Civil society

Report on Civil Activities (Jul 29-Aug 8): Sit-ins and Protests from Aleppo to Suwayda’

Report on Civil Activities (Jul 29-Aug 8): Sit-ins and Protests from Aleppo to Suwayda’

In recent days in Syria, civil society organizations and activists have carried out a number of activities drawing attention to events in Aleppo and as-Suwayda’ as well, including protests in front of a government building in response to the killing of a civilian by the National Defense Forces (NDF) and a rebellion in the city’s central prison.

Dr. Jalal Nofal: Connecting Relief Work and Civil Activism

Dr. Jalal Nofal: Connecting Relief Work and Civil Activism

Dr. Jalal Nofal, born 1963 in Damascus to a working class family from as-Sweida’, is a prominent psychiatrist …

ʿObour Association in Tartus

ʿObour Association in Tartus

The importance of the ʿObour (Passage) Association, which was founded in 2015, comes from its work to bridge …

Fihmak Kfayeh (If You Know What I Mean) Pt.III

Fihmak Kfayeh (If You Know What I Mean) Pt.III

The first part of this article is available here and the second here. In mid-2012 events in Syria …

Fihmak Kfayeh (If You Know What I Mean) Pt. II

Fihmak Kfayeh (If You Know What I Mean) Pt. II

The first section of this article is available here. Post-2011 Terms: With the beginning of the revolution, few …

In Syria’s rebel areas, journalists complain of new censorship

In Syria’s rebel areas, journalists complain of new censorship

By Maher Saman and Ayman Mohammad, Syrian Independent Media Group ISTANBUL, Turkey — Journalists in Syria’s opposition or …

Fihmak Kfayeh (If You Know What I Mean) Pt. I

Fihmak Kfayeh (If You Know What I Mean) Pt. I

Language is a flexible and witty tool of expression. Playing on it is an age-old tradition in Arabic …

Women Now

Women Now

Before the war, a large proportion of Syrian women were in need of educational courses to hep them …

Civil Assembly: A Syrian Vision in al-Wa’er, Homs

Civil Assembly: A Syrian Vision in al-Wa’er, Homs

Tens of thousands of inhabitants in the uprising neighborhoods of Homs have taken refuge in the new al-Wa’er …

The Echelons of Death in Douma

The Echelons of Death in Douma

Bombs fell on the building, destroying its floors. But the building did not vanish, it sank into underground …

Civil activism

Report on Civil Activities (Aug 9-29): Kurdish Protests and “Detainees First” Campaign

Report on Civil Activities (Aug 9-29): Kurdish Protests and “Detainees First” Campaign

Syria’s Kurds have captured media attention recently, not just for their military conquests but also for their civil society activities. A number of Kurds protested against the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a left-wing Kurdish political party that has dominated much of the Kurdish political landscape in Northern Syria over the past four years and has recently arrested politicians and activists., Meanwhile, in Turkey, some activists in alongside the Girun Media Network launched a campaign to highlight the plight of political prisoners. This campaign was a collaboration with the “Survivors of Detention” group.

Report on Civil Activities (Jul 29-Aug 8): Sit-ins and Protests from Aleppo to Suwayda’

Report on Civil Activities (Jul 29-Aug 8): Sit-ins and Protests from Aleppo to Suwayda’

In recent days in Syria, civil society organizations and activists have carried out a number of activities drawing attention to events in Aleppo and as-Suwayda’ as well, including protests in front of a government building in response to the killing of a civilian by the National Defense Forces (NDF) and a rebellion in the city’s central prison.

Hunger Strike in Solidarity with Besieged al-Waʿer

Hunger Strike in Solidarity with Besieged al-Waʿer

(Al-Waʿer, Homs) Five months after the siege on al-Waʿer neighborhood in Homs was broken, as a result of …

Besieged Madaya Calls For The End of Siege on Darayya

Besieged Madaya Calls For The End of Siege on Darayya

(Madaya, Rif Dimashq, Syria) Madaya is no stranger to besiegement. Since July 2015, the city, which is located …

Sweida Students: “You’ve Shattered Us!”

Sweida Students: “You’ve Shattered Us!”

An anti-conscription student movement has risen to prominence in the southern city of Sweida. The Asad regime continues …

Syria Revolts on the Fifth Anniversary of the Revolution

Syria Revolts on the Fifth Anniversary of the Revolution

Syrians have not been united on anything in the past five years as they have on the fifth …

Freedom Marathon in Homs

Freedom Marathon in Homs

Famous for its revolutionary persistence and the notorious atrocities it has endured, the city of Homs tirelessly returns …

Jabhat al-Nusra and the Syrian Revolution

Jabhat al-Nusra and the Syrian Revolution

During the truce, another aspect of the revolution reared its head: the conflict between the activists and Jabhat …

Songs Return to the Syrian Revolution

Songs Return to the Syrian Revolution

Whenever we heard the words of the revolution—sung as we went along our daily lives, drinking our coffee, …

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If Walls Could Speak

If Walls Could Speak

Do Not Agree To Be a Puppet

Levels of Graves in Douma

Levels of Graves in Douma

Douma in Solidarity with Paris

Douma in Solidarity with Paris

A Vigil for the Children of Douma

Stories

The Syrian Business Elite: Patronage Networks and War Economy

The Syrian Business Elite: Patronage Networks and War Economy

A socially responsible economic strategy is central to the Syrian transition. The fact that the Syrian opposition has not yet embarked in a critical debate of Syria’s future political economy has jeopardized their legitimacy and deprived the Syrian business elite of a chance to reconsider their own practices and contribute to Syria’s transition towards a better future.

Is Dividing Syria the Problem or the Solution?

Is Dividing Syria the Problem or the Solution?

It is well known by now that those sorts of [external] legitimacies function for nothing further than oppressing local voices and crushing and preventing politics, to place themselves as the guardian of the local “under-developed” populations that protects them from each other. As well as the protector of the “external source of legitimacy” from the worrying turbulences of local conflicts. That is precisely what had been done under the Asads and what goes on to be repeated by the likes of al-Baghdadi and Saleh Muslim, and a few others who have not emerged with a comprehensive project yet.

Darayya Activists Struggle to Adapt to Idlib

Darayya Activists Struggle to Adapt to Idlib

Darayya witnessed four years of siege. This siege was mitigated by the city’s local council, which helped it withstand regime attacks and lawlessness, in stark contrast to what Daraya activists have witnessed after their arrival in Idlib.

What Political Solution Are They Talking About?

What Political Solution Are They Talking About?

The issue at hand is no longer about changing the regime, which was the goal of the revolution, but about instituting a change with the regime, which is the goal of negotiations. Change with the regime ultimately means enabling the regime to bypass the changes and continue as it was.

When They Mocked My Candidacy to the Premiership

When They Mocked My Candidacy to the Premiership

May God bless Fares al-Khuri and bless the 1950s in which a Sunni parliamentary majority elected a Christian as president of the parliament three times and four times as prime minister.

A Guitar Player Who Fell Victim to the Rifle

A Guitar Player Who Fell Victim to the Rifle

His funeral was a military affair: his body was covered with a flag, lowered into the grave by his commanding officers and fellow soldiers, and he was honored with a gun salute. Nobody except his friends remembered the guitarist within him.

Report on Civil Activities (Aug 9-29): Kurdish Protests and “Detainees First” Campaign

Report on Civil Activities (Aug 9-29): Kurdish Protests and “Detainees First” Campaign

Syria’s Kurds have captured media attention recently, not just for their military conquests but also for their civil society activities. A number of Kurds protested against the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a left-wing Kurdish political party that has dominated much of the Kurdish political landscape in Northern Syria over the past four years and has recently arrested politicians and activists., Meanwhile, in Turkey, some activists in alongside the Girun Media Network launched a campaign to highlight the plight of political prisoners. This campaign was a collaboration with the “Survivors of Detention” group.

Tales of War and Broken Love Stories

Tales of War and Broken Love Stories

The cliché most often heard during times of war is the need to love in order to overcome hatred; that war has acted to strengthen the bond between two people. However, war also ends relationships in a myriad of ways.

Diaries of a Lawyer at the Damascus Courthouse

Diaries of a Lawyer at the Damascus Courthouse

Such were the daily happenings in our work at the Courthouse for over three years, until the end of 2013. Then the security branches stopped transferring detainees to the Courthouse, all cases started being referred directly to the Counterterrorism Court, which was given the authority to decide if the offense falls within its mandate or not, instead of letting normal courts determine that.

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Talking Facts Beyond Populism

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Talking Facts Beyond Populism

The aim is to challenge, with facts, a populist rhetoric that scapegoats the entire Syrian refugee population in Lebanon for a crisis of which they are the primary victims.