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On bloggers and the opposition

December 28th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Politics

Two pieces of interesting reading today. The first from the unmissable Qifa Nabki, who notes that the blogosphere’s support for Bashar has made a remarkable u-turn. From this: For the first decade of Assad’s presidency, most Syrian blogs I read were fairly supportive of the regime To this: Several bloggers have defected from the regime’s […]

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Syria car bomb update

December 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

An arrest has already been made. Not sure how that fits in with the suicide bomb narrative. And from what I can see on Syrian state TV, it looks like one of the cars that exploded has already been towed away. Destroying crucial evidence. As Karl Sharro points out, this has echoes of the aftermath […]

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Two car bombs explode in Damascus

December 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · BREAKING NEWS

UPDATE: At least 30 dead, 55 dead (via Al Manar) — Damascus has been hit by twin car bombs this morning. The first suicide bombs since the uprising began. The explosions happened outside a security building early this morning. An unknown number have been killed – Syrian state TV is showing gruesome pictures of the bodies that have […]

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Syria’s electronic war

December 21st, 2011 · No Comments · Politics

The Syrian uprising, more than any of this year’s Arab revolutions, is being fought online as well as on the ground. Supporters of both the revolution and the regime are using increasingly vicious methods to embarrass and threaten their opponents online. By me, for the Near East Quarterly. Read the full piece here.

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Razan Ghazzawi free

December 18th, 2011 · No Comments · BREAKING NEWS

Razan Ghazzawi has apparently been freed, exactly two weeks after she was detained at the Syrian-Jordanian border. Now let’s hope the other tens of thousands of detainees, who have committed no crime, are released too.

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Bashar Al-Assad interview with US TV

December 8th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Politics

In his first English-language TV interview since the uprising began, Bashar Al-Assad has been speaking to ABC’s Barbara Walters. A lot of headline writers have focussed on his statement that he doesn’t ‘own the country,’ and that he wasn’t in command of the army. This is taken out of context – watch the video, he […]

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Free Razan Ghazzawi

December 5th, 2011 · 8 Comments · Politics

She was sitting in her favourite spot in Damascus, a table under the tree in the cafe in the grounds of the National Museum of Damascus. That was the first time I met Razan. It was 12 October 2007, although we’d been emailing and commenting on each other’s blogs for a few months before that. […]

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Burhan Ghalioun “addresses the Syrian nation”

November 6th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Politics

In a pseudo-presidential speech, the leader of the Syrian National Council, Burhan Ghalioun, has made an Eid speech. Translation below. Speech of Burhan Ghalioun, President of the Syrian National Council – 5 November 2011 The Address of SNC Presidnet; Dr. Burhan Ghalioun to The Syrian Nation Saturday, 5 November 2011 The great people of Syria, I […]

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Damascus with Love

October 20th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Culture

I haven’t felt much like blogging lately. With Syrians killing Syrians it felt inappropriate to offer my purile analysis. I started this blog to cover Syrian news at a time when most westerners couldn’t even find the country on a map. Now everyone and his dog (especially his dog) is a Syria expert.  I’ve spent […]

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Civil war talk in Syria

October 3rd, 2011 · 3 Comments · Politics

There is a real danger that the more you talk these things up, the greater the likelihood of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Today, three stories with near-identical headlines. And that’s in addition to the NYT’s article on Saturday. BBC: Is the Syria uprising heading towards civil war? When some of their wives tried to cross the […]

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