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Entries from March 2006

UN refuses to disarm Hizbollah

March 27th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

The UN has ruled out disarming Hizbollah by force. UN envoy Terje Roed-Larsen says it might not even be possible to force Hizbollah to stop its activities. Roed-Larsen says it would mean sending soldiers into the south of Lebanon, where even Israel couldn’t survive. And into the Bekka Valley, where Syria was forced out of. […]

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Has Khaddam lost his mind – Khaddam accuses Palestinian MP of spying for Israel

March 19th, 2006 · 9 Comments · Uncategorized

Exiled former Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam has made more startling revelations. He claims that a Palestinian member of the Israeli Parliament – Azmi Bishara (left) – has spied in Syria for Israel. The staunch fighter for Palestinian rights recently broke Israeli law by travelling to Damascus for talks. Khaddam says that was to […]

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UN Hariri Inquiry: Syria IS co-operating – and Bashar will be interviewed next month

March 15th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

“The Syrian government has, in particular in the last three months, formally complied with nearly all of the Commission’s previous requests for assistance.” In his first report since taking over the UN inquiry into the murder of Rafiq Al-Hariri, Serge Brammertz says Syria is co-operating much more than it was before. But he includes a […]

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Building the Syrian blogosphere: Syria Planet

March 14th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

A group of Syria’s most important bloggers have built a site which should give the world a street-level view inside Syria. Syria Planet automatically republishes every post made by more than a hundred Syrian bloggers. Ayman Haykal – one of Syria’s first bloggers – is behind the project. Sinan, Ayman, and Yazan also take much […]

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Lebanese leaders agree: the Shebaa Farms are Lebanese

March 14th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

In the most important meeting since the end of the Civil War, Lebanon’s leaders have agreed that the Shebaa Farms belong to Lebanon not Syria. The Shebaa is occupied by Israel. The UN and America insist the land is in Syria – that means Israel has completed its withdrawal from Lebanon as required by the […]

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The Syria News Wire – BANNED

March 13th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

There are reports that The Syria News Wire has been blocked by one Syrian internet company. Syrian Telecom has apparently taken offence to the content, and stopped its users from accessing this site. Yazan says it’s bringing up a 403-Forbidden message. Can any other Syrian Telecom users confirm this? UPDATE 23.58: Syrian Telecom users are […]

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America imposes sanctions on the Commercial Bank of Syria

March 12th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

The US has banned all American companies and banks from dealing with Syria. No American is now allowed to hold an account with the Commercial Bank of Syria, making life difficult for the many US residents in Damascus. But more importantly, it adds another hurdle for American companies to do business in Syria. Now, all […]

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French judges cast doubt on Mehlis investigation

March 5th, 2006 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

French judges have released one of the Mehlis report’s key suspects. Detlev Mehlis was the former UN investigator into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Al-Hariri (below: his replacement, Serge Brammertz). He relied on heresay and testimony from anti-Syrian journalists and politicians, according to his critics. But he injected credibility into his report […]

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Hizbollah campaigns for the release of Lebanese in Syrian jails

March 1st, 2006 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Just weeks after the agreement between Michel Aoun and Hizbollah, the Shia group is demanding the release of 25 Lebanese prisoners being held in Syria. It’s an unprecedented step – Hizbollah is regarded as a ‘pro-Syrian’ group in Lebanon, while Aoun has been moving closer to Damascus. The Support of Lebanese in Detention and Exile […]

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