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Entries from April 2009

Fisk is wrong about Lebanon

April 30th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Commentary

This is it. I have had enough of Robert Fisk cosying up to the Hariri empire. He writes a short article for the Independent tonight. It is entitled “Is this the price of America’s new friendship with Syria?” – claiming that the four Lebanese generals were released, letting Syria off the hook, because Obama is […]

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ALL HARIRI SUSPECTS RELEASED

April 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment · BREAKING NEWS

The UN Special Tribunal has RELEASED all four Lebanese suspects in the Hariri killing “at once”. It has also ruled that they should be protected, to ensure they come to no harm. Although they could still be indicted at a later date, this essentially clears Syria and renders the UN Special Tribunal meaningless. The four men have […]

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SNAP: ALL HARIRI SUSPECTS RELEASED

April 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment · BREAKING NEWS

Details follow…

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Britain accused of racism: UK woman arrested in Syria

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments · Politics

More accusations today that Britain doesn’t really care about Maryam Kallis, the British woman arrested in Syria on terror charges. Legal campaigner Asim Qureshi draws stark comparisons between Maryam’s case and other UK citizens detained abroad. Anyone remember the ‘sex on the beach’ case in Dubai? There was immense pressure from the British media and government on Dubai […]

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Syrian Foodie in London

April 29th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Culture

Syrian food in pictures and words. Yum.

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Emails

April 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Syria News Wire

If you are trying to email me today or tomorrow, your email may bounce back. Try sending it again. It should eventually get through. (It’s because I’m moving servers). Also, big apologies if you’re reading this on RSS and you’ve been getting a lot of test posts over the past 24 hours – it’s for […]

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Syria News Wire now on Frontline

April 24th, 2009 · 7 Comments · Syria News Wire

“Welcome to the axis of evil” is my first article for Frontline. “It’s a devastating critique. Syria is being kept in the dark ages because of a lack of American culture, and poor access to the internet argues a Gulf-based journalist.” You can read the rest of it here.

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Major Government reshuffle

April 24th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Politics

Syria has six new ministers tonight – including, for the first time, a Minister of the Environment. And it’s a woman – Kawkab As Sabah Dayeh. Ten ministers – including PM Naji Otri – have just returned from a landmark trip to Iraq. Saeed Samur is the new interior minister, replacing General Bassem Abdel Majed, who […]

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Syria is falling apart without American culture

April 21st, 2009 · 17 Comments · Culture

Syria’s young people NEED American culture to breathe. That’s the bottom line of this opinion piece by some foreign visitor. Here are some of the most patronising paragraphs: “Less fortunate young Syrians who [didn’t go to the American School] used to look forward to movie night at the Cultural Centre every Wednesday. There they would […]

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Easter in Damascus – part 2

April 19th, 2009 · No Comments · Culture

After last week’s colourful celebrations of the Catholic Easter, this week, Orthodox and Eastern Christians have been celebrating. Sarah has been out taking pictures this morning.

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