Some Rebels Worry About Extremists, but Assad Comes First


TruthDig, Aug 22, 2012 By Reese Erlich ANTAKYA, Turkey—Free Syrian Army leader Abdul Salaam types on his Dell laptop while a comrade sitting nearby taps a text message on his iPhone. Eight of his fighters lounge around an apartment living room late one night. Their 150-man brigade, Ahrar Syria (Free People of Syria), even has its own … Continue reading

Christian Science Monitor: Why businessmen support Assad in Syria


Published October 28, 2011, Christian Science Monitor Reese Erlich, Damascus, Syria Rana Issa, the owner of an advertising and marketing business in Damascus is struggling. She’s had to lay off five of her 20 employees in the seven months of political and economic upheaval since Syria’s antigovernment uprising began. But unlike the street demonstrators, Ms. … Continue reading

Syria’s Minorities Fear Opposition Movement


Appeared originally in Tikkun TARTUS, Syria — J. Toumajian was shocked when he heard about demonstrators chanting in his small town: “Christians to Beirut; Alawites to tabout [the coffin].” The murderous slogan was being chanted last July by some fifty Muslim extremists demonstrating against the Syrian government, according to Toumajian, an Armenian Catholic. A street … Continue reading

Syria: “You Can’t Believe The Violence”


Published on Dec 1st, 2011 by The Progressive For security reasons, we met at one of the most crowded squares in Damascus and then drove through traffic-clogged streets to the old city. We walked through the narrow, cobblestone streets where no cars could fit and anyone tailing us would get lost. I was on my way … Continue reading

Arab Spring in Syria, Egypt and Gaza


Published on May 23, 2011 by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Few observers thought that the uprising that began in Tunisia would so quickly spread throughout the entire Arab world. Egyptians overthrew the Mubarak regime but now struggle to determine what kind of new government they will create. Palestinians also demonstrated, calling for an end to … Continue reading