Unfortunately, as the situation worsens, the religious component is gaining ground in Syria. The crimes committed by the regime (including the massacre of Houla, which in my opinion marked a turning point) are pushing Syrians to gather around their ethnic, religious and tribal affiliations, in the absence of other cross-mobilizing principles (such as the class struggle, for example). The first churches have already been burned down and, while the echoes of further massacres arrive, the thousands of Syrian refugees seeking asylum in neighbouring countries look for shelter among their religious communities, where they feel safe. The exacerbation and manipulation of ethnic and religious identity by internal and external stakeholders is increasing, reducing the social and political demands that sparked the conflict in the first place to almost nothing. Continue reading
Este artículo está disponible en castellano The presidential elections in Egypt are a cause for joy and celebration. To watch on our screens the enthusiasm and devotion with which millions of Egyptians have embraced the first free presidential elections in their history remind us Spaniards of the June 15 elections in 1977, when our parents … Continue reading
Este artículo está disponible en castellano Every May 15th brings the commemoration of the Nakba, the “catastrophe” which marked the most important (and most painful) milestone in the contemporary history of the Palestinian people. The war of 1948, which led to the creation of Israel, drove over 700,000 Palestinians into exile. The social fabric of … Continue reading
Las protestas del 15M, con humor árabe. De nuevo, el Daily Star libanés.