[Marxism] Fwd: The Syrians Who Refused to Give Up - The Daily Beast

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Nov 4 06:20:43 MST 2015

Samar Yazbek’s shocking, searing, and beautiful new book, The Crossing: 
My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria, describes three visits to 
Idlib province in northern Syria, an area liberated from the Assad 
dictatorship “on the ground but betrayed by the sky.”

In the face of regime repression, Syria’s non-violent protests of 2011 
had transformed into an armed uprising in 2012. By August of that year, 
when the author—exiled Syrian novelist and journalist Samar Yazbek—made 
her first trip, Bashar al-Assad’s forces had been driven from the rural 
border zones. From a distance, however, via warplanes and long-range 
artillery, they implemented a policy of scorched earth and collective 


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