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Entries from March 2007

Brammertz to reveal who isn’t co-operating with the Hariri inquiry

March 15th, 2007 · 6 Comments · Lebanon

The mysterious ten. Serge Brammertz, who is investigating the assasination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Al-Hariri, said there are ten countries not co-operating. He also said Syria is “fully co-operating”. Russia threatened to take the issue to the Security Council, demanding to know which ten countries were obstructing the investigation. But Brammertz kept it […]

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Lebanon blames "pro-Syrian" group for bus bombings…Syria says it has jailed members of the group

March 14th, 2007 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Important lesson for Lebanon’s politicians here. When you blame the usual scapegoat, make sure you know a little bit of background. Lebanon’s Interior Minister Hassan As-Sabaa yesterday said Syria was behind the bus bombing in Lebanon last month which killed three people. Lebanon has arrested four members of Fateh Al-Islam. What As-Sabaa didn’t realise was […]

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THE OFFER

March 14th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

After years of waiting… The EU has made an offer to Syria – work constructively in Lebanon, and your international isolation will end. An EU spokesman made the announcement as EU Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana met Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus. Today’s meeting ends the EU’s two-year long ban on high-level talks. It started after […]

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Was the Lebanese government indirectly behind the bus bombing

March 14th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Lebanon

Lebanese Interior Minister Hassan As-Sabaa yesterday blamed Syria for the bus bombing which killed three people: “it’s not secret that Fateh al-Islam is linked to Fateh al-Intifada which is part of the Syrian security and intelligence apparatus and cooperation between them is very strong.” Yesterday, I revealed that our friend Mr As-Sabaa doesn’t know what […]

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UPDATE: Syrians arrested over Lebanon bus bombing

March 14th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Lebanon

The Lebanese police have contradicted their earlier statement that six Palestinians had been arrested in connection with last month’s bus bombing. They now say four Syrians are being held. They have all “confessed”. A fifth one, they say, is on the run. They say the Syrians belong to the Palestinian group Fateh Al-Islam. Lebanese Interior […]

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Senior Lebanese official arrested for spying for Israel

March 13th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

A senior supervisor in Lebanon’s general security service has been arrested, on suspicion of spying for Israel. He was thought to have been gathering information on Hizbollah for Israel, and an unnamed European state. He is said to have close contacts with Mossad, the Israeli spy agency. The man works at Beirut Airport, and security […]

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Six people "confess" over Lebanon bus bombings

March 13th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Lebanon

Six Palestinians have confessed to bombing two buses north-east of Beirut last month. Three people died in the attacks on February 13th. Government supporters said it was an attempt to disrupt memorial services the following day, to mark two years since the assassination of Rafiq Al-Hariri. The six members of Fateh Al-Islam were arrested after […]

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US says its visit to Syria was "useful"

March 13th, 2007 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

The US government says its highest-level visit to Syria was “useful”. Bush sent Ellen Sauerbrey, the US assistant secretary of state for refugees and migration, to talk to Bashar. US State Department spokesman Tom Casey said they had direct talks. A representative from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees was expected to attend, so the […]

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Achieving nothing

March 11th, 2007 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Syria and America have talked in Baghdad. That’s all. Oh, and they agreed it would be bad if sectarian violence spread through the region. Meanwhile, America is sending another 4000 troops to Iraq. But – it is a breakthrough that Syria and America have talked directly for the first time in two years. It is […]

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Mourning in Old Damascus

March 10th, 2007 · 18 Comments · Uncategorized

Shia Muslims have come from across the world to Damascus to celebrate one of the most important events of the year. It is the end of forty days of mourning for the death of the Imam Hussein – he was the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, and Shias consider him to have been martyred. Every […]

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