Syria: Neither Bread nor Freedom

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Based on the testimony of key players, Syria: Neither Bread nor Freedom recounts the drama of the "Damascus Spring" and its repression, and reveals what happens in a state like Syria to the institutions that occupy the political space between government and governed. From political parties to parliament; from the media to the judicial system and universities, the official veil of rhetoric and propaganda is lifted to reveal a system so demoralized and corrupted that power is wielded for no purpose but power ...
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Overview


Based on the testimony of key players, Syria: Neither Bread nor Freedom recounts the drama of the "Damascus Spring" and its repression, and reveals what happens in a state like Syria to the institutions that occupy the political space between government and governed. From political parties to parliament; from the media to the judicial system and universities, the official veil of rhetoric and propaganda is lifted to reveal a system so demoralized and corrupted that power is wielded for no purpose but power itself; a system which, as Bashar al-Assad himself is discovering, is virtually incapable of reform.
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"A devastating critique of one-party rule and unchecked power, and a stirring vindication of Syria's courageous civil society movement."--Rana Kabbani

"Based ... on personal interviews with Syrians directly involved in contemporary developments there, as well as on an awareness of the Syrian reality developed over many years, this book illuminates the real crisis that Syria faces as it tries to restructure the monolithic legacy of the late President Hafiz al-Assad."--George Joffe, Cambridge University

"This searing documentary takes the reader on a chilling tour inside Syrian politics, the actions of a courageous civil society, and the reactions by abusive power holders. It is an astounding record and at the same time a disturbingly beautiful book."--Lotte Leicht, Human Rights Watch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842772133
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 9/6/2003
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,465,357
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author


Alan George is a freelance journalist and researcher, contributing to a wide range of UK and international publications including The Observer, The Independent and The Guardian, and commentating on Middle Eastern affairs for radio and television.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chronology
Vital Statistics
1 'A Certain Equality of Misery': An Overview of Syria 1
2 'Damascus Spring': The Rise of the Civil Society Movement 30
3 'Damascus Winter': The Suppression of the Civil Society Movement 47
4 'The Leading Party in Society and the State': The Ba'ath Party 64
5 'The Light of Freedom': Parliament 82
6 'Subject to no Authority but the Law': The Legal System 101
7 'Balanced, Objective and Ethical': The Media 121
8 'Creating a Socialist, Nationalist Generation': Education 140
9 'Our Leader...for Ever'?: Whither Syria? 156
App. 1 The Statement of 99 178
App. 2 The Statement of 1,000 or Basic Document 182
App. 3 Towards a National Social Contract in Syria 189
Select Bibliography 194
Index 196
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