Emma Beals

Syria

How Scientists Are Ensuring Syria’s Seeds Survive War and Climate Change

Between climate change and war, Syrian agricultural history and diversity are under unprecedented threat. Here’s a glimpse into the ways that scientists are working around the clock to ensure that the country's seed diversity doesn’t get wiped out...
Emma Beals
8.24.16
Syria

How Syrian Bakers Are Making Bread Against All Odds

Even in a time of war, Syrians' high standards for bread are uncompromising. Bakers have implemented unique techniques to provide the daily bread under conflict.
Emma Beals
8.19.16
longreads

Wheat As a Weapon of War in Syria

How the Syrian regime, rebels, jihadists, and NGOs are fighting for control of of the country's most powerful resource.
Emma Beals
6.23.16
war and conflict

Airstrikes Pound Islamic State Forces in Syria As Rebels Gain An Unlikely Ally

As Islamic State fighters sweep across northern Syria, airstrikes by the Assad regime may help beleaguered rebels hold them back.
Emma Beals
8.17.14
Syria

Syria’s Sham Election: A Tale of Two Cities

Bashar al-Assad's reelection might be a theatrical farce, but it is exposing the complexities that lie within the deeply divided country.
Emma Beals
6.3.14
News

Syria's Rebel Press Is Fighting Back Against Jihadists

As ISIS continues to oppress the fledgling media landscape in the north and east of Syria, the ANA New Media Association has pledged to whip up a storm of protest every time a journalist or activist is targeted by the jihadis.
Emma Beals
12.9.13
News

More and More Journalists Are Being Kidnapped in Syria

Journalists who are justifiably worried about being kidnapped by the rebels or the regime are being forced to reconsider the way they cover the ongoing civil war, even as they feel a duty to continue reporting on it.
Emma Beals
9.2.13
News

I Don't Have the Stones to Be a Crime Reporter

Last summer, I filed a story about a 12-year-old girl from London who'd failed to return home one Friday. People go missing all the time, so, although obviously sad, it was nothing that remarkable. In the days that followed, however, Tia Sharp's...
Emma Beals
5.22.13
News

The Robot That's Going to Save Syrians from Assad's Snipers

Sniper alleys are rife in Syria. The specific locations of these death traps often aren't known until someone takes a wrong turn and gets shot. A dire side effect of these alleys is that others try to drag the wounded to safety, often getting...
Emma Beals
4.8.13