Tag: Robin Yassin-Kassab

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Intervention?

September 2013

Even if America attacks, the impact will be minimal.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Out of It

January 2012
 A heart-lurching debut novel from an up-and-coming British Palestinian writer.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Now the Bombs

December 2011
 Who’s to blame for the car bombs in Damascus? Answering this question might be the least of our worries.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: The Aftermath

November 2011
 Nir Rosen records the hardening of sectarian boundaries, the firming up of assabiya, or group identity, in the Middle East.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Turn It Up

November 2011
 The end to Syrians’ anti-regime whispers.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Reporting Syria

November 2011
 How journalists Robert Fisk, Nir Rosen, and Joseph Massad have framed Syria all wrong.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Peace Be Upon Syria

November 2011
 Syrian actress Fadwa Sulaiman releases a video statement and talks about the possibility of getting arrested.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Stranger Magic

November 2011
 A review of Stranger Magic, “a post-Saidean endeavor to uncover ‘a neglected story of reciprocity and exchange.’”

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Syrian Eid al-Adha 2011

November 2011
 The address of Syrian National Council President, Dr. Burhan Ghalyoun, to the Syrian nation.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Thank You So Much

October 2011
 A message from the father of the murdered nine-year-old Ibrahim Shayban to Russia, China and Bashaar al-Asad.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Blind Orthodoxies

September 2011
 What a sad world we live in, where we have almost no space in it for honest exploration.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Libyans: Passive Tools?

August 2011
 While many anti-Libyan commentators have felt free to make sweeping predictions about Libya and the Libyans without actually possessing any knowledge of the people or the country, the people are by no means passive and are not in the mood to exchange one tyranny with another.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Victory in Tripoli

August 2011
 As rebels take control over Tripoli from Qaddafi, the question now lies in where the country shall go from here.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Resistance Regime?

August 2011
 Nobody knows what kind of regime may rise after the Asads. One thing is certain, however: if the next system is to any extent democratic or representative, it will struggle for the rights of the Palestinian people.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Outside/Inside

July 2011
 Arrests and beatings have escalated over the last week in Syria. People have been shot dead in the Damascus suburbs. And now the slaughter in Hama.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Blundering and Adapting

May 2011
 Syria has only one option: immediate cessation of state terror and a staged transitional process, or else the regime pulls the country down with it as it goes.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Two Syrians

April 2011
 The regime in Syria will not change by violence and extremism. If anything it will continue to be endorsed and will become more powerful. It is a lost battle, but it could be a long one.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Dinosaur In Denial

April 2011
 If Arabs elsewhere could insist on their dignity, why should Syrians continue to put up with the regime’s casual barbarity?

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Syrian Bloodbath

March 2011
 This is not a moment of hope but the start of a period of great division between Syrians, a period of blood and fear in which Syria’s vital regional role will be problematized.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Infantile Leftism

March 2011
 If Libyans end up handing over economic control to the West, it will be the fault of the Libyans, not of the no-fly zone resolution.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: The U.S.-Saudi-Khalifa Alliance

March 2011
 “Following the surprise visit of U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates to Bahrain, home of the American Fifth Fleet, tanks and troops of the Saud family dictatorship have crossed the causeway and are now occupying Manama.”

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Terror and Hypocrisy

March 2011
 “These murders [in Itamar] were immoral and politically counter-productive. They gave Israel an excuse to whine about the bloodthirstiness of the natives and a pretext for building hundreds more homes in the West Bank.”

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Should the No-Fly Zone Fly?

March 2011
 “The Libyan revolution risks drowning in blood. If it does, the larger Arab revolution may well grind to a temporary halt.”

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Cockroach Rule

February 2011
 Unlike the uprising in Egypt, the revolutionaries in Libya have not been protected by TV cameras. In fact, they have faced the most extreme, Israeli-style violence since the first day.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Syria Speeding Up

February 2011
 Egypt is closer to Syrian hearts than it seems on the map. If a democratic, non-sectarian Egypt reclaims its regional role, profound change in Syria will be a matter of time. So the regime needs to get a move on.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: The Autumn of the Patriarch

February 2011
 Qaddafi thinks he’s a lady-killing revolutionary of Guevara proportions and a tyrant of the stature of Mao. At the same time, he thinks the people are in control of Libya’s destiny. And perhaps—we can hope after Tunisia and Egypt—he’s right.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Arab Earthquake

February 2011
 “Arab Tunis rose up. Inspired by Tunis, mighty Egypt rose. Today American control over the Arab region is collapsing. Palestine faces a different future to the one it faced yesterday. The Arab nation is back.”

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Bloodbath

February 2011
 “I will make a prediction: if this revolution fails, America will face an unprecedented wave of Arab anger, and Egypt will be plagued by violence from now on.”

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Sovereignty

January 2011
 Egypt’s Friday of Rage was a beautiful revolutionary moment. While uncertainty remains, that energy has been unleashed…and it’s not about to jump back in the bottle.