Syria Analysts: The Crucial Developments Overshadowed by Recent Headlines

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Kim Bode. This article was posted on Souciant on May 2, 2017 and before that on Syria Deeply Experts in Syria Deeply’s community comment on the important developments…

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The Simplicity of Iranian Architecture’s Complex Geometry

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ariana Zilliacus, Arch Daily. This article was first published on Arch Daily on 17 February 2017 Iran’s geography consists largely of a central desert plateau, surrounded by mountain…

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Fate, Federal Court, Moon – a poem by Anne Carson

Sunday, March 26, 2017

London Review of Books. Faisal bin Ali Jaber, the subject of Anne Carson’s  poem, is an engineer from Yemen whose brother-in-law and nephew were mistakenly killed by a…

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Between Slow and Sudden Death in Turkey

Monday, March 20, 2017

This article was originally published by the Committee for Human Rights of the American Anthropological Association and  reprinted in Jadaliyya on March 17, 2017. On 25 February 2017,…

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Activestills: documenting Palestinians living under constant military threat

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Yonatan Mendel, London Review of Books. The Israeli government says there is no occupation; the documentary group Activestills shoots back with images of Palestinians living under constant military…

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American empire and its discontents

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Tariq Ali Speaking at Marxism 2016

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Ancient Syrian Sites: A Different Story of Destruction

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Hugh Eakin, New York Review of Books. Among the major turning points of the Syrian conflict, few have been laden with as much symbolism—or geopolitical posturing—as the recapture…

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Breakfast in the ruins

Friday, September 30, 2016

Ingrid D Rowland, New York Review of Books. In September 2015, the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles acquired the first photographs ever taken of Palmyra, the great…

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The prison: Book review

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Robin Yassin-Kassab, Qunfuz. From ‘Prisoner Cell Block H’ to ‘Orange is the New Black’, prison dramas fill the Anglo-Saxon screen. In the Arab world, you’re more likely to…

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Truth is always revolutionary

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Jurgen Balzan, Malta Today. Lebanese writer Elias Khoury is one of the leading lights of Arab literature and he says that the Israeli occupation is classical colonialism built…

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Abbas Kiarostami: a profoundly political filma

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Yassamine Mather. Weekly Worker. The film director, painter, poet and photographer, Abbas Kiarostami, who died on July 4 2016, was one of Iran’s most important contemporary artists. He…

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How the Syrian Revolt Became Armed

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Robin Yassib-Kassab/Leila al-Shami The Daily Beast The Bashar al-Assad regime has burned Syria with artillery, Scud missiles, barrel bombs and sarin gas. According to the United Nations Human…

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Committees, Councils and Cultural Production

Friday, June 24, 2016

Gunfuz Middle East for Change links to this podcast because of the light it throws on democratic achievements and self-government in Syria. In this presentation on Syria –…

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A letter in my purse: a poem

Friday, May 20, 2016

Shaimaa El-Sabbagh translated by Maged Zaher Arablit Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, poet and  Socialist Popular Alliance Partya ctivist who was shot dead at a rally in Tahrir Square I am not…

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Two Gravediggers – Poem

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Majid Nafici Iroon The day is sunny After much rain. I run on Venice beach And know that Another storm is coming. At the pier Water has clogged…

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