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A Perspective on Syria: Seven Pictures About A Week in Homs

Bashar-al Assad’s all too deadly caricature as an ass.  The Syrian Army lying in wait. Night-vision shots of night-time attacks. A bombed out car. An anti-Qaeda revolutionary insurgent who insists that al Qaeda’s presence in Syria, the popular narrative nowadays, is more tall-tale than truth; that the attacks roiling the country have been mainly perpetrated by the Syrian regime to discredit the opposition. A leader of the Syrian Free Army begging the United States to intervene against the  Syrian regime’s brutal crack down that began in the easier days of the Arab Spring.

Even as Egypt is slowly figuring out its path forward with a new President– uncharismatic, anti-revolutionary and doggedly ensconced in older ways of thinking he might be– in Syria more than 9000 people are dead. And more are dying every day.

The Syrian people can be forgiven for thinking the international community of democratic, civilized nations has sat out this fight.

 

 

Author

Faheem Haider
Faheem Haider

Faheem Haider is a political analyst, writer and artist. He holds advanced research degrees in political economy, political theory and the political economy of development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and New York University. He also studied political psychology at Columbia University. During long stints away from his beloved Washington Square Park, he studied peace and conflict resolution and French history and European politics at the American University in Washington DC and the University of Paris, respectively.

Faheem has research expertise in democratic theory and the political economy of democracy in South Asia. In whatever time he has to spare, Faheem paints, writes, and edits his own blog on the photographic image and its relationship to the political narrative of fascist, liberal and progressivist art.

That work and associated writing can be found at the following link: http://blackandwhiteandthings.wordpress.com

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