Faysal Abbas Mohamad
Faysal Abbas Mohamad is a retired Syrian-Canadian professor of international relations and Middle Eastern politics, as well as a longtime dissident who was an eyewitness to the Syrian uprising.
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The officer explained that he advocated against granting me a visa because of my political past, a punitive measure intended to vindictively instill in us the notion that escape is impossible. Not only had we failed to prevent Hafez al-Assad’s ascension to power, we now had to live with the consequences.