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Entries from July 2011

Lebanese president denies involvement in the defamation case

July 28th, 2011 · No Comments · Culture

Lebanon’s President Michel Sleiman has tweeted that he was not to blame for the arrest of musician Zeid Hamdan. Hamdan is accused of defaming the president. “The Zeid Hamdan incident was a procedure by the concerned authorities. The Pres. had no involvement nor any prior knowledge of the arrest.” “The Pres. was approached about the […]

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Musician Zeid Hamdan arrested

July 27th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Culture

UPDATE: Zeid Hamdan has now been released, but he is still facing charges of defamation. The original story follows… — Zeid Hamdan has been arrested in Lebanon, accused of defaming the president because of this song: Zeid is one of his country’s most important musical figures, a father figure for the underground movement. Just three […]

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Syrian blogger arrested

July 9th, 2011 · No Comments · BREAKING NEWS

Anas Maarawi, a longtime Syrian blogger, has been arrested. Apparently it happened last Friday, 1 July.  

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Singing for Syria in London

July 8th, 2011 · No Comments · Culture

It was explicitly apolitical. Sing for Syria was a charity event that gathered people from across the spectrum to raise money for Syrian refugees stranded in Turkey. Hundreds of people turned up at the west London venue to donate, listen to music and take part in an auction. £2000 was raised in the space of […]

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