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Syria’s Women of War

These are the members of the only all-female fighting unit in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo, photographed by Reportage’s Sebastiano Tomada in March of this year. They said they had come together to augment the fighting power of the Free Syrian Army. “Women are fighting on all the fronts now,” a female activist told Sebastiano. “Women often transport weapons and supplies for rebels as they are less likely to be searched at army and security checkpoints.”

This series was recently awarded first prize by the jury of PX3: Prix de la Photographie Paris, the exhibition for which was held last week. See more of Sebastiano’s work on the Reportage website.

Is Facebook Censoring the Syrian Opposition?

Last December, a woman from the Syrian community in Toronto reached out to me for help after a Syrian opposition Facebook page, for which she was an administrator, was expunged from the internet. She told me that Facebook had deleted the page, called Likes for Syria, in mid December, by which time it had garnered more than 80,000 “likes." Several Syrian Canadians had organized the page shortly after the revolution in Syria began, back in 2011, and used it as a tool for posting news stories about the crisis, spreading messages of hope, and creating awareness in the Western world—something that many feel is desperately needed.

“We feel like our freedom of speech has been totally taken away,” said Faris Alshawaf, another administrator for Likes for Syria. “We have a right to talk about what is happening.” Facebook had removed the page once before but quickly republished it after administrators made an appeal. Just days later, Facebook deleted the page a second time.  

Yet Likes for Syria is hardly alone. In the past six months, Facebook has deleted dozens of opposition pages—including one started by Syrian youth roughly a month before the revolution begun—because they allegedly violate the company's Community Standardspolicy and Terms of Use agreement. Two weeks ago, the Atlantic reported that Facebook opposition pages were disappearing. While I was doing more research about the issue, Facebook took down another page. This time, it erased the Syrian Coalition page, a move that shocked administrators and caused panic in the Syrian community, as it was seen as one of the most important and safe pages of the revolution. People from the Syrian community reached out to me again and sent me screenshot images of what had been reported to Facebook. It seemed clear that many of the images would have been very hard to take offense to and were not violent in nature.   

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120 children injured and 8 dead in a terrorist attack on an Elementary school in Damascus.

This happened today 7:30 am of a peaceful morning. Parents sent their young children ages (5-11) to school as they normally do… not knowing that the moment those children gathered to play in the playground waiting for the bell to ring so that they can go up to their classes usually at 7:45 until a mortar bomb hit the playground in the middle of this gathering to get the most bloody day Damascus has seen. 120 small innocent were injured….8 were killed immediately…48 are in critical care now most with one or both of their arms/legs missing.

The mortar bomb was fired from Jobar an area near Damascus by the so called “rebels” or “freedom fighters of the FSA” Terrorists as we know them. Not only that but they weren’t ashamed to announce on their own social media accounts that a place for Pro Assad supporters was successfully hit. Really???? Do these children know who they are Pro to…did they have weapons in their hands?? They know nothing except their terror of seeing their classmates blood or limb near them.

The First picture is for the child Sitar Mtanious who is a martyr in heaven now. the middle two are for injured children in the hospital …the bottom two are pictures from the school playground and the remains of the mortar bomb.

Please pray for all the injured children. Please share/reblog let the world know what we are fighting against! Please do you still believe that this is a “peaceful revolution” for freedom?

Syria: al Qaeda’s New Home - Trailer

Three years ago, an uprising against the Assad regime turned into what looked like a straightforward civil war between Syrian government forces and rebels. However, over time, what had started as a largely secular opposition movement began to take on more of a radical Islamist tone, with two al Qaeda offshoots—the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra—becoming the dominant forces on the ground across the rebel-held North.

ISIS’s policy of kidnapping journalists has made it almost impossible to report from within Syria. But one VICE filmmaker managed to secure unprecedented access to both al Qaeda factions battling Syria’s government forces, creating this remarkable portrait of the foreign volunteers and local Syrians willing to fight and die to establish a new caliphate on Europe’s doorstep.

Syria’s Revolutionaries Are Fighting Back Against Foreign Jihadists 

As the revolutions of our time tend to, it started with a Facebook post. “Together for a Day of Rage in Syria to end the state of emergency in Syria and end corruption,” read the post back in February 2011. One revolution, two bloody years, and 11 dark months later, came more Facebook posts—this time calling for: “A day of Anger against ISIS.”

The posts sparked protests on Friday that, once again, turned into armed conflict and a variety of rebel groups are now fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) across Aleppo and Idlib governorates. Activists are calling it “another revolution.” Things are getting pretty meta in northern Syria.

Widespread anger at the repressive and arbitrary nature of ISIS’s methods in northern Syria has been growing since the group arrived in the country in May 2013. ISIS’s primary goal extends further than simply the formation of an Islamic state in Syria, a view shared by the more fundamentalist Islamic brigades within the country. Rather, ISIS, wish to see the restoration of the caliphate across the Levant, a region consisting of much of the eastern Mediterranean and stretching into Iraq.

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Don Getsug : DOCUMENT: Forty years after the FSA

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty to “help each and every American fulfill his or her basic hopes”. Photographer Don Getsug had an opportunity to photograph this war, spending two years on rural back roads, capturing Americans in need. To honor this half century of considering the poor, Don has mined his archives and wanted to bring light to images made half a century ago. 

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