Witnesses

When They Mocked My Candidacy to the Premiership

When They Mocked My Candidacy to the Premiership

May God bless Fares al-Khuri and bless the 1950s in which a Sunni parliamentary majority elected a Christian as president of the parliament three times and four times as prime minister.

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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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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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