Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo Orb Media Network: Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh; Folha de Sao Paolo, Brazil; Politiken, Denmark; Die Zeit, Germany; South China Morning Post, Hong Kong; The Hindu, India; Channels TV, Nigeria; Louisville Public Media, USA
“Under Water: How Rising Waters Cost Us All,”
October 8, 2018
Orb Media Network: Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh; Folha de Sao Paolo, Brazil; Politiken, Denmark; Die Zeit, Germany; South China Morning Post, Hong Kong; The Hindu, India; Channels TV, Nigeria; Louisville Public Media, USA

We frame climate change in terms of the future: cities underwater by the year 2040, 2050, 2100. But for a growing number of people across the globe, that watery future is already here.

As higher temperatures lead to sea level rise and more extreme rainfall, more and more people are already learning to live with catastrophic flooding. Many find creative ways to adapt. But it comes at a cost—first and foremost to them, but in the end to all of us.
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo The Guardian
Why is New York’s most famous library getting into bed with the Saudi Crown Prince?
September 19, 2019
The Guardian

Using the library’s main branch to promote a despot’s private event betrays the NYPL’s founding mission of serving the public.

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo The Washington Post
Why would Assad use sarin in a war he's winning? To terrify Syrians
April 11, 2017
The Washington Post

From the conspiracy-site far right to the anti-imperialist left, the question of why Assad would attack his own people when he was already winning the war managed to sow confusion and doubt. But history tells us that Assad had plenty to gain from using chemical weapons.
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo Syria Deeply
Analysis: The World According to Trump, and What It May Mean For Syria
December 19, 2016
Syria Deeply

As Trump ushers in an era of deals between states, the real conflicts will be between increasingly authoritarian states and their increasingly dissatisfied subjects.

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo Syria Deeply Long Read
The US Has Intervened In Syria, But Not the Way You Think
October 31, 2016
Syria Deeply Long Read

The debate over a theoretical American intervention against Assad is obscuring this central fact: the United States already has intervened militarily in the Syrian conflict. As of October 25, the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS had carried out 5,616 airstrikes in Syria, the vast majority of them by U.S. warplanes.
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo Syria Deeply
Why Assad’s Propaganda Isn’t As Crazy As It Seems
October 3, 2016
Syria Deeply

In the realm of ideas and images, the Syrian government’s propaganda is just as effective as its bombing campaigns.

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo Syria Deeply
After Battle For Wadi Barada, the Damascus Water War Isn’t Over
February 14, 2017
Syria Deeply

The long history of water as a weapon in the Syrian conflict.
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo Syria Deeply
The Fall of Rebel-Held Aleppo is a Warning to Others Who Oppose Assad
December 14, 2016
Syria Deeply

What happened in Aleppo was many things, but most of all, it was a warning – to anyone who may think of resisting the power of the state.

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo Syria Deeply
Trump is the US President Assad Has Been Waiting For
November 23, 2016
Syria Deeply

U.S. president-elect Donald Trump has made it clear that he considers the fight against the so-called Islamic State more important than anything else in the Middle East – including Syrian civilian lives, which are likely to be a low priority for his administration.
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo Syria Deeply
Green Gold: How ISIS Is Making As Much Money From Wheat As From Oil
October 20, 2016
Syria Deeply

Like the Syrian government, ISIS is a net cereal exporter – and may get almost as much revenue from the spikes of grain above the ground as the black gold underneath.

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo Syria Deeply
Game of Shrines and the Road to Darayya
September 15, 2016
Syria Deeply

How an Iraqi cleric's prayer in a Syrian city is fueling an ongoing process of sectarianization that will be difficult to reverse.
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo Syria Deeply
No End to Aleppo’s Brutal Stalemate
August 22, 2016
Syria Deeply

Aleppines expect very little from high-level talks between the American and Russian governments. And if history is any guide, they are right.

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo Syria Deeply
The Siege Sector: Why Starving Civilians is Big Business
August 11, 2016
Syria Deeply

Besieged civilians are a captive and extremely lucrative market.
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo Syria Deeply
How Evacuating al-Waer and ‘Other Darayyas’ Will Help Assad
September 5, 2016
Syria Deeply

The tactic of withholding food and medical supplies, when used against civilians, is a war crime under international law. But the sieges have ground on, leaving the government free to besiege these areas for years – and now, one by one, to force them into surrender.

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo Syria Deeply
For Syrian Kids in Lebanon, School is ‘Like a Miracle'
July 26, 2016
Syria Deeply

When parents’ lives are precarious, children end up not attending school.
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo Syria Deeply
Sowing Hope and Weeding out Siege Profiteers
July 18, 2016
Syria Deeply

People in Syria's besieged areas have discovered a secret weapon that’s difficult to detect and almost impossible to defeat: seeds.

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo The Washington Post
The most unconventional weapon in Syria: Wheat
December 18, 2015
The Washington Post

In the Syrian conflict, all the players are using wheat and bread as a weapon—and civilians are paying the price.
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo Guernica magazine
Be Like Water
December 15, 2015
Guernica magazine

Refugees on Lesvos.

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo The Washington Post
Paris is a city. Beirut is a ‘war zone.’ Why the way we talk about those places matters.
November 17, 2015
The Washington Post

ISIS bombed a neighborhood, not a "Hezbollah stronghold."
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo Politico magazine
Greeks Bearing Gifts
November 30, 2015
Politico magazine

How Greeks are helping refugees despite their destroyed economy.

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo Al Jazeera America
A garden grows amid the daily dangers of a siege in Syria
May 18, 2015
Al Jazeera America

Yarmouk’s forgotten civilians have been fighting the medieval weapon of hunger with creativity, humor and the ultimate grass-roots resistance strategy: gardens.
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo The New Republic online
The War on Bread: How the Syrian regime is using food as a weapon
February 14, 2014
The New Republic online

The mass media frames food as something that brings the Middle East together during conflict, not something that tears it apart. Which is why, when leaders use food as a weapon, we often fail to recognize this hideous war crime until it’s too late.

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo The New Republic
Bashar al-Assad: an Intimate Profile of a Mass Murderer
December 2013
The New Republic

In 1982, not long after his father's military pulverized a town called Hama, Bashar Al Assad got a jet ski...
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Bread of Beirut
August 2, 2012
granta.com

On bread, war, and the age-old tradition of the public oven.

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo Foreignaffairs.com
Let Them Eat Bread: How Food Subsidies Prevent (and Provoke) Revolutions in the Middle East
March 23, 2011
Foreignaffairs.com

How the bread that used to ensure obedience turned into a symbol and a source of revolution.
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo nytimes.com
Eating in Public: Pleasure or Peril?
February 28, 2012
nytimes.com

Echoes of Victorian finger-wagging from lawmakers who pit public eating against cleanliness, godliness and that elusive quality we refer to as being “civilized.”

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo <i>Foreign Policy</i>
Eat, Drink, Protest
May/June 2011
Foreign Policy

In the wrong hands, food can be a weapon: a short, sweet history of food propaganda.
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo <i>The New York Times Magazine</i>
Does the Mediterranean Diet Even Exist?
April 3, 2011
The New York Times Magazine

The more we try to eat like Mediterraneans, the more they're trying to eat like us.

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo <i>Time</i>
History on a Plate
July 21, 2011
Time

A short history of harisa/haleem, the mixture of meat, spices, and grains that people have been eating across continents and centuries.
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo <i>Saveur</i>
They Remember Home
December 2008
Saveur

Marooned in Beirut, Iraqi refugees ease the pain of exile with home cooking. Included in Best Food Writing 2009.

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo <i>The Nation</i>
Sect Symbols
15 February 2007
The Nation

The secret history of downtown Beirut and the man who rebuilt it. (Book review.)
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo <i>The New Republic</i>
Eau No
18 January 2007
The New Republic

Hezbollah perfume: the smell of resistance.

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Camp Rout
24 May 2007
The New Republic Online

Armed militiamen help out the overstretched Lebanese army.
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo <i>The New Republic</i> Online
Hezbollapalooza
5 December 2006
The New Republic Online

Hezbollah's answer to the Cedar Revolution.

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo <i>The New York Times</i>
Baghdad Thanksgiving, 2003
22 November 2007
The New York Times

Thanksgiving in Baghdad, four years ago.
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo <i>The New Republic</i>
Tour de Force
24 August 2006
The New Republic

Exploring scenic South Beirut, the Hezbollah way.

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo <i>The New Republic</i>
Militias' Intent
1 December 2006
The New Republic

Lebanon's dying anti-Syria movement.
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo <i>The Nation Online</i>
Fear and Shopping in Beirut
17 July 2006
The Nation Online

What do you crave when a war breaks out?

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo <i>The New Republic</i>
Entombed
20 July 2006
The New Republic

With friends like these, Lebanon’s Shia don’t need enemies.
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo <i>The Washington Post</i>
Beirut Diary: So Much for the Postwar
23 July 2006
The Washington Post

One week of war.

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo <i>The New Republic</i>
Sheik Up
28 August 2006
The New Republic

Nasrallah's war: a profile of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah during the 2006 war.
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo <i>The Nation Online</i>
Dreams Deferred in Lebanon
2 August 2006
The Nation Online

How Lebanon's Slow Food movement fared during the war.

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo <i>The New Republic</i>
Crying Shame
21 August 2006
The New Republic

The man who cried: a profile of Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.
annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo <i>The New Republic</i>
Next
2 March 2006
The New Republic

Is Lebanon the new Iraq? Sunni-Shia tensions on the rise.

annia ciezadlo Recent articles by Annia Ciezadlo The New Republic Online
Comic Relief
February 27, 2006
The New Republic Online

In Lebanon and Syria, the cartoon jihad is not a battle between West and East. It’s a struggle by mainstream Sunnis to contain a growing network of radical Islamists.