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Entries from November 2006

Lebanese government about to fall?

November 11th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Crisis talks have ended without resolution in Lebanon. The talks were to discuss a greater role for Hizbollah in government – currently they only have 2 positions, they are asking for more, given that they act as the country’s de facto army. Now that the Hariri bloc bothered to turn up to the talks (they […]

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November 9th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

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New York Times: Where the Boys Are, at Least for Now, the Girls Pounce

November 7th, 2006 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Excellent piece on Beirut’s catwalk culture, its causes and aims. Enjoy. (Photo: At a Halloween party at the C-Lounge in Beirut, women tried to attract scarce visiting men with a “Who’s the Sexiest?” contest.) (Kate Brooks/Polaris, for The New York Times) BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 1 — This is a city of nightclubs, but the nightlife […]

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Independent Syrian newspaper launches

November 7th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Following in the footsteps of Ad-Domari, an independent Syrian newspaper has been launched in Damascus. Al-Watan claims it will take a ‘moderate’ political stance. The 16 page broadsheet was unveiled yesterday and will be published daily. Bashar Al-Assad releaxed media laws five years ago, but it is still difficult to get a licence. Satirical publication […]

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COMMENT: "Playing second fiddle in Syria"

November 1st, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

This is a new feature for the Syria News Wire. As well as regular fresh, original news updates, we will be republishing the best comment/op-ed pieces on Syria. This is from The Guardian (UK). Playing second fiddle in Syria Britain’s secret overture to Damascus is unlikely to be music to Washington’s ears, writes Simon Tisdall […]

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Al Hurra claims Michel Kilo was being paid by Hariri

November 1st, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

US-funded TV station Al Hurra is reporting that Marwan Hamadeh (a Hariri government minister in Lebanon) has paid Michel Kilo millions of dollars. He was being funded to work against the Syrian government. He was due to be released from prison in Syria last Friday. But mysteriously, new charges appeared at the last minute. Kilo […]

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