About me

I work for a society where there is an equal space for my thoughts.. and for those who disagree with me..

I called my blog Madina (which means “city” in Arabic) because I write about different topics, I write about any topic comes to my mind or anything moves my feelings.. It’s a city, because its lines are like the old streets of the cities in the Middle East.. you can read love, sorrow or any other emotions on its walls.. It’s a city because what we write is like our cities.. we don’t know who draws whom.. we.. or our cities.. It’s a city because I dream a bout a city that guarantees all its civilians equal rights..

I was born in Damascus 1985 and lived most of my life there… I started blogging in 2008..


Ibrahim al-Assil is a Syrian political analyst and civil society activist and serves as a resident fellow at the Middle East Institute. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Orient Research Center in Dubai. His work focuses on the Syrian conflict with an emphasis on different aspects of security, civil society, political Islam, and political economy.

Al-Assil is the former president and a co-founder of the Syrian Nonviolence Movement, an NGO formed in 2011 to promote peaceful struggle and civil resistance as a way to achieve social, cultural, and political change in Syrian government and society.

In 2013-2014, he frequently visited northern Syria, where he lead an initiative to train Syrian activists about strategic planning and project management and conducted studies on the current status and potential role civil society plays in northern Syria.

Al-Assil is an avid blogger and has been published in a variety of media outlets. Also, he was chosen by the Swedish Institute in 2013 as a young leader from the MENA region.

Email: ibrahim.assil@gmail.com

Twitter: @ibrahimalassil

Ibrahim Al-Assil

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