Culture & Arts

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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Illustrations, Graphic Journalism Create Alternative Narratives and Historical Documents

Illustrations, Graphic Journalism Create Alternative Narratives and Historical Documents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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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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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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PKK Music: Engineering a Social Revolution

PKK Music: Engineering a Social Revolution

A song, from the perspective of the party, is a tool to aid the revolution and to rally the masses.

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‘Lost in Lebanon’ Explores Restless Wait for Return

‘Lost in Lebanon’ Explores Restless Wait for Return

Whether between mountains and vast green areas, or cement and slowly built towers, Syrians in Lebanon seem endlessly stranded in an irredeemable state of patience and loss.

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