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Entries from May 2005

News from the border

May 14th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Villagers in the Syrian town of Showaiyeh were woken on Thursday night by heavy fighting in Al-Qaim, one mile away. But Al-Qaim is across the border in war torn Iraq, and Showaiyeh is on the Syrian side of the border. Residents hear the sound of warplanes, and bombing, which shake their houses to the foundation. […]

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Syrian opposition: ‘no’ to regime change

May 13th, 2005 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

“We refuse a forced change of the regime by a foreign power…This is a red line“, says Hasan Abdul-Azim, the head of a Syrian coalition of banned opposition parties. Their battle is now against American threats towards Syria. The irony for Washington is that their hostility towards Syria has actually increased support for the government. […]

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Rebirth of the Golan

May 10th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

A multi-million dollar hospital has opened in Qunaitra, the capital of the Golan Heights. Qunaitra is on the edge of the Golan Heights – nearly all of the Heights have been occupied by Israel for 30 years. The hospital is a hugely symbolic statement. For years the Syrian government refused to rebuild Qunaitra. They left […]

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Aoun: Lahoud shouldn’t resign

May 8th, 2005 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Returning warlord Michel Aoun has attempted to divide Lebanon’s opposition further. He says that Lebanese President Emile Lahoud should not resign. That’s despite the unrelenting opposition cries for him to step down. He is seen as being at the centre of curruption in Lebanese politics. And recently he’s become the number one target for the […]

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Napolaoun returns

May 8th, 2005 · 27 Comments · Uncategorized

Lebanese General*/Prime Minister*/President* (*depending on his mood) Michael Aoun has returned to Beirut. I’ve come to save you, it’s ok now – let’s continue where we left off 15 years ago: “Today is a day for joy, a day for jubilation. I’m back.” Now, where exactly did we leave off 15 years ago. Ah yes, […]

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Orthadox American Jew in talks with Syrian Government

May 6th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

“My biggest problem since I left Syria was that no one in Israel believed that the event actually took place, or that a religious Jew would be treated this way in the capital of Israel’s fiercest foe.” In between speaking at seminars in Israel Marc Gopin, an orthadox American Jew, the James Laue Chair at […]

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Explosion near Beirut injures 6

May 6th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

An explosion in Jouneih, 10 miles north of Beirut, has injured 6 people according to LBC, Future and the Red Cross. The cause of the explosion is unknown. It’s the second blast to hit the elite playground of Jouneih. During the Civil War, those who could afford it came to Jouneih to carry on partying. […]

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US Ambassador to return to Damascus

May 3rd, 2005 · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

Margaret Scobey (below) was recalled to Washington just days after the murder of Rafiq Al-Hariri. Her last act as Ambassador was to serve a harsh letter to the Syrian government. Her withdrawal was to focus international attention on Damascus, and imply that Washington held Bashar responsible for the killing. It was widely assumed that this […]

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Lebanese PM complains: Syrian troops are still on our land

May 3rd, 2005 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Al-Miqati has insisted that the Syrian army base at Deir Al-Ashayier is actually on Lebanese land. He says that he’ll discuss the base when he makes his first foreign trip as PM, to Damascus on Wednesday. Locals are angry that their Syrian neighbours didn’t withdraw along with the 14,000 Syrian troops […]

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13 Islamists arrested in Lattaqia

May 2nd, 2005 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Thirteen students have been arrested in Lattaqia, on the Syrian coast. They are accused of forming an Islamist group called Sunna Al-Haya. The details come from a Syrian minister, and the solicitor for the students. The villages outside Lattaqia are the centre of Syria’s Allawi minority (from which most senior ministers come from). Syria’s most […]

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