Persecuted at home, Syrian women seek new beginnings in Istanbul’s “little Syria”

by Felipe Araujo In an old basement deep in the heart of the Fatih district in Istanbul, Syrian women gather around a table making jewellery. When I visited the place on a rainy Friday afternoon, the hustle and bustle of this city of 14 million suddenly disappeared, giving way to memories of Aleppo and Damascus.… Read More

Affleck v. Harris and the Different Shades of Islamophobia

Millions of Muslims around the world, both in Western nations as well as others, experience Islamophobia every day as a lived reality. A genuine discussion of what really IS Islamophobia is beyond the scope of a standard, blog-length article. Suffice to say that Islamophobia, if understood as structural oppression of Muslims, is a form of racism. WHOAH – comes the response – Muslims are not a race, so how can Islamophobia be racism? This binary, and/or question appears to have left Muslims in a kind of limbo, where they end up excluded by their oppressor (generally the White Western hegemon) whilst simultaneously being separated from their co-oppressed (e.g. Jews or Black people) in their struggle for equality and justice. Read More

‘War – What Is It Good For?’

by Taimour Fazlani As military strategies are being proposed by America, in conjunction with France, against the Syrian government for its alleged use of chemical weapons, once again we must ask the most elementary of questions concerning the act of war: what is it actually good for? The tragedies of conflict have accounted for vast… Read More

#Syria And The War Drums of the Western Nations

by Usaamah Khan The day UN inspectors were to arrive in Damascus to investigate allegations of use of toxic arms, reports emerged of recent chemical weapons use in Eastern Ghouta located on the outskirts of Damascus. The casualty  figures range from dozens to almost 1200 deaths. Soon we were told by the US and the… Read More