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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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O.I.L. Media Roundup (10 July)

[Israeli Air Forces bombing over Ansar site, 8 July 2014. Image by Basel Yazouri.]

[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 by Monday night of every other week.]  Israel Palestine For Palestinians, This Week's Deaths Highlight the Asymmetry of Power, Ahmad Samih Khalidi The latest conflicts between Palestinians and Israelis speak to a deep Palestinian public concern about Palestinian "administrative detainees" in Israel. Israel Bombs Gaza Sites Hours after ...

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

[The Abounaddara Logo. Image from Author]]

[The text below is based on a workshop organized by Sonja Mejcher-Atassi at the American University of Beirut, 11 April 2014, with the generous support of the Arts and Humanities Initiative and the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at AUB and the School of English’ project Imagining the Common Ground, University of Kent, UK. Thanks to Loran Peterson and Dona Timani for their help with rendering the text ready for publication Part One appears below. Part Two will follow soon] Sonja Mejcher-Atassi: ABOUNADDARA is the name of a production house for documentary films, founded in Damascus in 2010, and of an anonymous collective of filmmakers who relay a ...

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هل خفف العمال السوريون من أزمة الاقتصاد اللبناني؟

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"دعوة لإعادة قراءة الآثار الاقتصادية للهجرة السورية للبنان" لا نتساءل في هذه الورقة عن تأثيرات الأزمة السورية (1) بكل تفاصيلها في لبنان ولكن يقتصر تساؤلنا علي المهاجرين أو النازحين إلى لبنان. هل خفّفوا من آثار الأزمة الاقتصادية اللبنانية أم ضاعفوها؟ يطرح هذا السؤال نفسه في ظلّ الهجمة المسعورة التي يتعرّض لها المهاجرون السوريون في لبنان، وارتفاع معدلات العنصرية لتصل إلى درجة أن تقوم بلديات عديدة بمنع السوريين من الخروج من منازلهم في غير أوقات العمل. فمنذ أيام قليلة قامت بلدية برج حمود ببيروت (انظر الصورة المرفقة) بوضع لافتات تحظر على السوريين الخروج من منازلهم ليلاً، أي في غير ساعات العمل على خلفية حادثة يمكن أن تحدث في أية منطقة أخرى بالعاصمة ...

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ابحثوا عن السعودية

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فيما يُستأَنَف قرعُ طبول الفتنة مجدداً على امتداد المشرق العربي، ثمة ما يلفت الى الدور السعودي في الفصل الجديد من محنة العراق. ولأن السعودية تجد نفسها اليوم معنيّة بصورة مباشرة بقلب المعادلات الجيوسياسية في المنطقة، فما توافر لديها من معطيات يجعلها طرفاً مستهدفاً في المرحلة المقبلة. ويمكن هنا رصد أهم المعطيات: أولاً: الخسائر المتعاقبة التي لحقت بالسعودية منذ إلغاء الضربة العسكرية الاميركية على سوريا في أيلول العام الماضي، الذي سجّل انتصاراً كبيراً لمصلحة المعسكر الآخر الممتد من ايران مروراً بالعراق وسوريا وصولاً الى لبنان ومعه فلسطين، الى جانب بطبيعة الحال روسيا والصين. وتتمثل الخسائر في: 1 ـ الانجازات العسكرية التي حقّقها الجيش السوري خلال عام، والتي ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (13 June)

[President Barack Obama meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the Oval Office Thursday, May 28, 2009. The man sitting between them is an interpreter. Image by Pete Souza via Wikimedia Commons.]

[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 Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a release form to post@jadaliyya.com [click "Submissions" on the main page for more information]   Egypt-Palestine How Israel and ...

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Syria Media Roundup (June 9)

[Poster from the #Douma4 campaign.]

[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 ICG’s Report on Hezbollah: Now Hariri Propaganda Masquerading as March 14 Propaganda (or vice versa) Asad AbuKhalil is critical of a recent report issued by the International Crisis Group for being too disparaging of Hezbollah’s role in the Syrian conflict Slow Increase in U.S. Support for the Syrian ...

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Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria (Updated)

[ICG logo. Image from crisisgroup.org]

[The following monthly summaries on developments in Syria were compiled and published by the International Crisis Group (ICG). Jadaliyya Reports will update this post each month as subsequent monthly summaries are issued.]  June 2014 Regime and rebel fighters early May struck deal for rebel evacuation from Homs old quarter: hundreds of fighters withdrew to rebel-held areas north of city; army entered central Homs 9 May. Regime accepted agreement on terms it previously rejected; rebels secured withdrawal not achievable by military means. Regime compromise reportedly due to Iranian pressure; at least 1 Iranian citizen among roughly 40 detainees released by ...

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A Creative Upsurge; Syrian Art Today (Part One)

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[Syria’s Apex Generation highlights post-uprising art as an introduction to the rich history of painting in Syria. Featuring the works of Abdul Karim Majdal Al-Beik, Nihad Al Turk, Othman Moussa, Mohannad Orabi, and Kais Salman, the exhibition and its accompanying publication explore a new school of painting in the midst of expansion despite the disintegration of the Damascus art scene, its original center. Informed by extensive traditions of expressionism, symbolism, and abstraction, this burgeoning group has forged ahead with the creative objectives of their predecessors, who advocated the social relevance of art. The essay below is reproduced from the exhibition’s ...

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Militarization and External Intervention: The Syrian Crisis

[Syrian refugees near their tent in Kore Kosik camp for refugees in Irbil, 217 miles north of Baghdad. Humanitarian needs are formidable. An estimated 6.8 million Syrians need help. This number is equal to the number of the population of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Connecticut put together. Two millions have fled to neighboring countries. Between four to five millions have been displaced from their homes. Image by Khaled Muhammad via Associated Press]

  The US organization Women Against War held a symposium in Chicago on 23 April 2014, to which researcher and scholar Bassam Haddad, Co-Founder and Co-Editor of Jadaliyya and Director of the Middle East Studies at George Mason University, was invited, alongside Rana Khouri, researcher and PhD student at Northwestern University, Chicago. The symposium was organized on the theme of refusing militarization of the conflict and US military intervention in Syria. Women Against War believes that any US military intervention in Syria would not benefit the people of Syria or the Middle East. As the continuous militarization of the conflict and the constant use of violence ...

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Syria Media Roundup (May 24)

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Regional and International Perspectives  Lebanon’s Alawites at a Crossroads Raphael Lefevre writes: “The recent calm presents a historic opportunity for Lebanese Alawites to search for new leaders who embrace a more independent approach toward Damascus and a more conciliatory posture toward Tripoli’s Sunni majority. But this search will be a long and difficult one.” Jordan’s Sixth Refugee Camp Asharq al Awsat reports on this new camp made to take the pressure off Za’atari. Corruption Seeps into Aid for Syrian Refugees Naharnet reports on the bribes that refugees must pay to access much needed aid. According to the Associated Press, the amounts vary “anywhere ...

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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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المسألة السّورية: سؤال المصير والمستقبل: الحراك الشعبي في سورية

‫الحراك الشعبي في سورية 1ـ الحراك الشعبي السّوري ، الّذي بدأ في النّصف الثّاني من آذار (مارس) 2011 تحوّل تدريجياً ، وقبل أن يتصلّب عوده، وتترسخ قاعدته الشّعبية، ويتحقق استقلاله عن القوى والمؤثرات الخارجية، تحوّل، بعد بضعة أشهر، عن النهج السّلمي إلى حرب متعدّدة الصّفات ومن نوع جديد لم تألفه المنطقة، شاركت فيه أطراف عربية وإقليمية ودولية عديدة. وهكذا غُطي على الأهداف الداخلية للحراك (الحرية والكرامة والعدالة)، ثمَ أزيحت تدريجياً لصالح أهداف هذه الأطراف التي لعبت دور المموّل والمسلّح والموجَه والمخطّط، ...

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Khaled Khalifa: "Revolutions Can't Be Reversed"

[Last month, the Syrian novelist Khaled Khalifa visited London to promote ‘Syria Speaks’, an anthology of short stories, poems, articles and visual art collected as a response to the Syrian regime’s crackdown on dissident voices since the 2011 Syrian uprising. As one of the most powerful and prominent writers in Syria, Khalifa continues to live in Damascus – despite being attacked and beaten by regime thugs at a funeral in 2012, despite his hugely popular books being banned, and despite the very real ...

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Syria Media Roundup (June 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 week.]  Regional and International Perspectives Mohammed, a Child From Homs to Waste Container in Beirut Dima Wannous on the violent rape and murder of five-year old Mohammed in ...

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Popular Neighborhoods and the Arab Spring: Elements for a Renewed Approach

Pierre-Arnaud Barthel and Sylvy Jaglin, editors, Quartiers informels d’un monde arabe en transition. Réflexions et perspectives pour l’action urbaine [Informal Settlements in an Arab World in Transition. Reflections and Perspectives for Urban Action]. Paris: Agence Française pour le Développement, Conférences et Séminaires 7, 2013. Available online. Housing in most of the Arab world cities is an informal affair. After having founded a family, or to remain near employment opportunities, most people ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (May 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 Jadaliyya strives 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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تزامنٌ شيّق برغم الاختلاف

تزامن مشهدا الانتخابات المصرية والسورية، رغم الاختلاف الجذري بين البلدين. وفي المشهدين، تكرّرت مشاهد الاحتفال في الشارع، رغم الاختلاف الجذري بين البلدين. وإذ اتفق معارضو المشهدين على وسمهما بصيغة «عودة الديكتاتور»، ترى الناخبين في المشهدين قد اتفقوا أيضاً على تحديد هدف واضح للصيغة التي انتخبوها: العودة إلى البيت في سوريا، والأمن في مصر. ومع التشديد على الاختلاف الجذري بين البلدين، فإن معارضي سوريا جرّدوا الناخبين السوريين من «الأهلية الديموقراطية» (بصفات مثل مجبورين أو منتفعين)، بينما مال المشهد المعارض ...

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A Creative Upsurge; Syrian Art Today (Part Two)

[Syria’s Apex Generation highlights post-uprising art as an introduction to the rich history of painting in Syria. Featuring the works of Abdul Karim Majdal Al-Beik, Nihad Al Turk, Othman Moussa, Mohannad Orabi, and Kais Salman, the exhibition and its accompanying publication explore a new school of painting in the midst of expansion despite the disintegration of the Damascus art scene, its original center. Informed by extensive traditions of expressionism, symbolism, and abstraction, this burgeoning ...

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Muhammad al-Maghut: Roman Amphitheaters

Roman Amphitheaters Muhammad al-Maghut   1. Nothing is left of the revolution’s bells save echoes Nor of poetry’s horse save the bridle Nor of freedom’s road save fixed and flying checkpoints I have spent my childhood, youth and the entire length of the march to freedom and liberation, amid rifles, machine guns, chains, tanks, armored vehicles, armed patrols and combat air patrols, while every other step: Stop: ID Stop: Papers Stop: Passport Stop: What do you have in your suitcase? Stop: ...

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Ghassan Kanafani: 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: Ghassan Last Name: Kanafani Father’s name: Fayez Place of birth: Acre Date of birth: 1936 Date of ...

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Quick Thoughts: Omar Dahi on The Rebel Withdrawal from Homs and Brahimi Resignation

  [The agreement reached between opposition fighters and the Syrian regime with respect to Homs has solicited an array of speculation as to what it precisely represents. When combined with the recent resignation of UN Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, both events are interpreted as signals of a key shift in the balance of power, both politically and on the ground, between the regime and the opposition forces in Syria. Jadaliyya turned to researcher/scholar of political economy and co-editor of ...

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