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Entries from December 2007

Political prisoners to be released

December 12th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

The remaining members of the group of Damascus Declaration activists are going to be released. 30 were asked to come in for questioning 48 hours ago. 10 were allowed to go immediately. More have been freed since then. And the remaining few are now set to be released. Activists are now calling for new laws […]

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Calls for an urgent change to the law

December 11th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

The National Human Rights Organization is calling for an urgent change to the law, after 30 people were questioned by police. They are all members of the Damascus Declaration, which calls for political reform in Syria. 20 of them are still being held, hours after they were asked to come in for questioning. 10 others […]

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Syriatel being sold

December 10th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Rami Makhlouf is selling Syriatel. His business has come in for a lot of criticism, because of his connections to the president. It is a lightning rod for all those who point to corruption at high levels. It is not clear who the company is being sold to. MTN, the country’s other mobile operator, is […]

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Iraq’s American puppet leaders learn from Saddam

December 9th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

As if Saddam’s ethnic cleansing wasn’t bad enough, now the current Iraqi ‘government’ is playing the same game, for the same dirty reasons.

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Hariri supporters start to turn against him

December 8th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Fans of March 14 have started to turn against Hariri. Here’s Ghassan Karam of the staunch M14 website Ya Libnan: “The leaders of what became known as the March 14 bloc had nothing in common with the aspirations of the brave, youthful, demonstrators of the Cedar Revolution except its name.” “Unfortunately the local traditional politicians […]

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Syrian Government reshuffle

December 8th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Reports coming in of a Government reshuffle from AFP. We know that Imad Abdel Ghani Sabuni is the new communications and technology minister – he’s a former head of the communications authority. And Mohammed Abdel-Sattar Sayyed is minister for religious endowment – promoted from deputy.

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US supporting sale of military equipment to Syria

December 6th, 2007 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

The thaw continues. The US is supporting a UN transfer of military equipment to Syria. $2 million worth of computers and surveillance equipment is being sent to Damascus. It is for Syrian customs, but it is all being kept very quiet. It involves a US company, Cisco Systems. The US government gave them a special […]

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No, that’s NOT the story, you racist Lebanese

December 5th, 2007 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

So yesterday, I mentioned how Human Rights Watch has accused Lebanon of imprisoning Iraqi refugees, even though they have committed no crime apart from being Iraqi. Now, ‘Ya Libnan’ has run this headline to cover up the story: “HRW: US & allies are responsible for Iraqi refuges in Lebanon”. No, no, no. That’s not the […]

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Lebanon jailing or expelling Iraqi refugees

December 4th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Human Rights Watch says police are arresting ALL refugees and detaining them indefinitely. They are being ordered to return home. As HRW says, “Rot Here or Die There”. To make it worse, they are not allowing ANY refugees to stay. It is the most outrageously racist anti-refugee policy of any Arab country. Even America is letting […]

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US Second in Command in Iraq praises Syria

December 3rd, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Lt General Raymond Odierno has credited Syria for cutting the number of militants crossing into Iraq. He says there has been a 30 per cent fall. The occupation forces have now re-opened the Al-Qaim/Abu Kamal border crossing. It had been closed for three years because of claims that Syria was letting militants through. “We think […]

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