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Entries from May 2006

Syrian plan to put Walid Jumblatt on trial falls flat

May 30th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The Lebanese Parliament has rejected Syria’s summons of anti-Syrian Lebanese MP Walid Jumblatt and Telecoms Minister Marwan Hamadeh. In a rare move, a Syrian military court summoned them to appear for treason. It was also highly unusual for the Lebanese Parliament to issue a statement rejecting the move. Parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri said they refused […]

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Israel and Lebanon agree a truce

May 29th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

UN peacekeepers say they’ve negotiated a truce between Lebanon and Israel after a weekend of violence. There were gun battles across the border which left a Lebanese Hizbollah member dead and a Palestinian militant was also killed. Earlier Israel air bombed two Palestinian refugee camps: one near Beirut and another near the Syrian border. That […]

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FLASH: Israeli jets bomb Bekka Valley

May 28th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Israeli jets have attacked Palestinian camps in the Bekka Valley. Apparently they hold the PFLP responsible for the missile attack into Israeli this morning. The missiles were fired from Lebanon into Israel this morning, according to the Israeli army. They were in retaliation for Israel’s assasination of the brother of an Islamic Jihad leader in […]

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Israeli soldier injured near Lebanese border

May 28th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

An Israeli soldier has been lightly wounded near the Lebanese border, after what the Israeli army claims was a barrage of rockets from Lebanon. There has been no independent confirmation from Lebanon – Hizbollah or Palestinian groups are normally quick to claim the credit for such attacks. This atttack was also deep inside Israeli territory […]

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Bomb kills one in Sidon

May 26th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

A car-bomb has exploded in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon killing one person and injuring another. The target was the injured man, an Islamic Jihad leader. Israel has been targetting Jihad leaders in the West Bank and Gaza, but they say they are ‘unaware’ of any involvement in the Sidon blast. The dead man […]

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Philip Weiss: My Trip to Evil Syria

May 22nd, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

An American in Syria. New York Observer journalist Philip Weiss has visited the country demonised by his government, and posted his thoughts. They might make uncomfortable reading for the average American. Here’s what he found… —I went all over Syria and the people were gracious everywhere I went, hospitable in the way that Arabs are […]

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Syria frees three political prisoners

May 21st, 2006 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Three of the twelve people arrested last week for signing a petition calling on the government to mend relations with Lebanon have been freed. Khaled Khalifa, Abbas Abbas and Kamal Chekho have been released according to Ammar al-Qorabi, the president of the National Organization for Human Rights in Syria. Three are free – nine to […]

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Anwar Al-Bunni arrested

May 18th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

“Yes, there has been a crackdown on opposition leaders in Syria,” They are the words of Syria’s liberal Ambassador to the US, Imad Moustapha. “But,” he adds confusingly, ‘it is not the long term policy of Syria.’ He’s not partisan. He’s not calling for the government to be overthrown. He’s not calling for a foreign […]

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Michel Kilo arrested

May 15th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Syrian activist Michel Kilo (left) has been arrested just days after he wrote a endorsed a petition calling for Syria to improve its relations with Lebanon, according to the Syrian Organization for Human Rights. His daughter says he was summoned by the security services, and he still hasn’t returned. He has long supported Bashar’s reform […]

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Syrian opposition moves to Amman – or Khaddam’s latest fantasy?

May 12th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Highly respected gossip-rag As-Siyassah reports that “its sources” are saying Syria’s opposition figures are moving to Jordan and Lebanon. So is this really happening? And can we expect announcements from the newly ‘free’ opposition leaders in the next few days. I predict not. Why not? As-Siyassah. That’s reason enough. It publishes wish-lists and fantasies as […]

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