Archive for 2010

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Ford Made Ambassador to Syria in Recess Appointment

“Syrian Corruption” by Lina Sinjab; Tourism and Preserving Syrian Heritage; Stateless Kurds

George Saghir and Bassel Hamwi Launch Independent Economic Index to Assess Syrian Economy

Wikileaks: “Syrian-Iranian Relations return to normal”; Jordan, Turkey, and US Seek Improved Iran Relations; Hariri Tribunal Delayed;

Syria first bond issue – A first round win for the Ministry of Finance

Landis Debates Steven Heydemann: “Syria and Islamism.” BloggingheadTV

Assad in France: “There is no peace process; Europe’s stance cannot remain tied to the US role”e

WikiLeaks: Saudi Proposed Arab Force to Invade Lebanon; Makhlouf Sanctions; Mughniya Murder

Wikileaks: Bellemare “has no case” against Syria

Wikileaks: “General Rifi is convinced that Syrian authorities are directly responsible for all three crimes,” said a cable classified by Jeremy Feltman

Should A Resurgent Syria Give Alarm?

Elias Murr: “If Israel has to bomb Shia areas, that is Hizbullah’s concern… The Lebanese Army Forces will stay on their bases …. and take over once Hizballah’s militia has been destroyed.”

Assad: ‘Golan Heights “is our issue”‘

Interview with Bashar al-Asad – Wikileaks 18 February 2009

Wiki Leaks: First Cut

“Defining a Constructive Role in the Middle East,” by Ahmed Salkini

Disapearing Golan; Hariri Murder; Iran

Can the US Convince Hariri to Stand up to Hizbullah with the Lebanese Tribunal?

China’s Rise Undermines Power of Sanctions as US Diplomatic Tool

Syria’s Challenge: A Modern Secular Family Law, by Elie Elhadj

Assad Grants State Employees a 50% Bonus as Job Creation Lags

What is Behind the Uproar in Syria’s Labor Relations? The Reform Process and Jobs?

More WikiLeaks – Kerry: “Israel should return Golan”

“Why Lieberman?,” by Shai

Water: “Syria Should abandon its Policy of Food Self-Sufficiency,” Elhadj and Al-Khouli

News Round Up (24 October 2010)

The Average Arab Has Grown Poorer Since 1980; Oxford Analytica and EIU Reports (24 Oct. 2010)

“The Sin in Syria is Low Wages,” by Ehsani

Ahmedinejad in Lebanon

Drought, Water Management, and the Kurdish Question

Tuykey and Syria Struggle to Resolve Their Kurdish Question

“Damascus art gallery ignites Syrian culture war,” By Khaled Yacoub Oweis

Turkey Continues to Look East; Iran Hit by Sanctions

“The Qubaysiyat are Feminists,” by Serene Taleb-Agha

The Special Lebanon Tribunal Power Play – The End of the Bush Agenda

Igraa and Male Hypocrisy; Censorship; Divorce; Two New Ministers

Syria Faces Economic Hurdles

Encouraging Israel not to Settle; Encouraging Iran to Go Nuclear

Women and the Rise of The Religious Conservatives

U.S. Saves Talks but Not Palestine

Can Syria Attract $55 Billion in Foreign Investment in 5 years?

“Syria’s Improved Relations with Turkey is the Center-Piece of Bashar Assad’s New Foreign Policy,” Joshua Landis

Memorizing is Out in Syrian Schools? Poetry is In.

Syria Gets Better Russian Missiles

“New Media is Straining Government Tolerance In Syria,” by Deb Amos

Islam Comment – A New Forum by Alex

What Does Turkey’s “Yes” Vote Mean for Democracy

News Round Up (13 Sept 2010)

Muhammad al-Habash Resigns from all Religious Activities

“Why Does Syria Do So Badly in World Economic Rankings,” by Ehsani

Drought Hits East for Forth Year Causing More Distress

Lebanon PM: I was wrong to accuse Syria of Rafik Hariri murder

Is Syria Cracking Down on Religious Groups? Why?

“Bush White House Wanted to Destroy the Syrian State by Force and With Urgency,” Tony Blair

News Round Up (1 Sept. 2010)

Will Obama Abandon the Bush Policy of Punishing Mid East Countries that Oppose Israeli Expansion?

News Round Up (29 August 2010)

“The Syria Muslim Brotherhood: Leadership Transition from Bayanouni to Shaqfa” by Aron Lund

News Roundup (August 20 2010)

Will rising tensions in the Middle East lead to another catastrophic war?

The Hariri Tribunal and Hizbullah; Syria Loves Turkey

“Stop Wahhabi Indoctrination of Syrian Youth,” by Elie Elhadj

News Round Up (22 July 2010)

“Syrians Were Not Behind the Hariri Assassination,” Former US Offical to as-Safir

The Niqab and Syria’s Private Girls Schools

Human Rights Watch “A Wasted Decade”

Syria Bans the Niqab in Schools

News Round Up (14 July 2010)

Is the Obama Peace Effort Over?

“A Peace Crime” by Levy; Will Turkey be Punished?

Hizbullah Arms; Senator Specter to Damascus; Cordesman: “Iranian Threat Exaggerated”

Syrian Cinema; American Soldiers and Torture

Lesch Article on Assad; Syria Worst at Anti-Corruption; Bush Nixxed Israel 2007 Bombing

Skewed Balance of Power between Israel and Syrian Impedes Peace

Real GDP Growth 5.9%? Turkey and Change in the Region; Fadlallah Dies

“Why Reforming the Hadith is so Difficult,” Elie Elhadj

What Effect will Turkey’s Switch to Israeli Opponent have on Syria and the Regional Balance of Power?

News Round Up (25 June 2010)

What Are US Tech Firms Doing in Damas? NeoCon Dreams of Regime Change

Overview of Syrian-US Relations

Uri Saguy on Barak’s “Missed Opportunity” with Syria – Didi Remez trans.

US-Syrian Diplomatic War; US Tech Firms to Syria; Trade Union w. Turkey

Syria Comment Clean

Israel Pays High Price for Attack on Turkish Flotilla with Aid for Gaza

Israel Wins Twice

Bashar al-Assad Interview on Charlie Rose

President Assad Interview with La Repubblica Translated in Full

News Round UP (23 May 2010) Kerry in Damascus

OneMideast.org Written up by Blanford, CNN and All4Syria

OneMideast.Org Written up by Ian Black and Joe Macaron

Medvedev’s Visits to Syria and Turkey – News Round Up (14 May 2010)

“Middle East Art” by Brook Anderson and Don Duncan

“Will failure to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict mean a new Cold War in the Middle East,” By Joshua Landis

“A Brief Introduction to the Shebaa Farms Problem” by Matthieu Cimino

Beyond Image: The Effects of the Visual Noise in the City of Damascus. By S. Farah for Syria Comment

News Round Up (May 6, 2010)

Who is Changing the Regional Balance of Power?

Iran, Syria, and US in War of Words as West Bank is Digested by Israel

Freeman: Israel is useless to US power projection

Ketan Gajria’s Photo – the Aleppo Souq – is a Winner

Is a Hizbullah – Israel War Likely?

Turkish-Syria Military; How to Sanction Syria? Obama Keeps Jewish Leaders Happy

Seguy: “It Was Not about Dipping Assad’s Feet into the Water of the Kinneret that Prevented Peace”

US and Israel Agree; Missile Controversy Plays Out

Why are US Analysts Surprised that Syria Arms Hizbullah?

“Syria’s National Day Celebrations at the Library of Congress”, by Ford Prefect

Missiles and More

News Round Up (22 April 2010)

The Scud Issues Has Legs – State Dept Summons Syrian Diplomat

News Round Up (19 April 2010)

News Round Up (18 April 2010)

“What is Behind the Syria Scud Scare?” By Joshua Landis on Foreign Policy

Why Having a US Ambassador in Damascus is Important

News Round Up (14 April 2010)

Ambassador Ford’s Confirmation Delayed

The Coupling of Iran and Israel Policies- Criticized

Netanyahu: “We will oppose an imposed solution”

Will Obama Unveil a Peace Plan?

The Great Mending of Fences – Arabs Find Some Order

Renewed talks between Israel and Syria unlikely

“The Turkish Judicial System: Guardians of the Ancient Regime,” By Firat Demir

Kerry Creates Good Will in Damascus

Kerry to Syria Keeps Hope Alive

Why Syria Must Burnish its “Resistance” Credentials in the Face of Obama’s Inaction on Settlement Expansion

Moshe Ya’alon, Israel’s Vice Premier, Explains How Netanyahu “Maneuvers” to Avoid Agreement

Assad Interview on al-Manar – 24 March 2010

“Nationalist First, Islamist Second: The Armenian Issue Shows the Limits of the Erdogan Government,” by Firat Demir

News Round Up (21 March 2010)

News Round Up (March 19, 2010)

Syrian Economy; Israel – US Clash

Ambassador Ford Hearings; Petraeus’s Testimony; Hof in Damascus to Discuss Peace

“Why Doesn’t Washington Give Syrian Internet Users a Thumbs Up Too?” by Laura Pitel

Mearsheimer and Bacevich on Petraeus and the Clash of US-Israeli Interests

A New Study Abroad Program in Aleppo – CET

Will Israel Flex Its Muscle Further?

Petraeus Asks that Palestinians be Considered Middle Eastern and Not European – Politics Prevail over National Interest

Syria NOT Pursuing Nuclear Power, Biden Flounders, Ford to Confirmation

Nuclear Power Plants Fashionable in Middle East; Israel Pokes Fun at Biden

“The Armenian Genocide: The Islamist and Kemalist Consensus,” by Firat Demir

Devastation in the North East; Left Laments Israel; Right Laments Syria

“Erdogan and the Military: One Authoritarianism for Another” by Serdar

News Round Up (6 March 2010)

“Turkey at a Crossroad: Democracy or Military Rule?” by Firat Demir

Elaine Imady: “A Damascus Life: Walking a Tightrope, How a Multi-cultural Family can Thrive”

John Kerry and Leveretts Talk to Assad

Clinton to Damascus?

Reactions to the Assad-Ahmadinejad Summit

Assad and Ahmadinejad – “There is No Separating Iran and Syria”

Turkey’s “Tulip Revolution”?

“Arab Democracy is Fantasy,” by Elie Elhadj

Austrian FM and James Baker III on Syria-Israel Peace Talks

Assad Reaches Out to Business, Turkey, France and the US

New Books on Syria by Imady, Ellery, and Saldaña

Will Engaging Syria deal a “Blow to Iran”? Not Likely.

US Economic Sanctions on Syria Have Failed

Obama Nominates Ambassador to Syria as Businessmen Rush in

News Round Up (15 February 2010)

The Case for Syria

Economy Grows at 4%ish; Saudi Handshaking; Israeli-Syria Verbal Jousting

More on New US Amb., War Bluster, Hariri Court

Israel and Syria Threaten War as US Pushes for Talks: Feltman and Abrams Explain US Policy

Has Washington Decided to Focus on Syrian-Israeli Peace?

Robert Ford Named US Ambassador to Syria

Syrian Growth Figures; More Scary Drought Figures from the East

Economics, NGOs and More

“Ecological Peace between Syria and Israel?” by Saleem H. Ali

“The US Censors Syrian Internet,” By Idaf

NGO’s in Syria; Mitchell Should Resign; Egypt and Syria Feud; Assad to Libya

“Syria: the prospects for political change” by Landis; Ilyas Maleh on his father

Al-Waleed Bin Talal: “Assad… we are getting him back in the fold”

“The Real Debate the Syrian Economic Team Should be Having” by Ehsani

Mitchell on the March, Muslim Brothers in Egypt, Makhlouf Man of 2009

News Round up (20 January 2010)

American Sanctions on Syria: Godsend to Hardliners, Hell for Liberalizers – By Ehsani

“Greater Syria” and “Turkey’s slide toward Syria and Iran” by Rabinovich, Maoz, Moubayed et al.

Economic Policy and Amer Lutfi as Head of State Planning Commission

Has Obama Outsourced the Job of Chastising Israel to Turkey?

“Has President Assad Stepped Up Economic Reform?” by Ehsani

Radwan Ziadeh on “Syria’s Democratic Past: Lessons for the Future”

Deborah Amos on the Water and Food Crisis


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