· December, 2007

Stories about Syria from December, 2007

Israel: Journalists Face Possible Jail Time for Visits to Enemy States

  28 December 2007

Three Israeli journalists who visited Lebanon and Syria are facing possible jail time for visiting nations that the government terms “enemy states.” Lisa Goldman, Ron Ben-Yishai, and Tsur Shezaf have been investigated and will spend a maximum of four years in jail if found guilty. Here's the reaction from Israel's English speaking blogs.

Iraq: Special Athletes Train in Syria

  25 December 2007

Iraq's disabled athletes are getting ready for taking part in international tournaments from their training base in Syria, reports Alive in Baghdad.

Syria: Hassan Al Quwatli RIP

  20 December 2007

Hassan al-Quwatli, the oldest son of Syrian President Shukri al-Quwatli [1943-1949, 1955-1958] has died in Saudi Arabia. Syria Comment has an obituary here.

Arabeyes: Celebrating Eid Al Adha

  20 December 2007

Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid Al Adha - which commemorates Ibrahim's (Abraham's) willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael for Allah (God). It also culminates the Hajj, an annual pilgrimage to Mecca, which has this year attracted more than 2 million people. Here's how bloggers from the region marked the occasion.

Iraq: Alive in Baghdad Correspondent Killed

  17 December 2007

Alive in Baghdad‘s special correspondent in Iraq Ali Shafeya was killed at his home in Sadr City, announced the site, which is collecting donations for his funeral and family. Ali took 31 bullets between the chest and the head and died immediately. Two of his brothers were killed in the...

Syria: Lebanese Blindsided at Annapolis

  2 December 2007

“According to good sources, the Lebanese government was blindsided at Annapolis with the candidacy of Michel Suleiman as President,” reports Joshua Landis in Syria Comment.

Egypt: Annapolis Adieu

  1 December 2007

"Annapolis, Annapolis, this name is haunting me everywhere I go - in newspapers and blogs and on TV. For me, Annapolis seems to be a Greek city near The Acropolis, or something. But the truth is, it is an American city where a peace conference was held between the Arabs, Israelis, and Americans," writes Tarek Amr, who gives us a new perspective on the peace talks.