Last August, Clarissa Ward gave her famous impassioned “no-winners-in-Aleppo” speech at the UN, moving millions, yet failing to address the country’s problems or proposing solutions. Today I try to shed light on yet another Western journalist, Bilal Abdulkareem of On the Ground News, who provides an entirely different anti-Syrian-state perspective, namely a first-person narrator who tells us first hand about the insurgency’s demands and aspirations beyond the simplistic coverage of mainstream media.
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MHD Abdo Roumani is a student enrolled in the European Joint Master’s Degree Program in English and American Studies at the University of Graz and the University of Bamberg. In 2012, Abdo Roumani completed his B.A. in English literature at the Damascus University. In the following year he worked as a translator and interpreter for SyriaDirect.Org, an American news website based in Amman, Jordan. In 2014, Roumani returned to Damascus, where he focused on interacting with different people and communities within the war-torn country, including talking to members of the local and international media, the government, and the political opposition. Additionally, he traveled to several Syrian cities, including central Homs and coastal Latakia, as well as the Lebanese capital of Beirut, where a further dimension of the Syrian conflict can be observed. Roumani has contributed articles on Syria and the war to the American conservative Daily Caller, as well the Freeman, a libertarian magazine. Whereas he continues to follow the Middle East after moving to Austria in early 2015 and to Germany in 2016, Roumani’s current focus is on American and British cultural studies -- mainly the topics of identity, identity politics and the cultural wars, immigration and mobility, as well as media discourse analysis. He is currently writing his thesis on the representation of the Syrian conflict in the English-speaking media. View all posts by Abdo Roumani