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Revolutionary War 2014 Round Up: Dynamic Stalemate as Fronts and Sides Multiply

31 Dec

Every year since the revolution began has been the most painful and difficult year for the Syrian people.

2014 was no exception.

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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

A U.S. War on Jabhat al-Nusra: Just What Baghdadi Ordered

30 Sep

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The same day the U.S. and an internally contradictory ‘grand coalition’ correctly and justly launched airstrikes on the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh) Syrian safe haven in Syria, the U.S. launched another war, a unilateral war, on Syria’s Al-Qaeda branch, Jabhat al-Nusra, in separate but simultaneous attacks in Idlib and Aleppo governates. Continue reading

The Politics of the War on #ISIS: A Marxist Approach

17 Sep

A Marxist approach to war begins with the truism that war is the continuation of politics by other means.

What are the politics of the war on the so-called Islamic State (ISIS, or Daesh)?

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Humanitarians slaughtered by ISIS: James Foley, Father Paolo, David Haines

ISIS is waging a political struggle first and foremost against the democratic revolution of Syria’s working and oppressed classes. Daesh’s most famous victims are journalists, humanitarian aid workers, and priests dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the Syrian people and therefore ISIS are enemies of the people. ISIS is also at war with: Continue reading

Contradictions of the Post-Revolution Assad Regime in Syria’s Protracted Anti-Fascist War

1 Aug

The Leviathan built by Hafez al-Assad, a fascist state stretching from Daraa in the west of Syria to Deir Ezzor in the east, has been shattered irrevocably by the popular upsurge of the March 15 revolution. Born as a peaceful protest movement for dignity and political reform, the Syrian uprising painfully and organically developed into a revolutionary war to liberate the country from the misrule of Bashar al-Assad’s fascist clique and dismantle his regime’s barbaric institutions.

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Revolutionary War 2013 Round Up: The End of the Beginning

31 Dec

Like every story, a revolution has a beginning, a middle, and an end. 2013 was the end of the beginning of the armed struggle as hard-won revolutionary victories gave way to debilitating stalemates, stalemates that led first to friction and infighting and then to greater unity among the revolution’s armed factions. Continue reading

How Islamists Beat the Western-‘Backed’ Opposition for Leadership

13 Dec

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Washington suspended its paltry non-lethal aid to the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Supreme Military Council (SMC) led by General Salim Idris after falsely accusing the newly-formed Islamic Front of seizing FSA warehouses at the Bab al-Hawa crossing on the Turkish border right before making yet another inelegant about face on Syria policy. Now, Washington says it is open to working with the Islamic Front but insists, “we want our stuff back.”

“To the victors go the spoils”  is evidently not something Washington is familiar with. Continue reading