Serious Gunfire in Damascus

I don’t think this is the endgame in Syria yet, but I’m not surprised at all that it’s happening. If I were a Syrian resistant fighter in the wake of the Baba Amr onslaught, I would ask myself the question: Where’s the best place to fight the regime without risking a deadly city siege and […]

❊ Using Sex to Sell the Syrian Revolution ?

Apparently, President Assad has been exchanging flirtatious emails with a mysterious woman who sent him a semi-naked picture of herself (picture). This could very well be true. It could indeed be what was actually happening, and not some clumsy smear effort to divide and conquer’s Assad’s picture-perfect family and his united front with his wife. […]

Lebanese Hospitality

We’re the beacon of the oppressed. The house on the hill. We welcome the persecuted with open arms. As long as they don’t overstay their welcome of course: The Phalange Party called on the government on Monday to carefully follow up on the flow of Syrian refugees into Lebanon, warning of a “new form of […]

De-Facto Dissociation?

The critics of PM Mikati’s policy of dissociation are loud and relentless (this blog included). MTV has even dedicated a TV feature to a quote by Desmond Tutu: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”. But as I watched yesterday’s demos, I couldn’t help but notice […]

❊ The Future Movement Needs More Than Distancing Itself from The Salafis. It Needs To Stand Up To Them

– A Threat? – The Lebanese Salafis are feeling confident. They are emboldened by the rise of Islamists in the Arab world and by the void in Lebanese Sunni politics that Mr. Saad Hariri has left behind. They are making a play for power. They are coming up with charismatic leaders, organizing demonstrations and are […]