A Syrian girl waits with her family, who say they have received permission from the Syrian government to leave the besieged town, as they depart after an aid convoy entered Madaya, Syria January 11, 2016. (Photo by Omar Sanadiki for Reuters.)

Starvation used as weapon in Syrian town, U.N. investigators say

The tactic of starvation targets civilians — and could be in violation of international law.
Jan 12, 2016
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Globalist launches series about youth caught in Middle East conflict

The Seattle Globalist is launching a new reporting series about young Syrians living on the borders of war in their region. More than nine million Syrians have been forced from their homes since the conflict broke out in 2011. Two and a half million of them have fled to Jordan and other neighboring countries. And […]
Jun 30, 2014
A Syrian refugee in Beirut holds a ballot from Tuesday's multiparty presidential elections. Bashar Al-Assad (right) is almost assured victory. (Photo from Reuters)

As Syria holds sham elections, some in Seattle keep hope alive

A lot has changed in the seven years since Syria’s last presidential election back in 2007. But the expected result hasn’t. After all the lives lost in the country’s three-year civil war, it’s hard to imagine these — officially the first multiparty elections in Syrian history — will have any impact on the lives of those on […]
Jun 4, 2014
A portrait of President Bashar al-Assad looms behind a young Syrian at a Damascus intersection in 2010. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Lessons of fear and freedom in Syrian schools

“Let’s talk about the holocaust,” my Syrian Civic Education teacher said one morning back in 2010 — to an unusually full and hushed classroom. “The Holocaust,” he said, “IF it in fact occurred, was greatly exaggerated in numbers.” Complete silence.
Apr 21, 2014
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Waiting for Assad’s fall, record numbers of Syrians flee to Jordan

ZAATARI, Jordan–As the Syrian civil war and the fight to remove President Bashar Assad unfolds, more than half a million people have fled their homes during dangerously cold winter months. There are roughly 60,000 Syrians in the Zaatari, one of the largest refugee camps that sits just across the Jordanian border. According to a recent […]
Dec 11, 2012