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Entries from December 2006

Jumblatt calls for Bashar to be killed

December 29th, 2006 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

Walid Jumblatt, interviewed by my beloved Gisele Khoury (see this), has called for Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad to be killed. The words of a desperate man, still clinging on to the sinking ship called March 14. I’m sure we can expect a new incarnation from the political chamelon soon enough. Even Gisele is mocking him. […]

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The enlightenment of Samir Qassir

December 28th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Samir Qassir’s two heroes were: Jamal Abdul Nasser and Yasir Arafat. Enough said.

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The Old City’s Eighth Gate: a $500m development – the largest shopping mall in the Levant

December 27th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Ok, se we know the Old City of Damacus only has seven gates – the entry points into the historical centre. But now the city is getting the Eighth Gate. Don’t worry, it’s just a name. The development is taking place about 15 minutes outside the Old City, in Yarfour. And it will create the […]

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Israel agrees to talk to Syria

December 25th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Syria has been offering peace talks for six years. And now, finally, Israel has agreed. But there are conditions: Syria must end support for Hizbollah and Hamas. That is a goalpost that Israel can shift when it feels comfortable. The important thing is that Israel is at least looking in the direction of the negotiating […]

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Happy Christmas

December 25th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Bab Touma, Old City, Damascus, Syria.

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Siniora’s lies exposed on the blogosphere – he DID visit Egypt on the day he’s accused of meeting the Israel Prime Minister in Egypt

December 22nd, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The blogosphere at its best. Excellent piece of investigative work here by As’ad (the Angry Arab) and Hicham: Fu’ad Sanyurah has denied this news item about meeting with Israeli officials in Egypt. He said that he had meetings in Beirut on that day. But the Hariri rag, Al-Mustaqbal, had reported that Sanyurah (read the last […]

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The New Middle East – by Wassim

December 20th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

The plans for a ‘New Middle East’ have suffered serious setbacks recently, what with the declaration of defeat (The ISG report), the Israeli fiasco in Lebanon and the strengthened position of Iran. Tony Blair is currently in the region talking about an alliance of the ‘moderates’ (read belly dancing Arab regimes) and much much talk […]

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America blocking Syria-Israel peace talks

December 18th, 2006 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says America is holding Israel back from talking to Syria. The cabinet is split down the middle, with the Defence and Foreign Ministers pushing for contact, and Olmert resisting. Just days ago Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Foreign Minister Walid Al-Mouallim made a renewed offer to start talks – this […]

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Does Robert Fisk really understand Syria?

December 16th, 2006 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

I mean, he lives in Beirut. For thirty years in fact, as he likes to remind us at regular intervals. And that makes him a seasoned commentator on Syrian and Lebanese affairs. So how does a man who lives in Beirut – a city dotted with Syrian flags for years – make a mistake like […]

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Dozens of Jaja supporters arrested for Gemayel’s murder

December 16th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Dozens of Jaja supporters have been arrested in connection with the killing of March 14th cabinet member Pierre Gemayel. Jaja and Gemayel were both members of the March 14th/Hariri movement, but it wouldn’t be the first time Jaja was accused of killing fellow Christians for political gain. Immediately after the killing there were suspicions Jaja […]

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