Opinion

How to Remain Faithful to the Ideals of Fadwa Suleiman

How to Remain Faithful to the Ideals of Fadwa Suleiman

Syrian secularists were in effect outside of the revolution, or on its margins at best, which begs question, why have they failed to pin their position on the Syria map, whether politically or militarily, while Fadwa as an individual managed to achieve all that presence alone?

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For a Secular Interpretation of Prophethood

For a Secular Interpretation of Prophethood

Instead of exploring the vast potential available to us to interpret Islam and its prophethood secularly, with much less artificiality and arbitrariness, we have preferred to remain woefully steadfast and unyielding.

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Lebanese Model an Improvable Precondition Against Tyranny

Lebanese Model an Improvable Precondition Against Tyranny

The Lebanese model is indicative of the importance of state weakness, which is possibly a necessary stage for other countries in the region after decades of absolutist domination in the name of the state.

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On the Duality of Secularism and Dictatorship and the Rise of Political Islam

On the Duality of Secularism and Dictatorship and the Rise of Political Islam

Throughout the 20th century, the Arab world has always found itself operating either within an Islamist or nationalist framework. Despite political conflict between the two – sometimes even bloody – the existence of one is inevitably linked to the other.

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White Helmets, Not White Collars

White Helmets, Not White Collars

Slamming moral denial through a post-Hollywoodization approach.

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New Forms of Slavery Plague Society

New Forms of Slavery Plague Society

Hidden slavery practices have surfaced all too often to suffocate Syrians in their choices and to denigrate their souls. Locals have become enslaved to making a living and surviving

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About Bashar, the Tuna Fish Thief

About Bashar, the Tuna Fish Thief

I feel a deep sorrow at the sight of human beings being forced to fight against starvation in the 21st century, especially in fertile areas such as Madaya, Zabadani and Daraa.

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On the Inevitability of Militarization in the Syrian Uprising

On the Inevitability of Militarization in the Syrian Uprising

The fierce debate and the war of certainties that persisted around the uprising between the defenders of militarization on the one hand, and those weeping over peacefulness on the other, had little meaning.

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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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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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