Author: Hanna Batatu.
Source: Middle East Journal, Vol. 35, No. 3. This essay is a revised version of a talk given at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, on April 11, 1979.
At the heart of Syria’s regime stands a cluster of military officers. They hold in their hands the crucial threads of power. This much is obvious. Their common military profession, however, does not explain why they cling together and act in concert. Far more significant in this connection is the fact that the ruling element consists at its core of a close kinship group which draws strength simultaneously, but in decreasing intensity, from a tribe, a sect-class, and an ecologic-cultural division of the people.
Rifat and Hafez al-Assad.
Text: The Southern Front
The collapse of the current Assad-led regime will not be the end of the Syrian people’s revolution. The end of the regime will be only the start of a new and, hopefully, final phase of the people’s struggle for freedom. In order to ensure that the final phase succeeds the establishment of a new national model of governance based on respect for human dignity and a rebirth of Syria’s tremendous potential will be initiated. It is imperative that all nationalist forces commit to a course of action during the period of transition from authoritarianism that will fulfill the will of the people. Continue reading
Every year since the revolution began has been the most painful and difficult year for the Syrian people.
2014 was no exception.
بعد فترة وجيزة من إعلان الرئيس الأمريكي باراك أوباما الحرب على ما يسمى تنظيم “الدولة الإسلامية”، انتشرت إشاعة حول اتفاق وقف اعتداء بين تنظيم الدولة الإسلامية وفصيل من الجيش السوري الحر صادرة عن المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان، وساهم في انتشار تلك الإشاعة كالنار في الهشيم جهل المحيط العام بالفصائل المعتدلة التي ستدعمها الولايات المتحدة ومجموعة أصدقاء سوريا.
وفيما يلي محاولة لإجلاء الصورة، وتقليل احتمالات التزييف في المستقبل حول الفصائل المعتدلة التي تدعمها الولايات المتحدة،أعدها @hasanmustafas باستخدام مصادر المعلومات المفتوحة.
يدعي معارضو تسليح الجيش الحر غالباً أن الأسلحة المتطورة القادمة في الدعم قد وصلت أو ستصل إلى إيدي متطرفين، لكن نتائج تسليح قوات المعارضة تشير إلى خلاف ذلك، وكشف تقرير صدر مؤخراً عن مركز كارتر من خلال تتبع صواريخ مضادة للدبابات وردت إلى قوات المعارضة المعتدلة ما يلي:
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Shortly after U.S. president Obama declared war on the so-called Islamic State (ISIS/IS), a bogus claim by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) about a non-aggression pact between ISIS and an unnamed unit of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) went viral largely due to ignorance about which moderate rebels the U.S. and its “Friends of Syria” allies are supporting. This guest post by Hasan Mustafa (@hasanmustafas) is an attempt to cure that ignorance and make future pseudo-scandals less likely by detailing who the U.S.-backed moderate rebels are using open-source information. Continue reading
To the media and the general public,
It has been 33 days that the city of Kobane has been fighting terrorism in eventful days of resistance, redemption, and enormous sacrifices in combating the terrorist attacks of ISIS and its evils. For this organization which has become the biggest threat to the global peace and stability, the battle of Kobane poses a historic turning point. We are certain that the result of this battle will shape the future of Syria and the democratic struggle for freedom and peace. We want it to be known that the victory in Kobane is a victory for all Syria, and it will also be a major defeat for ISIS and terrorism.