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Life in Limbo

Life in Limbo

For the past three years, millions of Syrians have been living in hellish conditions, either inside the country’s warzones or as refugees. But there are upwards of 15 million more inside Syria who live away from the frontlines and for whom life today is a never-ending...
A Forgotten Revolution

A Forgotten Revolution

It was almost exactly three years ago. The cats of Damascus were as soaked by rain as the streets they tip-toed through. On February 4, 2011, the Shuam, the Damascenes, from the neighborhoods of Abu Roumanneh, Mezzeh, Baramkeh and the Old City went about their usual...
A Turkish Helping Hand

A Turkish Helping Hand

There’s been much focus on religious-motivated violence by Al Qaeda-linked groups, Jabhat al-Nusra and others in Syria, and rightly so. However, other elements deserve consideration to offer a fuller understanding of the Syrian conflict. Over the past four decades,...
Courting Trouble

Courting Trouble

Since the government forces were forced from much of north and eastern Syria, Islamic courts have emerged to take up the administrative baton of governing and regulating those towns and communities. But a look at how the Ba’athist state governed the country for...