A military defector recounts his remarkable journey from the Assad regime’s army to a rebel brigade in Homs—via Palmyra prison—to exile in Idlib and, finally, menial labor in Turkey, where he still searches for the dignified life he hoped the revolution would bring him.
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The divide between Syrians inside the country and those outside has never been sharper. For the country’s sake, the two groups must make their relationship mutually advantageous, rather than antagonistic.
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.
Abdulhamid Yousef writes about Syrian consciences which once connected and ignited a revolution in the country, and about one of the current crises that threaten their connectedness.
Syrians have been drowning in a sea of authoritarian symbols brought forth by the Assad state. After this symbolic regime began to be undermined, they found themselves in the midst of new set of authoritarian symbols.
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.
A discussion of the objective and subjective conditions that led many revolutionary young people to avert/ political action and constantly express their hostility toward politics.
The surge of right-wing parties, its root causes and recent transformations, as well as its potential impact on refugees in Europe, discussed by Lama Rajeh in her third piece in Al-Jumhuriya.
Syrian Kurds seem to be the major beneficiaries of the state of affairs in Syria, but further moves towards their nationalistic ambition of establishing an independent state are becoming increasingly harder.
Drawing on her family’s experience in Qalamun, Rif Damascus, Sham al-Ali tells the story of Islamic Awakening and social transformations under Assad regime and after the revolution.