Category Archives: Syria

Kobani: A Victim Of Our Sins

(Photo via Mother Jones) The city of Kobani is falling in front of our eyes. The black flags of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been slowly spreading above the buildings of this unfortunate Kurdish town in … Continue reading

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There is nothing funny about the declaration of the ‘Caliphate’

Photo via Reuters Initially published in Turkish Hurriyet Daily It may be amusing to some, but there is nothing funny about the declaration of the “Caliphate”  by the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The rise of … Continue reading

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The three phases of Egypt’s popular protests

The trends of Egypt’s crowd politics since Tahrir Square can also be seen in Ukraine, Syria and Libya. Published in  Al-Monitor Behind every uprising are chronic frustrations from citizens betrayed by corrupt leaders, their repression, poor governance and a loss of … Continue reading

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Middle East Digest. December 2013 Part II

Iran British envoy to visit Iran for first time in two years Iran ready to discuss island dispute with UAE Iran’s Zarif stretches Gulf trip to include UAE Iran diplomacy must be backed by military power: Chuck Hagel Hassan Rouhani … Continue reading

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Middle East Digest: November Edition

This is my second monthly selection of news, reports, and articles covering  the Middle East (except Egypt). I hope you find useful. Main Headlines  Iran Iran FM Zarif outlines ideas to exit nuclear dispute Hard bargaining in Geneva on Iran nuclear … Continue reading

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Middle East Digest: October Edition

This is a monthly selection of news, reports, and articles covering the Middle East (except Egypt). I hope you find it useful.  Syria Chemical experts  begin destroying Syria’s weapons arsenal UN urges immediate humanitarian access to Syria Syria wins cautious … Continue reading

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Egypt Debates US Strike on Syria

I wrote this piece for Al-Monitor As the debate rages in the United States and other Western nations about a possible strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a parallel debate is taking place in Egypt. Officially, the interim … Continue reading

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Year one of the Syrian Revolution- A Timeline

This is a timeline of year one of the Syrian revolution. Many thanks to Iyad el-Baghdadi and Syria Deeply Feb 2, 2011: Twenty Syrians hold a candlelight vigil for Egypt’s revolution. They’re attacked & beaten up by thugs. Feb 15, 2011: Teen blogger … Continue reading

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Rise of Radical Jihadists Setback for Syria

This image of the Omar al-Farouq brigade was taken from the group’s website; Syrian Sunni rebel Khalid al-Hamad, who mutilated a corpse, is a member of the brigade. I wrote this piece for  Al-Monitor, look forward to your comments. The … Continue reading

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Hezbollah and the Golan

(Photo of Hasssan Nasrallah, via Kabobfest.com) In his first televised speech after the Israeli strikes on Syria, Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, made two interesting remarks.  First that Syria will supply Israeli arch enemy, Hezbollah, with “game changing arms.”  Second, “the resistance … Continue reading

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