Civil society

Sit-ins and Protests from Aleppo to Suwayda’

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

Sit-ins and Protests from Aleppo to Suwayda’

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, …

“I Am She” for Syrian Women

“I Am She” for Syrian Women

Activists from within the besieged city of Zabadani launched the “I Am She” campaign. The campaign focuses on …

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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

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.

When the Security Forces Arrested Wa’el’s Slippers

When the Security Forces Arrested Wa’el’s Slippers

Al-Shami and his friends numbered 15 and the mosque was filled with worshippers. Al-Shami and his friends felt anxious: what if nobody joined in with them?

Sit-ins and Protests from Aleppo to Suwayda’

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.

Revolutionary Ayman, who was killed by “Friendly Fire”

Revolutionary Ayman, who was killed by “Friendly Fire”

The 25-year-old recruit suffered much psychological deterioration while serving in the army, forced to obey his officers, even though he was longing to join the revolution.

Before Exile. About my Father, Fear, and the Revolution

Before Exile. About my Father, Fear, and the Revolution

The death of my father was the catalyst for our leaving Syria with no return, a country plagued by revolution and war that has given us nothing but pain and sorrow. I began to save up the amount needed to make the journey by sea or perhaps to get a visa to Russia and then smuggle myself to Norway, where I would repeat the story of my father’s arrest and torture.

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 …

Revolutionary Profiles

Revolutionary Profiles

Revolutionary Profiles is not a Who’s Who glossary of fancy names you can find in Wikipedia. It is …

She Had Nowhere to Hide

She Had Nowhere to Hide

If you go to Shuyukh Fawqani, in the north of Aleppo province, you will not find H.M. there …

The Irreplaceable Asadist Facade

The Irreplaceable Asadist Facade

The embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Asad is irreplaceable. No other Syrian political and military key figure in the …