Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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The Iran Protests: Interview

December 4, 2019 at 6:21 pm

Readers of this blog will know that I do not profess to be a specialist on Iran nor do I provide regular coverage of the latest developments in Iran. All that said, it is frustrating to see how much social media commentary on every round of protests and unrest in Iran is simply each side of the Western policy debates on Iran trotting out the same positions and opinions, with little attempt to give a voice to people living inside the country and provide an objective assessment of the situation.

To learn more about the latest rounds of protests that occurred in Iran, I interviewed my friend who lives in the city of Qom. The interview is slightly edited for clarity. Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.

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The Village of Kafr Bani in Idlib

December 3, 2019 at 1:41 pm

Continuing in the series of posts on the various villages of the Jabal al-Summaq area in north Idlib countryside, we turn now to the village of Kafr Bani in the same area. The information presented below comes from a local source in Kafr Bani.

The current number of inhabitants in Kafr Bani is 5000, including those established in the village and IDPs. Most of the original inhabitants of the village have left because of the war and lack of work.

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The Impact of the Fall of the Syrian Pound in Idlib: Interview

December 2, 2019 at 9:39 am

In recent times the Syrian pound has undergone a rapid decrease in value relative to the U.S. dollar. This drop in the currency's value is at least partly tied to the ongoing unrest in neighbouring Lebanon. Understandably, observers have been focused on how the fall in the value of the Syrian pound will affect Syrian government-held areas that now comprise the majority of Syria's territory. But it is also important to remember that the currency's depreciation affects areas outside of government control, such as the rebel-held areas of Idlib and its environs.

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The Village of Banabel in Idlib

December 1, 2019 at 12:53 pm

A previous post on this site looked at the situation in the originally Druze village of Qalb Lawza in the Jabal al-Summaq area of north Idlib countryside, featuring an article written by a friend still residing in Qalb Lawza. This post presents an article on the village of Banabel, also originally Druze and located in the Jabal al-Summaq area. Banabel contained a historic column that was destroyed in April 2018. The information for the article is derived from someone residing in Banabel.


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Islamic State Editorial on Online Media Crackdown: Translation and Analysis

November 28, 2019 at 7:37 pm

The social media application Telegram has long been a favourite haunt for the Islamic State's online propaganda distribution networks in the forms of channels like the Nashir News. However, over the past several days Telegram has come down hard on those networks, taking down the familiar channels and then quickly eliminating new copies of those channels and bots in a bid to disrupt Islamic State propaganda distribution. The latest initiative has involved cooperation with Europol. These developments have not escaped the notice of the Islamic State's official media apparatus.

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