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Syria: Who's Really in Charge?
Bashar was pushed into his leadership position because his older brother, the initially designated choice to carry on the family torch, died before he was able to fulfill his father's dreams of glory.
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Bashar al-Assad: Can the Dictator Dictate?
Writer, Middle East geopolitical and security issues
Focusing on whether or not Assad is a reformer is increasingly irrelevant. Syria has been shown to possess a paper dictator whose pleas have collapsed alongside the country's economy.
and Tass All Over Again
Dr. Josef Olmert
Middle East scholar, former peace negotiator, journalist
It seems that time is running out for Syrian President Bashar Assad, and with it also the self-denial about what really is happening in the country that has always prided itself as the Heart of Arabism.
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