Civil society

Report on Civil Activities (Jul 29-Aug 8, 2016)

Report on Civil Activities (Jul 29-Aug 8, 2016)

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 30-Sept 16, 2016)

Report on Civil Activities (Aug 30-Sept 16, 2016)

7am Saydnaya prison time: We bid farewell to our friend that passed away yesterday, we put him on a blanket, kiss his forehead, read him a prayer in secret, some may be wishing to be in his shoes to get rid of this daily hell. They killed him simply because he was sick, because his body could no longer take the hunger and sickness eating him up every day.

Report on Civil Activities (Aug 9-29, 2016)

Report on Civil Activities (Aug 9-29, 2016)

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, 2016)

Report on Civil Activities (Jul 29-Aug 8, 2016)

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 …

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A Little Bird Told Me

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Stories

Will China Get the Lion Share in Syria Reconstruction?

Will China Get the Lion Share in Syria Reconstruction?

Eugenio Dacrema analyses the variables of Chinese involvement in the Syrian reconstruction. Silently and calmly, Syria and the Middle East are likely to become soon much more Chinese than they ever used to be.

A Little Bird Told Me

A Little Bird Told Me

“A little bird told me” is a phrase we were all used to hearing when we were young. Our parents would say it whenever we had tried our hardest to hide something from them, and particularly something to do with school. We never imagined that one day we would grow up to discover that the little bird was real and not imaginary at all. With all the people being detained and forcibly ‘disappeared’, I came across many little birds carrying news to the families who were desperate to hear even a single word in order to ease the pain in their hearts. Hind Majalli was one of these little birds.

Militias and Crony Capitalism to Hamper Syria Reconstruction

Militias and Crony Capitalism to Hamper Syria Reconstruction

There remain several challenges for the regime in reaching political and economic stability and securing funds for reconstruction. Some of these challenges are rooted in the internal contradictions and the nature of the regime as a patrimonial state and its need to satisfy divergent interests of actors who played an important role in supporting it, especially militias and crony capitalists.

Idlib Local Councils Face Crisis of Trust Under Difficult Circumstances

Idlib Local Councils Face Crisis of Trust Under Difficult Circumstances

There is no doubt that local councils have filled a huge gap following the retreat of the state. But there are still many obstacles that challenge their work, some stemming from limited support, others from the lack of experience, and from traditional and anti-democratic patterns of thought.

How to Remain Faithful to the Ideals of Fadwa Suleiman

How to Remain Faithful to the Ideals of Fadwa Suleiman

Syrian secularists were in effect outside of the revolution, or on its margins at best, which begs question, why have they failed to pin their position on the Syria map, whether politically or militarily, while Fadwa as an individual managed to achieve all that presence alone?

Bassel Safadi: Killed for Being Two Steps Ahead of the Regime

Bassel Safadi: Killed for Being Two Steps Ahead of the Regime

Perhaps the most dangerous thing about Bassel was that he could think as the regime thought, and could see reality the way it saw it.

To the Victors, the Ruins: the Challenges of Russia’s Reconstruction in Syria

To the Victors, the Ruins: the Challenges of Russia’s Reconstruction in Syria

Recently-uncovered documents have revealed that Russian firms have made major strides in securing economic boons for the immediate postwar period. Despite this, the Kremlin continues to face profound issues in projecting its influence across regime-held Syria, a problem that demands ever-growing resources even as major combat in the country declines.

For a Secular Interpretation of Prophethood

For a Secular Interpretation of Prophethood

Instead of exploring the vast potential available to us to interpret Islam and its prophethood secularly, with much less artificiality and arbitrariness, we have preferred to remain woefully steadfast and unyielding.

Do Syrian Artists Lose Their Identity Abroad?

Do Syrian Artists Lose Their Identity Abroad?

What happens to your Syrian identity now that you are living in a new country? How is your identity affected by the new country’s respective integration policies? Implicit in each of these questions is the notion of identity as a monolithic concept linked to nationality. The reality is never so simple.

Reading Through the Cryptic Messages of ‘The War Show’

Reading Through the Cryptic Messages of ‘The War Show’

Unlike most documentaries produced in Syria since 2011, the filmmaker doesn’t follow a single character story. She attempts to tell Syria’s story through her own experiences, convictions and emotions.