Inside the Alaa M. Trial #29: “Insults are like drinking water”

Higher Regional Court – Frankfurt, Germany Trial Monitoring Summary #29 Hearing Dates: December 13 & 15, 2022 CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture. Note that this summary is not a verbatim transcript of the trial; it

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Syria’s Economic Collapse: Violence without a Perpetrator?

Syria’s economic crisis has hit its worst point since the onset of the conflict, and Syrians are paying the price. In December, the Syrian lira fell to an all-time low against the dollar, and

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A Revolving Door of Oppressors: Violence and Violations on Syria’s Frontlines

Before being detained and tortured by ISIS, Sami* was detained by Jabhat Al-Nusra. Before that, Sami was detained by an opposition-affiliated Palestinian militia, and before that, imprisoned by the Syrian Air Force, by way of

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Inside the Alaa M. Trial #28: Sketching the scene

Higher Regional Court – Frankfurt, Germany Trial Monitoring Summary #28 Hearing Dates: November 29, 2022 CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture. Note that this summary is not a verbatim transcript of the trial; it is

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U.S. Expands Potential for War Crimes Cases

On January 5, 2023, President Biden signed into law the Justice for Victims of War Crimes Act which expands the ability of prosecutors to charge war criminals in the United States. It allows the prosecution

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Inside the Alaa M. Trial #27: The wonderland of translation

TRIAL OF ALAA M. Higher Regional Court – Frankfurt, Germany Trial Monitoring Summary #27 Hearing Dates: November 15, 2022 CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture. Note that this summary is not a verbatim transcript of

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The Captagon Act Explained: Opportunities and Limitations

On December 23, 2023, U.S. President Joe Biden signed the annual National Defense Authorization Act [https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/7900/text] (NDAA), which included the “Countering Assad’s Proliferation Trafficking And

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Inside the Alaa M. Trial #26: Crocodile tears

TRIAL OF ALAA M. Higher Regional Court – Frankfurt, Germany Trial Monitoring Summary #26 Hearing Dates: November 8 & 10 2022 CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture. Note that this summary is not a verbatim transcript

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