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Entries from June 2008

Fly in, fly out

June 28th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Never trust an article that begins with: “In the evenings, the glitterati of Damascus gather at Z-Bar”.

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And we thought it was just the Arab World

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 […]

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June 22nd, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Another close McCain adviser is former CIA director James Woolsey, who has openly advocated bombing Syria.

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Israel and Iran

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 […]

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Bashar in India – how did he do it, and what’s going on?

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, […]

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Random Beirut thoughts

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 […]

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Syria Planet lives on

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 […]

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Syria to establish embassy in Beirut

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 […]

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Saving Syria Planet

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 […]

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Not found: Occupied

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.

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