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Entries from March 2007

US House of Representatives leader visiting Damascus

March 31st, 2007 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

US House of Representatives leader Nancy Pelosi is about to visit Damascus to meet President Bashar Al-Assad. She is the first female leader of the House, and is Bush’s main opponent. As a Democrat, she is the face of the mid-term elections last November which saw Bush’s Republicans defeated in both American Houses of Parliament. […]

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Damascus in Danger

March 30th, 2007 · 13 Comments · Uncategorized

Old Damascus has been ignored for too long. Things are starting to change now, but one plan – in the name of modernisation – could do more to harm, than conserve the city’s incredible history. The area in question is between Bab As-Salam and Bab Touma just outside the walls on the north eastern side […]

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Covering Egypt

March 29th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Media

Things are getting worse, much worse, in Egypt. Bloggers arrested, prisoners tortured, forty-thousand political prisoners in jail, Mubarak’s police-state constitutional changes. Now, it is even difficult to cover the most innocent of stories as a journalist. “Dissenting voices are not easily tolerated within one of America’s strongest allies in the Arab world.”

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An Nahar headline: "Assad Embraced by Saudi Monarch, Lahoud Welcomed by Deputy Provincial Emir"

March 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Lebanon, Media

Lebanese Forces hate-paper An Nahar has run another misleading headline. “Assad Embraced by Saudi Monarch, Lahoud Welcomed by Deputy Provincial Emir” – true, but in that same article it also mentions that: “Lahoud, an ally of Assad, was welcomed by Prince Sattam Bin Abdul Aziz, deputy head of the Riyadh province, the same official who […]

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French television interview with Syria’s president

March 23rd, 2007 · 11 Comments · Uncategorized

Interview on France 2 with bashar Al-Assad: “Isolating Syria can’t have good results. Whoever wants to isolate Syria, is isolating hi,self from the problems of the region.” How long has it been that you haven’t spoken to French President Chirac? “Since 2004, I think. It corresponds to the rupture of relations between Syria and France. […]

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UN Hariri investigators look inside Turkey to find their suspect

March 23rd, 2007 · 5 Comments · Lebanon

UN investigators looking into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Al-Hariri are focussing on a suspect in Turkey. The man’s name is Louai Sakka, a Syrian who worked closely with Al-Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi. It was Zarqawi followers who have been behind bombings in Syria in recent years, and they […]

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US admits it blocked a Lebanon ceasefire

March 23rd, 2007 · 3 Comments · Lebanon, Media

John Bolton, America’s former ambassador to the UN has admitted he did obstruct a ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon and that he was “damned proud” of it. During the war, he, and other Bush regime officials said they were waiting for the right time, because an immediate ceasefire wouldn’t be “lasting”. Now the truth has […]

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Syria’s co-operation

March 22nd, 2007 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

…with the US:American Colonel William Crowe, in charge of the Iraq-Syria border Syria and Iraq says: “there is no large influx of foreign fighters that come across the border.” …with the Hariri inquiry:“The last three missions in particular were arranged and facilitated in a professional and timely manner by the Syrian authorities.” Syria “has continued […]

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Weapons for Lebanon found in Syria

March 22nd, 2007 · 3 Comments · Lebanon

Syrian authorities have caught a van carrying weapons heading towards the Lebanese border. It was a vehicle with Iraqi number plates. It has been revealed in a UN report on the Syria-Lebanon border, which the UN says the two countries are now co-operating on.

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UN refugee agency says the world is in "abject denial" about Iraqi refugee problem in Syria

March 20th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

The UN says the world is in denial about the Iraq refugee crisis in Syria and Jordan. Both countries have asked for more help. Syria hosts about 1.2 million, and Jordan has 800,000. The UN praised Syria for its work, and the US even sent a top level government minister to discuss the problem.

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