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[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
Hamas and Syria As’ad AbuKhalil says “Hamas’s position vis-à-vis the Syrian crises reeks of political opportunism.”
Syria’s Kurds – the screw in the regime’s coffin? Magdalena Kirchner on the Syrian Kurds’ divisiveness over the Syrian uprising.
Syria and Turkey’s Phantom War Pepe Escobar asks if Turkey is trying to” wag the NATO dog into a war.”
Scott Horton Interviews Pepe Escobar and asks him to discuss the motives behind Turkey’s decision to fly a plane into Syrian waters.
What the Jet Crisis with Syria Give Rise to Thought Oytun Orhan’s thorough analysis of the possible objectives and consequences of the downing of a Turkish jet by Syria.
The “Friends of Syria” divvy up Syrian economy before conquest A Syria “working group” comprised of Germany and the UAE met in Abu Dhabi to discuss short and long term economic plans for a post-Assad Syria.
Al Jazeera on the foreign ministers’ meeting in Geneva that aimed at discussing Annan’s proposal for a transitional government.
What Came Out Of UN Conference On Syria? Joshua Landis says the US is gaining precious time to allow the opposition to coalesce.
A Region Transformed Simon Assaf sees the social changes (urbanization and education) of the past decades in the Arab world as one cause for people’s increasing demands toward their government
The Search for Plan B Interview with Haytham Manna’, Joshua Landis, Walid Fares, Olve Solvang and Paul Vallet
Must we admit to a civil war in Syria? definition should not hold us up.”
How the Corporate Media is Snookering You on Syria Russ Baker analyses an article published on the Times, arguing that media “leaks” can be useful for framing a conflict to an audience.
Your Syria is my Bahrain “Washington's and Moscow's short-sightedness and their lack of desire to push for a peaceful transition to majority rule.”
Syria: War from the Inside out Tarak Barkawi on war’s nihilism, one word that might summarize the reason for contradictions that actors display with regard to Syria.
Imperialism and the Left
Rumsfeld’s Papers: The Perennial Anti-Syrian Sabah Ayoub presents Rumsfeld’s plan as outlined in his meeting with Israeli prime minister and defense minister in 1983.
Western Agreement ‘Could Leave Syria in Assad’s Hands for Two More Years Robert Fisk’s contacts in Damascus say there are negotiations in place between the Syrian government and the international community to keep Bashar in power as a means to secure foreign states’ interests in the region.
Mounting Pressure on the Syrian Army Jeffrey White’s policy paper on the opposition’s military in which he concludes “improving the FSA's planning, intelligence, combat, and command-and-control capabilities would presumably speed this process [overthrow of the regime] even further.”
Syria: No to Intervention, No to Illusions Phyllis Bennis writes that only with the end of violence and diplomacy will the genuine opposition in Syria be able to mobilize public support and bring social change.
The Evils of Humanitarian Wars Jonathan Cook likens the US’s political script to a Hollywood cowboy movie, and deplores the Left’s inability to equal Washington’s sophistication in their creativity.
The Current Impasse in Syria: Interview with Haytham Manna' [Now with full English transcript + all videos] The leading founder of the National Coordinating Body for Democratic Change discusses the Syrian uprising and its transformation, questions of international intervention and his relationship with the opposition.
One Year of Hope Amal Hanano, at a “front row seat at the stage of revolution,” provides a unique narrative of the uprising and the ways in which it changed the lives of people around her.
Homs: Making Sense of the Tragedy Muhammad Saleh and Layla Awwad on peoples’ daily lives in Homs.
Duraid Lahham: No Politics, But... Al Akhbar’s interview with a Syrian comic known to be a government sympathizer.
Aleppo in the Syrian Uprising the days of passive citizenship in Syria have come to an end, even for minorities.”
Policy and Reports
Torture Archipelago Human Rights Watch’s latest report on the lives of detainees in Syria prisons
Razan Zaytouna writes about the activism that the men and women of the Syrian city of Darayya have embarked on.
رابطة الصحفيين السوريين: ولادة من رحم الثورة
Mohi Addin Eisso writes about the establishment of the Syrian Journalists Association.
لوحة عائلية ناقصة: فرح دون فرح
Hanadi Zahlout writes about Syrian prisons, security branches, and the struggle of the families of prisoners.
الخروج من «المجلس الوطني» إلى المعارضة!
Michel Kilo writes about the phase that the Syrian National Council has embarked on and its acceptance of the reality of its inability of representing the Syrian opposition as a whole.
عن «الجيش السوري الحر» وحالات الخطف في سورية
Abd-Allah Amin Al-Hallaq provides his criticism of the Free Syrian Army and the kidnapping cases that are being conducted under its name.
النظام السوري بعد اتفاق جنيف: مَن يُمسك بالأرض؟
Nicola Nasif writes about the outcome of the Geneve conference and its implications on the Asad regime.
سوريا تعيد روسيا إلى الساحة الدولية
Adel Khalifa writes about Russia’s return as a strong decisive political power in international politics.
Khaled Saghieh critiques the positions of some on the political left in reference to the Syrian uprising.
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