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Listen to Syria

A little background: Last month, I was asked to write an op-ed for Il Manifesto Sardo, a Sardinian left-wing fortnightly magazine published on line. It is not an analysis and it does not claim objectivity or neutrality. This piece conveys my very personal point of view – a perspective undoubtedly influenced by the time I spent in Damascus, … Continue reading

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Moderate Islam: en-Nahda

Social sciences institute ‘Nicolò Rezzara’ of Vicenza, in co-operation with University of Palermo, organised the “Second Mediterranan Dialogue – religion, pluralism and democracy: the expectations of the Mediterranean youths“. Speakers of different religious background, from a number of Arab countries, attended the event. In Rome, I met Imen Ben Mohamed, a young MP from Tunisia, who … Continue reading

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‘Syria Speaks’: arte e cultura dal fronte

‘Syria Speaks’, pubblicato da Saqi Books (Londra) nel 2014, è una raccolta di esperienze artistiche (brani, saggi, installazioni, illustrazioni, vignette, graffiti, fotografie, film e filmati, dipinti ecc.) che raccontano la Siria di oggi e celebrano la creatività e la determinazione di un popolo che rivendica per sé la libertà di esprimersi. I tre curatori, Malu Halasa, Zaher Omareen … Continue reading

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A conversation with Jameel

Masasit Mati – the Arabic name for the straw used to seep maté, a very popular drink in Syria – is a Syrian anonymous collective, based in Beirut, which produced the popular series ‘Top Goon: Diaries of a Little Dictator‘. The series, available on YouTube with English subtitles, describes Bashar al-Assad’s Syria using a brilliant … Continue reading

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Syria Speaks: art and culture from the frontline

‘Syria Speaks‘ – published by Saqi Books (London) in 2014 – is an anthology of artistic expressions (essays, excerpts, installations, comics, graffiti, pictures, videos, banners etc.) that tell today’s Syria and celebrate the creativity and resilience of a people demanding freedom of expression. Between 2012 and 2013, the editors, Malu Halasa, Zaher Omareen and Nawara Mahfoud, worked … Continue reading