Three longtime writers and activists discussed the origins and contours of the Syrian conflict and recent international efforts in solidarity with the Syrian people
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres describes the three-year Syrian bloodbath as “the worst humanitarian disaster since the end of the Cold War.” More than 130,000 Syrians have lost their lives, an average of 6,000 flee every day, and hundreds of thousands are on the brink of starvation, with no access to food or medical supplies, in besieged towns across the country.
Three longtime writers and activists — Danny Postel, Bernardine Dohrn and Afra Jalabi (two of them contributors to the recent book The Syria Dilemma, which The Progressive named one of the best books of 2013)— discussed the origins and contours of the Syrian conflict, the response of the US peace movement to the war, and recent international efforts in solidarity with the Syrian people.
Danny Postel, co-editor of The Syria Dilemma, is Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He is the author of Reading “Legitimation Crisis” in Tehran and co-editor of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future. He blogs for Critical Inquiry, Truthout and the Huffington Post.