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Entries from August 2005

CIA knows who carried out the 1983 US Marines bombing in Beirut

August 4th, 2005 · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

Iran. That’s according to former CIA agent turned whistleblower Robert Baer. In a British documentary ‘The Cult of the Suicide Bomber’, Baer carried out an investigation into the phenomenon of suicide bombings during the 20 year Israeli occupation of Lebanon. 23 October 1983: 241 American Marines are killed in the most powerful non-nuclear explosion since […]

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Khiam prisoners return to their prison to protest against Israeli collaborator amnesty plan

August 4th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Former inmates at the notorious Khiam prison in the former Israeli-occupied south Lebanon have returned to stage a sit-in. The hilltop prison was the scene of some of the most notorious massacres and torture sessions of the Lebanese Civil War. It was run by members of the Israeli proxy ‘South Lebanon Army’. Most SLA members […]

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George Galloway on Syrian TV

August 4th, 2005 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

“Two of your beautiful daughters are in the hands of foreigners – Jerusalem and Baghdad.” “The foreigners are doing to your daughters as they will.” “The daughters are crying for help and the Arab world is silent. And some of them are collaborating with the rape of these two beautiful Arab daughters.”

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Lebanese army incapable of protecting Lebanon

August 4th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The Lebanese Army has run out of ammunition. After years of demanding that Syrian troops leave Lebanon, Beirut’s right-wingers may now be wishing they were still there. They protested that Lebanon was capable of protecting itself, and that its army could do the job the Syrians did for 15 years. But they’ve been criticised by […]

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Lebanese MPs try to foil PM’s visit to Syria

August 4th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Some Lebanese MPs have been accused of trying to sabotage Fuad Siniora’s recent visit to Damascus. During that trip, he was able to patch up the relationship, and re-open the border after Syria restricted access on the Damascus-Beirut highway – they sited security reasons. But some Lebanese MPs would have profited from continuing tension in […]

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Army Day

August 2nd, 2005 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

Syria is today celebrating murder. A day which heaps dignity on men who carry arms. The Syrian press is today singing about the Syrian Army’s Lebanese peacekeeping mission – its most successful deployment since the war of liberation in the 1940s against the French.

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Lebanon-Syria border re-opens

August 2nd, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The border has re-opened, and hundreds of trucks have finally been allowed through. The sharply timed move will allow Lebanon’s new Prime Minister to take the credit: he visited Damascus just one day earlier to deal with – the border issue. They had been stuck for weeks, with Syrian officials citing security concerns: weapons were […]

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Galloway’s speech

August 2nd, 2005 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Galloway’s finished ranting at the Al-Assad library in Damascus. He praised Syria’s stance against (Western) hegemony in the region. He said it stood for justice and international resolutions. On Lebanon, he said that Syria had ended the Civil War, and when it threatened to leave, even those who used to opposed its presence demanded it […]

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Sham: Syria’s first private TV channel

August 2nd, 2005 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

The first privately owned TV channel in Syria will start broadcasting on September 1st. It has already started test transmissions from its broadcast centre in Dubai. It is thought to be broadcasting on Arabsat, and is expected to be free-to-air. Since Syria relaxed its media laws during the Baath Conference in June, this is the […]

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