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Entries from November 2006

Terror attack at Syrian border

November 29th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

A terrorist has been killed at the Syrian-Lebanese border. Officials say 28 year old Omar Abdullah, a member of Tawhid and Jihad, blew himself up at the Jdeidet Yabous crossing. He was being questioned after suspicions over his identity papers. He shot the border guards, ran away and then blew himself up when cornered, injuring […]

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Will there ba another civil war in Lebanon?

November 25th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Hizbollah responds to the Lebanese partial-cabinet’s decision to support the UN Hariri tribunal. “Those who can make a civil war don’t want it. Those who want it, can’t make it.” – Ibrahim Mousawi, Hizbollah/Al Manar TV.

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SNAP: Lebanese cabinet approves UN Hariri tribunal

November 25th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The Lebanese government has unanimously backed the UN Hariri tribunal. But Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri has called the meeting ‘unconstitutional’. When Hizbollah ministers resigned, they called the government unconstitutional – Berri disagreed. But he says this meeting wasn’t legal. The Lebanese government has backed the tribunal, now a bill will be presented to parliament. Berri […]

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Suspicions grow in Beirut that Samir Jaja killed Pierre Gemayel

November 23rd, 2006 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

United in opposition to Syria, but rivals in every other way, there are growing fears Samir Jaja was behind the assassination of Pierre Gemayel. Jaja became leader of the far-right Lebanese Forces in 1986 after overthrowing Elie Hobeika. Jaja became known as a fearless leader, targeting Christian rivals as much as his other enemies in […]

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Most Israelis want peace talks with Syria

November 23rd, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

A staggering 57% of Israelis are calling for peace talks with Syria – but most are opposed to the return of the Occupied Syrian Golan Heights. President Bashar Al-Assad has repeatedly offered to go to the negotiating table without conditions. Even the hawkish Israeli government ministers of Defence and Foreign Affairs have demanded talks. What […]

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AUB Professor: Whoever pulled the trigger, Syria’s allies are the losers

November 23rd, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

“The assassination of Pierre Gemayel could not therefore have come at a more opportune moment for the March 14 alliance.” – Charles Harb, American University of Beirut professor.

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Syria and Hariri’s latest battle

November 23rd, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

In the past, it has been easy to blame Syria for assassinating its enemies in Lebanon. But this time, is it so simple? The day before the murder Syria and Iraq agreed to restore diplomatic relations for the first time in 24 years. Bashar is due to meet Iraqi President Jalal Talabani this weekend. Top […]

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SNAP: Warlord Pierre Gemayel assassinated

November 22nd, 2006 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

The son of the head of the Phalange party, Pierre Gemayel has been shot dead in Beirut. Protests have broken out in eastern Lebanon following the assasination of the far-right leader. His supporters have shouted slogans against rival Christian leader Michel Aoun. But members of the murdered minister’s party have called for calm. It was […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Is Hariri being investigated in a major international corruption scandal

November 20th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

The Swiss government says a “prominent Lebanese politician and a wealthy Syrian businessman” (possibly Khaddam) with close links to the Saudi regime are being investigated by the Swiss and British authorities. Hariri (or someone close to him) and the Syrian are alleged to have acted as middlemen between Britain’s biggest arms company BAE Systems and […]

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Syrian Foreign Minister in Baghdad

November 20th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

In a sign of Syria’s new spirit of co-operation with the outside world, Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Mouallim is in Baghdad. He met Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, who showed the Iraqi government isn’t as hostile to Syria as some would like to believe. He’s been talking about ties between the two countries, long delayed […]

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