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France Fortifies Israeli Settlements

On August 10, 2012, away from the headlines, thirteen French-speaking families arrived at the West Bank settlement of Eli (pronounced Ali, but I’ll stick to the conventional English transliteration) and made it their new home. They came from Paris and Lion in France and Brussels in Belgium, after a two-year long period of preparation. Sixty […]

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Three Reasons Why Syria's Man in Lebanon Was Arrested

Three Reasons Why Syria’s Man in Lebanon Was Arrested

Three Reasons Why Syria’s Man in Lebanon Was Arrested   Former Lebanese Information Minister Michel Samaha. (photo by REUTERS/ Khaled al-Hariri)  By:Elias Muhanna posted on Thursday, Aug 9, 2012 What to make of today’s arrest of former Lebanese minister Michel Samaha? The silver-tongued politician, well-known for his close ties to the Syrian government and its […]

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Aleppo liberated by government troops

Aleppo Liberated by Syrian Government Troops

The Syrian ‘northern capital,” Aleppo, where fierce battles between the army and the armed opposition troops have been going on since the end of , has changed hands. Government troops entered the central part of the city on Thursday. Special mission units are searching through the old districts adjoining the medieval fortress towering over Aleppo. […]

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WMD in Syria?

Under the title Orwellian Ramifications Begin To Unfold In Syria Dr. Ismail Salami writes in Countercurrents the following (excerpt): There is a horrible speculation that the insurgents in Syria may have seized hold of chemical weapons. Apart from the catastrophically unthinkable havoc the rebels can wreak in Syria and in the region with the WMD, […]

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Israel: Not a Banana Republic but a State of Law and Order

Under the provocative title, ‘Israeli Mayor to Demolish UN Humanitarian Agency Emergency Shelter, the International Middle East Media Center publishes a report showing the Israeli efforts to keep East Jerusalem free of structures built without a permit (some of which even predate the ordinance, which shows how far back Palestinian illegality goes and how deeply […]

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