[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.]
Regional and International Perspectives
Punishing Hezbollah: Gulf States Follow EU’s Footsteps Nasser Charara on the circumstances surrounding the EU’s blacklisting of Hezbollah’s military wing, intimately tied to its involvement in Syria.
Syria War Widens Rift Between Shi’a Clergy in Iran Suadad al-Salhy on the opposing views between the Shi’ite Muslim clergy in Iran and Iraq, disagreeing on whether or not foreign fighters should be involved in Syria.
Christian Missionary in Syria and Its Real Agenda
The Syrian and Egyptian Brotherhoods: Different Stories, Different Outlooks
La France a Une Responsibilite Historique en SyrieChief of Staff of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army.
Syrian Refugee Relief in the Hands of the World Bank Bassam alKantar on the credit fund management that Lebanon will have to secure so as not to upset public opinion regarding the use of public funds toward the assistance of the Syrian refugees.
Go and Unleash Your Bombs in Lebanon…
Lebanon Counts Cost of Syria Conflict
Turkey’s Syria Policy in Shambles Over Support for Jihadists Semih Idiz on Turkey’s most recent foreign policy anxieties, following the alleged victory of Kurdish fighters against Jihadist in Syrian Kurdistan.
The Struggle for Syrian Kurdistan Al Monitor’s week in review focuses on the Syrian Kurdistan crisis, which has dominated media coverage this week following the news that Kurdish fighters were fighting jihadists for control of the territory.
Where Are Syrian Kurds Heading Amidst Civil War in Syria? Zana Khasraw writes an important piece looking at the importance of the developments in Syrian Kurdistan, which she believes “have achieved major strides towards their rights by controlling a region for the first time in Syrian modern history.”
Back to the Turkish Quagmire in Syrian Kurdistan
North-Eastern Syria ~ A Map of clashes between Kurds and Jihadi FightersPieter Van Ostaeyen provides a helpful visual of the developments in Syrian Kurdistan.
Ankara Warns Against Kurdish Autonomy in Syriano one really has a clear idea as to what it is Erdogan believes peace with the Kurds will look like.”
Syrian Kurds Prepare for Self-GovernanceThe Kurdish Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. (PYD), which is close to the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), has proposed a plan to form an interim administration within three months, a referendum on a draft constitution and parliamentary elections within six months.”
The Kurdish Question, The Islamists and the FSAIt is necessary to remember that the PYD has faced growing opposition within the Kurdish population in Syria and active pro revolutionary Kurdish activists for their authoritarian policies and collaboration with the Assad regime on various occasions.
The Original Shabiha Mohammed D. on the emergence of coastal smuggling gangs in the 1970s-80s.
"Le plus blessant pour les Syriens, c`est le manque de solidarité" - Entretien avec Salam Kawakibi A interview with Salam Kawakibi, in which he deplores the lack of solidarity toward the Syrian people
A conversation with Abu Ali Khibbiyeh, Douma Shield Battalions Commander: “Entering Medan was a big mistake. We live for the civilians we do not want dependency, loyalty or favor”
Courting Trouble Stephen Starr on the emergence of Islamic courts in Northern Syria, which have come to fulfill a troubling but desperately needed administrative role.
Gangs of Lattakia:The Militiafication of the Assad RegimeIt’s news to no one that the opposition movement in Syria is extremely fragmented, but what hasn’t received enough attention is that something similar seems to be happening on the regime side.”
The Fate of Aleppo’s Two Bishops Asad AbuKhalil revives the story of the kidnapped bishops, whose kidnappers have allegedly been apprehended in Turkey.
The Risky Missile Systems that Syria’s Rebels Believe They Need
Who’s Who: Mohamad Nassif Kheir Beik
Syria’s Humanitarian Blackmail is a War Crime and Its Victims Need Our Help Tamara Al-Rifai addresses the human rights violations that occurred during the Al-Qusray battle, where civilians were not allowed to flee what turned into a battleground.
Syrian Sunnis fear Assad regime wants to `ethnically cleanse` Alawite heartlandall property records for Homs were destroyed in a fire earlier this month at the office of the city`s land registry and residents fear they can no longer enforce a claim to their land and homes.”
Abandoned in Syria: Q&A With John Wreford An interview with John Wreford, who recently left Damascus and compares the situation on the ground and how it was misrepresented in the media.
The Plight of Syrian Minorities
Sectarianism in Syria: Myth and Reality
Brahimi on Syria: We Need to Get Out of This Vicious Circle
A Farewell to Damascus Bidayyat presents an intimate video diary of actress May Skaaf, a few days before she leaves Syria, and in which she shares her thoughts on sectarianism and the future of the country.
Aleppo’s Child Nurse Vice’s Robert King meets a 14-year old boy who has been assisting doctors for the past four months, and who is disturbingly desensitized to the effects of violence he witnesses on daily basis.
How British Women Are Joining the Jihad in Syria France 24’s report on two foreign couples who left Europe to live on the frontline in Syria.
The Road to Damascus Airport: A ‘Safe Zone’ in a Sea of Hostility Marah Mashi experiences the unsafe road for herself.
Damascus Weddings: Marriage in Wartime “Anxiety-free marriage in Syria today is the exclusive domain of the super-rich, those who are able to pay exorbitant amounts of money to arrange a wedding and secure the bride’s dowry in US dollars.”
How Syrians Risk Their Lives to Cross the Divide
Assad Applies Starvation Policy in Damascus Countryside
Arts and Social Media
Egypt Rips Off Syria Rips Off Israel The Arabist’s commentary on a cartoon that was reappropriated by various groups to make various claims about developments in the three countries.
Facebook Campaign Demands Syria Free Jailed Artista member of the internal opposition National Coordination Body for Democratic Change (NCB), was arrested on July 18 in Tartous.
The Syrian Artist Versus the Regime
Facebook Announcement About Yousef Abdelke’s Arrest
Syrian Electronic Army hacks Viber messaging app, company claims user data is safe
Logging on in Zaatri: Part 1 Mike Pizzi is looking at the social media practices of Syrian refugees in Jordan, in this post focusing on access.
Logging on in Zaatri: Part II
The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Numbers – Video Animation
The Seasoned and the Dead
Policy and Reports
Human Rights Watch: Arrests of Syrians in Egypt Raise Deportation Fears
Syrian Authorities Blocking Access to Needy in Homs: Red Cross
Jimmy Carter`s Making a Syria Peace Push, And the Opposition Isn`t Happy About It
Syria Crisis Situation Update (Issue 55)
فهم الثورة في سوريا اليوم
Yousef Khalil on the position of some leftists towards Syria while looking into what he views as challenges facing the revolutionaries.
معارضة سورية: الائتلاف حرق الرموز الوطنية
Rim Turkmani criticizes the Syrian National Coalition and the political performance of some Syrian intellectuals.
اللاذقية… مدينة الحرب الصامتة
Tharaa Sbeira on the impact of a "war" on the Syrian city of Latakia.
في سوريا .. أكثر من مجرد موت
Adam Shams Ad-din translates an article written by an Italian journalist on her experience in Aleppo.
لا غالب و لا مغلوب: تسوية روسية - أميركية لسوريا
Samir Al-Hassan on an international settlement for Syria.
السوريون في سياسة النظام!
Fayez Sarrah on how the Syrian regime views its citizens.
غارة إسرائيلية جديدة!
Michel Kilo on the latest Israeli attack on Syria.
أهلا باللاجئين و العمال السوريين في لبنان
A banner hangs in Lebanon against the recent racism against Syrian refugees and workers coming to the country. The banner reads: "Welcome to the Syrian refugees and workers in Lebanon. We apologize for what the racists are doing."
"سأخون كورديتي إن ألفت سوريتي و سأخونن سوريتي إن ألفت كورديتي"
Graffiti on a wall in Syria that reads " I will betray my Kurdish identity if I get used to my Syrian one and I will betray my Syrian identity if I get used to my Kurdish one."