About Rita from Syria

Rita is a Syrian opposition activist, she lives in Damascus and studies at Damascus University.

Articles by Rita from Syria

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Syria: waiting for the Tomahawk

As the world holds its collective breath in anticipation of western military intervention, the children of Zamalka have already lost everything and the prospect of an international response means nothing to them.

Who’s who: the trinity of jihad in Syria

The relationships between the militias fighting the regime in Syria are extremely difficult to untangle. To date there have been no outright military confrontations between the various factions, but the simmering tensions are a portent of things to come. 

Stealing Ramadan

As this conflict wears on, both the regime and the militias fighting it begin to resemble one another. For war-weary Syrians the only difference seems to be in the colours of their flags.

Should I stay or should I go? Hobson's choice for Iraqi refugees in Syria

Those familiar with Syria before the conflict would recognize that xenophobic sentiments are contrary to the cultural DNA of Syria. But fears of difference have become much more entrenched as a result of the bloody conflict and the absence of a just authority.   

Syrian: is blood always thicker than water?

A year of living through a war which has transitioned to an unprecedented level of killing and massacres in this country has seen to a fracturing and fractioning of Syrian identity.

Syrians deserting the FSA: Faust wants his soul back

The reality is that opposition militias and the official army have reached a military stalemate – one step forward and one step back as progress on one front is checked by loss and retreat on another.

Syrian activist communities, the battle inside

The third kind of activist is still true to the peaceful aims of the original protest and still active. Although they are the fewest, they are the most vulnerable to brutal arrests, executions and torture, given that they are considered the most dangerous by the regime.

The second anniversary of the Syrian uprising

We can conclude from this that the regime priority is to keep control on its supportive cantons rather than keeping Syria whole. We are seeing the partitioning of Syria.

Syrian colours: the greys

Abu Abdo and Abu Hosam are just two out of millions of Syrians who don't see themselves supporting any side of the conflict. They are waiting for nothing and see no light at the end of the dark tunnel we are in now.

Of myths, monsters and gods in modern Syria

Al-Khidr for the Alawis  - as well as for many other religions and sects - is one of God's righteous men; capable of performing miracles. According to the Alawi creed, he never dies.

Where is Syria now?

A message to the openDemocracy conference Syria's peace: what, how, when? from Syrian writer and Arab Awakening blogger, Rita.

The oneness of God and the plurality of Syria

On January 21, 2013, the largest bombing of its kind shook the centre of Salamiyeh, leaving more than 50 people dead and dozens wounded.

All armies - the Syrian regime, the FSA and Islamist - are thieves

It has become evident that the armed conflict in no shape or form is directed towards the interests of the Syrian people. We cling to the hope that time will eventually bring forth a genuine Syrian leadership which is able to save the revolution from the paralysis of opportunism.

Regime and opposition: throwing the dice for Syria’s future

How is it possible for those who have lived in the lap of opportunism and are by nature predatory suddenly to transform themselves into honest revolutionaries.

Unwanted: a failed crossing from Damascus to Gaza

For Abu Khalil, at least Gazans have the honour of being terrorised on their own land.


Putting humpty together again: can the FSA ever be unified?

Among the difficulties faced by Syrians in safeguarding their revolution, internal disputes remain the most serious.

Salafis in Syria: half the story

Regime supporters miss no opportunity to accuse the revolutionaries of being extremists or Salafis – conveniently forgetting the role of the regime in bringing the Salafist trend to Syria in the first instance.

The not-so-strange case of the lost potato field of Jibata Al-Khashab

The Israeli government has taken advantage of the unstable political and security conditions in Syria and in the town of Jibata al-Khashab to extend its control within Syrian territory.

Having tea with the enemy on the Syrian border

Residents in cooperation with local battalions of the Free Syrian Army have managed to find a modus vivendi which allows them to attain a high degree of acceptance of political differences; a shining example.

The FSA: how to lose support and alienate people in no time

Many opposition communities embraced and sponsored the fighters, who represented at that time the local defenders of these communities. But then their goals seemed to change.

Two sides of the same coin?

Secularists and Islamists alike have long suffered under the shadow of autocratic rule. What is required now is the strength and courage to actively integrate and mix so that we can be rid of the corrosive prejudices which threaten what this revolution stands for

Refused, confused or pleased to be sectarian in Syria?

The author interviews the FSA and ponders its relationship to sectarianism in the wider context.

 

Syria headlines 2: decapitating Damascus

Syrian state television, well-known for distorting facts and denying the existence of a mass-movement against the Syrian regime, was on this occasion quick off the mark to spread news of the assassination less than an hour after it had taken place.

Syrian headlines: displacing the displaced

During the first two hours of the military onslaught on Al-Tadamon nearly 5,000 people - mostly women and children - were displaced, including hundreds of internally displaced people originally from other parts of Syria.

"No sects please: we're Syrian"

The family that rescued us was a conservative Sunni family, but I felt closer to them than the young driver who belongs to the same sect as I do. Why?

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