Archive for March, 2009

“A Night at the Theater with Saadallah Wannous” by Ali Khan

“A Night at the Theater with Saadallah Wannous” Dispatch from Damascus 19 (29/03/09) Ali Khan, “Syria Comment” (Photo by Ketan Gajria) A group of us from my class decided to go and see a play in the main theatre in Ummaviyeen Square. I went to buy tickets a few days in advance and was impressed […]

Syria’s Bourse – The Launch & Recommendations for Enhanced Liquidity

SYRIA’S BOURSE – THE LAUNCH & RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ENHANCED MARKET LIQUIDITY BY Ehsani2 (who works for a global financial institution in the area of bonds and derivatives) For Syria Comment, March 26, 2009 Syria launched its stock exchange last week after years of delays in the latest step to liberalize the country’s largely state-controlled economy. […]

Khalid Michal Interview by Paul McGeough

Khalid Michal Interview By Paul McGEOUGH, exclusive 3hr meeting at his Damascus headquarters McGeough is the author the new book – Kill Khalid: The Failed Mossad Assassination of Khalid Mishal and the rise of Hamas [New Press. 477 pp. $26.95] Kill Khalid is the dramatic account of a botched Mossad assassination attempt in 1997 – […]

Arab Unity? Yes on Kurds, No on Palestinians, Perhaps on Lebanon

Jordan’s King Abdullah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad held talks in Amman on Friday, part of a flurry of diplomatic moves to close Arab ranks ahead of a summit later this month in Qatar, officials said. A palace statement said the talks between the two leaders focused on “efforts to crystallise a joint Arab stance […]

Ali Khan: Dispatches from Damascus and Lebanon

A few bits of news before getting to the main attraction of Ali Khan. Al-Hayat is back! See the review of Rashid Khalidi’s new book, Sowing Crisis, by by Basil Hakki at the “Middle East Open Forum.” The previous post about Morocco is interesting and passionate. Correction:The “American” school does not have a date for […]