revolutions, namely as a process demonstrating important, and often intractable, contradictions. As some forms of knowledge production are challenged by this paradigmatic shift, others are fostered and furthered, therefore making these dramatic transformations difficult to understand at the levels of theory and practice. Studies ...

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Online and Offline Maneuverings in Syria's Counter-Revolution

[Logo of Syrian Electronic Army. Image from the group's Facebook Page]

The revolutionary advance [is] made headway not by its immediate tragic-comic achievements, but on the contrary by the creation of a powerful, united counter-revolution, by the creation of an opponent, by the fighting of which the party of revolt first ripened into a real revolutionary party. —Karl Marx In the past three years masses of Syrians have engaged in undermining the regime’s legitimacy, they have done this from physical places—squares, churches, mosques, campuses—and virtual spaces—the countless online agora’s facilitated by the Internet. A key issue raised by this paper is what happens when these spaces are no longer the "unique" let alone ...

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Syria Media Roundup (September 2)

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[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 Syrian students leave besieged areas to take exams Syrian students and their education have suffered due to the crisis in besieged towns near Damascus.  Their educational future remains uncertain as this crisis continues.    Stealing Syria’s Past James Harkin writes about the illegal trafficking of Syrian antiquities ...

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ABOUNADDARA’s Take on Images in the Syrian Revolution: A Conversation between Charif Kiwan and Akram Zaatari (Part Two)

[The Abounaddara Logo. Image from author]

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Syria Media Roundup (August 15)

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[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.] Note to readers: we are ten days behind but we will catch up during the first week of September. Hold tight! Regional and International Perspectives  Exclusive interview with Kurdish security chief: Turkey must end support for jihadists The head of the Syrian Kurdish security police forces in northeast Syria, Ciwan Ibrahim, tells Al-Monitor ...

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New Report: Housing, Land and Property Issues in Lebanon

[Cover Page of the Housing, Land and Property Issues in Lebanon Report]

The UNHCR and UN-Habitat have recently launched a new report assessing the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon by studying issues of housing, land and property. Entitled Housing, Land and Property Issues in Lebanon: Implications of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, the report is authored by lawyers Nizar Saghieh and Karim Nammour and Mona Fawaz, associate professor of urban studies and planning at the American University of Beirut, and is accessible through UNHCR’s “Syria Regional Refugee Response” sharing portal. The report is organized in five chapters: the first presents key findings and recommendations (and is available in Arabic), the second discusses the context of housing, ...

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Boom: A Photo Essay

[All photos courtesy of Hisham Ghuzlan]

When I visited Shatila last week two topics dominated conversation: the carnage in Gaza and the deleterious effects of the construction boom underway in the camp. I’ll take them in turn, though Shatilans usually don’t; for them, each topic seems the underbelly of the other. Building in Shatila has long been described by residents as a kind of cancer, its growth both irregular and hazardous. The waves of Syrians and Palestinians fleeing Syria since 2011 have caused it to metastasize. Two years ago its population was estimated at 21,000, around 9000 of them Palestinian. Friends tell me the influx of refugees, alongside the steady flow of Lebanese and labor migrants ...

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Syria Media Roundup (July 12)

[A watermelon market in Barzeh, Damascus. 10 July 2014. From Lens of a Young Dimashqi]

[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.]  Regional and International Perspectives The Islamic Caliphate The Jihad Next Door Rania Abouzeid’s lengthy feature in which she explains how Al-Qa‘ida developments in Syria is key to understanding the situation unfolding in Iraq. A Rogue State Along Two Rivers Jeremy Ashkenas, Archie Tse, Derek Watkins and Karen Yourish ...

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حروب الردة أو اغتيال المستقبل

  ما من شك في أن المنطقة شهدت في الآونة الاخيرة تقدماً لافتاً لقوى الردّة المضادة للثورات، وهي ليست «ثورات مضادة»، حسب التعبير الدارج، لأن لا شيء فيها من التغيير أو الثورة، إنما هي ردة ضد هذا وتلك. يتمثل المشهد بإعادة انتاج عدد من الأنظمة العربية، بعد التضحية بالحاكم الفرد فيها، يقابل ذلك تعزيز طابعها الاستبدادي والتسلطي، وتمكين مرتكزاتها العسكرية والامنية، وتنمية توجهاتها النيولبرالية، وهي أحد الأسباب الرئيسة للبطالة والفساد والفروق المناطقية والطبقية. تحقق ذلك بمزيج من التدخل الإقليمي (الأنظمة ...

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Syria Media Roundup (September 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 Gunfight shows demise of moderates on Syria’s southern front Another blow to the more moderate opposition after the killing of Capt Al Qatahneh, who headed the Omari ...

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Islamic State: Back in Business

[The following article was originally published by Peter Harling in Le Monde Diplomatique, and subsequently republished by the International Crisis Group (ICG).] Emerging in an increasingly chaotic Middle East, IS is profiting from the region’s growing sectarianism, political vacuum and the ambivalence of the West. The so-called Islamic State (IS) — the jihadist movement also known as ISIL or ISIS and by the derogatory acronym Da’ish in Arabic — now controls much of northeast Syria and northwest ...

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داعش: انفجار السرديات

داعش: انفجار السرديات: أرض الثورة بين أبديّتين سياسية وميتافيزيقية ربما تكون الفضيلة الوحيدة لداعش أنها استقطبت المفارقات وحملت جميع المعنيين محلياً وإقليمياً ودولياً على الخوض في نشأتها وتحليل مآلاتها. فعلى رغم ولادتها الحديثة، يمكن لداعش أن تكون بؤرة مكثفة لشرح كل تعقيدات منطقتنا وتناقضاتها الفكرية المتقابلة، فهي مع عدميتها مليئة بالمعاني، ومع عبثيتها مليئة بالرموز وقابلية الإحالات. وبما أنها وُلِدَت ذات طبيعة حدية نهائية متأزمة ونشأت كذلك في سياق مماثل فإن أغلب التفسيرات التي خاضت في شأنها اتجهت ...

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The BBC and User-Generated Content: How Syrian Grassroots Information Shaped Newsroom Roles

It’s probably the first big story I can remember where UGC has become a real factor in reporting, I think before that the UGC Hub was a department which was a bit unclear how you would best use them...But with Syria we were so exposed out there with not many people we had to use something. And they would become integral to reporting basically because they were only the source of getting some idea of what was happening.[1] It’s just after two o'clock on the morning of 21 August 2013 and in BBC ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (August 2014)

[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 level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyyastrives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post ...

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September Culture Bouquet

Almost a decade ago, Saadi Youssef began his poem "Imru' al-Qays' Grandson" by asking: "Is it your fault that once you were born in that country? / Three quarters of a century / and you still pay from your ebbing blood / its tax." He ended the poem with an even more vexing question: "What is it to you / now when you are asked to do the impossible?" As this long hot summer ends, we would not be mistaken to imagine these lines could be about Gaza, Mosul, or Ferguson. ...

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Khalil Sweileh: from Barbarians' Paradise

[The following excerpts are from Khalil Sweileh’s Barbarian’s Paradise (Jannat al-barabira) (Cairo: Dar Al-‘Ayn, 2014). The book is structured as a journal chronicling life in Damascus; the entries start in April 2012 and end in December 2013. The narrator moves through Damascus, both present day and past, describing scenes of daily life, both the mundane and the newsworthy, cataloguing the destruction and suffering of the country and its people, and recording the evolution of the conflict. Woven into ...

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بداية ونهاية.. نحن نقص عليكم أسوأ القصص

-1- كنعان أورن ــ تركيا "المحافظة على الوحدة الوطنية، والقضاء على الفوضى والإرهاب وإعادة الأمن والاستقرار إلى البلاد". هكذا أعلن البيان الأول للجيش التركي عام 1980، وأوضح البيان أن: "تحرك الجيش ليس كباقي الانقلابات.. لكنه ضد العقائد الدينية المتزمتة". وزير الدفاع كنعان الذي كان يحظى بتأييد كبير بين قادة الجيش شكل جمعية تأسيسية لتقوم بإعداد دستور جديد، وإجراء الانتخابات. أدارت الجمعية التأسيسية الانتخابات.. ولذلك اعتبر أن الحكم في الفترة الانتقالية سلم لمدنيين. بالانتخاب.. أصبح ...

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Anis Sayigh: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally published in Arabic and was translated by Mazen Hakeem.] Name: Anis Last Name: Sayigh Date of Birth: 1931 Date of Death: 2009 Nationality: Lebanese Place of Birth: Tiberias, Palestine Wife’s ...

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المثقفون العرب: سحر البيان بديلاً عن المعرفة

بيان المثقفين العرب الموقع مما يزيد عن (250) مثقفاً، سوريين بدرجة رئيسة (ثمة 149منهم) ولبنانيين، ولا بأس ببعض العراقيين بحسب الخارطة المفترضة للدولة الاسلامية (داعش) التي وصف البيان ظهورها بالردة من دون أن ينتبه موقعو البيان"ترى هل الامر داخل بالفعل في خانة النسيان ؟ أشك!" إن كلمة "الردة" ذات الاصل الديني الضاربة جذورها بعيداً في التراث الاسلامي المتخم بالردات وأحكام المرتد، هذه الكلمة هي من بعض ما يحاول البيان أن يقف ضده، ويجادله ثقافياً، في الأقل، أو إن شئت قل، من منطق المثقف ...

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Nobel Peace Laureates Slam Human Rights Watch's Ken Roth for Refusal to Cut Ties to U.S. Government

[In a May 12 letter, two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and over 100 scholars, journalists and human rights activists called on Human Rights Watch to close its revolving door to the U.S. government. On June 3, HRW published a response from executive director Kenneth Roth on its website, arguing that their “concern is misplaced.” In a June 11 debate on Democracy Now!, HRW Counsel and Spokesman Reed Brody similarly rejected their recommendations. Nobel Laureates Mairead Maguire and Adolfo Pérez Esquivel join ...

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