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Entries from November 2005

Palestinian leader stirs up trouble in Damascus

November 15th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

One of Palestine’s top leaders Faruq Al-Qaddumi has caused controversy in Damascus. He arrived in the Yarmuk refugee camp in the south of Damascus to make a speech on the first anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death. But he was unhappy that he was set to speak under his rival Mahmud Abbas. He refused to speak […]

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Five Palestinians arrested in Jordan after Syria refuses entry

November 14th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Jordan has put five potential ‘bombers’ on trial, just days after bombs killed almost 60 in Amman. They were arrested in house raids in July. The five Palestinians planned to travel to Iraq through Syria, but they were turned away by the Syrian authorities. They face up to 15 years in jail. Each of the […]

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Massive funeral in Aleppo for Hollywood producer

November 14th, 2005 · 9 Comments · Uncategorized

Moustapha Akkad, the legendary producer killed in the Amman bombs, was given a huge funeral in Aleppo today. He’s best known in the West for producing the ‘halloween’ horror movies. But in the Arab World, he’s best known for a film about the Prophet, called ‘The Message’, and one about a leader of the Libyan […]

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Kofi Annan confident Syria will co-operate

November 14th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Kofi Annan has repeated his confidence that Syria will co-operate with the Mehlis probe. It’s almost unprecedented for him to voice such optimism. “I think what is important is that (Bashar) did say, in that speech, that he will cooperate with the investigation,” he said. He said that Syria has committed itself to applying UN […]

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No interviews in Beirut

November 13th, 2005 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Syria’s Foreign Minister, Farouq Ash-Sharaa has rejected UN investigator Detlev Mehlis’s request to interview 6 top Syrian officials in Beirut. Mehlis’s request was a test to see the limits of Syria’s co-operation, but it raised questions over the politicisation of the Mehlis inquiry. Syria said no to Beirut, but said that the interviews could take […]

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Bush defies the UN, slams Bashar’s speech

November 11th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

After Kofi Annan praised Syria for agreeing to co-operate with HIS inquiry – Bush has condemned Syria for their failure to co-operate. In a speech to match Bashar’s rhetoric, Bush accused Syria of supporting terrorism. He implied that Syria’s bad behaviour was exempliary: “countries like Syria and Iran,” he said. He said Syria’s arrest of […]

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Annan praises Bashar’s speech

November 11th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has welcomed Bashar’s statement yesterday that Syria will co-operate with the UN investigation. “I was encouraged by what he said in the speech that he will cooperate with the U.N. investigation. I think that is essential and is good for Syria to cooperate. It is good for the region and […]

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Bashar’s speech online

November 11th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Hear Bashar’s speech here.

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Syrian film director dies in Amman blasts

November 11th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Mustafa Akkad has died in hospital from wounds he sustained in the Jordan bomb attacks on Wednesday. He worked in Hollywood, and made Arab nationalist movies with Western stars. He was most famous for making the ‘Halloween’ horror movies. He made a film about the Prophet: ‘The Message’, in 1976. Later he directed a film […]

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Bashar: Siniora is a ‘slave’

November 11th, 2005 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

In a rhetoric-filled speech, bound to disappoint Syria’s reformers, Bashar has denounced Lebanon’s prime minister as a ‘slave’ to the West. But he did say that Syria would “play the game” of the West by offering full co-operation with Mehlis. He reiterated the conspiracy theory that Mehlis is part of a grand plot to frame […]

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