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Entries from March 2005

Brazillian newspaper: Israel killed Hariri

March 22nd, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Brazil’s highest circulation daily paper the Buenos Aires Clarin carries an astonishing claim that Israel and the US were behind the assasination of Rafiq Hariri. Today’s awesome article goes further. The US and Israel wanted huge pressure to be put on Syria to withdraw its troops from Lebanon, and be sent to Iraq!

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The Windy City

March 20th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Syria is to turn to wind power. It has already installed 4000 wind electricty generators in Central Syria: Homs, Qalmoum and north of the capital Damascus. There is a plan to build a new wind farm in Homs, which is the country’s industrial hub: on the road into Homs the factory emmisions are clear to […]

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Car bomb in Beirut

March 19th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

In the last few minutes a car bomb has exploded in Beirut. Witnesses say it destroyed the first floor of an apartment block and blew a crater in the road. It is the first violence since the killing of former PM Rafiq Hariri a month ago. Prepare for accusations that Syria is stirring trouble before […]

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No coup in Damascus

March 18th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

The ‘Lebanese Foundation for Peace’ has been reporting a military coup d’etat in Syria. They claim Bashar Al-Assad has fled to Aleppo and that Interior Minister Ghazi Kannan has overthrown him. The North and West is allied to Bashar but the capital is under the rebel’s control. It’s all in reaction to the Lebanese withdrawal. […]

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March 17th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

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March 17th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

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15000 Christian Lebanese still armed

March 17th, 2005 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

A Christian militia member in Hanayna, Lebanon has claimed that 15,000 are armed and ready to fight. Overnight he’s destroyed the commonly held perception that Hizbollah is the only Lebanese militia still left. The man, who spoke under condition of anonymity to the BBC, revealed part of their arms cache. He said they would not […]

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People marching in, and troops marching out

March 16th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

In the latest tit-for-tat demo in Beirut 800,000 protesters took to the streets. This one marked the first month since the murder of the founding father of post-war Lebanon, Rafiq Hariri. It was less political than previous marches: Sunnis and Shia’a, who had stayed away from opposition demos, joined in. This makes it the largest […]

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1559 is dead. Long live 1559.

March 14th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

“It’s all over.” That is how one reporter described the situation in Lebanon after touching base with Western Embassies in Damascus. “There is no more threat of sanctions. No use of force,” he was told. Now that the Syrians have agreed to withdraw their troops, UN Resolution 1559 is dead.” From Joshua Landis’s Syria Comment.

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Is it over?

March 13th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

“It is positive that Syria would begin to withdraw its forces out of Lebanon, not just to the border” (Condaleeza Rice, US Secretary of State) “President Assad appears to have met most of the conditions for the withdrawal.” (Dan Isaacs, BBC) The world was a very different place four weeks ago. I’ve been ping-ponging: it’s […]

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