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Peace In Syria?

THE Russo-American accord on the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, arrived at in Geneva last month, suggests three scenarios. The immediate one is covered by the agreed Framework for Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons and the UN…

Sparring Over Syria

Syria is the greatest tragedy after Afghanistan, Iraq and Rwanda. Yet, the discussion over this tragedy is becoming tangential, turning attention from the carnage taking place in Syria on a daily basis. For most people, it is a matter of…

The People Want

Brushing aside a host of fashionable narratives to explain the Arab spring, Gilbert Achcar’s recent book, ‘The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising’ (London: Saqi) offers a radically different perspective. Instead of…

Force-Multiplying Outrage

The revulsion to the anti-Muslim film Innocence of Muslims generated wide-scale protests throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The film, having been made in the US, sparked furious protests outside US diplomatic enclaves and other…

A Spring Now

As I write these words, news is emerging that armed militia have attacked the American consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi. Simultaneously, there are images all over the internet of an angry mob burning the US flag at its embassy in…

Do The Syrians Matter?

Buoyed by the success of popular rebellions against dictatorship in Egypt and Tunisia, the Syrian people rose to challenge the brutal rule of a minority clan that had been in power since 1970. But their uprising was met by an even more…

Our Spring Is Far Behind

The Arab rebellions have so far sent three dictators packing and dispatched one to the hereafter. The fifth, who inherited the mantle from his father after three decades of brutal rule, still refuses to go away. Bashar al-Assad is…

The Balkan Lessons For Syria

As Syria burns and increasingly looks like a giant, towering inferno with its helpless people trapped inside desperately crying out for help, I’ve been wondering: how would the Muslim world have reacted if the Nero in Damascus wasn’t a…

Mass Graves

Mass graves are usually required for two reasons: 1. Natural disasters such as the earthquake in Kashmir in 2005 and the floods throughout the country in 2008. It was often impossible or impractical to arrange individual burials, so mass…