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Entries from June 2009

US hints sanctions may be lifted

June 12th, 2009 · No Comments · Politics

Jimmy Carter says US sanctions on Syria could be lifted and an American ambassador sent to Damascus. During a visit to Syria, the former US president, and elder statesman said: “I think the United States will respond… to any positive steps that Syria takes,” “There’s no doubt on my mind that the American president wants […]

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Lieberman willing to travel to Damascus

June 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Politics

Avigdor Lieberman, the fascist foreign minister of Israel says he is willing to come to Damascus. He insists that he will never return the Golan Heights. But he is happy to make a Sadat-like ‘grand gesture’ by travelling to Syria. He said he was willing: “to get on a plane and travel to Damascus, but […]

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Nasrallah speech – analysis

June 8th, 2009 · No Comments · Lebanon

The big message was this – we accept the result of yesterday’s election. Nasrallah was magnanimous in defeat, although he did bring up accusations that March 14 have been paying for votes, and carrying out sectarian incitement. He said March 14 accused Hizbollah of being incapable of accepting defeat – Nasrallah said he’d now proven that to […]

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Nasrallah speech – full text

June 8th, 2009 · No Comments · BREAKING NEWS

These are the live updates I posted to Twitter. It is in reverse order (so the start of the speech is at the bottom of the page). A full analysis of the speech follows soon. #nasrallahspeech we are in a new era, must deal with results #nasrallahspeech i call on March 14 to be clear […]

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British man and woman freed by Syrian authorities

June 8th, 2009 · No Comments · Politics

A British man and woman arrested in Syria on terrorism charges have been released. The pair were arrested with the help of the British authorities, but they have been freed without charge. Maryam Kallis arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport yesterday, after three months behind bars. Britain’s Foreign Office says Yasser Zahur Ahmed has also been released. […]

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Nasrallah speech at 8.30pm

June 8th, 2009 · No Comments · BREAKING NEWS

Hasan Nasrallah will be speaking at 8.30pm Beirut time (1730 GMT) in the wake of his allies’ election defeat. I’ll cover it live, with updates here.

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12 dead in bus crash

June 5th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Travel

12 people have died after a truck hit a bus in southern Syria. Unlike previous incidents, this was a Pullman coach which was involved. It was travelling from Damascus to Sweida near the village of Assoura. 18 people have been injured – 4 are critically ill in intensive care. It’s thought the two vehicles were […]

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The price of victory for Hariri?

June 5th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Lebanon

19,000 Lebanese expatriates from around the world have returned home to cast their votes. Many of them have been given free tickets by the Future Movement (most likely paid with the Saudi money that was promised). Is this how desperate Hariri is to cling on to power? Some have called for those who no longer […]

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4 dead after police clash with protesters near Damascus

June 3rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · Politics

Four civilians are thought to have died after riot police clashed with protestors in Rahbiyeh. It was in a demonstration at demolitions of 71 unsafe houses. The local governor Zahed Haj Mussa said a number of police and protesters were hurt – 2 are critically ill in hospital. It happened as police guarded workers who were […]

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New Syrian Defence Minister

June 3rd, 2009 · No Comments · BREAKING NEWS

Syria has a new Defence Minister. Ali Habib replaces Hassan Turkmani. Habib was formerly the chief of the army general staff.

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