Never trust an article that begins with: “In the evenings, the glitterati of Damascus gather at Z-Bar”.
Entries from June 2008
June 28th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized
June 27th, 2008 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized
The EU has passed a draft law making anonymous blogs illegal. To run a blog, you would have to register with your full – and real – name. And it’s all because we are polluting the internet with “misinformation and malicious intent”. Egypt tried to do it, and failed. Syria tried to do it, and […]
June 22nd, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized
Another close McCain adviser is former CIA director James Woolsey, who has openly advocated bombing Syria.
June 21st, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized
Israel has made a test-run for an attack on Iran. It sent its planes west, over the Mediterranean to an area over Greece – exactly the same distance from Israel as Iran’s Natanz nuclear plant, but in the opposite direction. The US has confirmed it was a try-out for an attack on Iran. Why is […]
June 18th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized
Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad has arrived in India – the first Syrian head of state to visit in three decades. And the most important foreign trip Bashar Al-Assad has ever made. Politics – Israel, America, Iraq and Lebanon – may be Bashar’s immediate concern. But with the oil set to dry up within two years, […]
June 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized
This is completely subjective and deliberately uncomprehensive. A list of words I wrote, painting a picture of my first impressions of walking back into the city. Bey: No McDonalds sign (the fast food joint opposite the AUB in Bliss Street is faceless – but the two policemen who used to stand guard outside aren’t there […]
June 7th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized
It was supposed to be all over today. The guys behind Syria Planet no longer had the resources to keep running it. So Yaman Salahi has come to the rescue. He is taking over the hosting and running of the site, so that we can all continue to be part of the Syrian blogosphere. Thanks […]
June 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized
Syria and Lebanon are going to exchange ambassadors for the first time. There will be a Syrian embassy in Beirut and a Lebanese embassy in Damascus. The two countries have never had a diplomatic relationship, because Hafez Al-Assad didn’t recognise Lebanon’s independence. As Hafez said, Lebanon and Syria are one country with two governments. But […]
June 1st, 2008 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized
Syria Planet, the feed for every Syrian blog on the internet, is being taken down in one week. A lack of resources is being blamed. But this can’t happen. Syria Planet has held the Syria blogosphere together since the days when there were just a handful of blogs. Taking it down would destroy the Syrian […]
June 1st, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized
Here’s a search I did (top right) on a CNN story, before I decide whether to read it or not. Click on the image to enlarge.