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May 21st, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

TOP OLMERT AIDES IN TURKEY SINCE MONDAY, ALONG WITH SYRIANREPRESENTATIVES – ISRAELI OFFICIAL

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SNAP SNAP SNAP: Israel and Syria in peace talks

May 21st, 2008 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Turkey is mediating. Israeli Prime Minister’s office confirms it. The sticking point up until now was that the Israelis had wanted to keep it secret, but Syria didn’t. Can today get any better?

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The end

May 21st, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Nabih Berry’s just announced the Opposition protest camp in Downtown Beirut is being taken down. It’s over. Downtown reopens. Photos soon.

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Lebanon government and opposition agree a deal

May 21st, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Lebanon will have a new President tomorrow or Friday. The two sides have agreed to a Qatar mediated plan – as their deadline passed. Qatar played a dangerous game. Initially it said the talks would be open-ended. But earlier this week it said, here are two ideas, you’ve got twenty four hours to make up […]

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The Opposition and March 14’s dirty little secrets

May 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Some accounts of attacks against individuals during the clashes in Lebanon (from the sometimes unreliable Human Rights Watch). Despite the best propaganda attempts of March 14, no-one is clean. NO-ONE. Opposition gunmen killed two unarmed civilians in Ras An Naba: 59 year old Amal Baydoun and 35 year old Haytham Tabbarah. They also detained a […]

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Massive Ummayad Square development announced

May 17th, 2008 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

A Kuwaiti company is going to build a quarter of a billion dollar tourism and leisure centre on the Ummayad Square. At the centre will be Syria’s first InterContinental Hotel. There will also be a shopping centre, cinemas, offices plus a health club and spa. Kuwaiti company Kharafi Group has won the right to build […]

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Happy families

May 17th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Three war criminals and a thief. What a beautiful sight. Hold on to that image, they’ll be killing eachother soon, when the one-trick pony March 14 alliance crumbles. Left to right: Sa’ad Hariri, son of Rafiq Hariri. Amin Gemayal, son of Pierre Gemayal. Walid Junblatt, son of Kamal Junblatt. Samir Jaja, son of a bitch.

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Hariri media undermines Lebanese Army

May 15th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The Lebanese Army. The one neutral institution in Lebanon. Yes, they deserve a lot of criticism, but taking sides is not one of them. So no wonder the Hariri gang is upset that they didn’t come running when they lost their mini-civil war. There’s no doubt that Michel Sleiman is not partisan. He has the […]

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Why did Hariri surrender so quickly?

May 12th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Interesting claims here that Hariri was using human shields from outside Beirut: “All the offices of the government-backed Future Movement in West Beirut have surrendered and many of the pro-government “fighters,” many who were invited to come from northern Lebanon, often without even knowing that they were going to fight, have surrendered to the opposition […]

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Lebanon

May 11th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

There’s not much I can add. It’s a mess, and as usual, it’s a mess of Lebanon’s creating. Hizbollah is to blame for starting this civil violence. March 14 is to blame for letting this political crisis fester for 18 months. The Hariri militia has lost on two counts. First – it was comprehensively defeated, […]

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