A previously-unknown Syrian businessman has amassed a fortune during the war. With warm ties to the regime, Russia, Turkey, and the Gulf, he may have a prominent political future too.
Having expelled whole communities en masse from numerous Syrian cities and towns, a new law now allows the Assad regime to confiscate their properties, rendering their displacement permanent and radically transforming the country’s demography.
A leading French Arabist and author talks Syria’s revolution(s), reconstruction, and the illusion of “stability” under dictatorships.
Al-Jumhuriya travels to Zabadani, west of Damascus, where fears abound regarding reconstruction plans envisaged by the regime.