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Phoebe Braithwaite is openDemocracy’s submissions editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

الانتفاضة وإعادة تشكيل الذاكرة الجمعية في سوريا

استطاع نظام البعث منذ توليه السلطة في سبعينيات القرن الماضي أن يحكم قبضته على الفضاء العام فارضاً سيطرته المطلقة، ما أدى إلى إحداث فجوة في الذاكرة السورية امتدت حتى اندلاع الثورة في آذار 2011. In English

A Syrian fearing exile and return

Many Syrian activists have left Syria voluntarily, either being refused permission to return or being threatened with imprisonment or death. They face an unknown destiny in exile.

رزان وأنا

رزان غزاوي تكتب عن علاقتها المتينة برزان زيتونة: الاسم, المبادئ, القضية و الايقونة المخفية. In English

Razan and I

Razan Ghazzawi delves into her relationship with her mentor, namesake, and towering figure within the Syrian uprising: Razan Zaitounah. An insight into the complicated and deeply personal relationship with a cause.

Clawing at the sky: fighting for political prisoners in Syria

"It is the most monstrous thing they can do to the Syrian people”. Fadwa Mahmoud, mother, wife and comrade to forcibly disappeared leftist activists, tells us her story of pain and perseverance on the second anniversary of her family's abduction by the Syrian security forces.

The uprising and Syria’s reconstituted collective memory

After many decades of strict control over historical narratives under the Baathist regime, the uprising broke this hegemony allowing Syrians to reexamine their inherited history.

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