Alaa Alhassoun: an Artist in Exile

 To many like Alaa who have witnessed the brutality of the Assad regime first hand, what is happening in Syria is not just a war, but a revolution. He chuckles, visibly proud of the fact that the uninitiated eyes of Turkish art dealers can not locate the 'war' in his pictures. "How could it not be there, yani?" he muses. "It is a part of me."

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Efe Levent
Looking Back: My Experience in the West Bank

Regarding those meetings with other organizations, quite often I would head to a meeting and find a foreigner, usually from a Western nation who had just arrived in the West Bank, but would be the “knowledgeable” resource person I was supposed to look  for to gain insight into the current situation. I sat with one expert lauded by a previous team for her knowledge on local communities only to be told by those in said local communities that she barely interacted with them and kept a ‘healthy’ distance when it came to village visits. Yet these “gatekeepers” are deemed better resource persons than the people they supposedly represent.

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Temer is Fora: Corruption and Memes More Effective in Bringing Down Regimes than Slogans and Protest?

The grim reality is that it wasn’t #ForaTemer or popular action which took down a corrupt president, but the greed of a businessman. Some question why the media empire Globo, which had supported Temer’s presidency and ignored all opposition, took a major political U-turn on May 17th, with the National News’ main newscaster and editor William Bonner (pronounced ‘Bó-ner’) already calling him the ‘ex’-president. Some just call it a political bet, but some say that it’s a great scheme to keep the Temer’s right-wing policies in place with a new face.

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Maïra Al-Manzali
Notes from an Anarchist About the Iranian Election

Just like in the recent French elections, it is irresponsible to abstain from voting when faced with a choice between a predictably non-ideological technocratic candidate and a vociferously belligerent conservatism. Those at the receiving end of state violence do not have the luxury to hold their breath until bohemian intellectuals establish their global mutualist anarcho-syndicalist ecotopia.

 

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Ashegh Ashayeri
Opening the Neighborhood Gate: Homswood Rattles Power Behind Syria’s Television Industry

The Bashar era did not only usher in a new understanding of the value of using television dramas and comedies to their own benefit – it created a new understanding within media producers themselves. In interviews and elsewhere, many of Syria’s directors explained what their modus operandi became since Bashar took the helm: a tanwiri or “enlightenment” mission, seeking to enlighten the “backwards masses.” Even comedy shows explain their work based on this premise.

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Ameer Al-Khudari
They who did not participate have no honour

At 7:30PM it was already getting dark. Since we lived in the area, we just had to leave our houses. We had hidden the masks on the route on the side of a church and we had written slogans on the wall like, “May the regime fall,” “Freedom,” and “Free Syria.”

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-Syria, Aleppo