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

Small Hands and Big Burden for Child Workers

Small Hands and Big Burden for Child Workers

According to Hamed, there is no point to education in the midst of fear and worry of yet another massacre. For him, work places are now considered safer, given that the regime is targeting schools.

Walking on Death Along the Iraqi Border

Walking on Death Along the Iraqi Border

The smuggler told us to continue our journey on foot and to be careful to follow the footprints that barely show in the dark. I realized then that we were walking on death, because we were in the middle of a mine field

Dayr az-Zawr Residents Experience Siege and Harsh Conditions

Dayr az-Zawr Residents Experience Siege and Harsh Conditions

The supervisor ordered all attending women to adhere to the Sharia law dress code, even though the required black robe “costs a lot, up to 30 USD, and most women are unable to buy it.

Anas al-Braehe and His Ultimate Muse

Anas al-Braehe and His Ultimate Muse

“My mom, when still alive, would make clothes for her. Her dresses are so colorful! I would always see her walking around, as if she was floating; there is something very special about her. She moves like a star, she is different, she is beautiful.”

Idlib Antiquities Between Looting, Destruction and Protection

Idlib Antiquities Between Looting, Destruction and Protection

The Idlib Antiquities Center has stepped in where international organizations have not and has documented hundreds of violations, ranging from destruction to illegal trade, but a much greater effort is needed to raise awareness about the importance of preserving these sites.

Turkey Discovers Syrian Artists

Turkey Discovers Syrian Artists

After centuries of common history and decades of separation, facing — some shared — challenges, Syrian artists are permeating the Turkish art scene and creating important institutions and networks for both themselves and the host community.

Liberalization and Conflict in the Syrian Economy

Liberalization and Conflict in the Syrian Economy

Overall, Syria’s economic resilience can be attributed to three factors: its former economic measures, the role of political allies and the economic measures undertaken during the conflict.

Faraj Bayraqdar: Intellectuals Are Last-Line Defenders of Revolutions

Faraj Bayraqdar: Intellectuals Are Last-Line Defenders of Revolutions

Culture is a vessel that holds the ferment of societies in terms of tradition, present and future, and that’s why I don’t see it as the first line of defense.

Nobody Wants to Cross the Qutayfah Checkpoint

Nobody Wants to Cross the Qutayfah Checkpoint

Al-Qutayfah checkpoint strikes fear into the hearts of most Syrians, regardless of political orientation. It unites them in terror, a surreal paradox in the midst of a polarizing crisis.

Evidence, Justice, and Peace-Making in Syria

Evidence, Justice, and Peace-Making in Syria

We need to remember that there have been other cases in recent history — such as Chile and Argentina — where conflicts had to be resolved by ignoring justice partially or fully, initially, only to come back on the agenda later. This is when archives become crucial.