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Syrians take to streets for second Friday after truce

Yallasouriya 6:44 am on March 12, 2016

Syrians prepared large numbers of flags and microphones on Thursday to be used in the anti-Assad demonstrations on Friday.

The planned demonstrations took place today amid relative calmness and uneasy tension in most cities and towns which are held by the Syrian opposition amid risks that Assad barrel bombs and artillery would attack again.

Among the places which witnessed anti-Assad demonstrations were the city of Idlib, Jar Janaz, Saraqeb, Maaret al-Muaman, al-Raten, Talbisah, al-Qaboon, Douma, Harasta, Kafr Batna, Zamlka, Kafr Zeitah, al-Waar, Kafr Naboza, Ezaz and many others.

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Toward a People’s History of the Syrian Uprising—A Conversation with Wendy Pearlman

October 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

In the increasingly disfigured debate about Syria, it is scarcely even remembered that it all began as a popular uprising—indeed, as a nonviolent and non-sectarian one whose goals were dignity, justice, and freedom from a one-family mafia torture state in power for more than four decades.

Wendy Pearlman is out to set that record straight and explain why the Syrian uprising happened in the first place.

Pearlman, an associate professor of political science at Northwestern University in Chicago who serves on the faculty of the university’s Middle East and North African Studies Program, is the author of Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada and Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement.

For the last two years Pearlman has been working on a book that she conceives as something of a people’s history of the Syrian uprising. She has interviewed more than 150 Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey about their experiences in the uprising and war. Along the way, she has published a series of powerful articles, among them “Love in the Syrian Revolution”, “Fathers of Revolution” and “On the Third Anniversary of the Syrian Uprising”.

In September, our Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver had the pleasure of co-hosting Pearlman (along with the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy) for a pair of presentations about her book-in-progress. While she was in Denver, I conducted this interview with her for our Middle East Dialogues video series:


The Revolution is NOT Dead: Antoine Gregoire at TEDxYouth@Hamra


          Publiée le 16 sept. 2012 par

Journalist for on internet issues, Antoine Gregoire has a master in History, a master in War Studies and in his spare time he’s a reggae DJ and revolution writer and freedom researcher.

The Left, Imperialism, and the Syrian Revolution

September 10, 2012 § Leave a Comment

by Corey Oakley

This was first published at Socialist Alternative.

Of the millions of people who have risen up in revolt across the Arab world these past 19 months, few have suffered as much for their courage as the revolutionaries fighting the Assad dictatorship in Syria.

The decision of Bashar al-Assad’s regime to use the full force of his security forces against what was a largely peaceful protest movement has transformed the uprising into a full blown civil war, in which up to 20,000 people have died.

Yet the Syrian revolution – in the eyes of some on the left – lacks legitimacy. The uprising is denounced as a Western plot, a CIA- or Israeli-backed conspiracy to overthrow a regime that defends the Palestinians. Those fighting Assad’s troops on the ground are condemned as stooges of outside forces – variously Saudi Arabia, the US, Israel and Al Qaeda, among others.

In the West, open support for Assad has been mostly confined to hardline Stalinists or a minority of Assad loyalists among the Palestinian movement. Most on the left initially took a version of what has been called the “third way” – support for the revolution, combined with opposition to imperialist intervention from the West.

But over the last few months, this “third way” has begun to crack apart.

Prominent British leftists Tariq Ali and George Galloway have come out stridently in opposition to the insurrectionary aims of the uprising, claiming that the revolution has been taken over by reactionaries and arguing that a negotiated settlement with the regime is the only answer. Ali, in an interview with Russia Today, said the choice was between a “Western imposed regime, composed of sundry Syrians who work for the Western intelligence agencies…or the Assad regime.” Galloway, the left populist MP best known as a campaigner against the Iraq war, goes even further, denouncing the Syrian resistance for not accepting the peace plan advanced by the UN.

Much of this left-agonising about the Syrian revolt reflects the legacy of Stalinism, which led many to identify leftism with various despotic but “anti-imperialist” regimes that opposed the West and oppressed their own people in equal measure. But others on the left not weighed down by the legacy of Stalinism echo Galloway’s attitude over Syria. John Rees, until a few years ago a leading member of the Socialist Workers’ Party, wrote last month that he was in “broad agreement” with Galloway and Ali.

Rees argues that it is necessary to “attempt to reassert the centrality of imperialism to developments in the Middle East”. His sentiment reflects the attitude of some who see developments in Syria as simply the next phase of the US drive to recolonise the Middle East. It is, they reason, a sequel to the 2003 Iraq War when Western governments and media used rhetoric about “liberation” and “democracy” to provide a cover for imperial conquest.

US Imperialism is not the central issue

full article here

Malek Jandali, musician and Syrian revolutionary


To night in Damascus

“No NATO, No War”: U.S. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Return War Medals at NATO Summit


DEMOCRACY NOW : We broadcast from Chicago, site of the largest NATO summit in the organization’s six-decade history. On Sunday, veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as members of Afghans for Peace, led a peace march of thousands of people. Iraq Veterans Against the War held a ceremony where nearly 50 veterans discarded their war medals by hurling them down the street in the direction of the NATO summit. We hear the soldiers’ voices as they return their medals one by one from the stage. “I’m here to return my Global War on Terror Service Medal in solidarity with the people of Iraq and the people of Afghanistan,” said Jason Hurd, a former combat medic who spent 10 years in the U.S. Army. “I am deeply sorry for the destruction that we have caused in those countries and around the globe.” [includes rush transcript]


A Syrian voice

N.Z. at Walls

We Syrian are at a crossroad. Syrians have proved after 14 months that they do not think in sectarian terms. But make no mistake, the bad and the ugly are working slowly but surely. Reuters today: “Syrian troops … overran a rebellious Sunni Muslim village west of the city of Hama” Just read how Reuters chose to word its news. The west is eager to turn the legitimate struggle against dictatorship into a sectarian struggle. For some it was clear. The gulf countries are part and parcel in this dirty game, as evil as Assad and his regime. Syrians who are hymning either the first or the latter are spreading the fire. The likes of Narwine Sharmini are plenty, to stir the Syrian agenda in certain direction, sectarian one. There are many like her. They are not in the resistance camp, nor pro Palestinians, they are the stirrer of hell on earth. Those thousands of noble men did not want to die, they were murdered for wanting dignity and social justice for all Syrians. Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain….are autocratic ruling government, they know they are next in line..perhaps that is why it is in the interest of all greedy nations to elongate our struggle for freedom.

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