From the Editors
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Regional and International Perspectives
Riyadh to Beirut: A Post-Assad Ultimatum Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister asks Lebanon’s Prime Minister to “cooperate in exchanging information” on the leakage of “any weapons” from Syrian territories.
Syria-Lebanon Border: A Show of Force Afif Diab gives an update on the military buildup at the Syria- Lebanon border.
Bitter memories, little hope for Syrians Erin Banco and Sophia Jones meet refugees in Jordan’s Zaatri camp, who are dealing with PTSD and harsh living conditions.
Welcome to the ’Kurdish Spring’ Pepe Escobar analyzes Turkey’s anxiety over Syria’s decision to leave some areas to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Party
Refused, confused or pleased to be sectarian in Syria? Rita meets with a young man from the FSA, who she says “has become increasingly sectarian.”
Breaking the Arab NewsSultan Al-Qassemi on Al Jazeera and Al Arabiyya’s biased coverage of the events in Syria.
Arab Spring Overdose? Author responds to Al-Qassemi’s argument, highlighting some contradictions.
A Note on the Complexities of the Syrian Uprising The author says the dominant antagonism in Syria “is that between the regime, a state-capitalist bloc, and the popular masses based in the working class.”
Bilad al-Sham: Jihad’s Newest Hot Spot Radwan Mortada gives a list of important “Islamist militias” inside Syria.
Syria: The Military Option Nicolas Nassif says “there will be no alternative to continued military operations” until one side achieves a military victory that translates into political gains.
The Islamist Tones of the Syrian Uprising Karl Sharro says opposition’s lack of a clear political vision gives way to a religious mobilization which not everyone can relate to.
Battles for Damascus and Aleppo Nicolas Nassif explains what the fighting in Syria’s two major cities tells us about the developments of the crisis.
Syria’s “Liberated” Futureto sell this bloodbath as an advance of democracy.”
Conflicts in Aleppo Determine Syria’s FateInterview with Dr. Mahmoud Vaezi Vice President for Foreign Policy Studies on the significance of the battles in Aleppo
The Eccentricities of Bashar al-Assad As’ad AbuKhalil suggests Bashar’s aloofness is either due to the fact that he grew up in a “ruler’s court” or because he no longer is running the show.
Syria’s Crumbling Pluralism Civil Disintegration and Ethnic Cleansing Kapil Komireddi says the situation is worsening for minorities in Syria.
Could Syria’s Current Predicament Have Been Avoided Over A Decade Ago? Ehsani says the black hole in which Syria is plunged could have been avoided had the Syrian regime dealt differently with the Damascus Spring.
Partition is a viable option for Syria Dilip Hiro buys the sectarian narrative and dangerously argues that “a viable alternative for them (Alawites) is retreat to an Alawite-majority zone where the Christians, who have allied closely with the Baathist regime, would be welcome.”
Do the Assads fear Alawite anger? Michael Young says Assad is not likely to be interested in an Alawite state “an alternative that is almost certain to consume him.”
Aleppo Now and the Future of Armenians in SyriaKeith Watenpaugh on the developments of the uprising in Aleppo.
'We Are the New Government': Rebels Plant Seeds for Syria's Future “to be careful about [their] image."
Imperialism and the Left
Syria, imperialism and the leftnature of the Arab revolutions has been dramatically altered by the geo-political context and the role of imperialism.”
Hezbollah Without Syria As’ad AbuKhalil argues Hezbollah can live without the Syrian regime and envisions a post-Assad period.
Art and Social Media
Syria Conflict Finds a Voice in Hip Hop Syrian artists advocate for the “Third Line,” and try to break the pro and anti-government dichotomy.
Raymond Boutros: The Last Communist Khalil Sweileh draws a portrait of this Syrian director and his prolific career.
Robert Fisk on the destruction of historical monuments in Syria.
Policy and Reports
Syrian Crisis as a Reversed Two-Level Gameevaluating “the positions adopted by the actors involved and the potential of a peaceful resolution in the near future.”
Abd Al-Bari Atwan writes about the defection of the Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab and its implications on the Assad regime.
This is a report by George Kadr about the factors that controlled Syrian demographics before the revolution, and the implications of Al-Assad’s brutal response after.
Subhi Hadid writes about the militarization of the revolution and the mistakes committed by those who say that they are part of an armed struggle against the regime, such as FSA leader Riad Al-Asaad’s false accusation of the city of Salamiyah as being loyalist to Al-Assad.
Asad Abu Khalil writes about the Syrian military intervention in Lebanon in 1976.
لمن تكون الغلبة في حلب؟
Fadi Al-Ahmar writes about Aleppo before and during the uprisings and analyzes what could become of the battle that is currently taking place in the city.
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