Aslı Bâli on Syria, Part I

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Aslı Ü. Bâli joins Daniel for part one of a two-part interview on the Syrian Civil War and the murderously instrumentalized geopolitics that fuel it. Syrians continue to suffer and to die while various actors treat the conflict as a proxy for their own geopolitical ends; meanwhile, huge numbers of Syrian refugees languish in neighboring countries, and the much smaller number who have made their way to Europe and the United States have been utilized by a resurgent far-right to blame ordinary Syrians for violence rooted in the colonial operations of those very same countries that now insist on keeping the refugees out.

Read: Remember Syria? by Bâli and Aziz Rana and The U.S. Debt to Syria

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Topics: Imperialism and Foreign Policy Middle East
Guests: Aslı Bâli