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Stories about Syria

COVID-19: Switching online is not an option in conflict-stricken countries in the Middle East

While the internet provides a lifeline in wealthy countries during COVID-19, this is not the case in conflict-stricken countries in the Middle East.

The nightmare in Syria continues amid new coronavirus fears

The gathering of displaced persons in Idlib, Syria, has sparked international concern that this community — living under the harshest conditions — could be deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

US withdrawal from Syria tests Russian soldiers’ social media use

New footage from Syria shows that despite new information security measures, the Russian military is willing to weaponise its soldiers' social media posts when it is timely to do so.

From Syria to the world: Notes on tyranny, war and despair

Based on actual events and stories, these Notes send the message that Syrians deserve to live in peace, dignity and freedom—just like everyone else in the world.

Painting the fears inside us all: A conversation with Syrian artist Rashwan Abdelbaki

Abdelbaki's art expresses what he sees as the “negative effects of racism, religion, and politics that are all striving to divide us and destroy our faith in humanity.”

‘Envision a new war': the Syrian Archive, corporate censorship and the struggle to preserve public history online

Social media companies are censoring images of war. The Syrian Archive is working to preserve them.

A look at Syria's long history of feminist movements

"The 2011 revolution was a revolution against everything, and so the women had a role as revolutionary activists at the forefront of the revolution"

EU proposal pushes tech companies to tackle ‘terrorist content’ with AI, despite implications for war crimes evidence

AI tools can assess whether a video is violent or graphic. But can they determine the video’s intended purpose?

How a Syrian photo collective is resisting Assad's narrative from within

"Through our stories we work hard to portray the current situation of the Syrian streets as it is, through the eyes of its people, reflecting how they feel."

France seeks three high-ranking Syrian officials in the deaths of French-Syrian nationals

The three officials are wanted in connection with the detention and subsequent disappearance of two French-Syrian nationals, Mazen Dabbagh and his son Patrick.

Syrian prisoners of conscience announce a hunger strike in Hama Central Prison, leaked footage reveals

"I had no political or partisan background. I just had a dream of a different Syria, so I joined my fellow Syrians who took to the streets in peaceful protests."

Crossing the Syrian-Turkish border: risks by the hour

"They sprinted over the 50-meter stretch between the asphalt road and the mountain... 30 minutes later, the guide stopped and told them that they had just crossed the danger zone."

Eastern Ghouta's displaced residents are stuck between a rock and a hard place

The displaced masses of Ghouta arrive in northern Syria tired, broken and burdened by unbearable memories and the pressure to begin their migratory lives with difficult choices.

Will Syria follow in the UAE's footsteps and censor VoIP services?

A policy banning VoIP services will present a direct threat to Syrians’ rights to privacy and freedom of expression.

In Syria, regime loyalists use art as a tool of war

"Since the early days of the revolution, the Syrian regime has idolized and romanticized a military state"

One Syrian's harrowing journey to freedom

"For the first time in years we saw streets undamaged by missiles, sidewalks unmarred by shrapnel, and walls unblemished by war."

Syrian refugees in Lebanon continue to play the resettlement waiting game

After five months of waiting, Abu Adel finally received a call: 'Apologies for the delay, but France did not accept your file.' The family is still under consideration for resettlement.

Four women icons of the Syrian revolution

One perished in a Syrian prison, two died in exile, the other is still missing. The personal histories of these four Syrian women challenge us to not to forget.

After years of silence and denial, Assad regime issues death certificates to ‘disappeared’ prisoners

Since July 2018, the government has been updating its civil registry records wherein 'disappeared' prisoners are now listed as dead.

A young Syrian widow from Eastern Ghouta on her forced displacement

"Remember my story. My name is Safa. I was born thirty years ago. Today, I'm forcibly displaced from my home with my three children. I'm now alone, sad and tired."

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