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The Junblatt hypocrisy

December 1st, 2007 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

There’s a strong wind blowing over the Levant tonight. It’s the breeze from Walid Junblatt’s coat, swinging round in a series of massive u-turns. Paraphrasing the mass murderer’s change(s) of heart in the past few hours: ‘I am absolutely against a military president’ becomes ‘What is important now [in a president] is Lebanon’s stability through […]

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The End of Israel – it’s apartheid or nothing, says Olmert

November 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Ehud Olmert: “If the two-state [bantustan] solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights, then the State of Israel is finished.”

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Hariri militia in Lebanese gunfight

November 28th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

A group, described by the BBC as “a newly-formed group loyal to parliamentary majority leader Saad Hariri” has been fighting an Islamist group in Tripoli. But, but, but, I thought the fighting was over King Saad.

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Especially for Wassim

November 27th, 2007 · 9 Comments · Uncategorized

Yes, I concede, he beat me on this one. But just for him, here is a wider shot of Damasco Bite that I took a while ago. The Syrian takeaway in east London, which deserves a full post, but I’m still reeling from the fact that he got there first! London has just a handful […]

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November 27th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

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Has Amazon been blocked in Syria?

November 27th, 2007 · 12 Comments · Uncategorized

Anas is claiming that Amazon.com is now blocked in Syria (thanks Yazan). As Yazan comments: “Why would any regime block Amazon.com?!! Unless people are exchanging secret *how to topple regime* advices through book reviews!” It seems to be an incredibly random move, if it is confirmed. It comes a week after Facebook access was stopped. […]

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The Economist finally loses it

November 27th, 2007 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Right, As’ad, explain this* Wassim first pointed it out, and I had to check the actual magazine cover in the shop. I couldn’t believe that the Economist would go this far over the top. It is the most absurd cover I have ever seen. I really believed it was a spoof. It must be the […]

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SNAP: Syria accepts US peace conference invitation

November 25th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Syria accepts US invitation to Annapolis Peace Conference, sending Deputy Foreign Minister.

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I’m never home

November 25th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Sentimentality can be destructive. But I’m slowly learning how to make it work for me. I’m a half-half – I have Arab blood and English blood. I have lived in London and Damascus, and I could never live without either of them. I consider them both as home. When I’m in one, I miss the […]

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SNAP SNAP SNAP: State of Emergency declared in Lebanon

November 23rd, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Outgoing Lebanese President Emile Lahoud has declared a state of emergency, following the failure of the country’s politicians to choose a successor. This means that the army, led by Michel Suleiman, has taken control of ALL security agencies – including those currently run by the Government. No-one predicted this scenario. What it essentially means is […]

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