As a regular feature, inspired by your questions about the Syria conflict, we’ve rounded up answers from some of the top minds in our network. If you’d like to submit a question for us to tackle, send it to email@example.com.
Another winter has passed at Domaine de Bargylus, and once-twisted, gray-barked vines are today burgeoning with green buds. Spring is a precarious season, when a late frost can decimate a vineyard’s chances of ever yielding a harvest. Like the majority of their countrymen, the owners of this young estate, Syrian brothers Karim and Sandro Saadé, weren’t born into wine. But if the mark of a good winegrower is the ability to adapt and take in stride the vicissitudes of life and nature, then the Saadés have already proven themselves beyond a doubt to be a pair of natural vignerons.
Millions of Syrians are using social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Skype to disseminate and discuss the conflict. Each week Syria Deeply monitors the online conversation in English and Arabic, pulling out the highlights in a feature called the Social Media Buzz.
RAS AL-AYN, HASSAKEH PROVINCE / Visitors crossing from Turkey to Ras al-Ayn, a sleepy border town in eastern Syria, are now welcomed by the unlikeliest of characters: a Catholic member of what is considered an extremist Islamist rebel group.
Anyone who has spent a summer in Syria knows it’s unpleasant. Average high temperatures can hit 96 F / 35 C. Pre-revolution, the heat simply meant sweaty taxi rides, nights in rooms with no AC, and minor dehydration while shopping. But over two years of war, Syrian civilians now live with limited or no access to electricity, medicine or water. Refugees often live in unsanitary camps that are breeding grounds for diseases. As summer hits the region, these struggles will only intensify.
Syria Deeply is an independent digital media project led by journalists and technologists, exploring a new model of storytelling around a global crisis. Our goal is to build a better user experience of the story by adding context to content, using the latest digital tools of the day. With time, our hope is to add greater clarity, deeper understanding, and more sustained engagement to the global conversation.
By mixing user generated content with the insight and oversight of seasoned journalists, we merge the power of citizen journalism with the standards of the professional press.
Reports on Syria from UN Agencies
More Syria Analysis & Background Information
Monitoring the Conflict and the Dynamics Behind It
Documenting Abuses on All Sides of the Fight
News and resources from the British Broadcasting Corporation
Updates and insights from Professor Josh Landis
Activist Ammar Abdulhamid Blogs the Uprising
Crowdmap Documenting Ground Reports from Syria
Beirut-Based Website Posting Live Updates
Bloggers & Citizen Media Stories About Syria
We are combing aid groupes and non governmental organizations doing great work for civilians affected by the Syrian conflict to help find ways to engage.
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