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Assad: The Shebaa Farms Are Syrian, Whatever Hezbollah Claims

Assad: The Shebaa Farms Are Syrian, Whatever Hezbollah Claims

What shocked me as I listened to al-Assad was his lack of hesitation in telling an American diplomat point-blank that the Shebaa Farms — the entire basis for Hezbollah’s claimed status as the “Lebanese Resistance” — was not Lebanese; it was Syrian.

Syria’s House of Poetry

Syria’s House of Poetry

Roula Roukbi is among the few Damascus socialites who created an alternative space for art, culture, and some politics in the city. She excelled at living as if Syria was a free country, and in many respects, her hotel came to embody a microcosm of what freedom might one day look like.

Swastikas in Damascus

Swastikas in Damascus

A death notice appeared in a Lebanese village north of Beirut last September of a man with a curious first name. It took me back to my school days in Syria and the unusual interest many of my fellow schoolboys had in the history of the Second World War.

Asser Khattab
How the Syrian Revolution was Organized — And How it Unraveled

How the Syrian Revolution was Organized — And How it Unraveled

As the uprising spread throughout the country, activists in the various cities, governorates, and nationwide needed to coordinate their work. This is how the Local Coordination Committees of Syria (LCC) were born.

Zaina Erhaim
The Assad Dynasty Was Hatched at My Grandfather’s Home. They Later Destroyed it

The Assad Dynasty Was Hatched at My Grandfather’s Home. They Later Destroyed it

The story of Yarmouk Camp, where I was born and raised, is in many ways the story of Palestinian politics in Syria and the region. My family was witness to the camp’s rise and fall for decades. The camp was also the starting point for Assad’s long, tortuous relationship with the factions of the Palestinian movement.

Nidal Betare
The Day the World Stood Still

The Day the World Stood Still

On August 21, 2013 the Syrian regime launched the biggest chemical attack of the 21st century. It was a seismic event whose repercussions are still being felt. This is an account of what happened that day and how the decisions made in its aftermath sealed Syria’s fate.

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad
Cracks in the Assad Facade

Cracks in the Assad Facade

The death of Syria's foreign minister was tragic to many regime sympathizers. They now witness in horror the decline of the old guard and the rise of the warlords as one of the defining features of Bashar al-Assad’s proclaimed victory over a shattered Syria.

Asser Khattab