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Line Zouhour


Beyond the Banality of Evil: The Challenge of Professional Photography in Syria

[Image by Bombardier/Flickr.]

“You gave me mud and I turned it into gold.” - Charles Baudelaire    This year, photographs on Syria have swept the Pulitzer prize. Five Associated Press (AP) photographers, Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen have been awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news photography for their stunning work on the Syrian crisis, a news that was received by many Syrians with a mix of pride and gloom.  Pulitzer prizes ...

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Whither the Peaceful Movement in Syria?

[Activist Hussam al-Dehni holds up a banner that reads,

Whatever happened to peaceful activism in Syria? Lately, it seems that the non-violent movement has completely disappeared from the headlines. Long gone are the days when Ghiyath Mattar, a Daraya-based activist, would organize marches where protesters distributed water bottles and roses to the army. Long gone are the days when demonstrators in Deraa would rally around the chant “silmiyeh silmiyeh,” facing the bullets of the government forces with their bare chests. Peaceful ...

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Born and raised in France with Syrian roots, Line is a MA candidate in Arab Studies at Georgetown University and a contributor for Jadaliyya's Syria page. Her research interest includes social media, the political economy of the Arab world and more specifically the role of art in the Syrian uprisings.