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Syria welcomes UN investigation into Hariri death

February 22nd, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Syria says it ‘welcomes’ the UN investigation into Rafiq Hariri’s death. After his assassination last Monday fingers were pointed at Syria. They became the most likely suspects because Hariri resigned as Lebanese Prime Minister last year amid differences with his neighbour. Not only did Syria deny involvement but they acknowledged what a tragedy the death […]

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Calm Down

February 20th, 2005 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

Since the murder of Rafiq al-Hariri, the anti-Syrian movement in Lebanon has started to straddle the traditional secular divisions. Its uniting the un-unitable. We’ve seen the Hariri family joining forces with Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, and Maronite groups. The church bells tolled as Hariri’s funeral procession moved towards the Mosque where he was to be […]

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Apples to Damascus

February 17th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Syria has signed its first trade deal with Israel. Ten thousand apples will soon be making their way across the border. Syrians living in the Golan Heights are having a hard time. Their land is occupied and annexed by Israel, Ariel Sharon has rejected recent Syrian overtures to negotiate the future of the Heights and […]

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"Ma Bafham" – "I don’t understand"

February 17th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

What’s behind the Lebanese-Syrian tension? On Monday former Lebanese PM Rafiq Hariri was assasinated. By whom? We don’t know. The US and France have been digging their thumbs into Syria of late, and the US is keen to have everyone believe Syria was responsible. But why? Syria has 14,000 troops in Lebanon. They ended 25 […]

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Truth

February 17th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The more you repeat something, the more it becomes true. Syria killed Hariri. Syria killed Hariri. Syria killed Hariri. The first White House response to the killing implicated Syria. Then the American ambassador to Damascus was withdrawn, but not before she showed her displeasure with Syria. If I say “you know John, he’d never kill […]

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The Woodwork

February 16th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Lebanese war-lord General Michel Aoun is back in the news. He’s the man who declared himself President in the ‘alternative presidential palace’ in East Beirut in 1989. His fleeing to Paris signalled the end of the Civil War. And he’s been there ever since. And long may he remain there. But now he’s “threatening” to […]

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The Fallout

February 15th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The US Ambassador to Syria has been recalled. But not before she gave Syria’s President a firm ticking-off. Always seemed funny to me that America could give Syria the evil eye but still keep their Ambassador there. Earlier, EU Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana said there was no need to review US-Syrian relations. He’s waiting […]

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Islamists claim responsibility for assasination

February 14th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

An Islamist group ‘Victory and Jihad in the Levant’* has claimed responsibility for today’s bombing which killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. The claim was made in a video aired on Al-Jazeera, which said he was killed becuase of his links with the Saudi government. In the immediate aftermath, fingers had been pointed at […]

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Beirut bombing

February 14th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri has been killed. He, and nine others, died when a massive explosion ripped through a convoy of twenty cars. They were travelling along Beirut’s corniche (sea front), past St. George’s Hotel. The attack comes less than 24 hours after the French Government reportedly threatened Syria with tough consequences if […]

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Syria News Wire – exclusive news for your site

February 14th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

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