By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi While most analysis of the Druze in Syria focuses on their positions in Suwayda province- where they constitute the majority of the population- as well as Jabal al-Sheikh in Damascus/Quneitra provinces, it should...Show More Summary
Frontline Developments: From a friend: Souriatna is a rebel newspaper distributed in rebel territory. In a recent issue they printed a full page “je suis charlie” poster (viewable here, page 9: http://issuu.com/souriatna/docs/souriatna_173). Show More Summary
One Hundred eighty-five Iranian journalists condemned the January 7, 2015 terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris, which led to the deaths of 12 individuals. “We, Iranian journalists, condemn the January 7 terrorist attack that took the lives of several journalists and citizens in Paris,” said the statement. Cartoon by Iranian cartoonist [...]
“Syria: Should the United States Do More?” January 15, 2015 debate at the McCain Institute for International Leadership with Mike Doran, Andrew Tabler, Joshua Landis, and Aaron Miller. Elise Labott moderated. Video set to begin in the 11th minute, after insufferably lengthy intro. Show More Summary
Two days after the conservative Iranian newspaper Kayhan demanded judicial authorities close down reformist newspaper Mardom-e Emrooz newspaper, the newspaper, in operation for only 16 days, was shut down by orders from Branch 2 of Media Court of the Iranan Judiciary.
January 14, 2015—In the wake of the January 7 attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released a video today, featuring nine prominent Iranian cartoonists, satirists and comedians expressing their solidarity with the victims of the attack and the defense of free speech.
During a press conference today, Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told reporters that the imprisoned Washington Post correspondent, Jason Rezaian, has been indicted and that his case has been forwarded to a Tehran Revolutionary Court. Show More Summary
A new United Nations resolution warning member states about their responsibility to protect the health of their citizens against electromagnetic waves, including satellite jamming signals, was approved at the UN’s Telecommunication Union (ITU)'s Plenipotentiary Conference which took place between October 20 and November 7, 2014, in Busan, South Korea (Resolution 176, pg. 277).
In the continuing battle over control over the Internet in Iran, a new salvo was recently issued—the announcement by state officials that smart filtering would be installed on the country’s Internet gateways as the authorities had now developed the ability to selectively block “inappropriate and illegal” content. Show More Summary
One Hundred eighty-five Iranian journalists condemned the January 7, 2015 terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris, which led to the deaths of 12 individuals. "We, Iranian journalists, condemn the January 7 terrorist attack that took the lives of several journalists and citizens in Paris," said the statement.
By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi As outlined previously on this site and elsewhere in my writings, Jamaat Ansar al-Islam (JAI) is a jihadi group that originated in Iraq and expanded into Syria in 2011 thanks at least in part to the effortsShow More Summary
An appeals court in Tehran has upheld the ten-year prison sentence of the young scientist Omid Kokabee without regard for the earlier opinion of the Supreme Court or the reasoning set forth in their ruling on the case.
In yet another vague statement effectively signaling support by the Iranian Judiciary for the continuation of the four-year-long house arrest of Iran’s Green Movement leaders, Iranian Judiciary Spokesperson Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei...Show More Summary
Iranian security agents arrested an Assyrian pastor and two Christian converts who were his guests at his Tehran residence on December 26, 2014, according to Mansour Borji, Spokesperson for the Alliance of Iranian Churches.
Syria Photo Guide is my attempt to share with the world the immense beauty and rich heritage of the country in which I spent several wonderful years. The website was originally envisioned to serve as a guide for travelers wishing toShow More Summary
by John Eibner Dr. John Eibner is the CEO of Christian Solidarity International USA and member of CSI’s International Management. He has directed research and advocacy campaigns on behalf of endangered Christian communities in the Caucuses...Show More Summary
By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi With the fragmentation of Iraq and Syria primarily along sectarian fault-lines- principally that of the Shi’a vs. Sunni dynamic- third way ethno-religious groups such as the Christians find themselves caught in the middle. Show More Summary
Year-end Predictions and Analysis by Joshua Landis Syria Comment 28 December 2014 Syria will become increasingly fragmented in 2015. The Somalia-izaton of the country is inevitable so long as the international community degrades all centers of power in Syria and the opposition fails to unite. Show More Summary
2014 Roundup and 2015 Predictions By Aron Lund, editor of Syria in Crisis December 25, 2014 for Syria Comment Lots of things happened in 2014, but the single most important development was the rise of the Islamic State as an independent...Show More Summary