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Yassin al-Haj Saleh on the Syrian Majority

Although we don’t agree with each and every point, we are impressed with the author’s effort in identifying each facet of a violent conflict, which began as a peaceful resistance to a violent authoritarian regime, and thereby quickly snowballed into a violent experiment of control by various state and non-state actors in the name of pragmatism.

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yassin-al-haj-salehIt’s worse than just a shame that people in the West rely on their own ignorant, ideology-driven ‘informants’ on Syria, from Cockburn and Chomsky to Landis and Kinzer, rather than seeking out the analysis of progressive Syrians, people who actually understand the country and its people from their first-hand experience of life and struggle. This is particularly the case when Syria boasts thinkers of the standard of Yassin al-Haj Saleh, surely one of the most significant intellectuals in the world today.

In the article below, first published in Arabic and English at al-Jumhuriya, Yassin considers Syria’s past, present and possible futures. He makes the key point that the question of tyrannous Sunni majority rule will never arise in Syria, because there is no ‘Sunni Arab majority’. Though Sunni Arabs are a majority of the population, they are incapable of unifying into a political force, because their Sunni Arabism is…

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The Secret History Behind Today’s Algeria-Germany #WorldCup Match

Excellent history lesson recognizing the racial and anti-colonial contexts.

Imperial & Global Forum

The Algerian team in 1982 The Algerian team in 1982

Mathilde von Bülow
Lecturer in International and Imperial history, University of Nottingham

Today, Germany’s Mannschaft will face Algeria’s Fennecs at Porto Alegre, after both teams made it through the group stage of the FIFA World Cup. Though it has yet to be played, the match is already being hailed as an historic, even epic, event. Why? Because it represents the first time the Algerian squad has progressed to the final sixteen at a World Cup. Its larger symbolism, however, is rooted in a longstanding Algerian resistance to French colonialism, which underpinned the secret history of Algerian-German football relations.

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#MENAsocent invite has been retweeted 20

#MENAsocent invite has been retweeted 20 times and received over 500 VIEWS! @AAIUSA http://ow.ly/bvgdi

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.@cgnews Please join @aaiusa and pita-co

.@cgnews Please join @aaiusa and pita-consumers for DC’s 1st #MENA Tweetup re: MENA social enterprises #MENAsocent http://ow.ly/btK6E

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[#Jordan//#Education] Adult #Literacy= M

[#Jordan//#Education] Adult #Literacy= Men are 95% literate vs Women, who are 89% http://ow.ly/bnraH via @pitapolicy

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[#Arab world//Tech] Arabic used more t

[#Arab world//Tech] Arabic used more than English on Facebook in #MENA region http://shar.es/q922U via @mediaMEdotcom @pitapolicy

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[#Iraq//Women] According to UNESCO, Wome

[#Iraq//Women] According to UNESCO, Women literacy rates in rural areas are close to 50% between 15-24 via @pitapolicy http://ow.ly/bnqgj

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How to “Awesomize” B2B: Interview w/Te

How to “Awesomize” B2B: Interview w/Tech Start-up Founder, Elias Shams @eliasshams http://ow.ly/b212o

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.@pitaconsumer Pt 4 in 6 part series: “

.@pitaconsumer Pt 4 in 6 part series: “Future of Women’s Rights in the Arab Spring Still Uncertain” in UN Interdependent http://ow.ly/aXux1

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[#Arab//NGOs] Breaking Pita-Bread by Eri

[#Arab//NGOs] Breaking Pita-Bread by Eric Maddox, Founder of @virtualdinner discusses how project traverses #Tunisia #Egypt #Palestine

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