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Break the Sieges? What about the Economic Siege on Syria?

Syrian religious leaders representing the republic’s three largest churches (Greek Orthodox, Melkite Catholic, and Syrian Orthodox) recently issued a statement calling for an end to the sanctions on Syria, which they blamed for impoverishing the Syrian people. That the West predictably ignored these calls is symptomatic of their abject refusal to address the most important truth about the war, which is that the militias waging war on the Syrian state are infinitely more dependent on an external predatory alliance of nations for…

The Economic War on Syria

Syria is being destabilised both militarily and economically. Militarily by insurgent forces sponsored by NATO, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. Economically by the sanctions regime imposed by the United States, the European Union, and even the Arab League. The Syrian economy has contracted by roughly 35 percent since the beginning of the war. Although the crisis began in March 2011…

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