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Regional and International perspectives
Russians See Syria Deadlock Persisting Nicolas Nassif provides the Russian perspective to the latest developments of the UN observer mission in Syria.
Imperialism and the Left
Outrage of the week: absurd levels in defending the Asad dictatorship As’ad AbuKhalil responds to Amal Saad-Ghorayeb who said “the real litmus of Arab intellectuals ‘and activists ‘commitment to the Palestinian cause is their support for the Assad leadership’s struggle against the imperialist-Zionist-Arab moderate axis.”
Syria, the left and a revolution divided John Rees argues “The battle for the soul of the Arab revolutions has been transformed by imperial intervention, nowhere more so than in Syria”
Antoun Issa says removing “Assad’s regime, is the resistance's natural course.”
Towards a New Arab Cultural RevolutionMany Syrians see the struggle now not so much as one of reform, but as a more primordial, elemental fight to preserve the notion of Syria itself”.
The right to resist is universal: A farewell to Al Akhbar and Assad’s apologists Max Blumenthal resigns from his job at Al Akhbar, disappointed with their Syria coverage
Where is the truth in the battle for Syria’s narrative? Sakhr Al Makhadhi on the propaganda war in the Syria media coverage
In Syria’s Sectarian Battle, Who Are The Alawites? Joshua Landis draws a portrait of the Alawites on NPR
Did Four Alawi Clans Dissociate themselves from the Assads, as the Opposition Claims? Not likely. Joshua Landis’ reponds to Mohja Kahf saying he has yet to find evidence of such dissociation from some Alawite “tribes.”
Syria is no Longer in Syrian Handsthings could go far further even than they did in Lebanon during its civil war years.”
Art and Social Media
Joanne Bajjaly writes about Syria’s patrimonial heritage caught in the crossfire.
Farouq Jehi Moustafa writes on Al-Hayat about the Kurdish population in Syria and its rejection of federalization as a solution to their problem in the region.
Syrian Actor Jamal Suleiman writes on Al-Hayat about the situation in Syria and the rhetoric of treachery that the Shabiha use to describe people who are siding with the demands of the Syrian uprisings.
Hussein Al-Awdat writes on Al-Bayan about the possible solutions that some members of the international community will present in order to relieve the current Syrian impasse after the failure of the Annan initiative.
Hayfa Zeitar write on Assafir about the negative effect that the Syrian struggle had on the relationship between the Saudi king and Muslim clergymen.
الأزمة السورية: التوازن الناعم بوجه واشنطن
Hussam Matar writes on Al-Akhbar about the implication of the Syrian struggle on the existing global balance of power.
سوريا والمعركة الأخيرة
Salama Kayla writes on Al-Akhbar for the first time after being detained by the Syrian regime in April about the approaching end of Assad’s regime in Syria.
هل نحن أمام إيديولوجية الـحرب الأهلية؟
Mohamad Dibo, on Al-Akhbar, questions whether Syria is facing the ideology of civil war.
نشطاء يقللون من أهمية الخلافات بين فصائل المعارضة
The Damascus Bureau on the disagreements between Syrian activists and opposition members.
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