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Entries from February 2007

Lebanon accuses Syria of shooting at fishing boat

February 20th, 2007 · No Comments · Lebanon

Lebanese authorities have accused Syrian border guards of shooting at a Lebanese fishing boat that approached the Syrian coast during the night. Tensions on the border have been growing – with Lebanon desperate to show it is patrolling its border well, as Israel accuses it of allowing Hizbollah weapons to come in. Meanwhile, Syria is […]

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Michel Kilo trial delayed

February 20th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The trial of Michel Kilo (referred to interestingly by AP as a ‘militant’) has been delayed again. The Criminal Court postponed the trial because two of his co-defendants failed to turn up. Dissident writer Michel Kilo was one of 11 people arrested when they called on the Syrian Government to change its attitude towards Lebanon. […]

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Gisele Khoury would be proud

February 20th, 2007 · 7 Comments · Lebanon

More from Ciezadlo. But despite [the Shias’] numerical superiority (which some of their adversaries dispute to this day)–and perhaps also because of it–the Shiites were always perceived as an inconvenience, Persianized outsiders, intruders in their own country. … With Iranian funding, [Hizbollah] set up a parallel state that relieved the Lebanese government of much of […]

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Hariri: we love life … except the lives of poor people

February 20th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

One of the most important articles I have ever read about Lebanon. Sect SymbolsAnnia CiezadloThe Nation For most Westerners, the words “downtown Beirut” conjure up two distinct images: a farrago of bullet-scarred buildings, car bombs and machine-gun-toting militiamen, and a glitzy, picturesque pedestrian mall. Nobody remembers Wadi Abu Jamil, the old Jewish quarter of downtown […]

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The man who could be Lebanon’s next Prime Minister visits Damascus

February 19th, 2007 · No Comments · Lebanon

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Salim Al Huss is in Damascus for talks with Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. Is he being courted by Lebanon’s growing opposition as a replacement for Fouad Siniora?

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Happy Birthday Syria News Wire

February 18th, 2007 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Ok, I started blogging (I have seen at least three blogs starting with that line in the past month…including the wonderful Razan…maybe the Syrian blogosphere’s coming of age…) two years ago today (almost). At that time, there were a handful of blogs. 10, 15 at most (correct me if I’m wrong). The Syrian blogosphere was […]

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Irony?

February 18th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

” Samir Geagea, the Phalangist – a convicted murderer whose party now supports the elected government – was self-assured enough to tell his audience that “we will pursue the criminals across the world and to the end of time”. “

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Old and young

February 11th, 2007 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

I like this post. Old and young. It says so much. How mobiles are taking over e v e r y o n e ‘ s lives, making even the grandparents look like teenagers again. And how the little people become less little everyday. Maybe it wasn’t that profound. I just like it.

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Lebanese government says weapons truck wasn’t from Syria

February 10th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Lebanon

Lebanon’s Defense Minister Elias Murr says the weapons truck intercepted outside Beirut didn’t come from Syria. And he went on to say NO weapons have come across the border. “The ammunition did not come from Syria, but are from within Lebanon,” said Murr. “We are in full control of the Lebanese-Syrian border.” “Not even a […]

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Americana

February 10th, 2007 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Oooh, hello to the Americans dropping by from ‘that’ US newspaper article. First, have a look at the status of women in Syria. Feel free to look around. And when you’re done here, if your craving for the real feelings of Syrians isn’t satisfied, you must visit: Syria Planet, it re-posts what every known Syrian […]

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