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Entries from March 2011

The Syrian president speaks

March 30th, 2011 · 12 Comments · Politics

It was to be The King’s Speech. The words that could turn the situation around, or seal his fate. After Buthaina Shaaban’s promising announcements last week, there was optimism, even among my favourite pessimists. Today, that all changed. Even supporters of Bashar Al-Assad are depressed. We were expecting the revocation of the emergency law, at […]

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Syria update – Monday

March 29th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Politics

As the protests spread from Daraa, in the south, to Lattakia, in the north, here is what’s been happening. Farouq Al-Sharaa, himself from Daraa, has gone on TV to say that President Bashar Al-Assad will soon make an announcement that will please the Syrian people. Separately, a government spokesperson has revealed that the hated emergency […]

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Syria update – Wednesday

March 23rd, 2011 · 5 Comments · Politics

At least six people have been killed overnight at the Omari Mosque in Daraa. It is the second deadly flare-up of violence in the southern city. Last Friday five people died there. Since then there have been daily protests, all ending peacefully. Tuesday was the quietest day yet. Locals went into the Omari Mosque and […]

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Syria protests

March 21st, 2011 · 31 Comments · Politics

It’s not the time for a considered, “what does this mean” post. Instead, I’ll give you three must-reads. First, from the Economist: The Arab Awakening Reaches Syria There are signs the crisis in Deraa could be solved. A group of prominent locals has presented a list of demands to the government. These include the end […]

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#iheartsyria

March 13th, 2011 · No Comments · Culture

It started as a reaction against the slap-downs I seem to get whenever I tweet something positive about Syria (which, let’s face it, is pretty much every tweet). So, I did this: The last time I tried starting a hashtag, I was the only person to use it! But this one resonates. Syrians love Syria […]

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Listening to Syrians

March 6th, 2011 · 7 Comments · Politics

I’ve learned a lot in the past few weeks. Most of what I knew about the Arab World has been turned on its head. I didn’t think a largely peaceful uprising could overthrow a dictator. And I certainly didn’t think it could happen twice. In three weeks. But too many people seem to using these […]

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Vogue responds to Asma Al-Assad criticism

March 2nd, 2011 · 13 Comments · Media, Politics

It whipped up a storm on the net. Now Vogue is explaining why it chose to run an apolitical profile of Asma Al-Assad at a time like this. The magazine’s senior editor, Chris Knutsen, tells Max Fisher at The Atlantic: “We thought we could open up that very closed world a very little bit.” And […]

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