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Regional and International Perspectives
A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 3) Vijay Prashad on the ambivalent Western plans for Syria
Sectarianism and Civil Conflict in Tripoli Nicholas A. Heras says that “the stresses placed upon the city and its surrounding areas in northern Lebanon is tattering its civil society as the Syrian Civil War worsens.”
Turkey Can’t Afford Over Involvement in Syria writes Mohamed Ayoob
The Triumph and Irrelevance of Meta-Narratives Over Syria: “Rohna Dahiyyah” Bassam Haddad writes “Syria is a game now, played by states, institutions, analysts, activists, journalists, bloggers, tweeters, and artists who are often only remotely connected to the real lives of real people enduring real conditions there.”
After Assad Falls What Then Haytham Manna argues that “support for al-Nusra can be seen as both a symptom of the drunkenness of anticipated military victory, prematurely proclaimed, and an attempt to further undermine the political solution the UN still seeks.”
Story of a Massacre Tells of The Alawites Caught in the Middle Hassan Hassan tries to make sense of what happened in Aqrab on December 9, when 200 people were allegedly killed
Aqrab massacre: different stories Syria Freedom Forever outlines the three stories that have emerged in the aftermath of the events.
Swedes, Jihadis and anti-Missiles in Northern Syria Aaron Lund assesses the recent military developments in Syria.
Armed Opposition Takes Yarmouk Refugee Camp Anas Zarzar and Marah Mashi try to make sense of what happened in the Palestinian camp on December 16.
Syria’s Unified Armed Opposition: Internal Divisions, External Ties Nasser Charara on rebel groups on the ground, how they operate and how they relate to one another.
Exclusive Interview: Syrian VP Farouk Al-Sharaa Proposes Alternative to War an interview by Al-Akhbar
Al-Sharaa’s Proposal: Syria’s Last Chance Ibrahim al Amin argues that Sharaa’s “proposal at this moment represents a logical and realistic step towards opening up a space in which such a compromise can be reached.”
Stuck in Time Maysaloon says “time has frozen for me, and each day seems like the one before. When I see them all again, will they be the ones who have changed, and I the one who was stuck in time?”
Jabhat al-Nusra and the Syrian Opposition’s Failure Hazem al-Amine criticizes the opposition’s condemnation of the US’ recognition of Jabhat al-Nusra as a terrorist group.
Does the Syrian Opposition Want a Political Solution? Mohammed Ballout on Lakhdar Brahimi’s latest diplomatic move to end the Syria crisis
Activists Mourn ‘Model’ FSA Officer Marlin Dick on the loss of the “charismatic field commander” Abu Furat, a leading figure of the Tawhid Brigade who ironically rose as a “symbol of sectarian coexistence”
About the Alawites: On the Margins of Islam, At the Center of Power Mohammed Sergie and Lara Setrakian provide a quick overview of the modern history of the Alawites in Syria.
Syria’s Local Leadership Hassan Hassan uses the case of Deir Ezzor to illustrate the key role that local leaders have played in keeping their communities stable, a positive sign to keep in mind for the post-Assad period.
Tribes and tribalism in the Syrian revolution Haian Dukhan historicizes the often disregarded tribal dimension to the Syrian crisis.
Religious Police Patrols Aleppo Countryside Basel Dayoub interviews various members of the opposition who express their opinion on the newly formed religious police allegedly barring women from driving.
Was There a Massacre in the Syrian Town of Aqrab? Alex Thomson collected eye-witness accounts in this town near Hama.
Aqrab Witness A woman by the name of Umm Ayham recounts what she saw in this 14 minute piece.
War is raging in Aleppo but in a classroom 40km away, there are grounds for hopeQabbasin secondary school
Rubble and Despair of War Redefine Syria Jewel C.J. Chivers reports from Aleppo.
Art and Social Media
The Land of Topless Minarets and Headless Little Girls Amal Hanano’s visceral piece on her native Aleppo
Tiny Souls The Syrian uprising from the point of view of children, filmed in Zaatri camp
Imagined Transcript of Al-Akhbar’s Interview With Syrian VP Farouk Al-Sharaa Karl Sharro satirizes the interview that was oddly not kept Q&A style.
The Syrian Conflict: A War Photographer’s Story Narciso Contreras in Aleppo.
Treize ans dans les prisons Syriennes. Voyage vers l’inconnu Ignace Leverrier on the publication of those memoirs of the political prisoner Aram Karabet
Policy and Reports
Syrian Refugees: Reliance on Camps Creates Few Good Options Refugee International’s policy recommendations for Turkey, Jordan and Iraq
Michel Kilo writes about the need to protect the revolution and reestablish its original democratic and free goals.
Haytham Mannaa writes about the Nusra Front.
Osama Atawil writes about the obstacles that are facing the revolution in Syria.
Najiya Al-Husri recounts the stories of Syrian refugees in the Khaled Valley in Lebanon.
Abdel Nasser Al-Ayed argues for the need of the establishment of political parties in Syria today.
Hussam Itani writes about the militarization of the revolution and its appropriation of Islam as an ideology.
Tarek Hamou writes about Al-Jazeera's latest episode of "Crossfire," which, according to his views, included blatant attacks against the Kurdish population.
Sami Kleib writes about the price that Syria has paid as Moscow and Washington have failed to reach an agreed upon solution that would end the violence in the country.
Fayez Sarrah writes about the "Islamists of the Spring" and their political practices in the wake of the uprisings.
Mohammad Dibo writes about the discourse of resistance and the effect of the latest Israeli attack on Gaza on the Arab regimes that had adapted that discourse.
Ammar Dyoub presents some political lessons for the Syrian revolution.
Basheer Issa compares the politics of Bashar Al-Assad and his response to the revolution in Syria to his father's.
Naser Sharara writes about the US' plan to create a centralized commanding body for the Free Syrian Army.
عن واشنطن والائتلاف والنصرة
Oraib Al-Rantawi writes about the US' decisions to recognize the National Coalition as the official and legitimate representative of the Syrian people and its subsequent decision to add the Nusra Front to the list of terrorist organizations.
Into the daily lives of Syrian refugees in Al-Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, as seen through the eyes of the children living there.
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