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Entries from September 2005

And now the UN demands Israel take action on Shebba

September 24th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Kofi Annan, the UN’s Secretary General has demanded that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon take action on the Occupied Shebba farms. The news comes just one day after Britain called for Israel to return the land to Lebanon. Annan says that Shebba is “a thorn in need of extraction”. He made no mention of the […]

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Britain calls for international intervenion in Israeli occupied Lebanon – Britain declares Shebba as ‘Lebanese’

September 22nd, 2005 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Britain’s Middle East Minister has called for international arbitration to solve the Shebba Farms dispute between Israel and Lebanon. The small chunk of Lebanese land is the only part not evacuated in 2000 when the Israeli occupation in the rest of the country ended. “I think this issue should be subject to international arbitration, even […]

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Another diplomat shot in Syria

September 20th, 2005 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

The Charge d’Affaires (the acting Ambassador) of the United Arab Emirates has been shot in Damascus. It happened outside the incredible UAE embassy near the Umayyid Square. A man shot at the car carrying the diplomat, but he was unhurt, UAE officials said. The attacker was arrested. He’s thought to be a former UAE resident […]

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US Military Attache in Syria shot

September 19th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

There are reports that America’s Military Attache to Syria was shot, but is unhurt. The attack happened in the past fortnight. He was patrolling the Syria-Iraq border – as he does once a month, to check for Syrian compliance with US demands – when he was shot from the Iraqi side of the border. The […]

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Syria’s economy needs to reform

September 18th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Syria’s economy needs radical reform – fast. It’s been accepted for a while, but now Syria’s top economists have said the same. They’re calling for the public sector, and government’s management of the economy to be dramatically overhauled. It’s the only way to stop the economy from stagnating, they say. They made their call at […]

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Bomb in Beirut – 1 killed, 11 injured

September 17th, 2005 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

A car bomb has exploded in Ashrafiyeh, East Beirut. At least 1 person has died, 11 people are said to be injured. It’s close to Monot Street where former Communist Party leader George Hawi was killed earlier this year.

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Car bomb hits Beirut

September 17th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

In the past few minutes Police have said a large car bomb has exploded in a suburb of Beirut. It’s thought to be to the east of the capital. More soon…

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Bush admits Syria IS protecting the Syria-Iraq border

September 16th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

As-Safir newspaper, Lebanon: “French observers close to the Syrian file said that Bush asked [Syrian] President [Bashar] Assad for additional work to stop illegal penetrations into the Iraqi territories, which is an indirect confession that Syria is cooperating, but that it has not accomplished all that it was asked to do.” Meanwhile, Abdul-Bari Atwan, outspoken […]

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Women cycle for peace and women’s rights through Syria and its neighbours

September 16th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

300 women are cycling for peace across the Arab World. The international cycle ride starts on Sunday in Beirut and will enter Damascus later on Sunday. On Monday they’ll set off for Quneitra in the Golan Heights. The Golan is Syrian territory, but has been illegally occupied by Israel for decades. In Quneitra they’ll exchange […]

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Syrian Railways publishes timetables, routes on internet

September 15th, 2005 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Syrian railways has published details of its routes in a bid to increase traffic. It’s main Damascus-Homs-Hama-Aleppo line, as well as the branches to Lathqia and Al-Qamishli are shown. There are five daily journies between Damascus and Aleppo which takes 4 hours, costing as little as 57 Syrian Pounds (1 US Dollar). The journey by […]

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