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Coup leader returns to Syria

April 20th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Colonel Jasem Elwan, the man who led the 1963 coup against the newly established Ba’ath government, has returned to Syria. The Ba’ath party took power after a troublesome and short-lived union with Jamal Abdel Nasser’s Egypt. They reasserted Syria’s independence and took control of Syria away from Cairo. But Elwan was one of the Syrian […]

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Chinese factories come to Syria

April 20th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Adra, in Northern Damascus, is to be the site of a huge new Chinese production line. Hundreds of Syrians will be employed in the production of goods for export. Adra is home to an investment zone, where companies can invest and pay little or no tax. The Chinese comapnies bring with them technology, investment, and […]

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Lebanese elections one step closer

April 20th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Lebanon’s interim Prime Minister has won the agreement of opposition and pro-Syrian MPs for his new Cabinet – a legal requirement before an election can be called. There had been fears that disagreement between the opposition and loyalists would delay May’s elections and send the country into political quick-sand. But now that opposition backed Prime […]

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International observers for Lebanon’s election

April 17th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Lebanese president Emile Lahoud has invited international observers to monitor next month’s election. He made the call at a meeting with EU delegates. The moves shows Lahoud’s willingness to get the Europeans on board and also his commitment to the fairness of the elections. Just days ago Omar Karami resigned, throwing the likelihood of elections […]

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Lebanon’s new Prime Minister: Najib Al-Miqati

April 15th, 2005 · 9 Comments · Uncategorized

Najib Al-Miqati, who was nominated by the opposition, has been named as Lebanon’s new Prime Minister. But he’s still quite pro-Syrian. He’s seen as the perfect uniting figure to lead Lebanon into May’s elections: he is the opposition’s favourite as well as being quite close to Syria. He was chosen at the expense of Syrian […]

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More tourists visiting Syria

April 15th, 2005 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

The number of tourists visiting Syria is up again. 1.2 million visitors entered Syria between January and March this year – that’s a 5% rise. Syria attracts visitors from around the world. It has sites preserved from many periods of history – Syria’s a living history text book. In Palmyra, there are the remains of […]

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Gunman crosses Golan border

April 15th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Israeli military sources are claiming that a Fatah gunman has crossed from Syria into the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights. They claim he wanted to abduct an IDF soldier and take him into Syria. The man, who is said to be of Palestinian origin, from the Yarmuk refugee camp in Southern Damascus, has now been arrested. […]

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13th April 1975

April 13th, 2005 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Today marks the thirtieth anniversary of the start of the Lebanese Civil War. Christians, Sunni, Shia’a, Druze and Palestinians will unite to commemorate the 150,000 who died. “Today, we declare war against the war” declared opposition MP Marwan Hamadeh. Christian militiamen shot 27 Palestinians dead on a bus. In true Lebanese style, art exhibitions are […]

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Israeli and Syrian Presidents shake hands

April 9th, 2005 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

An unprecedented handshake has taken place between Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad and Israel’s President Moshe Katsav at the funeral for Pope John Paul II. They shook hands as the funeral began, and Bashar approached Katsav again after the funeral to exchange words and shake again. Such public communication has never happened before, bwteen the two […]

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America’s idea of Arab democracy: the Muslim Brotherhood

April 5th, 2005 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Yes you read right. The Muslim Brotherhood. Newly invigorated in their ability to challenge Arab autocrats, they’ve staged the largest anti-Government march in Cairo for decades. And they’ve also called on Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad to allow them to stand for election in Damascus. In 1982 Syria brutally put down a Muslim Brotherhood rebellion across […]

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