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Entries from December 2009

Has Syria won?

December 5th, 2009 · No Comments · Politics

The Economist sums up Bashar Al-Assad’s first ten years in power. Its conclusion: Syria has won. It has surmounted some apparently impossible challenges and come out on top. Apparently on the brink of regime change in 2004/2005, a string of international leaders now pay visits to Damascus. Rather than swinging Syria into the ‘moderate’ camp, […]

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3 die in Damascus bus explosion

December 4th, 2009 · 7 Comments · Incidents

3 people, including a 13 year old boy, have died after a bus exploded in southern Damascus. The tragedy is said to have happened at a petrol station near Saida Zeinab, the Shia shrine in the southern suburbs. At first, it seemed almost certain it was a terrorist attack, with journalists gleefully pointing out that […]

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Switzerland’s legalised racism

December 1st, 2009 · 9 Comments · Politics

Congratulations Switzerland. You join an elite club, comprised of apartheid-era South Africa, and present day Israel. While the ban on minarets pales in comparison to the discrimination suffered by the native populations of Palestine and South Africa, make no mistake, this is racism. Will church spires be banned? Or perhaps idols on temples? No, this […]

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