Eva Bartlett (born 14 June 1977) is an independent Canadian-American writer, journalist and human rights activist from Ontario who covers the Middle East region, particularly Palestine and Syria. She has a weblog called InGaza and has made numerous visits to Syria and Palestine since 2008, including to the Gaza Strip. Since 2014, Bartlett has also written about the Gaza Strip.
Early life and education
Bartlett has dual nationality, being born in Michigan but raised in Canada. Between 1991 and 1996 Bartlett studied a the Centre Wellington District High School in Fergus, Ontario and was awarded an Honours grade 13 (OAC), Ontario Scholar. Between 1997 and 2002 she attended Mount Allison University, New Brunswick, Canada earning a 1st Class Honours with Distinction with Honours in Music and a Minor in French. Between 1999 and 2000 Bartlett spent a year as an exchange student at the Université Marc Bloch in Strasbourg, France and was awarded a French language immersion diploma.
Between September 1998 and May 2001 Bartlett worked as a student librarian in the music library of Mount Allison University providing customer service, information assistance and resource maintenance. She also worked during this period as a caterer at the home of the University president, planning & cooking for social functions. Between May and July 2001 she worked as a French interpreter and House Manager for Professor Van der Leest in his archaeology department in Carthage, Tunisia. She also worked as a research aide to Professor Edwards in the French Department transcribing French texts.
Between October and December 2002 she worked at Finer English in Kassel, Germany as an English Language instructor, tutoring advanced adult businessmen and women. From June 2003 until January 2004 Bartlett worked at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd on Geoje Island in South Korea, teaching English to adult employees where she created her own material to accompany a textbook. From September 2004 until June 2005 Bartlett worked at TBM-SISA, English Language and TOEIC preparation academy in Busan, South Korea as an English Language Instructor, teaching grammar and conversational English to various ages of students.
Between August and December 1996 Bartlett worked and travelled independently in Ireland, including the Aran Islands, volunteering on organic farms around the country. Between February 2004 and April 2004 Bartlettt worked as a Willing Worker on Organic Farms (WWOOF) during her travels in northern Thailand, tending plants and vegetables, as well as painting and building adobe constructions. She joined a Buddhist commune, helping to construct a mud-brick school in central Thailand. From July until December 2005 she was an independent, volunteer English teacher during travels in India. From May 2007 she has been a volunteer editor of the Zahel Youth Exchange Program in the Public Relations Departmetn of An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine.
Since April 2014, Bartlett has visited, made videos and taken interviews in various areas of Syria following their liberation, including Aleppo, Homs, Madaya, and Damascus. Bartlett has also given talks on topics of Imperialism and North Korea. She has been interviewed widely by George Galloway, RT News, 21st Century Wire, etc.
On 9 December 2016, Bartlett gave a press conference as part of the Permanent Mission of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations. A clip of the video went viral and was viewed over 3,000,000 times.
In March 2017, Mexico City, Bartlett was granted the “International Journalism Award for International Reporting” by the Mexican Press Club. Co-recipients included John Pilger and political analyst Thierry Meyssan, among others.
Interests and achievments
Bartlett maintainted a four year music scholarship and Dean's List at Mount Allison University. She is a certified scuba diver, First Dan Black Belt in Tae kwan do and certified Grade 10 in classical piano by the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has made years of independent travel around the world including many European, North African and Asian countries.