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Lebanon/Syria News-Links
3-4 January 2008

4/1/08

Syria and Turkey vie for Euphrates water
Syria has expressed its need for a greater share of water from the river Euphrates during an…
www.prophecynews.co.uk/content/view/624/2/

Hezbollah sets resolution terms
BBC News – UK
The Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, blamed the US for obstructing a solution to Lebanon’s political crisis by opposing such a move. …
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7171263.stm

Larijani in Syria
Islamic Republic News Agency – Tehran,Iran
Larijani comes to Syria on the second leg of his tour, which already took him to Egypt, where he met and conferred with Egyptian cultural and religious …
www2.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-234/0801048875085813.htm

WFP distributes food aid to suffering Iraqis in Iraq, Syria
Indian Muslims – San Diego,CA,USA
It will include the distribution of food to 750000 displaced Iraqis in Iraq in addition to 360000 who poured into Syria. The programme pointed out that it …
www.indianmuslims.info/news/2008/jan/04/wfp_
distributes_food_aid_suffering_iraqis_iraq_syria.html

Report: Turkey, Syria disputing over drawing water from Euphrates …
Jerusalem Post – Israel
COM STAFF Syria and Turkey were having a dispute – not their first – over sources over fresh water, Israel Radio reported Friday. …
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=119851
7291722&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Oil: Syria and Turkey sign agreement
By Mike Hitchen(Mike Hitchen)
Syria’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Soufian Allao, added that he discussed with the General Director of Turkish Petroleum Company, means of transporting the Iranian and Azeri natural gas to Syria by the Turkish company. …
ionglobaltrends.blogspot.com/2008/01/oil
-syria-and-turkey-sign-agreement.html

Lebanese politics / A decisive one-third minority
Ha'aretz – Tel Aviv,Israel
There had been a great deal of activity in Lebanon, with the French foreign minister coming and going, Arab ambassadors getting involved in the Lebanese …
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/941549.html

NEWS: Egypt outrages Israel; Israel ready to talk to Syria; Syria …
By Paul Woodward
Egypt opens crossing so Palestinians can return By Ellen Knickmeyer and Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, January 3, 2008 Egypt opened its main crossing into the Gaza Strip on Wednesday to allow more than 2000 Palestinian pilgrims …
warincontext.org/2008/01/03/news-egypt-outrages-i
srael-israel-ready-to-talk-to-syria-syria-alienates-france/

Editorial: Meddlers in Lebanon
Arab News – Jeddah,Saudi Arabia
Lebanon’s dangerous political deadlock over Parliament’s choice of a new president continued yesterday when legislators postponed for the eleventh time the …
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&
article=105298&d=4&m=1&y=2008

Turkey, Syria to further cooperation in transportation
Today’s Zaman – Istanbul,Turkey
Turkey is opening new doors and broadening paths to improve its relations with its sometimes controversial neighbor Syria. Syrian Transportation Minister …
www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/detaylar.do?load=detay&link=130809

Beirut Spring gets inside the Aoun mindset
By sasa(sasa)
We all thought back then that he was doing it because it was the right thing to do, but many of us are learning today that he did it because Syria was the only thing standing between him and power. I’ve never been a fan of Aoun – need …
saroujah.blogspot.com/2008/01/beirut-
spring-gets-inside-aoun-mindset.html

The Somalia scenario casts a long shadow over Lebanon
By via Daily Star, Lebanon(SF Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay))
Thursday, January 3, 2008 : About a year ago, basically when it became clear that Lebanon’s government and opposition camps were willing to gamble with their country’s existence in order to achieve their respective goals, my publisher …
www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/01/03/18469908.php

French mediation with Syria still on: Nasrallah
Taipei Times – Taiwan
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said on Wednesday that France’s mediation with Syria on Lebanon’s political crisis would go on despite the two countries …
www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2008/01/04/2003395611

Turkey – Syria Business Meeting Ends
Turkish Press – Plymouth,MI,USA
Dardari noted that they proposed TOBB to set up an organized industrial zone on a field of 2500 hectares in Syria. When asked whether there is a cooperation …
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=209298&s=
&i=&t=Turkey_-_Syria_Business_Meeting_Ends

Lebanese Druze Leader Walid Jumblatt Slams Syria, Iran, Hizbullah …
Middle East Media Research Institute – Washington,DC,USA
Interviewer: “You always blame Syria for the killing, but yet, there is no hard evidence. Can we just continue… You keep on accusing, accusing, accusing, …
memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP179908

3/1/08

Hezbollah wants veto in Lebanon
No president will be elected in Lebanon unless the Hezbollah-led opposition gets veto power in the future government, the leader of the militant group declared Wednesday…
www.rawstory.com/news/mochila/Hez
bollah_wants_veto_in_Lebanon_01022008.html

Jumblatt: Hezbollah aims at eliminating the state of Lebanon
Ya Libnan – Beirut,Lebanon
Jumblatt aserted that the Hezbollah -led opposition aims at eliminating the state of Lebanon. – We do not want a “gathering of tribes, we want a state” and …
yalibnan.com/site/archives/2008/01/jumblatt_hezbol.php

Nasrallah: Israel responsible for terrorist attacks in Lebanon
Ynetnews – Israel
The general-secretary also attacked the United States saying it was hurting Lebanon. “Thus, our struggle is with the Bush government and the program it is …
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3489730,00.html

Lebanon’s problems must have Lebanese solutions
Daily Star – Lebanon – Beirut,Lebanon
Moallem was not the first to call for dialogue in Lebanon, his sincerity is at least as open to suspicion as anyone else’s, and all of the outside players …
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?editio
n_id=1&article_id=87762&categ_id=17

Political rift shows no signs of healing at dawn of new year
Daily Star – Lebanon – Beirut,Lebanon
BEIRUT: The first two days of 2008 brought no signs of reconciliation between Lebanon’s rival politicians, suggesting that the country’s long-standing …
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?editi
on_id=1&categ_id=2&article_id=87774

Lebanon’s problems must have Lebanese solutions
Daily Star – Lebanon – Beirut,Lebanon
Moallem was not the first to call for dialogue in Lebanon, his sincerity is at least as open to suspicion as anyone else’s, and all of the outside players …
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edit
ion_id=1&article_id=87762&categ_id=17

What America Must Do: Jessica T. Mathews
Foreign Policy Passport – USA
What do you think the United States stands to gain from a warmer relationship with Syria? Jessica T. Mathews: First of all, Syria is in a key location in …
www.foreignpolicy.com/story/files/story4116.php

Jumblatt: Hezbollah is behind the Lebanon murders
Ya Libnan – Beirut,Lebanon
Beirut – The Democratic Gathering leader MP Walid Jumblatt has accused Hezbollah of being behind the murders that happened in Lebanon, and said he ‘won’t …
yalibnan.com/site/archives/2008/01/jumblatt_accuse_1.php

Syria denies Assad pledged to set dissidents free
DAMASCUS (Reuters) – The Syrian government denied on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad had promised to release seven dissidents who were jailed after trying to re-organize a democratic movement targeted by security.
press.jrc.it/NewsExplorer/clusteredition/en/20080101,reu
ters-c4145b639e6e9c312ba295381b68f50e.html

Olmert is not Golda
Ha’aretz – Tel Aviv,Israel
When the Lebanon War ended in 1982 the public absolved the prime minister, Menachem Begin, of responsibility for its complications, including the Sabra and …
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/940739.html

Specter fails to bring message to Syria
Jerusalem Post – Israel
Specter met Olmert last week before going to Syria. The US senator said in Damascus that “the core of the deal” would be a return of the Golan Heights. …
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=11985172678
52&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Tech sales to China questioned
International Herald Tribune – France
Equally worrisome, the weapons experts say, is the possibility that China could share the technology with Iran or Syria. The technologies include advanced …
www.iht.com/articles/2008/01/02/technology/02techtransfer.php

Syria denies Assad pledged to set dissidents free
Syria denies Assad pledged to set dissidents free DAMASCUS (Reuters) – The Syrian government denied on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad had promised to release seven dissidents who were jailed after trying to re-organize a …
www.daylife.com/story/08X64197UedSF

Lebanon: No link between al-Qaeda and Hezbollah says Nasrallah
Adnkronos International Italia – Roma,Lazio,Italy
During the interview with Nasrallah, aired by Al Manar on Wednesday night, the Hezbollah leader also spoke about the current political crisis in Lebanon …
www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=1.0.1731257437

Victimized Political Dynasties from Pakistan’s Bhuttos to …
Naharnet – Beirut,Lebanon
LEBANON/GEMAYEL: The Gemayel family has paid a heavy price for the unrest besetting Lebanon. Pierre Gemayel, Lebanese industry minister and son of former …
www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/NewsDesk.nsf/0/3D52
745C59268705C22573C500539734?OpenDocument

Hizbullah Leader Nasrallah: 10 Days To Resolve Lebanon Crisis – Or …
MEMRI – Washington,DC,USA
Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said that the Lebanon crisis will be resolved only if the opposition recives over one-third of the government …
www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/4378.htm

Iran seeks ‘to restore peace, security’ in Lebanon
Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Larijani said from Cairo on Tuesday that Tehran was seeking to restore peace and stability in Lebanon. Larijani expressed his country’s willingness to “cooperate with Egypt and all …
www.terrorism.com/modules.php?op=mod
load&name=News&file=article&sid=85275

Lebanon: Cast to the wind
By Al-Ahram Weekly (reposted)(SF Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay))
Lebanon drifted like a rudderless ship for much of the year, lacking unity in government, parliament and even a president, Lucy Fielder reports.
www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/01/03/18469776.php

Analysis: Reports point to Lebanon’s sluggish growth, rising debt …
Business Intelligence Middle East (press release) – United Arab Emirates
LEBANON. Since the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005, the overall performance of the Lebanese economy can be described as …
www.bi-me.com/main.php?id=16171&t=1&c=33&cg=4

Hezbollah wants veto in Lebanon
No president will be elected in Lebanon unless the Hezbollah-led opposition gets veto power in the future government, the leader of the militant group declared Wednesday. Full Story.
www.terrorism.com/modules.php?op=mod
load&name=News&file=article&sid=85266

Nasrallah : Israel is behind the assassinations in Lebanon
While Jumblatt accused Hezbollah of being behind the assassinations , Nasrallah accused Israel of being behind all the assassinations carried out in Lebanon. Here is what Nasrallah said in response to the questions by Al Manar TV: …
www.rantburg.com/poparticle.php?D=2008-01-03&ID=216919
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Damascus may have just lost the Arabs
By tearsforlebanon
wo things happened this New Year’s holiday to reinforce Lebanon’s deadlock. The first was the fighting early this week between Hariri partisans and Shiite supporters of Amal and Hizbullah in the mixed Basta neighborhood; the second was …
tearsforlebanon.wordpress.com/2008/01/03/
damascus-may-have-just-lost-the-arabs/

Iran keeps economic ties with Syria
PRESS TV – Tehran,Iran
Iran’s ambassador to Damascus stresses the enormous potential existing between Iran and Syria for expansion of economic cooperation. In a farewell meeting, …
www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=37312&sectionid=351020101

Syria presses Turkey over Euphrates water supplies: agency
Ankara (AFP) Jan 2, 2008 – Visiting Syrian Deputy Premier Abdullah Dardari urged Turkey Wednesday to let more water flow into his country from the Euphrates river, Anatolia news agency reported.
www.terradaily.com/reports/Syria_presses_Turkey
_over_Euphrates_water_supplies_agency_999.html

Sneh: Israel not aware of Hezbollah claims to hold soldiers’ remains
Yoav Stern and The Associated Press, Ha’aretz 1/4/2008
A senior Israeli lawmaker said Thursday that Israel had no knowledge of Hezbollah claims that the Lebanese militia is holding the remains of Israeli troops killed in Lebanon. “We have no knowledge of such a thing,” Ephraim Sneh, a member of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee told Israel Radio of Nasrallah’s claim that he sought to trade for the soldiers’ remains. Israel is thought to be holding at least seven Lebanese prisoners. In October Israel traded a Hezbollah captive and the bodies of two Lebanese fighters for the body of an Israeli civilian drowned off Israel’s coast and washed ashore in Lebanon. In a televised interview, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said his group was holding the remains of Israel Defense Forces soldiers killed in Israel’s war against Hezbollah in 2006.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=941131

Dubai Cares helps 9,000 children from Nahr El Bared Camp return to school
Government of the United Arab Emirates, ReliefWeb 1/3/2008
Nine thousand children from the Nahr El Bared camp in Lebanon destroyed in recent fighting are now able in the New Year to return to school in temporary schools located in the Beddawi and Nahr El Bared areas thanks to a donation of US$ 1. 277 million made by Dubai Cares, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East said on Wednesday. UNRWA’s Commissioner-General Mrs. Karen Abu-Zayd warmly welcomed the US$1. 277 million donation from Dubai Cares, “an organization which has risen from the society of Dubai, whose leader has inspired his people to donate enthusiastically to a good cause: the education of poor children”, she said. Dubai Cares was launched with spectacular success earlier this year by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum with an original aim of raising money to help educate 1 million children in poor countries.
www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900sid/LRON-7AHHD4?OpenDocument&rc=3&emid=ACOS-635PFR.html

Syrian FM: Syria Won’t Make Deals At Expense Of Lebanese Opposition
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Mu’alem has clarified that his country’s decision to stop cooperating with France on the Lebanon crisis emanates from the attempt by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to place responsibility for the . …
www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/4380.htm
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Starving to survive: Iraqi refugees resort to desperate measures
By CRIMES AND CORRUPTION OF THE NEW WORLD…(CRIMES AND CORRUPTION OF THE NEW WORLD…)
The Syrian government does not allow the estimated 1.5 million Iraqis in Syria to work legally and an increasing number of refugees have taken up “harmful practices”, from prolonged fasting to prostitution, in order to survive. …
mparent7777-2.blogspot.com/2008/01/sta
rving-to-survive-iraqi-refugees.html

The Somalia scenario casts a long shadow over Lebanon
Daily Star – Lebanon – Beirut,Lebanon
By Marc J Sirois About a year ago, basically when it became clear that Lebanon’s government and opposition camps were willing to gamble with their country’s …
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?editi
on_id=1&categ_id=2&article_id=87799

Pakistan and Lebanon, the same struggle
Daily Star – Lebanon – Beirut,Lebanon
There are similarities between the situation in Pakistan and Lebanon. The February 14, 2005, assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri …
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?editi
on_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=87788

Opposition ‘plans protests at airport, ports’ in Lebanon
Daily Star – Lebanon – Beirut,Lebanon
Meanwhile, Lebanese Forces boss Samir Geagea on Thursday called on Nasrallah to sit and discuss the threats facing Lebanon “whether they are Syrian, …
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edi
tion_id=1&categ_id=2&article_id=87808

Public transport drivers in Lebanon to go on strike
Daily Star – Lebanon – Beirut,Lebanon
BEIRUT: Public transport in Lebanon may come to a halt on January 24 as drivers protest the high cost of living and the government’s reluctance to raise …
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edi
tion_id=1&categ_id=3&article_id=87797

Lebanon’s politicians are ruining their country without even …
Daily Star – Lebanon – Beirut,Lebanon
… and even threatening about how they will use the Special Tribunal created to try suspects in the assassinations that have rocked Lebanon since 2005, …
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?e
dition_id=1&article_id=87789&categ_id=17

 

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