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La « main étrangère » pour faire oublier les mains locales

Par Kamel Daoud – 27 février 2012

Kamel Daoud, journaliste algérien

Qu’est-ce que la main étrangère ? Quand on serre la main de Hillary Clinton qui vient voter avant le peuple et valider avant les urnes, cette main est-elle étrangère ou chaleureuse et bienvenue? A creuser. Car la «main étrangère» semble servir à tout et à rien du tout. Quand un dictateur sent son heure venir, il évoque souvent, dans ce «monde arabe», la main étrangère. Celle qui ne veut pas de lui. Pourtant, il est le premier à courir l’empoigner. La main étrangère vote dans le monde «arabe». Elle élit et choisit. Elle désigne et signe. Continue reading


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A quoi rêve le dictateur ?

Par Salima Naït Ahmed – 25 janvier 2012

La série de Masasit Mati

Le régime syrien ? Un régime répressif, où l’opposition politique a toujours peiné à se constituer, où la liberté d’expression est quasi nulle et peut coûter très cher à ceux qui oseraient tout de même s’en saisir. Voilà l’idée qu’on pouvait se faire de la Syrie. Le pays a surpris une première fois en montrant que le mouvement de protestation arabe pouvait s’y étendre. Continue reading

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Politics and the Opposition: The Debate that is Failing the Syrian Revolution

Commentary by Tamer Mallat – 10 January 2012

Arab League Foreign Ministers meeting on Syria. Source: bbc.co.uk/

The ten month long Syrian Revolution has entered a dangerous phase. Close to three months will have passed since the Syrian National Council was formed, and the streets of Syria are no less bloody than they were before the opposition organized into an effective body in October. The legitimate and anti-Assad SNC umbrella is hardly to blame for the worsening condition of a cancerous regime pushing its “treatment” program into overdrive. If anything, the maturing course of the council has rendered Bashar al-Assad’s political credibility close to null. While his speeches were hardly ever impressive, the disowned Syrian leader’s infamous Barbara Walter’s interview revealed just how little anyone still took the President’s words seriously. Dubbed delusional, Assad joined the ranks of discredited Middle Eastern leaders no longer in control of the monopoly of the Arab political space they once owned. The consequences of such an evolution, while seemingly positive, have also produced paradoxical side effects. Continue reading

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The Syrian National Council Versus the Goons of Skepticism

Commentary by Tamer Mallat – 14 November 2011

Burhan Ghalioun's Address to the Nation, November 2nd 2011

It’s been eight months now since the start of the Revolution in Syria, and much has yet to be done. Lousy diplomacy and trivial politics have so far cost thousands of people their lives, not to mention the tens of thousands currently locked up in the despicable jails of Bashar. Yet, there is hope. The final formation of the Syrian National Council last month was crucial for the survival of Syria’s battered revolutionaries. With no resources at its disposal, and skepticism haunting its every move, the SNC has defiantly, albeit slowly, been able to muster up support for its quest to dislodge Bashar al-Assad’s regime from power and pave the way for democracy in a country that has known darkness for over forty years. Just last Friday, the Arab League made some headway by threatening to suspend Syria’s membership if the regime does not halt its ruthless repression. The suspension of the regime’s membership would no doubt represent a game changer for the seemingly endless Syrian Revolution. Continue reading

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Interview: Michael Young on the “Arab Spring”

Michael Young

Michael Young is one of the leading political analysts in the Middle East and broader Arab world. He is the opinion editor of the The Daily Star (Lebanon) and the author of The Ghosts of Martyrs Square: An Eyewitness Account of Lebanon’s Life Struggle. He also tweets @BeirutCalling. In light of recent developments in the region, ArabsThink.com has had the opportunity to interview Michael Young about his take on events. The interview was conducted on the 9th of August 2011. Continue reading

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Standstill of Turkish-Syrian Relations Decisive for Syria

Commentary by Van Meguerditchian – 11 August 2011

Bashar al-Assad & Ahmet Davutoglu

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s speech in Ankara following a six-hour talk with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad signals a crucial turning point in the shaky relations between the two Middle Eastern states. As Assad stood firm on his belief that his army is fighting terrorist groups, Mr. Davutoglu took another step towards allying his country with pro-democracy protesters in Syria. Continue reading

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Syrie, Maroc, Jordanie : les limites d’un modèle autoritaire fondé sur l’économique

Par Alghali Tazi – 3 août 2011

King Abdullah II

La Syrie est très différente du Maroc, pourtant, ces deux pays partagent aujourd’hui, avec la Jordanie également, une configuration socio-économique presque similaire ; et qui a des conséquences quasi-semblables sur l’architecture du pouvoir de ces trois pays. Or, il est frappant de noter que d’une part l’évolution qui a conduit à cette situation ne date que d’une dizaine d’années, et d’autre part que cette évolution est similaire à celle qu’ont connue l’Egypte et la Tunisie entre la fin des années 1980 et les années 2000. Autant d’éléments qui amènent à parler d’un « retard » de dix à vingt ans du Maroc, de la Jordanie et la Syrie sur l’Egypte et la Tunisie. Continue reading


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