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Entries from August 2005

Police swoop on former Mukhabaraat Heads in Beirut

August 30th, 2005 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Police have arrested 3 former Security Chiefs (below) in Beirut in connection with the murder of Rafiq Al-Hariri. Mustafa Hamdan, the current head of the guards of President Emile Lahoud has also turned himself in to the police. Hamdan was implicated by the UN investigator for his role in the murder. The other three are:-the […]

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Damascene magazine steals work from a Syrian blog

August 27th, 2005 · 14 Comments · Uncategorized

Layalina magazine has cut and pasted an entire blog post – its words and photograph – without giving credit to its author, one of Syria’s most important bloggers, Ayman. Ayman’s Damascene Blog is one of the most widely read and oldest blogs written in Syria. He posts a daily photo from his city, and the […]

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Syrians to meet UN Hariri investigator within 24 hours

August 27th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

A Syrian representative will meet the UN investigator in charge of the Rafiq Al-Hariri probe in Geneva within 24 hours, according to the UN. It comes just one day after the investigator, Detlev Mehlis, criticised Syria’s failure to co-operate fully. The US quickly accused Damascus of hindering the investigation. And Lebanon’s Prime Minister sent a […]

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Syrian incompetence causing trouble?

August 26th, 2005 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Syria is hindering the UN investigation into the death of Rafiq Al-Hariri, according to the UN investigator Detlev Mehlis. The UN says it still hasn’t even received replies to its requests for interviews or documents issued four weeks ago. Syria says it is ready to discuss the issues and its not trying to hinder the […]

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Massive new hotel-shopping centre for Damascus – 3600 new jobs

August 25th, 2005 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

The face of new Damascus is set to change for ever. Here’s what’s planned: -a 50 storey hotel-TWO forty storey apartment blocks-TWO forty storey office blocks-3600 new jobs Damascus is set to have its largest development for decades. A 50-storey hotel – by far Syria’s largest – and shopping centre complex is set to be […]

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Iraqi Government: Syria not involved in the Iraqi violence

August 25th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Syris is not supporting, funding, helping or even turning a blind eye to the violence in Iraq. Syria’s not involved. That’s according to the Iraqi Transport Minister Awdeh Al-Maliki, who left Damascus today after a three day visit. “I can assure you that the Syrian government has nothing to do with what is happening in […]

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4 Syrian policemen killed by militants

August 24th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Syrian police officers have been killed in a raid on a terror group which planned to attack Damascus. In recent months Syria has been the victim of militant attacks, in Damascus, Homs and near the border by Islamic extremists. The exiled Muslim Brotherhood – which fought with the government in 1982 in Hama, costing 20,000 […]

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Bomb explodes in central Beirut

August 23rd, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

A bomb has exploded on the Beirut coast, in Zalka. No-one is thought to have died in the blast this evening, the first such explosion for months. But two people have been injured.

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Syria to start flights to iraq

August 22nd, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Daily flights are set to start soon from Syria to Iraq. It’s not clear where they’ll be flying to – Royal Air Jordanian is one of the few airlines to fly into Iraq, it goes to Baghdad, possibly because it is safer than travelling by road! Even so, pilots must do a ‘corkscrew landing’, coming […]

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Damascus sweet shop becomes world famous

August 20th, 2005 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

Ghraoui, one of the city’s most exclusive sweet shops is the feature of a New York Times article. Perhaps because of the power of New York’s Syrian community, or just the increasing world focus on Iraq’s neighbour. Ghraoui has been around for 200 years. It is located on Sharia Abu Roumaneh, the embassy district, and […]

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