Category: Syria

Joris Leverink: Water Politics in the Land of Two Rivers

Source of life, cause for conflict

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Shamus Cooke: Syrian War Set to Re-Explode

Obama has been a proxy war president that has torn apart the Middle East as badly as his predecessor did

Vicken Cheterian: The second battle for Kobane

After Kobane’s resistance, it is now time for reconstruction

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Bruno Jäntti: Spring in Rojava, winter in Rojhelat

Rojava, the Kurdish area in northern Syria, is undergoing (and possibly cementing) a revolution

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Meredith Tax: The Revolution in Rojava

You’d think it would be big news that there’s a liberated area in the Middle East led by socialist-feminists, where people make decisions through local councils and women hold 40 percent of leadership positions at all levels

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Ramzy Baroud: Stuck in Area A: How We Were Duped into Disowning the Palestinians

Did we lie? Were we lied to? It is more like we were duped into pseudo-reality crafted so proficiently by Israel, and we are finding it extremely difficult to break away from its confines

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Ramzy Baroud: Do Something, Anything: Naming and Shaming in Yarmouk

The Syrian conflict has introduced great polarization within a community that once seemed united for Palestinian rights

Meral Cicek: Kurdish liberation movement committed to ‘democratic socialism for the 21st century’

Meral Cicek interviewed by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s Florian Wilde during the World Social Forum in Tunis, translated by Leandros Fischer Meral Cicek (above) is from Cologne and is the chair of Kürt Kadın İlişkiler Merkezi, the Kurdish Centre for Women´s Affairs in Erbil. The “Arab Spring” has turned into an “Arab Winter” in many Read more…

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David Swanson: How Did Syria Get Here?

Syria was shaped by the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement (in which Britain and France divided up things that didn’t belong to either of them), the 1917 Balfour Declaration (in which Britain promised Zionists land it didn’t own, and the 1920 San Remo Conference at which Britain, France, Italy, and Japan used rather arbitrary lines to create the French Mandate of Syria and Lebanon, the British Mandate of Palestine (including Jordan), and the British Mandate of Iraq.

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Vijay Prashad: The Kurdish Front

Unity in action against the IS is the spur for Kurdish unity

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