Dominant narratives on Syria simplify it to a struggle between a dictatorship vs Islamic extremists, with Syrians included only as passive, voiceless, victims. In Part 3, Syrians are re-introduced as a people revolting against authoritarianism in both its secular and religious embodiments.
The takeover by anti-Damascus rebels of an Armenian village in northern Syria, near the border with Turkey, has triggered a propaganda war which focuses on the position of Syria's Armenians. This highlights core aspects of Armenians' experience since the 1915 genocide, says Vicken Cheterian.
In a series commemorating the uprising's third anniversary, Syrian revolutionary activist Joseph Daher answers key questions still circulating in the western digital commons. In this first part he offers us a short history of the socio-economic causes behind the protests that sprang up across Syria in March 2011.
As the Syrian civil war moves into its fourth year, citizen journalists
have filled the gap left by professionals denied access to or evacuated from
the most dangerous country in the world for working journalists. But they are
painfully aware of the growing uninterest of the international media in the
wasn’t as if Lebanon didn’t have troubles enough, with a shaky government
finally formed last month. But the Syrian refugee crisis is taking a huge toll
on a country which desperately needs international support.
The street in Cairo has become an insecure and volatile place. VICE News has been following avid supporters of General Sisi, revolutionaries who feel their aspirations are far from realisation and members of the Muslim Brotherhood outlawed by the military government.
The hopes that inspired the "Arab spring", of jobs as well as freedom, have hit a rock. But the setbacks since 2011 are part of a wider reordering of the global as well as the Arab landscape. Three years on, Francesc Badia i Dalmases assesses a fluid period.
The military-backed government has sought
to enrol journalists as foot-soldiers in its battle against the ousted Muslim
Brotherhood. But when editors met this week in Cairo, a collective spirit stirred.
has been compiled suggesting agents of the UK state committed war crimes in
Iraq, punishable before the International Criminal Court. Institutional amnesia
about Britain’s early intervention in Northern Ireland may prove to have been