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Opinion: A Relic of the Past

Opinion: A Relic of the Past

Izzat Al-Douri was a figure of little consequence when he was the deputy of Iraq’s late President Saddam Hussein, and he has been of little significance since the Ba’ath Party collapsed and his president and other commanders were executed. What brought Douri back to...
Opinion: A Shower of Spokesmen

Opinion: A Shower of Spokesmen

We, the Syrian people, have grown accustomed to seeing the Ba’athist regime speaking for us, without anybody authorizing it or assigning it the task. We have also grown accustomed to seeing it blame us for its own stupidity and malpractice, although we have long...
The Monster and his Jailer

The Monster and his Jailer

Sidon, Asharq Al-Awsat—Mohammed could not believe his eyes when he suddenly met his former Syrian jailer in Sidon. The man who used to torture Mohammed in Syria had fled to Lebanon following the unrest in his country, Syria. The Lebanese man is known in his...