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Entries from August 2005

A soldier’s view – life at the border

August 19th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

“The Americans won’t control their side of the border, accept our offers of collaboration, allow us the surveillance equipment we need – then accuse us of aiding a resistance that, they know, is basically Iraqi, even if some foreign fighters do get over our frontiers, which – they also know – cannot be sealed without […]

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Improving life for Syria’s Palestinian refugees

August 19th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Palestinians in Syria suffer. 50 students per classroom. Ghettos of packed temporary housing on the outskirts of Syria’s major cities. But they fare better than Palestinians in other Arab countries. The refugee camps in Damascus are the most well funded and largest in the world. Palestinians also have Syrian nationality, and the right to work, […]

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Kurds ‘terror group’ riots in Ein Al-Arab

August 18th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The Arab Organisation for Human Rights in Syria – one of the few independent NGOs operating in Syria – says members of the Kurdish terror group the PKK have been involved in clashes with police in Ein Al-Arab. The PKK was legal in Syria until 1998, until Turkey nearly went to war with Syria after […]

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International pressure group forces Syrian government to set up new radio station in Homs

August 15th, 2005 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

Homs is set to get a new radio ststion, after an international media workshop took place in the city. The workshop was organised by British media organisation, the Press Association. The PA is Britain’s official news agency, but organised a conference in the central Syrian city to discuss the rights and responsibilities of media outlets. […]

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UN: Hizbollah should join the Lebanese Army

August 13th, 2005 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

The UN has made a proposal to solve the ‘Hizbollah problem’. They want the group’s fighters, and border guards to join the Lebanese Army. It’s an interesting compromise. The US wants Hizbollah to simply disarm, and for the Lebanese Army to take up the group’s positions in the south and along the unofficial border with […]

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The cost of the demonstrations: $3 billion

August 13th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

In June I reported that the demonstrations cost Lebanon $2 billion. But that’s risen to a massive $3 billion – making Lebanon’s debt $36 billion. Lebanon’s debt is already the highest in the world. Why? Because the tourist industry has been destroyed. There’s been a 20% drop in people rediscovering the ‘Paris of the Orient’, […]

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Syria requests British extremist’s extradition

August 13th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Syria has requested the extradition of Omar Bakri – the former leader of British-based extremist group Al-Muhajiroon, a group allied with the Muslim Brotherhood. Britain was considering treason charges against him so he fled to Lebanon this week. He was arrested in Beirut but released, and now Syria has formally requested his extradition to face […]

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Extremist leader Omar Bakri arrested in Beirut.

August 11th, 2005 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

The radical muslim leader Omar Bakri, who has fled from London, has been arrested. It’s not clear why. He is the former leader of Al-Muhajiroon, and has praised the September 11 bombers as the ‘magnificent 19’. More recently he said he would not inform police about potential suicide bombers in Britain. He fled to Lebanon […]

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Iran: America’s latest piece of meat

August 10th, 2005 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

Ahmedinjad was the best thing to happen to Syria in the last two years. Syria’s problems started during the Iraq war when Bashar carelessly wished for the defeat of the invading forces. Since then, Syria has been added to Washington’s hit list. Iran was no longer the issue (remember the axis of evil? Iran, Iraq […]

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Trucks stranded at Syrian border – with Iraq

August 7th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

‘Syria is strangling Lebanon’s economy’ – the words of Condeleeza Rice when she heard about the delays Lebanese truck drivers were facing at the Syrian border. But now America has resorted to the same tactics – and for the same reason (security) – and apparently there’s nothing wrong with that. American troops are blocking Syrian […]

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