A Response to the Armchair Freedom Fighters

I am writing regarding the posting of an interview/article on one of the peace and justice list-serves I belong to.   The article is called “From Homs to Azadi Square: Iran and the Spectacle of Syria” The interview in question focuses on Iran’s role in supporting the Syrian government, and presents their interest in a very negative light.  The underlying assumption […]

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The Syrian Election and ISIS in Iraq

Earlier this month, I traveled with seven other westerners to Syria where we joined with thirty plus activists, journalists and politicians from Asia, Africa and South America to observe the Syria Presidential election.       Bashar. Assad won 88% of the vote.    Though some people in opposition areas boycotted the election, and others could not get to a polling station, […]

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Syrian Refugees in Turkey

Syrian women are not downtrodden and voiceless in general.  The west portrays Arab women as lacking rights or oppressed compared to American women.  There are differences, but in some cases the Syrian women have more rights. For example: the Syrian civil code, or law, is based on the FRENCH civil code, which I suppose goes back to the period of […]

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UN Press Briefing on Syria (Updated)

I was one of the speakers at a UN Press Briefing on Syria with Syrian Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Bashar Ja’fari. I was glad to say something positive about the Syrian Election as were the other Election Observers who spoke at this conference. Initially we each made a 2 minute statement which was also in a program distributed in […]

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Hands Off Syria Teach-In

This event was sponsored by the Syrian American Forum and the International Action Center.  It was my honor to participate as a Syrian Election Observer.     Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr, Bashar Ja’fari and Ramsey Clark both participated as well. Here is Part 1:: And Part 2: Please remember that everything you read in the U.S. News about Syria […]

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A Voice from Kassab

I was with a group of 5 Americans, 3 Canadians and an Irishman who went to observe the Syrian election, but there were other observers from Asia, Africa and South America. On the way there, I thought about having a particular angle to report from, and I decided that since there weren’t many women observers that I would talk to […]

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