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Syria Media Roundup (April 26)

[Checkpoint at Damascus' edge. Jan. 14, 2012. Image by VOA Middle East correspondent Elizabeth Arrott] [Checkpoint at Damascus' edge. Jan. 14, 2012. Image by VOA Middle East correspondent Elizabeth Arrott]

[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 by Monday night of every week]


Regional and International perspectives

Coming to Terms with Assad’s Survival  Ibrahim al-Amin’s pessimistic outlook on the uprising

Damascus Between its Internal and External Fronts Salama Kayla’s last entry before his arrest; on Syrian scenarios and foreign interests.

New Republic: Smugglers on the Syrian Border Sophia Jones and Erin Banco on the human smuggling market at the Turkish-Syrian border

Covering Israel/Covering Syria As’ad Abukhalil exposes the double-standard in covering Israel and Syria

No Ceasefire in Syria, so what’s Next Joseph Olmert’s “if you can’t beat them, join them” approach to solving the Syria puzzle

Damascus: The Protocols of Annan’s Plan Nicolas Nassif describes how the Syrian regime views the Annan Plan

The Morning After  Patrick Seale suggests that the Arab Spring is merely a phase of the “long-aborted struggle for independence.”

Syria and Iraq: Armies, Politics and the Future  Hazem Saghieh’s assessment of how the Syrian and Iraqi contexts compare

Syria Street, Lebanon  Alia Brahimi on the ambivalent Lebanese response to the uprising

Sabra Short of Syrian Goods The economic consequences of the uprising are felt in the poorer Syrian-led markets of Beirut

Syria’s Ethnic Circassians Plea to Leave  Al-Jazeera reports on this Syria minority now asking for the help from the Russian government to go back to their ancestral lands.

Imperialism and the Left

Debating Syria John Feffer’s idea that negotiation has not started yet and that the discussion of a “plan B” in some media outlets is irrelevant.

The Militarization of the Syrian Uprising Samer Araabi’s detailed assessment of the uprising and its complications one year later

On Syrian narratives

Syrian Rebels Caught Embellishing on Tape Photojournalist Mani shows how some Syrian “activists” fabricated the news to embellish their side of the story.

Syria, Women and the Revolution A fresh outlook on the role of women in the uprising

Foreign Journalists: Visa Denied Shamine Narwani’s comments on the “sloppy” work of Western journalists covering Syria.

Syria's Field Hospitals: Al-Jazeera Reports from Northern Syria (Video) Anita McNaught visits secret clinics in Syria.

Homs Relief Campaign Obstructed by Security Forces An initiative from many opposition groups in Syria to bring relief to the people of Homs

Back from Syria, Journalist Anan Gopal Warns Protesters “Face Slaughter” by Assad Regime Anan Gopal returns from Northern Syrian towns and talks about the general pulse of the uprising there. 

Art and social media

Top Goon – Diaries of a Little Dictator: A Revolutionary Satirical Puppet Theatre Webseries Calling for Funds to Help it Produce a Second Season Puppet show satirizing the Assad government as a means of engaging people outside Syria in a conversation about the uprising.

Any Given Friday Amal Hanano on how “Facebook’s version of democracy” influenced the uprising.

Syria: The Musical Revolution Oliver Butenuth on the songs that mobilized the crowds during the uprising.

A Lesbian Tale: Challenging Syrian Censor Muhammad Khair Diab to release a movie on a love story between two women.

Policy and Reports

Security Council authorizes UN observer mission in Syria, Ban welcomes decision  Latest developments of the U.N. mission in Syria.


دمشق بين الجبهتين الداخلية والخارجية
The recently detained author Salama Keyleh rejects the likelihood of the situation in Syria to lead to military intervention, or a war that would stop or solve the current unrest in the country. 

الحراك السوري: هل الحرب هي الطريق الأمثل إلى الديموقراطــية؟
Mohamad Shami offers his view of the current situation in Syria and emphasizes the importance for the people to dialogue with the regime. 

المواجهة مستمرة فوق الحلبة السورية
Mohammad Sayyed Rasas identifies the international implications of the situation in Syria and argues that the world is on a brink of renewed cold war.

الأكراد وعقدة المعارضة
The role of the Kurds in the Syrian uprisings.

ناشطات “المركز السوري للإعلام” يروين قصة اعتقالهنّ
Women activists from the Syrian Center for Information tell their stories about their arrest in Syria. 

اللاجئون الفلسطينيون في سوريا: قلق الوجود وجحيم النزوح
The Status of Palestinian refugees in Syria during the current uprisings. 

الفنان لطفي بوشناق: لا أستطيع أن أكون محايدا أمام الدماء وأرواح البشر التي تزهق!
An interview with artist and singer Lotfi Boushnaq about the situation in Syria. 

فرنسا والنظام السوري: سجل مراقصة الطغاة
Subhi Hadidi: the history of France's relations with the Syrian dictator.

الثورة السورية بين أيدي وسائل الإعلام
Rosa Yaseen Hassan presents the media's role in the politics of the Syrian revolution. 

الشعب لا يريد
Salma Idibli: The upcoming Syrian elections and the illusion that Syria is now "O.K."

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