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Entries from May 2007

Update: at least 38 dead in Tripoli

May 20th, 2007 · No Comments · Lebanon

At least 38 people are now dead in fighting between Lebanese soldiers and Al Qaeda linked militants.

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Syria kills Fateh Al Islam military chiefs

May 20th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Syria last week killed two of Fateh Al Islam’s military chiefs. The statement was released last week, not by Syria – but by Fateh Al Islam in Lebanon. (Fateh Al Islam today battled the Lebanese army, killing at least 24 people – see the story below) “The Syrian forces killed two military chiefs of Fatah […]

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Update: 24 dead, people trapped in the camp

May 20th, 2007 · No Comments · Lebanon

At least 24 people are confirmed dead in the worst civil fighting in Lebanon for 16 years. At least 40 others have called Al Jazeera to say they are trapped inside the camp by the Lebanese Army, and are not being allowed to leave to seek medicial treatment, in scenes reminscent of the Phalange siege […]

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Syria closes border crossings

May 20th, 2007 · 4 Comments · Lebanon

Syria has closed its northern border crossings with Lebanon at Al Arydha and Al Daboussyah because of the fighting in Tripoli. At least 11 people have died after clashes between the Lebanese Army and anti-Syrian Al Qaeda linked militants. It is thought this group is also linked to Jund Ash Sham which has carried out […]

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The French President’s self confessed Zionism

May 20th, 2007 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

This is a cause for concern.

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Sesame Street

May 20th, 2007 · 4 Comments · Media

A Palestinian TV network is about to launch the first Arab Sesame Street. It is an educational programme for children based on a series of puppets. It has spread across the world, and I think it is relatively culturally unspecific – although it did emerge in the US. The programme spawned the Muppet Show, a […]

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Update: 11 people die in Lebanon

May 20th, 2007 · No Comments · Lebanon

11 people have died in gun battles between the Lebanese Army and Al Qaeda linked militants in Tripoli. Some of the dead are civilians. It is the worst fighting among Lebanese since the Civil War.

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Lebanese army fights Al Qaeda linked militants in Tripoli

May 20th, 2007 · 3 Comments · Lebanon

There has been a gun battle at the Nahr Al Bared Palestinian refugee camp in Tripoli – civilians and militants were killed. It happened after Fateh Al Islam militants attacked an army post on the edge of the camp. The chaos began when police tried to raid a Tripoli house (it is not clear whether […]

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Socialist looks set to become France’s foreign minister

May 16th, 2007 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Nicolas Sarkozy officially became France’s president at 11am local time. He has been perceived to be bad news for the Arab world: for the region, and for Arabs living in France. Ever since he brutally surpressed riots across France 18 months ago, calling the young Arab demonstrators ‘scum’, he has been seen as an enemy […]

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The best deal in Paris, thanks to Sa’ad

May 16th, 2007 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

French President Jacques Chirac leaves the Elysees Palace this morning, and moves into a two-storey flat on the Left Bank in one of the most expensive residential areas in the world, the Quai de Voltaire, directly opposite the Louvre. He will be living there rent-free. It is owned by Sa’ad Al-Hariri. Sa’ad has ‘loaned’ him […]

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