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Entries from October 2008

US embassy in Damascus may close

October 29th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

America says it may have to close it's embassy. It follows angryprotests in Damascus following Sunday's invasion. Extra Syrian police have been guarding the compound since Sunday. Even during the start of the Iraq war the building stayed open,although the Syrian army stopped protesters getting near the top endof Abu Rumani street. The embassy has […]

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Aftermath of the American invasion of Syria

October 29th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

This is a battle of words. True, eight people died, but everyone knowsSyria is not going to attack America – as it has the right to. Syria has been invaded. America called it "taking matters into our ownhands". But the real debate is over what Syria is calling it. On the streets, people are calling […]

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Internet crashes in Syria

October 27th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

The internet is finally back up and running after crashing for much of the afternoon.   None of the servers could connect, from 3pm until 7pm.

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America attacks Syria, killing 8 people

October 27th, 2008 · 16 Comments · Uncategorized

America has attacked Syria for the first time. Eight people have died.   It happened in Abu Kamal, on a farm near the Iraqi border. It was five miles inside Syrian territory. Two US helicopters landed in Syria, and around eight troops got out to shoot at a building. The attack apparently lasted around fifteen […]

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Syria finally gets the EU deal

October 24th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

It's been on the cards for years. First it was held up because ofpolitical wrangling in Europe but the head of the European Commissionsays he expects a deal in a few months. Javier Solana is in Damascus meeting the president. The EU Association Agreement effectively puts Syria in the outer ringof the EU. It is […]

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The seatbelt saga continues

October 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

It's been getting worse. It started a few months ago. As i explained afew days ago, taxi drivers would pull their seatbelt across as theyapproched the traffic lights. It's all because of the police crackdown. But over the past few days every time I get in a taxi I hear the sameline – put your […]

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Replies to comments

October 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Qabbani – thank you very much for your kind offer. I wasn't in Ammanfor long, but maybe next time I'll need your help! Syria Almighty – yes I heard the story about the Bush letter. But whatstruck me as odd was that the story came from just one country. And itwasn't America or Syria! Amniyah […]

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Julia Boutrous update

October 23rd, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

And if you missed your chance last night, there's still time to get your tickets for tonight's final concert. It starts at 8.30 in the Citadel. Queues build up quickly, and you can't buy tickets at the door. Tickets have officially sold out (at the Arab Capital of Culture office in Afif), but there are […]

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Sound of the Resistance – Julia Boutrous in Damascus

October 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The Damascus Citadel was built to defend the city. Last night, it played host to a woman singing the praises of those who fought to defend Lebanon. Julia Boutrous was in town for one of the biggest concerts of the year. And she was given the honour of being one of the first people to […]

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Amman – first impressions

October 19th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Some more live blogging. This time from Coffee and News – appropriately! – on Jebl Amman. I'm going to tell you what's caught my eye. It's all subjective. A lot has changed. The upmarket shopping area of Sweifiyeh is unregconisable – its massive pedestrian area is impressive. I seem to remember it as a building […]

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