Chroniques de la décadence

The Persian Gulf Arab States and the Regional Refugee Crisis

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By S. Hesam Houryaband. In recent weeks, tens of thousands of Syrian and Iraqi refugees have flooded the gates of Europe, escaping the worsening humanitarian crisis engulfing Syria and Iraq. Millions of Syrians and Iraqis have been hard hit by the civil war in Syria and Iraq, as well as the threat posed by ISIS. To date, according to UNHCR, approximately 5 million Syrians have left the country seeking refuge in neighboring states, or making their way to Europe. Faced with the impending waves of refugees, several European nations have felt…read more

The Middle East regional « Cold War », what next? An interview with S. Hesam Houryaband.

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*Cover picture: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz. Interview by Philippe Labrecque. S. Hesam Houryaband has an extensive background in international, political, and diplomatic affairs with experience working for the Iranian Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, Mission of Iran to the UN, and Embassy of Iran to France. S. Hesam holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy. Philippe Labrecque: What are the origins of the current regional “Cold War” between Iran and the Gulf Monarchies, especially Saudi Arabia? S. Hesam Houryaband : The current rivalries between Iran and the other Persian Gulf monarchies,…read more

Are we witnessing the break up of Iraq?

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By Philippe Labrecque Two years after the complete withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, the stability of the country is threatened once again. 2013 marked the bloodiest year of conflict since 2008 with nearly 8,000 civilians and over 1,000 members of security forces killed in sectarian violence. The oppressive treatment reserved to the Sunni minority by the Shia majority government under Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has opened the door to al-Qaeda’s ex- affiliate,  the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), to gain influence and entrench itself to the point…read more

Al Qaeda’s break-up with ISIS and its Consequences

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By Philippe Labrecque The Syrian war just got more complex when Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda’s top commander, officially disavowed the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) also known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Needless to say that a variety of factions are fighting Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, but few of these groups have grown in strength as much as ISIS, as numbers of foreigners joined their ranks in the last year. With around 1000 armed groups, with a total of nearly 100,000 fighters, friction and…read more

Pour une apocalypse islamique: un coup d’État à l’étranger contre le militarisme des califes

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Cet article a été publié sur le site de Trahir. Traduction d’un article de Reza Negarestani, par Simon Labrecque, Montréal – Note introductive du traducteur – Selon toute vraisemblance, le texte qui suit a d’abord été publié en 2006, en anglais, par le philosophe et artiste iranien Reza Negarestani sur un ancien blog, « Cold me ». Aujourd’hui, l’hyperlien mène à « Deracinating Effect », dont les archives remontent seulement à novembre 2006. Il semble que plusieurs des textes informels écrits par Negarestani avant cette date (parfois sous le pseudonyme Basilisk dans le cadre du Maraka Project, par exemple, dont…read more

Syria: popular revolution or manipulation from abroad?

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By Philippe Labrecque Published on March 11, 2012 by The New Political Centre In an article published by The Spectator, journalist Rod Liddle asks an important question: what is the actual proportion of Syrians that support the uprising? It is a query which seems to have been largely ignored by the discourse over Syria and the measures that the international community should take against the Syrian government. Rebellion? As Liddle points out, it is difficult to imagine the Christians or the Alawites backing the so-called Free Syrian Army against Bashir…read more