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Entries from April 2009

Syrian Drama TV channel launches

April 9th, 2009 · 33 Comments · Media

The long awaited Syrian Drama channel has finally launched. Although someone forgot to take the ‘test transmission’ label off the screen. At first, it will only broadcast Syrian made productions. There has been a long discussion about whether to show drama from around the Arab World, or whether this should be a celebration of Syrian […]

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Studying worldwide internet problems

April 8th, 2009 · No Comments · Media

A new site has just launched. Herdict tracks which sites are inaccessible by asking users to tell them. And it’s now available in Arabic. Here’s what Herdict has to say: Let’s say you find a site inaccessible…normally, you might call or e-mail your friends and ask them if they’re experiencing the same thing. With Herdict Web, […]

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Now on Twitter

April 7th, 2009 · 6 Comments · Syria News Wire

Tweet tweet. The Syria News Wire is on Twitter. Follow @syrianews. I’ve been doing it for a while – and yes, I have fallen under the Twitter spell. But I promised I won’t blog about it until I hit 100 followers. As well as the latest headlines from Syria, you’ll get links to stories from […]

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The Syrians who liberated Paris

April 6th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Politics

A fascinating documentary about the end of World War 2 is being broadcast tonight. The Americans wanted an all-white victory in Europe. They didn’t want any black faces in the liberation push into Paris at the end of the war. Eisenhower’s Chief of Staff wrote: “It is more desirable that the division mentioned above consist […]

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Two British citizens missing in Damascus

April 5th, 2009 · 7 Comments · Politics

Two British citizens have been snatched from the streets of Damascus in dramatic fashion. But the question is – why were they taken? It’s thought they were taken by the police, but there is no confirmation. It’s already causing a diplomatic storm – with the UK threatening to tone down warming relations with Syria unless the […]

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Baghdad humour

April 3rd, 2009 · No Comments · Culture

Did you hear the one about the bomber on the bus? No, well, here are a few others you might appreciate: – A guy with cross-eyes volunteers to join a militia group. They assign him to the random bombing unit. – A Jordanian finds a magic lamp. A genie appears and asks him what is […]

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