Two Books Released for Bassel Khartabil’s 35th Birthday


Today is the 35th birthday for Bassel Khartabil, the Syrian-Palestanian internet activist, open-source software developer, and cultural worker imprisoned by the Syrian regieme since 2012.

In honor of this anniversary we have released two books in print celebrating Bassel’s life and work.

Waiting… is a prose book by Noura Ghazi Safadi, a Syrian human rights lawyer, born in Damascus in 1981, written to her husband Bassel Khartabil Safadi from 2012-2015, while he was imprisoned by the Syrian government in Damascus.

The Cost of Freedom is an anthology written as a book sprint in Pourrières, France, in five days, from 2nd to 6th November 2015. The many contributions in this book offer unique reflections upon the price we pay for freedom, and a tentative program for the reader to reflect on the future of freedom in our times.

The proceeds from both of these books to toward the #FREEBASSEL campaign.

Bassel was also the founder of the #NEWPALMYRA project (for which I am Interim Director), dedicated to the preservation and continued development of Syrian cultural heritage as exemplified by the archaeological site of Palmyra, taken and vandalized by ISIS in October of 2015.