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Specters of Palestine: Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

There are at least 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, a number that represents a quarter of Lebanon’s total population. This is the highest concentration of Syrian refugees in the world. Syrians are not the only refugee population in Lebanon. When considered alongside Palestinian, Iraqi, Kurdish, and Sudanese ...  Read More »

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Trump’s Travel Ban: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What May Happen Next

On 27 January 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Trump’s travel ban (or “Muslim ban,” as it has come to be called—not inaccurately, since it clearly targets Muslim-majority countries) has of course received a huge ...  Read More »

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Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani Discusses Trump Orders Concerning Refugees on Al Jazeera

In this 28 January 2017 edition of Al Jazeera English's Inside Story, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani discusses the consequences of US President Donald Trump's newly-announced orders suspending and restricting US refugee policy. The program, presented by Hashem Ahelbarra, also features Brad Thomas, a supporter of ...  Read More »

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استراحة مخيّم: روايات من مخيم الرشيدية والبحر

لا نعرف الكثير حول سبب تواجد المخيمات الفلسطينية حيث هي اليوم. كما لا نعرف المسارات التي اتخذها سكانها من فلسطين إلى تلك المخيمات. كثيراً ما نظن أنّ اللاجئين، نقلوا عند وصولهم، مباشرة إلى الخيام التي أصبحت في وقت لاحق "مخيمات." انطلاقاً من أفكار حول اللجوء وسُبل كتابة تاريخ مغاير للمخيمات الفلسطينية في ...  Read More »

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ذاكرة المستقبل

كنت جالساً البارحة بمفردي، وهذا بحد ذاته الآن شيء لا ينصح به لكل السوريين في المهجر، أتابع الأخبار. لا شغف ولا إثارة كانت تأتي من جميع القنوات الاخبارية أوصفحات التواصل الاجتماعي. على الرغم من أن معظم الأخبار كانت تركّز على مدينتي الجريحة. ليس فقط على المدينة، بل أكثر تحديداً على بعض الأحياء التي قضيت فيها سنين ...  Read More »

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The Death of a Nomad

In Western Sahara, any news item is also a potential item of propaganda. Words, like individuals, have ideological mass. Thus former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s use of the word “occupation” in a speech following his March 2016 visit to the Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria, was the subject ...  Read More »

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Conflict Medicine: A Manifesto

Contemporary protracted conflicts across the Middle East have presented health systems and professionals with unprecedented challenges. The objective of this manifesto on conflict medicine is to highlight the need for a better understanding of the different pathways of injury and re-injury within the changing ecology ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Anaheed Al-Hardan, Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities

Anaheed Al-Hardan, Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities (New York: Columbia University Press, 2016). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Anaheed Al-Hardan (AH): Much of the interdisciplinary literature that can be brought under the broad label of Middle East Studies ...  Read More »

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Empty Promises? Radical Policy Shift Needed on Refugees and Migrants

On 19 September 2016, the UN General Assembly brought together for the first time all UN Member states to work on a more “coordinated and humane approach” to large movements of refugees and migrants. Described as an “historic opportunity to come up with a blue print for a better international response,” the timing of ...  Read More »

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Why the Life of Haytham Matters

Haytham is a war child who lives with his family in Khan Eshieh camp, home to some nine thousand Palestine refugees and one of the most embattled areas of the Syrian capital, Damascus.  His story is increasingly common among UNRWA students in Syria. "I had to escape and hide when rockets fell near the ...  Read More »

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Resolving to Divest: The History of SJP at UCLA's Divestment Campaign

This article reviews the history of Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA’s campaign to pass a divestment resolution through the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC). In what follows, we briefly historicize campus Palestine activism, review the history of SJP at UCLA, and then provide a detailed ...  Read More »

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The Western Sahara and Football: A Path toward Self-Determination?

In April this year, a story appeared on an Algerian football website,  Le Competiteur, noting that the country’s national football team was planning a friendly match against Western Sahara. The question for the article was how Algeria’s regional rival Morocco would respond. Following incomplete decolonization by ...  Read More »

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A Brief History of Fortress Europe

Three days into 2016, the European border crisis claimed its first victim: a two-year-old boy who drowned off the coast of the Greek island of Agathonisi. Compared with the public outcry that the photos of Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body on a Turkish beach provoked the previous August, the reaction to the fact that ...  Read More »

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Announcing the New Issue of Middle East Report (Spring 2016): Life in Exile

Middle East Report No. 278 (Spring 2016) LIFE IN EXILE The Middle East is once again the world’s biggest producer of refugees, due primarily to the catastrophic war in Syria. The region has also long hosted the greatest number of refugees on earth—indeed, the exodus of Syrians is the latest of a nearly unbroken ...  Read More »

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أهلاً بكم في ليسبوس

  أرى الشاب من الليلة الماضية، يجلس لوحده، يدخّن، ويبحلق في البحر الأسود الممتد أمامه. هاتفه مُطْفأ في يده. بجانبه أكثر من عشرة شباب ينامون تحت بطانيّات رمادية. وعلاماتها الكبيرة التي تشير إلى المفوضية العليا لشؤون اللاجئين في الأمم المتحدة ترفرف في الريح. «هل أنت بخير؟» «نعم، الحمد لله. وأنت؟» «جيّد. هل ...  Read More »

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غبار الشجاعيّة

”رضينا بالهمْ والهمْ ما رضيش بينا.“ جلست ابتسام  تضحك في الغبار وحجابها المطرّز بالورود يؤطر وجهها العريض اللمّاح. لقد شهدت من الهم في خمس وأربعين سنة عاشتها في غزّة ما يجعل الضحك ردة الفعل الوحيدة. مات زوجها في الانتفاضة الثانية بعد أزمة ربو سبّبها الضغط النفسي الذي تعتقد هي أن مصدره كان صوت دبّابة ...  Read More »

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Zaatari Refugee Camp: A Makeshift City

Unlike Lebanon, which also hosts a large number of refugees, Jordan has opened refugee camps in the North of the country to control the arrival and settlement of refugees. Established in late July 2012, the Zaatari camp, which has nearly 80,000 inhabitants today, is the most famous space of settlement of Syrian ...  Read More »

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التعليم في سوريا أثناء الحرب: مقابلة لبرنامج الوضع

في سلسلة من ثلاث مقابلات لبرنامج الوضع باستضافة من كاتي الحايك, يتحدث كتاب وناشطون سوريون عن منظوراتهم حول واقع التعليم في سوريا، وكذلك للسوريين في بلدان مجاورة. يركز كل ضيف على التعليم في مواقع مختلفة: في مناطق تحت سيطرة المعارضة، مناطق تحت سيطرة النظام وأخرى تحت حكم داعش. صبر درويش كاتب وصحفي سوري٬ له العديد من ...  Read More »

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Layers of Siege: The Chain of Complicity from Syria to Europe

Syrians are being subjected to multiple layers of siege. In the first layer, the military and other armed groups have surrounded and entrapped up to one and a half million people within the country. Most of Syria's borders are closed to those fleeing violence, marking a second layer of siege. And finally, Europe is ...  Read More »

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Changing the Status Quo: What Directions for Palestinians?

The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research has issued today five papers and a final report on: Changing the Status Quo: What Directions for Palestinians? The papers address five proposed directions for Palestinian to take in order to change the status quo: popular resistance, boycott, ending security ...  Read More »

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Covering the Migration Crisis in Greece - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Kostas Kallergis

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, Nada Ghandour-Demiri speaks with the Greek journalist and producer Kostas Kallergis, who provides insights on the migration crisis in Greece and reflects on the role of journalists in covering this topic. Kostas Kallergis is a Greek journalist and producer who, in the last year, ...  Read More »

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رسام الكاريكاتير السوري جوان زيرو

[ هذه المساهمة ضمن ملف خاص حول رسامي كاركاتير عرب في زمن ما بعد موجة الثورات الأخيرة. انقر/ي هنا للاطلاع على جميع مواد الملف، الذي أعده لـ”جدلية“ أوس داوود يعقوب.] في خطوة جادة لجمع جهودنا كرسامي كاريكاتير شرعنا منذ فترة على العمل على تأسيس وإصدار صحيفة كاريكاتورية ساخرة حملت اسم الرسام الشهيد أكرم رسلان الذي جاءنا ...  Read More »

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The Catastrophes of Today and the Catastrophe of 1948 in Syria

Yarmouk Camp in Damascus is today unrecognizable even to those who knew the camp’s every alleyway and corner. The rubble, the ruins of bombed buildings, tired and hungry people, and haunted alleyways and streets are the painful remains of a shattered community. Yarmouk is not the only Palestinian locality in Syria, of ...  Read More »

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لست بحاجة لمن يذكرني بالنكبة

عندما يحين موعد نكبتنا لا أشعر بحاجة لإحيائها لأنها ترافقني منذ أن بدأت رئتاي وبصعوبة بالغه تقبل هواء هذه الأرض التي اختار القدر لي أن أكون ابنة أكثر بقاعها حزناً. وُلدنا فيها بعينين واسعتين لكي لا يجد الحزن مبرراً للرحيل عنهما لضيق المكان. وبتاجٍ من شوك يدمينا كل يوم لنكون ملوك الآلام بدون منازع، نَرضَع الحكاية ...  Read More »

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الحاجة إلى كُتب تاريخ عن فلسطين لأطفال فلسطين والعرب

نبدأ النص من موقع أخلاقي/ سياسي يفيد بحقّ الأطفال في الجماعات المهمّشة بمعرفة تاريخهم. وفي حالة الأطفال الذين يترعرعون في مخيمات الشتات الفلسطينية، فلا بدّ لكتب التاريخ أن تخبرهم أن ثمّة فلسطينيين من المناطق الريفية كان لهم الدور الأقوى في مقاومة الانتداب البريطاني وبعده الاحتلال الصهيوني. وبدورهم، كان سكان الريف ...  Read More »

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Statement by SFSU Students Who Protested Jerusalem Mayor

[The following report back was submitted to Jadaliyya by the students are San Franscisco State University that protested Hillel-sponsored speech of Nir Barkat, the mayor of occupied Jerusalem.] With the unwavering commitment to social justice that is central to the work of the university, SF State prepares its ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Thea Renda Abu El-Haj, Unsettled Belonging: Educating Palestinian American Youth After 9/11

Thea Renda Abu El-Haj, Unsettled Belonging: Educating Palestinian American Youth After 9/11. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Thea Renda Abu El-Haj (TRAEH): Unsettled Belonging is a deeply personal book. I came to the US to attend Swarthmore College in the ...  Read More »

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Syrian Refugees and the Map of a Dangerous Journey: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Alia Malek

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Malihe Razazan speaks with Alia Malek about Malek's article "The Road to Germany $2400" which recently appeared in Foreign Policy.  Alia Malek is a journalist, civil rights lawyer, and author of A Country Called Amreeka: Roots, American ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Anti-Prison, Labor, Academic Delegation Takes Stand against Israeli State Violence, Affirms Solidarity with Palestinian People

[The following press release was issued by The U.S. Prisoner, Labor and Academic Solidarity Delegation to Palestine in April 2016] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—April 16, 2016 On Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Anti-Prison, Labor, Academic Delegation Takes Stand against Israeli State Violence, Affirms Solidarity with ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 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 by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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Population: 75,627,384
Government: Republican parliamentary democracy
Year of independence: 1923
GDP: $795 billion (nominal); $1.306 trillion (purchasing power parity)
Unemployment: 9.2%; Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): 25.3%
Internet Users: 45.7% (37.455) million 
Exchange Rate: ~ 1.8 Turkish lira per US dollar
GDP Growth Rate: 5.2% 
Military Expenditures: 2.4% of GDP (World Rank: 15)
Health Expenditures: 6.74% of GDP (World Rank: 88)
Population Growth Rate: 1.2% 
Age Structure: 0-14 years: 24.5%; 15-64 years: 67.8%; 65 years and over: 7.7%
Literacy: 87% (Male: 95%; Female: 80%)
Religious Demographics: Sunni Muslim 80-85%; Alevi Muslim 15-20%; Christian (various denominations) 0.13%; Jewish 0.03%
Ethnic Demographics: Turks 80%, Kurds 18%, Arabs 1.4%, Armenians 0.1%, and other (Assyrian, Greek Orthodox, Georgian, Circassian) 0.5%
Languages: Turkish, Kurdish, Zaza, Arabic, Armenian, Greek, Albanian, Neo-Aramaic Laz, Ladino
Area: 301,159 square miles

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