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Bashar and Saddam

December 20th, 2005 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Interesting portrait of Syria’s President by a Canadian Journalist… Bashar and SaddamKamil-Alexandre, Canada During a CNN interview, Christian Amanpour asked President Assad of Syria if he is a Dictator. He replied: “But they also say that I am not in control, I can not be a Dictator and not be in control at the same […]

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Lebanon closes border crossing with Syria

December 18th, 2005 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Lebanon has permenently closed the military lane, next to the Masnaa border crossing. The crossing was used by Syrian and Lebanese officials, the army, and senior businessmen. Always seen as a symbol of corruption in the Syrian-Lebanese relationship, many will be pleased to see the special crossing’s demise. Officials with military lane permits were able […]

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Mehlis says Syria’s co-operation with the UN has ‘improved’

December 16th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Just a day after questions were raised by Mehlis about Syria’s co-operation with the UN, he has now praised Syria for making dramatic steps forwards. “Making these five high-ranked intelligence officials available to the commission for questioning, available for extensive interviews outside Syria, which I think required a major effort on the Syrian part,” he […]

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Revealed: how Syria failed to co-operate with Mehlis

December 14th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

“It has been after much hesitation and procrastination that the Syrian authorities finally agreed to move on the request to interview five Syrian officials – whom the commission considers as suspects – in Vienna under conditions determined by the commission.” Detlev Mehlis, UN Investigator in a speech to the UN Security Council, explaining in what […]

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Lebanon mourns and unites again

December 14th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Thousands took to Lebanon’s streets. The sea of red and white once again painting the city of Beirut. Jubran Tueni was buried today. The far-right politician and editor of An-Nahar was killed on Monday as his car passed East of Beirut. The mourners shouted anti-Syrian slogans, calling for Lahoud to quit, but Jubran’s father Ghassan […]

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Tueni killing – is Syria being framed?

December 13th, 2005 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Jubran Tueni was killed today by a previously unknown group – ‘Strugglers for the Unity and Freedom of the Levant’. Their statement said that he was killed because he was one of the ‘enemies of Arabism in Lebanon’. That is sure to point the finger at Syria. But why – if you are Syria – […]

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Jubran Tueni killed one day before the Mehlis verdict

December 12th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

In the biggest and most important assasination since the killing of Rafiq Al-Hariri, Jubran Tueni was killed by a car bomb this morning in East Beirut. Coming just a day before the UN Security Council discusses Syria, a massively prominent figure in Lebanon’s anti-Syria camp has been killed. He was editor of An-Nahar, the right-wing […]

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Mehlis: Syrians are ‘suspects’

December 12th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

UN investigator Detlev Mehlis is due to announce that the five Syrians interrogated in Vienna are now ‘suspects’ and not witnesses in the murder of Rafiq Al-Hariri. It comes as Lebanese PM Fouad Siniora says he wants a trial with an ‘international character’ to deal with the Hariri killing because it has ‘gone beyond personal […]

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Reactions to the Tueni killing

December 12th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has expressed outrage at the killing of Jubran Tueni, one of Lebanon’s most far-right editors and politicians. Druze leader Walid Jumblatt says that the ‘same forces’ that killed Hariri were behind the Tueni killing. Syrian Information Minister Dakhlallah says Syria was not behind the ‘despicable’ act.

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Jubran Tueni killed

December 12th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

An-Nahar editor, and Beirut MP Jubran Tueni has been killed. He died in this morning’s bomb, which the Syria News Wire reported earlier. More on this massive story soon…

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