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Entries from May 2009

Syrian mobile phone users go on strike

May 31st, 2009 · 4 Comments · Business

Customers of the two mobile phone networks are going on strike tomorrow, in protest at the high price of calls. 6SP (12 US cents) per minute on prepay may not seem like a lot (4SP on postpaid) – compare it to the UK’s 30 US cents per minute. But when you factor in the average […]

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Freight train to link Iraq and Syria

May 30th, 2009 · No Comments · Business

Plans are under way to run a freight train from the Syrian port of Lattakia to the Iraqi port of Umm Qasar. It would mean crossing the entire length of both Syria and Iraq, and would link the Mediterranean with the Persian Gulf (Umm Qasar is close to Basra in southern Iraq). The two countries […]

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Exclusive interview with Amin Gemayel

May 27th, 2009 · 10 Comments · Lebanon

EXCLUSIVE TO THE SYRIA NEWS WIRE Amin Gemayel has apparently signed-up for Twitter. And in an exclusive interview with the Syria News Wire, he has revealed he could join a government led by the Hizbollah coalition. First, a huge disclaimer, we have no way of knowing that this really is the man himself. Accounts have […]

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Der Spiegel and the usual suspects

May 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Lebanon

Do the Der Spiegel allegations that Hizbollah killed Hariri actually change anything? On one side, Hizbollah’s supporters argue that the article was an American or Israeli plot to make Hizbollah’s coalition lose the Lebanese elections (they are only slightly ahead in the polls). And on the other side, Hizbollah’s enemies point and say ‘we told […]

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Lebanese Army colonel ‘spied’ for Israel

May 26th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Lebanon

A Lebanese Army colonel has been arrested, accused of being part of Israel’s spy ring. He is the highest-ranking official to be accused of working for the enemy. The unnamed man was arrested last week, and is part of a group of 30 caught so far. 21 have been charged, and some have confessed. 2 […]

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Nasrallah speech – analysis

May 25th, 2009 · No Comments · Lebanon

The most interesting thing Nasrallah’s Liberation Day speech threw up was his tone towards Walid Jumblatt. Jumblatt has been a key figure of March 14 since the umbrella group was formed in 2005. He has been the most outspoken leader – directly calling for Hizbollah to be disarmed. But recently, his language has changed, and […]

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Nasrallah speech in full

May 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Politics

Hasan Nasrallah has been speaking via video-link to celebrate Liberation Day in Lebanon. I covered the whole thing on Twitter (until Twitter kicked me off for writing too many messages). Here is the replay (it is in reverse order so you will need to read from the bottom up – also, the first few messages […]

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HIZBOLLAH SPEECH LIVE

May 25th, 2009 · No Comments · BREAKING NEWS

Go to twitter.com/syrianews for my live coverage (in English) of Nasrallah’s speech now.

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Khaled Al-Azem event

May 25th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Culture

The editor of Syria’s Forward Magazine, Sami Moubayed is giving a lecture on former Prime Minister Khaled Al-Azem. He says: “Syria’s late 5-time Prime Minister Khaled al-Azem, [was] a brilliant economic mind who did wonders for the Syrian economy in the 1940s and 1950s.” He will be speaking about Al-Azem’s political and historical impact, while […]

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Hizbollah killed Hariri

May 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Lebanon

According to German magazine Der Spiegel, Hizbollah killed Rafiq Hariri. “Intensive investigations in Lebanon are all pointing to a new conclusion: that it was not the Syrians, but instead special forces of the Lebanese Shiite organization Hezbollah” The trouble is, all of this is based on a single anonymous source. It also comes days before […]

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