A film by Naji Jerf, with English subtitles.
Abdul Razzak Alkanjo
Issue # 7
After the Six-Day War that erupted between a number of Arab countries and Israel, the underlying reasons of animosity between the fighting parties persisted in a way that could re-ignite the confrontation any moment, even though the war itself ceased without very noticeable effort. The military battles broke up as a result of international interventions on one hand and because each side on the other hand realized and grew convinced that bringing the war to an end was their utmost strategic option.
But those motives to cease fighting were not going to break the hostility as they never lead to any actual truce guaranteed by active international players. And due to such a situation, which embarrassed Egypt’s military and political leadership in front of its own people on one hand and shook its image in the eyes of the Arab public on the other, the leadership, who found it hard to submit, resorted to an alternative timid path of a silent war, later defined as:
The War of Attrition.
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. إقرأ المزيد
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. إقرأ المزيد
“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. إقرأ المزيد
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. إقرأ المزيد
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.