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Entries from November 2006

Did the BBC get it wrong on Syria and Iran?

November 14th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The BBC’s interpretation of the Blair speech is that Blair is cool on talks with Iran/Syria – that Blair doesn’t want talks at any cost. But most other news organisations took from the speech that Blair is pushing for talks. (CNN/Al Jazeera/Al Arabiyah/Al Alam/The Guardian/The Independent). So who is right? Well, both. It is certainly […]

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Another first for the Syria News Wire

November 14th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The Syria News Wire beats the BBC on Blair’s Syria speech by 25 minutes, and Al Jazeera by 38 minutes. Your fastest source of information about Syria. Syria News Wire: “Blair speech on Syria”, published Monday, 13 November 2006, 21:19 GMT BBC: “Bush cool on Iraq role for Iran”, published Monday, 13 November 2006, 21:44 […]

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Blair speech on Syria … COMMENT

November 13th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Well, we were expecting a lot from Blair’s final Guildhall speech. It is his annual foreign policy talk, and this year will be his last one as Prime Minister. Considering he set himself a goal for these final twelve months to find solutions to the problems in the Middle East, we had been expecting more […]

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LIVE: Blair speech on Syria … continued

November 13th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Iran (no mention of Syria) is using Hizbollah to paint the West as evil

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LIVE: Blair speech on Syria

November 13th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Blair: ‘Syria and Iran do not share the same interests’ ‘But [Syria] is not where we start – we must focus on Israel-Palestine’

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Sixth Lebanese minister resigns – government close to collapse

November 13th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

A sixth minister has resigned, Environment Minister Yacoub Sarraf. “I don’t see myself belonging to any constitutional authority in which an entire sect is absent,” he said. If eight leave, the government automatically collapses. Only two more are needed now. All five Shia members resigned on Saturday. Prime Minister Fouad Siniora can choose to operate […]

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Syria News Wire – better than the BBC for Syria and Lebanon news

November 13th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Twice in the past few days, the Syria News Wire has beat the BBC by an astonishing twelve hours. First, it was the story that five ministers had resigned from the Lebanese government. The BBC eventually put that as their top story. Yesterday we were one of the first news sites to break the news […]

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Bush considers talks with Syria

November 12th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

“Nothing is off the table. All the options will be considered.” That’s the White House’s Chief of Staff, Josh Bolten, a close aide to President Bush. It comes as James Baker (a close friend of the Bush family, and the man he sent to Iraq to find a way out of the mess) prepares to […]

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President orders government to resign

November 12th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Lebanese President Emile Lahoud says the government should resign now that it has lost its legitimacy. It comes a day after five cabinet members resigned. If three more left, the government would automatically collapse. It is an interesting comment coming from Lahoud, who has often been accused of lacking legitimacy. Great, now there’s a lame […]

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Sinora rejects ministers’ resignations

November 11th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora has developed a new way to stop his government from collapsing: reject the resignations of the five Hizbollah and Amal ministers. He says he won’t accept the move “even if he receives the formal written resignations”. His next tactic is to cry.

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