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STRATFOR ANALYSIS: Considering a Sunni Regime in Syria ...

July 10, 2012 | 0900 GMT

Stratfor By Reva Bhalla and Kamran Bokhari

Last week's publicized defection of the Tlass family marked a potential turning point for Syria's al Assad regime. The Tlass family formed the main pillar of Sunni support for the minority Alawite regime. The patriarch of the family, former Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass, had a strategic, brotherly bond with late Syrian President Hafez al Assad. The two military men served as members of the ruling Baath Party in Cairo from 1958 to 1961 when Syria and Egypt existed under the Nasserite vision of the United Arab Republic. The failure of that project brought them back home, where together they helped bring the Baath Party to power in 1963 and sustained a violent period of coups, purges and countercoups through the 1960s. With Tlass standing quietly by his side, Hafez mounted a bloodless coup and appointed Tlass as his defense minister in 1970. Since then, Tlass has been the symbol of Syria's old guard regime. …

Peru secures most buyers for 2012-13 mango campaign ...

July 10th, 2012

More than 90% of Peru’s predicted mango shipments for the forthcoming season from November to March 2013 have been secured in Europe and the U.S., website reported.

Peruvian Association of Mango Exporters (APEM) president Juan Rivera, said businesses in the Netherlands, England, Spain and the U.S. were waiting for the country’s upcoming shipments.

Rivera added that Europe’s recession did not appear to have affected people’s mango consumption.

“Contrary to what one might think when there is an economic crisis, families do not reduce their spending on food but on travel and buying luxury goods. So the demand for mangoes is constant,” he was quoted as saying.

He said 55% of exports are shipped to Europe, 35% to the U.S. with the remainder going to Japan, China and New Zealand.

Peru’s exports to Japan this season are expected to double to 600 metric tons (MT) with a further duplication in volume of 1,200MT predicted for 2013-14.

The Lambayeque department accounts fo…

Dominican Republic finding a lucrative mango niche ...

July 10th, 2012

With a harvest that coincides with Mexico, the Dominican Republic’s mango industry decided early on that it wouldn’t aim to be a market leader, however with a focus on differentiation it could get ahead. 

Since 2004 its exports have grown from US$1 million to US$7 million annually, shipping ethnic, gourmet (ready-to-eat air freight) and organic mangoes. At we catch up with the country’s Mango Cluster executive director Gisela Taveras, who is bullish growth can continue but recognizes more work needs to be done.

Taveras has just returned from the Bayahibe Mango Festival, which took place last week on the Dominican Republic’s southeast coast, where the industry coordinated with five hotels to offer degustations to tourists; with 132 different ethnic varieties, the campaign managers certainly weren’t strapped for choice.

“It was a beautiful activity because people got to know our mangoes, and the idea is that in this sector we can develop locally, an…

China opens doors to Pakistani mangoes ...


Published: July 10, 2012

China itself is the second largest producer of mangoes in the world with an annual production of 4.5 million tons.


China has opened its doors to Pakistani mangoes and in response; first shipment of mangoes from Pakistan has set sail to China via sea.

Durrani Associates CEO AQ Khan Durrani said in a release on Monday that people will be surprised to know that China itself is the second largest producer of mangoes in the world with an annual production of 4.5 million tons. “The first shipment of 40 tons of mangoes is being exported to China in two 40 feet containers valued at $60,000,” said Durrani.

He further added that his organisation also exports mangoes to the Middle and the Far East, Jordan, Lebanon and Mauritius.

Durrani emphasised the need of shifting to sea routes for trade and said that recently, he sent a shipment to Korea, where duty on air trade is 30%, whereas delivery through sea is duty free. Further elaborating his viewpoint, he said t…