The Heat: Syria joins China’s Belt and Road Initiative

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      I really enjoy hearing the discussant, Prof. Joshua Landis who hails from my alma mater, Oklahoma University, and speaks very knowledgeably on Syria.

      War-torn Syria has officially joined China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The move revives an old role of Syria in the ancient Silk Road – coming at a time of deep economic turmoil and a country badly in need of reconstruction. Attacks on infrastructure, including markets, hospitals and schools, have led to estimates of more than 350,000 civilians killed and half of the pre-war population displaced.

      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

      It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

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