Archive for the 'MEPI' Category

Opposition News and Bashar Sba’i’s Return

[I will be in Vermont for two weeks until Aug. 16, where I will have limited ability to post. My number there will be 802-767-9038] Bashar Sba’i’s Return By Joshua Landis, Aug. 1, 2009 Bashar Sba’i, a leading member of the Syrian opposition in exile, has thrown in the towel. He quit the opposition movement […]

“To Check Syria, U.S. Explores Bond With Muslim Brothers,” by Jay Solomon

Unlikely Allies: To Check Syria, U.S. Explores Bond With Muslim Brothers — Activist Group Provides Link to Syrian Islamists; Seeking Women's Rights By Jay Solomon 25 July 2007 The Wall Street Journal WASHINGTON — On a humid afternoon in late May, about 100 supporters of Syria's largest exile opposition group, the National Salvation Front, gathered […]

Kamal Labwani Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

Kamal Labwani convicted to 12 years in prison. See Labwani’s interview with Joe Pace published on Syria Comment (August 6, 16, 21, 2005). It is excellent and long, but should be read in its entirety. Here are some excerpts:

What do you think is the real purpose of America’s project to remake the region?

I think that America wants to make important changes in the region, especially towards democracy. But they are no longer able to present any evidence to convince people that they are serious in their desire to promote democracy.

If America wants to convince people that it’s serious about its desire to promote democracy, democracy needs to be its first priority. Their first demand cannot be Iraq, followed by Israel, followed by Lebanon when 18 million people are suffering inside of Syria. The US presents 15 demands and not a single one has anything to do with the internal situation. The first, second, third, fourth, and fifth demands need to be directed towards internal politics.

Is the US embassy doing anything to support civil society or dissidents in Syria?

Not at all. The group that is working on that agenda is extremely weak.

Pelosi’s Trip to Damascus

Pelosi is traveling to Damascus next week. Five other lawmakers, including House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos, a California Democrat. One Republican, Representative David Hobson of Ohio, is also on the trip. Bush Aide Perino Says Speaker Pelosi's Planned Syria Trip Is a `Bad Idea' A White House spokeswoman denounced the visit. A number of […]

“Farid Ghadry, Syria’s Chalabi: From Washington to Damascus,” by Salim Abraham

Salim Abraham, a Syria journalist from Qamishli who worked for Associated Press in Damascus for years before winning a grant to attend the master's program at Columbia University's School of Journalism in 2005 and 2006, wrote this essay on Farid Ghadry. It is taken from his master's thesis, completed in the spring of 2006. Salim Abraham has recently […]