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A Syrian Parody Features the Civil War, and Is Stalked by It

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — The worst day on the set of “Banned in Syria” the actors agreed, was when the sniper struck in June. A location scout was preparing for the day’s filming when a single bullet killed him instantly. The cast and crew continued undeterred. That is the bargain when you sign up to produce a rebel television series in the wartime Syrian city of Aleppo with little pay, no insurance and militias that want you dead. Continue reading the main story

Disrupting the media with disruptive politics – Listening Post (Full)

Jeremy Corbyn’s landslide victory as the Labour Party’s new leader on September 12 left the UK’s media baffled. Considered an eccentric, leftist outsider by some just a few months ago, Corbyn’s appointment and sudden success defied the mainstream media’s hostile stand, which initially deemed him unelectable. The new leader’s media strategy, which on the one hand appears free of spin, and on other, antagonist, forced news outlets, including even liberal news outlets, to re-evaluate the way they report on Westminster. And the story in the UK seems to reflect a […]

أم عبدو الحلبية.. مسلسل أبطاله من الأطفال

“أم عبدو الحلبية” أول مسلسل سوري يُصوَّر في المناطق الخاضعة لسيطرة المعارضة المسلحة داخل مدينة حلب. ولعل الجديد في المسلسل أن أبطاله جميعاً من الأطفال، وهو يروي قصة الثورة بآلامها وآمالها وبتضحيات الشعب السوري من أجل نيل الحرية. Continue reading the main story

Syrian refugees put their message in the music

Music, chatter and laughter spill out across a nondescript suburb in the bald hills of southern Turkey. MC Gandi, a rapper, takes the microphone to record the vocals for a track about his homeland, Syria. “We’ve called this one The Arsehole Prince,” he says. “It’s about a guy who was with the regime and then joined Isis.” Continue reading the main story

malaysiandigest : [With Video] Aleppo Girl Is Star Of YouTube Show On Syria War

BEIRUT: A nine-year-old girl has become the star of a YouTube comedy that depicts with bittersweet humour the harsh reality of everyday life in rebel-held areas of Syria’s Aleppo. Rasha plays the role of “Umm Abdo al-Halabiya”, a housewife who must make do in a city devastated by more than three years of violence, despite daily bombings and severe shortages. The 30-episode eponymous show, shot on location in the city which was once Syria’s economic hub, stars only children playing adult roles and has been viewed by tens of thousands […]

nos : Rasha, 9 jaar en een YouTube-ster in verwoest Aleppo

Nog geen tien jaar oud, maar al wel een kindsterretje in een populaire serie over het leven in Aleppo. Rasha (9) speelt een hoofdrol in een soort Syrische versie van Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden. Opgenomen in een stad vol rebellen – met kinderen als acteurs. De afleveringen van Umm Abdo worden door tienduizenden mensen bekeken. Aleppo, ooit het kloppende economische hart van Syrië, is nu een stad die in puin ligt. Maar toch zijn daar 30 afleveringen van de serie opgenomen, schrijft persbureau AFP. Een serie waar president Assad op de […]

milenio : Nombres y Caras: Racha, niña siria estrella de Youtube

Racha, una niña de nueve años, se  convirtió en una estrella en YouTube al protagonizar una comedia que narra con  humor la vida en Alepo, una de las ciudades más castigadas por la guerra en  Siria. La serie de 30 episodios, titulada “Um Abdo al-Halabiya” (Oum Abdo de Alepo)  y filmada en los barrios rebeldes de esta ciudad del norte de Siria, fue vista  decenas de miles de veces en Youtube. Continue reading the main story

dailystar : Aleppo girl stars in YouTube show on war

BEIRUT: A 9-year-old girl has become the star of a YouTube channel comedy that depicts with bittersweet humor the harsh reality of everyday life in rebel-held areas of Syria’s Aleppo. Rasha plays the role of “Umm Abdo al-Halabiya,” a housewife who must make do in a city devastated by more than three years of violence, despite daily bombings and severe shortages. The 30-episode eponymous show, shot on location in the city which was once Syria’s economic hub, stars only children playing adult roles and has been viewed by tens of […]

arabnews : 9-year-old Aleppo girl star of YouTube show on Syrian war

BEIRUT: A nine-year-old girl has become the star of a YouTube comedy that depicts with bittersweet humor the harsh reality of everyday life in rebel-held areas of Syria’s Aleppo. Rasha plays the role of “Umm Abdo Al-Halabiya,” a housewife who must make do in a city devastated by more than three years of violence, despite daily bombings and severe shortages. Continue reading the main story