Over the last five years, the Syrian establishment has grown more brutal. Those reforms that were foreseeable in 2011 now seem impossible. Corruption has reached unprecedented levels. The establishment’s values and propaganda have never been as exposed. And yet, my opposition to this regime has faded so much that I no longer know whether I’m learningContinue reading “The Devil between the Details and the Big Picture”
Abulkhair, father of the good. Image courtesy of the Syrian Civil Defense in Eastern Ghouta Like any civil war, this one has divided the population and even shattered families. I’ve had relatives fighting on both sides of the conflict. Sometimes you’ll hear about siblings fighting on opposite sides. After years of division, it’s started to feelContinue reading “In Memoriam: Sameer Moghrabi, Father of the Good”
“It’s hatred that threatens us all, not bombs or rockets. Tuesday’s Jerusalem attacks make this point very clearly. These attacks should be a wake-up call that no missile defense, gun control or counter-terrorism measures will protect us when hatred prevails. The thing about hatred is that you can’t overcome it by bombing your way out; that alwaysContinue reading “The Thin Line between Us and the Enemey”
“Today it doesn’t matter what vision you have for the future or what your declared principles are. It’s not enough to include minorities and women within the ranks of your party, nor is it reassuring to claim that you believe in democracy. It’s certainly irrelevant how good your relationship with the West is. What trulyContinue reading “Define Moderate”
A hard slab of what sounds like a bunch of metal plates slammed together, followed by a splash of shrapnel, shattered glass and wrecked stones hitting our walls and windows. Light-grey smoke fills the air — that’s roughly what a mortar landing is.
In 2010, I introduced an idea to bring in positive change to our community by empowering free speech. Shortly after that, the “Arab Spring” began and no one seemed to be interested anymore in long-term reformist approaches. At some point, I myself gave up on my own principle and never really carried out with thatContinue reading “It’s All about Peas”