A Traveller's Tale: Syria's uncertain future

Syria is edgy, isolated and overwhelmed by refugees, writes Nick Hood.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Crossing the Jordanian border into Syria’s fertile plains takes the visitor from Western influence and relative affluence into a tense world of political autocracy; a country resolutely rejecting US threats and facing east towards its preferred international partners, Russia and China. Cars are old and battered, lorries and buses are reminiscent of rural India and Sri Lanka - although one rusty bus reached out tentatively to the English-speaking world with 'Good Gorney' painted in elegant italics down its side. Like so many countries in the Holy Land, Syria’s current economic position is inextricably caught up with regional events... [CONTINUED]

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