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Entries from June 2009

Water is Life

June 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Culture

Water shortages are a problem for the whole region. Syria has had posters up for years telling people that ‘water is life’. But still, shopkeepers empty entire bottles on to the pavement to clean their street. Now, even the private sector is realising the scale of the problem. Radio station Farah FM has started including […]

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Iraqis in Syria – memories of home

June 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Politics

Walk past Tishreen Park any night this summer and you are likely to see families walking out with their arms full of plants. No, they haven’t been stealing from the park, this is the annual International Flower Show. Dozens of countries have got stands at the top end of Tishreen – and one of the […]

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Itar Shameh perform in Damascus

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments · Culture

The sweet sounds of Rasha Rizk played out across Tishreen Park on another hot Damascene summer night last week. Rasha Rizk is the lead singer of a young Syrian duet called Itar Shameh – a guitar-based Arab rock/jazz couple. But this is no ordinary duo – Rasha is married to her co-star Ibrahim Suleimany. They […]

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Syriatel denies Zain takeover

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments · Business

Syriatel has denied a takeover by Zain or Turkcell. It comes after rumours that the company had sold shares to one of the companies. There has been speculation for years that the two regional giants would want to enter the Syrian market – either by winning the third license, or by taking over MTN or […]

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Posting problems resolved

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments · Syria News Wire

For some reason, I have been submitting empty posts for the past couple of days. I have sorted it out, and I am now reposting everything again.

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New US Ambassador for Syria

June 26th, 2009 · No Comments · Politics

America is finally sending an Ambassador to Syria after a four year delay. Its previous representative was pulled out of the country days after Rafiq Al-Hariri was killed, as the US sought to blame Damascus. The State Department says a new ambassador will be sent to Syria – it has implied similar things since Barack […]

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Earthquake hits Aleppo

June 17th, 2009 · 3 Comments · BREAKING NEWS

An earthquake measuring 4.6 has struck Aleppo, although there are no reports of injuries or any damage. It happened at 7.30 this morning. With a number of badly constructed buildings in the city, it is very lucky that no-one was hurt, and no properties collapsed. Ahmad was the first to mention the quake on Twitter […]

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The Golan Heights needs your help

June 16th, 2009 · 6 Comments · Media

There is a battle going on, over at Wikipedia, over the use of the word “occupied”. You can help. Some fans of Israel seem to think it is acceptable to call the Syrian Golan Heights – which have been occupied by the Israeli army since 1967 – as merely “disputed territory”. There is no “dispute”, […]

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No more Damascus Airport departure tax

June 16th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Travel

Damascus Airport has finally included departure tax into ticket prices, as of today. It means most passengers (starting with Syrianair) will no longer be hit by the 1500L surprise at the airport. Instead, tickets sold in Syria and abroad are all increasing by $30. The departure stamp is a major cause of frustration, with many passengers […]

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US: significant fall in militants crossing Iraq-Syria border

June 16th, 2009 · 379 Comments · Politics

The top US commander has praised Syria for cutting the number of foreign fighters crossing from Syria into Iraq. General Ray Odierno said although they had seen some militants coming over the border, the number has fallen over the past 8 to 10 months. He didn’t say by how much. The issue is one of […]

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