Tag: Bashar al-Assad

Don’t BS the American People About Iraq, Syria, and ISIL (Brian Fishman)

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014 |

by BRIAN FISHMAN for WAR ON THE ROCKS on AUGUST 20, 2014:  The apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a stark reminder of the group’s terrible brutality and the seriousness required to counter them. Unfortunately, much of the political discourse about the Islamic […]

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Book Q & A: If Their Elders Can’t Get the Job Done, Will The Youth? (Juan Cole Discusses “The New Arabs”)

Book Q & A: If Their Elders Can’t Get the Job Done, Will The Youth? (Juan Cole Discusses “The New Arabs”)

[ 0 ] August 4, 2014 |

“Many Palestinians see the Israelis as aggressive colonizers of Palestinian land and resources or as jailers; many Israelis see the Palestinians as irrational, violent and a ticking demographic time bomb that endangers a Jewish-majority state between the Jordan and the Mediterranean. One thing is sure: Palestinian and Israeli youth are the hope for a resolution […]

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Egypt, Syria, Libya . . .What is the Appeal of Phoney Elections in the Middle East?

Egypt, Syria, Libya . . .What is the Appeal of Phoney Elections in the Middle East?

[ 1 ] June 9, 2014 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JUNE 8, 2014:  The world has been treated to a whole series of “elections” in the Middle East recently. Iraq had parliamentary elections, Libya’s parliament voted for a new prime minister, and Egypt and Syria had presidential elections. This summer, Turkey will have elections. It would be nice […]

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Combating Voter Apathy in the 21st century: Roundtable Discussion with Sisi and Assad (Satire)

[ 0 ] June 3, 2014 |

by KARL SHARRO for KARL reMARKS (blog) on MAY 28,2014: The recent European elections highlighted the problems facing democratic systems today as a result of declining voter participation and political apathy. In order to explore solutions for this problem, we organised a roundtable discussion with two of the leading figures in encouraging voter participation, Egypt’s […]

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WATCH: Pro-Assad “Together, Stronger” Campaign Video

WATCH: Pro-Assad “Together, Stronger” Campaign Video

[ 0 ] June 3, 2014 |

by DOMINIC RUSHE and RAYA JALABI for THE GUARDIAN on JUNE 2, 2014:  EXCERPT:  Tributes to the 48-year-old leader (Bashar al-Assad) can be found across public spaces in Damascus and other regime-controlled parts of Syria. Posters, banners and photographs can be seen, embellished with the Sawa slogan, heralding the historic election. The re-election bid has […]

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Religious Groups and Scholars of Islam in the Syrian Revolution

Religious Groups and Scholars of Islam in the Syrian Revolution

[ 0 ] June 3, 2014 |

by ISSAM EIDO for SYRIA COMMENT on JUNE 1, 2014:  Clouds of ambivalence and uncertainty have obscured Syria’s religious landscape from the beginning of the revolution. In the particular way that the conflict developed across space and time, every individual affiliated with a religious group became compelled—sooner or later—to take sides. Needless to say, any […]

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“A Coronation,” “A Sham,” Voting for “The Devil You Know,” + Other Comments on Syria’s Elections

“A Coronation,” “A Sham,” Voting for “The Devil You Know,” + Other Comments on Syria’s Elections

[ 0 ] June 3, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on JUNE 3, 2014:  In the midst of a nationwide civil war, Syria held a presidential election today, albeit only in government-held areas. There are three candidates on the ballot, including current President Bashar al-Assad who is expected to win. Here is a compilation of analyses from across the […]

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Rami Khouri: Arabs Engage!

Rami Khouri: Arabs Engage!

[ 0 ] May 15, 2014 |

by RAMI KHOURI for THE CAIRO REVIEW OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS on MAY 14, 2014:  In 2011, the Arab world was in the early months of popular revolutions, uprisings, and various kinds of enhanced citizen activism that had clearly ushered in a historic era of national transformation across the region. There were no obvious indications then […]

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Saudi Arabia Extends an Invitation to Iran

Saudi Arabia Extends an Invitation to Iran

[ 0 ] May 14, 2014 |

via STRATFOR on MAY 13, 2014:  (Summary) A Saudi minister’s purported invitation to have his Iranian counterpart visit Saudi Arabia could be a sign that Riyadh is acknowledging the need to talk directly with its longtime archival. While the two countries see each other as their main competitor for influence in the region and are […]

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The Assad Regime: Winning on Points (Carnegie Middle East Center)

The Assad Regime: Winning on Points (Carnegie Middle East Center)

[ 0 ] April 14, 2014 |

As John Brennan, director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, said in a public talk in March 2014, “Syria has a real army” that is “a large conventional military force with tremendous firepower.” It benefits significantly from Iranian and Russian advice and new training in urban warfare as well as from the infusion of non-Syrian combat manpower, […]

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