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Stories about Syria

31 August 2015

One Syrian Refugee's Long and Dangerous Journey to Europe

Before the war began, Thair Orfahli studied law in Lebanon and regularly visited his family in Syria. But as the violence intensified, he decided he had to leave.

22 August 2015

Bashar Al Assad Got It Right: Syria Belongs to Those Who Defend It

In his latest speech, Bashar Al Assad said Syria is for those who defend it. Asaad Hanna explains what that means.

14 August 2015

Turkey Hit by Wave of Attacks as It Continues Middle East Military Strikes

As Turkey gets more and more deeply involved in the raging conflict on its border, security threats at home are on the rise.

31 May 2015

Syrian Antiques on Sale on Facebook

Ancient Syrian antiques, looted from ISIS controlled areas, are being peddled on Facebookand sold on the black market for millions.

28 May 2015

The Boomerang Effect: Why Would Tajikistan's Special Forces Chief Join ISIS?

"This is the most well-made film of a Tajik IS fighter. Unsurprisingly, they have quickly used [him] for recruitment purposes."

11 May 2015

Thank the Ottoman Empire for That Taco You're Eating

Taco al pastor, the classic Mexican street food that’s popular in the US, has roots in a surprising place: the Middle East.

27 April 2015

Understanding Copyright in the Arab World

Arab countries should not extend the length of their copyright term without thinking of the consequences that this will have on the ability of society to access knowledge and culture.

26 April 2015

Eritrean Man Recalls Near-Death Journey Across Mediterranean, Says He Wouldn't Do It Again

"We are not trying to make our lives better, just sleep in a better bed...it’s a basic question about basic human rights," says Daniel Habtey.

21 April 2015

Syrian Blogger Stabbed in His Istanbul Home After Receiving Threats Online

Threatened online by different Syrian factions, Global Voices author Asaad Hanna was last night stabbed four times in his home in Istanbul, Turkey. He is now recovering.

7 April 2015

The Situation in Yarmouk Refugee Camp has Reached Catastrophic Levels

With government forces shelling the camp and both ISIS and Nusra invading it, the humanitarian situation in Yarmouk refugee has reached catastrophic levels.

2 April 2015

Six Syrian Cartoonists Who Dare to Mock Assad You Need to Know

True art doesn't need a caption nor an explanation. Check out those six selected cartoons by brave Syrian cartoonists who dare mock Assad.

1 April 2015

Beyond War and Death, See the World Through Syrian Eyes

A Syrian Photography collective wants to show you the beautiful faces of Syria.

12 March 2015

How One Lebanese NGO is Helping Syrian Refugees

The 'Lebanese for Refugees' NGO is attempting to alleviate the suffering of Syrians living in Lebanon's refugee camps. Joey Ayoub takes a closer look to find out how

2 March 2015

Egyptians Gleefully Remix ISIS “National Anthem”

Egyptians are poking fun of the ISIS "national anthem" by uploading videos to YouTube featuring dancers swaying to the song's words

23 February 2015

A Love Letter to Jailed Syrian-Palestinian Bassel Khartabil

The Bridge

As the ongoing strife in Syria fades from international headlines, Leila Nachawati writes an appeal inspired by a love letter to jailed blogger Bassel Safadi written on Valentine's Day.

21 February 2015

Lebanon's Storms Add Insult to Injury for Syrian Refugees

Lebanon's latest storm highlights plight of Syrian refugees living in poor conditions.

18 February 2015

Cyber Sex Did Not End Well For These Syrians Fighting Assad's Regime

Cyber sex is changing the war grounds in Syria as a Fireeye report reveals. Hackers have stolen 7.7 GB of opposition data via malware installed during chats on Skype.

11 February 2015

#Douma_Exterminated as the World Turns Its Back on Horrific Attacks on Ghouta in Syria

Over five days, Assad forces killed about 143 civilians in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta province in Douma as the world watched in silence.

Latest ISIS Propaganda Video Features Some Curious Reporting by British Hostage John Cantlie

Cantlie takes viewers outdoors, where he points to drones hovering above, saying the "mujahideen really don't care how many eyes in the sky are looking down on them."

10 February 2015

Palestine Remembers ISIS Captive Kayla Mueller Killed in Raqqa

Mueller was in Palestine from August to September 2010, where she “worked with Palestinians nonviolently resisting the confiscation and demolitions of their homes and lands.”

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