The Syrian Revolution: A History from Below

Friday, July 10, 2020

12 Webinars, June 20-August 5, 2020 Syria has been the focus of much regional and global attention following the massive eruption of popular revolt in mid-March 2011. The…

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Rojava: statelessness in a time of pandemic

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Anya Briy The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), commonly known as Rojava, has illuminated the plight of the stateless—even though statelessness in the AANES’s case…

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How Economic Misery Helped Fuel the Syrian War: Book review

Friday, May 15, 2020

Louis Proyect Ever since the civil war began in Syria in early 2011, the left has largely ignored the social and economic circumstances that led to a conflict…

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Covid-19 and popular struggles of Syria

Saturday, May 9, 2020

I speak with Yasser Munif. He is a Sociology Assistant Professor in the institute for Liberal Arts at Emerson College where he teaches courses about social movements, the…

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A lesson from Idlib for Hezbollah: is Israel preparing an attack?

Friday, March 13, 2020

Elija J Magnier For the first time in its official existence in 1985, Lebanon’s Hezbollah has now clashed on the battlefield with the Turkish army, one of NATO’s…

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Turkey’s Failed Gamble in Syria

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Conn Hallinan Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest gamble in Syria’s civil war appears to have come up snake eyes. Instead of halting the Damascus government’s siege of…

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Backdrop & Reverberations of Soleimani’s Assassination (Part 2: Iraq, Syria, and Yemen)

Thursday, February 13, 2020

[On 3 January 2020, the United States assassinated Major General Qassem Soleimani of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Corps Guard (IRGC). The event was an escalation by the Trump Administration…

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Western “Anti-Imperialists” Silence Middle Eastern and North African Voices

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Daliah Lina “You stand with the terrorist troops. You are a jihadist.” This just covers a part of the public smearing I had to face the last couple…

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The Embalming of Syria

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Edward Hunt The Syrian civil war, which has been raging since 2011, is one of the worst tragedies of the early twenty-first century. Approximately half a million people…

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When You Follow the Gun Trail, You Can End Up in Expected Places

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Robert Fisk I’ve always wanted to find out where the guns came from. Who were the ‘willing accomplices’ to the wars I witnessed? In 1996, I traced to…

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Erdogan’s Ethnic Cleansing of the Kurds is Still Happening

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Patrick Cockburn Mass expulsion or the physical extermination of an entire ethnic or religious community – ethnic cleansing – is usually treated by the media in one of…

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The Democrats Helped Cultivate the Barbarism of ISIS

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Jonathan Cook There is something profoundly deceitful in the way the Democratic Party and the corporate media are framing Donald Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria….

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Up In Smoke: The Neocon Assault on Syria Is Finally Over

Saturday, October 26, 2019

David Stockman By a vote of 354-60 last week the U.S. House of Representative proved that Imperial Washington is addicted to war, and that the level of ignorance,…

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No to the invasion and occupation of northeastern Syria by the Turkish army

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Alliance of Middle Eastern and North African Socialists condemn Turkeys invasion of Northeastern Syria and its deadly assault on the Kurds. Last week, after U.S. president Trump…

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Erdoğan gets green light

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Esen Uslu The months-long bargaining for a tit-for-tat deal with Turkey has eventually reached its culmination, with Donald Trump withdrawing his token forces from the Turkish-Syrian border area….

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Defend the women’s revolution in northeastern Syria

Friday, October 11, 2019

ROAR collective Since 2012, with the leading role of women, the people in North and East Syria have been building a social system that enables a peaceful, radical-democratic,…

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Erdogan: Main enemy is at home … and abroad

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Esen Uslu. As the temperature rose to an unprecedented high at the beginning of August, the Turkish army was poised to invade Rojava in Syria. While this was…

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Syria: “More Tribal, More Sectarian, More Crony Capitalist Than Ever” An Interview with Joseph Daher

Monday, August 26, 2019

Bashar al-Assad has started confiscating the homes of Syrians who fled during the Civil War. For decades, his clan has purged the state of all but the most…

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Turkey’s arms industry is on a war footing – High-risk foreign adventures

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Esen Uslu. In the aftermath of the defeat of president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the Istanbul mayoral elections, the survival instincts of his…

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Syria: Donor Conditionality, Sanctions, and the Question of Justice

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Omar Dahi. The question of donor conditionality and how it could be used to influence behavior and promote respect for human rights and political inclusion has increasingly gained…

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Syria: The Evidence We Were Never Meant to See About the Douma Gas Attack

Monday, May 27, 2019

Robert Fisk. We like to take the Big Boys on trust. No longer do we believe in our meretricious little leaders with their easy lies and twitters: the…

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Don’t believe the hype, Isis has not yet been defeated

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Robert Fisk. After all the headlines about the supposed defeat of Isis, anyone who doesn’t believe a word of it may seem a bit of a spoilsport. But whenever…

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Voices above the chaos: female war poets from the Middle East

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Ed Vulliamy. The Syrian city of Aleppo crumbles into rubble, assailed by Russian bombs, government artillery and chemical weapons. In the heat of battle, Turkish troops and Kurdish…

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Book Review: Khaled Khalifa’s Death Is Hard Work

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Charles R Larson. Syria’s gut-wrenching civil war serves as the background to Khaled Khalifa’s award-winning new novel, Death Is Hard Work, though incidents in the story often appear…

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We Crossed A Bridge and it Trembled: Book Review

Friday, March 1, 2019

Wendy Pearlman: We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria, Custom House, 2017. Everyone talks about Syrians, but very few are actually talk to them. Perhaps that’s…

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Three Years Later: The Evolution of Russia’s Military Intervention in Syria

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Joseph Daher. As it draws closer to the eve of September 30—when three years earlier Russian military intervention in Syria first began—it is telling that Russia’s influence in…

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How the Assad regime has exploited “evacuation deals” to redirect Isis against the rebels

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Omar Sabbour. In September 2018, when the Assad regime was preparing to launch its (now on-hold) offensive against rebel-held Idlib in northern Syria, a rather surprising report emerged in the…

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Iran’s Policy In Post-US Syria Is To Block Kurdish Left

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Maysam Behravesh. US President Donald Trump’s abrupt announcement last week of the withdrawal of American troops from Syria caught many people off guard, including his own administration officials. It…

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Syrian army says it has entered key city of Manbij after appeal from Kurdish fighters

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Bianca Britton and Gul Tuysuz. Syria’s army said Friday it had entered the northern city of Manbij for the first time in years after Kurdish fighters called on…

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The Bombings Will Continue: Phyllis Bennis Warns U.S. Military Role in Syria Is Not Actually Ending

Friday, December 21, 2018

President Trump has announced that the U.S. will withdraw troops from Syria, in a move that has been praised by some in the American peace movement and some…

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