Category: Syria

Patrick Cockburn: Private donors from Gulf oil states helping to bankroll salaries of up to 100,000 Isis fighters

IS appears to have the human and financial resources to fight a long war

Glen Ford: The U.S. Empire and ISIS: A Tale of Two Death Cults

The truth is, the rulers of the United States are as much a death cult as the Islamic State, although U.S. imperialism is infinitely more dangerous

Joris Leverink: The revolution behind the headlines: autonomy in northern Syria

An important detail which is often overlooked is that the people of Rojava did not separate themselves from Syria; they declared their autonomy and not their independence

Yvo Fitzherbert: Rebuilding Kobani

A call for help from a city in ruins

John Feffer: ISIS Unites the World

Although many commentators have described ISIS as somehow less-than-human, it doesn’t come from outer space. It is decidedly a homegrown product of the turmoil that has engulfed two states

Justin Podur: The Rojava Revolution and the Liberation of Kobani

The PKK is the only revolutionary force that you can encounter in Kurdistan and maybe in the whole region

Patrick Cockburn: Assad’s Weak Hand

Syria, ISIS and the West

Vijay Prashad: Barbarians are made, not born

If the motivation for these acts is not in Islam, then perhaps they might be found in other traditions?

Sarah Lazare: How to Get Serious About Ending the ISIS War

Grassroots mobilization in the United States can play a vital role in preventing lawmakers from charging into war

Juan Cole: Is ISIL’s ‘Shock and Awe’ more Awe-ful because of One Victim?

The purpose of the bombing was to terrify Iraqis into submitting. That is, it was a form of state terrorism

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