Tuesday February 21, 2017 18:26

  • Opinion: Iran's Decline

    February 21, 2017

    by Rustum Mahmoud for Al-Hayat (London-based, pan-Arab newspaper)

    The decline of Iran's dominance is inevitable due to its diverging interests with Russia in Syria and the emergence of an American policy shift
  • Opinion: Rehabilitating Assad

    February 20, 2017

    by Bakr Sidqi for Ain al-Medina (opposition website)

    What the return of Hafez Assad's statue to Hama on the 35th anniversary of its destruction by Hafez Assad means for the fate of the Syrian people
  • Opinion: The New American President and the Iranian Nuclear Agreement

    February 20, 2017

    by Musa al-Gharir for Al-Baath (pro-government newspaper)

    The Trump administration's opposition to the US-Iranian nuclear agreement is not shared by its allies among European countries and in the UN
  • Opinion: Why are Syrians Unable to Produce an Alternative National Leader?

    February 17, 2017

    by Ahmed Aisha for Kulluna Souriyoun (opposition newspaper)

    In light of the continued search for unified representation, Syrians must learn from Arab and international experiences that strong leadership does not always lead to dictatorship, Ahmed Aisha writes for opposition outlet All4Syria
  • Astana 2 Puts Jordan's Intentions to the Test in Daraa

    February 17, 2017

    by Samer Dahi for Al-Watan (pro-government newspaper)

    The recent inclusion of Amman into the Astana consultations bloc may herald the end of Jordanian support for the Free Syrian Army in southern Syria, writes Samer Dahi for loyalist Al-Watan
  • Opinion: From Damascus to Astana, Unity is Strength

    February 16, 2017

    by Naim Ibrahim for Al-Watan (pro-government newspaper)

    What is needed from the current Astana consultations is to "open the Syrian bridges to each other" and speak boldly about the problems facing those inside the country, Naim Ibrahim writes in loyalist newspaper Al-Watan
  • Opinion: De Mistura Resolute on Geneva Date Despite Rising Tensions Over Opposition Makeup

    February 10, 2017

    by Ibrahim Hamidi for Al-Hayat (London-based, pan-Arab newspaper)

    Various opposition groups are refusing to cooperate to form a delegation for the upcoming Geneva negotiations with the Assad regime, as rifts emerge between the HNC and rebel leaders who participated in the Astana meetings late last month, Ibrahim Hamidi writes
  • Opinion: Putting Mr. Trump on Notice!

    February 8, 2017

    by Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim for The Syria Times (pro-government newspaper)

    Editor-in-chief of the pro-regime online newspaper admonishes the US president for continuing to support key regional allies and failing to back Syria, Russia and Iran's fight against terror in the Middle East
  • Opinion: Like the US, Our People Need Public Freedoms and an Independent Judiciary

    February 8, 2017

    by Walid al-Bunni for The Syrian Observer 

    Walid Bunni argues that America's success in reversing the Trump travel ban is evidence of the importance of a democratic system that adheres to the separation of powers between the executive, judicial and legislative branches
  • Opinion: Political-Military Delegation to Solve 'Knot' of the Opposition at Geneva

    February 6, 2017

    by Ibrahim Hamidi for Al-Hayat (London-based, pan-Arab newspaper)

    In Saudi-owned Al-Hayat, Ibrahim Hamidi breaks down the current struggle for representation at the upcoming negotiations as well as the tug of war around prioritizing the political and military tracks
  • Opinion: 'Safe Zones' Could Be Trump’s Weapon of Choice at Geneva

    February 3, 2017

    by Samer Ali Dahi for Al-Watan (pro-government newspaper)

    In the lead-up to the Syria talks in Geneva, attendees should prepare for the US president to shift focus from the political process to the issue of establishing safe zones, Ali Dahi writes in loyalist Al-Watan
  • Opinion: Has The Time Come for Alawites to Recover After All These Long Years?

    February 3, 2017

    by Saleh Qallab for Asharq al-Awsat (London-based, pan-Arab newspaper)

    The country's Alawite sect, which has been largely marginalized by Syria's opposition, must be embraced in any future transitional stage if they are to reach the goals of the Geneva communique, writes Saleh Qallab for Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat
  • The Gates of Hell Open Up in Northern Syria

    January 31, 2017

    by Al-Modon (Lebanese news website)

    Lebanese website Al-Modon comments on the fracturing of opposition forces in Syria's northern provinces as internal fighting forces factions to side with one of the two main rebel groups, Ahrar al-Sham or Al-Qaeda's affiliate Jabhat Fateh al-Sham
  • Opinion: A Russian Constitution For Syria

    January 27, 2017

    by Salman Al-]ossary for Asharq al-Awsat (Pan-Arab, London-based newspaper)

    The draft constitution has been prepared by Russian experts in order to speed up the political process
  • Opinion: Turkey's Erdogan Will Need Assad if He Hopes to Return to Global Stage

    January 19, 2017

    by Hossam Shaeeb for Al-Watan (pro-government newspaper)

    Loyalist Al-Watan newspaper writes that Erdogan's mounting domestic and international problems will force the Turkish president to accept that the only way to restore his regional standing will be through rapprochement with Assad
  • Opinion: If the Starting Point is Mistaken, Haste Will Not Help You

    January 18, 2017

    by Walid al-Bunni for All4Syria (opposition website)

    Writing for All4Syria, Walid Bunni urges opposition factions attending the upcoming talks in Astana to resist foreign pressure for short-term gains
  • Obama: Worst American President to Become Former President

    January 16, 2017

    by Firas Deeb for Al-Watan (pro-government newspaper)

    Obama’s two terms and the lie of the bloody Arab Spring made us feel that George W. Bush was a dove of peace. Bush did not, in practice, destroy anywhere but Iraq, given that Afghanistan was already destroyed, whereas Obama went ceaselessly from Syria to Libya and Yemen.
  • Opinion: Waiting for Trump

    January 13, 2017

    by Walid al-Bunni for The Syrian Observer

    Walid Bunni asks whether the US president-elect will continue the Obama administration's stance in denying the goals and freedoms of the region's people for the past eight years
  • Opinion: After the Battle of Aleppo… Russia and the Political Settlement

    January 12, 2017

    by We Are All Syrians — Kullina Surioun (opposition website) 

    What Moscow is trying to achieve with the political settlement depends to a large extent on the Turkish and Iranian positions, and on the possibility of reaching clear agreements between these actors amid independent efforts to direct their battles in ways which achieve only their interests
  • Opinion: After the Ceasefire, Joy Did Not Come

    January 9, 2017

    by Walid al-Bunni for the Syrian Observer 

    Russia is not serious in its wish to impose a ceasefire, Walid al-Bunni argues


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