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Entries from July 2007

Understanding Bashar

July 20th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

“Many believed that the most important line of the speech was when the president said that he understood that the wealth from this opening was reaching only a certain section or “shariha” of Syrian society and that it needed to be broadened to reach more people. For the average Syrian who does not taste the […]

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France says relations with Syria are improving

July 19th, 2007 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

France’s new Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner says talks between a top level diplomat and Syria’s President in Damascus are a “sign on the road of conciliation”. Under former President Jacques Chirac, ties between the two countries were almost cut after the assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafiq Al-Hariri. Chirac is now living in one of […]

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The future of urban transport?

July 19th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

(Sorry for the non-Damascene nature of this post) For €29 a year in Paris, you can ride one of these new public bikes for up to half an hour, and drop it off at another part of the city. Other European cities have tried similar schemes, but on much smaller scales (there are thousands in […]

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Iraqi resistance groups reject Al Qaeda

July 18th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Incredibly revelatory lead article in the Guardian says the main resistance groups reject Al Qaeda, and say they’re closer to Saudi (because they’re anti-Shia) and Turkey (because they’re anti-Kurd) than to Syria: “The insurgent groups deny support from any foreign government, including Syria, but claim they have been offered funding and arms from Iran and […]

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American Rights Watch

July 18th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

“The Iranian government should cancel the scheduled July 18 broadcast of the “confessions” of two detained Iranian-Americans.” Ahhhhhh. But it’s ok for Iraqi TV to air the “confessions” of Syrians in Iraq.

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Israel to allow Damascus-based Palestinian leader into the West Bank

July 15th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

It’s all part of Israel’s cosying up to Mahmoud Abbas. Israel wants to allow DFLP leader Nawef Hawatmeh in to Palestine. Hawatmeh wants to attend a PLO meeting, led by Abbas. He hasn’t been allowed into Palestine since 1967. Although on face value it seems a strange decision by Olmert. The DFLP is considered to […]

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Blowback in Lebanon

July 14th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

“The Islamists at the centre of the fighting were built up by pro-government forces for sectarian reasons.”

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16 people killed in another car crash

July 14th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

16 people have been killed in another car crash in the Raqqa province. Doctors say it happened this morning when a truck went round a corner too fast. It collided with two cars coming the other way. Three women and three children all from one family are among the dead.

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UN accepts Shebaa Farms IS Lebanese

July 14th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The UN has overturned a major Israeli claim. It says the Occupied Shebaa Farms is Lebanese. America and Israel say the land is Syrian. Lebanon and Syria have always insisted it is Lebanese. Why does this matter? Because it is about the future of Hizbollah. If the Shebaa Farms is in Syria, then Israel is […]

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Saudi Fatah Al Islam members found in Lebanon – claims of Hariri link to the group grow

July 9th, 2007 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

23 Saudi members of Fatah Al Islam members have been killed in Lebanon, as more evidence points to the Hariri link with the extremist group. Hariri openly backed militant Sunni groups like Fatah Al Islam after last summer’s war on Lebanon. Hariri was worried Hezbollah would come out of the war stronger, and he wanted […]

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