Syrian Government and Economy

Syria is part of the UN, IMF, and WTO. With the current reaction of the world to Syria’s attacks on its on people, it seemed like a strike by the US was inevitable. New sources today report that Syria has struck a deal with Russia to put their chemical arsenal under international control. While yes that solves the problem with the chemical weapons that Syria posses, it still has enough military presence in form of helicopters, jets, submarines, ships, and the stockpile of missiles and rockets it posses. With a 55 percent opposition to the war, the American people will definitely be able to breathe a sigh of relief . Following World War 1, the French controlled a portion of northern Syria. It was granted independence in 1946, and in 1958 they combined to form the United Arab Republic.

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In 2011 the Syrian GDP was 107.6 billion dollars and 12 percent of the population is below the poverty line. Crude oil, minerals, petroleum products, fruits and vegetables, cotton fiber, textiles, clothing, meat and live animals, and wheat are all exports of Syria, and it imports machinery, food and livestock, and chemical products.

http://www.fao.org/docrep/006/y4890e/y4890e06.htm

Sources:

Steinhauser, Paul. “CNN Poll: Public against Syria Strike Resolution.” CNN. Cable News Network, 01 Jan. 1970. Web. 09 Sept. 2013.

“Central Intelligence Agency.” The World Factbook. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Sept. 2013.

By: Rohan Kohli

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