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Syrian uprising, 2011

Useful sources of information:

NOW Lebanon
Frequent live updates (click on the "NOW Syria" panel)

Shaam News Network (SNN) 
Publishes general news and information via a Facebook page, plus videos of events on Youtube.

Syrian Revolution News Round-ups 
Daily reports, plus compilations of links

The Syrian Revolution 2011 
Facebook page in Arabic

Syrian Spring 2011 
Crowdmap and a compilation of reports

Syrian Revolution Digest 
Ammar Abdulhamid's website provides brief commentary, plus a large number of videos.

Syria Comment
A blog by Joshua Landis of Oklahomah University, who is a leading expert on Syria.

Syrians for Peaceful Reform
Another Facebook page

UN Security Coiuncil statement on Syria  
21 March 2012

Syrian constitution, 2012 
Approved by referendum, 26 February 2012

Speech by Bashar al-Assad 
Address delivered in Damascus opera house, 13 January 2013, as reported by the government news agency, SANA.

Speech by Bashar al-Assad 
Address at Damascus University, 20 June 2011. Full text in English

Speech by Bashar al-Assad 
Address to the Syrian parliament, 30 March 2011. Full text in English

Speech by Bashar al-Assad 
Address to the new Syrian government, 16 April 2011. Full text in English


Syria's revolt: how graffiti stirred an uprising 
Rania Abouzeid, Time magazine, 22 March, 2011

Is there a soft landing for Syria? 
Joshua Landis, Time magazine, 25 March, 2011

Conflict risk alert: Syria 
International Crisis Group, 25 March 2011

Basic information

Latest news from Syria

History, politics, geography, economy and more

Syria: a country study
Detailed information from the US Library of Congress

CIA World Factbook - Syria

Nationmaster: Syria 
A compilation of facts and figures from many sources

Medea - Syria 
(European Institute for Research on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab Cooperation)

BBC country profile - Syria

BBC territorial profile - Golan Heights

Maps of Syria

Local time

Local weather

Currency converter 
Syrian pound (SYP) 

Communications in Syria (Wikipedia)

National flag of Syria

National anthem 
Audio, lyrics and sheet music (National Anthems Reference Page)

Languages of Syria
Ethnologue Database

United Nations Disengagement Observer Force [Wikipedia]

United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation   [Wikipedia]

Historical and political texts relating to Syria


Constitutional background

Text of constitution (1973)

New constitution (2012)

List of government ministers (CIA)

Heads of state and prime ministers
Historical list (ZPC database)

Syrian parliament 
Official website

Inaugural address
Speech by Bashar al-Assad on his inauguration as president.

Interview with President Bashar
The president outlines his views on a wide range of issues. [Ash-Sharq al-Awsat, 8 February, 2001]

Ba'ath party [Wikipedia]

Kurdish Democratic Party of Syria
Party website (in Kurdish and Arabic)

International Crisis Group 
Recent reports on Syria

Human rights reports on Syria


Syria timeline
A chronology of key events (from the BBC)

History of Syria (Wikipedia)

Syria: a country study
Includes a substantial historical section

Syria's Crusader castles
Habeeb Salloum (Contemporary Review, Jan 2000)


Syrian newspapers  

Syrian Media Centre

Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA)

Press freedom and censorship


Ministry of Tourism 
A useful website with plenty of travel information

Lonely Planet guide
Places and practicalities

Guides to Damascus, Aleppo, Homs, Hama, Latakia, Tartus, Golan Heights, Euphrates, Palmyra

US State Department
Travel advice

British Foreign Office
Travel advice

Visa information 

Electricity and phones (Steve Kropla)
Plugs, sockets, TV system, mobile roaming, etc.

Foreign embassies in Syria
Addresses and telephone numbers

Telephone codes within Syria 

Syrian Arab Airlines
The national airline

Hotels in Syria [Atlas Tours]

Syrian food [Cafe-Syria]

Christmas in Syria
A tale of two men, a boy and a caged falcon. By Louis CasaBianca [Salon Wanderlust]

Travel companies

Exodus (UK)
Travel in Syria

Voyages Jules Verne (UK)
Travel in Syria

Atlas Tours (Syria)
Sightseeing, plus archaeological and study tours

Sanadiki Travel Services (Syria)
A variety of tours, including exploration of Syrian railways.


World Bank: Syria 
Comprehensive economic data

Syria and the IMF

Economic news and data (zawya.com)

Syria's exports (Medea)

Syria's imports (Medea)

Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade

Oil, gas, and electricity
US Energy Information Administration

Water in Bahrain
Aquastat country profile

Economic reform in Syria
Interview with President Bashar al-Asad (Ash-Sharq al-Awsat, 8 February, 2001)

Syrian Consulting Bureau for Development and Investment 
Site includes articles and information about the economy and economic reform

Political obstacles to economic reform in Syria  
Gary C. Gambill ( MEIB, July 2001)

EU-Syria agreements (Medea)



Syrian Media Centre

Syria Gate
A searchable directory of Syrian web sites, plus yellow pages for Syrian companies.

A good introduction to Syria. Includes information about the economy, travel, and climate.

Ministry of Tourism

British Syrian Society

Golan Heights home page


In the Syria section


Related pages

Books from Amazon

Inheriting Syria: Bashar's Trial by Fire 
by Flynt Leverett 

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The Road from Damascus: A Journey Through Syria 
by Scott C. Davis 

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Asad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East 
by Patrick Seale 

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Syria: The Rough Guide 
by Andrew Beattie, Timothy Pepper

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Syria & Lebanon
by Michael Haag.

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Monuments of Syria
by Ross Burns.

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a novel by Ammar Abdulhamid

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Last revised on 01 November, 2013