Archive for the 'Religion and Ethnicity' Category

On the Yazidi Mothers of Children Fathered by Jihadists

Romancing Rojava: Rhetoric vs. Reality

Helsinki Meeting Does Little to Clarify America’s Syria Policy – By Joshua Landis 

Iran in Syria: “Cognitive Empathy” and Interests

Turkey’s Afrin Operation Stokes Syrian Yazidi Fears and Fuels Displacement — by Sylvain Mercadier

Eastern Ghouta x 20, by Aron Lund

Follow-Up and Correctives on Hashd al-Sha’bi Article

The Militias in Iraq, From Popular Mobilization to Political Interference

“When the SDF was shocked”- Azaz Opposition Activist’s Analysis of Russian-Turkish Relations, Afrin, & Why US Will Dump Kurds for Turkey

A Sustainable United States Policy for North Syria, the Kurds, Turkey and the Syrian Government – by Landis and Barber

Beit Jann: Myths and Reality

What the KRG’s Loss of Kirkuk Means for Iraq

Minorities and the Kurdish Referendum—by Alda Benjamen

Will the U.S. Abandon the Kurds of Syria Once ISIS is Destroyed? by Landis, Itani, Simon

KRG Targets Minorities Ahead of Kurdistan Independence Referendum — Part Two: Annexing Christian Lands

Iraqi Minorities Face a Dilemma in Kurdish Independence

Kurdish Independence and the Unheard Yazidi Voice — by Murad Ismael

KRG Targets Minorities Ahead of Kurdistan Independence Referendum — Part One: Exploiting the Yazidi Genocide

Resolving Article 140: Settling the Issue of Iraq’s Disputed Territories Ahead of an Independence Referendum for Kurdistan

The End of the PKK in Sinjar? How the Hashd al-Sha’bi Can Help Resolve the Yazidi Genocide

Reconciliations: The Case of al-Sanamayn in North Deraa

Katibat Dir’ al-Watan: New Sub-Unit of the Fifth Legion

Revenge Being Meted Out on ISIS linked Sunni Tribes of Iraq – FrontLine “Iraq Uncovered”

Why the U.S. Should Team Up with the Kurds & Not Turkey to Take Raqqa and Destroy the Islamic State

Liwa al-Mukhtar al-Thiqfi: Syrian IRGC Militia

Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and Civil Society in Jabal al-Summaq

Further Response to Roy Gutman: Balancing the Picture

Yes, Syrian Kurds Have Committed War Crimes – Roy Gutman Responds to Aymenn Tamimi

A Response to Roy Gutman’s “Have the Syrian Kurds Committed War Crimes?”

The KRG’s Relationship with the Yazidi Minority and the Future of the Yazidis in Shingal (Sinjar)

Liwa Al-Jabal: A New Loyalist Militia Unity Initiative In Suwayda’

Quwat Dir’ Al-Qalamoun: Shifting Militia Links

Local Loyalist Militias of Suwayda’: Katibat Jalamid Urman (Dir’ al-Jabal)

The Situation in al-Fu’a and Kafariya

Usud Al-Cherubim: A Pro-Assad Christian Militia

Saraya al-Areen: An Alawite Militia in Latakia

Kurdish Blockade of Sinjar Harms Yazidis: New HRW Report

Saraya Al-Tawheed: A Pro-Assad Druze Militia in Lebanon and Syria

Kata’ib Humat al-Diyar: A Prominent Loyalist Militia in Suwayda’

Labawat al-Jabal: A Druze Female Militia in Suwayda’ Province

Liwa al-Imam Zain al-Abidain: Building a ‘Resistance’ in Eastern Syria

Liwa Sayf al-Haq Assad Allah al-Ghalib: A Republican Guard Militia in Sayyida Zainab

The Virtues of Sham: The Place of Syria in the Muslim Sacral Imagination

The Druze in the Syrian Conflict – By Talal El Atrache

Syrian Hezbollah Militias of Nubl and Zahara’

Liwa Sayf al-Mahdi: A Syrian Army Shi’i Militia

Liwa al-Imam al-Mahdi: A Syrian Hezbollah Formation

Kata’ib al-Jabalawi: A Pro-Assad Militia from Homs

Quwat al-Ghadab: A Pro-Assad Christian Militia in Suqaylabiyah

“The Asad Petition of 1936: Bashar’s Grandfather Was Pro-Unionist,” By Stefan Winter

Dealing with Syria’s Foreign Fighters: A Liberal Conundrum

The ‘Martyrs’ of Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya (The Ja’afari Force)

The Local Defence Forces: Regime Auxiliary Forces in Aleppo

The Leopards of Homs: A Pro-Assad Militia

Liwa al-Jalil: A New Pro-Assad Palestinian Militia

Harakat al-Hawiya al-Arabiya al-Druziya: Defending Druze Identity in Suwayda’

The Dir’ al-Watan Brand: Liwa Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi

Liwa Usud al-Hussein: A New Pro-Assad Militia in Latakia

Report on Mass Graves of Yazidis in Sinjar

“The Assyrians of Syria: History and Prospets” by Mardean Isaac

The Factions of North Latakia

Rijal al-Karama after Sheikh Abu Fahad Waheed al-Bal’ous’ Assassination

Liwa Thuwar al-Raqqa: History, Analysis & Interview

The Plight of Syria’s Druze Minority and U.S. Options

The Doha Congress: Negotiating a Return of the Iraqi Baath Party?

The Assassination of Sheikh Abu Fahad al-Bal’ous: Context and Analysis

Overview of some pro-Assad Militias

ISIS: A Caliphate of Torture and Rape

Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya: Recruiting the Shi’a of Damascus

The New Druze Militia Factions of Suwayda Province

Quwat al-Ridha: Syrian Hezbollah

The Coastal Shield Brigade: A New Pro-Assad Militia

“Mohammad Nassif: The Shadow Man of the Syria-Iran Axis,” by Mohammad Ataie

Who was Mohammad Nasif Kheirbek?” by Mohammad D.

The Massacre of Druze Villagers in Qalb Lawza, Idlib Province

Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi Responds to al-Julani’s al-Jazeera Interview

Round-Up: Palmyra, Contingency Planning for Regime Losses, UN Response to Enslavement Crisis

New Dabiq Issue Reiterates Justifications for Yazidi Enslavement

The Alawi Community and the Syria Crisis – by Fabriche Balanche

HRW: “ISIS Escapees Describe Systematic Rape”

The Administration of the Local Council in Azaz

The Kobani Model: Strengthening Kurdish-Arab Relations in Syria

The Killing of Muhammad al-Assad, a.k.a. “Shaykh al-Jabal”

Book Review: ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror

Jabhat al-Nusra and the Druze of Idlib Province

Footnotes on the SSNP—Comments from Nouhad Samaan, Head of SSNP in Homs

Sample Concepts of a Christian-Shi’a Alliance in Iraq

Resurgence of the SSNP in Syria: An Ideological Opponent of the Regime Gets a Boost from the Conflict

Video: ISIS, Yazidis, and the Enslavement of Thousands of Women

The Islamic State (IS) and Pledges of Allegiance: The Case of Jamaat Ansar al-Islam

Jamaat Jund al-Qawqaz: A Caucasus Emirate Group in Latakia

The Factions of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab)

The Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra: A Looming Grand Jihadi Alliance?

A Visit to the Tomb of Hafez al-Asad

Jabhat Ansar al-Din: Analysis and Interview

The White Shroud: A Syrian Resistance Movement to the Islamic State

Joshua Landis on ISIS, Syria & the “Great Sorting Out” in the Middle East – Interview with Danny Postel

Islamic State Officially Admits to Enslaving Yazidi Women

The National Ideological Resistance in Syria: A ‘Syrian Hezbollah’ Brand

“What’s at Stake in Kobani: Islamic State and Kobani Calculations,” By Carl Drott

The Yazidis Are Not Getting Support

If the U.S. Wanted To, It Could Help Free Thousands of Enslaved Yazidi Women in a Single Day

Sinjar Was Only the Beginning—by Matthew Barber

IS Routs Peshmerga, Takes Control of Sinjar Mountains, Jeopardizes Yazidi Homeland

The Expulsion of Mosul’s Christians, part 1: The Account of the Kidnapped Nuns

Minority Dynamics in Syria

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

“Who Was Hilal al-Assad?” By Mohammad D.

Middle-East’s Sectarian Balance Shifts as Syrian Uprising Enters Fourth Year — by Jawad Anwar Qureshi

The Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham’s dhimmi pact for the Christians of Raqqa province

Christian Militia and Political Dynamics in Syria

Starvation: a Twisted Example of the Assad Regime’s Terrorism

“Why Syria’s Assad heads to Geneva from a position of strength,” by Joshua Landis

“Observations of a Homsi living in Tartous,” by Aboud Dandachi

“Why Syria’s Kurds are beating Al Qaeda,” By Balint Szlanko

The Work of Fabrice Balanche on Alawites and Syrian Communitarianism reviewed by Nikolaos van Dam

Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi: More On The Druze Militias in Southern Syria

Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi: The Druze Militias of Southern Syria

Islamist Groups Declare Opposition to National Coalition and US Strategy [updated]

Aymenn al-Tamimi Speaks to Ali Kayali and Profiles “The Syrian Resistance,” a Pro-Assad Militia Force

Jabhat al-Nusra and Other Islamists Briefly Capture Historic Christian Town of Ma’loula

Problems for Syrians in Egypt; News from Kurdish North; Looting & Oil; Round-up

Gangs of Latakia: The Militiafication of the Assad Regime

Round Up: Lethal Aid, Human Interest Stories, Lebanon

Round Up: Qusayr, Hezbollah, Regional Sectarianism, Ehsani on Economics, Foreign Jihadis Behead & Kill for Blasphemy, US Intervention Proposal

Turkey Engulfed in Protests, Syria Conflict Worries Turkish Alevis, Syrian Turkomen Support Opposition

“The Turkish-Syrian Border Dispute: A View From the Past” – By Meir Zamir

Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi Interviewed by Syria Comment

Is Jabhat al-Nosra breaking apart?

Do the Massacres in Bayda and Banyas Portend Ethnic Cleansing to Create an Alawite State?

Major salafi faction criticizes Jabhat al-Nosra

Dera’a is Falling

Drones, A New Alawite Opposition, Obama in Israel

“Syrian Regime Loses Last Credible Ally among the Sunni Ulama,” by Thomas Pierret

Lebanese Tension, Egyptian Chaos, Iraqi Memories… and all the news from Syria

al-Nusra, al-Raqqa, Calls for Jihad, River of Death

“The Uprising and the New Syria: Islamists Rise in Raqqa while Damascene Christians Dodge Fire” By Matthew Barber

Syria’s Islamic Front Militias and How They Think about Minorities

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“Is an Alawite State in Syria’s Future?,”Cecily Hilleary interviews Joshua Landis

Syrian War Spillover in Iraq Will Be Much Worse than in Lebanon

The Kurds and the PKK in Ashrafiye, Aleppo

Syrian Kurdistan: Can it Make a Peaceful Transition?

“The Formation of Alawite Militias in the Kassab region,” by Mohammad D.

Nuri al-Maliki’s Strategy toward Syria and Syrian Kurds

Assad’s Kurdish Strategy

“The Original Shabiha,” by Mohammad D.

Homs: The Capital of Syrian Uprising

The Arab Spring & the decay of secular state in Syria


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

“The Alawi Dilemma – Revisited,” By Khudr

“What do Sunnis intend for Alawis following regime change?” by Khudr

Did Four Alawi Clans Dissociate themselves from the Assads, as the Opposition Claims? Not likely.

“Syria in Fragments: Divided Minds, Divided Lives,” by an American in Syria

What Will a Post Assad Syria Look Like?

Assad Responds to Clerics’ Demands

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

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

Drought, Water Management, and the Kurdish Question

Tuykey and Syria Struggle to Resolve Their Kurdish Question

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

Women and the Rise of The Religious Conservatives

Islam Comment – A New Forum by Alex

Muhammad al-Habash Resigns from all Religious Activities

Drought Hits East for Forth Year Causing More Distress

Is Syria Cracking Down on Religious Groups? Why?

The Niqab and Syria’s Private Girls Schools

Syria Bans the Niqab in Schools

Syrian Cinema; American Soldiers and Torture

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

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

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

News Round Up (21 March 2010)

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

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

Economics, NGOs and More

Muhammad Atta in Aleppo; Muslim Brothers; Oil

Scholarly Articles; Bolton; First Lady on Democracy

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

Steps Syria has Taken to Win US Favor

Syria’s Battle for the Hearts of the West, by S. Farah

Syria Eats Sanctions but Looks to Mitchell Visit for Understanding

Arab Unity? Yes on Kurds, No on Palestinians, Perhaps on Lebanon

Private Universities; Haykal Wins; Syriacs Hang On

“Moharram in Damascus” by Ali Khan

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

Emanuel’s Father Calls Arabs Floor Cleaners

Why Syria Doesn’t Want War with Israel

Car Bomb in Damascus and Rise of Salafi Groups in Region

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

Livni Wins Vote to Lead Kadima

News Round Up (12 Sept. 2008)

News Round UP (1 Sept. 2008)

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

Biden on Syria

“The Christians are Leaving” by Salim Abraham

Lebanon’s Christians Are Back — ICG: by Peter Harling

Syria marks ‘year of St Paul’

News Round Up (28 June 2008)

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