Syria’s War on Screen: An Exchange
Idrees Ahmad: He uses cynicism as a scythe to effect a moral leveling, declaring the regime no worse than its opponents. Robert Worth: To recognize facts is not to practice “false equivalence.” And to deny that this is a civil war is to trade Syria’s complex reality for a partisan caricature.
February 17, 2020
Germany’s Bold Experiment
The more a country tries to define its identity solely through culture, the more it turns in on itself. “The question is not who we are, but who we can become,” the late British social theorist Stuart Hall said. Germany is poised uneasily in that polarity.
December 12, 2019
Who Are Turkey’s Proxy Fighters in Syria?
Mazen, a Levant Front fighter, used the third person to describe his faction’s participation in Turkey’s Syrian intervention: “they [the SNA fighters] are employees of the Turkish state to protect its border.” Then he switched to the first person: “The Turks are using us as cannon fodder. We’ve become mercenaries.”
November 27, 2019