Articles by Rasha Elass
- Damascus Small Businesses And The War
March 05 2014 5:46 AM
In Syria's capital, merchants caught between rebels and the regime try to do business as usual. Amid the civil war, that's not working.
- Escape From Damascus, Via Candy Crush
February 25 2014 4:17 PM
After three years of civil war, many Syrians find that mindless cell-phone games provide much-needed distraction.
- At Homs Evacuation, Syrian Rebels And Soldiers Come Warily Together
February 15 2014 10:50 AM
The siege of Homs has led to a ceasefire and evacuation, and those fighting on opposite sides have found themselves next to the enemy.
- Tone-Deaf in The Arab World, Or Why Power And People Don't Talk
February 07 2014 12:22 PM
Schoolchildren across the Arab world learn rules that make little sense, and this disconnect from reality turns into political conflicts later.
- Is Assad Winning The War In Syria While Torturing Thousands To Death?
January 24 2014 6:18 AM
The Syrian president appears to be winning, even as photos surface of thousands of Syrian corpses.
- A Journalist Covers Conflicts She Has Fled For Much Of Her Life
January 10 2014 12:37 AM
During the Lebanese civil war of the 1970s, Rasha Elass escaped to Syria in her family's hired taxi. Now she ponders a grim future there.
- Damascus Diary: Soldiers, Regime Supporters Loot In The Capital
November 11 2013 11:36 AM
In some parts of Damascus, people have begun fearing government soldiers and supporters, who just take things with impunity.
- Syrian Rock Band Rages Against War, Cultural Norms - And Their Moms
October 18 2013 10:26 AM
Pressure Cooker, a Syrian rock band in Beirut, taps themes common to youths across the Arab world.
- A Syrian In Lebanon Finds Racism, Road Rage, And Surprisingly Professional Police
October 15 2013 9:30 AM
When you are a Syrian fleeing the war, life in the country next door isn't easy. And sometimes it's violent, bizarre, and with a happy ending.
- Female Reporters In Syria Uniquely Positioned, For Better Or Worse
September 27 2013 5:43 PM
Rasha Elass writes a first-person account of what it’s like to be a woman covering the Syrian civil war.
- Downtown Damascus From The Inside: Life, And The Odd Mortar Strike [SLIDESHOW]
September 19 2013 4:22 PM
As the U.S. contemplated a military strike against Syria, then opted for a diplomatic solution, this is what things looked like inside Damascus.
- The Civil War Comes To This Syrian Family's Home
September 13 2013 4:17 PM
In one Damascus district, rebels have taken over apartment buildings to dig a network of underground tunnels for fighting regime troops.
- Spared For Now From Missiles, Damascus Rejoices -- Or Does It?
September 11 2013 2:40 PM
After Obama assured the world America would wait for diplomacy before hitting Syria, Damascenes celebrated, but the sadness of war lurked.
- The Life Of A Damascus Family, Awaiting A US Strike
September 07 2013 9:04 AM
As the world debates intervention, one Damascus family’s routine reflects the nation’s turmoil and dread.
- Syrians Confused, But Relieved, By US Delay Of Military Action
September 01 2013 5:21 PM
“I’ve never heard of someone declaring a military strike and then going off to talk about it,” one mystified Syrian said.
- In Damascus, Tense Wait For A US Strike, With No Government Help
August 31 2013 11:44 AM
Damascenes have seen a lot of war and death in years of civil war, but never a missile raid. Syria's government is doing little to prepare them.
- In Lebanon, Citizens Role-Play With Army Commandos; In Syria And Egypt, They Battle
August 30 2013 9:05 PM
Unlike its peers in Syria and Egypt, the Lebanese military is cozying up to its citizens with “Be a Commando for a Day” exercises.
- Living And Working In Damascus Under The Threat of US Bombs
August 29 2013 5:10 PM
For a reporter covering the war in Syria, there's a sense that everyone in Damascus shares the same uncertainty.
- In The Streets of Damascus, Residents Wait and Worry
August 28 2013 9:51 AM
Many in Damascus welcome the expected attack but wonder what the outcome will be and how they can prepare for it.
- Displaced By War, Syrian Artists Find Inspiration In Lebanese Colony
August 16 2013 8:57 PM
Among thousands of Syrians displaced by civil war, a lucky few are ensconced in an artists’ colony in the mountain town of Aley, Lebanon.