2015

All posts from 2015

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December 21-27

by The Aleppo Project on December 28, 2015

The Aleppo Weekly is a compilation of what CCNR staff found to be the week’s most compelling stories, images, videos, and other resources that provide information about the life in the Syrian city, analyze the conflict that is destroying it, and help residents plan for their future. The weekly follows topics of interest to the Center’s researchers, and has a special focus on those displaced from the city and others whose voices are rarely heard when it comes to peacemaking or reconstruction.

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The Aleppo ProjectDecember 21-27

Two Prophets’ Birthdays

by AlHakam Shaar on December 24, 2015

Today falls between two important birthdays for Syrians.

Yesterday was Eid ul-Mawlid an-Nabawi – Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. There is no consensus among religious scholars about the permissibility of observing it, or indeed about which specific day it is, but it is often celebrated across the Islamic World on the 12th day of the third month of the lunar Hijri Calendar. Most Aleppian Muslims celebrate the day with passion. The Souq, now burned, used to be decorated with small, often green, banners bearing prayers and praise for the prophet. Mawlids – sufi chanting sessions – are held in mosques and other public and private places. At homes, people make and eat traditional desserts. My mum cooks mamouniyyeh, and my father would send me or one of my brothers to buy sheybiyat, sweet pastry stuffed with walnuts or pistachio.

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AlHakam ShaarTwo Prophets’ Birthdays
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December 14-20

by The Aleppo Project on December 21, 2015

The Aleppo Weekly is a compilation of what CCNR staff found to be the week’s most compelling stories, images, videos, and other resources that provide information about the life in the Syrian city, analyze the conflict that is destroying it, and help residents plan for their future. The weekly follows topics of interest to the Center’s researchers, and has a special focus on those displaced from the city and others whose voices are rarely heard when it comes to peacemaking or reconstruction.

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The Aleppo ProjectDecember 14-20

Restoring Public Services to Aleppo—Our first data snapshot

by The Aleppo Project on December 18, 2015

We know that many Syrians who have been forced from their homes are passionate about their country and are already playing a role in its future. When refugees and people who were forced to leave eventually return home, they often suffer a second displacement when they are pushed aside by reconstruction processes that ignore their needs and plans. By gathering information from as wide a range of people as possible, we hope to challenge many of the assumptions about how reconstruction should be managed.

Over the next several months, we will post data snapshots highlighting different visions for Aleppo’s future. Our first snapshot is about restoring public services to rebel-held areas of the city.

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The Aleppo ProjectRestoring Public Services to Aleppo—Our first data snapshot

The Road To al-Jamiliyeh

by Armenak Tokmajyan on December 16, 2015

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We often think of cities as their streets and buildings but they are also a collection of journeys. These can be the daily commute or a trip to a market, journeys so routine, so automatic that we barely register them. But when you leave a city and cannot return, those urban trails take on a deeper significance; the stops along the way take on an importance in your memory that they lacked before.

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Armenak TokmajyanThe Road To al-Jamiliyeh
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December 7-13

by The Aleppo Project on December 15, 2015

The Aleppo Weekly is a compilation of what CCNR staff found to be the week’s most compelling stories, images, videos, and other resources that provide information about the life in the Syrian city, analyze the conflict that is destroying it, and help residents plan for their future. The weekly follows topics of interest to the Center’s researchers, and has a special focus on those displaced from the city and others whose voices are rarely heard when it comes to peacemaking or reconstruction.

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The Aleppo ProjectDecember 7-13
Photo: "Beirut Downtown" by Bertil Videt

Beirut Reconstruction: An Extended Bibliography

by The Aleppo Project on December 7, 2015

We are publishing an extended bibliography for our paper Rebuilding Downtown Beirut. The bibliography includes the details of useful news reports, scholarly articles and books, each accompanied by a short description.  The materials are particularly useful for people interested in post-conflict reconstruction and urban planning in Beirut.

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The Aleppo ProjectBeirut Reconstruction: An Extended Bibliography

November 23-29

by The Aleppo Project on November 30, 2015
Photo by Ed Brambley

Photo by Ed Brambley

The Aleppo Weekly is a compilation of what CCNR staff found to be the week’s most compelling stories, images, videos, and other resources that provide information about the life in the Syrian city, analyze the conflict that is destroying it, and help residents plan for their future. The weekly follows topics of interest to the Center’s researchers, and has a special focus on those displaced from the city and others whose voices are rarely heard when it comes to peacemaking or reconstruction.

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The Aleppo ProjectNovember 23-29

The reconstruction of Beirut: Lessons for Aleppo

by The Aleppo Project on November 24, 2015

There are many lessons for Aleppo from what happened in Beirut:

• Rebuilding driven by the few for the few will fail.
• The core values must be accountability and transparency.
• Aleppo should not focus on investor-led fantasies of what the city might be but concentrate on rebuilding families, their businesses and the local economy.
• Economic resilience should be a key part of any reconstruction.
• Rebuilding the city centre is essential, but so is an integrated plan for the whole city.
• Reconstruction will not mend deep political divisions, but can be used to rebuild common public spaces that promote reconciliation.
• Democratic control may mean reconstruction takes longer, but it will be done better and is less likely to deepen social divisions.

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The Aleppo ProjectThe reconstruction of Beirut: Lessons for Aleppo
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November 16-22

by The Aleppo Project on November 23, 2015

The Aleppo Weekly is a compilation of what CCNR staff found to be the week’s most compelling stories, images, videos, and other resources that provide information about the life in the Syrian city, analyze the conflict that is destroying it, and help residents plan for their future. The weekly follows topics of interest to the Center’s researchers, and has a special focus on those displaced from the city and others whose voices are rarely heard when it comes to peacemaking or reconstruction.

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The Aleppo ProjectNovember 16-22