[Stockholm, 17 October] I had the great honor of delivering the opening speech for the Swedish Annual Development Forum, held by the Swedish Agency for Cooperation and Development (SIDA) on Monday, 17 October. [SPEECH BEGINS] Hej allihopa, jag är mycket glad att vara här idag! Jag skulle gärna prata svenska men jag vill inte […]Read more "[FULL TEXT] Salamah to SIDA Development Forum: Engage Syrian Civil Society for Sustainable Development"
The speech was delivered in the context of UNESCO 9th Youth Forum in Paris, October 26th to 28th of October 2015. The forum, which is held every two years, is considered a global flagship event where some 500 participants from different youth-centered and led organizations meet. In addition to diplomats, policy makers and UN officials. […]Read more "(VIDEO): Salamah’s Keynote Speech UNESCO About Syria Civil Society"
The following talk was delivered at Euromed Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions 2015 which “aims at promoting greater understanding of the main issues affecting organised civil society in the Euromed region and at discussing the common challenges they face”. This year’s summit aimed at exploring the following topics: The situation in […]Read more "No ! the EU Can & Should Do Much Better in Syria"
What will come after this heartwarming solidarity with Syrians and other refugees in Europe? It is up to us, people, and it is a critical question.Read more "Let’s Extend This Solidarity beyond EU Borders: Where It Should Be"
While you were watching the video above, tens of barrel bombs could have rained the cities and villages of Syria. A tradition of death enjoyed and executed by the air forces of Assad regime since at least 3 years. Barrel bombs generate what feels like an earth quick and sometimes 50 earth quick a day.(Read […]Read more "They Work, Live & Love While 50 Earthquicks Erupt"
For updates since the beginning of ISIS/Assad assault on Yarmouk early April here. On the 25th of April 2015, Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari claimed that Yarmouk’s population doesn’t exceed 1000 person following ISIS assault on the camp. While it is impossible for any authority/organization to verify the actual number of residents […]Read more "Photo/Video Essay From Yarmouk Denouncing Syria UN Representative Claims: “Yarmouk is Empty”"
What is happening in Eastern Aleppo? and to a larger extent Syria. Many see only two predominant answers to such questions,: it is either a victory of Syrian Arab Army’s secularism or a grow of the Jihadi threat. Syrian activists have another story for you. In reality, “tens of thousands of people are trapped […]Read more "4 Voices from Besieged Eastern Aleppo Assad Can’t Silence"
“Aleppo city (north of Syria) is undergoing exceptionally (horrific) circumstances as a result of Assad’s forces, aided by his allies, to encircle the liberated section of the city. (This move comes) to knee the residents through starvation as a war tactic. In addition to a variatey of heavy weaponry deployed against civilians (…) at ;east […]Read more "Syria: Dying Anyway; Why to Die Silently? Aleppo Case"
Update 28 June Did Jabhat al-Nusra assassinate Syrian activist Khaled al-Issa? writes Syrian researcher Haid Haid The Al-Qaeda affiliate has become the main suspect behind the killing in Aleppo UPDATE 24 June at 23:00 Turkey Time: Syrian activist Raed Faris announced on his facebook profile the death of citizen journalist Khaleed Issa as […]Read more "Syrian Citizen Journalist Khaleed Issa Leaves This World"
Updated 17th of June “But as it is said, Mr.speaker, sometimes all it takes for evil to triumph is for a good man to do nothing” an extract from Jo Cox’s concluding remarks in her speech during a session at the House of Commons on 3rd of May 2016. (Video below) In critical moments and […]Read more "In UK; Syrians Have Lost a Great Friend: MP Jo Cox"
When I started this blog from my home in Damascus; I wanted to tell the world “a story” about what does war do to one’s soul but also about survival and peaceful resistance. Many years afterwards, the story became stories and the hundreds readers became thousands. Together with many of you; we have crowd-funded for […]Read more "The Syrian Violinist Making Your T-Shirt"
“For me, there is no homeland. The only homeland is memory and memory is first and foremost in the body.” – Elia Suleiman Handala, bitterness in Arabic, is the name of 10 years old boy; sad, ugly, barefooted and displaced from Palestine. He is the signature of Palestinian cartoonist Naji Al Ali, possibly the most […]Read more "Longing for No Return: Damascus – Malmo Via Beirut"
Published: 2 Jan 2015/ Updated: 10 Jan 2016 Contrary to many people’s new year resolutions, Nawar Bulbul, Syrian actor and activist, has decided to take some young Syrian refugees from Zaatari Camp in Jordan to cross the Mediterranean with his #LoveBoat. I have known Nawar since I was a kid my self. He starred in […]Read more "Here You My New Year Resolution; Crossing the Mediterranean By #Syria Love Boat"
ألقيت هذه الكلمة على هامش منتدى اليونيسكو التاسع للشباب في باريس، والذي عقد في الفترة الممتدة بين 26 و 28 أكتوبر 2015 يعتبر المنتدى الذي يقام مرة كل سنتين أحد أهم الفعاليات الدولية حيث يلتقي قرابة خمسمئة مشارك ومشاركة من كافة المنظمات الشبابية حول العالم: كالكشاف، منظمات دعم الشباب والأطفال، منظمات بناء السلام والتنمية، فضلاً […]Read more "كلمة سليم سلامة الافتتاحية في منتدى اليونيسكو التاسع للشباب في باريس"