BEIRUT, Lebanon – Members of Syria’s Druze community, a small but significant religious minority, are joining the opposition in bigger numbers, ramping up pressure on the beleaguered government of President Bashar al-Assad, according to opposition activists and rebel military commanders.
Lebanon, the tiny country on the eastern end of the Mediterranean basin may be small in size, yet it faces huge problems.
Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati, currently trying to form a new government in Lebanon, was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 409th richest person in the world with $2.8 billion.
At an age when most people enjoy retirement, Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim grew his personal fortune by some $20 billion in one year through gains in his telecommunications and mining businesses. The value of the 71-year-old’s companies as measured by Forbes, around $74 billion, is nearly twice the projected 2011 gross domestic product of Lebanon,