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,...
A decade on, how can we work to free Syria’s detainees?

16 April 2021
In decades past, mothers in Aleppo had a spell to unleash the voices of children suffering from alalia—speech delay. Can we apply their ritual today?
On Khalil Maatouk

29 March 2021
Khalil volunteered to defend every prisoner, regardless of their political background, be it Islamist, democratic or leftist, or their national identity, be it Arab, Kurdish, Syriac, Circassian, etc. He defended...
Aleppo’s destruction from above

10 March 2021
There are different angles to look at every landscape. Our view from the ground is completely different from our view from the sky.
From Aleppo to Beirut, cities burning

26 February 2021
At the onset of the revolution, Syrians gave roses to their killers, in the hope of convincing them that we wanted to build a nation and a country. The Lebanese...
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