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Buthaina Shaaban: Syria-Israel deal is close – exclusive

November 20th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Buthaina Shaaban – adviser to the Syrian president, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee – has revealed the country is closer to a peace-deal with Israel than it has ever been. This year, Syria has had a series of indirect talks with Israel, on the return of the Golan Heights. It is the first time the […]

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Britain: Bashar is a man we can do business with

November 19th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Hasn’t the world changed. A few months ago, isolated by the world, Syria was jumping up and down trying to get noticed. Now, Britain – Bush’s former cheerleader – says Bashar could be a British ally. David Miliband, Britain’s Foreign Secretary has been in Damascus, meeting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. He said the talks went […]

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Syria News Wire makes it into the Telegraph

November 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

The new look Syria News Wire is only three days old, and already it gets a mention in Britain’s Daily Telegraph: “State crackdowns come and go, bloggers are jailed and released, but you can’t squash the ether. Sasa, for instance, has been blogging about Syria since 2004, with Syria News Wire. A recent post about Miliband’s […]

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The Syria News Wire has changed

November 15th, 2008 · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

Welcome to the new look Syria News Wire. New home, new look. It’s a big step to change the web address – Saroujah has been my home since 14 February 2005. But everything has to move on. And I’ve switched to WordPress too – it’s much more powerful, and looks a lot better. Next time […]

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Forward Magazine launches blog

November 13th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Forward Magazine has launched its own blog. It is probably the widest read Syrian magazine written in English. And it features the writing of the brilliant Sami Moubayed and Abdulsalam Haykal. Worth a read.

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Britain cuddles up to Syria

November 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Britain’s Foreign Minister David Miliband is on his way to Damascus – as Syria’s remarkable comeback continues. Miliband’s visit comes after Walid Mu’alim made the trip to the UK last month. He’s hoping to meet Bashar Al-Assad too. Yesterday Miliband said “There has been an important change in the approach of the Syrian government.” He […]

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The countdown is on…

November 12th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Something big is happening to your favourite Syrian news site. (That’s this one, silly!). 15TH NOVEMBER 2008. Exciting!

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Oh no you didn’t

November 10th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Please tell me you didn’t. I’m going to ruin the end of this story, because it’s one of my pet hates. AND THE BIGGEST CLICHE IN STORIES ABOUT DAMASCUS. “Modern-day travelers to Syria have their own conversion when they realize how much the country has to offer.”

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Sunday articles

November 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

To keep you entertained, here are a few interesting articles I’ve found (they’re not all brand new). Students speak up for merits of cool Damascus “When I told people at home that I was coming to Syria to study, they were really worried” Newsflash – reporter finds foreigners in Damascus. Finding Common Ground in an […]

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George Wassouf released

November 4th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

George Wassouf has been released, after spending three days in jail in Sweden. He was arrested after a raid on his hotel. It’s claimed he had been in possession of cocaine. Wasouf cried as the judge decided to free him. A crowd of fans gathered outside the court. As he walked out, he said: “I […]

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