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Syriatel goes international

December 30th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

There’s a rumour doing the rounds claiming Syriatel is about to be bought. The interesting part is who is buying, and who is selling. The President’s cousin Rami Makhlouf recently sold the company to a Turkish group. Now it seems Syriatel is being bought again, this time by Zain. Zain is fast becoming the Arab […]

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March 14 politicians are as brave as those who fought the Israeli occupation

December 28th, 2007 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

“Hezbollah … acquired it privileged status through the martyrdom of its young men on the Israeli front … today denies this same treatment to its opponents in the Lebanese government.” Joseph El-Khoury.

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America withdraws Ambassador to Pakistan and imposes sanctions

December 27th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Oh no, America doesn’t have double standards. Benazir Bhutto, former Pakistan Prime Minister has been killed in a mirror-image of the Hariri killing. But America’s reaction is certain not to mirror their reaction in 2004. Hariri assassination:Two-times former Prime MinisterKilled in a massive suicide bomb which killed 21 othersOpposed the ruling dictatorshipWas preparing for the […]

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The Bus

December 25th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

From the amazing Puppeteer (thank you!):

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Syria arrests top officials in Hariri murder case – Bashar’s relative part of the mystery

December 21st, 2007 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Three top ranking Syrian officers have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Al Hariri. The three men are Jamea Jamea, former Syrian intelligence official in Lebanon, Said Rabah, Syrian intelligence official in Mount Lebanon, and Ghassan Bilal, director of Maher al Asad’s (brother of Bashar […]

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Syria asks Iranian ambassador to leave

December 13th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

According to somewhat dubious sources, Syria has asked the Iranian ambassador to leave. They have requested that Iran send a new envoy, because Mohammad Hassan Akhtari is interfering in internal affairs. Tehran asked for Akhtari’s stay to be extended, and Syria has refused. He has been given two months to leave. The Cultural Attache has […]

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Putin tells Hariri to shutup

December 13th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has told his close friend Sa’ad Al Hariri not to blame Syria for the assassination of Francois Hajj. Hajj was an anti-Hariri figure, who lead the summer attacks on the Hariri-funded Fateh Al Islam. Senior figures in Hariri’s March 14 movement have already started to blame Fateh Al Islam – even […]

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Human Rights organisation praises the release of political prisoners

December 13th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Almost all of the political prisoners detained earlier this week have been released according to the The Syrian Human Rights Organization. 30 people who signed the Damascus Declaration were called in on Sunday. 10 were released immediately, another 15 have left since then. 5 more are still being held. The SHRO has called for their immediate […]

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Hariri threatened the Lebanese army commander who was killed today

December 12th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Hariri’s March 14 movement threatened Francois Hajj in January. He was killed in a Beirut car bomb today. Hajj has links with the Hizbollah/Aoun opposition, and led the attack on the Hariri-funded Fateh Al Islam this summer. M14 called for Hajj to be “tried for derelcition and siding with the opposition”. Via the Friday Lunch […]

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Next head of the Lebanese army killed

December 12th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The man who was expected to be the next head of the Lebanese army has been killed in a car bomb in Beirut. Brigadere General Francois Hajj was likely to replace Michel Suleiman. Hajj is a ‘pro-Syrian’, and was in charge of the assault on the Nahr Al Bared refugee camp during the summer. He […]

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