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