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Entries from September 2008

American extremists

September 23rd, 2008 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Can someone explain how this is a vote winner in the US: McCain “if elected, would not become actively engaged in Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts and discourage Israeli-Syrian peace efforts”. So keeping the region at war is a policy strategy? Is this what makes Americans happy?

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Syria passes nuclear investigation

September 20th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Syria has passed the tests from the International Atomic Energy Agency (the IAEA). The UN’s nuclear watchdog says there is nothing to support America’s claims that it was building a secret nuclear reactor in the desert. The tests began following an Israeli air raid on a building which it claimed was being used for a […]

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Book burning

September 18th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Disturbing news from Jordan. Books@Cafe is coming under attack from the unenlightened.

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British Embassy reopens for visitors in Damascus

September 18th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Syrian nationals will be able to apply for British visas in the normal way from next week. Even though the British Embassy has been operational in Damascus, it has been closed to visitors for years, because of the security risk. Anyone wanting to travel to Britain had to apply for a visa through the DHL […]

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Junblatt prepares to join the opposition

September 15th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Walid Junblatt is a heartbeat away from joining the Hizbollah-led opposition. Two days after publicly breaking up with his ally of three years, Sa’ad Hariri, his party has had a meeting with Hizbollah. In an interview with the LA Times, he accused Hariri of building his own private army, and supporting religious extremists. He also […]

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Samir Jaja hints Syria may not be responsible for the Hariri assassination

September 13th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Samir Jaja, another key March 14 figure has broken ranks, as speculation grows that Saad Hariri will soon be left on his own. Jaja says the Aridi assassination was connected with the previous killings. That’s important because Aridi is a pro-Syrian politician – many of the others who have died have been anti-Syrians. So by […]

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March 14 on the verge of splitting up

September 13th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Walid Junblatt is now openly criticising his March 14 ally Saad Hariri. He has given an interview to the Los Angeles Times. In the interview, he accuses Hariri of trying to build a militia, and allying with religious extremists. And admits his most inflammatory anti-Syrian comments were made just because “politics requires it”, implying that […]

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Lebanese opposition politician killed

September 10th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

A main figure in Lebanon’s opposition has been killed. Druze politician Saleh Aridi has died in a bomb blast in Aley. He was an ally of Hezbollah – and his party (led by Talal Arslan) humiliated Junblatt in the fighting in May. Aley is just outside Beirut, and is considered a stronghold of Walid Junblatt. […]

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Saleh Aridi killed in Lebanon

September 10th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

A bomb has killed Lebanese Druze politician Saleh Aridi. More soon.

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French President opens school in Damascus

September 4th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

President Nicolas Sarkozy has opened a French school in Damascus. Sarkozy is aiming to deepen ties between the two countries. He has opened a school in Damascus, named after Charles de Gaulle. It is making some of the older generation uncomfortable, because they remember France’s brutal occupation of Syria. The two countries have also signed […]

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