Vol. 75/No. 15 April 18, 2011
Anti-government protests challenge Syrian regime
BY SETH GALINSKY
Like other regimes in the region, the Syrian government is based on a narrow layer of capitalist families, in this case mostly from the Alawite Muslim minority, a branch of Shiite Islam. Three-quarters of the population are Sunni, only 11 percent Alawite, and 12 percent are Christians. Some 9 percent are Kurds. While some Assad family members are billionaires, a third of the population survives on $2 a day or less. ….
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