The prevailing Western discourses about Syria are fundamentally flawed, and should be discarded in favor of "new, emancipatory" alternatives, writes Yassin al-Haj Saleh.
Islam, culture, nationalism, revolution, exile, and the West's anti-democratic Middle East policies are just part of the ground covered in this in-depth interview, to be published in the upcoming book, Dissidents of the International Left.
While generally well-intentioned, the concept of solidarity involves an unequal power relationship between those offering and receiving it. A preferable state of affairs would be partnership, placing Western activists and their counterparts elsewhere on equal footing.
The UN Refugee Agency seems to be talking about a pre-war Syria that had no crises, and that is now ravaged by an ultimately inexplicable war.
In Arabic, we differentiate between taghyeer (تغيير) and taghayur (تغيّر). Both words mean change.
Filiation and affiliation are useful Saidean concepts that can help shed light on the situation of S