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Entries from February 2005

Lebanese PM & Government quits

February 28th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

“I declare the resignation of the government that I had the honour to head. May God preserve Lebanon.”They were the words of Omar Karami as he submitted his resignation, along with the resignations of all government ministers. President Emile Lahoud accepted their decision. The announcement comes in a day which an opposition-led vote of no […]

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Dirty Politics

February 27th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

When you go fishing for accusations – when you try to blame everything including the colour of the sky on someone – expect it to come tumbling down. The US wants to believe Syria’s to blame for their woes in Iraq. Can’t handle the Iraqi rebellion – it must be Syria’s fault, they’re helping the […]

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Syria to build cross-country highway

February 26th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Syria’s planning its first East-West highway. And unusually for the state-controlled country, it’s to be built by a private company. Syria is a vertical nation. Most people live along the Damascus-Aleppo axis – and it’s those two cities that are the country’s largest. But the new road will run from the coast to the Iraqi […]

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Syrian Government announces withdrawal

February 24th, 2005 · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

In the last few minutes Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister has announced that Syria will cooperate with the UN Resolution demanding a full Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon. This afternoon Syrian troops have started pulling back into the Bekka valley (border region). When the troop movement is complete, it will mean that all 14,000 Syrian troops are […]

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The Myth of the Beirut Demonstration?

February 24th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Monday’s massive march in Beirut was hailed as a turning point. It was the first time, commentators said, that Muslims had campaigned together with Christians and Druze against the Syrian involvement in Lebanon. Protestors even held placards with the Cresent and the Cross. United at last it seemed. But now it has been revealed that […]

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Lebanese Government to quit on Monday?

February 24th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The Lebanese Government, led by Prime Minister Omar Karami, is to resign. The opposition have been calling for a vote of confidence in Parliament. And Karami – a close ally of Syria – has agreed. He was appointed after last year’s resignation of Rafiq al-Hariri. He said… “I am for the resignation of the government […]

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Lebanese Government to quit

February 23rd, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The entire Lebanese government has agreed to resign. Prime Minister Omar Karami has said he and all his colleagues will step down as soon as replacements are found. The decision follows widespread protests two days ago calling for the government to quit. The move is an attempt to diffuse the growing public dissent, following the […]

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Letter to America

February 23rd, 2005 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Before February 14th 2005, did you know who Rafiq al-Hariri was? The US (via France) have threatened to impose sanctions on Syria, and have called for a ‘Free Lebanon’. But if that’s the case, why is France harbouring terrorists like Michel Aoun? The US is counting down the days until May. They’ve said the elections […]

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Lebanon demonstrates

February 22nd, 2005 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

The Lebanese have demonstrated – from the Corniche, to the Saahat an-Najam. It was heart-warming, despite the fact that I disagree with their anti-Syrian anger. That Arabs can march in Arab streets in an opposition rally. That Muslims and Christians are marching side-by-side, many holding banners with the Cross and the Cresent. That the people […]

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Syrian troops to withdraw from Lebanon

February 22nd, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Ignore Bush, it was Amr Moussa (the Arab League’s Secretary General) doing the interesting talking today (below right). After a meeting with Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad (above left), he announced that Bashar “stressed more than once in (our) talks his firm intention to plan a Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon”. So that’s it. All sealed. He […]

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