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  • An activist’s grueling journey from Syria to Syracuse
    April 22, 2015 by marine_olivesi in

    Aired on March 27, 2015 — PRI’s The World 


    After a year in a Syrian jail being tortured by the regime’s police, 24-year-old activist Karam Al Hamad finally escaped to Turkey last fall. He has just been accepted for a fellowship at Syracuse University, but the road is proving harder than he expected.


  • The teen had enough of war. He came home from Syria. And promptly got arrested.
    February 13, 2015 by marine_olivesi in

    Aired on Feb 5, 2015 — PRI’s The World


    Abderrazak Cherif spent months and thousands of dollars trying to coax his son back from jihad in Syria. But when he finally succeeded, French authorities whisked the teenager off to jail.


  • Watching the battle for Kobane unfold from across the border
    November 9, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on Oct 9, 2014 — PRI’s The World


    The Syrian city of Kobane has survived a 25th day under siege from the forces of ISIS. But the defenders are increasingly wary of the night, when coalition jets go home and ISIS launches attacks, and many Kurds fear the air campaign isn’t enough to save the city.


  • Tunisia’s Break Dancers Spin Away from Extremism
    June 6, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on April 24, 2014 — PRI’s The World


    Tunisia was the first North African country to uprise against its strongman, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali 3 years and a half ago. Tunisians have since elected an assembly and adopted a new constitution this January.


    For many observers, Tunisia has become the rare success story of the Arab Sring… But young people across the country are still grappling with high unemployment and social exclusion. And this discontent has been fertile ground for extremist groups.

    In central Tunisia, a group of b-boys is trying to push back on the dance floor, and beyond.




  • Getting This Man’s Brother Back Alive From Syria Would Be ‘Nothing Short of a Miracle’
    March 24, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on March 6, 2014 — PRI’s The World


    As the war in Syria nears its third anniversary, the conflict has increasingly been defined by a sharp influx of foreign fighters on both sides of the front line.


    Hundreds of Europeans have joined the armed insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad. Scores of others have joined the fight from North Africa and other Arabic countries.


    Here’s the story of one Libyan who’s been trying to get his younger brother out of the embattled country.




  • How a foreign fighters’ chaperon turned into a victim of jihadists in Syria
    January 22, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on Jan 21, 2014 — PRI’s The World


    This week, delegates of the Syrian opposition and the Syrian regime will meet for the first time after three years of turmoil. The Geneva II conference was first designed as a platform to broker a transitional government but expectations have shrunk in recent weeks. Analysts now expect negotiations to focus on localized cease-fires and exchange of prisoners, not a road map to end the war.


    Absent of Geneva II will also be one of the biggest player in the civil war –the al Qaeda affiliated group that controls much of north-eastern Syria and has clashed with the FSA in recent weeks.


    Most of their fighters are foreign jihadists… And here’s the story of one Syrian who has recently been forced into exile by the very men he helped bring into Syria.


  • A Bad Year For the FSA
    January 8, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on Dec 26, 2013 — PRI’s The World


    One brigade that started the year as a major player of the armed insurgency in Latakia province ends 2013 disbanded — a telltale of what went wrong with the Free Syrian Army this year.


  • On the Frontline with Kurdish Female Fighters
    January 8, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on Nov 27, 2013 — PRI’s The World

    Syria’s Kurdish militia stands apart from other rebel groups in more ways than one.

    Military discipline, ideological cohesion and popular support have given the YPG an edge in the civil war and accounted for its big gains over al Qaeda groups this month in North-eastern Syria. 

    Yet the YPG’s most outstanding feature might be the surprisingly large number of women fighting within its ranks. 


  • In Syria, Kurds Are Fighting Their Own War Against Islamists, and Winning
    January 8, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on Nov 26, 2013 — PRI’s The World


    Syria’s civil war, going on three years now, is often described as a bloody stalemate. Yet on one particular front, there have been recent breakthroughs.


    Two weeks ago in northeastern Syria, Kurdish leaders declared provisional self-rule and created an interim government in a territory controlled by the Kurdish militia. The announcement came in the wake of a major offensive by the YPG against Islamist groups.


  • Al Qaeda’s Takeover of Raqqa Fuels Refugee Influx
    September 18, 2013 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on September 10, 2013 — PRI’s The World


    More than 2 million Syrians have fled the civil war into neighboring countries. In the Turkish city of Urfa, dozens cluster nights and days around the wooden picnic tables of a park in the outskirts of town. Most of them come from the Syrian city of Raqqa, and arrived in Turkey only recently.


    Persistent airstrikes by the regime and widespread shortages were bad enough, they say. The takeover of their city by Dawlat al-Islamyia over the summer was the last straw.




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