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Entries from July 2008

Human remains reach Syria – from Israel

July 23rd, 2008 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

114 coffins have been paraded in Damascus, a week after being released by Israel. They are mainly Syrian and Palestinian fighters and civilians, killed over the past 40 years. They were transferred by the Red Cross over the Israeli-Lebanese border to Hizbollah last week as part of the prisoner swap. Today, they were brought in […]

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The real Damascene house

July 15th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

“Crammed together in narrow alleyways, old Damascene houses provide privacy for their owners with windows that overlook the street from only the second floor upwards. Even then, the windows are covered by a wooden khis – a hand-painted shutter which keeps curious eyes at bay.” “The bedrooms are raised a level above their doors in […]

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Big Brother

July 12th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Ah hah hah. There’s a Syrian in Britain’s Big Brother TV show. More about the lovely Maysoon Shaladi here.

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Damascus and Beirut open embassies

July 12th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Syria and Lebanon are to open embassies in each other’s capitals for the first time ever. Syria said it would open an embassy in Beirut when a friendly government is formed. That happened yesterday, and so Syria has come good on its promise. But why does al this matter? When Lebanon was carved out of […]

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The Lebanese government – details

July 12th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

All of the parties have chosen political moderates for the ministerial posts – with none of the party leaders taking positions in the goverment (except the SSNP, where the leader holds a non-portfolio post). Hizbollah gets just one Minister (plus one ally) – although their Opposition bloc gets 11 seats. They have given most of […]

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New Lebanese government

July 11th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The formation has been agreed. It will be presented to President Michel Sleiman. Constitutionally, he has to agree to it. It will then be made public. The only official announcement is that Fouad Siniora will be Prime Minister. Details are expected after the meeting – at the end of today.

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SNAP SNAP SNAP: Lebanese leaders have agreed on the government

July 11th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

More soon…

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Michel Aoun to become Deputy Prime Minister

July 5th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Controversial warlord, former Prime Minister, and self-proclaimed President Michel Aoun is apparently going to become Lebanon’s Deputy Prime Minister. He will also hold the post of Telecommunications Minister. That’s significant, because the recent fighting was triggered over an argument about Hizbollah’s telecoms network. The national unity government is expected to be announced this afternoon. It […]

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Free concert in Damascus TONIGHT (correction!)

July 2nd, 2008 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Lena Chamamyan is hosting a concert in Tishreen Park TONIGHT. Entrance is free, with a 50 lira ticket to the flower exhibition. Thanks Orientalista for the correction – I thought it was 2 August, not 2 July! If you’ve never heard of Lena, you have to go. She’s possibly the most talented Syrian singer of […]

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