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Ribal Al-Assad
Ribal Al-Assad is the Founder and Director of the Organisation for Democracy and Freedom in Syria. He is an international campaigner for democracy, freedom and human rights. Ribal, 37, was born in Syria and has lived in the West since being exiled from his country as a child. He brings new ideas and perspectives to campaigning for democracy and freedom in Syria and the Middle East and is a regular speaker on political and human rights platforms. Ribal regularly interacts with politicians, civil servants, academics, journalists, think tanks, pro-democracy, and human rights groups all around the world.

Ribal is also Chairman of the Iman Foundation, which promotes dialogue to strengthen international understanding and co-existence through the exchange of ideas, people, culture and religion. He is extensively involved in promoting interfaith dialogue and relations between Muslims, Jews and Christians around the globe. Over the last few years Ribal has successfully been involved in helping to tackle inter-religious and intra-religious conflict and violence in Lebanon. One of his notable achievements was to help facilitate a rapprochement between the Alawite and the Sunni Muslims in North Lebanon.

Ribal holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from the InterAmerican University in New York and an MA in International Relations from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. He is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Spanish. Ribal is a keen sportsman with a special interest in Tai boxing, Shaolin kung-fu, swimming and tennis. Currently living in London, he is married and has a baby son.

Entries by Ribal Al-Assad

The Islamic State and Saddam's Phantom Army

(7) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 1:00 PM

A decade ago, the occupying force in Iraq dissolved that country's army, sending hundreds of thousands of fighting men home. Earlier this year, thousands of them tore through northern Iraq under the flag of the Islamic State (IS). It's time to join the dots. President Obama's air strikes on IS...

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The Syrian 'Election' -- a Farce Hiding a Deeper Tragedy

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 11:32 PM

In the aftermath of the European elections, concerns are being voiced over low turnout and popular disaffection with the EU. In the United States, the clock ticks toward the November mid-terms. Controversy rages over the Keystone Pipeline and Patient Protection. The vote could result in an impotent White House for...

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Understanding and Treating the Cancer of Islamic Extremism

(4) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 8:45 AM

"I am a soldier of Allah and this is a war," explained Michael Adebolajo in his own defense at the trial for the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby. The judge disqualified this as a legal argument, but outside the Court of Law, it is a stark reminder of the...

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Islamism: Syria's Growing Cancer

(22) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 11:40 AM

The kidnapping of the Libyan Prime Minister, the dreadful massacres in Nigeria and Kenya and August's genocide in Lattakia (categorized by Human Right's Watch as a crime against humanity) are all linked by the growing cancer of militant Islamism.

Islamism has long been associated with the poor and oppressed. But...

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