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Entries from February 2007

Lebanese army clashes with Israel

February 28th, 2007 · 4 Comments · Lebanon

Hizbollah is not the problem, Israel’s target is the Lebanese nation. When there were no Lebanese soldiers on the Israeli border, only Hizbollah fighters, Israel justified its agression on the border by blaming Hizbollah. Now the Lebanese Army is along the border, nothing has changed. Israeli soldiers have been engaging in tense standoffs with the […]

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Jordan bans Iraqi refugees from entering

February 28th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Jordan has put in place tough new entry requirements which effectively ban Iraqi refugees. They require Iraqis to have a new style passport which is only available at one location in Iraq, and only for a huge bribe. Jordan already had restrictive entry requirements before today’s effective ban. Jordan and Syria are struggling under the […]

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Syrian bloggers unite again

February 28th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

We’ve all got different views. And we don’t hesitate in battling it out in the comments section of eachother’s blogs, and by challenging eachother in sharp-tongued blog posts. But for the third time in a year, Syria’s bloggers have united to put their names to a joint post challenging Egypt’s decision to jail a blogger […]

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Israeli newspaper’s irony

February 27th, 2007 · No Comments · Media

‘Liberal’ Israeli newspaper Haaretz writes about the living conditions of Palestinian refugees, still cramped into refugee camps in Aleppo six decades after they were forced out of their homes. By the time you get to the third paragraph, you are confronted with an advert encoraging Jews to emigrate (‘aliyah’ in Hebrew) to Israel, and create […]

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Syrian Bloggers: Free Kareem

February 27th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

This is a united call by Syria’s bloggers. We are demanding Egypt release imprisoned blogger Kareem. [Updated with more signatures.] We, as a community of Syrian bloggers, condemn the arrest and sentencing of Egyptian blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Soliman for the peaceful expression of his dissenting views. We ask the Egyptian government to reconsider its […]

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Syria to pay for embassy damage

February 27th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Syria has agreed to pay more than one million US dollars in damages to Norway after their embassy was damaged by rioters last year. Syrian protestors set fire to part of the building during worldwide anger at the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed were published first by a Danish newspaper, and then by other European […]

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Syria and the US to talk

February 27th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Syria and the US are planning to open talks about Iraq. Bush stunned the world by rejecting his own top level commission’s recommendation that he talk to Syria. He said the US would not take the initiative – but later said he would be willing to talk if Iraq set something up. And that’s exactly […]

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Update

February 27th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Imagining Damascus – an update to an earlier post thanks to Razan.

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The Golan border opens – but only for apples

February 27th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

It’s that time again. The border between Syria and the Israeli Occupied Syrian Golan Heights has opened for the third year in a row. Syrian Druze farmers living in the occupied land are allowed to ‘export’ some of their apples into Syria. One of my first blog posts ever was about the historic opening of […]

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Seymour Hersh: US funding terrorism inside Syria

February 26th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Lebanon

Seymour Hersh, campaigning investigative journalist, says America is funding extremist groups inside Syria to carry out terrorist attacks. Don’t underestimate the weight of these statements. Hersh is one of the world’s most successful investigative journalists. He made his name by breaking a story about a massacre during the Veitnam War. More recently, he was the […]

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