Near & Middle East
‘An Invitation to Kill’: Proxies, Foreign Powers in Syria Endanger Civilians

‘An Invitation to Kill’: Proxies, Foreign Powers in Syria Endanger Civilians

Foreign intervention and the many proxy groups fighting on all sides of the conflict in Syria have further polarized the war and complicated the rules for accountability when it comes to civilian protection. More»

Death Fasting in Turkey

Death Fasting in Turkey

Lale Colak died upon release from Kartal Prison, Istanbul, on December 20, 2000. She couldn’t speak, her mouth was ulcerated, and her hair had turned white after 222 days without solid food. Lale’s mother says that she didn’t want to die, but was militantly devoted to a wave of prisoner hunger strikes that took aim at the expansion of Turkish mass incarceration. More»

The Fifth Corps and the State of the Syrian Army

The Fifth Corps and the State of the Syrian Army

The Syrian government’s new and unprecedented volunteer-based military unit is a window into the current state and the future of the Syrian military, explains Syrian journalist Abdulrahman al-Masri. More»

Prisoners of the Afghans

Prisoners of the Afghans

There is a painful episode in the Afghan war, which perhaps can be introduced in no place more fitly than in this. Whilst the prisoners, who surrendered themselves on the march between Caubul and Jellalabad, were suffering such hardships in a rude and inhospitable country, British officers were enduring unparalleled sufferings in the dungeons of an Oosbeg tyrant, far beyond the snowy mountains of the Hindoo-Koosh. More»

My Days in Damascus: The Strategy of Minding My Own Business

My Days in Damascus: The Strategy of Minding My Own Business

Farah is a young woman living in Syria’s capital, where she faces the daily struggles of maintaining a normal life in a country being ripped apart by war. More»

King Farouk and Me

King Farouk and Me

The year was 1942 and I was eighteen years old. I was in Cairo on holiday arranged by my mother. She ran a hostel for the expats in Cairo. If I go into detail about mother’s job, I’ll never get to tell how I encountered King Farouk. More»

The World According to Trump, and What It May Mean for Syria

The World According to Trump, and What It May Mean for Syria

Rebel-held Aleppo was the first casualty of President-elect Donald Trump’s emerging world order. Annia Ciezadlo explains what to expect next in Syria. More»

The Fall of Rebel-Held Aleppo Is a Warning to Others Who Oppose Assad

The Fall of Rebel-Held Aleppo Is a Warning to Others Who Oppose Assad

For moderate, unarmed rebels, as well as anyone wanted by the government, the rapid and brutal offensive to retake east Aleppo is a sign of what’s to come elsewhere in Syria. More»

Let’s Not Pretend Scenes of Horror in Eastern Aleppo Are ‘Unexpected’

Let’s Not Pretend Scenes of Horror in Eastern Aleppo Are ‘Unexpected’

The humanitarian crisis in eastern Aleppo is tragic but not unimaginable or surprising – it is the result of years of inaction by the international community, writes Physicians for Human Rights researcher Elise Baker. More»

Trump Is the U.S. President Assad Has Been Waiting For

Trump Is the U.S. President Assad Has Been Waiting For

The new U.S. president wants his Syrian counterpart to stay. Journalist Annia Ciezadlo explains what that’s going to mean for the nearly half of Syrian civilians who are stranded by war. More»

Male Refugees in Lebanon Face Abuse and Neglect Alone

Male Refugees in Lebanon Face Abuse and Neglect Alone

Single men are not often the priority for refugee assistance programs, but they are vulnerable in their own ways. Federica Marsi reports on the difficulties that lone Syrian men in Lebanon face accessing aid and protecting themselves from exploitation. More»

The Apartment

The Apartment

When we moved to No. 14 Nahmani Street, our tenants were a gentleman of the distinguished Sephardic Chelouche family and his adored French wife Paulette. She was, of course, attractive, always carefully made up and dressed. Her face brightened up with a big smile and a wink whenever she saw me playing in the garden, as she looked out of her bedroom window. More»