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How Hard Is It to Be a University Student in Rebel-Held Syria?

How Hard Is It to Be a University Student in Rebel-Held Syria?

Ramia did not rejoice when universities were inaugurated, because she would not put effort into obtaining a degree only to have this effort gone down the drain, with no official recognition of any of the degrees offered by public universities in Idlib.

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Bosnia’s Lessons for Syria: War Criminals Cannot Be Part of the Solution

Bosnia’s Lessons for Syria: War Criminals Cannot Be Part of the Solution

National and international NGOs – and national and international community – have totally failed in finding the solution for former Yugoslavia. One of the reasons is that after the war the international community made the devil’s pact with well-known war criminals.

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Spanish Court Case Tests the Challenges of Universal Jurisdiction on Syrians

Spanish Court Case Tests the Challenges of Universal Jurisdiction on Syrians

Guernica 37 lawyers Almudena Bernabau and Maite Parejo speak to SyriaUntold about the labyrinth of limitations on universal jurisdiction in national Spanish legislation.

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Alaa Stands in a Lifelong Queue

Alaa Stands in a Lifelong Queue

ِAlaa waits for long in front of the records room at the Recruitment Division. He restlessly watches other students withdraw from the ordinary queue, talk to one of the privates, passing them a thousand-pound bill to be moved to the expedited queue. Alaa only has a few hundred pounds on his person, barely enough to go to university, buy some coffee and then go home.

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Speaking to the Hearts of the Jailers

Speaking to the Hearts of the Jailers

The first step was to understand the needs and feelings of the interrogator. Dania and her inquisitor were like two people standing on opposite banks of a river, separated by murky waters that neither of them could understand. As he was the one in the position of power, she was the one who had to try to reach the other bank.

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A Little Bird Told Me

A Little Bird Told Me

“A little bird told me” is a phrase we were all used to hearing when we were young. Our parents would say it whenever we had tried our hardest to hide something from them, and particularly something to do with school. We never imagined that one day we would grow up to discover that the little bird was real and not imaginary at all. With all the people being detained and forcibly ‘disappeared’, I came across many little birds carrying news to the families who were desperate to hear even a single word in order to ease the pain in their hearts. Hind Majalli was one of these little birds.

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Idlib Local Councils Face Crisis of Trust Under Difficult Circumstances

Idlib Local Councils Face Crisis of Trust Under Difficult Circumstances

There is no doubt that local councils have filled a huge gap following the retreat of the state. But there are still many obstacles that challenge their work, some stemming from limited support, others from the lack of experience, and from traditional and anti-democratic patterns of thought.

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Bassel Safadi: Killed for Being Two Steps Ahead of the Regime

Bassel Safadi: Killed for Being Two Steps Ahead of the Regime

Perhaps the most dangerous thing about Bassel was that he could think as the regime thought, and could see reality the way it saw it.

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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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