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Having survived war, the average citizen of #Syria now faces devastating economic conditions following recent tightening of sanctions on most petroleum imports into the country. Shockingly (perhaps not), most of those in opposition outside seem to be enjoying such scenes
When #Syria observers & pundits talk about their concern for the "Syrian people", they are lying. They only care about their side wining. Note how not a single media outlet has bothered to report on crippling shortages of all petroleum products since this…
#Syria 's leadership has recently been receiving increased criticism by citizens & loyalists who are suffering tremendous Eco hardship. After years of war, the country is broken. Its finances are in ruin. It faces debilitating sanctions. What should the leadership do? =>
Judging by social media, most Syrian citizens are unaware of how effective and devastating has the U.S. Treasury directive from Nov 20th been… . Should the Govt explain how it is these sanctions that explain the shortages? But, then what comes next?
If these Eco sanctions and particularity on petroleum products continue, what is the country to do? Recall that these sanctions are imposed to do precisely what they are doing now - impoverish the populace till it is fed up with its leadership
Having called numerous friends and family members in #Aleppo , no one seems aware of the Nov 20th US Treasury directive that made delivery of petroleum products to #Syria subject to severe sanctions. Govt is yet to make the public fully aware of this directive & its implications
Without informing the public about the US Treasury directive, Syrians inside State-controlled areas have been voicing increasing criticism and even disdain towards their Govt. The current ferocity of the complaints and anger towards the State is the worst since the war started
Just this morning, an #Aleppo acquaintance rushed to stand in line hoping to buy cooking gas tank (LPG) following announced delivery of 400 cylinders to his district. He was number 54 on the line. By the end of the day, he walked empty handed. Others with connections were ahead
Whether it's bread, cooking gas or heating fuel, the shortages seem extremely acute. To buy any of the above items, one has to pay nearly 4 times their official price to be able to obtain them. This leaves the poorest of the society most vulnerable (what's new)
Set below is what a loyalist reporter wrote as part of a devastating attack on the Govt’s performance when it comes to the lack of availability of fuel and bread and the long lines, and corruption associated with those conditions. He never makes mention of the Nov 20th sanctions
The above thread must not be seen as giving Syrian Govt a pass when it comes to its own handling of the economy. I, for one, spent years highlighting the eco challenges starting as early as 2006. This recently published book is a fine addition to this important discussion
Debate is likely to continue as to what ailed the Syrian Eco pre-2011 and how to address its significant challenges now. What is beyond debate is the Govt’s lack of communication with the public which is clearly in the dark about sources of the problem and if any solutions exist
Opposition will of course shift blame from the sanctions & point fingers to the Govt (mafia is term often used). On close examination, there is no doubt as to when these shortages became as acute - it was almost immediately after Nov 20th US Treasury directive was issued
@Syrianator asks why the sanctions prevent #Syria 's allies from helping. The reason is that the US Treasury Advisory is directed at the entire "Maritime Shipping Community". This means ALL insurance and shipping companies are subject to US sanctions.
@Syrianator In effect, "insurers, shipping companies, financial institutions, and vessel owners, managers, and operators"engaged in petroleum products delivery to #Syria will face the hammer of US sanctions on their global businesses.
In spite of the sanctions & dry state coffers as a result of the war, official Govt price of LPG tank is SYP 2,600 or $5.15. This subsidized rate is less than a third of where this important commodity (recently used for both cooking and heating) trades in the black market
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