Activist: Democratic Movements Still Have A Chance In Syria

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The ongoing Syrian Civil War has left more than 400,000 dead, displaced more than 12 million and shifted the power in the Middle East.

What began with pro-democratic protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has led to the rise of the Islamic State and the Al-Nusra Front. The war has also fueled movements like Hezbollah and bolstered the foreign interventionist interests of Iran, Israel and Russia.

While the war in Syria might soon be over, activist Joseph Daher said pro-democratic revolutionary movements still have a chance. Daher teaches in the Institute for Political, Historical and International Studies at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. He’s founder of the blog Syria Freedom Forever, and author of the new book “Hezbollah: The Political Economy of Lebanon’s Party of God.”

Daher joined Worldview’s Jerome McDonnell to discuss the war in Syria. Continue reading

Interview on “This is Hell”: Hezbollah and Syria’s uprising

Joseph Daher’s interview on Hezbollah’s political economy and Syria’s uprising starts

“When Israel attacks Lebanon, I stand with the Lebanese people and the rights of resistance – but that does not mean I support the political project that is opposed to the popular classes of Lebanon and the region, that has used sectarian and anti-woman policies, that has not improved the condition of Palestinian or Syrian refugees. Therefore it’s never been a revolutionary party, in my view.

Author Joseph Daher situates the political economy of Hezbollah within the context of contemporary neoliberalism within Lebanon across the Middle East, and discusses both the party’s relationship with the Assad regime, and the possibility of peace and democracy in Syria.”

Joseph is author of Hezbollah: The Political Economy of Lebanon’s Party of God from Pluto Press.


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