History UsefulNotes / Syria

23rd Aug '17 4:23:04 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''Freaking'' Creator/SteveJobs - [[SincerityMode Yes]], '''him'''. Co-founder and former CEO of UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh, the largest shareholder of UsefulNotes/{{Disney}}, former CEO of UsefulNotes/{{Pixar}}, and possibly one of the most famous figure in of the computer and entertainment businesses in the world. Born to a Syrian Muslim father who emigrated to the US, but didn't know it until [[LukeIAmYourFather much, much later]]. Though of course, [[ItWasHisSled everyone already knew this by now]].

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* ''Freaking'' Creator/SteveJobs - [[SincerityMode [[SuddenlyEthnicity Yes]], '''him'''. Co-founder and former CEO of UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh, the largest shareholder of UsefulNotes/{{Disney}}, former CEO of UsefulNotes/{{Pixar}}, and possibly one of the most famous figure in of the computer and entertainment businesses in the world. Born to a Syrian Muslim father who emigrated to the US, but didn't know it until [[LukeIAmYourFather much, much later]]. Though of course, [[ItWasHisSled everyone already knew this by now]].
23rd Aug '17 4:18:51 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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[[RunningGag To stress out what has been said for other Muslim-majority countries in Western Asia]], Syria is ''NOT'' all desert. The country/region did give its name to the titular rocky desert with little dunes which cover the Levant, but it only covers the northern and eastern part. The Mediterranean coast region is like, well, [[ShapedLikeItself other Mediterranean coast regions]], be it in Italy, Croatia, or Spain (there's a reason that "Mediterranean climate" classification exists). It has a lot of beautiful beaches; in fact, the port city of Latakia wass ''the'' tourist hotspot of the country before the Civil War. The coast is bounded by a series of mountain ranges, a continuation of the Mount Lebanon range from the south, separating the fertile coast with the dry interior. Damascus is, contrary to popular depictions, not built in the desert, but in a fertile land near another mountain range called the Anti-Lebanon, which contains Mount Hermon (the one where the fallen angels were banished in [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Genesis]]). Near it is the contested Golan Heights, which, [[RunningGag contrary to]] ''[[Film/LeftBehind2000 Left Behind]]'', is ''very'' fertile and hilly. Most of the largest cities are built in these fertile highlands; the only one that isn't is Deir ez-Zor, which is indeed built in the middle of the desert.

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[[RunningGag To stress out what has been said for other Muslim-majority countries in Western Asia]], Syria is ''NOT'' all desert. The country/region did give its name to the titular rocky desert with little dunes which cover the Levant, but it only covers the northern and eastern part. The Mediterranean coast region is like, well, [[ShapedLikeItself other Mediterranean coast regions]], be it in Italy, Croatia, or Spain (there's a reason that "Mediterranean climate" classification exists). It has a lot of beautiful beaches; in fact, the port city of Latakia wass ''the'' tourist hotspot of the country before the Civil War. The coast is bounded by a series of mountain ranges, a continuation of the Mount Lebanon range from the south, separating the fertile coast with the dry interior. Damascus is, contrary to popular depictions, not built in the desert, but in a fertile land near another mountain range called the Anti-Lebanon, which contains Mount Hermon (the one where the fallen angels were banished in [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Genesis]]). Near it is the contested Golan Heights, which, [[RunningGag [[TheMountainsOfIllinois contrary to]] ''[[Film/LeftBehind2000 Left Behind]]'', ''Film/{{Left Behind|2000}}'', is ''very'' fertile and hilly. Most of the largest cities are built in these fertile highlands; the only one that isn't is Deir ez-Zor, which is indeed built in the middle of the desert.
23rd Aug '17 9:46:22 AM GrammarNavi
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Syria has been a [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Russian]] ally as far back as the SovietUnion, serving as a surrogate in both the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict. It assisted UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}} in waging several wars with UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}, and unlike Egypt, there is no ceasefire to be had between Israel and Syria. In fact, Israel destroyed what may have been a [[UsefulNotes/NorthKorea North Korean]] controlled nuclear reactor in 2008 and has occupied the Golan Heights (Syrian territory) since 1967. On account of its strategic alliance with UsefulNotes/{{Iran}}, it is widely believed to be a state sponsor of terrorism.

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Syria has been a [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Russian]] ally as far back as the SovietUnion, [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], serving as a surrogate in both the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict. It assisted UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}} in waging several wars with UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}, and unlike Egypt, there is no ceasefire to be had between Israel and Syria. In fact, Israel destroyed what may have been a [[UsefulNotes/NorthKorea North Korean]] controlled nuclear reactor in 2008 and has occupied the Golan Heights (Syrian territory) since 1967. On account of its strategic alliance with UsefulNotes/{{Iran}}, it is widely believed to be a state sponsor of terrorism.
1st Jun '17 3:27:28 AM jormis29
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* Teri Hatcher - US actress, famous for starring in ''Series/DesperateHousewives''. You may also know her as the voice of the [[WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} Other Mother]]. Part-Syrian.

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* Teri Hatcher Creator/TeriHatcher - US actress, famous for starring in ''Series/DesperateHousewives''. You may also know her as the voice of the [[WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} Other Mother]]. Part-Syrian.
6th May '17 7:30:09 PM CosmicFerret
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* Shannon Elizabeth - US actress, best known for starring in ''Film/AmericanPie''. Born to a Syrian-Lebanese Christian father.

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* Shannon Elizabeth Creator/ShannonElizabeth - US actress, best known for starring in ''Film/AmericanPie''. Born to a Syrian-Lebanese Christian father.
18th Jan '17 10:31:25 AM Smeagol17
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* ''Freaking'' [[UsefulNotes/{{SteveJobs}} Steve Jobs]] - [[SincerityMode Yes]], '''him'''. Co-founder and former CEO of UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh, the largest shareholder of UsefulNotes/{{Disney}}, former CEO of UsefulNotes/{{Pixar}}, and possibly one of the most famous figure in of the computer and entertainment businesses in the world. Born to a Syrian Muslim father who emigrated to the US, but didn't know it until [[LukeIAmYourFather much, much later]]. Though of course, [[ItWasHisSled everyone already knew this by now]].

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* ''Freaking'' [[UsefulNotes/{{SteveJobs}} Steve Jobs]] Creator/SteveJobs - [[SincerityMode Yes]], '''him'''. Co-founder and former CEO of UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh, the largest shareholder of UsefulNotes/{{Disney}}, former CEO of UsefulNotes/{{Pixar}}, and possibly one of the most famous figure in of the computer and entertainment businesses in the world. Born to a Syrian Muslim father who emigrated to the US, but didn't know it until [[LukeIAmYourFather much, much later]]. Though of course, [[ItWasHisSled everyone already knew this by now]].
1st Oct '16 2:26:34 PM moloch
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Influenced by the Arab spring, massive protests began mid-March 2011, and later escalated into an armed uprising and (by the summer of 2012) full-fledged CivilWar. The war is ongoing, and has killed more than 300,000 people. If you want any testimony in today's world that WarIsHell, look no further than Syria. A lot of the rebel groups have connections to terrorist organizations (including Al-Qaeda), while ''someone'' (nobody can agree who) used chemical weapons to attack rebels and civilians, which is clearly in violation of international law. Debate over what, if anything, can be done about this has become very heated, and there isn't an easy answer. Meanwhile, millions of Syrians have fled the country, sparking the largest refugee crisis the world has experienced up until now, (nearly half of the 22 million-population now lives outside of the country, that's about ''4.5'' million people, which is more than the total population of neighboring Lebanon while many more live in a war zone every day.

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Influenced by the Arab spring, massive protests began mid-March 2011, and later escalated into an armed uprising and (by the summer of 2012) full-fledged CivilWar. The war is ongoing, and has killed more than 300,000 people. If you want any testimony in today's world that WarIsHell, look no further than Syria. A lot of the rebel groups have connections to terrorist organizations (including Al-Qaeda), while ''someone'' (nobody can agree who) used chemical weapons to attack rebels and civilians, which is clearly in violation of international law. Debate over what, if anything, can be done about this has become very heated, and there isn't an easy answer. Meanwhile, millions of Syrians have fled the country, sparking the largest refugee crisis the world has experienced up until now, (nearly half of the 22 million-population now lives outside of the country, that's about ''4.5'' 5 million people, people'', which is more than the total population of neighboring Lebanon Lebanon; while many more live in a war zone every day.
14th Sep '16 11:23:15 PM DeltaDart
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Influenced by the Arab spring, massive protests began mid-March 2011, and later escalated into an armed uprising and (by the summer of 2012) full-fledged CivilWar. The war is ongoing, and has killed more than 250,000 people. If you want any testimony in today's world that WarIsHell, look no further than Syria. A lot of the rebel groups have connections to terrorist organizations (including Al-Qaeda), while ''someone'' (nobody can agree who) used chemical weapons to attack rebels and civilians, which is clearly in violation of international law. Debate over what, if anything, can be done about this has become very heated, and there isn't an easy answer. Meanwhile, millions of Syrians have fled the country, sparking the largest refugee crisis the world has experienced up until now, (nearly half of the 22 million-population now lives outside of the country, that's about ''4.5'' million people, which is more than the total population of neighboring Lebanon while many more live in a war zone every day.

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Influenced by the Arab spring, massive protests began mid-March 2011, and later escalated into an armed uprising and (by the summer of 2012) full-fledged CivilWar. The war is ongoing, and has killed more than 250,000 300,000 people. If you want any testimony in today's world that WarIsHell, look no further than Syria. A lot of the rebel groups have connections to terrorist organizations (including Al-Qaeda), while ''someone'' (nobody can agree who) used chemical weapons to attack rebels and civilians, which is clearly in violation of international law. Debate over what, if anything, can be done about this has become very heated, and there isn't an easy answer. Meanwhile, millions of Syrians have fled the country, sparking the largest refugee crisis the world has experienced up until now, (nearly half of the 22 million-population now lives outside of the country, that's about ''4.5'' million people, which is more than the total population of neighboring Lebanon while many more live in a war zone every day.
8th Jul '16 2:09:09 AM Krieger22
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One of the earliest centers of human civilization, Syria has long been a crossroads for trade. Cities like Damascus, Aleppo, Homs (formerly Emesa), Antioch (now in Turkey) and Palmyra have historically important for the transfer of goods and ideas. It has been a part of, among other regimes, the Persian Empire, the Hellenistic Empires, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, various Arab caliphates, Crusader states, the empires of the Seljuk and Ottoman Turks, and the French empire after World War One.

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One of the earliest centers of human civilization, Syria has long been a crossroads for trade. Cities like Damascus, Aleppo, Homs (formerly Emesa), Antioch (now in Turkey) and Palmyra have were historically important for the transfer of goods and ideas. It has been a part of, among other regimes, the Persian Empire, the Hellenistic Empires, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, various Arab caliphates, Crusader states, the empires of the Seljuk and Ottoman Turks, and the French empire after World War One.



Since 1970, Syria has been governed by a guy named al-Assad (meaning "the lion"). From 1970 through 2000, it was Hafez, who modernized the country, opposed Israel and sided with Russia at the height of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. Upon his death in 2000, he was replaced by his son, Bashar, the target of an ongoing CivilWar. Assad is an Alawite family, a secretive sect of Shia Islam that's a minority in Syria, Lebanon and Turkey. Some Muslims, especially Sunnis, don't think Alawites are really Muslims at all and this has been at the root of the sectarian conflict that has been ongoing with varying intensity between the country's Sunni majority and Alawite minority for a long time. That the Alawites dominate the government under the leadership of the al-Assad clan has not helped matters in recent years. In 1983, there was a major uprising against the Alawite-dominated government launched by the religious Sunni organizations that was crushed with utter brutality. The centers of this revolt coincide with the centers of the current revolt against Syrian government today.

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Since 1970, Syria has been governed by a guy named al-Assad (meaning "the lion"). From 1970 through 2000, it was Hafez, who modernized the country, opposed Israel and sided with Russia at the height of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. Upon his death in 2000, he was replaced by his son, Bashar, the target of an ongoing CivilWar. Assad is an Alawite family, a secretive sect of Shia Islam that's a minority in Syria, Lebanon and Turkey. Some Muslims, especially Sunnis, don't think Alawites are really Muslims at all and this has been at the root of the sectarian conflict that has been ongoing with varying intensity between the country's Sunni majority and Alawite minority for a long time. That the Alawites dominate the government under the leadership of the al-Assad clan has not helped matters in recent years. In 1983, there was a major uprising against the Alawite-dominated government launched by the religious Sunni organizations that was crushed with utter brutality. The centers of this revolt coincide with the centers of the current revolt against the Syrian government today.



Influenced by the Arab spring, massive protests began mid-March 2011, and later escalated into an armed uprising and (by the summer of 2012) full-fledged CivilWar. The war is ongoing, and has killed more than 250,000 people. If you want any testimony in today's world that WarIsHell, look no further than Syria. A lot of the rebel groups have connections to terrorist organizations (including Al-Qaeda), while ''someone'' (nobody can agree who) used chemical weapons to attack rebels and civilians, which is clearly in violation of international law. Debate over what, if anything, can be done about this has become very heated, and there isn't an easy answer. Meanwhile, millions of Syrians have fled the country, sparking the largest refugee crisis the world has experienced up now, (nearly half of the 22 million-population now lives outside of the country, that's about ''4.5'' million people, which is more than the total population of neighboring Lebanon while many more live in a war zone every day.

Syria is currently the target of sanctions from the United States, Turkey, Europe, and the Arab League, who accuse the government of crushing the rebellions with an iron fist and a douse of chemical weapons (as said earlier, it's still unknown ''who'' use it, so RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment apply).. The Arab League suspended Syria on 16 November 2011, similarly in response to the governments continued crackdown on dissent and rejection of reforms.

Syria's capital, Dimashq (Damascus), is a key city in Christianity, as Paul's conversion took place on the road to it and there is a considerable Christian minority. It's also the oldest city in the world, with its foundations being continously inhabited since ~8,000BC.

The population of Syria is incredibly diverse. You have the majority the Sunni Arabs who live in the mostly-dry interior, but the periphery presents one of the most [[PrecisionFStrike clusterf**k]] area known to man, mostly due to the mountains: the area near the Mediterranean Sea coast is inhabited by the Alawi Muslims; the area just to the south (surrounding Lebanon) is the home to a Catholic minority known as the Melkite, while further south, in the Golan Heights, is the home of the Druze, a quasi-Muslim ethnoreligious group who branched off Shia Islam years ago. Then you have the north, in the border with Turkey, where one-quarter of the Kurds, an Indo-European group who speak a Persian-like language, call home; the Syrian Turkmens, Turkish-speaking people who have been the ButtMonkey for almost a hundred years and counting; ''and'' the Assyrians itself, a ''very, very old'' Christian group who split off from others since at least ''1,500'' years ago. This diversity is due to the fact that the country was originally a collection of individual provinces during the Ottoman era; the Ottomans, at least before they went berserk during World War I, were known for their leniency against minorities. In fact, up to the middle of the French mandate, most of these provinces were still separate states, until the French suddenly merged them together while giving only Lebanon independence. Considering the recent events, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard it might have bite them in the ass]].

[[RunningGag To stress out what have been said in other Muslim-majority countries in Western Asia]], Syria is ''NOT'' all desert. The country/region did give its name to the titular rocky desert with little dunes which cover the Levant, but it only covers the northern and eastern part. The Mediterranean coast region is like, well, [[ShapedLikeItself other Mediterranean coast regions]], be it in Italy, Croatia, or Spain (there's a reason that "Mediterranean climate" classification exists). It has a lot of beautiful beaches; in fact, the port city of Latakia is ''the'' tourist hotspot of the country before the Civil War. The coast is bounded by a series of mountain ranges, a continuation of the Mount Lebanon range from the south, separating the fertile coast with the dry interior. Damascus is, contrary to popular depictions, not built in the desert, but in a fertile land near another mountain range called the Anti-Lebanon, which contains Mount Hermon (the one where the fallen angels were banished in [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Genesis]]). Near it is the contested Golan Heights, which, [[RunningGag contrary to]] ''[[Film/LeftBehind2000 Left Behind]]'', is ''very'' fertile and hilly. Most of the largest cities are built in these fertile highlands; the only one that isn't is Deir ez-Zor, which is indeed built in the middle of the desert.

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Influenced by the Arab spring, massive protests began mid-March 2011, and later escalated into an armed uprising and (by the summer of 2012) full-fledged CivilWar. The war is ongoing, and has killed more than 250,000 people. If you want any testimony in today's world that WarIsHell, look no further than Syria. A lot of the rebel groups have connections to terrorist organizations (including Al-Qaeda), while ''someone'' (nobody can agree who) used chemical weapons to attack rebels and civilians, which is clearly in violation of international law. Debate over what, if anything, can be done about this has become very heated, and there isn't an easy answer. Meanwhile, millions of Syrians have fled the country, sparking the largest refugee crisis the world has experienced up until now, (nearly half of the 22 million-population now lives outside of the country, that's about ''4.5'' million people, which is more than the total population of neighboring Lebanon while many more live in a war zone every day.

Syria is currently the target of sanctions from the United States, Turkey, Europe, and the Arab League, who accuse the government of crushing the rebellions with an iron fist and a douse dose of chemical weapons (as said earlier, it's still unknown ''who'' use used it, so RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment apply)..applies).. The Arab League suspended Syria on 16 November 2011, similarly in response to the governments continued crackdown on dissent and rejection of reforms.

Syria's capital, Dimashq (Damascus), is a key city in Christianity, as Paul's conversion took place on the road to it and there is a considerable Christian minority. It's also the oldest city in the world, with its foundations being continously continuously inhabited since ~8,000BC.

The population of Syria is incredibly diverse. You have the majority the Sunni Arabs who live in the mostly-dry interior, but the periphery presents one of the most [[PrecisionFStrike clusterf**k]] clusterf**ked]] area known to man, mostly due to the mountains: the area near the Mediterranean Sea coast is inhabited by the Alawi Muslims; the area just to the south (surrounding Lebanon) is the home to a Catholic minority known as the Melkite, while further south, in the Golan Heights, is the home of the Druze, a quasi-Muslim ethnoreligious group who branched off Shia Islam years ago. Then you have the north, in on the border with Turkey, where one-quarter of the Kurds, an Indo-European group who speak a Persian-like language, call home; the Syrian Turkmens, Turkish-speaking people who have been the ButtMonkey for almost a hundred years and counting; ''and'' the Assyrians itself, a ''very, very old'' Christian group who split off from others since at least ''1,500'' years ago. This diversity is due to the fact that the country was originally a collection of individual provinces during the Ottoman era; the Ottomans, at least before they went berserk during World War I, were known for their leniency against minorities. In fact, up to the middle of the French mandate, most of these provinces were still separate states, until the French suddenly merged them together while giving only Lebanon independence. Considering the recent events, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard it might have bite bitten them in the ass]].

[[RunningGag To stress out what have has been said in for other Muslim-majority countries in Western Asia]], Syria is ''NOT'' all desert. The country/region did give its name to the titular rocky desert with little dunes which cover the Levant, but it only covers the northern and eastern part. The Mediterranean coast region is like, well, [[ShapedLikeItself other Mediterranean coast regions]], be it in Italy, Croatia, or Spain (there's a reason that "Mediterranean climate" classification exists). It has a lot of beautiful beaches; in fact, the port city of Latakia is wass ''the'' tourist hotspot of the country before the Civil War. The coast is bounded by a series of mountain ranges, a continuation of the Mount Lebanon range from the south, separating the fertile coast with the dry interior. Damascus is, contrary to popular depictions, not built in the desert, but in a fertile land near another mountain range called the Anti-Lebanon, which contains Mount Hermon (the one where the fallen angels were banished in [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Genesis]]). Near it is the contested Golan Heights, which, [[RunningGag contrary to]] ''[[Film/LeftBehind2000 Left Behind]]'', is ''very'' fertile and hilly. Most of the largest cities are built in these fertile highlands; the only one that isn't is Deir ez-Zor, which is indeed built in the middle of the desert.
14th Jun '16 9:30:00 AM MysteriousZorua1994
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Syria has been a [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Russian]] ally as far back as the SovietUnion, serving as a surrogate in both the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict. It assisted UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}} in waging several wars with UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}, and unlike Egypt, there is no ceasefire to be had between Israel and Syria. In fact, Israel destroyed what may have been a nuclear reactor in 2008 and has occupied the Golan Heights (Syrian territory) since 1967. On account of its strategic alliance with UsefulNotes/{{Iran}}, it is widely believed to be a state sponsor of terrorism.

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Syria has been a [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Russian]] ally as far back as the SovietUnion, serving as a surrogate in both the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict. It assisted UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}} in waging several wars with UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}, and unlike Egypt, there is no ceasefire to be had between Israel and Syria. In fact, Israel destroyed what may have been a [[UsefulNotes/NorthKorea North Korean]] controlled nuclear reactor in 2008 and has occupied the Golan Heights (Syrian territory) since 1967. On account of its strategic alliance with UsefulNotes/{{Iran}}, it is widely believed to be a state sponsor of terrorism.



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