Civil society

Center of Mazaya

Center of Mazaya

The Center of Mazaya was founded by a small group of volunteers in order to empower women and send an audacious message: “I’m no longer a liability, I’m an asset”. …

Damascus Bureau

Damascus Bureau

In 2007, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) began its ongoing cooperation with independent Syrian journalists. Since then, the institute has conducted numerous training workshops on the basics …

Al-Sahra

Al-Sahra

The crude violence perpetrated by the regime has succeeded in turning the vibrant cities of Syria, into desolate piles of rubble. Civil activists have taken upon themselves to counter the …

Dawdaa Magazine

Dawdaa Magazine

Dawdaa (“noise” in Arabic), is a magazine launched in Sweida in mid-2013. The idea, however, came about from the early stages of the uprising.  Sweida, a town in southern Syria, has remained under …

Voice of Detainees

Voice of Detainees

Since the Syrian uprising began in March 2011, the government has arbitrarily detained, disappeared, and tortured peaceful political activists, journalists, humanitarian workers, doctors, and lawyers. Since the overwhelming majority of …

al-Nabaa Magazine

al-Nabaa Magazine

With structured disinformation and systematic targeting of anti-regime journalists, Assad and his media outlets were able to tell a distorted version of the uprising. In light of this continuing deception, …

Free Excerpts Magazine

Free Excerpts Magazine

Marginalized by the regime, and left without electricity and other means of communication, the city of Hasaka is yet another example of the crude isolation imposed on liberated areas. Within this …

I Am Syrian

I Am Syrian

Born in Damascus 1984, Nizar is a young artist whose creativity enriched the Syrian revolution with many bold caricatures that convey the fundamental issues underlying the civil movement in Syria. After …

Panorama of the Syrian Revolution

Panorama of the Syrian Revolution

To commemorate the revoution’s third anniversary, artist Maan Kalido created a unique visual project that captures the Syrian uprising’s most prominent moments. Kalido, with the help of the people of …

Akram Abu al-Fawz

Akram Abu al-Fawz

The work of Douma-based Akram Abu al-Fawz focuses on rocket and mortar shells, which he turns into beautiful ornaments. Also known as Mohammad Douma, the 35-year old father of three …

Civil activism

Same Shit Campaign

Same Shit Campaign

The self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as Daesh) has been the center of the media’s attention for quite some time. It has the whole world gripped by fear by its …

Let’s Reactivate Civil Society Campaign

Let’s Reactivate Civil Society Campaign

As increasing militarization and violence confines the peaceful movement in Syria, Syrian activists continue to take part in initiatives and creative events to keep the uprising alive. The Let’s Reactivate …

Seven Days for Peace Campaign

Seven Days for Peace Campaign

To advocate peace in a country weary of war and violence, the Fraternity Center of Democracy and Civil Society “Biratî” launched a seven-day grassroots campaign on September 15, 2014. Its …

No to Torture

No to Torture

As the number of deaths under torture continues to rise at an exponential rate, so does the apathy of mainstream media towards the issue. To counter this trend, the “Biratî …

Freedom Graffiti Campaign

Freedom Graffiti Campaign

On December 9, 2013, masked gunmen stormed the Damascus Violations Documentation Center and kidnapped four of its members: Razan Zeitouneh, Samira Khalil, Wael Hamadeh and Nazem Hammadi. “Freedom Graffiti” is the latest campaign attempting to …

Raqqa is being Slaughtered Silently

Raqqa is being Slaughtered Silently

The atrocities that have been perpetrated by the Islmaic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Raqqa, have led to a fierce movement of resistance within Raqqa-based activists. “Raqaa is …

Digital Security Awareness Campaign

Digital Security Awareness Campaign

Alarmed by the ever-growing cyber-attacks targeting Syrian activists, the Institution for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), along with its Syrian partners, launched the “Digital Security Awareness Week” campaign, on June …

Dafnino Sawa campaign

Dafnino Sawa campaign

“The Syrian farce did not start with the regime’s electoral campaign. The farce has been taking place for many years.” These are the words of Nael Hariri, who recently launched …

International Homs Day

International Homs Day

In April 18, 2011, something remarkable took place in the city of Homs, that forever changed the face of the uprising. Civil protestors gathered at the Clock Square, in a …

We Were Born to Live

We Were Born to Live

Since all severe circumstances prey on the most vulnerable, Syrian children have endured the biggest burden of violence over the course of the last three years. The chemical attack of …

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The Women of Mazaya in Response to the Attack: We Will Carry On

The Women of Mazaya in Response to the Attack: We Will Carry On

“It was 3 in the morning. When the neighbors smelled smoke they went down to the center. It was on fire. Everything was black, especially the room where the library …

Syrian Activists Challenge Mainstream Media: Daesh and Assad are The Same Thing

Syrian Activists Challenge Mainstream Media: Daesh and Assad are The Same Thing

The self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as Daesh) has been the center of the media’s attention for quite some time. It has the whole world gripped by fear by its …

Syrian Disputes Over US-led Coalition Against Daesh

Syrian Disputes Over US-led Coalition Against Daesh

It goes without saying that Syrians want Daesh (the Arabic name for the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or IS) out of their country. After all, it is responsible not only for …

“To Our Countries” and the Battle of the Syrian Narratives

“To Our Countries” and the Battle of the Syrian Narratives

  Since the outbreak of the Syrian uprising, a propaganda war has accompanied repression of protesters, in order to delegitimize them. “To Our Countries”, a song by sisters Faia and …

“We Want to Live”: Thirst in Besieged Yarmouk

“We Want to Live”: Thirst in Besieged Yarmouk

As the Syrian tragedy mounts day by day, international attention increasingly focuses on the big picture of geopolitical and military clashes. Other issues go unnoticed despite their importance, such as …

“Solidarity with Kobani is inspiring, but let’s not forget the rest of Syria”

“Solidarity with Kobani is inspiring, but let’s not forget the rest of Syria”

  The town of Kobani, which is now occupied by Daesh (also known as Islamic State, or IS), has become a contested matter between the Arab and Kurdish populations. Accusations …

Syrian Women Weave the Biggest Revolutionary Flag in Protest Against All Terror

Syrian Women Weave the Biggest Revolutionary Flag in Protest Against All Terror

  A group of women from Kafranbel, Idlib, have woven the biggest Syrian revolution flag to send a powerful message to the world: “Terror can only be tackled by addressing …

Tawasol Youth Group: Bridging the Syrian Divide

For over three years, groups working on nonviolent grassroots initiatives in Syria have made an effort to keep their identities hidden. Fear from reprisal by the regime, and the nature …

A Cry Against Assad from the Alawite Heartland

A Cry Against Assad from the Alawite Heartland

  “The chair is for you, the coffins for our children”. “The Assads lie in beds while our children lie in coffins”. These were some the cries directed at the …

Breathing Death: One Year after the Chemical Massacre

Breathing Death: One Year after the Chemical Massacre

As Syria’s tragedy mutates and multiplies into many, it has become simpler for the world to dismiss it as a “savage civil war” and to reduce the struggles of Syrians’ …