Ced into exileThe book is not an easy read and not only because it is about war The early sections are And the Crooked Places Made Straight fragmentary simply a series of anecdotes related by the people Yazbe stayed with in the towns and villages she visited anecdotes that do however give us a picture of what life is likeor those who can t afford to pay the the price reuired to exit the country or those who have decided to stay because they are part of one of the many groups opposing the Assad regime the spouses sisters mothers aunts of the The Obliterated Man fighters The anecdotes run into each other without much pauseor comment "And The Book Seems As Ragged And Chaotic As The "the book seems as ragged and chaotic as the the author is bearing witness
lives constantly battered by bombs and sniper Figlio dellolocausto fire Eventually I grew accustomed to this lack of a thematic structure but by then the author hadound one and the second half of the book is clear cut composed of almost Mr Majeika and the School Book Week formal interviews with various battalion leaders interspersed with background information on the origin and history of their groups and the degree of their specific religious affiliations The author put her own life and that of her companions in danger again and again to approach therontline and record these Outliving fighters testimonies Iound her both brave and Landscapes of Communism foolhardy by turns but incredibly lucky too as bombs exploded in her path again and againAt the time Yazbe is writing about 20122013 many of the groups opposing the Assad regime come under the banner of the Free Army This army is composed of the battalions and brigades which emerged in each individual rebel town when the revolution began in 2011 According to the peoplerom the Free Army whom she interviewed they themselves are caught between Assad s Forces and New Years Rockin Evil (Futurama Comics fundamentalistactions composed mostly of non Syrians who have been sent into their country to ight against Assad and who are both eared and resented by native Syrian Tough Girl fighters Yazbe seems to have had less opportunity to interview the representatives of the non Syrian groups She makes it clear that as a woman she would not have been able to approach or interview theundamentalist ones such as Nusra Front allied to al uaeda or the group known as Daesh a self proclaimed caliphate controlling areas in Syria and Ira and the most eared of the oreign groups She also didn t interview any of the Shabiha the armed militant supporters of Assad s regime However towards the end of her third sojourn she did manage to interview a Syrian commander of Ahrar al Sham a militant group rumoured to have ties to Muslim Brotherhood though he refused to look in her direction and spoke only to her male companion He like the others interviewed had nothing encouraging to say about any peaceful outcome in the Perfect Phrases for Lead Generation foreseeableutureSince I Conversationally Speaking finished this book the Russians have entered the war in support of Assad supposedly to help himight the Daesh groups Hearing that the Russians are also targeting the Free Army Hoot fighters in their already bombed out towns and villages makes me despairor the Syrian women and children who can t afford to leave their country to join the ranks of compatriots ueuing endlessly at and borders across Europe and the Middle East I really think The Crossing is a modern political classic a visceral reminder of what humanity can do as well as a direct charge to all of us outside of Syria to pay attention and realise how complicit our governments are in what is happening Heartbreaking hard to read beautifully written and incredibly moving I will not Red November forget The Crossing and Yazbek s haunting and honest proseor a long time Essential reading One of the hardest and most heartbreaking books I ve picked up To have names and stories to this complicated war in Syria makes it real Everyone who want to know why refugees are leaving at such high risk should pick up this book Powerful pailful and yet there is still the hope of the human spirit Probably the most important book I ve read this year. Of her homelandFrom the Beowulf is my name (Rinehart editions, 146) first peaceful protestsor democracy to the arrival of ISIS she bears witness to those struggling to survive to the humanity that can lower amidst annihilation and why so many are now desperate to le. Feel My empathy if anything is shamefully temporary as I have not experienced the wretchedness of a life like this A Gentleman for Dry Creek (Dry Creek, first hand If anything her account has made meeel blessed Trail of Evidence (Capitol K-9 Unit for living in a safe countryree of war At the same time I Architecture by Birds and Insects feel helplessor having no ability to stop or change anything happening to this once glorious c Samar Yazbek a Syrian journalist who was Beyond Carnival forced to leave her country in 2011 returned incognito in 2012 and twice her 2013 to tell the story of the democratic opposition resisting the government of Bashar al Assad But Assad sorces were doing all they could to crush the resistersThis is a story of people Microsociology forced to moverom place to place in an attempt to survive endless bombings Yazbek spends time in towns where ordinary civilians never know when they might be killed Planes bomb daily During Ramadan they come just after dark when people are allowed to break their Lefty fast Most of the people she talks with started out as peaceful protestors thenought back after Assad started killed them and destroying their communities She sympathizes with their decision Some people were still trying to build community organizations in their towns Yazbek herself was trying to organize women s centers Often one time programs or children were the only substitute or schools that had long since been closed She was Shadow of the Vampire freuently the only woman among maleighters who were anxious to keep her safe That wasn t an easy task because she is an Alawite belonging to the Shiite group that Assad belongs to and has avored She had to be secret about that or risk death Although some Alawites risked their lives to oppose him many Sunnis hate Alawites because of him When she went to Syria in 2013 that problem had worsened Sunni Islamists many of them rom other countries were trying to take over the revolution and impose their version of Islam The democratic rebels had to Human Aspects of Software Engineering fight Assad s government on one hand andundamentalists on the other The rebels did have to cooperate with homegrown How to Make a Plant Love You fundamentalists like the Nusraront Women who had participated in the struggle on their own and those who had Cities and Dialogue followed their husbands who wereighting deeply resented the Christmas Doll fundamentalists who insisted that they cover themselves though that had not been the custom in much of SyriaYazbek is incredibly brave I was overwhelmed by the many times she risked death so she could report what was happening to the outside world Then I thought This is her country Wouldn t I do the same if it was my country She lives in exile in Paris angry that other countries have either turned their back on what is happening in Syria or taken advantage of itor political gains This is an important Dark Tide Rising (William Monk first person account by a Syrian How many accounts of this by Syrians have you read I ve become very aware of ueues The ueue at the ATM to withdraw money the ueue at the bakery to buyresh bread "And Pastries The Ueue At The Supermarket Check Out To "pastriesTo Lives Constantly Battered By
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see the world People me included complain in ueues always lookingthe world People me included complain in ueues always looking to see if there s a aster one or if there s an official we can badger to open another check in or check out desk We look at our watches and stress about being late Fearless Jack for some super important moment in our livesorgetting that the ueue we are standing in is itself a privileged moment one to be savoured instead of whinged about We are after all about to eat drink and be merry and yet we habitually wear grim The Film Club faces our mouths turning down often than up So yes I ve become a little critical of my own complacency lately and reading this book about some of what went on in Syria in 20122013 has increased my discomfort The Crossing tells of journalist Samar Yazbe s several clandestine crossingsrom Turkey into the war zone of Syria after she d been declared persona non grata by the Assad regime in 2011 and been Tarascon Pediatric Emergency Pocketbook for. Sad's regime When the uprising in Syria turned to bloodshed she was determined to take action and secretly returned several times The Crossing is her rare powerful and courageous testament to what sheound inside the borders. ,
This was a country in name only sliced up into areas controlled by rival military brigades all of them submitting to the absolute power of a murderous
*sky But here we carried on with life regardless Families plodded on eking out a living *But here we carried on with life regardless Families plodded on eking out a living the lethal sky among the barbarisms of the extremist battalions Samar Yazbeck is an Alawite Syrian journalist living in exile in France This book details her experiences on the three separate occasions in 20122013 when she crosses back into her home country to bear witness to what is "happening there She stays with and interviews ordinary women and men journalists "there She stays with and interviews ordinary women and men journalists leaders of military brigades She shows great courage and compassion As you would expect this is not an easy read It is eye opening distressing shocking and absolutely heart breaking An important book to help understand the war in Syria sadly still very relevant today Perhaps the most depressing book I have ever read The author details her visits to her homeland of Syria since the beginning of the revolution She shows how the revolution with its aims or a civil society with religious tolerance has been hijacked by religious and ethnic hatreds She has down this with great physical courage in avoiding the barrel bombs and missiles of Assad s The Success Secrets Of Brian Tracy - How To Achieve Your Goals And Be Succesful forces and the perilsacing a modern women presented by the rise of the Islamic Ninth Grade Slays fundamentalists Many in the west will only consider what is happening in Syria if itits their own established ideological prism Syria is Murder of Crows far to complicatedor that A book written with such physical and emotional courage needs people to have the courage to read it This was an emotional read that covers the point where things went Work Your Wardrobe from bad to worseor SyriaThe author crossed into Syria her homeland three times during 2012 and 2013 to help implement some programs in support of women and to report on what was going on In the Silence in Hanover Close (Charlotte Thomas Pitt, first visit the Assad regime was continuing it s mindless spineless and senseless aerial bombing of those areas in Northern Syria where the rebels have taken control The civilians live to suffer or to escape into Turkey The rebels make slow progress on the ground but have no aerial support12 months later the Assad regime continues it s mindless spineless and senseless aerial bombing The rebels are losing support and Islamic extremist groups including ISIS are now present and taking control of many areas Their dream of an Islamic Caliphate is starting to come togetherIn her three visits Yazbek is able to summarise the destruction of people the shift of a rebellionor a country with civil liberties and respect of the individual to a war between Islamic sects It is a sorry story of what happens when the world allows events to spiral out of control The most we could dream of was to wake up in the morning and discover we weren t buried beneath rubble or that we had avoided having our heads cut off at the hands of ISIS Page 253This is so powerful and heartbreaking Makes me understand about what really happens in Syria Samar Yazbek s bravery and her mission to give voice The Complete Idiots Guide to Starting a Web-Based Business from the voiceless reminds me of Marie Colvin a woman war journalist that died in Syria when reporting I will always pray that someday Syria will beree the regime will Tiểu phẩm báo chí fell and the victims who died goes to heaven Aamiin Heartbreaking I have no words that could do justice describing the horrors that have happened in Syria A beautiful country with an ancient history it got thrown into ruins in the blink of an eye While I cannot claim to know the whole story or even decide who is in the right all I can say is that Ielt guilt sadness anger Icon frustration helplessness disgust and horror when I read Samar s descriptions of the plight of Syrians All they wanted was peace and to live their lives but instead all they know now is bloodshed and death Ieel silly to even think reading Samar s words and shedding tears could bring me closer to the pain those embroiled in the conflict. 'ONE OF THE FIRST POLITICAL CLASSICS OF THE 21st CENTURY' Observer'EXTRAORDINARILY POWERFUL POIGNANT AND AFFECTING I WAS GREATLY MOVED' Michael PalinFOREWORD BY CHRISTINA LAMBJournalist Samar Yazbek was orced into exile by As.