[Marxism] Fwd: Long Read: Elites, War Profiteers Take Aim at Syria’s Economic — Syria Deeply

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Sep 19 08:55:29 MDT 2017

(One can be assured that Patrick Cockburn, Robert Fisk, Charles Glass 
and Stephen Kinzer will be lining up to take advantage of the revived 
Syrian nightlife.)

On most weekends, Range Rovers with tinted windows hold up traffic on 
the cobblestone streets near Bab Sharqi in the Old City of Damascus. 
Young clubbers with designer handbags and manicured hair piled high on 
their heads hobble in high heels to Mazzika, a new club that has quickly 
become home to the Damascene elite and where it is not unusual to find a 
patron dropping 200,000 Syrian pounds (SYP) (almost $400) in one night.

By July 2017, so many bars, clubs and pubs had popped up across the city 
over the previous year that the Damascus governorate looked to increase 
the number of permits for bars beyond the limit of 109 originally 
decreed in 1952.

Internal tourism is also on the rise, with most hotels along the coast 
at full capacity this summer: Reports claim 80 percent of internal 
tourism is on the coast, while Damascenes are starting to return to the 
summer resorts in Bloudan – next to Zabadani – following the “Four Towns 
Agreement” evacuation deal reached earlier this year that covered 
Zabadani alongside Madaya, Fou’a and Kafraya.


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