The new Syria

Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS is probably the closest we can come to an all-inclusive narrative of the Syrian civil war. Films like City of Ghosts and Last Men In Aleppo tell the incredibly complicated story of the war through individual stories from journalist group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently and the volunteer helpers at The White Helmets. In these cases, the context is sacrificed in favor of depictions of what is happening on the ground. In contrast, Hell on Earth draws the big picture, without unauthorized trickery.

Seduced by IS. The story is recognizable, at the same time as it is complex and cruel. In early 2011, some teenage boys in the southern Syrian city of Daraa scribbled regime-critical graffiti on a wall. The regime responded by arresting. . .

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