#Revolution

"I’ve learned what it means for a human being to be truly free." An Exclusive Interview with Syrian Revolution Icon Hadi Abdullah

Apr 06, 2016

'I’ve learned what it means for a human being to be truly free. We’ve continued for five years, and I lived…I’ve lived as a free person. Before the revolution, I never felt this, although I was a teacher at a university, and my situation was excellent in comparison to other young men. However, I never used to feel this idea of freedom of thought. I didn’t even have this perspective. I hadn’t yet had the slightest experience, or slightest life-changing experience, that we are living right now.

So, for me, despite everything, I see better and positive developments, in general.

In terms of the revolution, it is going through its natural “labor pains.” That’s my opinion.'

Ogres and Orientalism: An Interview with Yassin al-Hajj Saleh

Yassin Al Haj Saleh is one of Syria’s most iconic political dissidents, intellectuals and authors. He was imprisoned by the Assad regime for 16 years from 1980 to 1996 for his membership of a leftist party, going on to become a widely acclaimed author and journalist, and one of the key intellectual voices of the Syrian revolution. After spending 21 months in hiding within Syria, he eventually escaped to Istanbul in 2012. He was kind enough to take time for an email interview with Radio Free Syria editor Ruth Riegler in June 2015.