Rami Makhlouf: Bashar Assad’s Hated Billionaire Cousin

When protesters took to the streets against the Assad family 16 months ago to launch what has become a nationwide uprising, one of their first chants was “Makhlouf is a thief.” They were referring to Rami Makhlouf, Bashar al-Assad’s maternal cousin, who has run a vast business empire – from telecoms to banks, to real […]