Letter to My Friend in Damascus

Letter to My Friend in Damascus

MARCH 13, 2017, Counterpunch.org. I am afraid to ask you you’re feelings about the recently announced American invasion into your country. In our talks these past months, we’ve spoken only about hardships: the increasing scarcity of electricity, water and food…

An Impossible Syrian Victory

An Impossible Syrian Victory

APRIL 6, 2016, Counterpunch.org. “…before it fell back into government hands last weekend”, notes a National Public Radio reporter Monday morning. He’s clearly disappointed, unable to utter even a suggestion that that event marks a military success against ISIS (IS,…

Losing Our Young Syrians

Losing Our Young Syrians

JULY 22, 2015, Counterpunch.org. When a former Syrian student of mine, Walid, announced that he’d resolved to pay smugglers to get him to Europe, I thought of his classmates and so many youths I hear from, now scattered across the…

A Short History of Syrian Orphans

A Short History of Syrian Orphans

FEBRUARY 5, 2014, Counterpunch.org. How can I distinguish between a 4-year old alawite corpse and a 6 month old miasmatic christian infant, between an orphan and a refugee?

The Empty Classrooms of Qalamoun

The Empty Classrooms of Qalamoun

DECEMBER 6, 2013, Counterpunch.org. Poetic designations like Qalamoun are propelled into international consciousness as new sites of combat and desolation. Because Qalamoun lies strategically on the main route between Damascus and Syria’s northern cities, we learn about it.

Kirkuk the Consolation Prize?

Kirkuk the Consolation Prize?

OCTOBER 20, 2017, Counterpunch.org The Iraqi government has every right to assert control over Kirkuk and its environs. (One only wonders why it waited this long.) The city has never been a Kurdish stronghold under the protection of Peshmerga, that…