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Entries from August 2008

Shakira to defend Arabs in a new song

August 30th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Columbian-Lebanese singer Shakira is writing a duet to defend Arabs. She is teaming up with Arab-American singer Dania Youssef. Dania was born in America and sings in English. But she did study Arabic music for three years. On this song, her vocals will be in Arabic – and her words will be written by Egyptian […]

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Syria says it’s ready for direct talks with Israel

August 27th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

This could be the breakthrough. Bashar Al-Assad is ready to come face to face with Ehud Olmert. The two countries have been involved in indirect talks for most of this year. Israel has been asking for a direct meeting for months, but Syria has resisted. Now, things are slowing down, and the chance for a […]

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Damascus experts needed

August 24th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

A good friend is writing a book about Damascus, and needs details about parts of the city’s history. He’s also looking for people who know about the Umayed Mosque, its traditions and what goes on there today. If you think you can help, or if you have any ideas about people who could be useful […]

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Syrian families demand information about missing relatives

August 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Relatives of missing Syrians have staged a sit-in, outside the Ministry of the Interior. They want to know what has happened to more than 1000 missing in Lebanon. They are demanding that Syrian officials ask Lebanon to investigate. It follows a request by Lebanese families to learn the fate of their loved-ones, missing in Syria.

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The anti-Syrians are furious

August 14th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Bashar Al Assad and Michel Sleiman are meeting in Damascus. Hizbollah and March 14 are working together in Beirut. Syria and Lebanon have healed their wounds. And Syria is coming in from the cold, internationally. No wonder the anti-Syrians are having a fit. Have a look at this rant from George Bush’s token Syrian friend […]

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Lebanon’s worst attack in 18 years

August 13th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

At least eighteen people have been killed in Lebanon’s worst single attack since the civil war. Eleven soldiers are among the dead in Tripoli, and forty people are injured – two seriously. A roadside bomb exploded when a bus drove past during the rush hour in Tripoli city centre. The attack happened in Banks Street. […]

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UPDATE: Soldiers targeted in Lebanon bus bomb

August 13th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

At least nine people have been killed, including seven soldiers in Tripoli. The explosion happened on a civilian bus. It comes a year after the army’s battle with Al Qaeda-allied militants in the city. More live updates soon…

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SNAP: LEBANON BOMB – 5 DEAD

August 13th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Five people have died – including a number of soldiers – in a bomb blast in Tripoli. It exploded on a bus early this morning. The attack happened just after the government finally agreed a unity statement – bringing together Hizbollah and March 14. Al Qaeda’s Lebanese stronghold is Tripoli.

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On Palestine

August 12th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

I rarely comment on Palestinian issues – because it is overdone elsewhere (I set up this blog to write about Syria at a time when no-one was). And because it is done by people a lot more knowledgeable than me. But Israel’s offer to the Palestinians. No comment, just the facts: Israel would annex 7.3% […]

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Last of the Damascus Spring prisoners released

August 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Campaigner Aref Dalila has been released. He was jailed in 2002, as the Damascus Spring – a period of openness at the start of Bashar Al-Assad’s presidency – came to an end. Aref is an economist, and former head of Economics at Damascus University, who was charged with trying to incite armed rebellion. He says […]

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