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Syrian kids reveal their musical talent

Syrian kids reveal their musical talent

Hassan Youssef was 10 years old when a local Syrian composer discovered his talent: a deep powerful voice that was particularly resonant for traditional songs. It wasn’t long, however, before Syria’s grinding civil war nearly shattered Youssef’s hope of polishing his natural gift. He and...

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The Iraqi militia helping Iran carve a road to Damascus

The Iraqi militia helping Iran carve a road to Damascus

 In late May, an Iraqi cleric called Akram Kaabi visited militia fighters in a desolate Iraqi town near the Syrian border. Kaabi, who heads a Shi’ite Muslim militia named Harakat Hezbollah al Nujaba, was decked out in a camouflage uniform and led the fighters in prayer on mats laid on...

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You need a fortune to get married in opposition-held areas

You need a fortune to get married in opposition-held areas

(Eqtsad)- Ismael, the young man who lives in the opposition-held areas in Aleppo northern countryside has been racing with time to get married during this summer which is traditionally the best season to enter the “golden cage” as the well-known proverb says. The main target of...

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Some Syrian schools erase Assad but tensions rise over Kurdish

Some Syrian schools erase Assad but tensions rise over Kurdish

 The few bullet-marked schools Islamic State did not flatten or booby trap around its former Syrian stronghold of Raqqa are buzzing for the first time in years with the sound of children learning. In the village of Hazima, north of Raqqa, teachers gave ad-hoc alphabet lessons to...

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Indonesian school a launchpad for child fighters in Syria's Islamic State

Indonesian school a launchpad for child fighters in Syria's Islamic State

Hatf Saiful Rasul was 11 years old when he told his father, a convicted Islamic militant, that he wanted to leave school and go to Syria to fight for Islamic State. The boy was visiting his father in a maximum security prison during a break from Ibnu Mas‘ud, his Islamic boarding...

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Zakaria Tamer:

Zakaria Tamer: "On the side of the Syrian people"

(Al Jazeera)- With its rows of identical cottages, country houses and immaculately trimmed lawns, the Oxford countryside is quintessentially English. Syrian writer Zakaria Tamer and his wife Nadia may have spent more than two decades here, but upon entering their house one is catapulted into...

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Inside Assad's prisons: Horrors facing female inmates in Syrian jails revealed

Inside Assad's prisons: Horrors facing female inmates in Syrian jails revealed

( The Independent )- Zahira (not her real name) was 45 when she was arrested at her workplace in a suburb of Damascus in 2013. As soon as she arrived at Al Mezzeh Military Airport, she was strip searched, tied to a bed and gang raped by five soldiers.  For the next 14 days, she was...

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The Last Exit, documentary on Al Waer blockade and displacement

The Last Exit, documentary on Al Waer blockade and displacement

By Faris Rifai (Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian journalist Jaber Bakr is working on a documentary film entitled "The Last Exit from al-Waer", which monitors the bitterness of the siege and displacement, and the last scenes of the departure of the residents of al-Waer neighborhood west of the...

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Disabled centers play noble role in Idlib  province

Disabled centers play noble role in Idlib province

(Zaman Al Wasl)- In a small garden inside Dar al-Arqam for the disabled in the city of Harem in the countryside Idlib, Tasnim, 5, is playing with her peers in the house to forget the sounds of explosions and shelling. Tasnim lost her hearing, was struck by a state of panic and her walk...

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Assad abandons war wounded, loyalists complain

Assad abandons war wounded, loyalists complain

(Zaman Al Wasl) Tens of thousands of loyal fighters from the coastal region of Syria have become crippled and dependent on their families and society, after fighting to defend the al-Assad regime. Now that they are of no service to the regime, the regime offers them no support and they have no...

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Latakia: security chaos opens crimes door

Latakia: security chaos opens crimes door

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The security chaos, intensified impoverishment and the loss of the prestige of the state have contributed to the occurrence crimes and incidents in Latakia city.  Mohamed Saheli, media activist, documented information about several of the crimes by communicating...

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Ghouta chemical attack: Four years later, the world looks on as Syria’s people continue to be gassed

Ghouta chemical attack: Four years later, the world looks on as Syria’s people continue to be gassed

(The Independent)- It was like hell. In the hospital it was very quiet despite all the people. Everyone was crying, crying from the gas, crying from looking at the bodies. It was so full, people were laid out on the floor. I almost stepped on the body of my friend. I didn’t even realise...

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How do Assad officials smuggle their money?

How do Assad officials smuggle their money?

(Eqtsad)- There are many currency exchange companies in neighboring countries and western countries which transfer money to Syria. The transfer is carried out through individuals and irregular companies that smuggle money from Syria abroad, and are placed in fake accounts or handed over to...

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Rocking fees for smuggling from Syria to Lebanon

Rocking fees for smuggling from Syria to Lebanon

(Eqtsad)- From the time he learned he was going to be taken to the reserve army service in regime army, Imad, who is over thirty in stays inside a rented house in Jidaydat Artuz. Imad is not leaving his house at all for fear of detention and being taken to reserve army service. He also...

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I am a civilian in Raqqa. Surviving the siege is becoming harder every day

I am a civilian in Raqqa. Surviving the siege is becoming harder every day

( The Guardian )- Islamic State closed the doors of Raqqa, its de facto capital in Syria, to civilians and blocked their escape from the city more than a year ago. Then some of their fighters began taking money from civilians in return for allowing them to leave – up to $800 per person. Many...

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Arms Trade In Idlib, The Black Hole

Arms Trade In Idlib, The Black Hole

By Faris Rifai (Zaman Al Wasl)- Since the liberation of the city of Idlib the regime, arms stores started to spread selling all types of weapons and military equipment. Stores sell ordinary barrages, machine guns, bombs and even to individual weapons allocated for assassinations with...

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Traditional money saving methods bankrupt some and enrich others

Traditional money saving methods bankrupt some and enrich others

(Eqtsad)- Few Syrians may have started depositing their money in banks prior to and after the revolution, but in liberated areas, there are no commercial banks or banks at all, so how are people saving their money? A few years before the revolution, Muayyad opened a carpet shop in...

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Syrian feminists: ‘This is the chance the war gave us – to empower women’

Syrian feminists: ‘This is the chance the war gave us – to empower women’

( The Guardian )- In the early, heady days of the Syrian revolution, opponents of Bashar al-Assad’s regime and advocates for human rights saw an opportunity. “Women were extremely active and present,” says writer and journalist Samar Yazbek. But as the war escalated, some of this hope was...

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