An early 1995 interview with Bashar al-Assad, on the first anniversary of the passing of his brother Basel al-Assad

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The interview was conducted by Waddah Abd Rabbo, a young Syrian journalist at the time who went on to establish two newspapers during the era of Bashar al-Assad; al-Iqtisadiyah and al-Watan. This interview was published in Al-Shahr, a popular monthly magazine that was edited by Abd Rabbo's father, Yasser Abd Rabbo. It was the first media appearance for Assad after the death of his brother Basel in a car accident on the road to Damascus International Airport in January 1994. At the time, Assad was studying medicine in London.