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Entries from July 2007

Lebanese TV advert – salute our heroes

July 9th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Advert made by the Hariri clan in support of the Lebanese Army heroes. The advert makers claim none of the people who feature in the ad are actors – they all spontaneously stopped to salute the soldier. (Of course, their spontaneity had nothing to do with the TV camera being paraded through the streets of […]

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‘New’ Seven Wonders competition sparks global controversy

July 9th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

So, the new seven wonders have been unveiled. Two are in the Arab world. But as Wassim points out, none of them were built by Arabs. They just happen to be on the land we live on. I mentioned a couple of days ago how Egypt’s President-King Hosni Mubarak fought a campaign to get the […]

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Iraq-Syria border: Al Jazeera

July 8th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Sami Zeidan visits the At-Tanf border post, and meets refugees starting a new life in Syria – and the Syrian and Iraqi truck drivers bringing prosperity to both countries. “Muslims – Sunni and Shia – Christians, all are welcome. This is the only country to accept all Arabs, regardless of religion or sect.”

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Right-wing Lebanese website blames Fateh Al Islam for Gemayel assassination

July 8th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Ya Libnan says the police think Fateh Al Islam killed Hariri-cabinet member Pierre Gemayel. It comes after a report in another right-wing paper – An-Nahar. The Police/Ya Libnan/An-Nahar claims are a dramatic u-turn. Within hours of the assassination, Sa’ad Al-Hariri, and Walid Junblatt were parading themselves on TV to explictly blame Syria.

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Petra is new wonder of the world

July 8th, 2007 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

The New Seven Wonders of the World have been revealed. Petra, in Jordan, was voted on to the list. The Pyramids in Giza, Egypt, retain their place, without the need for a vote (it wouldn’t be Arab to do it any other way, would it). So, there are now two Arab monuments on the new […]

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Hamas versus Al Qaeda/Fateh – the Alan Johnston rescue mission

July 7th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

More background – this time on the rivalry between Hamas and the kidnappers of a BBC journalist in Gaza: “All the while, though, we knew Hamas was eager to bring his kidnapping to an early end. Hamas wanted to resolve the Johnston kidnapping not wholly out of altruistic motivations. Much has been said and written […]

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How did the violence in Lebanon begin

July 7th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

A lot of people have been asking how the violence in Lebanon started. I have explained a few times. But if you need a reminder, this is a good backgrounder (even if it is from the New York Times): “Minutes before Islamic militants and government troops began killing each other in northern Lebanon six weeks […]

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Al Jazeera Golan documentary

July 7th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

People and Power, tx date 7 July 07. Al Jazeera looks at the difficulties for Syrians living in the Golan Heights – in the Occupied Golan, and in the liberated Golan.

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The New Seven Wonders of the World

July 6th, 2007 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

There are just hours to go until the new seven wonders are revealed. There’s still time to vote online – and there are only two places in the Arab World up for nomination: Petra, in Jordan, and the Pyramids of Giza, in Egypt. The New Seven Wonders is one big numbers game. The project has […]

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Lebanon cancels summer festivals

July 6th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Lebanon has cancelled the Beitedeen and Baalbek festivals for a second year, because of the threat of attack from Israel, and the continuing violence from alleged Hariri-linked Al-Qaeda militants. The organisers made the announcement just a day after 10,000 people flocked to an Enrique Igelsias concert in Damascus. The government was insisting there was no […]

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