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Entries from August 2007

Hariri finds a new puppet

August 30th, 2007 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

Now that Amin Gemayel has been thoroughly defeated, Hariri has turned his attentions to this man: Boutros Harb (that’s Peter War in English). Harb is a Hariri MP, and says he is a consensus candidate – which is laughable, because he also says he wants to disarm Hizbollah. That’s further even than Gemayel went. “We […]

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Syrian journalists arrested in the Occupied Golan Heights

August 23rd, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Two Syrian journalists have been arrested by Israeli Occupation Forces. Ata Farahat and Yousef Shams – correspondents for Al Watan – have been detained on unknown charges. They are Syrians, working on Syrian territory. A handful of their colleagues have been demonstrating outside the UN office, carrying pictures of the two men, and fifteen other […]

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The BBC website is looking very very sloppy tonight

August 23rd, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

…forgive my rant… First, this photo caption refers to a Muslim MP as a Baroness (a Baroness is a title like Sir). Not only is she not a Baroness, but the article itself even talks about her possibly becoming one in the future. This is just careless. In a story about an English plumber winning […]

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Iraqi Prime Minister praises Syria’s co-operation

August 21st, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Nouri Al Maliki has been visiting Damascus for the first time since he came to power. He says Syria’s co-operation is helping to stabilise Iraq. The US accuses Damascus of the exact opposite. Diplomatic relations between Syria and Iraq were only restored last year after a break of 25 years. Syria was a fierce opponent […]

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FatFAT

August 21st, 2007 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

In the space of one interview: “I don’t think sophisticated weaponry will be of use in such a battle which really involves street fighting.” “Politicians shouldn’t talk about military matters.” Ahmad Fatfat, Minister of Ping Pong.

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From the BBC website

August 16th, 2007 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

What a wonderful juxtaposition.

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Lebanese Army: Fateh Al Islam is not connected to Syria

August 14th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

The head of the Lebanese Army has categorically ruled out any connections between Fateh Al Islam and Syria. The Army is currently fighting the group in Nahr Al Bared. General Michel Suleiman also denies the group has links with the Hariri government: “[Fateh Al Islam] is not sponsored by Syrian intelligence, nor it is backed […]

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Please don’t forget about Nicole – reward

August 14th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Canadian 32 year old Nicole Vienneau is still missing somewhere in Syria. There is a 1 million Syrian Lira reward. She was last seen in Hama on 31 March 2007. Her brother’s blog is here. If you have ANY slight thoughts that you MAY have seen her, please, please email him: [email protected]

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Iraqi refugees tortured in Jordan

August 11th, 2007 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

“So it’s becoming a bigger story now on the blogosphere, Iraqis in a prison at the Queen Alia Airport, where they are interrogated for hours, whipped by the evil Jordanians, then put in a cage with lions and those who are lucky enough to survive the ordeal are sent back to Iraq to die. …Most […]

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Iraqi refugees in Jordan will be allowed to go to school

August 8th, 2007 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Jordan has ended its discriminatory policy, and allowed Iraqi refugee children to go to school. Until now, only rich families could send their youngsters to school, by paying. It means they will have similar rights to refugees in Syria – Iraqis in Syria get free schooling and healthcare. There are an estimate 1.2 million in […]

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