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Ammar Abdulhamid
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GenocideThe systematic destruction of all or a significant part of a racial, ethnic, religious or national group. Well-known examples of genocide include the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and more recently the Rwandan Genocide and the Bosnian Genocide. SyriaThe Syrian Revolution is the first major popular revolution of the 21st Century. Like most popular revolutions, the erstwhile ideals of its early leaders, a group of secular nonviolence ac...
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GenocideThe systematic destruction of all or a significant part of a racial, ethnic, religious or national group. Well-known examples of genocide include the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and more recently the Rwandan Genocide and the Bosnian Genocide. This is the 21st century and yet, somehow, we still need to remind ourselves that genocide is wrong, that it is not an acceptable tool to achieve a certain geopolitical end, real or perceived, ...
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DhimmitudeThe historic Islamic Legal arrangement governing the treatment of non-Muslim groups living under the Caliphate. The term is derived from the word dhimmi in Arabic meaning "protected one." ave Muslim organizations in the U.S. issued any guidelines to Mosques and Islamic centers on how to deal with troubled youths and extremist elements who are trying to recruit in their midst? Have they created outreach programs to Muslim families dealin...
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Europe should take the lead in trying to tackle the issue of illegal migration. The best approach that I can see is for her to embark alongside regional and international partners on launching a variety of peacekeeping missions in a number of conflict and disaster- stricken zones. Such approach, and while initially controversial and bound to raise accusations of neocolonialism in certain circles, will prove far more cost-effective on the long run...
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As they hash out ideological differences on battlefield, love of Hash proves unifying factor 4 Sunnis & Shia #Syria

Extremist Sunnis and Shia might disagree on ideology but they agree on entertainment, might disagree on exhaling but agree on inhaling #Syria #BekaaValley 
Most Lebanese hash is produced by Shia who are sworn enemies of the so-called Islamic State, but that doesn’t mean they won’t sell them a ton or two.
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here will still be crime and criminal activities: some as old as civilization (e.g., prostitution and human trafficking), some new in form if not essence (e.g., cybercrime). There will still natural disasters, social upheaval, family breakups, poverty and assassinations. There will even still be a need for a limited military action in one hapless part of the world or another. Indeed, a world without mass slaughter and genocide will still be highl...
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Gulf states are increasing arms imports from countries including permanent UN security council members. Their increased involvement in regional conflicts is raising tensions with Iran Source: How arms imports are destabilising the Middle East | World news | The Guardian Not in defense of arms dealers, but the main problem in the Middle East is not with arms imports but with ruling regimes who bet everything on arms to survive, be it in showdowns ...
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Young TurksThe Young Turks (Turkish: Jön Türkler, Genç Türkler) were a political reform movement in the early 20th century, favoring replacement of the absolute monarchy of the Ottoman Empire with a constitutional monarchy. Later officially known as the Committee of Union and Progress, their leaders led a rebellion against the absolute rule of Sultan Abdul Hamid II in the 1908 Young Turk Revolution. With this revolution, the Young Turks helped to...
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1. If noting the geopolitical nature of the motives involved behind a country’s external adventurism is to be treated as sufficient factor for legitimizing that country’s behavior, then, no country can be ever be faulted or condemned for its adventurism, be it an Iran, a Russia, a China, a France or a United States. As such, those who insist on justifying Iran, Russia or China’s adventurism while condemning France’s or America’s reveal their ideo...
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Notes on Revolution in #Syria, how it started, & those who want us to forget
At the beginning of the Syrian revolution there were many millions who wanted to oust Assad, and many who wanted him to stay. Each group motivated by their own concerns, most of which were pretty legitimate. The systematic violence unleashed by Assad and his supporters, and the lies they perpetrated to get support for this policy from their sympathizers paved the path to where we are today. Nonviolence could not continue to work in the face of su...
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 see: Iranian officials are not involved in directing the Houthis because the latter follow a different branch of Shiism. Indeed. Did such a difference, by the way, prevent these officials from taking over command and control in Syria? Or from playing host to members of Al-Qaeda who actually call for the extermination of all Shia? What sort of logic is this really? And from where are the Houthis getting their arms? till, assuming that the Houthi...
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According to President Obama: “At this point, the U.S.’s core interests in the region are not oil... Our core interests are that everybody is living in peace . . . that children are not having barrel bombs dropped on them, that massive displacements aren't taking place.” So what did Obama do to defend these new core interests as he identified them? How is abandoning Syria, striking a Faustian deal with Iran, ordering drone attacks in Yemen and P...
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Democracy Activist
Employment
  • Tharwa Foundation
    Democracy Activist, present
  • SANA, Pakistan International School of Damascus, Damascus Community School (The American School), DarEmar Publishing House, The Brookings Institution
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Currently
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Previously
Damascus, Syria - Damascus, Beirut, Ramsgate (UK), Moscow, Stevens Point (WI), Madison (WI), Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Silver Spring (MD)
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Introduction

Ammar Abdulhamid is a liberal Syrian pro-democracy activist whose anti-regime activities led to his exile in September of 2005. He currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, Khawla Yusuf, and their children, Oula (b.1986) and Mouhanad (b. 1990). He is the founder of the Tharwa Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to democracy promotion. His personal website and entries from his older blogs can be accessed here.

Bragging rights
My country, Syria, is going through an existential crisis and I have been unable to help her so far. I have no right to brag.
Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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Tharwacolamus, Amarji, The Heretic of Damascus
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