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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 21)

[Screenshot of footage of airstrike/explosion in Sanaa on 20 April 2015. From watchit news.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Falcon Eye: The Israeli-installed mass civil surveillance system of Abu Dhabi The United Arab Emirates employs an Israeli company to protect oil installations and install a civil surveillance system in Abu Dhabi. Iran suspends Saudi pilgrimage flights over 'assaults' Iran suspends its ...

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Conference--Syria: Moving Beyond the Stalemate (1-3 July 2015, St. Andrews)

St. Andrews Third Biennial Conference on Syria: "Moving Beyond the Stalemate" 1-3 July 2015 St. Andrews, Scotland The international conference will bring together in one place the largest and most diverse concentration of scholars of Syria and will feature papers by some 25 scholars of Syria and workshops and panel discussions by some of the big names in the field of Syrian studies, diplomacy and conflict resolution. The registration fee includes three nights accommodation, plus many meals, teas and coffee, etc. For details and registration please click here.   

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 14)

[Mohammad ibn Salman and Salman ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud. Image from google images.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]  Regional and International Relations US to GCC: We still have your back Geoffrey Aronson examines US-Gulf relations.  Mr. 2%: Tony Blair’s Secret Oil Contract with Saudis Revealed The LipTV reports on Tony Blair’s secret contract with a Saudi oil company. Saudi Arabia boosts crude oil production to highest level on ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 1)

[Saudi pilots praying before conducting air strikes in Yemen. Image by Yahya al-Fifi via Mohammad al-Ghazwani]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Sales of weapons to Gulf states up 70% over five years Saeed Kamali Dehghan and Richard Norton-Taylor report on the Gulf states’ purchases of arms in the last five years. Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack The Saudi foreign minister rebukes Vladimir Putin and accuses ...

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ISIS in the News: Extensive Media Roundup (January-February 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        2014: The Year ISIS Won the Propaganda Battle (31 December 2014) Markham Nolan writes about the ways in which ISIS has been documenting its progress throughout 2014 in a constant stream of propaganda.  Vanguard of Syria’s uprising, now on the run from ISIS, weighs a bleak future 2014: The Year ISIS Won the Propaganda Battle (1 January 2015) Anne Barnard on Syria’s “lost generation” and the former fighters exhausted by the continuous clashes and ...

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Pakistani Progressives Oppose Pakistan’s Involvement in Yemen

[Pakistani fighter jets. Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

The video below by a friend, A.A., captures the sights and sounds of fighter planes, explosions, and anti-aircraft missiles outside her family home in Sana’a, Yemen on 27 March 2015 at 8:15pm. On Thursday, the Pakistani state said it was considering a request to join the US-backed Saudi-led coalition that is bombing Houthi rebels in Yemen. The official Saudi news agency, SPA, stated that Pakistan is one of the countries that have "declared their willingness to participate" in the military campaign, even as it has indicated that it will not send in troops for the moment. It is with this in mind that we have organized the statement below to declare immediately a ...

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Four Years On: No Easy Answers in Syria (Part 1)

[Syrian boys, whose family fled their home in Idlib, walk to their tent, at a camp for displaced Syrians, in the village of Atmeh. Photo by Muhammed Muheisen/AP Photo.]

[See Part II here] After four years of killing and mayhem, the truth remains that there are no easy answers in Syria. What might appear to be natural liberal solutions are not only lacking in realism, but are also embedded in half-baked world views about freedom, justice, development, international relations, and even human dignity—contested as some these terms might be. No consequential camp or political actor approximates the pure. No camp is immune to faults, even to despicable behavior. Those groups who escape that harsh realism—the heroic Syrian men and women who keep life moving on a daily basis outside the confines of militarism, violence, and blind ...

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Dismantling Iraqi Health Care and its Regional Impacts: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Omar Dewachi and Rania Masri

In this interview, anthropologist and physician, Omar Dewachi, discusses the building, dismantling, and outsourcing of the Iraqi health care system. In addition to examining the impact of migration on Iraqi patients and Lebanese healthcare today, Dewachi historicizes accusations of Iraq's "ungovernability" from the colonial until the present, and places the conversation within a larger context of the impacts of war on healthcare.  The interview below includes four parts that you can click on separately.  Omar Dewachi is an assistant professor of anthropology and global health at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He trained as a medical doctor ...

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Syria Media Roundup (March 8)

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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  We Need to End This Dirty War: An Interview With Haytham Manna Interview with Haytham Manna and his take on the Syrian conflict.  ISIS loses more than 20 villages in Syria Kurd and Assad forces take over 20 villages from ISIS in Syria. Syrian army and ...

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Loving the Lens: ‘American Sniper’ as Movie and Event

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American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood. USA, 2014. There is a lull at the moment in the clamor around Clint Eastwood's controversial film American Sniper, as award season ends and the movie's powerful box office stamina pushes the DVD release into the summer. This moment perhaps offers an opportunity to consider what—if anything—might or should be said about it as a piece of cinema. Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper in the title role, has to have been the most written about movie in the United States over the winter months, scoring the hat-trick with its critical success, box office wallop (the first American film about the invasion of Iraq to achieve such success), ...

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الجرف الصامد والدروع البشريّة

  "الجرف الصامد" والدروع البشريّة "تشنّ حركة حماس هجمات على إسرائيل على نحوٍ عشوائيّ، وتفعل ذلك من مناطق مأهولة بالسكّان، وحتّى من الجوامع والمستشفيات والمدارس. وهي تحوّل الجامعات إلى مراكز للذخيرة، وتخزّن صواريخها في الجوامع وفي داخل مدارس الأونروا. يعمل قادتها ومنظوماتها الرقابيّة في الكثير من الأحيان من أقبية المستشفيات، ولا يحارب مقاتلوها بالبزّة العسكريّة الموحّدة (باستثناء ارتدائهم زيّ جيش الدفاع الإسرائيليّ عندما يصبّ الأمر في صالحها). تنتهك حماس جميع الأعراف والمعايير المكتوبة دون أن يهتزّ لها جفن، وبدون ضمير مؤنّب". آسا كاشير، "أخلاقيّات حملة الجرف الصامد"، Jewish Review of Books، خريف 2014 في الوقت الذي يتّهم فيه آسا كاشير ...

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دور النشر السورية: مأساة الورق والحبر والدم

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لا يغيب الناشر السوري عن سوق الكتب العربية في معظم معارضها؛ لكنه غائبٌ بشكلٍ شبه تام عن بلاده؛ مرغماً لا بطل؛ فالكتب في دمشق وحلب وحمص واللاذقية وسواها من المدن تعوم على الأرصفة والأكشاك والشاحنات؛ كتبٌ لبشرٍ ماتوا أو هُجِّروا أو نزحوا عن مدنهم؛ تاركين وراءهم بيوتهم ومكتباتهم ودور نشرهم وأحلامهم؛ ومن قال أن الكتب ليس لها استخداماتٌ أخرى في زمن الحرب؛ هكذا على الأقل صنعت منها الممثلة الفرنسية جولييت بينوش درجاً بدل الأدراج المهترئة في فيلم " المريض الإنكليزي" الذي لعبت بطولته عن رواية مايكل أونداتجي الشهيرة. أما في المدن السورية؛ فقد تحوّلت مخازن بعض دور النشر إلى مستودعات ذخيرة وأسلحة ومخطوفين وخنادق للنزاع الدائر منذ أربع سنوات تقريباً؛ داخلةً بذلك سِفر ...

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Water Management in Jordan in Response to the Syrian Crisis: Between Neoliberal Pressures and Social Tensions

Since 1948, the Kingdom of Jordan has taken in a considerable number of refugee populations fleeing conflicts in Palestine, Iraq and now Syria. While this brings the country significant international aid, it also raises the question of the capacity of urban public services to handle this new demographic pressure. These public services, heavily subsidised for reasons of social stability, are in a state of chronic crisis, and are unable to meet user demand. This has led to sharp socio-spatial inequalities, ...

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Dwekh Nawsha: A Christian-Iraqi Militia

[Text by Sinan Antoon, photos by Andy Spyra from November 2014 and March 2015.] The fall of Mosul and other towns on the Nineveh plain in northern Iraq to ISIS this past summer was a monumental tragedy. It forced hundreds of thousands of Iraqis to flee their homes. Iraqi Christians, together with Yazidis and Shi‘a, and even Sunnis who opposed ISIS were priority targets. The number of Christian Mosulites was estimated at sixty thousand back in 2003. It was much higher in previous decades. But ...

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New Report: Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) 2015-16

In December 2014, the Lebanese government issued a joint plan, the Lebanese Crisis Response Plan (LCRP 2015-16) with UN agencies to organize the humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. The plan seeks to stabilize Lebanon during the crisis by continuing humanitarian assistance to the displaced Syrian population and other vulnerable groups, while expanding investments in services, economies and institutions. The Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA) steers the LCRP, in collaboration with crisis ...

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Quick Thoughts on Syria's Humanitarian Crisis: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Omar Dahi

As the war in Syria rages on, and with attention turning towards ISIS, the humanitarian crisis in the country has been relegated to the sidelines. In this Quick Thoughts interview for Status (conducted in late-February 2015), Omar Dahi brings it back to the forefront by highlighting the extent and locations of the humanitarian needs across the country, how political circumstances manifest on the ground, and the regime's recent uptick in bombardment. Omar S. Dahi, associate professor of ...

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In Need of Aid but Hungry for Peace

I am in the Yarmouk refugee camp, Damascus, during an aid delivery. A man approaches me and utters three words, “I am hungry”. The sunken eyes in his face are equally eloquent.  His fragile frame expresses volumes. He speaks for a people brutalized, a people sick of war. He is a living symbol of the world’s failure to resolve the crisis in Syria. Yarmouk has become a powerful icon of the wider war and of the Palestinian experience. It was once the densely populated heart of Syria’s Palestinian ...

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Syria Media Roundup (March 23)

[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 You probably won’t read this piece about Syria Recently, there has been a rapid decrease in coverage of the Syrian conflict. This article sheds light on the importance of ...

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Syria Media Roundup (March 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 week.] Inside Syria Snapshots from Syrian cities on the fourth anniversary of the uprising Syria Deeply asks Syrian citizens across the country how their lives and cities have changed ...

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Capitalizing Urbanism: On David Kilcullen’s "Out of the Mountains"

“It’s a book about future conflicts and future cities.” David Kilcullen, Out of the Mountains “…the whole fucking city was trying to kill them!” Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down   In his book, Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerilla, author David Kilcullen, describes how in 2007, just after “the worst months of the Iraq War” (19), he was drinking expensive cocktails at a fashionable Manhattan hotel with an old Australian army buddy. Kilcullen, an Australian citizen, a ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (February 2015)

[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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Syria Media Roundup (March 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 week.]   Inside Syria Death: The Only Reliable News in Aleppo News of death in Aleppo has become an everyday occurrence and residents are planning news ways to survive the ...

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Mr. Freeze

Amid little anticipation and less expectation, the United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on Tuesday, 17 February, briefed the Security Council on the progress of the initiative he unveiled last year to “freeze” the conflict that has destroyed the country, extinguished perhaps 1 per cent of its population and displaced more than a quarter of the remainder. It would be an exaggeration to say that hubris has given way to humility, but his performance this week was considerably more ...

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Syria Media Roundup (January 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 week.]  Inside Syria Syria rebels overtake strategic base in south Syrian, US-backed, rebels fighting with Nusra overtake strategic base in south near Deraa, helping 2 cut highway and ...

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