A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, Circassians,Mandeans and Turks. Religious groups include Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Druze, Mandeans, Shiites, Salafis, and Yazidis. Sunni Arabs make up the largest population group in Syria.

In English, the name "Syria" was formerly synonymous with the Levant (known in Arabic as al-Sham), while the modern state encompasses the sites of several ancient kingdoms and empires, including the Eblan civilization of the 3rd millennium BC. Its capital Damascus is among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. In the Islamic era, Damascus was the seat of the Umayyad Caliphate and a provincial capital of the Mamluk Sultanate in Egypt.

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Having won Syria’s war, Bashar Assad is mired in economic woes

Indian Express 24 Feb 2021
In a private meeting with pro-government journalists, President Bashar Assad was asked about Syria’s economic meltdown ... As the 10-year anniversary of Syria’s civil war looms, Assad’s most immediate threats are not the rebel factions and foreign powers that still control large swaths of the country ... Bashar al Assad syria war.
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How the dream of the Arab Spring died

New Statesman 24 Feb 2021
Uprisings started in Bahrain, Yemen, Libya and Syria ... In 2011 the momentum of people power built until it seemed strong enough to knock over the other authoritarian Arab leaders ... President Bashar al-Assad in Syria and Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi in Libya would not make that mistake ... Saleh stayed powerful after leaving office.
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Omaha World-Herald 24 Feb 2021
TEXAS-BLACKOUTS — The emerging response to a deadly winter nightmare that knocked out power to millions is one rarely seen in Texas ... continued in Yangon and other cities calling for the country’s coup makers to step down and return Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government to power.
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Texas and Syria suffer freezing temperatures and electricity outages

Free West Media 23 Feb 2021
Syrians have had to suffer ten years of an American foreign policy designed to force ‘regime change’ on Syria ... Syria had been energy efficient ... In various power plants, Syria has converted fuel or natural gas into electricity for the national grid to provide electricity to homes across the nation of about 15 million currently.
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Climate Security: Beyond the Binary of Denial or Doomsday

Resilience 23 Feb 2021
“And it ends up boosting the authority and power of the military-industrial complex, encouraging responses that call out the troops and beef up our borders to prepare for the coming crisis” (Hartmann 2017, p ... Within this story, several factors other than climate change are acknowledged to have contributed to the violence in Syria ... Syria.
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In Israel and beyond, Covid-19 vaccines bring political power

TVNZ 23 Feb 2021
Israel’s reopening of its economy, combined with a murky prisoner swap with Syria and the arrival of a batch of vaccines in the Gaza Strip, have all underscored how those with access to the vaccines have political power in the turbulent region ... He said “not one Israeli vaccine” was delivered to Syria - a country that harbours hostile Iranian forces.
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In Israel and beyond, virus vaccines bring political power

Times Free Press 23 Feb 2021
Israel's reopening of its economy, combined with a murky prisoner swap with Syria and the arrival of a batch of vaccines in the Gaza Strip, have all underscored how those with access to the vaccines have political power in the turbulent region ... He said "not one Israeli vaccine" was delivered to Syria -- a country that harbors hostile Iranian forces.
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Aligning US-Greek interests in the Biden era

Kathimerini 23 Feb 2021
The United States should deepen its strategic engagement with Greece in order to jointly address the challenges that competition among global and regional powers pose for the stability and future direction of Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean ... left a power vacuum.
photo: White House / Adam Schultz
Joe Biden talks on the phone with service members attending Super Bowl LV watch parties in Kabul and aboard the USS Nimitz Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021
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Biden and Netanyahu talked, but what does it all mean? The scorecard

The Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2021
“As long as Assad is in power in Syria, as long as Iran is present in Syria, militia groups backed by Iran, the Assad regime itself – all of these pose a significant security threat to Israel, and as a practical matter, the control of the Golan in that situation I think remains of real importance to Israel’s security.
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Biden and the Iran nuclear deal: what to expect from the negotiations

Beijing News 22 Feb 2021
The defeat of IS and Trump's decision to withdraw the American forces from Syria in October 2019 presented opportunities for the Syrian regime to expand and consolidate its power - as well as Iran's influence ... What Donald Trump's decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria means for the Kurds, Assad and Russia.
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Ayouni review – a raging lament for Syria's 'disappeared'

The Observer 22 Feb 2021
Director Yasmin Fedda, who is from a Kuwaiti and Syrian background and lectures in film at Queen Mary University of London, has created a powerful and urgent documentary tribute to those who have been “forcibly disappeared” by the Assad regime in Syria, estimated to be around 150,000 since 2011.
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Israel’s coronavirus vaccines wielding political power

Al Jazeera 22 Feb 2021
Israel’s reopening of its economy, combined with a murky prisoner swap with Syria and the arrival of a batch of vaccines in the Gaza Strip, have all underscored how those with access to the vaccines have political power in the turbulent region ... Vaccines for archenemy Syria.
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Joe and Bibi talked, but what does it all mean? Biden and Israel, the scorecard.

Cleveland Jewish News 22 Feb 2021
“As long as Assad is in power in Syria, as long as Iran is present in Syria, militia groups backed by Iran, the Assad regime itself – all of these pose a significant security threat to Israel, and as a practical matter, the control of the Golan in that situation I think remains of real importance to Israel’s security.
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