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Celebrations In Damascus After Turkish Army Says Takes Power

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 07.15.2016 | World

BEIRUT, July 16 (Reuters) - Hundreds of cheering people took to the streets of Damascus early on Saturday and celebratory gunfire erupted after Turkey...

UN: Aid Reaches Desperate Syrian Towns Under Blockade Near Damascus

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 06.29.2016 | World

Trucks carrying medical and food aid entered two blockaded towns near Damascus on Wednesday, meaning that humanitarian agencies have now reached all b...

How Erdogan Rewrote History of the Great Arab Revolt

Sami Moubayed | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Sami Moubayed

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the self-proclaimed "Great" Arab Revolt of 1916, launched against Ottoman rule from the Arabian Desert by Sharif Hussein, emir of Mecca. Thanks to a systematic decade-long campaign orchestrated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the event will pass almost unnoticed in most Arab cities and media outlets.

Hammams of Old Damascus: Back from the Dead

Sami Moubayed | Posted 06.13.2016 | World
Sami Moubayed

The fabled Turkish baths of Damascus, or hammams, have been the subject of literature and film for decades. Not too long ago, they were a prime touris...

ISIS Bombers Launch Deadly Attack Near Top Shia Shrine In Damascus

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.11.2016 | World

AMMAN, June 11 (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility for suicide and car bomb blasts that struck a Damascus suburb on Saturday near Syria's...

How to Be a Good Loser: A Guide to Being a Refugee

Dragana Kaurin | Posted 05.21.2016 | Impact
Dragana Kaurin

It's generally not war that refugees choose to remember, but the people who help you. My mother's colleague who snuck us out of Serbia, French volunteers who took refugee kids camping, and those who came to welcome us at the airport when we were resettled in Ohio; those are the people I think of daily. I hope Basel finds such people on his path too.

Red Cross Aid Reaches Besieged Damascus Suburb For First Time In Four Years

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 05.18.2016 | World

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Aid from the Red Cross and Syrian Red Crescent entered the besieged Damascus suburb of Harasta for the first time in four years on ...

Syrian Hoops Star Flees War, With Eyes on NBA

Tara Kangarlou | Posted 04.29.2016 | World
Tara Kangarlou

When the Syrian civil war broke in 2011, he was playing professional basketball in South America -- little did he know that only a year after his return back home to Syria in 2013, he'd be fleeing his war-torn country to North America.

New Damascus Housing Law Forces Displaced Syrians To Turn To Bribery

Syria Deeply | Alexandra Ma | Posted 04.26.2016 | World

Damascus is facing a housing crisis as displaced Syrians stream into the capital. New government-imposed security regulations targeting the new arriva...

Refugees in Turkey Must Be Allowed to Find Their Own Solutions

Skoll Foundation | Posted 04.13.2016 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

by Adam Lent, Director for Research and Innovation, Ashoka Europe Syrian refugees in northern Iraq. Photo: European Commission. Fadwa, Mahmoud, and...

Five Reasons to Still Live and Love the Middle East

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.04.2016 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

A still from "Live, Love, Refugee" a photography exhibit by Omar Imam I'll admit I'm treading a narrow path between love and hate for the Middle East...

Death Toll From East Damascus Air Strikes Rises To More Than 30

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.01.2016 | World

BEIRUT, April 1 (Reuters) - The death toll from air strikes in the Deir al-Asafir district southeast of Damascus has risen to more than 30, mostly wom...

After She Swam For Her Life To Greece, Syrian Refugee Now Olympic Hopeful

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 03.28.2016 | Good News

This Syrian refugee was swimming for her life a few months ago. But now she's using her skills in hopes of making a splash on the Olympic scene. Yusr...

Escaping Syria: The Dangerous Journey From Damascus To Turkey

Syria Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 03.24.2016 | World

The dangerous sea and land crossings that Syrian refugees are making to Europe have been well-documented, but less well known are the equally perilous...

Review: Cleopatra's Wedding Present, Travels Through Syria

Austin Blake Mullins | Posted 03.17.2016 | Arts
Austin Blake Mullins

Around twenty years ago, a young English journalist by the name of Robert Tewdwr Moss packed his bags and headed to Syria. Much like his colonial forbearers of the previous century, Moss was drawn explicably to the romantic, even Orientalist ideals of this most Arab of nations.

American Expat Thinks U.S. Gun Violence Is So Bad He Feels Safer In Syria

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 03.17.2016 | World

The last American known to be living in Damascus says he feels safer in Syria's capital than in the U.S. because of American gun violence. Thomas Web...

How One Woman Refuses To Give Up On The Syrian Uprising

Syria Deeply | Alexandra Ma | Posted 02.26.2016 | World

Despite five years of war, several stints in government detention centers and a near-constant fear of being "disappeared," one woman in Damascus has n...

When Will Our Nuclear Luck Run Out?

Geoff Wilson | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
Geoff Wilson

"Whoops" is not a word that you want to hear around the most destructive weapons on earth. Unfortunately it happens more often than you would like to think.

According To Assad, A Ceasefire Doesn't Mean Parties Stop Using Weapons

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 02.15.2016 | World

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday any ceasefire did not mean each side had to stop using weapons, and nobody was capa...

'Cessation Of Hostilities' In Syria Lets Russia Keep Bombing

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.12.2016 | World

MUNICH, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Major powers agreed on Friday to a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria to begin in a week, doing nothing in the meantime to...

Syria Before The War

Lama Younes | Posted 02.16.2016 | Travel
Lama Younes

Lately I've been feeling a little homesick and with all the insane news and horrific images that keep pouring out of the syrian war, with shelling...

At Least 45 Killed In Triple Bombing Near Damascus Shrine

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 01.31.2016 | World

AMMAN/BEIRUT, Jan 31 (Reuters) - At least 45 people were killed and 110 wounded on Sunday by a car bomb and two suicide bombers in the Sayeda Zeinab d...

Israel's Diplomatic Overture to the UAE

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Israel's extended olive branch to the UAE occurs within a complicated geopolitical context, in which some traditional alliances are strained, several states are exploring new partnerships and various actors are seizing upon newly generated opportunities in the region.

Air Strike Reportedly Kills 57 In Rebel-Held Town As U.S. Envoy Visits Damascus

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.09.2016 | World

BEIRUT, Jan 9 (Reuters) - An air strike reportedly killed dozens of people in a rebel-held town in Syria on Saturday as a U.N. envoy visited Damascus ...

A Syrian Christmas

Zaher Sahloul | Posted 12.28.2015 | Religion
Zaher Sahloul

In Homs there are Orthodox, Armenian, Maronite, Catholic and Anglican Christians who lived happily together with their Muslim neighbors long before the birth of my adopted homeland. All preserved their rituals, culture and languages throughout the ages.