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Stories about Syria

1 May 2019

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

AdvoxThe Bridge

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

21 February 2019

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"

18 February 2019

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

Advox

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

14 January 2019

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."

6 December 2018

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.

30 November 2018

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."

26 November 2018

Crossing the Syrian-Turkish border: risks by the hour

The Bridge

"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."

6 November 2018

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

The Bridge

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.

24 October 2018

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

Advox

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

18 September 2018

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"

14 September 2018

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."

28 August 2018

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.

9 August 2018

Four women icons of the Syrian revolution

The Bridge

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.

5 August 2018

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.

30 July 2018

A young Syrian widow from Eastern Ghouta on her forced displacement

The Bridge

"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."

25 July 2018

Why Syrian refugees in Lebanon fear going back to an Assad-controlled Syria

Syrian refugees in Lebanon fear reprisals by the Assad regime in the form of homelessness, forced conscription, torture, or worse.

20 July 2018

Jordanians lend a hand to displaced Syrians despite the government's insistence on closed borders

Over 250 doctors and nurses are camping out at the border to help anyone who seeks medical attention among the estimated 40,000 displaced Syrians at the border with Jordan.

11 July 2018

What's happened to digital rights over the past seven years? 300 editions of the Netizen Report will tell you

Advox

This week, we're looking back at seven years of covering global digital rights news in celebration of our 300th edition!

27 June 2018

Did Syrians really have a choice? Final days in Ghouta: Caught between an immediate death and a delayed one

"Should we leave the land of our childhood? How can I take my wife and kids from a dark reality to an unknown one? Many questions and no definitive answers."

12 June 2018

‘You cannot be a liberator and a thief at the same time': Video shows Russian forces disciplining Syrian soldiers for looting

"Russia appears to be casting itself as a protector of the same people whom its forces have either killed, maimed or made homeless"