Al-Monitor – US, Russian troops square off in northeast Syria as Kremlin eyes wider footprint

Original article by Jared Szuba, al-Monitor, 03 June 2020 American and Russian troops reportedly squared off again in northeast Syria today after a Russian convoy ventured into territory controlled by the US-led international…

The Daily Beast – Inside the Sisterhood Springing Jihadis From Jail

Original article by Anne Speckhard, The Daily Beast, 24 May 2020. “Do you know any way to get me transferred to Camp al Hol?” asks an ISIS prisoner in a neighboring camp texting from one of the illicit phones passed around among…

Al-Monitor – US, allies press Russia to allow UN aid to Syria from Iraq

Though the United States and allied countries are working to convince Russia to reopen a border crossing between Iraq and Syria to UN humanitarian aid, Moscow could not only refuse but block aid through other points. Russian soldiers stand…

Open Democracy – Rojava: statelessness in a time of pandemic

Lack of international recognition as a state has disastrous consequences on an area already suffering from war and displacement. Cleaning operations carried out by the municipality in Qamishlo, April 2020 | Courtesy…

US Commission on International Religious Freedoms – 2020 Annual Report: Turkey’s policy in Syria recommended as of particular concern

Original report KEY FINDINGS n 2019, religious freedom in Syria remained under serious threat, particularly amid the country’s ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis. The most notable positive development was the successful conclusion in March…

Human Rights Watch – Syria: Aid Restrictions Hinder Covid-19 Response

UN Should Reauthorize Assistance from Iraq; Damascus Should Allow Passage Original Article Published on Human Rights Watch, 28 April 2020 Health workers disinfect a street in the government-controlled city of Qamishli in…

Al-Monitor – Coronavirus, war prompts northeast Syrian schools to go online

The Kurdish-led government in northeast Syria is putting classes online and may continue to use the internet for education beyond the coronavirus. The Kurdish-led government in northeast Syria is putting classes online and may continue…

Novara Media – Coronavirus in Rojava: Facing a Pandemic Without a State

Original article by Thomas McClure, researcher at the RIC, in Novara Media, 04 May 2020 Across the world, states are coming under pressure for their response to the coronavirus crisis. Some fail to adequately protect their citizens,…

Novara Media – North and East Syria’s Political Experiment Continues Despite Its Challenges

Original article by Nina Steinhardt, RIC researcher, published on Novara Media, In October 2019, the invasion of north-eastern Syria by the Turkish army and proxy forces caught the attention of the world. Humanitarian organisations,…

El Pais – Tres Sirias frente a una pandemia

Una década de guerra ha dejado el país partido en tres, el sistema sanitario devastado y una población empobrecida incapaz de confrontar la covid-19 Una ONG lleva a cabo tareas de desinfección en una mezquita de la insurrecta…

Fox News – UN warns coronavirus fallout will lead to the next pandemic – global starvation

Original report by Hollie McKay, 29 April 2020 The next global pandemic may very well be a hunger pandemic as a result of the fallout from coronavirus. While the World Health Organization warns that stringent guidelines need to…

Turkey’s Weaponising of Water in Syria is Increasing the Risk of COVID-19 Spreading

Qamishli, Jazira region, Syria Original article by Stephen Delahunty in Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 25 April 2020 More than a million people in Kurdish-held areas of north-east Syria are being put at risk of a mass Coronavirus…

France 24 – COVID-19 Pandemic: Syria’s Kurds fighting the virus alone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JuK_o7uDR4 Original France 24 Report, 22 April 2020 The spread of the coronavirus is especially worrisome in Syria. After years of war, the country's health infrastructure has been all but destroyed,…

Rojava: en busca de la estabilidad imposible

Para contener la pandemia la Administración Autónoma del Norte y Este de Siria decidió imponer la cuarentena hasta el 23 de abril, cerrar escuelas y universidades y también el paso fronterizo de Semalka. Además, se han prohibido los…

Syria’s Kurdish-led region decries lack of international support in COVID-19 fight

Syria's northeast is left with little outside assistance to fight the coronavirus pandemic and requires much more international support. Women hold stacks of bread as they walk along an empty street, as restrictions are imposed as measure…