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Ammar Abdulhamid
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When has truth ever mattered where people’s prejudices were involved and their sense of security was on the line? Fear and prejudice trump all other considerations, and since they are perennial traits of our common humanity, the challenge is never about finding ways to eradicate them but to cope with their too logical consequence, namely: the irrelevance of truth, of facts which, no matter how objective they happen to be, often fail to alter our ...
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Angry over the death of a chambermaid threatened with rape, ethnic Kurds in Mahabad burned the hotel where she had worked, witnesses and reports said. Source: Riot Erupts in Iran’s Kurdish Capital Over Woman’s Death - NYTimes.com It's not unusual for the Kurds living under Iranian rule to riot in protest of one abuse or another. They are indeed living under a de facto occupation. This is the only reasonable impression that one gets when consideri...
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السياسة بمفهومها المعاصر هي فن وعلم إدارة المصالح الجمعية الحيوية. وللمبادئ دورها الهام هنا، خاصة في المجتمعات الديموقراطية، لكن ليس على حساب المصالح، وهذا سرّ تخبّط الغرب المستمر في تعامله مع المجتمعات الأضعف والأفقر. إن إغراء استغلال التفوّق المادي والحضاري لخدمة مصالح جوهرية يبدو أقوى من أي مبدأ. ومع ذلك، وخلافاً للاعتقاد السائد في منطقتنا وربما العالم، … <a href="http://ammarabdulhamid.com/2015/05/03/%d9%85%d8%a7-%d8%a8%d8%b9%d8%af-%d8%a7%d...
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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 activists, were soon set aside as the violent crackdown unleashed by the Assad regime, with the support of its regional and international backers, most notably Iran and Russia, produced a similar violent backlash among its opponents. Consequently, the country...
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Calls for calm, nonviolence, protecting state institutions and cultural heritage, and defending religious minorities always sound reasonable and cannot be seen as a ruse when the audience is unaware of the basic facts and overall context... 
The Assad RegimeThe al-Assad family (Arabic: عائِلَة الأَسَد‎) has ruled Syria since Hafez al-Assad became President of Syria in 1971 and established an authoritarian government under the control of the Ba'ath Party. After his death in 2000, his son Bashar succeeded him.  The Assads are originally from Qardaha, just east of Latakia in north-west Syria. They are members of the minority Alawite sect and belong to the Kalbiyya tribe. The family name...
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The Assad RegimeThe al-Assad family (Arabic: عائِلَة الأَسَد‎) has ruled Syria since Hafez al-Assad became President of Syria in 1971 and established an authoritarian government under the control of the Ba'ath Party. After his death in 2000, his son Bashar succeeded him.  The Assads are originally from Qardaha, just east of Latakia in north-west Syria. They are members of the minority Alawite sect and belong to the Kalbiyya tribe. The family name...
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Responsibility to ProtectAn international legal doctrine that seeks to prevent mass atrocities, including genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleaning. The doctrine emerged in the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide in 1994 and the Srebrenica Massacre in 1995. In September 2005, and in the aftermath of the World Summit held in New York City, 191 states adopted a version of the doctrine that specified the UN as the international...
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n the case of Charlie Hebdo, the facts were clear: Charlie was irreverent in its treatment of all that is allegedly holy. If some of its critics thought that its editors and cartoonists were motivated by hate and that they have singled out Islam, a close examination of Charlie’s coverage over the years unequivocally fails to bear out this claim. Things are different in the case of Pamela Geller. Hers was hate speech pure and simple, and her actio...
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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 activists, were soon set aside as the violent crackdown unleashed by the Assad regime, with the support of its regional and international backers, most notably Iran and Russia, produced a similar violent backlash among its opponents. Consequently, the country...
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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 activists, were soon set aside as the violent crackdown unleashed by the Assad regime, with the support of its regional and international backers, most notably Iran and Russia, produced a similar violent backlash among its opponents. Consequently, the country...
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he problem highlighted by the current riots in Baltimore and the earlier riots in Ferguson cannot be reduced to the casual observation that mostly black neighborhoods cannot be effectively policed by a mostly white police force. Due to its more intimate knowledge of the local communities, a mostly black police force can be as equally oppressive in its tactics if not more so, unless the real problems are addressed. Beyond the obvious socioeconomic...
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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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You could have added USA 1776-present for the native american holocaust.  
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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.

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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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