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1933: How the yo-yo triggered war in Syria

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ON January 23, 1933 it was reported that Yo Yo’s were banned in Syria because they were also “blamed for drought”.

In 2013, William R. Polk. was quoted:

Syria has been convulsed by civil war since climate change came to Syria with a vengeance. Drought devastated the country from 2006 to 2011.  Rainfall in most of the country fell below eight inches (20 cm) a year, the absolute minimum needed to sustain un-irrigated farming. Desperate for water, farmers began to tap aquifers with tens of thousands of new well.  But, as they did, the water table quickly dropped to a level below which their pumps could lift it. 

 

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