"As one of the earth’s oldest continuous urban cities gets erased from the cultural memory of the volatile Levant in the present time (2012-1013), these recordings, captured just before the continuous demolition of Aleppo, are an ominous statement from one of its most sacred and ancient vocal traditions."
(Hisham Mayet-Sublime Frequencies)

Ancient Sufi Invocations and Forgotten Songs from Aleppo is a beautiful album of sacred chanting and haunting melodies-a collection of ULTRA rare SUFI recordings captured in SYRIA months before civil war erupted. It was recorded by Jason Hamacher in the courtyard of a 500-year-old-house in Aleppo, one of the world’s oldest cities. In 2009 in Aleppo, Syria, A small group of Sufi musicians band together to preserve the nearly forgotten melodies, songs, and poems unique to the ancient city. In 2010 Jason Hamacher was in Aleppo to document the ancient prayers, hallowed rituals, and sacred spaces of Syria’s religious minorities. Hamacher heard about a secretive group of Sufi musicians that practiced “the old traditions.” Intrigued by the mysterious description, Hamacher sought an introduction to the group through a mutual friend & became the first Westerner to hear NAWA preform. NAWA performed in public a handful of times before Syria erupted into civil war. The group’s displaced members are now scattered throughout Europe and the Middle East.

UN trucks full of food and medicine are just across the border from millions of Syrians that need them. The UN is divided over a legal technicality on whether to let the trucks in or not — but we can tip the balance.

Tell the UN to drive.

The UN is waiting for the Syrian regime’s written permission to enter — permission that could never come. But because the Syrian authorities are arbitrarily denying access, top legal minds and governments are saying that the UN doesn’t need to wait for their consent. It’s now up to five people to say go: the heads of Unicef, UNHCR, the World Food Programme, OCHA and WHO.

Let’s call on them to act — more than 3 million people could be reached by these UN aid trucks. These agency heads won’t be used to this kind of public pressure — every signature could strengthen the hand of those in the UN who want to cross the borders now. Sign the petition and let them know it’s time: send the trucks into Syria!

Click now to tell Unicef, UNHCR, WFP, OCHA and WHO chiefs that it’s time to drive.

The UN Security Council voted in February to demand that aid trucks be allowed to cross borders into Syria. Even one of the Syrian regime’s closest allies, Russia, voted for the resolution. But the Syrian authorities have yet to comply — instead, they’ve been using starvation as a weapon of war, making sure that 92% of all UN WFP aid goes only into the areas they control.

Two months since the resolution, the Syrian regime’s ‘arbitrary denial’ of access means the UN no longer has to wait for their consent to cross.

Tell UN agency chiefs that it’s time to act.

The UN isn’t divided over safety — every individual operation should always be assessed to make sure UN staff are protected. The issue being debated is whether they can cross the border at all.

Driving trucks across borders is only the beginning. Thousands are being systematically starved under government sieges in places like Yarmouk and the Old City of Homs. If the UN acts now, their moral authority will help shed light on what’s at stake and up the international pressure on the Syrian regime to stop using hunger as a weapon of war.

If photographs help build collective outrage about violence, war, colonialism and genocide, they may also be helping to dismantle international norms. The one consistent fact about the horrifying images that have come out of Syria over the past 21 / 2 years is that in many cases, we don’t know who made them and what they depict. All we see are decontextualized cruelty and misery. Cynicism creeps in, and there is a natural tendency to push the images away as a kind of insoluble puzzle.

Our own government has exacerbated this photographic and moral crisis. The Iraq war was sold to the American people in part with carefully annotated satellite photos that purported to show evidence of weapons of mass destruction. Those images were misread or misrepresented, and when their verity dissolved, perhaps some of our fear of such weapons dissolved with it, too. When torture, as morally reprehensible as the use of chemical weapons, became official U.S. policy, cloaked in euphemisms about “enhanced interrogation” and “stress positions,” another red line was crossed in our understanding of international norms. Media organizations, including The Washington Post, kept many of the worst torture images from Abu Ghraib out of wide circulation, and the few that did make it through the rigors of self-censorship, we were assured, confirmed only some surreal, Gothic anomaly. Torture looked like late-night frat games, not a deadly policy of abuse.

So it is little wonder that Americans are uninterested in engaging with images of suffering children in Syria and unconcerned about the introduction of chemical weapons into the Syrian conflict. Long after she called for an ecology of images, Sontag despaired of the idea. “There isn’t going to be an ecology of images,” she wrote in “Regarding the Pain of Others.” There is no way “to ration horror, to keep fresh its ability to shock. And the horrors themselves are not going to abate.”

That is where we are now, in an ecosystem of images and an ecosystem of international decency that have been irremediably polluted.

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"Lore has it that audience members panicked when the life-sized locomotive came throttling toward them on the screen of the 1896 Lumiere brothers’ film The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station. But in 2013, audiences remain placid as they watch a tank barreling through the narrow street of a ravaged Syrian city. Casual observers of a reality recorded anonymously on cell phones and iPads, they witness the war over social media.

"However disparate these images may seem, they come together in the work of Czech artist Tomáš Svoboda. In Filmu uz se nebojim, or Not Afraid of Film Anymore, sequences from both the Lumieres’ famous early work and from the contemporary, unnamed video from Syria form the basis of an installation mounted at Jeleni Gallery in Prague this past November.”

Shooting Film, by Charlotta Kotik - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

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As the war has progressed, many of us journalists who visit Syria have been a little surprised to feel a hostility develop among some people towards us; this after we were initially welcomed, at least by the regime’s opponents, because we were going to show the world “the truth”. It is not that they accuse us of lying, they now say, or failing in our duty; it is that describing their experiences only seems to make things worse.
Gradually, I have come to realise there may be some truth in that. In 1940, during the London Blitz, the poet Louis MacNeice noticed the same curiosity, that awareness of others’ fate seemed to make people less rather than more empathetic: “…with doom tumbling from the sky/ Each of us has an alibi/ For doing nothing – Let him die.” The plethora of news distances us from the disaster unfolding: “Let him die, his death will be/ A drop of water in the sea/ A journalist’s commodity.”
It is as if watching someone suffering on television and feeling sad about it is of itself, now, an adequate moral response.
Read More As the war has progressed, many of us journalists who visit Syria have been a little surprised to feel a hostility develop among some people towards us; this after we were initially welcomed, at least by the regime’s opponents, because we were going to show the world “the truth”. It is not that they accuse us of lying, they now say, or failing in our duty; it is that describing their experiences only seems to make things worse.
Gradually, I have come to realise there may be some truth in that. In 1940, during the London Blitz, the poet Louis MacNeice noticed the same curiosity, that awareness of others’ fate seemed to make people less rather than more empathetic: “…with doom tumbling from the sky/ Each of us has an alibi/ For doing nothing – Let him die.” The plethora of news distances us from the disaster unfolding: “Let him die, his death will be/ A drop of water in the sea/ A journalist’s commodity.”
It is as if watching someone suffering on television and feeling sad about it is of itself, now, an adequate moral response.
Read More

As the war has progressed, many of us journalists who visit Syria have been a little surprised to feel a hostility develop among some people towards us; this after we were initially welcomed, at least by the regime’s opponents, because we were going to show the world “the truth”. It is not that they accuse us of lying, they now say, or failing in our duty; it is that describing their experiences only seems to make things worse.

Gradually, I have come to realise there may be some truth in that. In 1940, during the London Blitz, the poet Louis MacNeice noticed the same curiosity, that awareness of others’ fate seemed to make people less rather than more empathetic: “…with doom tumbling from the sky/ Each of us has an alibi/ For doing nothing – Let him die.” The plethora of news distances us from the disaster unfolding: “Let him die, his death will be/ A drop of water in the sea/ A journalist’s commodity.”

It is as if watching someone suffering on television and feeling sad about it is of itself, now, an adequate moral response.

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The 15th of March marks the third anniversary of the Syrian war.

Song by the Charles Wingus Septet - Don’t Let It Happen Here

Quoting Martin Niemöller’s piece  "First They Came…"

A family in Aleppo moments after they escaped the ruins of their home after Assad’s forces dropped a barrel of TNT on it. The barrel was one of a dozen dropped on the city today alone.
Nearly 250,000 people have fled Aleppo in the last 4 weeks, the single largest refugee migration since the start of the Syrian Revolution almost 3 years ago. Aleppo, a city we like to claim is the oldest inhabited city on Earth, is being razed to the ground. 
You can help, please donate to one of the following:
 
Hand In hand For Syria - Registered non-political UK charity that has verified it’s aid is entering into Syria and helping those most in need. 

Syrian Orphans - A collection of Non-Profit Org’s supporting orphans in Syria
Rise 4 Humanity - Dedicated to helping the children of Syria via donations and awareness campaigns 
Humanitarian Relief For Syria - Supports needy families and orphans as well as distributing aid in Syria
Syrian Sunrise Foundation -  Promotes social and economic opportunity and growth in Syria through humanitarian relief efforts.
Syrian Assistance - Independent, Non-Profit Org of volunteers set up to raise money for the basic humanitarian needs in Syria
Medecins Sans Frontieres - The only reputable international org. with doctors and a purpose built medical facility on the ground in Northern Syria.
Syrian Expatriates Organization - Provides various medical, humanitarian and logistical aid across Syria to those that need it the most 
Kahyr Charity Foundation - Saudi based charity that provides food, blankets, monetary support and more for families in Syria 
The Maram Foundation - Supporting Syrian Refugees inside Syria, specifically the Atmeh Camp. 
The Syrian American Alliance - Non-profit organization in the USA that aims to build a new future for a unified, non-sectarian, democratic, and free Syria that respects due process, freedom of expression and human rights.
 
Every Syrian - Organization created to provide the most urgent and critical aid to those that need it the most regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or political background.   
A family in Aleppo moments after they escaped the ruins of their home after Assad’s forces dropped a barrel of TNT on it. The barrel was one of a dozen dropped on the city today alone.
Nearly 250,000 people have fled Aleppo in the last 4 weeks, the single largest refugee migration since the start of the Syrian Revolution almost 3 years ago. Aleppo, a city we like to claim is the oldest inhabited city on Earth, is being razed to the ground. 
You can help, please donate to one of the following:
 
Hand In hand For Syria - Registered non-political UK charity that has verified it’s aid is entering into Syria and helping those most in need. 

Syrian Orphans - A collection of Non-Profit Org’s supporting orphans in Syria
Rise 4 Humanity - Dedicated to helping the children of Syria via donations and awareness campaigns 
Humanitarian Relief For Syria - Supports needy families and orphans as well as distributing aid in Syria
Syrian Sunrise Foundation -  Promotes social and economic opportunity and growth in Syria through humanitarian relief efforts.
Syrian Assistance - Independent, Non-Profit Org of volunteers set up to raise money for the basic humanitarian needs in Syria
Medecins Sans Frontieres - The only reputable international org. with doctors and a purpose built medical facility on the ground in Northern Syria.
Syrian Expatriates Organization - Provides various medical, humanitarian and logistical aid across Syria to those that need it the most 
Kahyr Charity Foundation - Saudi based charity that provides food, blankets, monetary support and more for families in Syria 
The Maram Foundation - Supporting Syrian Refugees inside Syria, specifically the Atmeh Camp. 
The Syrian American Alliance - Non-profit organization in the USA that aims to build a new future for a unified, non-sectarian, democratic, and free Syria that respects due process, freedom of expression and human rights.
 
Every Syrian - Organization created to provide the most urgent and critical aid to those that need it the most regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or political background.   
A family in Aleppo moments after they escaped the ruins of their home after Assad’s forces dropped a barrel of TNT on it. The barrel was one of a dozen dropped on the city today alone.
Nearly 250,000 people have fled Aleppo in the last 4 weeks, the single largest refugee migration since the start of the Syrian Revolution almost 3 years ago. Aleppo, a city we like to claim is the oldest inhabited city on Earth, is being razed to the ground. 
You can help, please donate to one of the following:
 
Hand In hand For Syria - Registered non-political UK charity that has verified it’s aid is entering into Syria and helping those most in need. 

Syrian Orphans - A collection of Non-Profit Org’s supporting orphans in Syria
Rise 4 Humanity - Dedicated to helping the children of Syria via donations and awareness campaigns 
Humanitarian Relief For Syria - Supports needy families and orphans as well as distributing aid in Syria
Syrian Sunrise Foundation -  Promotes social and economic opportunity and growth in Syria through humanitarian relief efforts.
Syrian Assistance - Independent, Non-Profit Org of volunteers set up to raise money for the basic humanitarian needs in Syria
Medecins Sans Frontieres - The only reputable international org. with doctors and a purpose built medical facility on the ground in Northern Syria.
Syrian Expatriates Organization - Provides various medical, humanitarian and logistical aid across Syria to those that need it the most 
Kahyr Charity Foundation - Saudi based charity that provides food, blankets, monetary support and more for families in Syria 
The Maram Foundation - Supporting Syrian Refugees inside Syria, specifically the Atmeh Camp. 
The Syrian American Alliance - Non-profit organization in the USA that aims to build a new future for a unified, non-sectarian, democratic, and free Syria that respects due process, freedom of expression and human rights.
 
Every Syrian - Organization created to provide the most urgent and critical aid to those that need it the most regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or political background.   
A family in Aleppo moments after they escaped the ruins of their home after Assad’s forces dropped a barrel of TNT on it. The barrel was one of a dozen dropped on the city today alone.
Nearly 250,000 people have fled Aleppo in the last 4 weeks, the single largest refugee migration since the start of the Syrian Revolution almost 3 years ago. Aleppo, a city we like to claim is the oldest inhabited city on Earth, is being razed to the ground. 
You can help, please donate to one of the following:
 
Hand In hand For Syria - Registered non-political UK charity that has verified it’s aid is entering into Syria and helping those most in need. 

Syrian Orphans - A collection of Non-Profit Org’s supporting orphans in Syria
Rise 4 Humanity - Dedicated to helping the children of Syria via donations and awareness campaigns 
Humanitarian Relief For Syria - Supports needy families and orphans as well as distributing aid in Syria
Syrian Sunrise Foundation -  Promotes social and economic opportunity and growth in Syria through humanitarian relief efforts.
Syrian Assistance - Independent, Non-Profit Org of volunteers set up to raise money for the basic humanitarian needs in Syria
Medecins Sans Frontieres - The only reputable international org. with doctors and a purpose built medical facility on the ground in Northern Syria.
Syrian Expatriates Organization - Provides various medical, humanitarian and logistical aid across Syria to those that need it the most 
Kahyr Charity Foundation - Saudi based charity that provides food, blankets, monetary support and more for families in Syria 
The Maram Foundation - Supporting Syrian Refugees inside Syria, specifically the Atmeh Camp. 
The Syrian American Alliance - Non-profit organization in the USA that aims to build a new future for a unified, non-sectarian, democratic, and free Syria that respects due process, freedom of expression and human rights.
 
Every Syrian - Organization created to provide the most urgent and critical aid to those that need it the most regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or political background.   
A family in Aleppo moments after they escaped the ruins of their home after Assad’s forces dropped a barrel of TNT on it. The barrel was one of a dozen dropped on the city today alone.
Nearly 250,000 people have fled Aleppo in the last 4 weeks, the single largest refugee migration since the start of the Syrian Revolution almost 3 years ago. Aleppo, a city we like to claim is the oldest inhabited city on Earth, is being razed to the ground. 
You can help, please donate to one of the following:
 
Hand In hand For Syria - Registered non-political UK charity that has verified it’s aid is entering into Syria and helping those most in need. 

Syrian Orphans - A collection of Non-Profit Org’s supporting orphans in Syria
Rise 4 Humanity - Dedicated to helping the children of Syria via donations and awareness campaigns 
Humanitarian Relief For Syria - Supports needy families and orphans as well as distributing aid in Syria
Syrian Sunrise Foundation -  Promotes social and economic opportunity and growth in Syria through humanitarian relief efforts.
Syrian Assistance - Independent, Non-Profit Org of volunteers set up to raise money for the basic humanitarian needs in Syria
Medecins Sans Frontieres - The only reputable international org. with doctors and a purpose built medical facility on the ground in Northern Syria.
Syrian Expatriates Organization - Provides various medical, humanitarian and logistical aid across Syria to those that need it the most 
Kahyr Charity Foundation - Saudi based charity that provides food, blankets, monetary support and more for families in Syria 
The Maram Foundation - Supporting Syrian Refugees inside Syria, specifically the Atmeh Camp. 
The Syrian American Alliance - Non-profit organization in the USA that aims to build a new future for a unified, non-sectarian, democratic, and free Syria that respects due process, freedom of expression and human rights.
 
Every Syrian - Organization created to provide the most urgent and critical aid to those that need it the most regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or political background.   

A family in Aleppo moments after they escaped the ruins of their home after Assad’s forces dropped a barrel of TNT on it. The barrel was one of a dozen dropped on the city today alone.

Nearly 250,000 people have fled Aleppo in the last 4 weeks, the single largest refugee migration since the start of the Syrian Revolution almost 3 years ago. Aleppo, a city we like to claim is the oldest inhabited city on Earth, is being razed to the ground.

You can help, please donate to one of the following:

 
Hand In hand For Syria - Registered non-political UK charity that has verified it’s aid is entering into Syria and helping those most in need. 

Syrian Orphans - A collection of Non-Profit Org’s supporting orphans in Syria

Rise 4 Humanity - Dedicated to helping the children of Syria via donations and awareness campaigns 

Humanitarian Relief For Syria - Supports needy families and orphans as well as distributing aid in Syria

Syrian Sunrise Foundation -  Promotes social and economic opportunity and growth in Syria through humanitarian relief efforts.

Syrian Assistance - Independent, Non-Profit Org of volunteers set up to raise money for the basic humanitarian needs in Syria

Medecins Sans Frontieres - The only reputable international org. with doctors and a purpose built medical facility on the ground in Northern Syria.

Syrian Expatriates Organization - Provides various medical, humanitarian and logistical aid across Syria to those that need it the most 

Kahyr Charity Foundation - Saudi based charity that provides food, blankets, monetary support and more for families in Syria 

The Maram Foundation - Supporting Syrian Refugees inside Syria, specifically the Atmeh Camp. 

The Syrian American Alliance - Non-profit organization in the USA that aims to build a new future for a unified, non-sectarian, democratic, and free Syria that respects due process, freedom of expression and human rights.
 
Every Syrian - Organization created to provide the most urgent and critical aid to those that need it the most regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or political background.   

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A Syrian fruit vendor waits for customers next to a damaged building on February 24, 2014 in the Shaar neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo. More than 140,000 people are estimated to have been killed in Syria’s nearly three-year war, and millions more have been forced to flee their homes. (Mohammed Al-Khatieb/AFP)

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oldlawrence:

Beehive Homes, Syria photo by Margaret Bourke-White.