Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2016’

The Syrian Business Elite: Patronage Networks and War Economy

The Syrian Business Elite: Patronage Networks and War Economy

A socially responsible economic strategy is central to the Syrian transition. The fact that the Syrian opposition has not yet embarked in a critical debate of Syria’s future political economy has jeopardized their legitimacy and deprived the Syrian business elite of a chance to reconsider their own practices and contribute to Syria’s transition towards a better future.

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Is Dividing Syria the Problem or the Solution?

Is Dividing Syria the Problem or the Solution?

It is well known by now that those sorts of [external] legitimacies function for nothing further than oppressing local voices and crushing and preventing politics, to place themselves as the guardian of the local “under-developed” populations that protects them from each other. As well as the protector of the “external source of legitimacy” from the worrying turbulences of local conflicts. That is precisely what had been done under the Asads and what goes on to be repeated by the likes of al-Baghdadi and Saleh Muslim, and a few others who have not emerged with a comprehensive project yet.

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Darayya Activists Struggle to Adapt to Idlib

Darayya Activists Struggle to Adapt to Idlib

Darayya witnessed four years of siege. This siege was mitigated by the city’s local council, which helped it withstand regime attacks and lawlessness, in stark contrast to what Daraya activists have witnessed after their arrival in Idlib.

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What Political Solution Are They Talking About?

What Political Solution Are They Talking About?

The issue at hand is no longer about changing the regime, which was the goal of the revolution, but about instituting a change with the regime, which is the goal of negotiations. Change with the regime ultimately means enabling the regime to bypass the changes and continue as it was.

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When They Mocked My Candidacy to the Premiership

When They Mocked My Candidacy to the Premiership

May God bless Fares al-Khuri and bless the 1950s in which a Sunni parliamentary majority elected a Christian as president of the parliament three times and four times as prime minister.

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A Guitar Player Who Fell Victim to the Rifle

A Guitar Player Who Fell Victim to the Rifle

His funeral was a military affair: his body was covered with a flag, lowered into the grave by his commanding officers and fellow soldiers, and he was honored with a gun salute. Nobody except his friends remembered the guitarist within him.

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Report on Civil Activities (Aug 9-29, 2016)

Report on Civil Activities (Aug 9-29, 2016)

Syria’s Kurds have captured media attention recently, not just for their military conquests but also for their civil society activities. A number of Kurds protested against the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a left-wing Kurdish political party that has dominated much of the Kurdish political landscape in Northern Syria over the past four years and has recently arrested politicians and activists., Meanwhile, in Turkey, some activists in alongside the Girun Media Network launched a campaign to highlight the plight of political prisoners. This campaign was a collaboration with the “Survivors of Detention” group.

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