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From 50 Years Ago: New Arab Force

Weekly Notes from Volume XV, No 11, March 16, 1963.

Much has happened in the Middle East during the last few months to gladden Nasser’s and Nasserite hearts. Only a little over six months ago President Nasser, faced with the Syrian Government’s charge that the UAR “had violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Republic”, had walked out of the Arab League in a huff. The political complexion of the Arab world has since undergone much change…and the climate could not have been more congenial to the downfall of the anti-Nasser Government in Syria.

This happened on March 8, when sections of the Syrian army staged a coup. The coup came in the wake of months-old student unrest, instigated by the Baath Socialist Party, and frequent resignations of top-ranking leaders…

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