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Entries from June 2011

Is something changing?

June 28th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Media

Maybe this is a little optimistic, but… With foreign journalists allowed into the country, moving relatively freely (although with government minders accompanying them); with Michel Kilo and Aref Dalila allowed to take part in an opposition meeting; and with SANA reporting the following – has something changed? (Even the fact that their headline acknowledges that […]

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Bashar’s speech

June 20th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Politics

It was his first speech for two months. Two months of chaos and uprising without a word from the president. In this long-awaited speech, there were leaks that Article 8 of the constitution, which states that the Baath Party is the ruler of state and society, would be modified or scrapped. It wasn’t. And many […]

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Makhlouf sells Syriatel

June 16th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Politics

Rami Makhlouf, the most important businessman in Syria, and a cousin of the president, is selling part of Syriatel. This is big news. It shows that the regime is belatedly recognising that he is the problem. Or, at least, he was the problem. Anger at Makhlouf’s domination of the economy was an early reason that […]

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Gay Girl in Damascus comes out…as a man in Istanbul

June 12th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Politics

For those of you who can’t access the original page, I’m reposting here. I don’t think he’ll be suing for breach of copyright. Apology to readers I never expected this level of attention. While the narrative vo?ce may have been fictional, the facts on th?s blog are true and not m?sleading as to the situation […]

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