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Entries from June 2006

Egypt tells Syria to kick out Hamas

June 30th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak has told Bashar Al-Assad to expel Hamas leader Khalid Mish’aal from Damascus. He says Mish’aal is leading the Palestinians to disaster. It comes as Egypt tries to negotiate with the Israeli regime to end the attacks on Gaza. The expulsion is thought to be one of the conditions agreed between Egypt […]

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Israeli warplanes enter Syria

June 28th, 2006 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Israeli warplanes have entered Syria and flown over the Presidential Palace in Latakia. Syrian air defences fired at the jets. It comes after an Israeli soldier was kidnapped by Palestinian militants. Without a shred of evidence that Damascus even had knowledge of the snatch, Israel has taken agressive action against Syria. Even Israel doesn’t know […]

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BBC opens Beirut office and wants Lebanese journalists

June 25th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The BBC has announced it will open a Beirut office. They are looking for young Lebanese journalists for a placement. It’s in memory of a BBC driver killed in Lebanon six years ago. Abed Takoush covering the withdrawal of the Israeli Army from Southern Lebanon in 2000 when his car was shot at by a […]

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US diplomats show their support for Syria

June 23rd, 2006 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

American diplomats in Damascus have expressed their support for Syria, according to an American reporter who’s just been to the capital. What makes this story more interesting is that it comes from right-wing reporter Scott McConnell in the ‘American Conservative’ magazine. Diplomats said, in private how much they like Syria. That runs contrary to official […]

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Red Cross accepts Israel after America holds back emergency funds

June 22nd, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Cresent (ICRC) has let Israel in for the first time after America held back $45 million of international emergency cash. The ICRC is an international collection of Red Cross societies around the world. They do some of the world’s most important emergency relief work. Ironically Israel […]

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With all eyes on Syria – arrests of dissidents in Jordan go unnoticed

June 16th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Four members of the Jordanian Parliament have been arrested for incitement to terrorism. Their crime: to console members of Abu Musab Al Zarqawi’s family. “Expressing condolences to the family of a dead man, however murderous he might be, is not a crime,” said Sarah Leah Whitson from Human Rights Watch. It comes at a time […]

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Thousands of ‘disappeared’ Syrians killed or jailed in Lebanon

June 16th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

A group of Syrian families have demanded information about their loved ones who have gone missing in Lebanon. There has been no notification of their arrest and they haven’t faced trial. They said that dozens more have been subject to murder, beating, arrests, or robbery. Where is the Syrian government to defend their case? Or […]

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Syria’s Foreign Minister heads to Baghdad – for the first time in 26 years

June 16th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

For the first time since Syria and Iraq broke off relations in 1980, Syria is sending its Foreign Minister to Baghdad. Walid Al-Muallim will attend a conference of all of Iraq’s neighbours next Thursday to discuss the deteriorating situation in the country. It’s a sign that relations are warming between the countries, and certainly wont […]

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South of the border

June 14th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

‘Flag’, by Joe Magee

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Syria and Lebanon happy with UN Report – but Hariri son blames Bashar

June 14th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Syria and Lebanon have reacted to Serge Brammertz’s report into the killing of Rafiq Al-Hariri. Syria says that it is satisified ‘in priciple’. “The report is professional to a certain degree, and it keeps away from politics,” said Syrian Minister Mohsen Bilal, in a reference to Brammertz’s predecesor Detlev Mehlis, who relied on the claims […]

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