Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2016’

Tales of War and Broken Love Stories

Tales of War and Broken Love Stories

The cliché most often heard during times of war is the need to love in order to overcome hatred; that war has acted to strengthen the bond between two people. However, war also ends relationships in a myriad of ways.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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Revolutionary Profiles

Revolutionary Profiles

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

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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 …

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