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Don’t mention the S-word

October 3rd, 2011 · No Comments · Politics

Sectarianism has become something of an elephant in the room. Anyone who mentions it is battered down. Syria is the exception. Syria is different, we are told. No it’s not. The hatred was there long before this war started, and it’ll be there long after it’s finished. Ignoring a problem is never a good way […]

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The first high-profile defection

September 1st, 2011 · 2 Comments · Politics

Remember his name: Adnan Mohammed Al-Bakkour. He was Hama’s attorney-general, until he apparently resigned on Monday. A video, in which a man claiming to be Bakkour appears, has been released. In it, the man says he “resigned from [his] position within Al-Assad regime and his gangs”. He listed five reasons that led to his decision: – […]

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@AJStream – the voice of the Arab Spring

August 24th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Media

And now for something completely different. Since the Arab Spring began, much has been made of the role of the internet in the uprisings. It was a revolution that addressed our generation’s grievances, that brought our generation to the streets and used our generation’s favourite tools – Facebook and Twitter. Our parents struggled with the […]

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The end game

August 21st, 2011 · 2 Comments · Politics

FW: Magazine, which has good contacts in the Syrian government, claims that Bashar Al-Assad is planning to call “free and fair” presidential elections in 2014. If true, this would be a massive shift in the dynamic of the uprising. When Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia, and when Hosni Mubarak of Egypt made similar announcements, […]

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The lost opportunity

August 21st, 2011 · 1 Comment · Politics

Just to remember how this could’ve all been so, so different, two quotes… Rami Khouri: “Assad’s opponents refrained from calling for his removal for a long time, and asked for the reforms that they thought he also wanted to implement. He and his aides proved to be totally incompetent.” Robin Yassin-Kassab: “Six months ago Bashaar […]

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Syrian Ministry of Defence website hacked

August 8th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Politics

This is what you would have been greeted with this morning, if you clicked on mod.gov.sy, the Syrian Ministry of Defence website: The message to the Syrian people is that non-violent protest will win through. And they issue a warning to the Syrian army, saying that anyone issuing orders to kill women and children should […]

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Message from a Syrian army officer

August 7th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Politics

I held back on publishing this yesterday because I couldn’t verify. This was a comment passed to me yesterday morning by the nephew of Damascene army officer serving in Daraa. He accurately predicted today’s Deir Al-Zour killings (42 have died there today). I’ll let you judge the veracity of the rest for yourself. Obviously he […]

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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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