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I Was Catfished By The Poser Behind 'A Gay Girl In Damascus'

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay Voices

Sandra Bagaria, a woman living in Montreal, thought she was getting involved with Amina Arraf, a lesbian Syrian-American blogger living...

United in Laughter: Syria's Untold Story

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Chaker Khazaal

The most influential works of art are those that connect people on a personal level. An artistic expression with powerful social or political symbolism can unite us by resonating with the thoughts, ideas, and emotions of our society.

Syrian Forces, Hezbollah Fight To Recapture Border Town From Rebels

AP | ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 07.04.2015 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian elite forces backed by Hezbollah fighters besieged a rebel-held mountain resort near the border with Lebanon on Saturd...

Sophia Jones

Rare Arabic-Language Bookstore Gives Istanbul's Syrian Refugees A Taste Of Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.12.2015 | World

Syrian book publishers Samer al Kadri and Gulnar Hajo, who are refugees from Damascus, opened their own Arabic-language bookstore in Istanbul on Friday.

Today's Newsrooms = Robo-Journalism, Games, Apps, Gender Equality

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.03.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The "see-Ma, no-hands" automated reporting movement has been used by AP, Bloomberg and Thomson-Reuters in crunching numbers -- business figures and sports scores -- as well as turning out formulaic stories.

Tears Tell Story of Syria's War Victims

William Lambers | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

What will end the hunger and suffering in Syria is a peace treaty. That miracle appears far off today. But, until we can find this elusive peace, we cannot forget the plight of the Syrian people.

Media Ethics: Whose Standards?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.28.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Broadcast media are under intense pressure, given tight deadlines, security threats, competition and shrinking budgets. The key challenges are: How do we define media ethics and who sets the standards when the journalism of terror is becoming the new normal?

A New Bible for Scholars of King Faisal I

Sami Moubayed | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
Sami Moubayed

The revolt turned civil war has held all Syrians by the throat since 2011. Entire cities have been pounded to dust. The social fabric of the ancient land has collapsed, and so has the economy, along with the people's moral.

Review: The Road to Damascus

Isa Freeling | Posted 04.06.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

The Road to Damascus takes place in the not-too-distant future, giving us a glimpse in to the harsh possibilities that we seem to come so close to these days.

The Death Sentence That Could Inflame Sectarian Tensions Across the Middle East

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Last October, Saudi Arabia's Special Criminal Court sentenced Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr -- a popular Shi'ite cleric and outspoken political dissident -- to death.

Attack In Syria's Capital Kills 4 Nuclear Scientists

AP | ALBERT AJI and DIAA HADID | Posted 01.10.2015 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that the U.N. envoy's proposal to implement a cease-fire in the embattled northern ...

11 Children Killed When Mortars Hit Damascus School

Reuters | Posted 01.05.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 5 (Reuters) - At least 11 children were killed in Damascus when mortars fell on a school in an eastern district of the Syrian capital, a...

Containment or Eradication: What Is the United State's True Plan in Syria?

Mathew Markman | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Mathew Markman

Despite broad international support for the U.S.-led coalition against IS, the fundamental characteristics of the Syrian conflict remain unchanged.

Video Allegedly Shows Aftermath Of New Gas Attack In Syria

AP | DIAA HADID and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 04.23.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and...

Joshua Hersh

Some Syrian Revolutionaries Have Had Enough Of War

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 04.17.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria -- Mosab Khalaf remembers the exact moment when he became a revolutionary, and the exact moment when he walked away. The first came...

Assad and the Palestinians

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

Palestinians have fought in Syria on behalf of both the regime and the rebels. The conflict has deepened ideological and political wedges between Palestinians and complicated their patchwork of international alliances.

Alleged Victim Qusai Zakarya: The Chemical Weapons Attack In Syria Was Like Judgment Day

The Huffington Post | Lauren Betesh | Posted 03.11.2014 | World

On August 21, 2013 at around 4:45am, Qusai Zakarya heard terrifying alarms coming from the Syrian capital Damascus. "It was the kind of noise you...

Joshua Hersh

It's Presidential Campaign Season In Syria. This Is What It Looks Like

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.10.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria -- It started around the recent peace talks in Geneva, people say. One by one, the metal security grates outside the shops that li...

Joshua Hersh

Syrian Government Promotes Local Ceasefires As The Way Out Of War

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.26.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria -- When peace came to Ish al-Warwar, a pro-government, working-class neighborhood in the steep hills along this city’s northeastern ...

Startup Weekend Damascus: Entrepreneurship in a War Zone

Startup Weekend | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Startup Weekend

By Ross Buchanan Imperialism, ideology, and war are not historically unique developments in a city that predates human record. After ten millennia...

Of Air and Freedom -- Going for a Run in Tehran

Maryam Zar | Posted 04.13.2014 | World
Maryam Zar

This morning as I was jogging I remembered what it was like to go for a jog in Iran. The stifling plastic garment called a "badgyr" (wind catcher) I had to wear over my body in order to look gender neutral, lest the gaze of a male graze my way.

Syria: Satellite Imagery Shows Entire Neighborhoods Gone

Human Rights Watch | Posted 04.01.2014 | World
Human Rights Watch

Satellite imagery, witness statements, and video and photographic evidence show that Syrian authorities deliberately and unlawfully demolished thousands of residential buildings in Damascus and Hama in 2012 and 2013.

Palestinians In Syria Dying Of Starvation And Illness

AP | Posted 01.29.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Starvation and illnesses exacerbated by hunger or the lack of medical aid in a Palestinian camp in Damascus besieged for months by for...

Joshua Hersh

UN Confirms First Delivery Of Aid To Starving Palestinians In Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

NEW YORK -- The United Nations has confirmed that a batch of desperately needed food aid has finally reached some of the thousands of Palestinians ref...

Assad's Fan Club Is Growing for All the Wrong Reasons

Daniel Nisman | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Daniel Nisman

Jihadist-jittery governments are increasingly buying Assad's argument that a rebel victory will turn Syria into a haven for extremism and foment regional instability. What they fail to realize is that Assad is duping them into choosing between one extremist future for Syria and another.