The beginning of the end for Rami Makhlouf started when his aunt, Anisa Makhlouf, the mother of Bashar Al-Assad, passed away. This resulted in the leadership in the Republican Palace shifting from Anisa Makhlouf to Asma Al-Assad, who seems to be working on restructuring the Syrian economy.
When my first article was published, I felt like I was under surveillance, and feared I might be interrogated at any moment. The same feeling haunted me with subsequent articles, along with nightmares about the Syrian security forces and its notorious dungeons, the moment of being arrested, escape, being pursued, and the inability to hide.
“God is great” (Allahu Akbar), was the phrase they uttered both before and after their crimes. What should we, the ones who were born with the phrase “God is Great” whispered into our ears, as part of our mothers’ ritual prayers, think of these events?! How can we avoid the victim’s face and the head of the one who was slaughtered?
The Muslim world’s clash with freedom of expression is long and problematic. The campaign currently spread under the slogan “Anything But God’s Prophet” appears to be another addition to the unnecessary clash between Islam and freedom of expression.
Azerbaijan’s aim is to change the format of negotiations by including Turkey…Turkey is part of the Karabakh conflict since its early stages, not only diplomatically and by its implication in imposing a blockade against Armenia, but also militarily.
The death of forests due to these fires releases more carbon dioxide and heat not only in Syria and Lebanon, but also throughout the entire region, because Mediterranean forests have a giant climatic effect in terms of humidity, rain and winds on the entire interior regions of the southern Mediterranean. Hence, the greenhouse gases that were absorbed by the trees will eventually find their way into our lungs, even after the fires subside.
When imprisoned in a “reserve prison”, you are not given a specific timeframe for your release, and successive renewals of your stay there may take place indefinitely. This type of prison in Egypt, is often called the ‘Forgotten Prison’, the same one in which Shadi Habash died a few months ago, after he realized that he had too, been forgotten.
Thus, the party, during the first anniversary of the October 17 revolution, provided the last lifeline to the Lebanese oligarchy and the thieving Lebanese regime, leading this counter-revolution with dedication; they want to ensure the quota system’s existence, and to preserve its interests locally and regionally.