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Entries from April 2009

Uncensoring Syria – LinkedIn changes its mind

April 19th, 2009 · 10 Comments · Business, Politics

Last week, we reported that social networking site LinkedIn had deleted the accounts of all Syrian users. It blamed the US sanctions. That led to claims of censorship, and a campaign to get LinkedIn to change its mind. After all, the sanctions don’t apply to websites – just look at Google, Facebook and Twitter. Campaigner […]

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Happy Syrian Independence Day

April 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Culture

53 years of independence. 17 April 1946 – 17 April 2009.

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Censored Syria

April 17th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Business, Politics

Domestic censorship of the internet is one thing, but Syrian internet users face a battle on two fronts. America is doing the job of the Syrian censors. First it was the whole internet that was blocked in Syria. Then just Hotmail. Then Hotmail was unblocked, and Yahoo Mail was blocked. Then it swapped around again. […]

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Strike gold in Damascus

April 15th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Travel

So it seems Bab Touma is the Damascene pot of gold. (Inspired by this, south of the border.)

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15 police officers arrested on corruption charges

April 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Politics

15 police officers have been arrested in the Souq Al-Hamidiyeh area.  They are accused of corruption and thefts from shops. It is alleged that the fifteen police officers have been stealing for a whole year. The Security Branch says a small number of them were caught at night with goods stolen from shops in the […]

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Easter in Damascus

April 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Culture

Hundreds of people have taken part in today’s Easter celebrations in Damascus. These photos are kindly provided by John Wreford – Syria’s best photographer. “Plenty of crowds turning out to watch the parades through Bab Touma st to Bab Sharqi, Muslim and Christian of course,” John says.

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A little bit of Beirut in London

April 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Culture

Before every Lebanese event – musical or theatrical – that takes place there is a game we play. Guess the political affiliation. Is it a “Downtown-style, we are Phonecians” evening. Or a “fight Israeli agression, rejectionist” gathering. Beirut Live, in east London, last weekend was neither. Money was being raised to help Palestinian refugees, and […]

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British officials meet UK woman arrested in Syria

April 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Politics

British embassy officials in Damascus have been granted access to Maryam Kallis, who is in a Syrian prison. They visited her two days ago, and are working with her family to get her released. Officials at the Foreign Office in London say they are still trying to find out why she is being held. It […]

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Rest in Peace – learning from the Italian tragedy

April 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Politics

More than 150 people are being buried today in a mass funeral in Italy. They died in Monday’s earthquake near Rome. In total 287 people are now known to have been killed in the natural disaster. But Italy’s president admits more could have been done to prevent it. Cheap and dangerous building techniques have been […]

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Arab nationalist pays tribute to secular martyrs

April 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Politics

Souha Bechara, the woman who tried to assassinate Antoine Lahd, has been speaking. Lahd was the leader of Israeli proxy militia the South Lebanon Army. Bechara was jailed straight away on 17 November 1988. She was just 21 years old, and spent the next fifteen years in Israel’s torture-prison Khiam in south Lebanon. Khiam was liberated […]

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