Donya Alinejad and Saskia Baas
Syrian migration is perhaps the most pressing displacement phenomenon of our time. Yet few political progressives in Europe have engaged seriously with its reasons and consequences.
Yassin al Haj Saleh
Assadism willfully manufactured sectarian divides. These divisions are now emerging as genocidal formations that imply a readiness to annihilate others. What does Syria show us about the need to resist political leaders’ weaponization of group identities?
Understanding the root causes of the Syrian conflict must include an analysis of socio-economic transformations that preceded the 2011 uprising. Fast tracked economic liberalization of the 2000’s deepened economic inequalities and eroded social safety nets, causing part of the disenfranchisement that prompted the protests.
Incarceration and torture have been standard tools of Syria’s repressive state apparatus since the installation of the Assad regime in the 1960s. Exposing the conditions in the prisons has long been part of Syria’s counter-culture, and remains a key element of the Syrian revolutionary movement today.
The Syrian revolution received little solidarity from the progressive left across the world due to the anti-imperialist track record of the Assad regime. What is that record and how much importance should we give it?
Leila al Shami
As current international pushes for Syrian refugee returns take hold, European solidarity efforts must understand that the danger of return is not simply war but corrupt and brutal state repression.
Diplomatic deals between the EU and regional refugee host countries are among the least visible border securitization measures emerging in recent years. Far from offering clear solutions, these deals raise a range of new problems.
Since the onset of the Syrian migration peak, Turkey has hosted an impressive number of Syrian refugees. But the Turkish approach to integration is based on a neo-liberal ideology that leaves the majority of Syrians in a state of precarity without access to fundamental rights.