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Entries from February 2007

Cities [updated]

February 25th, 2007 · 8 Comments · Lebanon

Thanks to Arima, Princess Anarchy, Razan, and via Arima, Abu Fares, and via Abu Fares, Dubai Jazz for their wonderful replies to my tag, ‘The City I Love’. It showed me two things. First, that this tagging thing is another way we’re using the Syrian blogosphere to communicate with eachother. We’re not just posting on […]

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Lebanese editor Joseph Samaha dies

February 25th, 2007 · No Comments · Lebanon, Media

Editor of the Lebanese Al Akhbar newspaper Joseph Samaha died in London this morning after suffering a heart attack. The anti-sectarian, leftist, secular journalist founded As Safir in the 1970s, and then Al Hayat. Just yesterday, he wrote a column entitled “Tuning of moves and slogans” in Al Akhbar. It criticised the government and the […]

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Nine Months in Syria

February 24th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

This is a new blog spotted by the wonderful Ayman. Bob’s left America to spend nine months studying Arabic in Syria. His writing offers all the insights of someone casting their fresh eyes on this city, just like I was talking about a couple of days ago. It’s beautifully written too. This post about paper […]

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Who’s listening?

February 24th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Are they the only ones who’ll listen? Apart from an extremist who wants to make Syria a religious state, and the former deputy of a man he calls a thug (the deputy with the blood of 10,000 people from Hama on his hands). Beggars can’t be choosers, I guess.

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Middle East vs Arab World

February 24th, 2007 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

They are not interchangeable. The Middle East is a loaded Eurocentric term. The Middle East refers to a geographical point to the east of where I’m standing, but not as far away as the Far East. It is a term coined by the European explorers, and puts white Europeans at the centre of the world. […]

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"Iran and Syria"

February 24th, 2007 · 6 Comments · Lebanon

“including Iran and Syria…” “…backed by Iran and Syria” “hoping to split Iran from Syria…” “…dialogue with Iran and Syria” Again and again and again, we almost never hear the word ‘Syria’ in a news sentence without that other part of the rhyming couplet: Iran. I am beginning to think this is a new country. […]

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US demands Israel not to have peace with Syria

February 23rd, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

“The United States demanded that Israel desist from even exploratory contacts with Syria,” Haaretz reports. “In meetings with Israeli officials recently, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was forceful in expressing Washington’s view on the matter.” Israel wants peace, Syria wants peace, the United States wants chaos. What right does the belligerant Bush regime have to […]

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The city I love

February 22nd, 2007 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Which city do I love the most in the world? Not a hard choice, but I came to thinking about why I love Damascus so much. It can’t be put into an oversimplistic list of tangible reasons, but I’ve tried anyway. Reasons I love Damascus, in no particular order: 1 – Jebl Qassioun … the […]

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Standing by Egypt’s bloggers

February 22nd, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

A very disturbing development. Egypt has jailed a blogger for four years for ‘insulting the president’. Egypt has a strong track record of pursuing and harrassing bloggers. It is the bloggers who are standing up against Mubarak-facism, now that the journalists have gone quiet. Abdel Kareem Soliman fell foul of a law which threatens anyone […]

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Britain’s Foreign Minister: we want a better relationship with Syria

February 20th, 2007 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett has opened up the chance for dialogue between Britain and Syria. She told MPs she was encouraging the government of President Bashar Al Assad to help secure the Iraqi government: “We for our part, do continue a dialogue that we have with the Syrian government to encourage them to better […]

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