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How Syria’s First Oscar Contender Eluded the Government

How Syria’s First Oscar Contender Eluded the Government

In “Little Gandhi,” a new documentary about the uprising in Syria that began in 2011, two activists are trying to give an interview in Daraya, a suburb of Damascus. With the camera rolling, they pause. There is too much gunfire in the background. “The sniper is about 200 meters away from...

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Basel Alrashdan, Syrian boy shared war experience at United Nations

Basel Alrashdan, Syrian boy shared war experience at United Nations

(Zaman Al Wasl)-  Twelve-year-old Basel Alrashdan, who arrived on P.E.I. in December 2015, was part of a crowd of children who rushed to the front of a conference room at the UN and announced the takeover. Alrashdan took part in a rap about children's wishes for the world, based on...

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Women join opposition police forces in Aleppo’s liberated areas

Women join opposition police forces in Aleppo’s liberated areas

Women wishing to join the opposition police in the areas liberated during Operation Euphrates Shield will be offered a second training course early December in the  city of al-Bab , Mahmoud Ahmed, a police officer at al-Bab police station, told Al-Monitor. The...

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Syria's besieged areas await winter with trepidation

Syria's besieged areas await winter with trepidation

In al-Houla, in Syria's northern Homs province, many residents are waiting for the cold winter months with trepidation. Living in one of the government- besieged areas  in the country, Syrians say that there is a lack of diesel and most of the trees have been used for firewood....

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Opposition media activists face uncertain future

Opposition media activists face uncertain future

Media activists opposed to the Syrian government have documented much of the worst of the war in Syria. However, as President Bashar al-Assad regains control of opposition-held territory, these civilian journalists fear they will have no place in Syria’s future. “It’s not like I...

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Salvaging bodies: A doctor's everyday reality in Syria

Salvaging bodies: A doctor's everyday reality in Syria

Trauma surgeon Shazeer Majeed has worked for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Yemen, South Sudan and Iraq. He is now working in northern Syria, a region gripped by instability, and shares his day-to-day reality of trying to keep victims of war alive. "We usually think of the...

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Syria girl struggles with illness in besieged E. Ghouta

Syria girl struggles with illness in besieged E. Ghouta

An ongoing regime siege on the Eastern Ghouta region of Syrian capital Damascus has pushed the local population to the verge of famine, including eight-year-old Rahaf Havva, who weighs only 10 kilograms. A main opposition stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus, Eastern Ghouta has...

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This parrot can recite Quran and people are amazed

This parrot can recite Quran and people are amazed

Jordanian Hussein al- Sawalme is a technician in a dental laboratory. He loves birds and has kept a number of them over the years. One of them is a parrot whom he trained six years ago to recite verses from the Quran. The parrot has been called the "miracle parrot" and turned...

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‘Rain of Homs’: propaganda movie polishes Assad regime

‘Rain of Homs’: propaganda movie polishes Assad regime

  (Zaman al-Wasl)- Syiran film maker Jude Saeed did not have to exert a great effort to add a realistic touch to the set locations for the film Rain of Homs as all the buildings and homes abandoned by the city’s people are destroyed and rubble fills the streets and alleys that until...

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Kurds defeated, displaced and divided after Iraq reclaims oil-rich Kirkuk

Kurds defeated, displaced and divided after Iraq reclaims oil-rich Kirkuk

When the guns fell silent on the Kirkuk-Erbil road, just after noon on Friday, a fresh border had been scythed through the oil-rich soil – and a new line of influence carved across northern Iraq. Their gun barrels still hot, vanquished peshmerga forces began another withdrawal a few...

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Kurdish fight for women's rights faces challenges in Syria

Kurdish fight for women's rights faces challenges in Syria

( Middle Eats Eye )- The battle to take Raqqa, the Syrian capital of the Islamic state (IS) group, is almost over. But one of the main challenges that the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) face after IS is not only the huge destruction but also how to expand their model of women's...

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Barzeh Neighborhood still neglected despite reconciliation deal

Barzeh Neighborhood still neglected despite reconciliation deal

(Eqtsad)- Despite the reconciliation and the 5-month-old ceasefire, Barzeh, the northern neighborhood of Damascus still suffering lack of governmental services and aid. Residents say no ovens or gas stations are operating in the neighborhood. The regime municipality has so far...

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Syrian-American musicians speak out as homeland suffers

Syrian-American musicians speak out as homeland suffers

When Samer Saem Eldahr finished university, he was ready to spread his wings and start his career. He planned a month away from home to discover and pursue his craft. It’s a similar story to that of many college graduates, with a notable exception. There would be no realistic option to return...

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Idlib’s Forensic Evidence Center: Public Service by Individual Efforts

Idlib’s Forensic Evidence Center: Public Service by Individual Efforts

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The only center for forensic evidence in opposition-held areas was founded a year ago by personal efforts and with limited possibilities  in northern Idlib province  to provide the courts and police stations with basic services in the field of detection and...

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Kobani struggles to cope alone after key victory over Islamic State

Kobani struggles to cope alone after key victory over Islamic State

KOBANI, Syria (Reuters) - Almost three years after Kurdish fighters defeated Islamic State in the Syrian town of Kobani, residents still mourn the dead and feel abandoned by their foreign allies as they struggle to rebuild. Islamic State’s defeat in predominately Kurdish Kobani in...

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How a Seed Bank, Almost Lost in Syria’s War, Could Help Feed a Warming Planet

How a Seed Bank, Almost Lost in Syria’s War, Could Help Feed a Warming Planet

(New York Times)— Ali Shehadeh, a seed hunter, opened the folders with the greatest of care. Inside each was a carefully dried and pressed seed pod: a sweet clover from Egypt, a wild wheat found only in northern Syria, an ancient variety of bread wheat. He had thousands of these folders...

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In schools and hospitals, Turkey carves north Syria role

In schools and hospitals, Turkey carves north Syria role

(Reuters) - Children returning to school in the northern Syrian city of al-Bab were handed a new textbook this term: “Türkçe Öğreniyorum” - “I am learning Turkish”. Turkish lessons, Turkish signposts, Turkish-trained police and mostrecently a Turkish post office all...

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The Syrian Women Saving Lives

The Syrian Women Saving Lives

(Syria Stories)- It was no easy matter for Abeer, 31, to pursue her ambition to wear the uniform of a Syrian civil defence worker. Not only did she have to learn to handle the stress of dealing with medical trauma, but she also had to defy conservative traditions that deemed it...

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