Middle East Economic Survey

VOL. XLVII

No 31

02-August-2004

Arab Press Review

Asads Advisers

(MEES Translation)

The following is an excerpt from an article by Damascus-based writer Shaban Ubud entitled Who Are In President Bashar Al-Asads Team? that was published in the Lebanese daily al-Nahar on 9 July.

In Syria it is very difficult to know who the close aides of President Bashar al-Asad are, and who of them represent the reformist line and who believe in it. It is also difficult to know their...