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 Editors 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]
Regional and International perspectives
Syria: First Round of a Ceasefire Nicolas Nassif has a somewhat reductionist analysis of the Syrian uprising – comparing and contrasting Syria to Lebanon of the 1970s.
Kofi Annan is Right – Negotiation is key for Syria Patrick Seale argues that negotiation is key for a successful new Syrian political system
Syria and the Usual Suspects Thomas Knapp insulting Syrian demonstrators who started the uprising (which was made in the USA according to Knapp) whilst rightly problematising the McCain and Lieberman visit to Turkey
McCain and Lieberman Meet with the Free Syria Army bizarre and unneeded ‘support’ from the Republicans, does the FSA represent Syria?
Will more Diplomacy Save Syria Al-Jazeera guests discuss the peace plan
Can U.N. Observers end the Cycle of Violence? Hussein Ibish, Hussein al-Harbi and Haitham al-Sibahie give analysis of variable quality regarding the utility of the UN ceasefire on Al-Jazeera English's Inside Syria programme
Who Broke Syria? James Harkin argues that the international community and the media “made things worse” for Syrians.
Cautious Hope for Syria Mark Lynch’s skeptical yet optimistic outlook on the Annan Plan
Cross-talk: Still Syria: Diana Johnstone, Joshua Landis and Josef Olmert sharing their views on intervention and the opposition
The Roving Eye: What's goin' on at the Turkish-Syrian border? Pepe Escobar discusses matters of sovereignty as Turkey’s shelters of the FSA right at the Turco-Syrian border.
The Libyan precedent is not a hopeful one for Syria Annan's Syria plan is the only game in town Michael Wahid Hanna puts the case for Annan’s plan in Foreign Policy
Imperialism and the Left
Syria and the Left Odai al-Zoubi takes issue with George Galloway and Noam Chomsky’s divergent approaches.
Imperialism and the Syrian Revolution John Rees argues that “the main enemy is at home” and that the opposition need to rid itself from imperial powers who want to determine Syria’s future.
The Opposition Movements
Syria Opposition Creates Tribal Assembly Daily Star notes this new development
The Simple Truths of the Syrian Uprising Muhamad Dibo argues that it is the Syrian people who have the highest authority in deciding the future of their country
On Syrian narratives
Syria`s Propaganda War Jess Hills on the challenges of reporting from outside Syria.
Assad`s End Exiled Syrian activist reframes the revolution and suggests an overemphasis on the SFA and militarized elements is distorting the real picture
Does the Syrian regime fight imperialism, or is it the legacy of imperialism? Adbulhamit Bilici on Prof. Şükrü Hanioğlu’s historical approach to the uprising.
Nasrallah to Assange: Hezbollah talked to Syria opposition; we want dialogue, US & Israel want civil war Predictable commentary from Nasrallah on Syria – why is he surprised that revolutionaries were not willing to have dialogue with the regime?
One Year After the beginning of the revolution Khalil Habash with sensible analysis for International Viewpoint
Syria: Bashar Lives up to his Name Orientalist pap from the Socialist Party of Great Britain; Alwyn Edgar attempts a historical survey before cautioning that Bashar’s successors could make him look like Little Bo Peep.
Images of our Syrian revolution: leaked in a losing gamble? Mohamad al-Attar on visual memory, its actual role and potential for the Syrian revolution.
On the Perils of Sectarianism in Syria Robin Yassin-Kassab – stick with the anecdotal beginnings for a snapshot of the historical underpinnings of sectarianism
Policy and Human Rights Reports
Syria`s Phase of Radicalisation International Crisis’s group’s assessment of the current state of the Syrian uprising.
In Cold Blood Human Rights Watch issue report documenting summary executions by Syria’s security forces and pro-government militias
امريكا والمعارضة السورية: حساب العجوز وحميّة المراهق
Subhi Hadidi criticizes the American government’s stance on the situation in Syria.
يحلم السوريون بتظاهرات وحيوانات متوحشة وأشلاء وقتلى وقفزة إلى المستقبل
Dima Wanous presents the dreams of some Syrians.
عسال الورد.. والشوك!
Subhi Hadidi writes about the Bikdash family’s history of supporting the authoritarian regime in Syria.
سوريا: الحوار أو الدمار
Ali Jardat states that the response of both the Syrian regime and opposition to the uprisings will lead to the end of Syria as a country, nation, and society.
هل هناك سؤال 'مسيحي' في الثورة السورية؟
Elias Khoury presents his point of view about the role of Christians in the Syrian revolution.
عن ساحاتنا ومآلاتها
Nasser Rabbat: the reasons behind the absence of public spaces from Islamic urban history.
هل تسقط الانتفاضات العربية النخب الرثة أيضا؟
Salama Keileh refutes the argument that what is going on in Syria is an “imperial conspiracy.”
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