Civil Society and Local Governance

  • As the Truce Wanes, Assad Goes to War Again

    Ambulances are again wailing across Syria, most recently to care for the bombing victims of a hospital in Aleppo and the al-Zof camps in the Idlib countryside. The Civil Defense moved quickly to transport the injured, while regime helicopters dropped barrel bombs containing poisonous chlorine gas on Jisr al-Shughur city in the Kalasah, Bustan al-Qasr, and al-Sakhour neighborhoods. Aleppo also endured several air strikes which resulted in dozens of civilian casualties and brought an indefinite halt to all humanitarian and school activities.

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  • What We Lose as the Ceasefire Collapses

    This post is an interview with Kenan Rahmani, aSyrian American political and human rights activist and a member of the Syrian Network for Human Rights. He has traveled regularly to Syria throughout the conflict, his most recent trip being this past March. His observations give us insight into the benefits of the cessation of hostilities (CoH), including increased civil society activity and outspoken resistance of the Nusra Front. The biggest benefiters from the collapse of the CoH are the Syrian regime and extremist groups like the Nusra Front.

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  • A Kurdish Youth Initiative to Unify the Kurds' Political Vision?

    Young Syrian Kurds launched a new initiative on April 1 to give voice to the Kurdish youth who demand a unified Kurdish position amongst political movements in Syria. Those in charge of the initiative said, “This initiative is not a movement, a political party, or a new organization. And it will not become one. The only mission is to coordinate and organize activities within the initiative’s framework.”

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  • #5YearsWeFled: Smuggler’s Discount on Our Lives

    This series is from interviews with the lawyer Ayman Jalwan. It highlights the difficult choice that Syrians face—dying in the war zone that Syria had become, or flee the land he loved. Last year, he and his wife said goodbye to their families and joined the wave of citizens leaving the country. First they had to make it to Turkey. Then they needed to cross the cold Mediterranean to Greece. After that, they would have to deal with human traffickers in Eastern Europe to reach one of the few nations willing to welcome them: Germany. In this blogs series, Ayman Jalwan explains the decision to leave, the trials he and his wife encountered along the way, and the consequences of their decision.

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  • #5YearsWeFled: Crossing the Border

    This series is from interviews with the lawyer Ayman Jalwan. It highlights the difficult choice that Syrians face—dying in the war zone that Syria had become, or flee the land he loved. Last year, he and his wife said goodbye to their families and joined the wave of citizens leaving the country. First they had to make it to Turkey. Then they needed to cross the cold Mediterranean to Greece. After that, they would have to deal with human traffickers in Eastern Europe to reach one of the few nations willing to welcome them: Germany. In this blogs series, Ayman Jalwan explains the decision to leave, the trials he and his wife encountered along the way, and the consequences of their decision.

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  • Enabling Syria's Women Journalists

    The Syrian Female Journalists’ Network is a non-profit initiative that trains Syrian female journalists and promotes their role in the region's media. Syria Deeply spoke to co-founder Milia Eidmouni about the network’s work and its plans for women working in Syria’s media

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  • The Need for Local Support to Defeat ISIS

    International coalition air strikes Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) ground assaults have weakened the Islamic State (ISIS), forcing it to fall back in northern Syria. ISIS is adapting as best it can to combination of air and ground assaults and changing its strategy by playing on the inability of Kurdish forces to advance into the Arab tribal areas of Raqqa, taking advantage of conflicts among Arab tribes, and destroying the territory from which it retreats to slow the advance of the opposing ground forces.

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  • #5YearsWeFled: Refusing to Fight Bashar’s War

    This is the third part of a series of interviews with the lawyer Ayman Jalwan. It highlights the difficult choice that Syrians face—dying in the war zone that Syria had become, or fleeing the land they love. Last year, Ayman Jalwan and his wife said goodbye to their families and joined the wave of citizens leaving the country. First they had to make it to Turkey. Then they needed to cross the cold Mediterranean to Greece. After that, they would have to deal with human traffickers in Eastern Europe to reach one of the few nations willing to welcome them: Germany. In this blog series, Ayman Jalwan explains the decision to leave, the trials he and his wife encountered along the way, and the consequences of their decision.

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  • Locals in Idlib Take on the Nusra Front

    There's growing hostility between al-Qaida's branch in Syria and the locals of Idlib. After attempting to disrupt popular protests in the streets of Maarat al-Numan last week, the insurgent group then pushed a popular branch of the Free Syrian Army out of town

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  • The Siege Economy of Eastern Ghouta

    Two and a half years of blockades and at times complete siege on areas Eastern Ghouta have left the local population without essential food, water, electricity, and fuel. As prices rise, merchants and military opposition factions have exploited the situation to profit from the siege, seizing the best and most crucial supplies for battalion members while NGOs and local councils struggle to meet civilians’ basic needs.

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