Ethno-religious Cleansing Is High on Syria’s Agenda

In April, the Syrian government enacted Law Number 10, which determines how the regime will prioritize the reconstruction of the country’s war-torn areas. One of the law’s clauses will make it very difficult for internal refugees—those displaced elsewhere in the country due to the fighting—to reclaim real property they abandoned. Ibrahim Abu Ahmad argues that there is something more sinister in this law than mere red tape or even avarice:

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More about: Bashar al-Assad, Ethnic Cleansing, Iran, Politics & Current Affairs, Shiites, Sunnis, Syrian civil war

Understanding Hizballah’s Sprawling South American Crime Syndicate

July 29 2021

Sunday marked the 27th anniversary of Hizballah’s bloody bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which demonstrated to the world the long reach of the Lebanon-based terrorist group. But its presence in Latin America goes far beyond plotting attacks: located on the continent is the heart of its global criminal empire, which Hizballah uses to supplement the income it receives from its masters in Tehran. Emanuele Ottolenghi, drawing on detailed and extensive research, explains the inner workings of the group’s illicit operations, and its recent attempt to relocate networks disrupted by the U.S. and Europe to the tri-border area (TBA), where Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil meet.

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More about: Crime, Drugs, Hizballah, Iran, Latin America