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.
It was forbidden for anyone to approach his room except for the guards, the interrogators, and a doctor who would check on him for ten minutes in the morning. As for the guards, who came from “Al-Khatib” and from the Air Force Intelligence Directorate, “slapping me was a normal thing for them”.
As much as it’s a painful experience for the witnesses, they felt, for the first time, that a judicial apparatus was interested in hearing their statements, their experience, and the violations they were subjected to … This is the experience of a Syrian journalist, who was also a former detainee, following the trials of two Syrian officers.
The disputes between the Russians and the Turks over supplying water and electricity have escalated several times, and every time it has led to worsening the living conditions of those who are living without these two main services.
When we racked our brains searching for a topic that is common between Iraq and Syria, hunger seemed to be a case in point: Iraq in the past, and Syria today. In this article, we try to figure out how the famine that is looming in the horizons of Syria would look like bearing in mind the distressing past that under-the-siege Iraq has gone through.
The Syrian regime is fully aware that rape, sexual violence, and the harassment of women, as well as men, are all under-reported crimes in Syrian society, and they’ve taken advantage of this culture for decades. Finally, some Syrians have decided to speak up and put an end to these atrocities.