The Least Liveable Cities in the World

January 13, 2017

What were the worst places to live in 2016? If you live in a big and hectic city like London or Tokyo, you have most likely found yourself cursing its crowds, distances and public transport, and the weather. With expanding populations, basic services become strained, causing chaos on the streets...

From Sidi Bouzid to Damascus: The Tragedy of the “Spring”

January 09, 2014

Why have the fruits of the "Arab Spring" not been met? Over one year ago, Casper Wuite and I became published authors when our book, The Arab Uprisings: An Introduction, was released. An incredible feat for the two of us aside, the revolts that swept the Middle East and North Africa from...

The Snipers of Damascus: Chinese Perspectives on Reporting the Syrian War

December 12, 2013

The Syrian conflict through the eyes of a Chinese war correspondent. Syria has been making headline news for over two years as the battle rages on between President Bashar al-Assad’s army and the increasingly fragmented bands of rebel fighters. Meanwhile, Libya, Egypt and other restive...

Who Will Be Syria’s Knight Sans Armor? (Part 2/2)

May 24, 2013

“Without our voices, we have no choices. And without choices, we could be stuck forever in violence.”A reflection on discussions with Syrians in and outside of Syria. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. “Children are a source for learning; their spontaneous...

Alwiya Ahfaad ar-Rasool: A Growing Force in the Syrian Armed Opposition

May 19, 2013

Alwiya Ahfaad ar-Rasool is a growing force against the al-Assad government in Syria. It is poised to become one of the most heavily observed and commonly cited fighting forces of the Syrian Civil War. Alwiya Ahfaad ar-Rasool (Brigades of the Descendants of the Prophet) is an increasingly powerful...

Who Will Be Syria’s Knight Sans Armor? (Part 1/2)

May 18, 2013

“Without our voices, we have no choices. And without choices, we could be stuck forever in violence.” A reflection on discussions with Syrians in and outside of Syria. This is the first of a two part series. The civil conflict in Syria has raged for over two years. The large...

VIDEO: Road to Damascus – Journey with a Syrian Poet

March 10, 2013

Reel Festivals present Road to Damascus – a short film by Roxana Vilk. Road to Damascus a short film by Roxana Vilk from Roxana Vilk on Vimeo. *[Note: This film was originally featured by Reel Festivals. The upcoming Reel Iraq 2013 event, which marks 10 years since the US and UK led...

As Syria Free-Falls… A Return to the Basics: Part 2

November 04, 2012

As the Syrian conflict continues, Bassam Haddad reviews the complexity of the crisis as he addresses the structural causes of the initial uprising and the issue of sectarianism. Read part 1 here. Amid the mounting and tragic violence, loss of life, and loss of Syria, it seems difficult to...

Chaos in Syria

February 05, 2012

A summary of the events that have marked the ongoing Syrian uprising. In January 2011, the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi sparked a popular wave of discontent that has been sweeping the Middle East and catalyzing a relatively rapid deposition of longtime political leadership. Syria, with...

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