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Regime detains more protesters as demonstrations continue in Al-Suwayda

Jun 16, 2020

The number of civilians detained by the regime's security branches in Suwayda, southern Syria increased on Monday (June 15), with more being detained over their participation in popular demonstrations calling for the fall of the Assad regime.

According to a report from the website Suwayda 24, "The Assad regime arrested eight people today, who are Salman Faraj, Abdul Rahman Brik, Rowad Sadiq, Bashar Tarabiya, Hussam Mazhar, Safwan Obaid, Nasser Azzam,a' and Ihsan Muhammad."

Has Assad Really Liberated East Ghouta? - Ahmad Dimashqi

The Assads' pictures at the entrance to a children's playground  in Douma

"All the terrorists have left Douma, the last of their strongholds in eastern Ghouta," announced the official state-run Syrian news agency SANA in 2018, quoting an army spokesperson, who used the term “terrorists” in the regime way to refer to rebels and dissidents. Eastern Ghouta had been "completely eradicated of terrorism," added the spokesman in a statement broadcast on television.

The reality is very different; according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the heavy fighting and devastating bombing in Douma killed more than 1,700 civilians.

How Noam Chomsky Betrayed the Syrian People

Apr 06, 2016

Though Chomsky and the wider left might not appreciate this, the part they are playing in Syria’s counter-revolution is discrediting leftism. In this way, their actions are comparable to those “socialists” who destroyed the left for generations because of a blind loyalty to the nightmare of Stalinism.

US Establishing Airbases in Rojava: Source

Mar 06, 2016

Washington continues its support for Assad's PYD allies with the construction of two military airbases in Syrian Kurdistan (commonly referred to as Rojava)

Interview: Media focus on Daesh, "forget" Assad regime's crimes, says RBSS founder

Jan 06, 2016

"Some media outlets are trying to cover the area under ISIL [control] but forget to report about the Syrian regime. They also don't show any coverage of the FSA or other groups. Several media outlets just focus on ISIL."

Notes from a Palestinian Family in the Country of Resistance

Jan 06, 2016

By AlBassel Tadros

When the protests started in Syria, the Palestinians watched on silently. Their silence soon turned into a rage as they watched the regime shell and besiege all places which stood in opposition to its tyranny, even Palestinian refugee camps. It was as if they were thrown back in time over six decades, faced again with displacement and the death boats toward Europe, this time with the Syrians.

YPG-affiliated alliance dissolves Raqqa tribal force

Jan 05, 2016

The Kurdish alliance stresses that its main goal is to fight ISIS, while its second, more vague, objective is to build a “democratic Syria.” So far, it has made no mention of fighting Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Regime-inflicted famine in Madaya continues to claim victims

Jan 05, 2016

Forty thousand people living in the Syrian town of Madaya in Damascus province are reportedly dying from starvation as the world watches in complicit silence, say activists.

The small town, located in the Qalamoun mountain range 40km south of Damascus in an area adjacent to the Lebanese border, has been besieged since July 2015 by Assad's forces, backed by mercenaries from the Tehran-backed Hezbollah militia, who continue to prevent any food or humanitarian aid from reaching residents. .

Ogres and Orientalism: An Interview with Yassin al-Hajj Saleh

Yassin Al Haj Saleh is one of Syria’s most iconic political dissidents, intellectuals and authors. He was imprisoned by the Assad regime for 16 years from 1980 to 1996 for his membership of a leftist party, going on to become a widely acclaimed author and journalist, and one of the key intellectual voices of the Syrian revolution. After spending 21 months in hiding within Syria, he eventually escaped to Istanbul in 2012. He was kind enough to take time for an email interview with Radio Free Syria editor Ruth Riegler in June 2015.

U.N. in jeopardy

The U.N. should decide whether it’s an NGO that is commenting on current events as a representative of the civil society sector, or whether it represents the collective will of the international community and a mechanism for implementing international law. It’s that simple.

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