Sami Moubayed

  • T Whenever the world seemed to start caving in around them, Syrian politicians have leaned on the Russians for support. Moscow, both now and during the Soviet era, has always been Syria’s “security blanket”. Syrian leaders, however, have almost equally misjudged how far Russia was ...

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  • T Anybody who believes that the Russians dish out favours free-of-charge needs a crash course in “Contemporary Russian Politics 101”. Pro-regime Syrians celebrated the double veto at the United Nations Security Council last week - the second in less than five months - failing to realise ...

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  • T Driving down the Mezzeh Autorstrade in the heart of the Syrian capital, one finds a gigantic Russian flag covering the main residential building. A little further down the road, at the Umayyad Square, a big sign reads: “Thank you Russia.” These are sincere gestures by ordinary ...

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  • TMuammar Gaddafi reportedly went into severe depression when his long-time friend and colleague, Saddam Hussain, was toppled by US troops in 2003. Gaddafis U-turn was quick he immediately opened his country to United Nations inspectors, turned a new page with the US, and formally took the blame for ...

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