Le terme «peptimiste» est la traduction de mutasha’il, un mot hybride, en arabe, inventé par l’auteur et militant palestinien Emile Habibi: mutasha’im signifiant pessimiste, et mutafa’il, optimiste. Habibi – décédé en 1996 – a créé ce terme dans le cadre de son roman Les Aventures extraordinaires de Sa’îd le Peptimiste (Gallimard, 1987), dans lequel il raconte de manière fantasmée et ironique la vie de Sa’îd, qui a traversé la plupart des tragédies et souffrances du peuple palestinien depuis la création de l’Etat d’Israël en 1948. Le livre a été célébré dans la région comme un chef d’œuvre de la littérature arabe. Continue reading

Interview — Joseph Daher on the syrian uprising

Listen to an interview with author, academic & activist Joseph Daher, recorded in montreal in Feb. 2016, speaking on the current situation in syria. Joseph details ideas on the syrian popular uprising against authoritarianism under the assad regime.

Joseph is the author of the recently published book “Hezbollah: The Political Economy of Lebanon’s Party of God” info :…bo25052798.html

This interview was recorded for broadcast on CKUT radio @radiockut by Stefan Christoff @spirodon for Free City Radio, info the accompanying illustration is by Jana Traboulsi, thx to @mostafa-henaway for helping to set-up the interview !

Conference at Barnard College in New York: “Syria: End the War, No Legitimacy for Assad, Link to Local Struggles”

Swiss-Syrian Joseph Daher, activist and founder of speaks 2/16/17 at Barnard College in New York City. He gives a brief history of how Syria fell into war, talks about the situation after the fall of Aleppo and gives his view on how the movement in support of the revolution against the Assad regime can move forward.

Interview: “To Liberate Palestine, there Must Be Uprisings Against the Regimes”

Interview with Joseph Daher, Swiss-Syrian activist and host of the website He visited Palestine several times in the years 2010-2012. He emphasizes that Palestinians cannot be freed without help from people in all the surrounding countries, and that this will not come about until the defeat of the dictatorships and kingdoms that neighbor Palestine. Feb. 16, 2017, Barnard College, NYC

The new balance of terror in Syria

15844759_10158256936505727_4527536055902653335_oThe scorched-earth war of the Assad dictatorship, backed by allies Russia and Iran, against the Syrian Revolution has attained a critical victory with the conquest of the rebellion stronghold of Eastern Aleppo. Now the left must place a premium on understanding the lessons of what happened–and what it will mean for the region.

Joseph Daher is a Swiss-Syrian socialist activist and founder of the Syria Freedom Forever blog. He will be touring the U.S. and Canada February 9-17 to speak about his recent book Hezbollah: Political Economy of Lebanon’s Party of God. Ashley Smith interviewed Daher about conditions in Syria and the situation for the remnants of revolutionaries after Aleppo, as well as the role that Hezbollah, Lebanon’s Shia fundamentalist party, has played.
AFTER THE conquest of Aleppo, Assad’s counterrevolution seems to have decisively set back the Syrian Revolution. What impact will this have on the remnants of genuine revolutionaries? Also, how have the Islamic fundamentalist forces that came to predominate in the opposition to Assad’s regime responded?

THE LOSS of Eastern Aleppo is, of course, a big blow for the various opposition forces, but especially for the democratic opposition forces. The regime and its allies targeted Eastern Aleppo because of its political and economic significance. Continue reading