Iranian student challenges Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps officer and supporter of Iran’s intervention in Syria

Iranian student challenges Hassan Abbasi, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps officer and supporter of Iran’s intervention in Syria: “Your theory is supporting the dictator and murderous Bashar Al-Assad”. This was during an election debate in Tabriz University.

Video via ‘WarReports’ which describes itself as “an Iranian research group dedicated to tracking & covering Iran’s role in the Syrian war’

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Interview on the Syrian revolution, 12 April 2017

Interview with Joseph Daher, Syrian commentator and activist, on the latest chemical attack in Syria, the USA bombing of the air base, and the prospects for the popular revolution in Syria.

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في يوم استقلال سوريا مظاهرة ضد النظام في السويداء، ١٧ نيسان 2017 – On the Independence Day of Syria, demonstration against the regime in Suwayda, 17 April 2017

Protesters in Suwayda, a Druze-majority city/province in Syria, protested against Assad regime, its corruption, death under torture in prisons,… etc and chanted for the downfall of the regime, with slogans as “Syria is ours and not yours Assad”,”Assad must go” and “Freedom Forever”. Today marks Syria’s Independence Day, 17th April 1946, from the French colonizer.

مظاهرات حاشدة في بلدات “يلدا وببيلا وبيت سحم” جنوب دمشق ضد ألاتفاق “المدن الأربع”، ١٢ نيسان، ٢٠١٧

تنديداً بإقحام جنوب دمشق باتفاق “المدن الأربع”.. تظاهرات حاشدة تعمّ المنطقة

انطلقت  12 نيسان مظاهرات حاشدة في بلدات “يلدا وببيلا وبيت سحم” جنوب دمشق بدعوة من اللجنة السياسية الممثلة للبلدات الثلاث وقاطنيها، وذلك رفضاً لإقحام بلدات يلدا وببيلا وبيت سحم في اتفاق ما بات يعرف بـ “المدن الأربع” أي مضاياو الزبداني مقابل كفريا والفوعة

حيث خرج أهالي بلدة يلدا انطلاقاً من مسجد “يلدا القديم” بأعداد تقدّر بالمئات، كما خرج المئات من أهالي بيت سحم من مسجد “البلد”، لتلتقي المظاهرتين بحشود أهالي ببيلا المتواجدين في مسجد “البراء بن مالك” في البلدة، ثم اتجهت المظاهرات الثلاث إلى أمام بلدية ببيلا، حيث احتشد ما يقارب الألفين من أهالي وقاطني جنوب دمشق وبحضور أعضاء اللجنة السياسية

وأكّد المتظاهرون خلال حراكهم البارحة، رفضهم ربط ملف جنوب دمشق التفاوضي باتفاق “المدن الأربع”، والمتضمن وقفاً لإطلاق النار في البلدات الثلاث مدة تسعة أشهر، كما ندّدوا بعمليات التهجير القسري والتغيير الديمغرافي، مؤكدين على أن مصير المنطقة تحدّدها اللّجنة السياسية التي تمثل جنوب دمشق، وليس أي طرفٍ آخر لا علاقة له بأهالي المنطقة، كما كتب على إحدى اللافتات “إيران حزب الله جبهة النصرة لا وصاية لكم على مناطقنا

فلنواجه بحزم سياسة تقاسم الاراضي والسكان بين قوى الثورة المضادة
ولنناضل من اجل بقاء الجماهير في اماكن سكنها وحياتها وعودة اللاجئين والنازحين الى بلداتهم وبيوتهم

Assad Must Fall


Joseph Daher is a Swiss-Syrian academic and activist. Originally from Aleppo, Daher is a staunch opponent of the Syrian Ba’ath regime. He maintains the website Syria Freedom Forever, which is dedicated to building a secular and socialist Syria. In his latest book Hezbollah: The Political Economy of the Party of God, Daher takes apart the misconceptions around Hezbollah and its role in Lebanese society.

In the years since the Arab Spring began the international left has become increasingly divided over Syria, particularly as the revolution turned into a civil war with plenty of interference from outside. As a result, the left has diverged into at least three main camps: those who see Western imperialism as the main foe, and others who claim Western intervention is vital for the Syrian rebels to triumph. But these two postures are not the only positions available.

There is another strain on the left, those who see no hope and no justice in either American or Russian involvement. Rather the case for Syrian emancipation requires a critical account of the different international forces at work in the civil war. Not just Russia and the United States, but also the roles played by the Gulf powers, Turkey and Iran. This is the premise of every serious analysis. And this is a vital part of Daher’s standpoint.

The following Souciant interview with Joseph Daher examines the poison gas attack on Khan Sheikhoun in the context of the civil war, as well as the interventions of foreign powers, the class character of the Assad regime and the politics of the Syrian opposition. Continue reading

Syrie : La souffrance d’un peuple face au dictateur Assad et aux commerçants de la guerre

L’attaque aux gaz toxiques du 4 avril, contre la ville de Khan Cheikhoun dans la province d’Idlib, a fait plus de 80 morts dont plus de 25 enfants et plusieurs centaines de blessés graves…

En réaction, la base militaire Shayrat du régime Assad, d’où auraient décollé les appareils responsables de cette attaque, a été la cible de frappes aériennes étatsuniennes. Pour la première fois en six ans… Continue reading

Politics and Propaganda in Lebanon and Syria

Transcribed by Ed Sutton from the 18 February 2017 episode of This is Hell! Radio (Chicago) and printed with permission. Edited for space and readability. Originally published

Chuck Mertz: Live in studio with us right now is Joseph Daher.

Joseph Daher: Thank you for welcoming me.

CM: Joseph is author of Hezbollah: The Political Economy of Lebanon’s Party of God, and has also written extensively about what’s happening in Syria. I hope to get to that as well today.

Joe teaches at Lausanne University in Switzerland. He is author of The People Demand: A Short History of the Arab Revolutions, and founder of the blog Syria Freedom Forever.

You write about Hezbollah: “Many have pointed to its provision of social services as a sign of the organization’s progressive hue. This claim, however, doesn’t hold up to reality. Hezbollah has, over time, positioned itself on the wrong side of social and economic struggles in Lebanon and shed some of its former roots, aligning itself with an emerging fraction of the Shi’a bourgeoisie.” Continue reading