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Entries from February 2008

Supporting stability

February 29th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Thank you America for sending your warship to create peace: the USS Cole is being sent to the coast of Beirut as a “show of support for regional stability”. I think Syria should also send its troops to the outskirts of Beirut, as a “show of support for regional stability”. A US official said:” We […]

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Caramel

February 23rd, 2008 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

I’ve been clawing at the walls to see this film. And finally, last night, I sneaked into a preview screening. I missed it in Damascus – during the film festival – because all the tickets were sold out. I missed it during the London Film Festival, because I was in Damascus. I missed the Al […]

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3 years in jail for typing three words

February 23rd, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Prince Moulay Rachid. They are the three words which Fouad Mourtada will regret typing. He has been jailed in Morocco – not for insulting his leader (as some bloggers have been in Egypt and Saudi and Syria and Tunisia and…..) – but for just TYPING HIS NAME. What kind of Arab World do we live […]

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Coincidence?

February 22nd, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

16 February 2008: “The new sanction law will be hot air if it is not used to paralyse the financial freedom of Rami Makhlouf, the President’s cousin and the Mr. Economy for the Syrian regime.” (Syria Comment) 21 February 2008: “The sanctions affect Rami Makhlouf, a first cousin of President Bashar Assad and one of […]

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The Eighth Gate

February 18th, 2008 · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

Damascus has seven gates – the busiest: Bab Sharqi and Bab Tuma. The non existent: Bab Kisan. The others: Bab Al Faradis, Bab Al Jabieh, Bab As Saghir, and Bab As Salam. Now, there is an eighth. But it’s not in the Old City. The Eighth Gate is being built in Yafour, north of Damascus. […]

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Maintaining Social Harmony

February 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Thank you Arab League. Arab leaders have signed up to an ethical code for journalists. It sounds positive. It sounds like it is a way of protecting journalism, integrity, free speech. But no, this is the Arab World. And this is a deal signed by our Arab dictators. The only decisions they make are ones […]

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Junblatt calls for Civil War (updated)

February 10th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

The nutcase shows his true colours: “If you want chaos, we welcome chaos. If you want war, we welcome one.” He was addressing Hizbollah, days before emotions are bound to run high on the third anniversary of the assassination of the martyr Sheikh Rafiq Al Hariri. Later, two people were injured when a convoy of […]

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