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Entries from August 2010

Syria to get third mobile operator

August 31st, 2010 · 3 Comments · Business

The rumours are back, but this time with official backing: Syria will soon have a third mobile phone network, joining Syriatel and MTN. It was initially supposed to happen a few years ago, but no operator was appointed. Then in 2008, there were rumours that Kuwaiti mobile company Zain, or Turkcell wanted to take over […]

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What is Al-Rai playing at?

August 30th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Media

Two days after making wild unsourced allegations that Israel is planning to attack Hizbollah factories in Syria, Kuwaiti gossip rag Al-Rai is at it again. This time the ‘newspaper’ claims that Hizbollah and Syria have created a joint military command to attack Israel. But here’s the kick: the unsourced report claims that Hizbollah will place […]

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Apple gives Jerusalem to Israel

August 30th, 2010 · 20 Comments · Politics

Israel has waged a bitter campaign for 60 years to get Jerusalem recognised internationally as its capital city. Not one single country maintains an embassy there – not even the United States – pending final status negotiations between Israel and Palestine. The UN, the US, the EU and almost every country in the world considers […]

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Kuwaiti newspapers spread more dangerous rumour

August 29th, 2010 · 5 Comments · Media

This is a story about two Kuwaiti newspapers: Al-Rai and Al-Seyassah. People often hail Kuwait as having one of the most free media scenes in the Arab World. But there’s a difference between free and diverse. You see, in Kuwait, as in Lebanon, there’s a huge range of private broadcasters and newspapers – especially given the […]

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Making sense of the non-mosque ‘near’ Ground Zero

August 29th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Politics

To most people outside of the US, the controversy over the Muslim cultural centre a few blocks away from Ground Zero doesn’t make much sense. I can’t imagine another country in the world where this would’ve been an argument, where this issue would’ve been manipulated, or where millions of people could be so manipulatable. Needless […]

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Number of Jordanians visiting Syria triples

August 28th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Travel

It has taken years for our bickering Arab rulers to realise it, but uniting our region benefits us all. Europe is the model for every economic union in the world. The EU is the most deeply integrated region on earth, with a highly developed political, social and economic system. The Gulf has done pretty well, […]

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Ramadan begins on Wednesday in Syria

August 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The First Islamic Sharia Judge of Damascus, Adel Bunduk has just announced that Ramadan will begin on Wednesday in Syria. That means Syria joins Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and most of the Gulf states in starting the holy month tomorrow. Oman starts on Thursday.

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Media, business and music in Syria

August 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Business, Culture, Media

Lina Sinjab meets Madina FM’s delightful breakfast presenter Honey Al-Sayed and looks at how Syria’s media environment is opening up. Then she talks to Forward magazine’s Abdulsalam Haykal to discuss economic liberalisation, visiting Amjad Maliki’s new venture, The Khan, just off Medhat Pasha and City Centre mall. And in the Guardian, Stephen Starr and John Wreford […]

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