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Entries from June 2007

UN helps with water shortage in Syria

June 15th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

The UN is funding a project with the Syrian government in the Kurdish area in the north-east of the country. The $58 million work will provide easier access to clean water in the Jazeera, helping almost 200,000 families. Part of the money will go towards farmers’ and craftworkers associations, and some of the money will […]

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On Gaza

June 15th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Far be it from me to praise Hamas – who don’t seem to be shy of playing their part in Palestine’s civil war – but who is carrying out a coup against who? Hamas controls the government after a landslide election. Abbas sacks Haniyeh and dismisses the government and takes total control himself. A political […]

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Mourning

June 14th, 2007 · 3 Comments · Lebanon

It’s reassuring to see Lebanon can still mourn. I thought they’d lost that ability, after seeing the cheering for the Army’s slaughter of dozens of Palestinians in Nahr Al Bared. But at least the Lebanese Police have found Eido’s killers: they rounded up a bunch of Syrians (remember when the same Lebanese Police ordered all […]

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Hariri MP killed in central Beirut

June 13th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Lebanon

At least eight people, including Walid Eido – a Mustaqbal MP – has been killed in a car bomb in Manara, on the Beirut corniche. The explosion in Hamra is one of the biggest since Rafiq Al Hariri was killed 2 years ago. It happened at 5.30pm between two beach resorts: the Long Beach and […]

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Ghadry welcomed in Israel

June 12th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The man who wrote “Why I Admire Israel” has been visiting Israel. And he spoke in the Israeli Parliament. He received a warm welcome from the Israeli Parliament’s Palestinian MPs (photo via Wassim). Palestinian MK Ahmad Tibi: “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself? You come here as a cheap tool in the hands of Netanyahu and […]

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Syria agrees to peace talks with Israel

June 12th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

After seven years of asking, Israel finally agreed to launch peace talks with Syria. Israel made the offer to Damascus, and Syria’s deputy Foreign Minister Ahmed Arnous has unsurprisingly said yes: “Syria is prepared to renew talks based upon the land for peace principle, without preconditions, to bring about stability and security in the region […]

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Request from a visitor to Damascus

June 12th, 2007 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

My name is Antony Loewenstein and I’m an Australian about to hit Damascus. I’m keen to meet Syrian bloggers. Can you help? My website is: antonyloewenstein.com My email: antloew (at) gmail.com Look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes, Antony.

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Question

June 10th, 2007 · 14 Comments · Lebanon

Is Emile Lahoud, as President of Lebanon, the nominal head of the Lebanese Army? (In a similar way to US President Bush being Commander in Chief of the US Army?) If – as I suspect – he is, it is interesting that he has not intervened in the Nahr Al Bared bombardment. He seems to […]

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Israel says it is ready to give back the Syrian Golan Heights

June 9th, 2007 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

…is the deceptive headline. Yes, Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says he is willing to give Syria sovereignty over the Syrian Golan Heights IF Syria ‘leases’ the territory back to Israel for 25 years. So, Israel is saying, we are prepared to keep your land, but admit that it is yours. 40 years of waiting […]

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The Jews of Damascus

June 9th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Down an unmarked alley of the Jewish Quarter stands the franjiyah synagogue.

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