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Regional and International Perspectives
Jalil Refugee Camp: Hosting Syria’s Displaced for Iftar Rameh Hamieh on the humanitarian crisis endured by Syrian and Palestinian refugees from Syria in the Bekaa Valley.
Lebanese Services to Syria’s Warring Sides Ibrahim al-Amin argues that politicians from the March 14 coalition “have been participating in the detonation of Syria itself.”
Is Assad trying to export Syria's crisis to Lebanon? Patrick Galey analyzes Hezbollah’s inaction in the case of Michel Simaha, a “pro-Assad politician allied to Shia Hezbollah arrested by a Sunni, anti-Assad police.”
A Murderous Optimism About SyriaDeepak Tripathi draws parallels between the US arming of the mujahidin in Afghanistan in the 70s-80s and the current arming of Syrian rebels.
Turkey and the Issue of Syrian Kurds: Possible Consequences of a MiscalculationPir-Mohammad Mollazehi writes that “if Turkey’s support for the enemies of the Syrian President Bashar Assad leads to a situation in Syria’s Kurdistan similar to what is currently going on in the Iraqi Kurdistan, Ankara will be the final loser of that situation.”
The Syrian Food War Rami Zurayk on the food crisis in Syria, an aspect of the conflict we “seldom hear about.”
After Aleppo: A Return to the Status Quo Nicolas Nassif says the battle for Aleppo is almost over “as far as the Assad regime is concerned.”
The Winners and Losers of Syria's Civil War Aaron David Miller’s predictions in a post-Assad Syria, specifically the faith of the Assad clan, minorities, Hezbollah and Syria’s allies.
A peaceful post-Assad order is probable Rami Khouri optimistically claims that “the Syrian people are too intelligent, sophisticated and cosmopolitan to allow themselves to sink into a dark pit of sectarian warfare.”
Assad’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Aaron Y. Zelin says foreign fighters have started to work alongside Syrian opposition fighters “even if they consider them extreme and do not believe in their end goals.”
The Muslim Brotherhood wants a future for all Syrians Ali al Bayanouni trying in vain to convince Western audiences that the revolution against “rapists and child killers” is unified.
Al-Qaeda flags fly over rebel-held Syria war crimes and probably too crimes against humanity.”
Syria and the end of populismAhmed E Souaiaia says “it is also true that Assad's failure to share power deprived him of support that could have helped him withstand foreign meddling.”
Imperialism and the Left
Tales of an Empire Gone Madthere is no moral factor built into the DNA of US foreign policy.”
On Damascus Streets, Front Lines Multiply Nour Malas on the internal divisions in the Syrian capital.
A freedom-fighting pharmacist showed me the truth about Syria's conflict Luke Harding’s reporting in Syria complicates the sectarian/socio economic divides used by the media when narrating the Syria story.
The Syrian Rebels' Libyan Weapon Mary Fitzgerald meets with Irish-Libyan members of Islamist group Liwa al-Ummah in Idlib to understand their motives for taking part to the Syrian crisis.
Planning intensifies for Syria after Assad Victor Kotsev on the opposition and the government’s latest political/territorial gains and losses.
Art and Social Media
Policy and Reports
Syria: Prospects for Intervention Chatham experts say “the choice is no longer one of intervention versus non-intervention, but rather between maintaining or increasing existing levels of external intervention and allowing the conflict to drift.”
نجاد.. الضيف الغريب في مكة
Abd Al-Bari Atwan writes about the possible outcomes that might come out of the strange rush of meetings and conferences that the Saudi King has planned over the time span of three days in order to look over the Syrian case and the Israeli will destroy the Iranian nuclear facilities.
الإسلاميون و«الثورة السورية»: بين التطرف والتقيّة المدنية
Tarek Al-Abed writes about Islamists and their affect on the revolution and the fear of fundamentalism after the militarization of the uprisings.
نصيحتنا للابراهيمي: لا تقع في المصيدة
Abed Al-Bari Atwan advises the newly appointed Arab-International convoy Al-Akhdar Al-Ibrahimi to not accept the dangerous mission in order to avoid the same trap of which Kofi Annan fell victim.
تحديات الإغاثة: دور للمهجر والتخطيط يبقى أساسياً
Hevedar Mulla writes about the rescue agencies that have formed as a consequence of the escalating violence in Syria and the challenges they face while they commit to taking care of the families of martyrs, detainees, refugees and internally displaced people.
سوريا وسيناريوهات في ظل الأسد
Nahed Hatr writes about the future of Syria and the likely scenarios concerning the political involvements of its neighboring countries.
ربيع الأكراد بين الصَهر القومي والاندماج المجتمعي
Alaa Allami writes about the ramifications of the events that are unfolding the region in general and Syria in particular on the Kurdish matter.
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