Rami Makhlouf is the owner of the successful cell phone company Syriatel—and cousin of President Bashar al-Assad. That relation has made the businessman and his company the target of Syrian protesters.
After months of protests, many see a new Syria emerging. However, amid the escalating violence and economic hardship, much of the population is worried about the future.
Religious minorities make up 26 percent of Syria's 22.5 million citizens. Many of them fear persecution if President Bashar al Assad regime is toppled.
Ordinary Syrians are feeling the impact of the country's political upheaval, declining economy and mounting international sanctions. Reese Erlich shares images that speak to their hardships.
After seven months of upheaval, Syria's top businesses remain loyal to the government, but small business owners are split.
Many Syrian business elites have close ties to the ruling Baath Party. But if their support wavers, it could mean the end of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
Among Syria's Kurdish minority, there is no love lost for the Assad regime, but many fear what might come after him.
Journalist and author Reese Erlich talks about Libyan dictator Moamar Gaddafi's death and whether the Assad regime in Syria might be the next to fall.
To escape a government crackdown in 2004, thousands of Syrian Kurds fled across the border to Iraq. Many still live there today—a constant reminder of Syrian repression.
After harsh crackdowns on demonstrators across the country, the Syrian regime claims it has regained control of the situation. But public displays of opposition are still evident, even in the schoolyard.
Daniel Brook wins the prestigious Writing Award in the Winterhouse Awards for Design Writing & Criticism for his Pulitzer Center reporting on "The Architect of 9/11".
Daniel Brook's Pulitzer Center project on Mohamed Atta, "The Architect of 9/11," was featured in a segment on WBUR's "Here and Now" on Nov. 9.