Analysis

Daraa: Another Example of the Regime’s Failure of Reconciliation

Recently, regime forces launched an attack against the Daraa al-Balad area in south Syria. The attack aimed at fully recapturing the area after it has been under the control of the locals since the June 2018 reconciliation agreement between Assad...

The Transformative Politics and Memory of the Maspero Massacre

When Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the former head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), died on September 21, 2021, the Coptic Orthodox Church issued a statement offering their condolences. The statement praised Tantawi for “serving his...

How the Tragic Algeria Wildfires Illuminate State Deficiencies  

Wildfires during the summer in Algeria are commonplace, with thousands of hectares lost annually as temperatures soar in the Mediterranean. However the more than 70 fires that began on August 9 and devastated the northern Kabylia region of the country,...

Wives of the Detainees and Disappeared: Women under Suspended Sentences

I still remember the day everyone called me crazy because I decided against traveling to Britain to complete my master's degree—even though I had received a full scholarship. That was the dream for everyone! I decided to stay in Lebanon...

Enforced Disappearance in Syria: In the Words of Family Members

Around the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, I spoke with Kholoud Helmi, Hiba al-Hamed, and Ghufran Khulani—three young Syrian women whose lives have been completely changed after the disappearances of their loved ones by the Syrian regime...

“Families should not be treated as victims, but rather as partners in the issue of enforced disappearance”: Q&A with Hiba al-Hamed

Hiba al-Hamed is an activist and member of the Coalition of Families of Persons Kidnapped by ISIS, an organization that works to reveal the fates of those kidnapped by ISIS and to hold those responsible accountable. Her father Ismail was...

More Than Art: Tatreez and Syrian Women Refugees


The decade-long protracted war in Syria has left nearly six million Syrians seeking refuge in three neighboring countries: Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan. Early into the conflict, many refugees had already depleted their savings and were left dependent on humanitarian aid...

Lebanon’s Access to Information Law Has Been Amended… What’s New?

In February 2017, the Lebanese parliament passed Law No.28 on the Right to Access Information, one of the first in a series of anti-corruption laws to be passed in recent years. This law not only “legally obliges state administrations to...

Marital Rape in Egypt: Between Legal Gaps and Social Views

The topic of marital rape crime recently made headlines in Egypt after actress Nada Adel spoke up on social media in June to speak about it, accusing her ex-husband musician Tamim Younes of marital rape. Several women have since spoken...

“We want this suffering to end…We act because we want other families to avoid the same situation”: Q&A with Ghufran Khulani 

Ghufran Khulani is a young woman from Darayya. During the Syrian revolution, her family participated in the "flowers' demonstrations" and was subjected to severe repression by the regime, which arrested four of her brothers. At that point, Ghufran and her...