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Entries from March 2007

Fighting between Fateh Al-Islam and Fateh Al-Intifadah gives MORE embarrasment for Lebanese Interior Minister

March 20th, 2007 · 34 Comments · Lebanon

OOPS! The two groups the Lebanese Interior Minister said were working together, and were Syrian backed, have fought AGAINST each other. Lebanon’s Interior Minister blamed Fateh Al-Islam for last month’s bus bombings, and said the group was Syrian backed. As the group, Lebanese experts, Syrian experts, the Syrian government, and even the New York Times […]

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Syrian TV moves towards independence

March 19th, 2007 · 6 Comments · Media

So first the banking sector was opened up, then we heard about radical economic reforms, now could the government do the unthinkable – make Syrian TV independent? Private TV stations were allowed shortly after Bashar came to power, and the first major venture – Sham TV launched last year. But it was shut down in […]

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72 year-old-man dies of abuse in jail

March 18th, 2007 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

The Syrian Human Rights Committee says it has received reports that a 72-year-old man has died in prison after being abused – although it says it can’t confirm the reports. Muhammad Ali Dirbak, from Banyas, on the Mediterranean coast, was detained on 28 January after allegedly criticising Shias. His son was also accused of membership […]

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Four people killed near Aleppo in building collapse [UPDATED]

March 18th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Four people have died after a building collapsed near Aleppo. Witnesses say the bodies of a five-year-old child, two women and a man were removed from the rubble in the poor area of Bustan Al-Basha in the province of Aleppo. Cracks appeared an hour before, and most of the residents rushed outside – it could’ve […]

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France "urged" Israel to invade Syria

March 18th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Lebanon

Israeli Army Radio is reporting that France urged Israel to invade Syria and topple Bashar As-Assad’s government at the start of the war on Lebanon last summer. They say it was because of Syria’s backing for Hizbollah (which threatened the stability of Fouad Siniora’s French-backed Lebanese government) and because France blamed Syria for killing Rafiq […]

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Lisbon – an Arab city in the heart of Europe

March 17th, 2007 · 17 Comments · Uncategorized

You won’t hear many Arab voices in Lisbon. But look beneath the skin, and Lisbon’s Arab history is all around. In most parts of Portugal’s capital you’d struggle to tell you’re still in Europe. It’s easy to spot Arab skin – but I’m not in the ‘ethnic’ quarter you’ll find in most European capitals – […]

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The New York Times article that the Lebanese Interior Minister should’ve read before opening his mouth

March 16th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Lebanon

For the ignorant Lebanese, (yes, that means you Hassan As-Sabaa) the New York Times explains the difference between pro-Syrian Fatah Al-Intifada and anti-Syria (Al Qaeda aligned) Fatah Al-Islam. “Late last November, Mr. Abssi moved into the Palestinian camp here, seized three compounds held by a secular group, Fatah al Intifada, raised his group’s black flag.” […]

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Stabbing in Damascus

March 16th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

A Kuwaiti has been stabbed in Damascus. It is not clear why he was attacked, or whether anyone has been caught. Attacks like this are rare in the Syrian capital.

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Chess, Middle East style – by Wassim

March 16th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Lebanon

Interesting analysis of the pressure on Syria by Wassim (reposted from the comments section): Well I don’t pretend to be an expert in politics, but I treat it like when I play chess, I look at all the possible reasons why somebody has made their move. Once his series of moves is done, his bluffs […]

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EU supports return of Golan Heights to Syria

March 15th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

“We would like to work as much as possible to see your country Syria recuperate the territory taken in 1967,” said EU Foreign Police chief Javier Solana in a joint press conference in Damascus, after meeting the President. Incredible words from a man who was until last week boycotting Syria. The EU has ended its […]

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