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The crowds and the individual: why we should rethink how we debate complex issues on social media

The crowds and the individual: why we should rethink how we debate complex issues on social media

Changing the ways we communicate with each other is of utmost importance if we consider the weak and fragmented character of Syrian secular opposition circles nowadays. Such a reflection inevitably involves the leading voices articulating these important issues (gender, class, among others) to take their responsibility in elaborating their positions and points of difference and to seek viable alliances and wider solidarity networks

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 …

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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The crowds and the individual: why we should rethink how we debate complex issues on social media

The crowds and the individual: why we should rethink how we debate complex issues on social media

Changing the ways we communicate with each other is of utmost importance if we consider the weak and fragmented character of Syrian secular opposition circles nowadays. Such a reflection inevitably involves the leading voices articulating these important issues (gender, class, among others) to take their responsibility in elaborating their positions and points of difference and to seek viable alliances and wider solidarity networks

Divorce Boom in Rojava: Liberated or Second-Class Women?

Divorce Boom in Rojava: Liberated or Second-Class Women?

The establishment of numerous women’s organizations in Kurdish-ruled northern Syria has led to an increase in divorce rates that bears a multifaceted impact on society.

Belonging to a Militarized Syria as a Woman

Belonging to a Militarized Syria as a Woman

In Baathist Syria, the interplay between loving and belonging to the nation, measured by the readiness to sacrifice and die, constructed an image of the heroic man as the ideal citizen.

Samar Yazbek’s Syrian Voices a Contribution to History

Samar Yazbek’s Syrian Voices a Contribution to History

Readers begin to appreciate what, and how much, they do not know. If this is Yazbek’s work between just March and July of 2011, how many bookshelves could the Syrian story fill? We feel awake splashing our face daily in water – we feel we have caught up having read the news. But every day we learn nothing further, nothing more – the water splashes skin deep. Yazbek’s book tattoos the mind.

Assad Regime Still Reliant on Fractions of the Sunni Bourgeoisie

Assad Regime Still Reliant on Fractions of the Sunni Bourgeoisie

Although a new generation of Sunni businessmen emerged as others left the country in the wake of the uprising in 2011, the complex network of relations between the power elite, and fractions of the Sunni bourgeoisie, has remained part of the regime’s tools to dominate society and build loyalties among this sector.

Mom Don’t Worry I’ll Be a Martyr Soon

Mom Don’t Worry I’ll Be a Martyr Soon

The story of Malek, whose mother never wanted him to join a pro-regime paramilitary force.

Syrians in the North Embrace Turkish Intervention

Syrians in the North Embrace Turkish Intervention

Despite being military par excellence, Turkish presence has been widely welcomed by different segments of Syrian society in Idlib countryside and the Euphrates Shield areas, north of Aleppo. The reason for that being its contribution to improving the living condition of these areas, for the first time since the outbreak of the uprising in 2011.

Illustrations, Graphic Journalism Create Alternative Narratives and Historical Documents

Illustrations, Graphic Journalism Create Alternative Narratives and Historical Documents

Notwithstanding the overload of photographs especially through social media, there has in recent years also been a growing use of illustration to raise awareness, inform audiences and to tell stories.

Russian Soldiers in Damascus: Politics Is Not Everything

Russian Soldiers in Damascus: Politics Is Not Everything

Their presence is renowned but rarely witnessed. You hear a lot about their role in the news and from friends who witnessed the tragedies they have caused in the country. Yet regardless of where you stand politically, the mixed feelings they evoke in you as a civilian in Syria are still ambiguous: Russian soldiers.

Can Russian Presence Be Least of Evils in Opposition Stronghold?

Can Russian Presence Be Least of Evils in Opposition Stronghold?

Perspectives on the Russian soldiers in Al-Waer neighborhood, west of Homs, vary between welcoming them on the one hand, judging by their good treatment of residents compared to the regime’s soldiers and allied Shiite militants, and the absolute rejection of their presence on the other.