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Entries from October 2006

Israeli jets attack Lebanon

October 31st, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Israeli jets have carried out raids on Beirut and across southern Lebanon. No weapons were fired, but the jets flew low over buildings and released a sonic boom. Eight planes were involved. It is the most serious violation of the ceasefire which came into place at the start of August. Last week French UN peacekeepers […]

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New charges against Michel Kilo

October 23rd, 2006 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Reform campaigner Michel Kilo has had new charges filed against him, according to his wife. Sources said he was going to be released on Friday night. Bail was paid, and the documents were submitted. Now, this shock has set the whole process back. It obviously shows a bitter fight at the heart of Government. Kilo […]

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Syria announces Eid on Tuesday

October 23rd, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Syria will be celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Fitr on Tuesday. It means the last day of fasting in Ramadan will be Monday. Egypt, Iran and Lebanon have also failed to see the cresent moon tonight, and so Eid will be on Tuesday there too. Iraq, and many other countries celebrate on Monday.

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Michel Kilo released

October 19th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Campaigner Michel Kilo is due to be released from prison tonight. It comes four months after he was arrested for a protest letter published in racist newspaper An-Nahar. Kilo’s opponents say the campaign was backed by the Lebanese government. 10 were arrested back in May, only one remains in custody: human rights leader Anwar Al-Bunni. […]

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Human Rights Watch accuses Hizbollah of using cluster bombs

October 19th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

HRW says Hizbollah used cluster bombs during the Israeli attacks on Lebanon. It is the first time anyone has made such an incredible claim. First of all, cluster bombs are difficult, if not impossible to deliver without using aircraft. Secondly, all of the ‘evidence’ has come to HRW second hand – Israeli police and some […]

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Bush’s top adviser: talk to Syria

October 19th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

President Bush’s father was also President of the United States of America. He had a Secretary of State called James Baker. The current President George W Bush sent him to Iraq to find a way out of this mess. Baker’s reply: you have got to talk to Syria. This is not some fuzzy liberal or […]

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France says it will attack Israeli planes in Lebanon

October 17th, 2006 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

The French commanders of the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon say they will open fire on Israeli jets if they continue their illegal overflights. Israel has breached the ceasefire more than one thousand times since it came into force in August (Hizbollah has breached it twice). Most of their breaches refer to their flights into […]

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Six hurt in grenade attack in Beirut

October 15th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Six people have been hurt in a grenade attack on a residential building near the UN headquarters. It is the third attack on a non-political target in recent days. Until now, all violence has been aimed at politicians and journalists. Now, it’s spreading. For the first time, civilians are being targeted by rival gangs. Interior […]

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Lebanon bans Aoun’s websites

October 11th, 2006 · 11 Comments · Uncategorized

I’m being told that Michel Aoun’s opposition websites and forums are being blocked in Government-run institutions like the Beirut International Airport.

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BBC interview with Bashar Al-Assad

October 10th, 2006 · 15 Comments · Uncategorized

Click here to watch John Simpson’s interview with Syria’s President in Damascus. Two things struck me – how good Bashar’s English is. And how gentle he is. This is no brutal dictator – there’s almost a comical moment when Simpson asks “are you a dictator?”. Watch and make up your own mind. Two printed stories […]

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