[Marxism] Fwd: Assad Power Slips in Syria as Warlords Grow More Powerful - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Mar 8 08:34:22 MST 2017

On a cool morning, an elderly man is standing at his espresso machine on 
a street in eastern Aleppo. It's shortly after 8 a.m., and this part of 
the city -- destroyed in the war and reconquered by the regime in 
December -- is waking up. Green grocers arrive and set out their boxes 
of produce on the rubble piled in front of their stores. Others are 
shoveling debris from the roads.

The name of the man with the espresso machine must go unmentioned, 
otherwise he would soon be dead. A fire is burning in a metal drum next 
to his improvised coffee counter, and he is using it to periodically 
warm his hands. Several weeks ago, just after the neighborhood was 
retaken, he returned to the small workshop where he had run a motorcycle 
repair shop -- but it was already too late. He immediately saw that 
someone had shot open the lock.

Inside, he found uniformed fighters from a militia affiliated with the 
regime. They were in the process, he says, of removing a motorcycle, his 
German tools and all replacement parts from the garage. Two of the 
militia members, he says, silently threatened him with their 
Kalashnikovs, leaving him no choice but to leave as the men loaded his 
belonging into a pick-up truck.


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