France’s Gung-Ho Policy in Syria

March 28, 2014

Hollande's approach to Syria has done more harm than good to France and the Syrian people. While there has been much debate within the international community over what should be done in Syria, France has adopted a more assertive, if not aggressive, position. From the very beginning of the Syrian...

Saudi Arabia’s Snub: A Sword Struck into Water?

November 15, 2013

Despite recent tensions, Saudi Arabia will not alter its diplomatic ties with the US. The United States and Saudi Arabia have a long-standing alliance, sealed in oil since the 1930s. Even though this relationship has experienced ups and downs – due to the oil embargo in 1973 and 9/11 –...

Syria: The Global Left and the “No to War” Discourse

September 16, 2013

The discourse of opponents to a military strike on Syria fell into the trap of cultural imperialism. The threat of a military strike on Syria has not aroused the enthusiasm of many. It has succeeded, however, in bringing the Syrian revolution to the discussion table. Until now, Syria has been...

Chemical Weapons in Syria: Which Type?

September 12, 2013

It is essential to assess what type of chemical weapon was used in Syria. On August 21, 2013, reports of chemical weapons being used in Syria rocked the world, as it saw news footage of people suffering from what appeared to be the effects of a chemical attack. News reports filtered in...

Syria: The WMD-Free Zone Alternative to Military Action

September 10, 2013

The Middle East needs a WMD-Free Zone as an alternative to military action and radicalism. Is American-led military action the only way to deal with the presence and use of chemical weapons in Syria? Why not try to negotiate, together with all the relevant parties, including the Russians and...

Humanitarian Intervention and US Imperialism

September 09, 2013

Obama's willingness to operate outside of legal frameworks is frightening. With the announcement by the Obama administration that it intends to launch an attack on Syria in response to the chemical attack alleged to have been carried out by the Syrian government, the US government has again...

The Last of the Red Lines

September 05, 2013

With a heightened sense of urgency to act on Syria, Washington is resorting to moral arguments. What appears to have been a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, has made a potential US-led military strike against the Syrian government a very real possibility. Shocking videos...

The End of a Unified Syria

September 04, 2013

Military intervention involves serious risks of regional destabilization. The many actors stoking the long smoldering Syrian Civil War have now seen the conflict explode, following the Bashar al-Assad regime’s employment of sarin gas to stall the rebel advance in the Ghouta suburbs of...

Chemical Attacks and Military Interventions

August 28, 2013

The only option left for Syrians is to demand a political settlement.  Images of dead bodies laid out on floors wrapped in white cloths, with no sign of blood or injury, circulated across social and news media last week to signal another horrific stage of the Syrian war. As of August...

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