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Entries from January 2007

Tell me what you love and i’ll tell you who you are

January 20th, 2007 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

A few weeks ago, the Siniora government started putting these posters up around Beirut. The excellent Lebanese artist Mazen Kerbaj has come up with his own reply: Translated, it reads: i do notLOVE LIFE and i do notLOVE COLORS and i do notLOVE BLACK AND WHITE and i do not evenLOVE grey and i do […]

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The ‘Golan agreement’ – what does it mean

January 16th, 2007 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

If it is ever confirmed, this is what Israel and Syria appear to have agreed: – Israel will withdraw to the 1967 border, and Israel will recognise Syrian sovereignty over the area – There will be a peace treaty between Israel and Syria – The Golan Heights will be demilitarised, with only a limited Syrian […]

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Syria-Israel peace ‘treaty’ – what they agreed

January 16th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Preamble The objective of this effort is to establish normal, peaceful relations between the governments and peoples of Israel and Syria, and to sign a treaty of peace attesting to this achievement. The treaty will resolve the four “pillars” at the core of negotiations: security, water, normalization, and borders. There is be no agreement on […]

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BBC trusts Israeli sources more than Syrian sources

January 16th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

It’s an easy mistake to make, but one which highlights unspoken bias. And it’s all because of these little things ‘ ‘ Let me show you why. The BBC’s headline on the Syria-Israel negotations is: Syrians and Israelis held talks. It should be: Syrians and Israelis ‘held talks’. Because it came from an ex-Israeli diplomat, […]

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SNAP: Syria and Israel ‘negotiating’ over the Golan Heights

January 16th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Syria and Israel have held secret negotiations over the Syrian Golan Heights, which Israel has occupied since 1967. The talks took place last year, as well as in 2004. Both sides agreed Israel would have to withdraw to the 1967 borders, ending Israel’s occupation of Syrian land, and setting up a peace treaty between the […]

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Broadband internet comes to Syria

January 16th, 2007 · 14 Comments · Uncategorized

An affordable broadband (ADSL) internet service seems to be around the corner. There are rumours in Damascus that a new service is about to be launched. It’s likely to be around SP1000 (US$20) for a 256kbps line. That’s not an amazing speed but it is a good start, for a good price. Until now, broadband […]

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Iraq’s President offers kind words for Syria, defies America

January 15th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani is in Damascus. “Syria stood with us in difficult times. I came here with a large delegation to show our seriousness about advancing our relations with Syria,” he said. Talabani lived in exile in Syria during the Saddam Hussein years. He formed his Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party in Syria, with […]

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Egypt’s human rights record – better than Syria?

January 14th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Egypt has arrested Al Jazeera reporter Huweida Taha Metwalli in a human rights scandal that just gets worse and worse. Last year police raped a male prisoner by inserting a stick inside him. To make it even worse, the abusers filmed the whole thing. Inevitably, the video found its way to the internet AFTER he […]

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Iraq’s President visits Damascus

January 14th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Jalal Talabani is in Damascus for talks with Bashar Al-Assad. It is the first meeting between the Presidents of Syria and Iraq for 25 years, and it comes amid a warming of relations between the two countries. But some Iraqi ministers have expressed their fears that Bush is trying to divide the two countries. Bush […]

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Visiting Syria

January 13th, 2007 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

I just got an interesting email from America: Sasa, I am an American PhD student who is coming to Damascus this summer for a month of Arabic at Damascus University. I was wondering if you had any tips about a couple of things: 1. A place to live. While I can afford an apartment on […]

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