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To the Victors, the Ruins: the Challenges of Russia’s Reconstruction in Syria

To the Victors, the Ruins: the Challenges of Russia’s Reconstruction in Syria

Recently-uncovered documents have revealed that Russian firms have made major strides in securing economic boons for the immediate postwar period. Despite this, the Kremlin continues to face profound issues in projecting its influence across regime-held Syria, a problem that demands ever-growing resources even as major combat in the country declines.

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For a Secular Interpretation of Prophethood

For a Secular Interpretation of Prophethood

Instead of exploring the vast potential available to us to interpret Islam and its prophethood secularly, with much less artificiality and arbitrariness, we have preferred to remain woefully steadfast and unyielding.

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Do Syrian Artists Lose Their Identity Abroad?

Do Syrian Artists Lose Their Identity Abroad?

What happens to your Syrian identity now that you are living in a new country? How is your identity affected by the new country’s respective integration policies? Implicit in each of these questions is the notion of identity as a monolithic concept linked to nationality. The reality is never so simple.

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Reading Through the Cryptic Messages of ‘The War Show’

Reading Through the Cryptic Messages of ‘The War Show’

Unlike most documentaries produced in Syria since 2011, the filmmaker doesn’t follow a single character story. She attempts to tell Syria’s story through her own experiences, convictions and emotions.

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The Link Between Suicide Among Girls and Underage Marriage

The Link Between Suicide Among Girls and Underage Marriage

Due to marriage, pregnancy and the many responsibilities that girls at a young age find hard to cope with, they suffer from depression, and, in some cases, lose the will to live.

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The Economic Map of Ghouta: Tunnels and ‘the Prince of Cheese’

The Economic Map of Ghouta: Tunnels and ‘the Prince of Cheese’

The tunnels between Eastern Ghouta, held by the Syrian opposition, and remaining opposition-held areas in Damascus are a big business opportunity for those who control the movement of goods. Huge profits are made by all sides, not least dairy magnate Mohieddin Manfoush.

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Environmental Initiatives Bring Relief to Besieged Areas

If the siege was lifted, people would not depend as much on renewable energy, but they have already learned not to take what they have for granted. They have acquired the know-how on renewables.

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Lebanese Model an Improvable Precondition Against Tyranny

Lebanese Model an Improvable Precondition Against Tyranny

The Lebanese model is indicative of the importance of state weakness, which is possibly a necessary stage for other countries in the region after decades of absolutist domination in the name of the state.

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Why Are Russians Indifferent to the Syrian Conflict?

Why Are Russians Indifferent to the Syrian Conflict?

It is precisely indifference to a distant, foreign and incredibly complex conflict that is key here.

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Guess Who’s the King of Diaspora Kitchen?

Guess Who’s the King of Diaspora Kitchen?

In an attempt to connect with at least some of their Ramadan rituals and memories, many have turned to cooking for a glimpse, or a scent, of what it used to be like.

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