[Marxism] Between Regime and Rebels: A Survey of Syria’s Alawi Sect | by Elizabeth Tsurkov | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Jul 22 14:44:42 MDT 2019

“There is a small percentage of Alawis who benefited from the war, but 
the vast majority are poor and hungry,” Loubna,* a fifty-nine-year-old 
teacher, told me. “The Alawi community endures unprecedented pain and 
bereavement. You cannot even hear a child’s laugh, whole neighborhoods 
have no young men. Poverty, pain, and hunger are everywhere. People are 
broken.” Loubna is a member of the small, heterodox Alawi sect (also 
known as “Alawites”) that dominates the top echelons of Syria’s civilian 
and military leadership, including the ruling Assad dynasty. Loubna 
lives near the hometown of President Bashar al-Assad, Qardaha.


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