In this edition of our AT ISSUE debate we asked Rafif Jouejati and Ali Muhammad to debate whether they support or oppose the leadership of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.
Jouejati is a Syrian-American activist who is working to expose the human rights violations taking place in Syria. She works with activists both in Syria and in the opposition abroad. She serves as the English-language spokesperson for the Local Coordination Committees (LCC) of Syria and is a co-founder of the National Consensus Movement (NCM), an organization dedicated to a free, democratic, and secular Syria. She does not support the presidency of Bashar al-Assad.
Muhammad is editor of Syrian Tribune, an online publication based in Abu Dhabi that supports the Assad regime as the only viable means of maintaining and eventually restoring stability in an already volatile country. He also writes about political Islamic movements in Africa and the Middle East.
The debate was moderated by Cecily Hilleary and Davin Hutchins.
At Issue Rules and Voting
Debaters must make their case with reasoned arguments and be respectful. No soapboxing. There are two sides to any issue and we want to lay the case out with audience participation. Please listen to the entire debate and vote. Then add your comments.
Davin Hutchins is Consulting Editor of Middle East Voices. Hutchins brings 17 years of journalism experience to VOA after working with media organizations such as CNN, Tech TV, Huffington Post and PBS. He specializes in news, documentaries and new media with an emphasis on international social issues, media training and online delivery platforms. Hutchins lived five years in the Middle East and covers the dynamic changes that have been triggered by the Arab Spring.