Archive for the 'Politics' Category

“Who is Mohammad Rahhal, the Syrian Revolutionary who Called for Armed Resistance and Attacked Burhan Ghalioun?”

Opposition Disunity Becomes the Problem as the West Gets its Ducks in a Row

“We Will Have to Eat Brown Bread,” Adib Mayaleh, Head of Syria’s Central Bank

Sanctions and Their Impact; The Opposition Forms Transitional Parliament

Haithem al-Maleh, Landis, Fred Reed on Prism TV

Shara Spells out “Road Map” to Reform; Compares it to Corrective Movement Led by Hafiz al-Assad

Syrian “National Salvation” Opposition Meeting in Istanbul: Opening Remarks and Mr Maleh (17 July 2011)

Syria: An Uprising, Not a Revolution, By Yazan Badran

An interview with Bassam Alkadi, President of the Syrian Women Observatory

Syrian Opposition Conference: Semiramis Hotel: 200 members – First Impressions

How the Opposition Plans to Take Down the Syrian Regime (Joshua Landis & Ausama Monajed)

The Final Declaration of the Antalya Opposition Conference

Syrian Opposition Meeting in Antalya: Day Two

The Opposition Meeting in Antalya (1 June 2011) First Impressions

Divisions within the Syrian Opposition on Eve of Turkey Meeting

Syrian Opposition to Meet in Turkey: May 31 – June 2

Obama to Assad: “Lead that transition, or get out of the way.”

What Will a Post Assad Syria Look Like?

Rami Makhlouf’s daily blasts Turkey; Draws MB link

Syrian Revolution 2011 Facebook page Administrator, Fidaaldin Al-Sayed Issa, Interviewed by Adam Almkvist

Syrian Regime Says it is Witnessing the end of the Story; Opposition Calls Meeting in Cairo

News Round Up (3 May 2011) Syrian Banks Asked to Pay for Stable Syrian Pound

“National Initiative for Change” Program of Syrian Opposition: the liberal wing

“Syria’s New Government,” By EHSANI2

Western Press Misled – Who Shot the Nine Soldiers in Banyas? Not Syrian Security Forces

SYRIA’S PRESIDENT ASSAD: WHY IS ANYONE SURPRISED?” by Brian J. Davis, Canadian Ambassador to Syria, 2003-2006uesd

News Round Up (11 April 2011)

Assad Responds to Clerics’ Demands

Duma; Turkey Hosts Musl. Brotherhood; Press Services; More

Syrian Reactions to the President’s Speech

Ignatius Lesch, Seale, Tisdall, Khalaf, Fadel on Assad and Syria

Ammar Abdulhamid Emerges as Face of the Syrian Revolution, according to Washington Times

“As Protests Mount, Is There a Soft Landing for Syria?” by Joshua Landis

Syrian Government Promises: Free Press, End of Emergency Rule, Opposition Parties, Justice

Damned if We Do and Damned if We Don’t

Demonstrations in Damascus Challenge Regime

“Why Syria is Unlikely to be Next…. for Now,” by Bassam Haddad

Syrians demonstrate against Qaddafi; Kerry Pushes Peace; SLT sputters

The sad irony of it all – the USA and the Arab world…

Demonstration in Damascus

George Saghir Responds to Samir Aita

“What Does the Future Hold for Syrian Economists?” By Samir Aita

Ibrahim Hamidi, “Political and Economic Factors of Syrian Stability”

A New Day in Egypt

“What Does the Future Hold for Syria?” By George Saghir

‘Day of Rage’ for Syrians Fails to Draw Protesters

Syrians Stay Home; Turkey Leads; US Loses Allies

Will “Day of Rage” Rock Syria?

“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

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

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

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

Memorizing is Out in Syrian Schools? Poetry is In.

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

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

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

The Niqab and Syria’s Private Girls Schools

Human Rights Watch “A Wasted Decade”

Is the Obama Peace Effort Over?

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

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

Skewed Balance of Power between Israel and Syrian Impedes Peace

News Round Up (25 June 2010)

Overview of Syrian-US Relations

Uri Saguy on Barak’s “Missed Opportunity” with Syria – Didi Remez trans. Written up by Blanford, CNN and All4Syria

OneMideast.Org Written up by Ian Black and Joe Macaron

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

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

News Round Up (18 April 2010)

Netanyahu: “We will oppose an imposed solution”

Will Obama Unveil a Peace Plan?

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

Kerry to Syria Keeps Hope Alive

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

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

News Round Up (March 19, 2010)

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

“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

The Case for Syria

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

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

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

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

Bus Explosion in Damascus Sets off Wild Speculation

A Memoir-Novel of Tadmur Military Prison, reviewed by S. Taleghani

Omar Dahi and Ehsani Debate “Neoliberalism” and Economic Reform

Observations along the road to Kassab and the streets of Aleppo, by Ehsani

It’s the Economy Stupid – Ehsani Comments

The Association Agreement; Authoritarianism; and Arab winds of change

Syria’s Four Seas strategy, by Yoav Stern

News Round Up (18 October 2009)

Muhammad Atta in Aleppo; Muslim Brothers; Oil

Turk & Syria – Assad Interview: Muslim Brothers, Kurds, Iraq, Israel

Bashar ElSbihi Clarifies

The Push for Peace

Opposition News and Bashar Sba’i’s Return

Syrian Reformers Increasingly Agree that EU-Syrian Association Agreement Should be Signed

“New Personal Status Draft Law Does Not Permits Polygamy for Christians,” by Tyler Golson

US-Syria relations: time to hit the reset button?

“Kilo Set Free,” by Khaled Oweis

Ire over US Sanctions Causes Policy Review in Damascus

Assad to Austria, 5 New Ministers, Oil, and Lebanon Elections

The National Salvation Front Folds

Farid Ghadry’s Leadership of the Reform Party of Syria Expires

Ray Close on the Golan

Muslim Brotherhood Breaks with Khaddam and NSF

News Round Up (April 1, 2009)

Nasrallah’s Rhetoric Directed East or West?

Private Universities; Haykal Wins; Syriacs Hang On

“Syria could be softening stance on dissidents,” Phil Sands

Ambassadors, Kerry, Levey, Sanctions, and Peace

A New Middle East Strategy for the Age of Obama

Is Syria Putting a Price Tag on a US Brokered Peace with Israel?

Balancing “Change” and “Prudence” will be an arduous process for President Obama

You lose ability, when you lose credibility, S. Farah

What the Middle East Needs is the “Audacity of Hope”, by Hind Kabawat

Will US talk to Hamas? Many say, “Yes”

Will Syria Benefit from Israel’s Invasion of Gaza?

Syria’s Advice to Obama

Top 5 reasons why Israel is attacking Gaza

Peace Talks and the Economy

Syria is the Only Game in Town

Waging Peace in Atlanta, by Britta Froelicher


Carter in Damascus as US and Israel try to Pressure Syria on UN inspections

Netanyahu Agrees to Give Syria Talk, but Not Golan

News Round UP (6 December 2008)

“Giving Back the Golan Will Not Be Easy,” by Shai

“Start With Syria” by Aaron David Miller

“A New U.S. Policy For Syria,” by Seth Kaplan

“Can Syria change its image?” by S. Farah

Are There Non-Sectarian Parties in Syria: The case of the SSNP?

“We will not allow another [IAEA] visit”

The Nuclear Mess – Where Does it Leave Syria?

Traces Of Uranium found in Syria: Moallem Says No More Searches

Yoav Stern discusses his coverage of Syrian affairs

Obama Dispatches Malley to Syria?

Syrian TV shows men ‘confessing’ to deadly bomb blast

Comments from Jihad Makdissi

12 Opposition Leaders Sentenced

“Twilight Struggle” by Eli Lake

Flipping Peace Tracks Again?

Asma Al-Asad: “Excuse me! I do not have “good relations” with Christians”

Has Assad’s Social Base Narrowed or Expanded?

“Syria-Israel Peace: The Impact on Non-State militias” by Landis

Reader’s Comment on “Why Syria Doesn’t Want War”

The Bombing and More.

Car Bomb in Damascus and Rise of Salafi Groups in Region

Syria explosion: Car bomb kills 17 in Damascus

How Syria’s Assad Is Steering His Country out of Isolation

Baker calls Bush ‘ridiculous’ on Syria

News Round UP (13 Sept. 2008)

News Round Up (12 Sept. 2008)

News Round UP (9 Sept. 2008)

Difficult Decisions for Assad, but Syrian Art Sizzles

Hokayem and Young on the Assad-Sarkozy Summit

Economic News About Syria (6 Sept 2008)

News Roundup (6 Sept. 2008)

Sarkozy in Syria

The Middle East Waits for America

Israel Peace Negotiator Quits; Hamas Leader Leaves Damascus

Competing with the Syrian government itself and wining hands down

News Round UP (1 Sept. 2008)

Syria & Lebanon Should Hold Simultaneous Talks With Israel

Bush’s Policy of No Dialogue with Syria is Costing US Lives

Obama Adviser Kurtzer Advises Syria to Do More for Peace

IDAF’s Observations on his Month-long Trip Around Syria

Assassination Speculation

Aref Dalileh released

Muhammad Suleiman Murdered

Building Towards Peace

News Round-Up (August 1, 2008)

Syria is Ready for Peace.

Andrew Tabler: “The U.S. Can Help Tackle Syrian Corruption”

Walid Jumblatt Sets a New Course

Odds and Ends

News Round Up (27 July 2008)

News Round Up (20 July 2008)

“Lancing the Boil: Hizbullah’s Future in Lebanon”/ by Qifa Nabki

The Prisoner Swap Controversy

America’s Role in Israel-Syria Talks

Iran Warns Syria Against Peace with Israel

As Paris Boosts Assad, US Adds Sanctions (10 July 2008)

Prison Riot, Golan, Syria Heads East

Bashar al-Assad Walking the Tight-Rope

Prisoner Swap; Golan; Negotiations

News Round Up (28 June 2008)

Interpol says Syria “very cooperative” on Terrorism: US Oil Majors Back in Iraq

Olmert: If there is Peace with Syria, the reality in the region will change

Will Assad and Israeli President Shimon Peres Meet in Paris?

“Obama’s Mideast Experts Emphasize Talks,” by Jay Solomon

“What Syria stands for: The moral argument for US friendship with Syria,” by S. Farah

Turkey and Syria Discuss Nuclear Cooperation

Bashar Will Always Have Paris: Obama has AIPAC

News Round Up (10 June 2008)

Assef Shawkat Hubbub Debunked