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]
International and Regional Perspectives
Assad and Annan: Back to Square One Jean Aziz provides an account of what was said at the Monday meeting between Assad and Annan, as the two men tried to negotiate a new ceasefire plan.
No Winners in Syrian Civil War Antoun Issa, against the current “with or against” dichotomy that shapes public opinion of the Syrian uprising, suggests a “with Syria's national interests, or against” approach.
Jordan’s Royal Adventure Against Assad Nahed Hattar speculates that the victory of Morsi and the Brotherhood will affect Jordan’s handling of the Syrian crisis.
Syrian Fighters and the Lebanese Coffee Break Ziad al-Zaatari says opposition fighters and activists now enjoy “widespread” “political immunity” in the Land of Cedars.
The international community and the Syrian opposition face a new test Mihyedin Iso writes that the Syrian political opposition currently lacks the experience to establish a country for all Syrians, but maintains that the genuine opposition will “never shake hands with those who have blood on their hands.”
A multi-polar cold war at the expense of Syrians Salam al Kawakibi on the breaking of Syria’s conspiracy culture, which for decades “afforded local thinking, both official and popular, the kind of self-satisfaction that often relies upon renouncing any shred of responsibility”
Syrian General Manaf Tlass: Neither Here Nor Therethat important from either a military or political perspective” but “useful for some perception-creating headlines.”
Manaf Tlass Defectsthe search for high-ranking defectors so desperate that criminals and oppressors are welcomed to join the cause?”
Asma and Bashar: Syria's British Royals Al Akhabar chooses a selection of emails from the “Syrian files” to give us an insight on the Syrian president and his wife’s daily lives, adding that there is nothing very important in the files as “the military-security machine, which remains as of yet tightly in control and far from prying eyes.”
Syria: Abandoning the sinking ship? Al Jazeera discusses the latest “defection” of General Manaf Tlass with three guests - Akil Hashem, Yasser Tabbara and Nikolaos van Dam.
How to Solve or Not to Solve the Syrian Crisis? Nikolaos van Dam speculates on Syria scenarios, while setting clear parameters for Western interference and considers the “least bad” option.
Art and Social Media
Imperialism and the Left
shows how desperate the NATOGCC compound is to force regime change in Syria.”
Syria: A revolution divided Tracey Shelton is in Idlib and meets with FSA fighters disillusioned with the group’s blackmailing and the increasing emphasis on the role of Islam in the fight against the Syrian regime.
Adopt a Syrian Rebeldonors, military experts and weapons merchants.”
Champagne Flows While Syria Burns and notes that the city “has become a schizophrenic place; a place where people’s realities no longer connect.”
The Trend of ‘Wiping’ ElJokh (sucking up)… one of the Oldest Inventions of the Syrian Regime Rita on elJokh wipers, this “class of person forms the infrastructure of the rampantly corrupt system in the Syrian state”
Policy and Reports
Halting Syrian Chaos by Robert D. Kaplan and Kamran Bokharifighting a proxy war with Iran and Russia there is less desirable for the United States than reaching out to them.”
Shenkar at WINEPis going to depend on the US’s ability “to leverage Tlass' defection to foment a decisive fissure in the military.”
The National Coordination Council for the Forces of Democratic Change in Syria provides Syrian Journalist Sawsan Mahrous’s account of a protest she witnessed in the Al-Muhajirin Neighborhood in Damascus.
Waleed Shoqeir writes about the international response to the Syrian Struggle.
الأزمة السورية وخارطة الطريق المحتملة
Hussein Al-Adwat writes about recent speculations that the international community is considering the possibility of providing financial and political support for the Free Syrian Army in order to solve the current Syrian struggle.
السلطة والمعارضة في سوريا: إفلاس خطاب المؤامرة
Mohammad Dibo writes about the Conspiracy rhetoric that the Asad regime has adopted.
من صور التعذيب في معتقلات سوريا
The Damascus Bureau recounts stories of torture in Syrian prisons and detention camps.
البوستر السياسي السوري .. الكلمة في وجه الرصاصة
Aram Tahhan writes for Jadaliyya about the spread of posters of Al-Asad and Baathist symbols in public spaces in Syria before the outbreak of the uprisings, and their subsequent destruction and the introduction of new ones that symbolize freedom and revolutionary principles after the fact.
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