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Entries from June 2007

Israel loses its own game – no peace talks with Syria

June 20th, 2007 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

Israel has rejected peace talks with Syria. Syria has been offering talks on full recognition for the past seven years – and hasn’t even got a response. That was until recently. Israel announced it would ‘test’ Bashar, and call his bluff by offering peace talks. But Olmert set the bar so high that it knew […]

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Romanticising Syrian Cinema

June 19th, 2007 · 4 Comments · Media

By Hazim Bitar via Golaniya. “Two hours north of Amman, Jordan, an Arab Hollywood is emerging, in Damascus, Syria. Along with it, a flurry of digital filmmaking activities is starting to give Syrian New Cinema shape. Syria is the Arab country with the most developed cinema and audiovisual production infrastructure east of the Mediterranean. Syrian […]

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Syria News Wire stories

June 19th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

If you think there’s a big hole in my coverage – or any stories I’m missing, please email me on lio119@yahoo.com I especially want to hear about things not covered elsewhere on the net. Also, if there’s anything you’d like to write for the Syria News Wire, I’d love to hear from you. Drop me […]

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No need for secrecy

June 19th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Syria is rejecting rumours of behind-the-scenes peace talks with Israel. Syria’s Ambassador to the UN says there are no secret talks, and Syria isn’t ashamed of negotiating with Israel. It has called for Israel to return to the negotiating table and talk publicly. Syria clearly fears more broken promises from Olmert. Syria has been calling […]

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The Hidden Golan (UPDATED AGAIN)

June 17th, 2007 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

In the original post, yesterday, I said: “Second – how close Syria’s Ambassador came to justifying dictatorship. Of course, he wasn’t referring to Syria. It was in the abstract. Of course. The argument is that democratically elected leaders aren’t held accountable for four or five years (we were talking about the Iraq war – 2 […]

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Rockets fired from Lebanon into Israel

June 17th, 2007 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Two rockets have been fired from Lebanon into Israel. But both Hizbollah and Israel say it wasn’t Hizbollah which did it. Israel is blaming Palestinian groups inside Lebanon: “It seems that it was Palestinians, not Hezbollah,” and Israel thinks it was aimed at getting Israel to attack Hizbollah in retailiation. Israel insists it will “not […]

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Seeking refuge in Damascus

June 17th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Media

Syria swamped by Iraqi refugees: Nearly 1,000 arrive a day, driven from homes by violence. By Hannah Allam “Nobody used the word “crisis” when the first wave of Iraqis fled the war and settled here.” Iraqi Refugees in the Syrian Arab Republic. By Ashraf al-Khalidi, Sophia Hoffmann, Victor Tanner. “The Syrian state offers public services […]

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The Hidden Golan (UPDATED)

June 17th, 2007 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

The silence. On the blogosphere. On the streets. Today, London held one of the first events dedicated to the Syrian Golan Heights for a long time. There was a day-long series of talks and discussions by journalists, diplomats and Syrianists at SOAS. The Golan – chaired by Fawaz Akhras, British-Syrian Society-Roots of the conflict (George […]

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Ammar Abdul Hamid leaves Khaddam’s party

June 16th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Ammar Abdul Hamid says he is leaving the Baath/Muslim Brotherhood party, the National Salvation Front. “I think I just can’t think of any other way to say that I am severing my association with the National Salvation Front. The Reason? A loss of faith really,” he says. After a guessing game – is he, isn’t […]

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Illegal immigrants sent back to Egypt

June 15th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

83 Egyptians who entered Syria illegally are on their way back home. The group was arrested, and it’s claimed they were on their way – illegally – into Turkey and then to Italy. They entered Syria through the Jordanian border, and were detained a week ago. Syrian, Jordanian and Egyptian gangsters helped them through. And […]

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