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Regional and International Perspectives
Iran-Brotherhood Ties: Rooted in History with Eye on Future Hassan Hassan says “a closer look at the historical links and ideological similarities between Tehran's mullahs and Arab Islamists shows that not only could Iran build ties with the emerging political forces in the region, but that it could develop a sustainable special relationship.”
As the Appeal of Islamism Fades, Arab Secularism can Soar Jasmine Roman writes: “the death of Arab secularism has been exaggerated. The mantra of secularism in the Arab countries is far more complex than a clear segregation between political and religious institutions, and the future of secularism in the region is more complicated than just the rise of Islamism.”
Jabhat al-Nusra’s Goals Extend Beyond Syriathey see Syria as merely a single step in a journey taking them from Aleppo and Idlib to the Alawite mountains in Latakia, and eventually extending to regions beyond Syria.”
Jordan’s Syria Problem Nicolas Pelham on the activities of the Syrian rebels within Jordanian borders.
Syria’s Rebel Rivalry Between Jihadists and FSA Jamie Dettmer says the assassination of a rebel commander by jihadists at the Turkish border highlights the growing tensions and instances of infighting within the armed opposition.
Making Heads of Tails of Bashar al Assad Al Jazeera’s Inside Syria program with guests Fawaz Gerges, James Jatras and Shashank Joshi
Syria: Is it Too Late?the last vestige of peaceful protest has long since been killed by regime terror mandating armed resistance”
Syrian Silent Majority Demands ‘Transition to Rationality’, which seeks to answer the following question: “What do Syrians believe is important to Syrians today, and how can they best shape their future?”
Preparing for the New Syria
At Once Professional and Prescient Marlin Dick writes a profile of the late Adib Khair, a prominent Syrian television producer.
Don’t Wait for Assad’s Fall to Prepare for Transition Bradley Bosserman says the conversation on chemical stockpile is distracting policymakers from another important conversation a post-Assad transition.
A New Method for Syria’s Security Services?owadays, at the very least, it has become important for the security services to appear professional, even if it’s just another manifestation of the same foul tactics.”
Syria Forces Attack Rebel Aleppo Martin Chulov on the explosions that killed 87 students at Aleppo University.
MSF: Syria’s Hospitals are now a War ZoneFabrice Weissman’s translated Le Monde interview
Conversations: A Pharmacist in Qamishlithe other day there was a women’s march, but I no longer go out because our protests have been corrupted and are now distant from the spirit of the revolution.”
Syrian Purgatory Steven Sotloff reports from Atmeh refugee camp.
Syrian Rebels Take Control of Key Assad Airbase Martin Chulov, Luke Harding and Matthew Weaver on the recent victory of rebels who captured the Taftanaz military base near Idlib
Art and Social Media
A Revolution Within the Revolution The “Syria First: We are an Ethical Alternative Campaign” was launched by activists last November to reiterate the need for non-violent resistance as opposed to “distractions,” including militarization, growing sectarianism etc.
The Steady Drumbeat of Civilian Activism Marlin Dick on the various citizen initiatives left out of the media’s depictions of the uprising in Syria.
Policy and Reports
Preparing for a Syrian Transition
Resolving the Syria Crisis Conference on January 10-11, at the University of Denver, Colorado
Syrian Director Haytham Haqqi writes, according to his views, about the "Sectarian Disease" in the politics of Al-Assad.
Al-Quds Al-Arabi writes about the dire situation of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, and the apparent reluctance of the Arab governments in the Arab league to relieve their humanitarian crisis.
Abdel Bari Atwan writes about the sudden change in the Gulf Countries' long and strong relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Tarek Al-Abed writes about the events in the cities of the Al Jazirah region, which has been largely marginalized in terms of media coverage.
Michel Kilo writes about Western analysis and coverage of events in Syria.
Marah Mashi provides accounts of situation of political prisoners in Syrian prisons.
Al-Akhbar reports on the transformation of public parks in Aleppo into cemeteries.
Basel Dyoub writes about the Tuesday raid on the University of Aleppo.
Ward Kasouha criticizes the Syrian revolution.
Damascus bureau provides an insider's account about the situation in the Yarmuk Refugee Camp in Syria.
Damascus Bureau on the Syrian activists in Istanbul.
Amal Hanano writes about the situation in the Olive Tree Refugee Camp in Atmeh.
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