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Friends and Enemies of the Syrian People stars

Among the six conditions he recently announced, James Jeffrey's third condition states the following: Ending hostile acts against neighboring countries.

Another Step Towards the Solution

Last Wednesday’s Astana Trio Summit Statement included 14 points, and it was distinct from the previous statements with broader coverage of the aspects of the Syrian issue.

The "Components", and the Old and New Syria!

Media and political outlets these days are flooded with analyses and proposals that overestimate the rhetoric of "the components", "the majorities", "the minorities", and of finding consensus and compromise between them in the new Syria.

Sanctions and “Bullying” … Wheat as an Example

The impact of international sanctions cannot be separated from the deterioration of all economic and social indicators in Syria, as the blockade is a major contributor to the deterioration of health indicators, such as: decrease in the average age, increase in child mortality rate, expansion of undernourishment, and others. The blockade is also a major contributor to economic deterioration based on all its indicators.

Empowering the Syrian Pound … by Ending Liberal Policies

Three Aspects: Food, Manufacturing, and Driving out the Dollar
The “security operation to confront speculation”, of which we only saw pictures of accumulated dollars on Facebook, has ended. Following these measures, even though the market price of the Syrian pound (SYP) to the dollar decreased by 30% and the Central Bank price rose by nearly 80%, these two prices have not yet reached one another. More importantly, overall prices, including food, continued to rise, to reach within two weeks an increase by more than 38%. All of this took place before the Caesar Act had even entered into force.

Increasing Wages is a Humanitarian and National Necessity

The minimum wage in Syria has become the lowest in the world, when measured in dollars, and it may also be the lowest in terms of its purchasing power. Within two weeks, the costs of the basic food basket became 6.6 times the minimum wage – the latter is approximately 50 thousand pounds! This means that the cost of living for a family of five members has exceeded 550 thousand Syrian pounds, taking into account that food constitutes 60% of the cost of living in the current harsh conditions that constrain spending on other aspects!

A Preliminary Opinion on the (Preliminary) Kurdish-Kurdish Agreement

The two Syrian Kurdish sides – the Kurdish National Unity Parties, which includes 25 parties, and the Kurdish National Council – announced on the 16th of this month, that they had reached a preliminary agreement after many years dominated by a sort of disconnect between the two parties. There was even a dispute that reached the level of contradiction and an exchange of accusations on many occasions, despite the fact that there is between the two parties, or between major parts thereof, a history of a series of agreements – Hawler 1, Hawler 2, Dohuk – that did not succeed in reaching the desired objectives thereof.

Gasoline imported to Syria is Triple the Global Price: “Sanctions’ Profit” Could Reach $920 Million Annually!

The Syrian government has started a new wave of subsidy removal. This time, the government wanted to be fair in applying the distribution of subsidies, so it targeted high capacity cars and people who own more than one car, in an effort to reduce gasoline consumption and collect additional revenues from domestic sales. However, to whom do the oil product subsidy amounts actually go? They are a source of domestic and international profit for anyone blockading Syrians.

“Caesar”: A Quagmire and Political Deceit

The new US sanctions package, or the Caesar Act, came into effect yesterday, Wednesday, with a “spectacle” involving cheering, applause, and welcoming on the part of that type of personalities, who were nine years ago begging for external intervention in its various forms, especially militaristic.