From the Editors
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Apples of the Golan. Directed by Jill Beardsworth and Keith Walsh. Austria/Ireland/Syria, 2012. A man places four apples on the ground in a rectangle. He paces back and forth between them. “The cell was seventy centimeters by 1.8 meters. I was sleeping with no mattress…twenty-four hours in darkness. I was there for seventy-three days.” He describes his torture: he was placed, exposed, in a tire, and lashed with a cable. He was lifted by his arms and tied up with ...Keep Reading »
[If you are unable to see the photo slide show above, please click here.] As much as the war in Syria is one of weapons, it is also a war of images. Photographs and videos circulated online have altered assumptions, confirmed biases, and framed narratives at every stage of ongoing developments. In the past year, a number of Facebook pages have emerged as part of the “Lens of a Youth” network of photography collectives, covering nearly all the different cities and towns in ...Keep Reading »
The uprising in Syria has unleashed a wave of dark humor and satire across a range of media, from the clever posters of the Local Coordinating Committee of Kfarnebel to the short sketches from YouTube series “Freedom and nothing else.” Therefore, it’s not surprising that along with the thousands of Facebook pages for organizing coordinating committees calling for freedom of imprisoned protesters and honoring those killed in the uprising, a number of satirical pages for the ...Keep Reading »
“When I held my camera and went to Homs... It was like holding a weapon with me. It’s very dangerous to hold a camera and travel around the country.” Syria Through a Lens highlights the life, activism, and films of martyred Syrian filmmaker Bassel Shahade. On May 28th, 2012, Bassel was killed during a government assault on Homs, where he had been filming the aftermath of the violence in Houla. Bassel was from the Qassa` neighborhood of Damascus, but had traveled widely in ...Keep Reading »
While Syria and Turkey have called it quits for now, a possible regime change in Syria could bring them even closer together. The sultans must be green with envy. At no time since the fall of the Ottoman Empire have Turks held such sway over the Middle East. In the context of Arab uprisings, Turkey has been able to solidify a position it has been carefully trying to establish for the past decade. So far, Turkey appears to have made all the right choices. Now, it is ...Keep Reading »
C. Ella Wind is a researcher on the political economy of Syria and Turkey , and a contributing co-editor for Jadaliyya's Syria page. She can contacted at ella.cwind.at.gmail.com