From the Editors
[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editor or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday night of every week.]
“Not supporting the opposition “within Syria” is supporting Assad,” WINEP now supports democracy in Syria!
“Syria supporting PKK says intelligence report” speculation in Hurriyet from unnamed ‘intelligence’ report
“Syria’s capital is calm despite revolt, but life has changed” Alexandra Sandels writing in the LA Times about surprising changes in the capital
“Let us talk about Syria” Angry Arab deplores the unprofessional coverage of Syria, especially by the Saudi-owned media
“Patrick Cockburn: the attempt to topple president Asad has failed” writing in the Independent Cockburn is critical of international efforts at diplomacy but is ambiguous about what might be more effective.
“Deadly Stalemate in Syria” The Atlantic has selected 39 photos focusing on the insurgency and the refugees leaving Syria
“Syrian troops continue assault in northwest” Bassem Mroue writing in the Christian Science Monitor about clashes between Syrian army and rebels, drawing on Syrian observatory and LCC information
Fadwa Suleiman in Paris at a demonstration calling for Syrian unity
“Syria: between revolution and imperialism” suggests a successful revolution will consist of Syrian workers not foreign intervention
“Bashar’s pyrrhic triumphs” latest analysis on Syria from The Economist
“UN Council Supports plan to end standoff in Syria” Wall Street Journal team report on the UN National Security plan for Syria
“Arab media clash over Syria” Wall Street Journal interviews Marwan Kraidy and others about the increasing polarization and unprofessional coverage of Syria
“Response to Human Rights Watch Open Letter to the Syrian Opposition” Syrian activists’ state that the actions of the Syrian regime cannot be equated to “isolated” human rights abuses by some in the opposition
“Syria: a bulwark against imperialism?” Brian Whitaker outlines Miriyam Aouragh’s recent piece in the Socialist Review
“Alawites trapped into supporting Assad regime” Roula Khalaf discusses the issues of sectarianism since the Syrian revolution, in the Financial Times
“Diary – Jonathan Steele” this piece republished in the London Review of Books is still doing the rounds on Steele’s trip to Syria; hopefully he has improved his sourcing since he misreported the findings in the Doha survey on the extent to which Syrians support the regime
“The Syrian uprising of 2011: Why Asad is likely to survive to 2013” Thoughtful analysis by Joshua Landis in this journal essay for the Middle East Policy Council
“Syrian rebels running out of ammunition as government presses offensive” Liz Sly on the so-called Syrian Free Army
“Upheaval in the Opposition: Defections, Terrorism and preparing for a Phase Two Insurgency,” In case you missed this analysis of Syria, based on Maoist prescriptions for insurgency and observations of demonstrations in foreign countries like Australia
“Stuck in the Middle: The Struggle for Syria’s Kurds” Ernest Khoury, Tarek Abd al-Hayy and Tamam Abdallah explain how the Syrian Kurds allegiances are fragmented: the regime and the opposition fail to guarantee the Kurds’ rights
“Syria’s Activists: the Struggle for the Minorities" On the minorities’ precarious position in the Syrian uprising.
“How Assad Plays his mafia cards” Haroon Siddiqi’s assessment of Assad’s geostrategic ties with neighboring countries.
“Next Step in Syria: A Dutch View” Dutch Foreign Minister sees encouraging defections and accommodating telecommunications needs of the opposition as examples of legitimate foreign interference.
“Ali Farzat: Revolution Redefines Art in Syria” Syrian caricaturist now exiled in London reflects on the role of art in the uprising.
“Syria, Morality and Geopolitics” Rein Mullstrom’s sets out the geopolitical considerations and notes that “Those who fight bad guys are not necessarily good guys.”
عام على اندلاع الحراك الشعبي: الثورة السورية للمبتدئين
Salama Kela offers his explanation of the Syrian revolution.
حديث المجازر: ابحث عن رأس المال
Ward Kasouha criticizes the media for their focus on evoking emotions rather than critical and logical responses when covering the Syrian revolution.
معارضة المعارضة السوريّة: المجلس الوطني
Asad Abu Khalil offers his criticism of the Syrian Nation Council.
هواجس اليسار في المتاهة السورية
Salam Al-Sa'di outlines the paranoia of the Syrian left about the Syrian revolution and establishes as the most important achievement of the revolution its restoration of the power to the people.
الخيار الذي لم يجرب بعد!! الثورة السورية بين العسكرة والسلمية
Nawras Majeed presents a comprehensive argument supporting peaceful protests as opposed to militarized ones.
المخاوف من سنة سوريا وإخوانها
Abd al-Rahman al-Rashid: The Muslim Brotherhood and addressing the people’s fears
مطلوب معارضة سورية مختلفة
Abd al-Bari Atwan: We need a different Syrian opposition
غوطة الإدلبي وانتفاضة الشام
Sobhi Hadidi: The Syrian revolution in literature
ياسين الحاج لـ"بوابة الأهرام": حياة السوريين تحت خط الفقر السياسي فجّرت الثورة.. وإيران تدعم الأسد
Interview with Yassin al-Haj Saleh on the state of the Syrian revolution
سوريا ومقامات التكبير
Nibras Shahid: The religious, and increasingly sectarian, aspect of the revolution
ما يمكن أن ينقذ سوريا
Mohamad Abd al-Muttalib al-Hawani: The solution to Syria’s crisis
لماذا ترفض تركيا التدخل العسكري في سوريا؟
Huda al-Husseini: Turkey and intervention in Syria
خلفيات الحرب السورية داخل الادارة الفرنسية
Hayat Attieh: French politics and Syria
The Real Me and the Hypothetical Syrian Revolution (Part 2) by Amal Hanano
The Syrian Regime's Business Backbone by Bassam Haddad
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