A 34-year-old queer Syrian speaks for the first time about his imprisonment under both the Assad regime and ISIS; experiences which nearly killed him, as they did several of his friends.
Thousands of children have been born in Syria in recent years to foreign jihadist fighters, and live now in legal limbo, deprived of civil rights and shunned by society, finds Mustafa Abu Shams in this award-nominated investigation.
A former inmate at ISIS’ Tabqa prison recounts the physical and psychological horrors visited upon the women, children, and even babies trapped therein.
Three former ISIS fighters now undergoing “anti-extremism” courses at a center north of Aleppo tell our reporter the Assad regime’s brutality and slick video propaganda were among the top reasons they joined the world’s most reviled jihadist organization.
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.
Khalifa Khodr sheds some light on the categorization of society from the standpoint of the Islamic State, whereby it strives to incite the “commoners” to challenge and undermine state authorities.
Fadel al-Homsi writes about the town of Tal Rifaat, in the rural north of Aleppo, discussing its history, revolutionary narratives, and current conditions under Syrian Democratic Forces.
Despite the failure of various initiatives to establish political assemblies representing the people of Deir ez-Zor, activists have continued to make others work.
Yassin al-Haj Saleh explores the emergence of the Islamic State and its three main layers of identity and formation, from Afghanistan, to Iraq and eventually, Syria.
In this article, Yassin Al-Haj Saleh tackles crucial questions which must be raised and answered to guarantee majoritarianism, justice, and accountability in any attempt for a conflict resolution in Syria.
The story of one Free Syrian Army fighter in the prison cells of the Islamic State (Daesh), and the mass escape he organised, in his own words.