Razan Ghazzawi, who has been a vocal critic of the regime of Bashar al-Assad, will be coming to Berkeley Tuesday, March 19! Razan, who recently left Syria, will discuss her on-the-ground experiences and observations about revolutionary dynamics, the pain of loss, every-day suffering, sectarianism, and the role of the international community.
Razan Ghazzawi is a blogger from Syria who started blogging using an alias, Golaniya, when Israel launched a war against Lebanon in 2006. She blogged against racism towards Syrian workers in Lebanon, where she completed her master’s degree. Razan started blogging under her real name two years later advocating along many Syrian bloggers for freedom of speech in her country. When the Syrian revolution broke out in March 2011, Razan was among those who disseminated updates on demonstrations taking place across Syria using her real name. She was detained twice during the revolution due to her work with the Syrian Center for Media Freedom. Her colleagues, bloggers Hussein Ghrer and Hani Zetani and her boss Mazen Darwich, are still in prison ever since regime security forces raided SCM office in Damascus 16th February 2012. Razan received a Front Line Defenders award in 2012.
To learn more about Razan Ghazzawi, please visit her blog:http://razanghazzawi.org/
In addition to Razan, two co-panelists will be providing some insight into the role of the international community:
- Malihe Razazan is a regular contributor to Jadaliyya.com and will provide a critique of media coverage on Syria. She is also a producer and cohost of KPFA Radio in Berkeley.
- Norah Arafeh is a Syrian American studying history at UC Berkeley. She has spent the past year traveling extensively and meeting with Syrian activists, refugees, and FSA fighters across the world. In particular, Norah spent time in Istanbul, Turkey; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and the Kurdish territories along the Syrian border