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Reconstructing Syria: Risks and Side Effects

In a new study published by Adopt a Revolution, Syrian economists and social scientists shed light on the central questions of Syria’s reconstruction and analyse strategies, actors and interests. The study is available in German, English and Arabic and can also be ordered as a print version.
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Only we can bring peace to Syria

Why the demise of the “Islamic State” and the Syrian regime’s reconquering of many areas does not translate into peace for the country. A message from Ameenah Sawwan living in exile in Germany.
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Resisting Hayat Tahrir al-Sham

Author and analyst Haid Haid conducted an important research examining how Syrian civil society groups are trying to resist extremist militias such as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.
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Palmyra: “Russia is destroying our City”

Civil activits from Palmyra/Tadmur report about heavy attacks on their hometown. The city has been under control of IS-jihadists in the last months, now the Syrian regime's army, with support by Russian airstrikes, progresses towards the city - and is obviously not saving humans nor acient ruins. We document their…
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The Syrian Spring Blossoming again

Five years after the first demonstrations in Syria, the activists Ameenah Sawwan thinks back to the beginnings of the revolution and also sees the numerous demonstrations of the last weeks. The civil society is not dead, she concludes. Five years ago, we were told not to have high expectations or…
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German Initiative for a “Right of Welcome”

"Take in refugees – abolish all causes of flight" - this is what the German initiative Recht auf Willkommen ("Right of Welcome") is promoting. More than 4 million people in Germany are actively supporting refugees and, that way, creating a welcoming culture of solidarity. This movement must not lose ground,…
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Survey amongst Syrian refugees in Germany – Backgrounds

On October 7 at the "Bundespressekonferenz" in Berlin, we present the results of the first major survey amongst Syrian refugees in Germany. In the past two weeks, we surveyed nearly 900 Syrian refugees why they have fled and under what conditions they could imagine to return to Syria. Here you…
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Majority of Syrian refugees in Europe are running from the Assad regime, not Isis, says survey

First survey of Syrian refugees in Europe to be presented at Federal Press Conference in Berlin, Germany shows most want to return, but not under Assad. A no-fly zone would help more stay. The main cause of Syrians coming to Europe is to flee the violence of the government of Bashar al-Assad,…
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Who’s Afraid of Razan Zaitouneh? – Karam Nachar

There was a time, not too long ago, when a young woman headed one of the largest networks of Syrian activists working against the Assad regime. She had blue eyes and uncovered blond hair; she spoke English and held a degree in law; and she was a staunch secularist. But…
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Take action: Where are the Douma 4?

Tuesday, the 9th of December, marks the first anniversary of the abduction of the four human rights activists, Razan Zaitouneh, Samira al-Khalil, Wael Hamadeh and Nazem Hammadi, called the "Douma 4". You can do something about this. Put up this picture on Facebook and Twitter as cover photos and use…