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.
Some of Syria’s young men completely reject the idea of fighting, not desiring to waste their lives on battle fronts or risk dying as martyrs. Many others refuse the fighting because they will not accept becoming a mere pawn on the Syrian regime’s board.
Markets in Syria seem- like the majority of Syrians in Syria- to be dying slowly, since news of the Caesar Act and its consequences has exhausted them psychologically before it has had the chance to take an effect economically.
Many questions remain unanswered by the “Caesar Act”, the one supposedly directed against the Syrian regime. Among the most significant ones is: “Does the Caesar Act have the ability to disturb the Syrian Regime’s military machinery and its security grip, since it has been labelled the Civilians Protection Law?”
These are the facts of an incident narrated to me by a former employee of one of the companies owned by Rami Makhlouf; the maternal cousin of President Bashar al-Assad. The former employee refused to reveal his identity for personal reasons.