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Stephen Starr

Stephen Starr

Stephen Starr is the author of Revolt in Syria: Eye-Witness to the Uprising. Now based in Turkey, he lived in Syria for five years until 2012.

Ankara’s Bad News

The release on Thursday of thirty-two Turkish truck drivers kidnapped by(ISIS) in Mosul last month came as something of a …

Life in Limbo

For the past three years, millions of Syrians have been living in hellish conditions, either inside the country’s warzones or …

A Forgotten Revolution

It was almost exactly three years ago. The cats of Damascus were as soaked by rain as the streets they …

Turkey’s Social Mediators

Last November, Cem Aydoğdu, Engin Önder, and Oğulcan Ekiz organized a US election night event at the Haydarpaşa train station …

Turkey’s Ticking Time Bomb

The television cameras that brought Turkey’s anti-government protests to the world in June are gone from Istanbul’s Taksim Square, but …

War of Words

A US-led military intervention in Syria would be inextricably founded in the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian government …

A Turkish Helping Hand

There’s been much focus on religious-motivated violence by Al Qaeda-linked groups, Jabhat al-Nusra and others in Syria, and rightly so. …

Courting Trouble

Since the government forces were forced from much of north and eastern Syria, Islamic courts have emerged to take up …

What Next for Syria’s Rebels?

Once heralded as the inevitable victors of the Syria conflict, the armed opponents of Bashar Al-Assad have recently found themselves …