Syria Writes

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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Belonging to a Militarized Syria as a Woman

Belonging to a Militarized Syria as a Woman

In Baathist Syria, the interplay between loving and belonging to the nation, measured by the readiness to sacrifice and die, constructed an image of the heroic man as the ideal citizen.

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Samar Yazbek’s Syrian Voices a Contribution to History

Samar Yazbek’s Syrian Voices a Contribution to History

Readers begin to appreciate what, and how much, they do not know. If this is Yazbek’s work between just March and July of 2011, how many bookshelves could the Syrian story fill? We feel awake splashing our face daily in water – we feel we have caught up having read the news. But every day we learn nothing further, nothing more – the water splashes skin deep. Yazbek’s book tattoos the mind.

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Assad Regime Still Reliant on Fractions of the Sunni Bourgeoisie

Assad Regime Still Reliant on Fractions of the Sunni Bourgeoisie

Although a new generation of Sunni businessmen emerged as others left the country in the wake of the uprising in 2011, the complex network of relations between the power elite, and fractions of the Sunni bourgeoisie, has remained part of the regime’s tools to dominate society and build loyalties among this sector.

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Illustrations, Graphic Journalism Create Alternative Narratives and Historical Documents

Illustrations, Graphic Journalism Create Alternative Narratives and Historical Documents

Notwithstanding the overload of photographs especially through social media, there has in recent years also been a growing use of illustration to raise awareness, inform audiences and to tell stories.

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Russian Soldiers in Damascus: Politics Is Not Everything

Russian Soldiers in Damascus: Politics Is Not Everything

Their presence is renowned but rarely witnessed. You hear a lot about their role in the news and from friends who witnessed the tragedies they have caused in the country. Yet regardless of where you stand politically, the mixed feelings they evoke in you as a civilian in Syria are still ambiguous: Russian soldiers.

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Can Russian Presence Be Least of Evils in Opposition Stronghold?

Can Russian Presence Be Least of Evils in Opposition Stronghold?

Perspectives on the Russian soldiers in Al-Waer neighborhood, west of Homs, vary between welcoming them on the one hand, judging by their good treatment of residents compared to the regime’s soldiers and allied Shiite militants, and the absolute rejection of their presence on the other.

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How Khalifa’s ‘The Shell’ Informed Political Awakening in Syria

How Khalifa’s ‘The Shell’ Informed Political Awakening in Syria

Before the revolution, Khalifa sometimes had regrets about writing ‘The Shell’. But since then, “the revolution has obligated the regime to show off all the barbarism, without restriction, in front of the cameras.” And when “young readers […] told me very clearly that what prompted them to take part in the uprising against the dictatorship had been […] reading ‘The Shell’, my fears and troubled faded into the background. It was a relief.”

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Syrian Refugees in Russia Have to Fight for Their Rights

Syrian Refugees in Russia Have to Fight for Their Rights

Syrian citizens are fleeing from their war-torn homeland, and some of them have chosen Russia as their country of asylum. But life for them here is also a struggle.

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Russian Presence Not Viewed as Occupation on Syrian Coast

Russian Presence Not Viewed as Occupation on Syrian Coast

Most Syrian residents do not use the word “occupation” to describe the Russian presence in their homeland, and some traders even benefit economically from it.

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