Donatella Della Ratta https://www.opendemocracy.net/taxonomy/term/17670/all cached version 10/02/2019 10:54:11 en The EU-Turkey deal: unjust and short-sighted https://www.opendemocracy.net/north-africa-west-asia/donatella-della-ratta/the-EU-Turkey-deal-unjust-and-short-sighted <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sending citizens who are fleeing one authoritarian regime to another authoritarian regime will only result in more anger, frustration and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">extremism</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in the years to come.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><a href="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/wysiwyg_imageupload_lightbox_preset/wysiwyg_imageupload/553378/PA-25941582.jpg" rel="lightbox[wysiwyg_imageupload_inline]" title=""><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/553378/PA-25941582.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="269" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /></a> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Darko Vojinovic / AP/Press Association. All rights reserved.</span></span></span>The Pope's visit to Lesbos last Saturday has put the Greek islands in the spotlight yet again after the media exposure in the summer of 2015 when thousands of Syrian refugees reached its shores trying to build a new – and possibly safe – life in Europe.</p> <p>These days you don't easily come across refugees in town. The Greek authorities, with the help of international NGOs and volunteers who are supported by an amazingly welcoming local population, have managed to move the refugees to facilities built on the island in the hope of relocating them to other EU countries on a quota-based system. This was before 20 March, when new procedures that were agreed upon in the recently signed <a href="http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2016/03/18-eu-turkey-statement/">deal</a> between the EU and Turkey were set in motion.<span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>People arriving in Greece after 20 March face an unknown fate – which includes a very likely return to Turkey – unless they are assessed to be legitimate asylum seekers. Herein lies the first problem with this agreement (and there are several): who is going to hold interviews and register asylum requests before assessing them and deciding who is to stay in Europe and sent back to Turkey? Is this a task that should be performed by Greece? Is the EU going to send skilled personnel – interpreters, lawyers, etc – to help out?</p> <p>What I saw a few days ago in Lesbos were Greek organisations run by good-hearted people, helped by volunteer European youth and a few NGOs that agreed to stay&nbsp;<span>and try to work&nbsp;</span><span>after many of the others decided – quite rightly – to leave in protest against an outrageous agreement.</span></p> <p>It is as if we have gone back a century to the similar attitudes of those to former colonies; the problem is passed onto others who have to clean it up. Yet in this case the one in charge of the dirty job is a non-European state – Turkey – which is not only a former coloniser (the Ottoman empire)&nbsp;<span>in the eyes of the Syrians,&nbsp;</span>it is also an authoritarian regime suppressing freedom of speech, people's dignity and human rights, i.e. exactly the same reasons why hundreds of thousands of Syrians are fleeing from home.</p> <p class="mag-quote-right">The unwillingness to deal with the refugee issue proactively and the blindness of looking at it as a mere security problem will paradoxically creating a security problem in the future.</p><p><span>In order to relieve our exhausted democracies, which are losing stability, social security and already mourning the welfare state, we did not hesitate to cover up and turn a blind eye to all these issues brought up when Turkey wanted to enter the 'Union'. T</span>oday, in the eyes of Europeans, Turkey is not deemed a repressive regime. On the contrary, it is considered a driving economy, perfectly integrated into our neoliberal system with breathtaking landscapes to offer worn-out middle class vacationers looking to find a couple of weeks of enjoyment and relief from too much work, or no-work, in a time of post-austerity measures.</p> <p>European governments have buried these issues in the hope of finding a temporary solution to the refugee crisis, which risks taking extreme right-wing xenophobic parties to power as well as igniting feelings of frustration, anxiety, and instability amongst their populations. We have not considered the long-term consequences of this move.</p> <p>Do we really think sending citizens who are fleeing one authoritarian regime to another authoritarian regime will not result in more extremism, anger, frustration, and hatred in the years to come? How might a Syrian citizen feel in a couple of years vis-à-vis this European Union that he had dreamed of as the land of human rights and dignity? Our EU politicians underestimate the long-term scenario and the threats to stability that could ensue after raising another generation on hatred.</p> <p><span>I am pretty sure that EU politicians do not watch ISIS videos – at least not the ones in Arabic that do not feature beheadings and blood. Instead, they feature a crowd of second or third generation Europeans speaking Arabic with French, Flemish, German accents: the offspring of our 'progressive Europe' hating their own homeland because of a never-forgotten past of violent colonialism and an endless present of exclusion and racism. If our politicians watched these videos they would perhaps not be so confident in their approach to containing extremism and preventing terrorism.</span></p> <p>Meanwhile, the Greeks are left alone with this crisis. Out of a serendipitous feeling of mutual understanding between Mediterraneans, those who have suffered the injustice of an authoritarian regime and those who are suffering the repressive yet “democratically” acceptable brutality of a neoliberal system, things are kind of working out.&nbsp;</p> <p>Where does EU support lie? In the financial aid given to Turkey, and in the formal declarations that each member will take a certain number of refugees? And when is this supposed to happen, if in Greece now there aren’t enough skilled personnel to guarantee fair interviews, assessments, resettlement policies?</p> <p>The absence of the EU signals&nbsp;<span>not only</span><span>&nbsp;the unwillingness to deal with the refugee issue proactively, but also the blindness of looking at it as a mere security problem, paradoxically creating a security problem in the future. It also betrays the wish to see Tsipras' government – which has not collapsed under financial pressure – fail on a humanitarian issue.</span></p> <p><span>It is unfair, to say the least, for this Europe of 'human rights' to use the Syrian tragedy to bury both humanity and democracy in the name of short-sighted </span><em>realpolitik</em><span>.</span></p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/north-africa-west-asia/donatella-della-ratta/%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%82%D8%B5%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D9%83%D9%85%D8%A7-%D9%8A%D8%AC%D8%A8-%D8%A3%D9%86-%D8%AA%D8%AA%D9%84%D9%89">القصة السورية كما يجب أن تتلى</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/north-africa-west-asia/donatella-della-ratta/importance-of-telling-syrian-stories-as-they-should-be-told">The importance of telling Syrian stories as they should be told</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-country"> <div class="field-label"> Country or region:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Turkey </div> <div class="field-item even"> Greece </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Syria </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-topics"> <div class="field-label">Topics:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Civil society </div> <div class="field-item even"> Democracy and government </div> <div class="field-item odd"> International politics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> North Africa, West Asia North-Africa West-Asia Syria Greece Turkey Civil society Democracy and government International politics middle east refugees Donatella Della Ratta Through Syrian eyes Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:25:44 +0000 Donatella Della Ratta 101477 at https://www.opendemocracy.net القصة السورية كما يجب أن تتلى https://www.opendemocracy.net/north-africa-west-asia/donatella-della-ratta/%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%82%D8%B5%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D9%83%D9%85%D8%A7-%D9%8A%D8%AC%D8%A8-%D8%A3%D9%86-%D8%AA%D8%AA%D9%84%D9%89 <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="direction: rtl;">الكم الهائل من الأحداث والتجارب الإنسانية التي تختزنها الثورة السورية ولّدت حاجة ملحة لتوثيق هذه الحكايات، لنجد أنفسنا اليوم – ثلاث سنوات ونيف على عمر الانتفاضة- أمام محتوى ضخم أنشأه السوريون علّه يساعد بإيصال صوتهم إلى العالم.<em> <a href="https://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening/donatella-della-ratta/importance-of-telling-syrian-stories-as-they-should-be-told">In English</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><a href="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/wysiwyg_imageupload_lightbox_preset/wysiwyg_imageupload/553176/5194198.jpg" rel="lightbox[wysiwyg_imageupload_inline]" title=""><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/553176/5194198.jpg" alt="" title="" width="384" height="307" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style=""/></a> <span class='image_meta'></span></span></p><p style="direction: rtl;">الكم الهائل من الأحداث والتجارب الإنسانية التي تختزنها الثورة السورية ولّدت حاجة ملحة لتوثيق هذه الحكايات، لنجد أنفسنا اليوم – ثلاث سنوات ونيف على عمر الانتفاضة- أمام محتوى ضخم أنشأه السوريون علّه يساعد بإيصال صوتهم إلى العالم.</p><p style="direction: rtl;">لذا فإننا نشهد اليوم ظاهرة غير مسبوقة، فسوريا التي لطالما كان الإعلام المستقل وحرية الصحافة فيها أمراً شائكاً، استطاع أبناؤها منذ بداية الانتفاضة في آذار 2011، كسر هذا الحاجز ومشاركة كمية هائلة من المعلومات والفيديوهات والصور على شبكة الانترنت، معظمها تحت أسماء وهمية. لسوء الحظ فإن الجزء الأكبر من هذه المعلومات كانت خارج السياق بسبب عاملين أساسيين:</p><p style="direction: rtl;">العامل الأول يتجلى بالمنبر الذي تم من خلاله إنتاج ومشاركة البيانات المرتبطة بالانتفاضة السورية، أي الفيسبوك. فالطبيعة المغلقة لشبكة التواصل الأخيرة، حدت من انتشار المعلومات هذه لتقتصر على مجموعات مبعثرة استطاعت التشبيك مع منشئي ذلك المحتوى، بالإضافة إلى أن الفيسبوك كأي موقع تواصل اجتماعي آخر، لا يلبي الحاجة بأرشفة هذه المعلومات، مما يعني فرزها وترجمتها وحفظها بهدف تسهيل الوصول إليها لاحقاً.</p><p style="direction: rtl;">أما العامل الثاني فهو انعدام مهنية المحتوى المتناثر على شبكة الانترنت، ففي أعقاب الانتفاضة، أتيحت الفرصة لجميع السوريين بدون استثناء بإنشاء ومشاركة البيانات، إلا أن المشكلة تكمن بعدم آهلية كثير منهم على تحمل هذه المسؤولية، فمعظم هؤلاء الأفراد هدفهم تبادل المعلومات وليسوا إعلاميين مهنيين. حيث لم يكن السوريون يعلمون حينها أنهم لا يقومون بتبادل الصور والأنباء فحسب، بل يعدون تقارير إخبارية من قلب الحدث، مما كان يستوجب تأطير هذه المعلومات لتتضمن التاريخ والموقع الجغرافي والجيوسياسي.</p><p style="direction: rtl;">عند إطلاق موقع <a href="http://www.syriauntold.com/ar/">SyriaUntold سيريا أنتولد (حكاية ما انحكت)</a> في عام 2012، كان هاجسنا الرئيس كصحفيين وأكاديميين وناشطين نعمل من وعن سوريا، هو توفير سياق لهذا المحتوى الذي يستمر بالتضخم يوماً بعد يوم، فقد بدا جلياً بأن قيمة هذه المعلومات بدأت بالتلاشي بسبب الاستهلاك اليومي لها على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي. بالتالي وجدنا أننا ومن خلال “سيريا أنتولد” سنتمكن من أرشفة المعلومات التي أنشأتها القاعدة الشعبية السورية وتحريرها وترجمتها ثم نقلها إلى جمهور واسع باللغتين العربية والإنجليزية، حيث يقدم الموقع نظام أرشفة مناسب لهذه المواد، عبر تأطيرها ضمن سياقها الزمني والثقافي والجيوسياسي، لا أن يتم تداولها كأجزاء غير مترابطة من المعلومات.</p><p style="direction: rtl;">لهذا السبب، فقد عزمنا بعد عدة أشهر من المناقشات الحيوية أن نقوم بالتركيز على جزء محدد ومخصص من هذا المحتوى، ألا وهو الجزء الذي “ما انحكى”. كنا قد وصلنا بالفعل إلى مرحلة كانت تروى فيها الأحداث الجارية في سوريا بمصطلحات عسكرية فقط، سواء كانت تتحدث عن النظام أم عن المعارضة، كما بدأت وسائل الإعلام الرئيسية بالتركيز بشكل مبالغ على الجوانب الجيواستراتيجية والدولية من النزاع، مهملة كل مطالب السوريين المحقة بالحرية والديمقراطية ومهمشة بدورها كل ما يتعلق بالحراك السلمي، وكأن العالم بأكمله نسي أو تناسى الجانب المدني السلمي من الانتفاضة.</p><p style="direction: rtl;">بناء على ذلك فقد قمنا في سيريا أنتولد بالتركيز بشكل متعمد على القصص المهمشة التي ولدت من رحم الانتفاضة من قبل ناشطين منخرطين في العصيان المدني والمقاومة السلمية، والمؤمنين بقدرة النشاط المدني على تغيير نظام الحكم في سوريا رغم كل الصعاب. نحن نحاول الخروج من ثنائية النظام-المعارضة المسلحة عبر تسليط الضوء على طرف ثالث، ألا وهو المجتمع المدني السوري.</p><p style="direction: rtl;">نحن نؤمن بضرورة فهم هذه الفئة، فهم أفكارها وهواجسها وطموحاتها فهي اللاعب الأهم في تحديد مصير ومستقبل سوريا. لذلك فإن سيريا أنتولد تأمل بأن تتمكن من المساهمة في تفسير الأحداث الجارية في سوريا بنهج أكثر دقة وتوازناً تجاه المجتمع المدني الذي ما زال يشكل الجزء الأكبر من المكون الديموغرافي السوري.</p><p style="direction: rtl;">نحن نهدف في هذا التعاون المميز مع openDemocracy بعنوان <a href="https://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening-tags/looking-inside-uprising#0">“الانتفاضة: نظرة نقدية” (Looking Inside the Uprising)</a>، أن نتقدم خطوة جديدة في سعينا نحو إبراز أهمية المجتمع المدني في سوريا ونضاله المستمر، كما نأمل أن يصل صوتنا الذي يروي قصص مهمشة من قلب سوريا لكل أذن صاغية.</p><p style="direction: rtl;">ترجمها إلى العربية: رؤى زيات</p><p style="direction: rtl;">&nbsp;</p> <a name="logo"></a><p style="background-color: #ededed; padding: 25px; border: 1px dotted #003399;"><a href="https://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening-tags/looking-inside-uprising#0"><img style="float: right; border: 3px solid #fff; margin: 0px 10px 10px 10px;" src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/u537772/UprisingLooinkIn-small-b%20%281%29.png" alt="Looking inside the uprising" width="120" /></a> This article is part of <a href="https://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening-tags/looking-inside-uprising#0"><em>Looking inside the uprising</em></a>; a joint project between <a href="http://www.syriauntold.com/">SyriaUntold</a> and openDemocracy.<br /><br /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/north-africa-west-asia/yazan-badran/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AA%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B6%D8%A9-%D9%88%D8%A5%D8%B9%D8%A7%D8%AF%D8%A9-%D8%AA%D8%B4%D9%83%D9%8A%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B0%D8%A7%D9%83%D8%B1%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AC%D9%85%D8%B9%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%A7">الانتفاضة وإعادة تشكيل الذاكرة الجمعية في سوريا</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a 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href="/north-africa-west-asia/donatella-della-ratta/importance-of-telling-syrian-stories-as-they-should-be-told">The importance of telling Syrian stories as they should be told</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-country"> <div class="field-label"> Country or region:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Syria </div> </div> </div> North Africa, West Asia North-Africa West-Asia Syria Donatella Della Ratta Arabic language Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:02:38 +0000 Donatella Della Ratta 88282 at https://www.opendemocracy.net The importance of telling Syrian stories as they should be told https://www.opendemocracy.net/north-africa-west-asia/donatella-della-ratta/importance-of-telling-syrian-stories-as-they-should-be-told <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Why does the media, despite the incredible amount of mediated content created by Syrians since the uprising, increasingly fail to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">give a voice to Syrian civil society? Meet our new partners&nbsp;</span><a style="line-height: 1.5;" href="http://www.syriauntold.com/en">'SyriaUntold'</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;-&nbsp;the group that brings the light back onto&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Syrian stories, and puts them in their natural context.&nbsp;</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <a name="logo"></a><p style="background-color: #ededed; padding: 14px; border: 1px dotted #003399;"><a href="https://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening-tags/looking-inside-uprising#0"><img style="float: right; border: 3px solid #fff; margin: 0px 10px 10px 10px;" src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/u537772/UprisingLooinkIn-small-b%20%281%29.png" alt="Looking inside the uprising" width="120" /></a> This article is part of <a href="https://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening-tags/looking-inside-uprising#0"><em>Looking inside the uprising</em></a>; a joint project between <a href="http://www.syriauntold.com/">SyriaUntold</a> and openDemocracy.<br /><br /></p><p></p><p>In the wake of the Syrian uprising, in March 2011, we found ourselves overwhelmed with a treasure trove of user-generated content produced by Syrian citizens trying to give their account of what was happening in Syria. All of a sudden, a massive amount of information, data, videos, stories and pictures, were being shared on the internet mostly by anonymous users; a truly unprecedented phenomenon for a country where independent news reporting had always been a critical issue.</p> <p>However, this content was, for the most part, out of context. Two factors created this lack of context of post-uprising content.</p> <p>Firstly, the nature of the platform where the majority of this material was produced and shared, i.e. Facebook. As a closed environment, Facebook allowed only those who were already networked with or somehow related to the content producer to access that same content. Besides this, the Facebook interface did not allow a proper process of curating the content, which would imply translating, tagging and archiving in order to afford easier access.</p> <p>Secondly, the subjects who had suddenly found themselves capable of producing and sharing content were not professional media makers. They were citizens who exchanged information and status updates while not being fully aware of a news reporting process in the making; which would have then required them to frame this content within a proper historical, geographical, and geopolitical setting in order to make sense of it.</p> <p>As a group of activists, academics, and journalists working from Syria, on Syria, our primary concern when we launched SyriaUntold in 2012 was to give a context to this ever-circulating user-generated content being produced by Syrians. SyriaUntold would have&nbsp;selected, translated, tagged, archived, and edited&nbsp;grassroots generated media before delivering it to a wider public, both in Arabic and English. Instead of being consumed as isolated, loosely connected pieces of information, these media would have found a proper framework that puts them in their historical, cultural, and geopolitical context. SyriaUntold would also focus on setting up a proper archiving system for this material. The never-ending circulation of content over social networking sites results in the fragmentation and dispersal of this valuable material. A proper archiving system, together with robust context building, can be used to overcome the problems that arise within a web 2.0 environment.</p> <p>Therefore, after several months of animated discussions held both on Skype and through face-to-face meetings, we decided that we would focus our work on curating a specific part of this user-generated content, the part that goes largely “untold”. We had already reached the stage where the Syrian uprising was narrated in military-terms only, whether focusing on the regime's side, or on the armed opposition. The world, and the media, both in Arabic and in English, quickly forgot the “civil” nature of the uprising. Whether individuals or loose groups of activists, the role of those who had started the protest movement in March 2011 by demanding civil rights and calling for the rule of law instead of the absolute power of Syria's regime and its security services, was being dismissed or marginalised, while the narration of the crisis became both militarized and internationalised, escalating both processes.</p> <p>Accordingly, SyriaUntold deliberately decided to focus precisely on the marginalised stories generated by these people and movements who are engaged in civil disobedience, non-violent resistance, and who stay committed to civil activism against all the odds. We aim at shedding light on a third subject which is neither the regime nor the armed groups of rebels. We focus on Syrian civil society, key, we believe, to determining Syria's future. Understanding this category, what it does, what it thinks, how it acts, what it produces and dreams of, cannot be dismissed. SyriaUntold hopes to make an important contribution in releasing sn &nbsp;interpretation of the unfolding events in Syria that is more nuanced and balanced towards civil society, which still constitutes the majority of the population in the country.</p> <p>In our unique upcoming cooperative project with openDemocracy, entitled '<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening-tags/looking-inside-uprising#0">Looking inside the uprising</a>',</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;we hope to add a further step in this process of recognizing the importance of Syrian civil society and its ongoing struggle; and to reach out to a wider audience with original stories from Syria that have so far remained untold.&nbsp;</span></p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/north-africa-west-asia/yazan-badran/uprising-and-syria%E2%80%99s-reconstituted-collective-memory">The uprising and Syria’s reconstituted collective memory</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/north-africa-west-asia/mohammad-dibo/opening-debate-on-sectarianism-in-syria">Opening the debate on sectarianism in Syria</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/north-africa-west-asia/enrico-de-angelis/rethinking-syrian-media">Rethinking Syrian media</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/north-africa-west-asia/leila-nachawati/syria-and-emergence-of-grassroots-artistic-production">Syria and the emergence of grassroots artistic production</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-country"> <div class="field-label"> Country or region:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Syria </div> </div> </div> North Africa, West Asia North-Africa West-Asia Syria Donatella Della Ratta Through Syrian eyes Looking inside the uprising Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:00:35 +0000 Donatella Della Ratta 85859 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Donatella Della Ratta https://www.opendemocracy.net/content/donatella-della-ratta <div class="field field-au-term"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Donatella Della Ratta </div> </div> </div> <p>Donatella Della Ratta is Post-Doctoral Fellow at University of Copenhagen, where she obtained her PhD on the politics of Syrian TV drama. She<span>&nbsp;has managed the Arabic speaking community of the international NGO Creative Commons for five years, and co-curated several exhibitions about Syrian emerging creativity in the context of the &nbsp;uprising, and she is a co-founder of the web aggregator SyriaUntold. She maintains a blog on Arab media at </span><a href="http://mediaoriente.com/"><span>http://mediaoriente.com</span></a><span> and tweets avidly at </span><a href="https://twitter.com/donatelladr">@donatelladr</a><span>.</span></p> Donatella Della Ratta Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:35:04 +0000 Donatella Della Ratta 85860 at https://www.opendemocracy.net