· October, 2005

Stories about Syria from October, 2005

Syria: Future of a Rogue Regime

26 October 2005

Ammar says that in a strict legal sense, the Mehlis Report raised more questions than it answered and ultimately proved nothing. Moreover, the UN is not exactly a court of law. The evidence presented to the Security Council does not need to be conclusive. It simply needs to establish enough...

Syria: Media Bias?

26 October 2005

Rime Allaf wonders: “It would have never occurred to me that one of the TV channels, namely Al Arabiya, would actually find Hariri's appearance to be more newsworthy than the session at the UN, cutting to live coverage from London! That it happened exactly when the Syrian ambassador, Faisal Meqdad,...

Travels in the Kurdish Blogosphere

  26 October 2005

This week marked the beginning of a trial for Saddam Hussein, not only is this trial an unprecedted event, but the question that lingers is that can he really be tried for all of the atrocities that he is credited for. Another interesting aspect of the trial is that the...

Lebanese and Syrian Bloggers Early Reaction to Mehlis Report

  21 October 2005

The Lebanese Blogger Forum came to this Conclusion: There is probable cause to believe that the decision to assassinate former Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri, could not have been taken without the approval of topranked Syrian security official and could not have been further organized without the collusion of their counterparts...

Syria: Syria Opposition Speaks Out

  19 October 2005

Joshua Landis writes in SyriaComment blogs that the Syrian opposition may be down, but it is not out. Today an array of civil society leaders and opposition parties put out an announcement calling for a coalition of democratic forces to help find a soft landing for Syria. They want careful...

Travels in the Kurdish Blogosphere

  19 October 2005

According to preliminary results the Iraqi Constitution Referendum has passed with a “yes” vote. And while the world waits for the official results, Iraqi Kurds and Kurds in general have been very active as to their opinions of the proceedings. Dr Nazhad Khasraw Hawramany of Iraqi Kurdistan gives a congratulatory...

Syria: Bashar on CNN

  14 October 2005

If you missed President Bashar al-Assad Wednesday morning comprehensive speech to the US CNN TV station. The following is the full story of the interview.

Syria: Suicide of a Symbol

  12 October 2005

One of the most talked about topic of the day in the Arab blogsphere was the early breaking news of the suicide of Syria’s Interior Minister, Ghazi Kanaan. The news hit many blogs from around the Arab world. Starting with Syria, then Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and many more here, here,...

Travels in the Kurdish Blogosphere

  12 October 2005

For Iraqis, October 15th is the big day… the day of Iraqi Constitution Referendum. The vote is a simple yes or no in favor of the Iraqi Constitution. All Iraqis are eligible to vote, even former dictator Sadaam Hussein. The Kurdish people of Iraq are abuzz with these events. Sami...

Syria: Operation “Block the Vote”

  5 October 2005

Joshua Landis at Syria Comment reports that the US military offensives in western Iraq have driven thousands of Sunnis–and Sunni voters–into Syria. The Iraqi Parliamentary Speaker Hajem al-Hassani has spoken out against Operation Iron Fist, saying it was a deliberate attempt by Washington to dissuade Sunnis from going to the...

Travels in the Kurdish Blogosphere

  5 October 2005

Here is a quick update of the lastest in the Kurdish Blogosphere: Cultural As mentioned on a previous installment the death of Kurdish singer Merziye Feriqi has left the Kurdish community in mourning. Recently on the blog From Holland to Kurdistan an anonymous Kurd sent a heartfelt memorial article to...

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