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  1. US pressure encourages Syria and Iran to circle the wagons

    Posted Feb 19th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer Foreign Editor Increasing American pressure against Iran and Syria is cementing an alliance between the Arab nations that has been building since the 1980s. While analysts ... is not an alliance in the sense of Nato, nor as Syria or Iran would make with Russia or China. Instead, it can be understood in political, economic and diplomatic operations.' Alarm bells rang ...

  2. Lebanon's task is to create a new democratic order

    Posted Mar 14th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Growing international pressure is apparently behind Syria's commitment to withdraw completely its troops from Lebanon, where they have been stationed since 1976. But dominance ... By the end of this month, if Damascus lives up to its word, about 5,000 soldiers and another 5,000 intelligence officers will have returned to Syria. The remaining 10,000 or so troops ...

  3. Open probe into Hariri's assassination is best path

    Posted Feb 18th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... highly orchestrated assassination would be an outrage in any context. But in a country that was beginning to put the war behind it and look critically at its relationship with neighbouring Syria ... turned the funeral into a protest against Syria's 14,000 troops on Lebanese soil- and against what they see as Syria's control of the government in Beirut. A commonly expressed belief ...

  4. First, look in the mirror

    Posted Mar 08th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... they included cases of individuals 'who were sent to Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco and other countries to be tortured'. In response, Mr Kozak acknowledged that while the US also has ... although some have also been sent to Syria, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia. This practice has been denounced as the 'outsourcing of torture' by William Schulz, executive director ...

  5. Biggest challenge still ahead for Lebanon

    Posted Apr 27th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for Syria to withdraw its forces- in accordance with a United Nations resolution passed last September. Syria has complied with these demands in a bid to improve its international image. ... with Syria. The government will need to take things one step at a time. Yesterday, crowds of Lebanese people threw flowers to celebrate the departure of the Syrian forces. Today, the difficult job ...

  6. Forethought essential in second Bush term

    Posted Feb 04th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for the president's remarks on the Middle East, specifically towards Iran and Syria. Retrospectively, they are no less foreboding than his reference in his inaugural state-of-the-union address in 2001 ... way. But he kept up the pressure on Iran and upgraded his opposition to Syria, accusing both long-time US enemies of supporting terrorism. Iran 'remains the world's primary state ...

  7. travel

    Posted Jun 05th 2005, 12:00am by Paul Kay

    ... Compiled by Paul Kay 1 Which country attracted the most visitors in 2004? 2 What unit of currency is used in Egypt, Cyprus and Syria? 3 According to the World Tourism Organisation, how many kilometres does a person have to travel for recreation to be considered a tourist? 4 In which Italian city was explorer Marco Polo born? 5 Where is Michelangelo's David? 6 Which major ...

  8. A Thousand Sighs, a Thousand Revolts

    Posted Jul 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... of Iran, Turkey and Syria. She was invited into their homes and talked to their writers and journalists and artists. She examined their culture and history- Saladin, who drove back the Crusaders, ...

  9. eastern promise

    Posted May 15th 2005, 12:00am by Lauren Crothers

    ... Lauren Crothers Shopping for interiors products and trinkets from the Middle East normally means a return ticket to somewhere in the region and sweating it out in a local souk. If you're looking to decorate your nest with bedouin chic, then Farah in Wan Chai is an ideal place to find the essentials. Many of the products originated in Syria and Iran. Lamps, cushions, ...

  10. Diplomatic Baggage: The Adventures of a Trailing Spouse

    Posted May 15th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Trinidad, Barbados, India, the Gambia and Syria came in between. A born worrier, scatty and a bit of a whinger, Keenan sets the stage by wondering if she regretted her decision to give up her career ... the pages, and it's not until Syria- the posting before Kazakhstan- that she learns how to be a 'proper' diplomat's wife. EC wives apparently don't get any instruction on how ...




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