Returning to Abu Alaa al-Maari in our year of plague

13 May 2021
Anyone who tries to create some form of art, I suppose, is plagued every now and then with cynicism and pessimism. Especially during periods of collapse. “Why do anything?” we...
Iftar in Damascus: Stale bread and dwindling aid

07 May 2021
“You shall know them by their bags”—the words of this saying seem to ring true for Syrians, amid today’s economic crisis. Their shopping bags contain a little bit of everything,...
Universalism and the distant future

06 May 2021
I don’t think that the future will necessarily be dystopian or bad. Any country or society can change drastically in just 50 or 100 years. We are talking about 300...
Land, revolutions and lessons from Syria

04 May 2021
“At the revolution's core was the question of self-determination. To what extent can individuals and communities choose how to live on their land, to exercise their power?”
Future disappointments

30 April 2021
For a long time, my country, Syria, has been subjected to an exceptional state of affairs: emergency laws and state agencies that regulated obedience. I think that if this “exceptional...
Pillars of science fiction

29 April 2021
Novels, dramas and films tend towards disasters and new systems that in the end turn out to be bad or catastrophic—and this is true on a realistic level, not only...
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