Success & Legitimacy: Saudi and Syria’s Contrasting Fortunes
FRANCIS MATTHEW: Demand for reform in Saudi does not focus on the current leadership, but instead seeks more open social practices, more inclusion and less corruption.
Syrian Revolution Diairies: My Most Difficult Read
M. LYNX-QUALEY: It’s a harrowing experience that feels immediate and real because the events are still ongoing.
Syrian Sectarianism Threat to Wider Region
RAMZY BAROUD: The recent massacre of civilians in Syria marks the beginning of a spiral of horror which could engulf the whole region
Ten Good Reasons NOT To Arm Syrian Rebels
JUAN COLE: Mitt Romney is flip-flopping on whether ‘Muslims Are Bad’ or that the U.S should supply them with sophisticated weapons.
Another Way Needed for Syria: Annan Plan DOA
FRANCIS MATTHEW: If the opposition wants to win over the army or security forces, it must distinguish between supporters of Al Assad’s regime, and Alawites in general.
Playing ‘Cat and Mouse’ with the Syrian Army
NEWS FROM SYRIA: VICE Magazine has been spending some time with the Free Syrian Army. Will their reporting divide opinion once again?
Beaten But Unbowed: Syrian Author Writes On
M. LYNX-QUALEY: His hand was broken by thugs last week but celebrated novelist Khaled Khalifa continues his work
The ‘Essential Collection’ on Syria’s Blighted Year
NEWS FROM SYRIA: It begins with the infamous Bashar interview and continues grimly as death and mayhem envelop the country
Red Cross Issues Urgent Appeal On Syria
NEWS FROM SYRIA: The Red Cross issued a rare political statement on Syria to highlight the critical situation facing citizens there.
Non-Violent Protest ‘The Way Forward’ for Syria
MICHAEL NAGLER, CGNEWS: There are, difficult as it may seem to imagine today, grounds for optimism that non-violence will work in Syria
Sectarianism: Syria’s ‘Elephant in the Room’
NEWS FROM SYRIA: It’s time that Syrians properly addressed the issue of sectarianism instead of pushing it to one side.
Arab Spring Update: Significant Developments
JUAN COLE: Not that you’d know from watching American TV news but there have been important developments in the Arab world recently
365 Days That Changed Syria Forever
SYRIA NEWS WIRE: It began with a small demonstration by young people in Deraa. The flames have spread and now engulf the nation.
U.S.: Damned If It Does Act, Damned If It Doesn’t
CROSSROADS ARABIA: ‘Where are the Americans?’ is a question that’s being asked in Syria at the moment.
The Syrian Revolution In a Single Paragraph
NEWS FROM SYRIA: Volumes have been written about the Syrian revolution. Here’s a concise take on what many Syrians currently feel.
Hamas: Between Politics and Principles
RAMZY BAROUD: Hamas might be reinventing itself, or it may simply be trying to weather the storm. Either way, it is quickly leaving its traditional home.
Omar Offendum: No Manager, No Label, Just Rap
RACHEL MCARTHUR: Born in Saudi Arabia to Syrian parents, Omar was raised in the United States and has been rapping for almost a decade.
Humour: A Potent Weapon Against Assad?
MICHAEL J. TOTTEN: There isn’t a lot to laugh about in Syria at the moment but try telling that to the Syrians themselves.
“You Don’t Understand the Price of Freedom”. I Do Now.
HAJAR ABDUL RAHIM, SUHAIBWEBB: My parents fled Syria to avoid jail, torture and possible death. I have begun to appreciate truly the price they paid.