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Entries from September 2006

Hizbollah denies thanking Saudi for their ‘support’ during the war on Lebanon

September 28th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Saudi newspaper Al-Watan yesterday published an incredible article in which Hizbollah leader Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah thanked Saudi Arabia for their support during the Israel-Lebanon war. That is an incredible claim because at the start of the war Saudi criticised Hizbollah for their ‘adventurism’. And for that, Saudi Arabia earned the praise of Israel, leading to […]

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Has Michael Young gone mad?

September 28th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

It’s not often that I criticise other journalists. But this claim can surely be based on nothing but insanity: “Siniora’s tears began a process of ridding the South of Israeli soldiers” – Michael Young, The Daily Star, Lebanon.

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Brammertz: no idea who killed Hariri

September 26th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

UN investigator Serge Brammertz has released his third report into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Serge Brammertz. He says it is still not clear who did it. But he is very close to having enough evidence for an international trial. He praised Syria for being “generally co-operative” with his work. Look at the […]

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Iraq’s President: I will support the Syrian opposition

September 26th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

In an astonishing outburst Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani says he will start supporting the Syrian, Turkish and Iranian opposition unless those countries stop “interfering in Iraq’s affairs”. “The Iraqi people will respond in the same way, we’ll support the opposition of other countries, will try to make trouble for them as they are doing for […]

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Syria takes over the Arab World

September 24th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Today the airwaves are filled with the Syrian dialect. Syria is once again producing most of the Arab World’s Ramadan television. A quick flick through the channels shows Syrian series on almost every channel. From the classical Arabic history dramas on Moroccan TV, to the comedies on Tunisian TV and the challenging socio-political dramas on […]

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Lebanese Forces militia rearming

September 24th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Two helicopters landed yesterday in Lebanon carrying arms for the Lebanese Forces, an extremist right-wing Christian militia which carried out some of the worst atrocities of the Civil War. Yesterday’s shipments arrived from Jordan (Eastern Israel). During the Israeli war on Lebanon last month, Israel destroyed the Lebanese Army’s coastal radar system (killing dozens of […]

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Syria’s Grand Mufti accepts Pope’s apology

September 21st, 2006 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

“The clarifications supplied by the Pope are more than sufficient, although I would ask for, if possible, more explanation,” he said. Ahmad Badr El Din El Hassoun made the statement after a meeting with the Vatican’s Ambassador to Syria. There were no demonstrations in Syria against the Pope’s intolerant words: he quoted a fourteenth century […]

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The view from Italy

September 20th, 2006 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

Italy has sent thousands of peacekeeping troops to Lebanon. Some say Italy’s Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alema is pushing Italy into a stronger role in world affairs – one of peacekeeping and conflict resolution. Patrick has sent the following dispatch from Italy. Feel free to comment. Any other views from Italy – and indeed France – […]

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Syria and the US working together

September 20th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

“The regional security officer at the American embassy in Damascus is working closely with the Syrian officials that will facilitate the investigation”. That’s from tate Department spokeswoman Nancy Beck. The US is sending a team of FBI agents to Damascus to investigate last week’s attack on the US Embassy. And they have the full support […]

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Last Israeli troops to leave Lebanon by Friday

September 19th, 2006 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

The final remaining Israeli troops will leave Lebanon by the end of this week. Thousands of troops are still occupying villages in the South of the country.

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