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Entries from December 2008

The view from Paris – riots and the Arab World

December 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

I wrote this post in Paris, in May 2006, just after Nicolas Sarkozy was elected President of France – but I never published it. You can probably say Sarkozy was the man who pulled Syria in from the cold. But eighteen months ago, I wasn’t so optimistic. In fact, I was downright distraught…   France […]

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Fatah Al-Islam says leader killed in Damascus

December 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Terrorist group Fatah Al-Islam says its leader has been killed in Damascus. The organisation was involved in a war with the Lebanese army in Tripoli last year. It was also accused of a number of car bombings in Beirut. Their leader Shaker Al-Abssi was jailed in Syria many years ago. After his release he fled […]

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Syria on the web – Syria’s saviour – Asma Al-Assad

December 7th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

You know that Syria is coming in from the cold when articles like this start appearing. The Sunday Times has devoted a massive feature piece to Asma Al-Assad. It’s a rare glimpse into the life of the President’s wife. And whether you like her or not, the fact that such a positive article has appeared in […]

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Happy families – Aoun arrives in Damascus

December 3rd, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

The man known for years as Lebanon’s most anti-Syrian leader has arrived in Damascus. Michel Aoun is in Syria for the first time ever. No, I never ever thought I’d see this moment. And by the looks of it, neither did Bashar. (Photo: AFP)

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The Eighth Gate of Damascus is becoming reality

December 1st, 2008 · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

There are seven gates on the Old City of Damascus. Now an eighth one’s being built. The Eighth Gate project isn’t actually anywhere near the Old City. It’s in the millionaire-suburb of Yaafour. We first learned about it two long years ago. And they started selling the unfinished properties earlier this year. Apparently, there is […]

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