Looking inside the uprising

The crowds and the individual: why we should rethink how we debate complex issues on social media

The crowds and the individual: why we should rethink how we debate complex issues on social media

Changing the ways we communicate with each other is of utmost importance if we consider the weak and fragmented character of Syrian secular opposition circles nowadays. Such a reflection inevitably involves the leading voices articulating these important issues (gender, class, among others) to take their responsibility in elaborating their positions and points of difference and to seek viable alliances and wider solidarity networks

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The Besieged Flower Seller

The Besieged Flower Seller

(Duma, Rif Dimashq) Nour, a student of economics at the University of Damascus, used to sell flowers in …

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The Russian Withdrawal and Syrians

The Russian Withdrawal and Syrians

Just as the revolution surprised the world with its rebirth during the truce, so too has the Russian …

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Tamarind: Irony and Humor Resisting Dictatorship

Tamarind: Irony and Humor Resisting Dictatorship

Simulating the Syrians status quo, and bearing witness to the divisions caused by the challenges of the revolution …

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The Battle of School Curricula (1): Oppression and Mayhem

The Battle of School Curricula (1): Oppression and Mayhem

During 40 years of Assad-Ba’thist military indoctrination in compulsory public schools, Syrians, who were force-fed the triad slogan …

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Alternative Syrian Media: Where to?

Alternative Syrian Media: Where to?

After the onset of the Syrian uprising (March 2011) demonstrators found themselves facing the accusations of the regime’s …

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Ghatfan Ghannoum: “There is no creativity without freedom”

Ghatfan Ghannoum: “There is no creativity without freedom”

Fear of individual repercussions has dissuaded many Syrians from joining the Syrian revolution. For some however, the ongoing …

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The intimacy of tyranny: Syria’s de facto state legitimacy

The intimacy of tyranny: Syria’s de facto state legitimacy

The legitimacy that the Syrian state can still boast has become a frequent discursive tool for Syrians and …

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Assad’s secular sectarianism

Assad’s secular sectarianism

The manipulation of sectarianism was one of the methods used by the Syrian regime to preserve its control …

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