Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Religious Groups and Scholars of Islam in the Syrian Revolution – by Issam Eido

Issam Eido is a Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow and a Visiting Instructor of Islamic Studies and Arabic in the University of Chicago Divinity School. Dr. Eido’s research focuses on the Qur’an in late antiquity, hadith studies, and Sufi and Arabic literary and poetic studies. Graduating with his PhD in 2010 from Damascus University, he also […]

Syrians in Lebanon Vote in Presidential Elections

My brother voted 'no' in the Syrian embassy in Moscow during 1980s Hafez 'election'. His passport was revoked & never able to go back since — اغين الزعبي (@agh_yan) May 28, 2014   As Syrians abroad have been gathering to vote in the presidential elections at Syrian embassies around the world, Anne Barnard tweeted from the scene […]

Syria: The West Should Stop Raising False Expectations – By Nikolaos van Dam

Nikolaos van Dam writes that “The West Should Stop Raising False Expectations about Syria. The Western approach to the Syrian uprising has from the very beginning been dominated by an overdose of wishful thinking, because precedence was given to supposedly democratic and moralistic ideals over realpolitik. We should not expect any mercy in the way al-Asad’s regime deals with its opponents: there will be no pardon for the massive armed revolutionary opposition groups that are trying to topple the regime. If the regime were to be toppled, its leaders can expect certain execution. t would be naive to expect President al-Asad to sign his own death warrant. By branding the rule of President al-Asad as illegitimate, Western countries may have been morally just, but they thereby prematurely cut off any opportunity they had to play a constructive role in helping find a political solution.

Did the Killing of Abu Bassir Lead to the First Lattakia Offensive?

by Matthew Barber Make sure to view this amazing video published by Vice News, entitled “Wolves of the Valley.” The video contains daring reporting by Aris Roussinos (@arisroussinos) who entered Idlib to bring us an interesting picture of the front-line in the conflict between ISIS and SRF fighters. Vice’s posting of the video is here. […]

“Obama Approval of Manpads for Rebels Would Violate US Agreements, Policy, and Endanger Airliners,” by James McMichael

Obama Approval of Manpads for Rebels Would Violate US Agreements, Policy, and Endanger Airliners by James McMichael [jamesmcmichael.dc@gmail.com] for Syria Comment, March 26, 2014 President Obama is considering supplying Syrian rebels with Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (Manpads).  These antiaircraft missiles are small enough to be carried and fired by a single person; they can destroy […]