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Fundamentalism and Terrorism

​The example set by Khaled

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Why are we remembering Khaled al-Asaad, the archaeologist who decided to remain alone to protect Palmyra, precisely now, five days after the Paris massacres?

Do not let us forget that Palmyra is one of the chief archaeological


Against barbarians. Je suis Khaled

Editorial by Ulianova Radice, Gariwo Director

What can we do in the first place?

After hearing about the events unfolding in Paris, I wondered how we can launch an unequivocal message about our will to defend


​With Assad or with the IS?

Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Chairman of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous; translated by Carolina Figini

Try to imagine a Syrian boy who had hoped in democracy and the opportunity to lead an ordinary life in your own country, and this year witnessed Assad’s brutal crackdown, first seeing the regime’s jailers imprison


Palmyra, "my native realm"

Editorial by Maria Teresa Grassi, Università degli Studi di Milano - Director of the Italian-Syrian Archaeological Mission to Palmyra, Pal.M.A.I.S.

Crossing the Syrian desert from Damascus to the Euphrates, nearly half way you find a big oasis – and this is normal in every desert of this world – and a great Roman city – and this is certainly less frequent.


​Assassins for a place in Heaven

Editorial by Gabriele Nissim

To understand why so many Muslim youths are likely to be drawn by the syrens of IS and become eager to carry out the most nefarious murders, it is worth reading a passage of Marco Polo’s


Erdoğan drags Turkey into a dangerous path

The aggressive anti-terror strategy launched by Erdoğan after Suruç suicidal bomb is dragging Turkey into a dangerous path and isolating pro-Kurdish HDP, which will find itself in a difficult position toward the radical segments of the movement, while the Kurdish peace process has failed, says political analyst Cengiz Aktar.


Fundamentalism and terrorism

ideology and violence against human rights

The Arab spring started in  2011 in Magreb and the anti-governmental demostrations in Iran and then Syria, Yemen, Bahrein and other Mid-Eastern countries, with the subsequent bloody crackdown, have marked the political defeat of the Qaedist movement led by Osama Bin Laden, who in the meanwhile was traced in Pakistan and killed in the assault of the US special forces inside his hideout. 
September, 11 2001 had caused a sharp turn in the relations between the West and Islam, characterized by a growing mistrust in the reciprocal perception.

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