Author: Hannah Patrick

Two weeks ago experts and security officials in Syria called for “ever increasing international pressure” on the Assad regime, rather than any military intervention in Syria [1]. It seems this is exactly what has been happening the past week: the…

The Right to Violence

“The concept of violence covers two different forms: the institutionalized violence of the established system and the violence of resistance … There is violence of suppression and violence of liberation; there is violence for the defense of life and violence…

The Free Soldiers

The UN high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, has called for international intervention to keep civil war from breaking out in Syria. As the death toll rises to over 3,000 and civilians still refuse to be subdued by the…

A Regime Built to Last

Bashar al-Assad inherited the state of Syria from his father Hafez al-Assad in the year 2000. Hafez had been in power for 30 years, which may not seem like a very long time- but it is actually by far the…

A Bourgeois Society

I keep running into the term “bourgeois society” in many of my courses, and it seems to have a different meaning and a different connotation each time- so I did what I always do when I don’t understand a term…

Why Not Fight for a Regime Change?

With a death toll of over 2,000, countless imprisonments for offenses such as “weakening nationalist sentiment”, and the documented torture of protesters by government officials, what could keep Syrians from favoring a regime change? Well, according to Suhair Atassi, who…

Syria Post Emergency Law

I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in a country under emergency law for 50 years. It’s such an interesting time for Syrians because their formerly docile state has been infected by the passionate protests of their…