From colonial France’s bombing of Syria in the 1920s to Assad’s massacres today, international law has always been stacked against non-state actors, protecting even the bloodiest regimes and denying their victims justice.
Having expelled whole communities en masse from numerous Syrian cities and towns, a new law now allows the Assad regime to confiscate their properties, rendering their displacement permanent and radically transforming the country’s demography.
The tired critique of #MeToo in France last week serves only to underscore why the new movement is so necessary, argues Prof. Lama Abu-Odeh.
To treat the Syrian conflict as essentially sectarian is to mistake a symptom for a root cause—and to risk entrenching societal divisions further, argues Dr. Rima Majed.
That the Syrian regime has killed hundreds of thousands is merely a footnote for some now it’s joined the Paris Agreement.
A leading French Arabist and author talks Syria’s revolution(s), reconstruction, and the illusion of “stability” under dictatorships.
One of Europe’s foremost Syria experts talks German elections, refugees, Syria’s reconstruction, and ISIS in second Al-Jumhuriya English podcast.
Contra the “disenchantment” thesis popularized by Max Weber, we live today in a progressively “re-enchanted” world, argues Yassin al-Haj Saleh.
The former US ambassador to Syria talks Raqqa, Russia, reconstruction, and more in this half-hour Al-Jumhuriya podcast.
Khalifa al-Khuder reports on the aspirations, sufferings, and occasional joys of the largely voiceless Syrian worker community in Lebanon.
They were the world’s top story less than a year ago. Today Aleppo’s displaced are already forgotten.
While social media was invaluable in the early days of Syria’s revolution, hopes that it alone could topple the regime proved ill-founded.