Syria: Testing Time
MrZine / John Cherian

Syria remains relatively calm as efforts to destabilise its government through orchestrated attacks by rebels fail.

 Life in the Syrian capital, Damascus, seems to be continuing as normal.  The streets and the mosques are crowded after the devout break their Ramazan fast in the evening.  The security presence is minimal.  In fact, there are more armed police and paramilitary men in central Delhi than in the heart of Damascus.  This does not mean that all of Syria has suddenly become calm.  Although the two biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo, have not witnessed any major anti-government demonstrations or violence so far, smaller cities such as Homs, Jisr al-Shughour and Deraa continue to be rocked by intermittent protests and violence. 

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