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

Demonstrations in al-Atareb, Aleppo countryside, against attempts by jihadist group of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham to take over the oven of the town – مظاهرة في الأتارب، ريف حلب، ضد محاولات من فتح الشام للسيطرة على فرن البلدة

خروج مظاهرة في المدينة استمراراً للمظاهرات الاسبوعية المطالبة باسقاط نظام الاسد الارهابي ترفض طلب هيئة تحرير الشام استلام ادارة الفرن الذي هو ملك للمدنيين والتأكيد على تولي المجلس المحلي كامل السلطات المحلية فيها

Demonstrations in al-Atareb, Aleppo countryside, against attempts by jihadist group of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham to take over the oven of the town . Very Interesting placards such as “the oven of al-Atareb is the property of the people” or “our institutions are property of the people and not spoils of someone”, “Al-Atareb is a free city under a civil administration ruled by a local council elected by the people”…
Politics of emancipations come from the struggle from below of the popular classes.

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« Hezbollah: l’économie politique du parti de Dieu » par Joe Daher

En dépassant les approches les plus courantes sur le parti libanais qui se concentrent sur le discours religieux ou des questions militaires, Joseph Daher tente d’analyser le parti dans sa globalité dans un contexte politique et socio-économique spécifique : un système politique libanais dominé par le confessionnalisme et le néo-libéralisme économique.

What Happened in Aleppo?

15732244_10154821573001358_5244400149420837171_oDemocratic forces have always been the main target of the Assad regime.

The liberated neighborhoods of eastern Aleppo, under the control of neither the Assad regime nor the jihadist forces, fell in mid-December. Residents endured a continuous stream of air raids while pro-regime forces — hundreds of elite soldiers from the Republican Guard and the Syrian Fourth Division, with thousands of foreign fighters led by Iran and Hezbollah — advanced on the ground.

Eastern Aleppo has been under siege since July 2016, and the civilian population lacked food, water, medicine, and other necessities. Before the takeover, about fifty thousand people had fled, mostly to regime-controlled areas. Several thousand, however, went to the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood, which is under Kurdish control. Some sources report that the regime has ordered the Kurdish armed forces, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), to leave their stronghold before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, a few days after the official announcement of the takeover of Aleppo, on December 29, Russian military officials hosted a meeting in their air base at Hmeimim in western Syria with various representatives of Kurdish movements, including both the Democratic Society Movement (Tev-Dem) — implicitly representing the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) — and the Kurdish National Council (KNC), supported by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), to mediate future relations between them and the Assad regime. Continue reading