Assad's sham Syrian refugee conference marks dark 50th year of regime

It was 50 years ago on Friday past that General Hafez al-Assad turned Syria into a dynastic nightmare.Al-Harakah at-Tashihya, literally the “Corrective Movement”, was orchestrated by Hafez al-Assad under the guise of pragmatism against more revolutionary elements of the Baath Party. But the reality was, Hafez sensed an opportunity to brutally concentrate power and wealth around himself, his family and a handful of elite party allies and Damascene kleptocrats.Though things have changed in Syria in very many ways, none of them has been for the better. The nightmare that Hafez began 50 years ago …

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