Tag: Aleppo

Syria and the Emergence of Grassroots Artistic Production (Leila Nachawati)

Syria and the Emergence of Grassroots Artistic Production (Leila Nachawati)

[ 0 ] September 22, 2014 |

by LEILA NACHAWATI for openDemocracy on SEPTEMBER 22, 2014:  Of all the changes crystallizing around the ideals of the Arab uprisings, the ones that are unquestionably positive are those in the creative and expressive arenas. While the entire region is witnessing an artistic renaissance that can be linked to the emergence of Arab theatre during the […]

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Religious Groups and Scholars of Islam in the Syrian Revolution

Religious Groups and Scholars of Islam in the Syrian Revolution

[ 0 ] June 3, 2014 |

by ISSAM EIDO for SYRIA COMMENT on JUNE 1, 2014:  Clouds of ambivalence and uncertainty have obscured Syria’s religious landscape from the beginning of the revolution. In the particular way that the conflict developed across space and time, every individual affiliated with a religious group became compelled—sooner or later—to take sides. Needless to say, any […]

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With Wisdom and Courage, New Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Reaffirms the Church’s Commitment to Syria

With Wisdom and Courage, New Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Reaffirms the Church’s Commitment to Syria

[ 0 ] May 28, 2014 |

  by LUCAS VAN ROMPAY for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 20, 2014 *updated May 28: In an unusual demonstration of resolve and courage, the newly elected patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, has decided to maintain the headquarters of his church in Syria, rather than transferring them to Lebanon as many expected. […]

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Open Wounds: Torture and Ill-Treatment in Syria (UN OHCHR Report)

Open Wounds: Torture and Ill-Treatment in Syria (UN OHCHR Report)

[ 0 ] April 15, 2014 |

“The best thing is when you pass out, because then the pain stops.” — University student detained in Hama  via UN OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER ON HUMAN RIGHTS, APRIL 14, 2014:  INTRODUCTION: Victims of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment languish in official and makeshift detention facilities throughout the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria). […]

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Joshua Landis: The Battle between ISIS and Syria’s Rebel Militias

Joshua Landis: The Battle between ISIS and Syria’s Rebel Militias

[ 0 ] January 6, 2014 |

by JOSHUA LANDIS (WITH INVALUABLE HELP FROM A.J.N) for SYRIA COMMENT on JANUARY 4, 2014:  A major confrontation has broken out between the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Syria’s other rebel militias. It is being led by two newly organized coalitions, called Jaysh al Mujahidiin and the Front of Syrian Revolutionaries. But many other militias […]

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WATCH: Charlie Rose Interviews Bashar al-Assad on His Response to Threat of War from the U.S.

[ 0 ] September 10, 2013 |

via PBS on SEPTEMBER 9, 2013:  Charlie Rose was granted exclusive access to interview Syrian President Bashar al-Assad about the alleged use of chemical weapons and his response to threat of war from the United States. WATCH HERE INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT HERE (via Google docs)  

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Timothy Burke: Suez Has Already Happened

[ 0 ] September 5, 2013 |

by TIMOTHY BURKE for EASILY DISTRACTED (BLOG) on AUGUST 30, 2013:  The problem with “turning points”, as they’re commonly described in popular forms of historical storytelling, is that very few of them were recognized clearly as such at the time. When I’m in the archives reading past individuals writing to and talking to one another, […]

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Syria: The Cultural Cost of Conflict

Syria: The Cultural Cost of Conflict

[ 0 ] July 12, 2013 |

by EURONEWS on JULY 10, 2013:  “Damage to the heritage of the country is damage to the soul of its people and its identity” — Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO… Amid falling bombs and heavy gunfire, in the heat of battle where the priority is staying alive, there is little time to deal with the protection of […]

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James Zogby: Stop the Madness

James Zogby: Stop the Madness

[ 0 ] June 7, 2013 |

by JAMES ZOGBY for ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE  on JUNE 3, 2013:  In “Looking at Iran“, a report on Iran’s precipitous decline in Arab public opinion, our polling establishes several trends in attitudes unfolding across the Middle East. The most worrisome is the deepening sectarian divide that threatens to unravel several states, posing a long-term challenge […]

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International Crisis Group Report: Syria’s Kurds — A Struggle Within a Struggle

International Crisis Group Report: Syria’s Kurds — A Struggle Within a Struggle

[ 0 ] January 22, 2013 |

by INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP on JANUARY 22, 2013:  Syria’s conflict gives its Kurdish population an opening to rectify historic wrongs and push for more autonomy, but facing internal divisions, poor ties with the non-Kurdish opposition and regional rivalries, its challenge is to articulate clear, unified and achievable demands. (Excerpt, Executive Summary and Recommendations) As Syria’s […]

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