Syria

Ali Ferzat to Relaunch His Satirical Magazine, Al-Domari, in Egypt

Reuters and Al Ahram Hebdo both report that the great Syrian satirical cartoonist, Ali Ferzat, plans to re-launch al-Domari, or The Lamplighter, in Cairo.

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Yazbek on Syria: An Occupied Territory

Syrian novelist and journalist Samar Yazbek spoke at Harvard University as part of her recently concluded US tour. Yazbek talked about the situation in Syria and her new memoir Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution. Neila Columbo was there:

Syrian Novelist Nihad Sirees: ‘Creative Writing is Stalled Today’

Many thanks to Max Weiss for translating this excellent interview with novelist Nihad Sirees for Jadaliyya and for bringing it to my attention. It was originally published in Al-Safir as “Nihad Sirees: I am with fundamental change but I am afraid of revolutions.” In it, Sirees — who recently decided that he must leave Aleppo, Syria — agrees with Ahdaf Soueif about it not being a time for fiction: