iTunes: Apple troubled by women’s bodies

19 November 2012

Salwa Al Neimi’s erotic novel ‘The Proof of the Honey’ was removed from the iTunes store because of its cover which features part of a woman’s naked back and bottom, said the publisher, Europa Editions, in a statement on its Facebook page on 9 November 2012. The book has already …

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Syria: Art, creative resistance and active citizenship

7 November 2012

The links between creative resistance and active citizenship, art and civic conscience have been a strong component of the Syrian uprising. Finally, citizens have turned into peer-creators and users, who have now the tools to express their creativity.     BY DONATELLA DELLA RATTA • OCTOBER 2012 • [A4 PDF] …

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Syrian actor killed – allegedly for supporting the president

7 November 2012

The well-known Syrian-born Palestinian actor Mohammed Rafia is believed to have been killed by rebels because of his support for President Bashar al-Assad. “His death is a sign of the abyss of personal hatred and violence into which Syria has fallen,” wrote BBC’s reporter Sebastian Usher. An extremist rebel group …

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Fear, threats and self-censorship among Syrian rappers

22 October 2012

Syrian rappers are split about how to engage in the fronts of an uprising that have turned to civil war. President Bashar al-Assad’s fear-based society is making everyone think twice.   Refugees of Rap, a group of rappers from the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk in Syria, has a new album …

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Syria: Documentary filmmaker disappeared in airport

17 September 2012

Orwa Nyrabia, an independent documentary filmmaker and co-founder of the Damascus-based international documentary festival ‘DOX BOX’, was arrested by the Syrian military as part of a crackdown on pro-democracy artists and intellectuals. Orwa Nyrabia disappeared on 23 August 2012 before boarding an airplane to Cairo. His wife, Diana El-Jeiroudi, was …

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Syria: Ban on tv-series and films about homosexuality

23 May 2012

An article in Al-Akhbar explains about the censorship of tv-series and films about lesbians, such as the television series ‘Behind Bars’ and the new short film, ‘A Lesbian Tale’. In an interview with Al-Akhbar, director Muhammad Khair Diab explains about his new short film titled ‘A Lesbian Tale’ which is …

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CPJ: Eritrea, North Korea and Syria among 10 most censored countries

2 May 2012

Eritrea has emerged as the world’s most censored country, the Committee to Protect Journalists has found in its analysis of press restrictions around the globe. Following closely on CPJ’s 10 Most Censored Countries list are North Korea, Syria, and Iran — three nations where vast restrictions on information have enormous …

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Syrian author: This is an extermination of my people

13 February 2012

Open letter from the Syrian author Khalid Khalifa: “My friends, writers and journalists from all over the world, in China and Russia, I would like to inform you that my people is being subjected to a genocide. A week ago the forces of the Syrian regime stepped up its attacks …

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Cartoonist Ali Ferzat: Revolution redefines art in Syria

21 January 2012

BBC News interviewed the Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat who in August 2011 was attacked by masked men, beaten, and dumped by the side of the road. An attack which made headlines across the world. BBC News met the artist in a small art gallery behind Sloane Square in London where …

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Syria: 35 top artists reported to have left the country

26 October 2011

  Within just three months, 35 artists from the first row of stars in Syria have decided to move to recidences outside of the country, reported on 24 October 2011. According to a press statement from the Syrian Association of Artists, this is a signal from these artists of …

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