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The Protest of Brides, November 21, 2012 

Syria 10 years on: A Chronicle of Tragedy

On the 10th anniversary of the Syrian Uprising, I share selections of previous posts that I wrote from 2012 onwards, documenting and sharing thoughts and insights on what I believe to be one of the greatest human…

The Uprising: Ten Years On

Ola Rifai What Syrians might be asking themselves today? “It will take ten years [for peace and prosperity to prevail.]” This would be the immediate response for many Syrians when asked about their stance on the Syrian…

2020 and Syria’s Sinking Boat

In mid-December, the Syrian regime and the Russian troops launched an air and ground assault on Maaret al-Numan and Saraeb towns in Idlib province in the northwest of the country. Idlib is the last rebel stronghold in…

Eight years since the ‘kingdom of silence’ spoke out

Ola Rifai Mar 15, 2019 On Sunday March 10th, the regime forces reinstated a new bronze statue of late president Hafez Asad in Daraa city, replacing an old one that was taken down by anti- Asad protesters in April 2011.…

The Sochi deal: balancing powers or balancing threat?

Omar Imady Oct 2, 2018 Vladimir Putin and his new good friend Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – the two powerful men in the Syrian drama – smiled triumphantly as they shookhands in Sochi. They did it! They signed a surprise deal…