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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.]
International and Regional Perspectives
A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 2) Vijay Prashad on the tensions that the refugee crisis has brought onto neighboring countries.
French Funding Syrian Rebels in New Push to Oust Assad Martin Chulov says “the French moves have stopped short of direct supply of weapons – a bridge that no western state has yet been willing to cross in Syria.”
Don`t Let the Syrian Rebels Win Glenn E. Robinson writes that a negotiated outcome remains “the best solution to end the killing and prevent the worst elements from either side ruling Syria.”
US Designates Syria`s Jabhat al Nusra Front a Terrorist Group at Lightning Speed Dan Murphy sees it as evidence of the “strange bedfellows and overlapping agendas that make the Syrian civil war so explosive.”
Socio-Economic Challenges A discussion with Samer Abboud, Omar Dahi and Jihad Yazigi on Syria.
The Role of Political Islam A discussion with
A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 1) Vijay Prashad on the lack of humanitarian aid being delivered to the refugees.
Regime and opposition: throwing the dice for Syria’s future the fragility of the ideological masks worn by both sides,” who communicate and deal with one another.
Doctors are Suffering Silently as Syria`s Crisis Continues Hassan Hassan speaks with Anwar Herata, an orthopaedic specialist in a Daraya Hospital who witnessed the events of last August.
Be Careful What you Wish for in Syriathe best hope to avoid Syria becoming a failed or radical Islamist state is for the U.S. and Russia to cooperate.”
How Credible are Reports of Syrian WMDsHillary Mann Leverett, Steve Clemons and Tony Karon.
Chemical Weapons in Syria: Fact, Fiction, and Fib The Rise of Al Qaeda in SyriaJabhat al-Nusra its ideology is a fight that the United States -- and ordinary Syrians everywhere -- must win,” this “could backfire on the United States.”
Weddings, Marriage in the Midst of a ConflictSami from al Qusayr writes about how the revolution transformed marriage customs in Syria.
Field Hospitals in Syria and Tremendous Efforts to Protect the Wounded from Permanent Disability
Dr. Scheherazade al-Jundi on the “tayyar” (flash) hospitals and how they operate.
Orthodox Church Eyes Syria Next Patriarchdeceased Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim.
Arts and Social Media
The Secular Idiot`s Guide to Syria`s Jihadist Groups A satire by Karl Sharro
Policy and Reports
Tarek Al-Abed writes critically about the dynamics of the armed struggle around the Damascus Rif on three fronts.
Michel Kilo writes about the problem that the Syrian opposition faces through its weak strategy in dealing with political sectarianism in Syria.
Abdel Bari Atwan writes about the newest developments in the international politics regarding Syria and discusses the possibility of foreign military intervention.
Haytham Mannaa writes about the Doha sessions that led to the formation of the National Coalition and the upcoming "Friends of Syria" conference.
Lara Hasan reports on the recent bread shortage in Aleppo.
Ziad Haidar writes about the repercussions of the armed resistance in Syria, some of which have been revealed in a recent controversial video of a little boy being encouraged to decapitate "loyalist infidels."
Asad Abu Khalil writes about the Al-Hariri scandal regarding the recent release of tapes and transcripts that reveal the Lebanese MP of the Future Movement, Okab Saqr's involvement in smuggling arms to Syria and funding rebels.
Yousef Kanaan writes about the phenomenas of disappearances in Syria.
Al-jazeera presents its study on the strategies that the FSA is using in order to gain control of Damascus.
Amal Hanano writes about the everyday realities that face Syrian activists in Homs.
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