Category Archives: Syria

Syria in drawings

This article is on the “Syria In Ink” exhibit at Brooklyn Public Library, which is based on the upcoming illustrated memoir by Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple. Hisham wrote about his life under ISIS rule in Raqqa and Mosul, while … Continue reading

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On Syria, Trump, Tucker and Greenwald

My first piece on Medium takes aim at some of the discourse surrounding the alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria and the possibility of a U.S. military response:   View story at

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Some Ghouta residents stay in dangerous rebel areas while others go to the government

My old colleague Zouhir Al Shimale and I wrote this article about east Ghouta residents who prefer to brave the bombs and destruction in Ghouta’s shrinking rebel enclave, fearing detention or worse if they go to government areas as others … Continue reading

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Perspectives on Kirkuk from Kurds in Iran, Syria and Turkey (Arabic translation)

The Arabic translation of my article on Kurdish politics and the battle of Kirkuk for Al-Monitor:

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Kurds divided over loss of Kirkuk

The Iraqi victory over Kurdistan in Kirkuk exposed the autonomous region’s weaknesses and divisions. Kurds in Iran, Syria and Turkey have an array of opinions on who is to blame for the ordeal.¬†Mohammad Abdulssattar Ibrahim, from Syria Direct, and I … Continue reading

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British YPG/Peshmerga volunteer speaks the truth about life as a foreigner fighting ISIS

Jimmy, ¬†a British Army veteran of the Iraq War, has volunteered as a combat medic with both the YPG in Syria and the Peshmerga in Iraq. He’s one of hundreds of Western volunteers to fight with the Kurdish groups in … Continue reading

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Cape Cod town rallies for refugees in Beirut

It’s rare that Cape Cod Times runs a story on Syria with a local bend, let alone two in the same day. Read my coverage of a Falmouth group’s efforts to support youth education in a Beirut refugee camp:

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