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Orient Net2-7-2017

A love story with legs of its own

He knew the war wouldn’t last forever and that the cause he was fighting for was just. Ahmed, a 26-year-old from Damascus had joined the Free Syrian Army in its fight ..
Orient Net28-6-2017

Syria’s longstanding history of embracing refugees

After 1915, Syria received the largest share of the displaced Armenians and allocated them into the land offering them work and housing. The city of Aleppo at that time also announced ..
Orient Net - Halla Barakat17-6-2017

Syrian refugee crisis: Assad regime being the root cause

The infamous European refugee crisis sparked “fame” in April 2015 after five boats carrying almost 2,000 refugees capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, leading to more than 1,200 people dead. According ..
Orient Net11-6-2017

Syrian men in crisis: Fight for Assad or disappear

Yamen, a university student, was finally able to get a one-time only postponement of his mandatory military service after his mother went and spoke with a mediator in the military ..
Orient Net - Halla Barakat27-5-2017

"Syria Civil War": Ignorance or bias?

World media outlets insist on calling what is taking place in Syria as "Civil War". Is it? (First published Nov. 21, 2016) ..
Orient Net - Special21-5-2017

In Syria, not even one rubber bullet ever fired!

Since early 1970s, more and more voices from around the world are calling for the halt of manufacture and sale of rubber bullets, a well-known emergency crowd control measure, due ..
Orient Net14-5-2017

Douma’s tomato boy

In the cacophony of buyers arguing with vendors, a trembling voice was heard from a small thin young boy as he walked between the marketplace stalls looking for edible scraps ..
Orient Net - Special9-5-2017

Syria: Absurdity at its “best”

Never in history has a country, all the country, ever been a stage for but one long play, with all its people the by-default characters. Red are the curtains. Clothing is ..
Halla Barakat3-5-2017

How "Syrian forces" are no longer Syrian

The world should update its dictionary, "Syrian forces" are no longer Syrian, rather they are vicious sectarian foreign militias bolstering Assad. By: Halla Barakat ..
Orient Net - Special3-5-2017

Absurdity at Its “Best”

Never in history has a country, all the country, ever been a stage for but one long play, with all its people the by-default characters. Red are the curtains. Clothing is ..