The young men of the Lebanese “Islamic
Resistance”, who today participate – based on the confirmation of their leader
Hassan Nasrallah – in the Syrian massacres, are not aware of what recent
history holds of shelter offered, hospitality, and the sharing of pain and
deadlock blocks every attempt to implement the “responsibility to protect”
peoples, a responsibility that “devolves on the international community in the
framework of the UN” and that was put into force in Libya and the Ivory Coast.
The Syria Trust
for Development was beginning to play an
important role in Syria, when the Syrian uprising took place: an excerpt from a
study of Syrian civil society on the eve of revolution that helps us to
understand some of the deeper changes that were under way.
The lessons learned from Egypt and Tunisia are
that the only solution for the successful handling of transitions, away from
the reproduction of authoritarian models – even those with good intentions – is
a collaborative approach during the fundamental building stages, regardless of the
outcome of the ballot boxes.
On the eve of the US elections the Arab media has been full of analyses and
forecasts about the consequences of the results and their potential impact on
the turbulent Middle Eastern area with its conflicts, crises and revolutions.
Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi is a veteran Arab and international diplomat and one
of the symbols of the traditional Algerian political structure. As the UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria he is on a near impossible mission.
The Syrian people have found themselves saturated to
the point of despair with international pronouncements and strategic stances
that descend upon them from every corner. The United States warns, Turkey
threatens, France alerts, China invites, and Russia hints.
After being rather selective in its narratives
of modern Syrian history, western coverage is now spreading plots about
sectarian divisions in a future Syria that has freed itself from the grip of
Examine the contributions of members of different religions and
sects in achieving independence from the Ottoman Empire or the French mandate.
Don’t use minorities to inflame feelings of insecurity in Syria
Whether they are benefiting or are being harmed by the current
situation in Syria, what role do the various regional and international actors
play and how do Syrians deal with them? They are fully aware that the external stances with regards to
their revolution will not be the most crucial ones for them. It is important
but it is not the foundation-stone.