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Stories about Syria

24 January 2017

The Tyrants Bring the Invaders: What Follows After Russia Helps Secure Assad's Victory

The Bridge

Russian’s bombing campaign in Syria has helped put an end to Aleppo’s civil democratic experiment, once a beacon of hope. What next?

22 January 2017

Worried About Its Future, This Former East German City Recruited Syrian Refugees

In Golzow, the population had shrunk so much that authorities were considering closing the village's only elementary school. That's when the town mayor invited Syrian refugee families to move in.

7 January 2017

‘Europa’, a Guidebook to Help Migrants and Refugees Understand Europe

"Europa: An Illustrated Introduction to Europe for Migrants and Refugees" tries to explain the continent's history and politics through the lens of conflict and migration.

6 January 2017

Turkey Discovers Syrian Artists

After centuries of common history and decades of separation, Syrian artists are permeating the Turkish art scene, creating important institutions and networks for both themselves and the host community.

29 December 2016

‘Painting on Death': One Syrian Artist's Mission Under Siege in Douma

"We will make a Christmas tree from your shells and bombs, and light it for peace in our wounded Ghouta."

26 December 2016

Argentinian Politician Calls for ‘Denouncing an International Genocide’ in Syria

Argentinian politician Juan Carlos Giordano of the 'Socialist Left' party called on the government of Argentina to cut all diplomatic ties with the Assad regime.

21 December 2016

Russian Ambassador to Turkey's Assassination: A Bullet from Aleppo?

A Russian opposition politician fires a rare volley of dissent regarding his country's involvement in the war in Syria.

20 December 2016

Sleeping or Dead – Part 6: Do Not Forget Them

The Bridge

"There are others who haven’t had the chance to bring their stories to an end, but are at this moment still stuck in them. Do not forget them."

19 December 2016

Ode to Fallen Dreamers: Syria's Young Revolutionaries

The Bridge

Palestinian revolutionary Budour Hassan remembers the Syrian Revolutionary Youth who chanted for bread, freedom and social justice.

17 December 2016

Syrian Women Thank Russian Soldiers in New Sexy Calendar Funded by the Kremlin

RuNet Echo

Thanks to Kremlin grants, there's now a glossy calendar featuring a dozen beautiful Syrian women, posing beside flirty captions that praise Moscow’s armed intervention in the Middle East.

13 December 2016

Syrian Media Activist: ‘It Is Terrible and Scary, Aleppo Has Become a Horror City’

Gnaid, an activist with the Aleppo Media Center, and his wife recently welcomed their second child, a baby girl, in the midst of a deadly siege on their city.

6 December 2016

Sleeping or Dead – Part 5: This Farce Called a Homeland

The Bridge

"You’re lucky, as some were transferred out today, before we had shifts for standing and sitting....we are managing by squatting and sleeping on each others’ shoulders.”

30 November 2016

“The End is Near”. “Remember What We Sacrificed”. Dispatches from Eastern Aleppo.

"I direct my message to Syrian activists [...] I ask them to send out our message that we have sacrificed for and keep on sacrificing."

23 November 2016

Sleeping or Dead – Part 4: “We Declared It a Revolution For Freedom”

The Bridge

"For them our triumphant chants for freedom have been a sort of rape, and now is their chance for revenge."

22 November 2016

Love Trumps Hate: The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast

This week we start in the US, where Omar Mohamad narrates his piece "America I used to love you", and then we take you to Cuba, Syria, and Taiwan.

19 November 2016

Eastern Aleppo Health Director: Due to Systematic Attacks Against Hospitals, All Are Now Out of Service

As the Syrian regime and Russian government continue their assault on besieged Eastern Aleppo, the Aleppo Health Directorate announced that all remaining hospitals in Aleppo are out of service.

17 November 2016

The Uphill Battle of Protecting Syrian Antiquities Amidst War

"In every military faction, including the regime’s army, you find a group involved in facilitating excavations and smuggling operations."

Sleeping or Dead – Part 3: Thought is the Crime

The Bridge

"Even if they don’t torture you, the mere act of waiting does. Have they forgotten us? Are we going to stay in here forever? Why haven’t they called us today?"

16 November 2016

The World According to Russian Stereotypes

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo explores popular stereotypes about foreigners gleaned from autocomplete suggestions generated by the website Yandex, Russia’s most popular Internet search engine.

12 November 2016

Sleeping or Dead – Part 2: Aghiad's Blue Jacket

The Bridge

"He pulls the chain till we are hanging by our hands, toes barely touching the ground. You’re mid-way between sky and earth, presented as a sacrifice of blood."

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