A few articles you may have missed lately:
Gabrielle Rifkind, The Guardian
Muallem suggested that Syria was prepared to contemplate a step-by-step approach to the return of the Golan Heights, territory that Israel captured in the 1967 war. “There could be stages of withdrawal, the timing of which could involve a form of normalisation,” he said. “Half of the Golan could lead to an end of enmity; three-quarters of the Golan, to a special interest section in the US embassy in Damascus: a full withdrawal would allow a Syrian embassy in Israel.” Key issues, such as Syria’s support for Hamas, Hezbollah and its policy to Iran, would, he said, “only be answered after withdrawal”.
Bentoit Faucon, The Wall Street Journal
A recent seizure of counterfeit drugs and the shutdown of the ring that provided them shows how Syria is stepping up its response to a problem that remains widespread in the Middle East.
Piled up in huge plastic bags, the haul netted millions of dollars worth of breast cancer, leukemia and other medicines, along with tens of thousands of anticoagulant pills that purported to treat heart attacks and other diseases. At least 65 people were detained; it couldn’t be learned if they were charged. A trial date hasn’t yet been set.
All were fakes with no medicinal value, copies of legitimate medicines.
Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA)
Governor of the Central Bank of Syria Adib Mayaleh announced that the bank will mint new coin of fifty pound value soon .
Mayaleh said, in a statement to Tishreen newspaper, that the mintage of the new currencies aims at coping with the large increase in population and needs of circulation.
The bank is adopting all necessary measures to set up the technical designs in preparation for issuing the new currencies and putting them into circulation in the next few months.