This video war removed from RFS social media after creating confusion. It was originally published by the Revolutionary Forces of Syria Media Office (RFS), an anti-State media outlet. The video initially shows members of Syria’s ‘White Helmets’ partaking in the Mannequin Challenge. The White Helmets, officially the Syrian Civil Defense, is a western-funded network that operates in insurgent-occupied areas in Syria. The organization was nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. However, the prize went to Colombia’s President Juna Manuel Santos for negotiating peace with the FARC rebel group. A White Helmets “documentary” is now nominated for the 2017 Oscar’s. This video certainly demonstrates their acting talents.
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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