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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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Syria considers European deal

November 28th, 2009 · No Comments · Business

The long process of deciding whether to sign the EU Association Agreement rumbles on. The EU finally agreed to the deal in October. Syria surprised Europe by saying it needed time to decide. Now it has admitted why – Syrian businessmen are concerned about competition from European companies. There has been much criticism across the […]

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Damascus-Washington student link

November 22nd, 2009 · No Comments · Culture

The American University in Washington has agreed to start sending students to Damascus to study Arabic. It is the latest sign in the thaw between the two countries. Educational ties suffered a severe blow a year ago, when American helicopters invaded eastern Syria, killing a number of civilians. The Syrian government ordered the American Cultural […]

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Angelina Jolie to adopt a baby from Syria

November 12th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Culture

Angelina Jolie is continuing her global shopping trip to create the visually perfect family. Her latest stop: Syria. Although, perhaps that’s a bit harsh. Jolie has made two visits to the country, to raise awareness of the Iraqi refugee problem. Her most recent trip was last month, when she came with her husband Brad Pitt. […]

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Iran and Syria set for collision course

November 10th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Politics

Interesting statements out of Tehran and Damascus today. They seem to be taking opposite sides in the conflict in Yemen. In northern Yemen, near the Saudi border, a group of rebels called the Houthis are fighting the country’s army. Yemen has accused Iran of funding and arming the Houthis. The rebels say Yemen is being […]

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More wild claims in Der Spiegel

November 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Politics

First it was the evidence that Hizbollah had killed Hariri, now Der Spiegel has uncovered Syria’s dirty nuclear secret. But all is not what it seems. The Hizbollah article was almost immediately – and widely – discredited, coming as it did days before the June 7 Lebanese elections. And the man behind that piece, Erich Follath, […]

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Syria News Wire – Must See

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

I’ve added a new section to the site. ‘Must See’ is a treasure trove of my favourite posts from this blog (ego!) and others. The link is in the navigation bar at the top of the site. Let me know if you have suggestions for more stuff to add there. Go click!

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Not the best article on Syria in a decade

October 27th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Culture

Syria’s eloquent Ambassador to the US, Imad Moustapha has taken offence to an article which I called “the best in a decade“. In a letter to the author of the National Geographic story, Moustapha has issued a detailed critique of a list of points which he calls inaccurate. Josh Landis at Syria Comment has republished […]

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