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Entries from May 2009

Likud vs Hamas

May 18th, 2009 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The Quartet’s demands on Hamas: -Hamas must recognise all previous agreements -Hamas must recognise Israel -Hamas must renounce violence Meanwhile on the other side: -Likud has torn up all previous agreements -Likud doesn’t recognise a Palestinian state – now or in the future -Likud will not renounce violence

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Shimon Peres and the great peace lie

May 17th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Politics

Shimon Peres, the “man of peace” who supports genocide, is calling on Syria to open direct talks with Israel. This comes two days after his Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu said he would never withdraw from the Golan, while other members of his fascist cabinet reject any talks with Syria. Ever. On the other hand, Syria […]

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The Closed Zone – Israeli animation

May 17th, 2009 · No Comments · Culture

From one of the Israeli men behind Waltz With Bashir comes a powerful animation about life in Gaza. In the Closed Zone we see a foreign force carving Gaza out of the land of Palestine. A hand is used to represent the Egyptians’ heavy-handedness in trapping Palestinians inside Gaza. Our hero – a tiny Gazan boy […]

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Israel denies receiving message from Syria

May 17th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Politics

Israel’s Prime Minister Benyamin Netenyahu is denying he was passed a message from Bashar Al-Assad, by Jordan’s King Abduallah. It comes after Abdullah met Bashar in Damascus earlier this month, and then met Netanyahu in Amman on Thursday. Al-Arabiyah TV claimed Bashar had told Abdullah to inform Israel it was ready for negotiations. It seemed […]

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George Mitchell heading to Damascus

May 16th, 2009 · No Comments · Politics

US Middle East envoy George Mitchell is planning a trip to Damascus. He and his team have applied for Syrian visas, but no date has been set for the visit. It comes days after Obama angered Syria by extending the Bush-imposed sanctions. So far, Obama has sent Acting Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman and White […]

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Israeli spies in Syria

May 16th, 2009 · No Comments · Lebanon

A Lebanese newspaper claims Israel’s Lebanese spies were planning missions in Syria. 16 people have been arrested in recent weeks, including a retired brigadier general (Adeeb Al-Alam). Al-Akhbar newspaper says Lebanon’s Internal Security Force (the ISF) has agreed to transfer the details of the interrogations to Syria. The spy network was allegedly set up before the […]

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Zaytoun Palestinian Olive Oil wins award

May 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Culture

Zaytoun has won the prestigious Arab-British Culture and Society Award. The co-operative imports Palestinian olive oil into the UK, to provide an essential market for Palestinian farmers and raise awareness of the struggle of Palestinian life under Israeli occupation. Zaytoun carries out activism as well, giving talks about the situation for its farmers, carrying out promotions […]

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Palestine – peace without justice

May 15th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Commentary

Today, 15 May 2009, is Blog about Palestine day, marking 61 years since Israeli terrorists ethnically cleansed Palestinians from their homes. I’m dedicating this post to those who devote their lives to peace and justice in Palestine. But I want to make a distinction between peace campaigners and those fighting for justice. Groups like Peace […]

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Z-Bar re-opens

May 14th, 2009 · 9 Comments · Culture

After a long closure, one of Damascus’s most elegant bars is opening again – and changing its name to Zen Lounge. The Z-Bar was the symbol of the Beirutification of Damascus when it first opened up in the wake of the 2005 Syria-Lebanon split. More and more Syrians were spending their weekends in Damascus, instead […]

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Demand Al Jazeera now

May 13th, 2009 · 6 Comments · Commentary

Al Jazeera English is banned by almost every cable company in the US. But now you can change that. The decision by many broadcasters is not based on financial considerations, it is purely political. It can be seen almost anywhere on the planet – except in the home of global democracy. The American fear all […]

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