Syria’s war splits nation into 3 distinct regions

BEIRUT — More than two years into Syria’s civil war, the once highly-centralized authoritarian state has effectively split into three distinct parts, each boasting its own flags, security agencies and judicial system.
In each area, religious, ideological and turf power struggles are under way and battle lines tend to ebb and flow, making it impossible to predict exactly what Syria could look like once the combatants lay down their arms. But the longer the bloody conflict drags on, analysts says, the more difficult it will be to piece together a coherent Syrian state from the wreckage. Read more of this post

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Rebels Responsible for Houla Massacre

It was, in the words of U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan, the “tipping point” in the Syria conflict: a savage massacre of over 90 people, predominantly women and children, for which the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad was immediately blamed by virtually the entirety of the Western media. Within days of the first reports of the Houla massacre, the U.S., France, Great Britain, Germany, and several other Western countries announced that they were expelling Syria’s ambassadors in protest. Read more of this post

Frühling im Bürgerkrieg

In Syrien hat sich der Arabische Frühling zu einem zunehmend von konfessionellen Motiven geprägten Bürgerkrieg entwickelt – Die Hoffnung, dass ein Sturz des Assad-Regimes zur Demokratie führt, ist trügerisch.

Mittlerweile scheint es nur mehr eine Frage der Zeit zu sein, Read more of this post

The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood

As Syrian President Bashar Assad grows more and more isolated, his regime’s arch-nemesis – the Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun) – is gearing for a comeback. Fortunately for the brotherhood, powerful politicians in Lebanon are ready to lend a helping hand against their former patron.

Background

Although nominally a branch of the eponymous movement founded by Hassan al-Banna in 1920s Egypt, the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood is a creature of the socio-economic, cultural, and political setting in which it evolved. Whereas Banna was a man of modest means who rose up to challenge post-colonial Egyptian elites, Read more of this post