Syria

Corrie Hulse

A woman weeps as she recounts the murder of her sons. (Still from E-Team)

 

As Anna spoke with the translator the woman went silent. Tears streamed down her face as she grasped a photo of the sons who were just executed outside her front door. She made eye contact with the camera, her eyes sunken and lost. Then she began to weep and speak to the room. “What’s the point of writing? What’s the point of talking? I swear, if we could save them, our tears would fill gallons. Our tears could fill gallons and form a river.”

Anam Khan

The Refugees by Honore Daumier (1849-50)

Marina Iordan

Damascus, Syria has been part of the bourgeoning Middle Eastern art scene since the early 2000’s, when works by Syrian artists began to spread throughout western galleries and institutions. Three years ago, they reached a peak. Then, the uprising against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad broke out. Its rapid, life-threatening evolution has led to the disappearance of many galleries and studios, annihilating rising talents.

Corrie Hulse

Pro-ISIL demontrators in Mosul on Monday June 16, 2014 (via)

Arie Amaya-Akkermans

[Husain Tarabie]

Chris Haddix

How successful are images of armed conflict in communicating something of the experience of war? What kind of demand to these images place upon those untouched by the horrors of war? A recent exhibition, WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY, along with a new collection of World War I photographs published to commemorate the upcoming centennial, provide the opportunity to reflect on the continuing impact of war photographs. Chris Haddix has the review. 

Sahar Sarshar

Joel Bergner is a muralist, street artist, and educator who travels the world working on social action projects. He uses his artistic skills to work with at risk youth, refugees, and communities to heal and help change their environments for the better. His most recent project was working in a Syrian refugee camp in Za'atari, Jordan.

The Mantle

We are anguished by the loss of life as a result of a war that has been raging for three years in Syria. Equally, we are dismayed by the insincerity and ineptitude of the “international community” to broker a political resolution to a tragic situation. In response to the chemical weapons attack of August 21st, which took the lives hundreds of Syrians, the people of the United States appear to have finally become aware of the conflict.

Chris Wilson

The decision to use force, in political contexts, deserves to be held to the highest evidentiary standards. While it is certain that a chemical attack against Syrian civilians occurred on August 21, the authors of the attack have not been definitively (and independently) identified. That is a minor irrelevance, however, to the U.S.

Corrie Hulse

It was barely over a month ago that newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power gave her first public address as Ambassador. She chose to do so at the Invisible Children Fourth Estate Leadership Summit, speaking to young activists.

Power gave an impassioned address to the young crowd, calling on their new breed of activism.

“...we need your positive moral vision more than ever.

We need your vision of justice to win over those who fear it.

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