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March 6, 1990 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Through periods of drought and permanent inefficiency, the Syrian economy has hobbled along on the proceeds of oil exports and the crutch of soft credit and barter trade with the Soviet Bloc. The crutch has begun to wobble. The Damascus government has no hard cash. Its oil earnings are spent on imported wheat.
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March 6, 1990 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Through periods of drought and permanent inefficiency, the Syrian economy has hobbled along on the proceeds of oil exports and the crutch of soft credit and barter trade with the Soviet Bloc. The crutch has begun to wobble. The Damascus government has no hard cash. Its oil earnings are spent on imported wheat.
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