Yassin al-Haj Saleh
Born in Raqqa, Syria, 1961. A political prisoner between 1980 and 1996 for being a member in a leftist party opposing the tyrannical regime of Hafez Assad. A journalist writing in newspapers and magazines in the Arab World (never in Syria). An author of four books: From Syria Under Shades: Insights from within the Black Box; The Myths of the Latters: A Critique of Contemporary Islam and a Critique of the Critique; Salvation, O Guys: 16 Years in the Syrian Prisons; and Walking on One Leg (About Syrian Politics, Political Economy, and Identity). Participated in five books about Syria or Middle Eastern affairs, issued in Lebanon and Egypt.
A founding member of al Jumhuriya group that thinks and writes about Syrian affairs since March 2012. Left Syria in October 2013, and lives now in Istanbul. A founding member of Hamish (fringe), the Syrian Culture House in Istanbul.