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With spine and ethical compass intact

: NOTICE We need a media culture and a society built on accountability and truth. We do not have that today.

The Arab Spring and us – ten years later

ESSAY: The Arab Spring has mainly been a revolt against inequality. What was the result?

A death sentence on the Syrian state

Khaled Khalifa. Translated from Arabic by Oda A. Winsnes: Death is a toil

SYRIA: A multisectoral, multi-religious, multi-linguistic and multiethnic state torn to shreds by the Ba'ath party, extremists, militias and rival superpowers, all demanding their share of the country.

Silently disciplining research

PRIO: Researchers who question the legitimacy of US wars, seem to experience being ousted from their positions in research and media institutions. The example presented here is from the Institute for Peace Research in Oslo (PRIO), an institution which historically has had researchers critical of wars of aggression – and who can hardly be labeled friends of nuclear arms.

BEFORE AND AFTER THE EXPLOSION: How to patch up a city

TRIPOLI / BEIRUT: One of Lebanon's most controversial directors, Lucien Bourjeily, has put the country on the international theater map through his theater productions.

Strong hostage drama from reality

Niels Arden Oplev and Anders W. Berthelsen: 13 months

DANISH IS PRISONER: The feature film about Danish Daniel Rye that was captured by IS in Syria shows that Scandinavian film does not have to be toothless entertainment to hit wide.

Jesus from Instagram

Series creator Michael Petroni: Messiah

RELIGION: The Netflix series Messiah asks the fascinating question of how Jesus – or someone who appears like him – would be received today.

Takes freedom of speech seriously

WEEKDAY: "We must understand the power that can lie in the literature", says festival director for LitFestBergen, Teresa Grøtan

"Fuck you, Bashar"

Feras Fayyad: The Cave

SYRIA: Feras Fayyad's new documentary shows people's courage, resilience and solidarity in a hospital during the bombing.

New times for war and evil

: – Time to prevent more use of biological warfare, autonomous weapon systems and mercenaries.

The Assad family's long-standing mask game

Sam Dagher: Assad or We Burn the Country

syria: The Assad family has ruled Syria since 1970. Sam Dagher's new book shows how the family has clung to power at all costs, exposing their cynical strategies and brutal acts of violence.

The freedom that was won – and lost

Waad Al-Khateab, Edward Watts: For the same

THE WAR IN SYRIA: A filmmaker begins to document a celebration of freedom in Aleppo, but ends up documenting the fatal consequences of this very dream.