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A hard lesson for Rami Makhlouf: In Syria, no one can challenge the state

A hard lesson for Rami Makhlouf: In Syria, no one can challenge the state

Syria’s most famous businessman, Rami Makhlouf, has just had a lockdown breakdown. Albeit in jest, his two videos can best be described as "losing the plot" amid the coronavirus pandemic that has engulfed the region.  There has been much speculation and analysis on what this...

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Lebanon excludes refugees from coronavirus response at its own peril

Lebanon excludes refugees from coronavirus response at its own peril

Last April, on Palm Sunday, a Syrian refugee set himself on fire in East Lebanon as his landlord threatened to evict him. Earlier that week, a Lebanese citizen in the southern city of Sidon also sought to light himself on fire, as he was prompted to pay a fine after disrespecting the...

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Syrians hope US-Russian consensus to topple Assad as 2021 presidential election nears

Syrians hope US-Russian consensus to topple Assad as 2021 presidential election nears

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Less than a year remains until the presidential elections in Syria, and while analysts predicted that by mid-2020, the new constitution would be ready, the issues of war and local, regional, and international conflicts over the country are not yet resolved. The...

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Russia is about to face its biggest test yet in Syria

Russia is about to face its biggest test yet in Syria

An American reader tired of corona journalism sent me a plea this week: “There must be plenty of cruelty being unleashed by the gangsters-in-chief across the ‘Mideast’ that simply isn’t making it into the headlines,” she wrote. “Trump et al are either ignoring it or silently...

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