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Entries from September 2009

Iraqis in Syria, Orientalism and The Economist

September 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Politics

A wide-ranging post today. First, a few interesting revelations about the Iraqi Baath Party – and its exiled leaders. Also, a rant against The Economist. And an article you must read before you ever use the word ‘Orientalist’ again. Andrew Lee Butters has written this piece for Time magazine. Called “Can former Iraqi Baathists in […]

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Syrian Druze cross Occupied Golan border

September 26th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Politics

550 Druze Syrians, living in the Israeli Occupied Syrian Golan Heights, have crossed the demarcation line at Quneitra, to make a five day visit to Damascus. 20,000 Syrians – mainly Druze – have been trapped in the Golan since the Israeli military illegally occupied the land in 1967. Families have been split in half, with […]

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Syrian captain killed by pirates in Somalia

September 25th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Incidents

The Syrian captain of a ship heading towards Somalia has been killed by pirates. He was on a Panamanian vessel which was captured. African Union peacekeeping troops and Somali police rescued the ship, after he was killed. The Syrian captain was ordered by the pirates to turn away from Mogadishu – where he was heading. […]

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Israel hiding nukes in Syrian Golan Heights

September 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · Politics

Syria is accusing Israel of dumping nuclear waste, and possibly hiding nuclear weapons in the Golan Heights. Israel’s military has occupied the Syrian territory since 1967. A peace deal, which would return the occupied land to Syria, has been close many times in the past 10 years. But now Syria says Israel is deliberately – […]

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Two dead in head-on minibus crash

September 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment · Incidents, Travel

Two minibuses have crashed head-on near Aleppo, killing two people and injuring nine. The collision happened on Saturday night on the road between Aleppo and Afrin. One of the buses was heading towards Aleppo, the other one was travelling in the opposite direction. A police officer says the buses were speeding. Nine people are still […]

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Blogging Syria

September 14th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

An interesting article in Syria Today. It was published during the Gaza War, but I didn’t feel like it was appropriate to mention it back then. It features the thoughts of wonderful bloggers like Anas Takriti, Yazan Badran, and Razan Ghazzawi, plus some ramblings by me. John Dagge wrote the thoughtful piece. Here’s a snippet: It is […]

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40% bonus for state employees

September 13th, 2009 · No Comments · Politics

All state employees are getting an unexpected bonus of 40% this month. With the average wage of US$300, that equates to around an extra $120 in most people’s accounts. It is likely to be a short-term measure to allow families to cope with the increased cost of living: rent and fuel have gone up disproportionately […]

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EU helps Syria’s hospitals

September 12th, 2009 · No Comments · Culture

The European Union is promising help for Syria’s healthcare system. The EU-funded Health Services Modernisation Program wants to double the amount spent on healthcare in Syria. At the moment, US$60 per Syrian citizen is spent every year – the plan is to increase that to US$120. The Syrian Health Ministry says it needs to reorganise […]

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The Damascus tourist takeover – part 2

September 8th, 2009 · 6 Comments · Travel

Damascus really is the new black. The hotels are filling up, flights are packed. But there is one massive downside: bad travel writing. Journalists and travel writers (there is a big difference) are flocking to ‘discover’ Syria. And nearly every single one of them feels the need to use tired and worn cliches referring to […]

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Hugo Chavez in Syria

September 4th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Culture, Politics

The Arab World’s favourite leader is visiting the Arab World’s second favourite leader. Hugo Chavez is in Syria. Today, he has paid a visit to the southern city of Sweida, and he says he feels Arab: “I feel that I’m Syrian and committed to Syrian people … I feel that Damascus is my home and […]

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