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Entries from December 2005

Syrian Vice-President accuses Bashar

December 31st, 2005 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

Former Syrian Vice-President Abdul Halim Khaddam – who resigned in June – has accused Bashar of threatening Rafiq Al-Hariri. In an astonishing statement, he says: “Assad told me he had delivered some very, very harsh words to Hariri… something like ‘I will crush anyone who tries to disobey us’.” It supports claims made by UN […]

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The Syrian deal?

December 30th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

France has breathed life into claims of a deal between the US and Syria. A French Foreign Ministry spokesman seemed unusually coy when asked about rumours of a deal: “I ask you to put this question to them [the US]. As for France … we have been making consultations with [Syria] for months. But we’re […]

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Syrian-based ‘Arab League Parliament’ meets for the first time

December 27th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The long-awaited Arab Parliament, which will be based in Damascus, has met for the first time. The 88 parliamentarians – 4 from each Arab League country – will meet at the new ‘Arab Parliament’ in Damascus twice a year. It has been set up by the Arab League. The first meeting, however, was in Cairo, […]

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Update: US terror flights to Syria

December 27th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Yesterday, the Syria News Wire reported that the US had come close to admitting it had flown terror suspects to Syria for torture. It suggests a much closer relationship between the two countries than previously thought. The US Ambassador to London categorically denied the flights, but the next day officials issued the following statement: “The […]

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Syria arrests suspect in Tueni killing

December 27th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Abdul Qadir Abdul Qadir is being questioned about the killing of high-profile Lebanese journalist and politician Jubran Tueni in Beirut this month. He is being interrogated by Lebanese authorities about phone calls he is said to have made immediately before an after the killing. He also rents some land next to the murder site in […]

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US hints that it has sent terror suspects to Syria

December 27th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The US has come closer than ever before to admitting it has sent terror suspects to Syria for torture. Syria tortures the suspects on behalf of the US, extracts the information, supplies the intelligence to the US and then hands the suspect back. Syria is one of a number of countries participating in America’s ‘extraordinary […]

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Bald Nomad – the new Damascene Blog?

December 26th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

2005, the year of the Syrian blog. There’s no shortage of words, comment and news about the Levantine country. But Ayman cornered the market in Syrian photo blogs. His Damascene Blog was the only Syrian photo blog. But since Ayman’s departure to the US, there’s been a paucity of images from Syria. English photographer John […]

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Happy Christmas to all Syria News Wire readers

December 25th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Happy Christmas to all readers across the Arab World and beyond. Midnight Mass is taking place right now in the churches of Bab Touma. And the bells are ringing across the Old City of Damascus.

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Britain: we’re ready for dialogue with Syria

December 22nd, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair says he’s willing to start talking to Syria again if they cooperate with the UN inquiry. In a sign that the thaw has begun – it’s been weeks since Bush’s last onslaught against Syria – Britain has backed off from threatening sanctions against Syria if they fail to cooperate. “I […]

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Syria’s young guard takes power

December 22nd, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Syria is bracing itself for one step short of a revolution. Almsot every ministerial post is to change hands, with old faces like Farouq Ash-Sharaa (Foreign Minister) and Mehdi Dakhlallah (Information Minister) making way for reformists. Dakhlallah in particular has come under fire for his lacklustre performance in the Western media. He’s to be replaced […]

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