By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Syria is printing a 2,000 pound bank note.
Until now their largest denomination was a 1,000 pound note.
This new note has --- you guessed it --- a picture of Bashar Assad on it. The 1,000 note has a picture of father, Hafez Assad.
The banknote went into circulation on Sunday.
The release of this new note transmits a very important message from the president of Syria. Assad is feeling very secure. Even those trying to oust him in Syria still use Syrian bank notes. They are using notes with his father's face printed on them, and now they will be using notes with his face.
Assad clearly and firmly believes that he is in Syria to stay.
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