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A Conference on Syria in the Context of the Arab Uprisings

Join leading Syrian and other Middle East scholars and activists at an afternoon teach-in on the Syrian uprising. 

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Speakers include:

Yasser Munif, Razan Ghazzawi, Miriyam Aouragh, Gilbert Achcar, Ewa Jasiewicz, Joseph Daher, Jamie Allinson, John McDonnell MP, Iman Murphy, Rouba Mhaissen, Bushra Al, Abou Maen

Sessions include:

** Roots & Grassroots of Revolution: What led to the uprising, the socioeconomic roots, and grassroots organizing.

** Myth & Reality: Debunking myths about regime support for Palestine, anti-sectarianism, Kurdish rights, etc.

** Alternatives: international solidarity, the Syrian diasporic struggle and the Left; global solidarity efforts 

** Syria and the Arab Uprisings


**Political campaigning and building the solidarity movement

**Solidarity, aid and humanitarian relief 


Razan Ghazzawi

Razan Ghazzawi is a blogger from Syria who started blogging using an alias, Golaniya, when Israel launched a war against Lebanon in 2006. She blogged against racism towards Syrian workers in Lebanon, where she completed her master’s degree. Razan started blogging under her real name two years later advocating along many Syrian bloggers for freedom of speech in her country. When the Syrian revolution broke out in March 2011, Razan was among those who disseminated updates on demonstrations taking place across Syria using her real name. She was detained twice during the revolution due to her work with the Syrian Center for Media Freedom.

Abou Maen 

Abou Maen is a Syrian revolutionary, a university student and works with the local council and is a member of the trustees council مجلس امناء الثورة of the town of Manbij, in liberated Syria.

Budour Hassan

Budour Hassan, originally from Nazareth, is a Palestinian blogger and Law graduate based in Jerusalem/Al-Quds. She has written about Syrian political prisoners and the myth of Palestinian neutrality in Syria.

Gilbert Achcar

Gilbert Achcar grew up in Lebanon, researched and taught in Beirut, Paris and Berlin, and is currently Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London. He published most recently a collection of essays on Marxism, Orientalism, Cosmopolitanism, in addition to his latest book: The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising. 

Yasser Munif

Yasser Munif is a professor of sociology at Emerson College where he teaches courses on nationalism, political economy, Middle Eastern politics, and social movements. He is a co-founder of the "Global Campaign of Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution" which aims to shed light on the minutiae of resistance and everyday struggle. He recently spent two months in Northern Syria where he is conducting research on local governance, post-Assad reconstruction, and internally displaced persons

Ella Wind

Ella Wind is a co-editor of the Syria Page on Jadaliyya, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Middle East Studies from New York University. She lived in Syria until April 2011, where she was conducting research on Syrian-Turkish economic relations, and has more recently lived in Lebanon. Her writing on Syria has appeared in outlets such as Jadaliyya, BBC Persian, and the Majalla.

Joseph Daher

Joseph Daher is the writer of the blog Syria Freedom Forever and is a member of the Revolutionary Left Current of Syria.

Rouba Mhaissen

Rouba Mhaissen is founder and Director of Sawa for Development and Aid, a grassroots initiative supporting Syrian refugees in Lebanon. PhD candidate in Gender and Development, SOAS, University of London. Economist and development practitioner. Expert on the Syrian refugee crisis and its implications in Lebanon. Has participated in conferences, consultancies and research focus groups on the humanitarian crisis of Syrian refugees, particularly in Lebanon

Miriyam Aouragh

Miriyam Aouragh is an anthropologist and researcher. She is studying the implications of new generation/Internet 2.0 for Palestinian and Lebanese activists. She has written about the usage of the internet by Syrian grassroots and revolutionary activists.

Jamie Allison

Jamie Allinson is a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Westminster with a focus on Political Economy, Globalisation and its effects on the Arab world. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal 'Historical Materialism' and a co-ordinator of the research project 'Emancipatory Politics in the Arab Revolutions.' He has travelled extensively in the Middle East and has written in defence of the Syrian revolution. 

Ewa Jasiewicz

Ewa Jasiewicz is a Palestine solidarity activist, union organiser and part of the editorial collective of Le Monde Diplomatique Polish Edition. In March 2013 she travelled to Turkey and Northern Syria with a solidarity delegation to visit liberated areas. She has written about the revolution for Red Pepper and New Statesman magazines.

Bushra Al-Akraa

Bushra Al-Akra is a British Syrian activist and charity worker with Stand by Syria. Bushra has been active with solidarity campaigns with the Syrian revolution and has recently returned from a trip to Lebanon, visiting Syrian activists and organising solidarity for those in refugee camps.

The conference is organised by groups and individuals who recognise the need to oppose Western imperialist threats to attack Syria while also continuing to defend Syria’s popular revolution against the Assad dictatorship and its allies. We thus oppose all forms of imperialist intervention in the region while supporting popular struggles against all who would deny democratic rights or enforce economic exploitation. By the same token, we oppose all forms of Zionist expropriation of land and resources, apartheid and repression, while supporting Palestinian refugees’ right of return. 

We are committed to the principle of international solidarity from below, which supports the struggles of the oppressed against their oppressors in all of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Bahrain, and other countries.


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  • kamal

    excellent panel and questions from the audience

    2 · February 16, 2014

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