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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Salamiyah: Ladders to Heaven (Cities in Revolution)

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

Stories

Role Reversal: Children Caring for Parents

Role Reversal: Children Caring for Parents

Women in their twenties act as shopkeepers, children peddle, and some young men join armed groups. These are people who have been forced to assume the responsibilities of adulthood.

Syrian Art – Narratives of Hope, Despair and Resilience

Syrian Art – Narratives of Hope, Despair and Resilience

Syrian artists have contributed alternative, rich and nuanced, angles and raised awareness on Syria.

A Real Estate Market Under Surveillance

A Real Estate Market Under Surveillance

The Syrian regime’s use of administrative and legislative powers to control people’s mobility and residency often goes unnoted in the media.

On the Inevitability of Militarization in the Syrian Uprising

On the Inevitability of Militarization in the Syrian Uprising

The fierce debate and the war of certainties that persisted around the uprising between the defenders of militarization on the one hand, and those weeping over peacefulness on the other, had little meaning.

The Long Walk to Protect Syrian Artifacts

The Long Walk to Protect Syrian Artifacts

A dialogue with Dr. Cheikhmous Ali, a research assistant specialized in Near Eastern Archeology at the University of Strasbourg, and the director of the Association for the Protection of Syrian Archeology (APSA).

Widows Struggle to Overcome Poverty and Discrimination

Widows Struggle to Overcome Poverty and Discrimination

At a time when mothers do not have adequate access to fulfill the needs of their children, widows persevere in their fight against traditions and overbearing community surveillance, to be the new breadwinners of their families.

Tartusians and Aleppans, a Story of Mutual Benefits

Tartusians and Aleppans, a Story of Mutual Benefits

Despite some tensions, the collaboration and coexistence of the Aleppans and Tartusians leaves one cautiously optimistic.

Merchants of an Unprofitable Crisis

Merchants of an Unprofitable Crisis

“Crisis traders” here differ from the traditional merchants of crisis because they are living under siege and outside the siege at the same time, and they are not reaping significant profits from the situation.

Salamiyah: Ladders to Heaven (Cities in Revolution)

The story of the town of Salamiyah in the Syrian revolution. Credits Directors: Dellair Youssef Supervision: Mohammad Dibo …