Armenians, Circassians, Mandaeans and other small ethnicities in Syria are being uprooted by jihadist terror, and increasingly see the Assad regime as the lesser evil.
Unarmed protesters in Damascus, November 2012. Syrian-American writer and activist Mohja Kahf appeals to anti-war forces in the US to acknowledge that there is a legitimate grassroots pro-democracy revolution in Syria, and not to loan comfort to the dictatorship of Bashar… Read moreSyria: It’s Still a Revolution
by Mohja Kahf, Fellowship of Reconciliation
No matter what your position on the potential US strikes on Syria (I'm against), all I ask is, DON'T be a hater who denies the existence of the grassroots youth who began the Syrian revolution out of hope for real freedom and out of their rising expectation for real change, hope that had nearly died in the fifty-year police state that has ruled Syria. Try to remember to have some compassion for a Syrian who might be in the vicinity, before you mouth off in the abstract on the issue; we face news every day of our friends and our relatives being killed and imprisoned. Take time to get to know about a few of them, the Syrian rev youth activists who started it all, in hundreds of towns across Syria, before you speak about Syria based on what happened in Iraq or Lebanon or Country X.Continue ReadingSYRIA: IT’S STILL A REVOLUTION, MY FRIENDS
Jihadist forces of the Nusra Front launched an assault on the ancient Christian village of Maaloula, which is on the UNESCO tentative list of world heritage sites.
The Justice Project Pakistan released a report charging that prisoners of the US conitnue to be detained without charge at Bagram base despite the facility’s transfer to Afghan control.