One year one a few eyewitness accounts from that day narrate their stories.
Murmurs rose. Frightened words prevailed. Is he going to be defeated? Is it possible?!! He had a promising future and everybody was counting on him. Yes, he was still a young man but possessed a mature mind, a spiritual heart and learned quickly. But why now, though his enemy is on his final legs, and after all these strikes, is he tumbling against him Ok, it is true international experts were aiding his enemy, but this doesn’t matter. He possessed an unusual strange supernatural weapon called justice…. But look, why has his weapon become rusty and the hand that carries it starting to tire!! An attempt has to be made to aid him and find out more about this strange rust. استمر في القراءة
Mohannad Al Nader
Mahmoud is sixteen years old and the eldest of four siblings in his Syrian family whose provider was injured and disabled during the war. Mahmoud became the breadwinner of his refugee family in the Turkish city of Gaziantep. He works at a restaurant for ten dollars a day from seven in the morning to nine at night. Despite the work’s difficult conditions and the responsibility placed on his shoulders, he feels proud to be supporting his family. Difficult conditions have forced many Syrian refugee children to work long hours for low wages. In addition to the danger that they face during their work, they miss going to school and the education that could make their future brighter. استمر في القراءة
“Hegelianism of the poor” is a sarcastic phrase. It is well known that Hegelianism was in its heydays a revolutionary and elite ideology in principle, attributed to Hegel (1770-1831) the founder of the German idealistic philosophy. However it remains mere theories and presumptuous ideas generated from a thought that is nothing but an intellectual luxury, similar to all dogmas and intellectual approaches preaching such ideas that carry false promises, like Stalinism, Marxism, sectarianism,… and which we can label as “Hegelianism of the poor”. It even can be generalised to all forms of neo-colonialism around the world, for example France’s president Hollande’s visit to Africa, as a sarcastic example! Accordingly I here generalise it to our intellectuals who deserve this label. استمر في القراءة
11 May 2014
* A weekly newspaper published by the free youths of Syrian
Syrians wonder how the inner core of the Assad’s regime has to this day maintained its cohesion and never crumbled or cracked, except in the one case when the U.S. punitive strike was imminent when we watched fleets and aircraft carriers on satellite channels. This core, which floats on a sea of Syrian blood, will only fall at once and in its entirety. Thanks to its cohesion, it controls all of the state apparatuses and institutions–most notably the military establishment—through a tight network of ideological and sectarian loyalties and self-interests. Members of this network support the regime and oppose any change in status quo in fear that it can affect their interests and bring them to trial. استمر في القراءة
24 May 2014
Abdul Kareem Anees
Any close observer cannot ignore the radical changes to those figures that have lived through the successive events of the revolution; whether it was the denial of it in the beginning or the belief in it during one of its various stages.
These figures can be simple personalities, neither popular nor known among observers, but the variables, twists, and turns in the track record of these ordinary figures should be read, and we should invest in understanding the changes in their personalities to enable observers to best evaluate and study the origins of the revolution and its dependency on individuals, in the midst of its historic turning points. استمر في القراءة
April 29, 2014
“The elite support base” — it is probably the first time this term is used; as it is more common, especially in revolutionary vocabulary, to use “popular support base.” Although the elite are considered part of the public- theoretically at least- the term “popular support base” commonly refers to “the non-elite.” “Popular support base” is used as a positive addition to a “revolution” that is led by an elite vanguard according to the terminologies of traditional revolutions, which were transferred without change to the new Arab Spring revolutions.
Paradoxically, what distinguishes the new revolutions is that they are not revolutions of the elite. This problematizes terminology and the revolution itself which has became inverted. Therefore, it is justifiable to coin the inverted term “the elite support base”, not to dispraise or to disparage. No one was able to escape the vicious circle of sectarian dictatorship without this new revolution which happened without any planning or vanguard leadership and even without any elite.
15 May 2014
A Surrealistic Introduction
Almost nothing has changed since I last left the place. Sitting there next to the yellow jasmine tree at my mum’s house while sipping my cup of coffee has still got the very same effect on the soul. I sat there, waiting to wake up from a dream that kept recurring a lot during my recent expatriate years of immigration. I was sure something in the dream will definitely take me back to my comfortable bed under that inclined European ceiling. When awake, man can usually distinguish between reality and fantasy, yet for sure, in our expatriate life we did learn how to differentiate between those two extremes even when we’re dreaming.
I woke up of course. I slowly walked into the bathroom; and I shall skip some of the details of what happened with me there! I looked for my glasses, made myself a cup of coffee and went out to the balcony… I sat near the yellow jasmine tree. The sun was shining… Damascus’s sun… Damascus’s air… Damascus’s traffic and voices speaking my same language… Even the microbus flashing by like an arrow, causing unbearable noise, and releasing enough carbon dioxide to pollute half of Europe. استمر في القراءة
تقرير قناة السي إن إن حول الصور المسربة من سجون الأسد، والتي تظهر تعرض آلالاف المعتقلين للقتل والتعذيب الممنهج في تلك السجون.
Journalist Rami Jarrah pursues Syrian Information Minister, Dr. al-Zoubi, while he is leaving the conference premises in Montreux, Switzerland, posing questions that the minister ditched by speeding up his pace. A feat that earned him the title “The Runaway Minister”.
يلاحق الناشط الاعلامي رامي جراح وزير الاعلام السوري، د. عمران الزعبي، قبل مغادرته قاعة الاجتماعات في مونترو طارحا عليه أسئلة يتلافاها الوزير بتجاهلها والاسراع في المغادرة. مستحقا بذلك لقب “الوزير هرّيبو”.
22 كانون الثاني / يناير 2014