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Entries from April 2006

Syria is "fully co-operating" with the UN inquiry

April 26th, 2006 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

They are the words of UN analyst George Jabbour after investigator Serge Brammertz met Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. He said it’s a sign Syria is starting to take the pricess seriously: “The meeting shows two things: that Syria is convinced of its innocence in the crime, and that Syria is committed to UN resolutions and […]

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Syria opens its borders to Palestinian refugees from Iraq

April 26th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Syria says it will allow 181 refugees who have been stranded at the Iraq-Jordan border. Human Rights Watch made an urgent appeal to the Jordanian government when the Palestinians became trapped between the checkpoints over a month ago. The Jordanian border was open, but when the border guards realised Palestinians and not Iraqis were coming […]

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UN investigator Brammertz in Damascus

April 25th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

UN investigator Serge Brammertz is in Damascus to interview President Bashar Al-Assad. It comes one day after Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora announced that Bashar had personally threatened Rafiq Al-Hariri, but revealed that he wasn’t in the room when it happened. There have been suggestions inside and outside the Hariri camp that Rafiq lied about […]

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Iraq’s new Prime Minister – an ally of Syria

April 21st, 2006 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

The man who might be Iraq’s new Prime Minister, Jawad Al-Maliki has close ties to Syria. Shia politicians have agreed on their candidate for PM, and there seems to be support from Sunni and Kurdish groups. Al-Maliki fled Iraq in the 1980s and lived in Syria. He ran the Dawa party from Damascus for 20 […]

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Siniora tells Bush: Israel is occupying our Shebaa Farms … Bush tells Siniora: Syria is occupying your Shebaa Farms

April 21st, 2006 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora has, for once, flexed his muscles and tried to get something out of his ally George W. Bush. He has, for once, tried to achieve something for his country. He asked Bush to pressure Israel to get out of the Lebanese Shebaa Farms. But the US and UN say that […]

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Has the Lebanese family feud spilled into Damascus?

April 19th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karami has been forced to deny that he’s leading a new opposition party from Syria. It comes along with accusations that his group is controlled by Syria. His ‘National Front’ group claims to be the real representative of the Lebanese people: “The front is made up of national figures who […]

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Human Rights Watch points at divisions in Syrian government

April 10th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Human Rights Watch has called for an end to the recent wave of arrests of activists in Syria. Nothing new there, but their Middle East Director has chosen her words carefully: “President al-Asad needs to rein in his internal security forces,” says Sarah Leah Whitson. She suggests that the mukhabaraat are operating with a degree […]

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May Chidiac: I want high heels

April 8th, 2006 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

No, that’s not a sick joke. Lebanese TV presenter May Chidiac, who was almost fatally wounded in a car bomb last year, has vowed to wear stilletos. The journalist, who lost her legs and one arm in the attack, says she’s not happy with the false legs doctors have given her. So she’s gone to […]

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Mohammad Al-Maghout dies

April 6th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Syrian writer and poet Mohammad Al-Maghout has died. The 72 year old was criticial of Arab regimes in his work, but he received praise from both the Syrian and American governments. “Syria and the Arab world lost a giant today,” the Syrian news agency said. He died after a long illness. During his life he […]

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Is Syria becoming more or less repressive?

April 5th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Damascus has never been a simple city, and Syria never a simple country. But what would you expect in a country which has two cities claiming to be the oldest inhabited cities on Earth. So when Syria reforms and cracks down on dissent at the same time, it’s easy to become confused. For the first […]

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