The Syrian Freedom Charter

7 Apr
“The Syrian Freedom Charter is a national unity document based on tens of thousands of face-to-face interviews with Syrians, in every governorate of the country, about what kind of society they want. Over the course of a year, a team of over 100 activists assembled by FREE-Syria and the Local Coordination Committees (LLC) of Syria, completed more than 50,000 surveys.” — (Danny Postel, Pulse Media)


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Some Observations on the Social Roots of Syria’s Ruling, Military Group and the Causes for Its Dominance

19 Feb

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.

Rifat and Hafez al-Assad.

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FSA Southern Front’s Political Program for Post-Assad Syria

6 Jan

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

Todos los Viernes: Los nuevos lemas de la Revolución Popular

17 Nov


Publicado originalmente en Inglés por Not George Sabra.

Traducido al Español con permiso del autor.

La revolución democrática del pueblo en Siria ha logrado algo de importancia histórico-mundial: ha unido a ambos imperialistas y a los antiimperialistas en contra de ésta. El imperialismo del Este dirigida por Rusia arma a Bashar al-Assad hasta los dientes, el imperialismo de Occidente liderado por los EE.UU continúa con el intenso bloqueo de armas  para la oposición de al-Assad, y los llamados antiimperialistas liderados por As’ad Abu Khalil, George Galloway, Rand Paul, Cynthia McKinney, Stop the War Coalition y ANSWER Coalition calumnian sin descanso a cada paso del camino el levantamiento en todas las formas inimaginables.

El aislamiento internacional casi total  de la revolución – expresada por el hecho que sólo islamistas han mostrado algún tipo de internacionalismo – es el resultado inevitable de imperialistas y antiimperialistas de todo…

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بالأسماء والتفاصيل، قائمة كاملة وقابلة للتوسع للفصائل المعتدلة

4 Nov

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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The Moderate Rebels: A Complete and Growing List of Vetted Groups

21 Oct

(UPDATE May 10: 2015: Hasan Mustafa has the most up to date version of this list and there have been some significant changes. Please visit his blog by clicking here.)

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

YPG and FSA Unite Against Terrorism and for a Free, Democratic Syria

18 Oct

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.

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