Assad Regime

Malath Alzoubi
Bassel would take me into Damascus’ side streets and alleys to “secret” restaurants and shops selling the best pies, sweets and shawarma. I would never have tasted them otherwise. He was arrested in 2013 and never heard from again. Until I saw him on YouTube…
Adel Haddad
The BBC is often accused of abandoning objectivity when it comes to the Syrian file, often satisfied with loyalists from Damascus commenting on an event, and only receiving Turkish guests if it wants to include an opposing position, as if the only opposition is Ankara while otherwise the regime is independent and sovereign.
Carmen Kareem
Syrians will not feel reassured because of the new law criminalizing torture. The memory is still full of fear and screams. The new law will simply mean more brutality …
Hazem Darweesh
On yet another commemoration of the forgotten Syrian revolution, only days after the commemoration of the killing of Lokman Slim, and only days before the commemoration of my brother’s death in Istanbul, I return to this language, Arabic, one last time.
Wael Al-Sawah
“Who among us dreams, as I do, of a modern, democratic and prosperous Syria? Who among us is able to turn that dream into reality?”
Tracy Jawad
The podcast Branch 251 has provided biweekly updates in English and Arabic on the first ever trial of two former Syrian officers in the German city of Koblenz, which on January 13 sentenced Anwar Raslan to life in jail. “The purpose of normalizing the Asaad regime is to erase the crimes that happened. The purpose of the trial is to keep them alive, to show they did happen, and are still happening.”
Carmen Kareem
Is seeing reality from more than one angle an act of betrayal? Have our dreams of revolution and freedom blinded us and made us turn each other into the “new assad”? Perhaps one day “gray” will be the only color, the one color that looks tenderly at both the defeated rebel and the soldier who was thrown into the front line at age 18.
Tracy Jawad
“I will remember him until he comes back. He’ll see then that I didn’t forget about him, and that the whole world knows who he is.”
OCCRP
This service is likely seen as providing a “safe haven” for those who do not want to join the military and cannot afford to pay the exemption fee, which recently shot up to approximately $8,000.
Ahmad Hajj Hamdo
Hundreds of Syrian refugees in Denmark are seeing their residency permits revoked and being threatened to be sent back to “safe” Damascus. According to human rights organizations, Danish policy clearly violates the 1951 Refugee Convention.
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