Archives for: ‘Yaaser Azzayyaat’

Divorce Boom in Rojava: Liberated or Second-Class Women?

Divorce Boom in Rojava: Liberated or Second-Class Women?

The establishment of numerous women’s organizations in Kurdish-ruled northern Syria has led to an increase in divorce rates that bears a multifaceted impact on society.

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Mom Don’t Worry I’ll Be a Martyr Soon

Mom Don’t Worry I’ll Be a Martyr Soon

The story of Malek, whose mother never wanted him to join a pro-regime paramilitary force.

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Syrians in the North Embrace Turkish Intervention

Syrians in the North Embrace Turkish Intervention

Despite being military par excellence, Turkish presence has been widely welcomed by different segments of Syrian society in Idlib countryside and the Euphrates Shield areas, north of Aleppo. The reason for that being its contribution to improving the living condition of these areas, for the first time since the outbreak of the uprising in 2011.

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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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Damascus, the City That Evicted Me

Damascus, the City That Evicted Me

Hayat moved to Damascus in 2003 for a well-remunerated job position. But then the housing crisis brought her on her knees.

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A Letter to Salim Barakat

A Letter to Salim Barakat

The truth is, I am jealous of you. Yet I also learn from you. I learn to be a prolific writer with no other purpose than writing. I learn to respect the reader, and to keep in mind that someone smarter than me could be reading this, which prompts me to bring out the best in me.

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A Letter to Political Prisoner Rami Suleiman

A Letter to Political Prisoner Rami Suleiman

Do your torturers, the interrogator and the prison guards know that, under other circumstances, you might help them if they were poor and in need? And that you would do that without asking about their thoughts, backgrounds, opinions and actions?

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Military Reserve Business Thrives in Syrian Coast

Military Reserve Business Thrives in Syrian Coast

An overview of all the expedients Syrians have to go through to escape reserve service, and how this is feeding a corrupted business in regime-held areas.

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Why We Decided to Stay in Damascus

Why We Decided to Stay in Damascus

For many Syrian dissidents who have left the country out of necessity or desperation, it is quite inconceivable that there remain many anti-regime activists living in Damascus. Some of them have given up political, revolutionary and civil activity, while others are still trying to play a role. There are those who have opted to work publicly within organizations that are not banned or persecuted, and those who are still working in secret despite the grave risks that entails. Here they explain their reasons for staying in the capital.

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