Archive for 2008

Nukes, Golan, Lebanon and the Shifting Balance (3 June 2008)

News Round Up (2 June 2008)

“An Economic Plan for Syria’s Future,” by Ehsani

German Paper Speculates About Syrian Nuclear Facilities

News Round Up (31 May 2008)

Syrian Israeli Peace Process

Give up the gun, go for EMBAs

Why Reform is an Urgent call to Secular Arabs:

A Political Breakthrough In Doha

A Solution in Doha?

Observations of a German journalist in Beirut

Syrian Media – The Challenge and the Need to Act | Part II

Syrian Media – The Challenge and the Need to Act

Bush Promises Support that Analysts Say He Cannot Give

Bush Administration Policy in Disarray

Lebanon Becoming

“How Hizbullah Blundered and Why Things Will Get Worse,” by Rex Brynen

News Round Up (11 May 2008)

Hizbullah Proves it Does Not Want a Tehran on the Mediterranean

The War is Over: What Were They Thinking?

Nasrallah’s May 8 Press Conference – Summary

By Provoking Hizbullah, Is Washington Hoping for a Showdown?

March Toward Disaster

“The Syrian Economy,” by Ibrahim Hamidi

More Firms Find Ways Around Sanctions on Syria and Iran

As Commodity Prices Soar, the Income Gap Rips at Society’s Middle

“What are the Prospects for Syrian-Israeli Peace?” by Seale, Khouri, & Allaf

News Round Up (1 May 2008)

Syria Comment: Rules and Regulations

U.S. pressures Turkcell to abandon Syria deal & other Economic News

News Round UP (29 April 2008)

News Round Up (28 April 2008)

News Round Up (27 April 2008)

“Syria had committed no crime, and Israel had no legal justification to carry out its attack” Scott Ritter

Hamas on Jimmy Carter’s Statement from Hamidi

Syria’s Reactor

Nukes or Peace?

“A ‘Surge’ for Refugees”

News Round Up (22 April 2008)

“The March to War: Israel Prepares…” by Nazemroaya

“Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand,” by Barstow

Latest Statistics on Arab Popularity of Asad, Hamas, Hizbullah, Iraq…

Carter in Damascus: al-Jazeera by Clayton Swisher

News Round Up (18 April 2008)

President Assad is “more optimistic than any time before.” / Carter is “very upbeat”

Qadhafi at the Arab Summit: “We All Hate One Another.”

Two Views on Hamas

The People’s Army of Hizbullah Attracts Sunnis and Christians

News Round Up (15 April 2008)

Did Chirac know?

“Syria Sees Influx of Arabic Language Students,” by Peter Kenyon

“A Bloody Era of Syria’s History Informs a Writer’s Banned Novel,” by R. Worth

Upping Diplomatic, Judicial, Economic and Military Pressure on Syria is Unlikely to Work

Carter May Meet Hamas Leader Mashaal

Brother Accuses France of Killing Siddiq: US Accuses French and Swiss of Breaking Spirit of Sanctions

France Lets Key Witness in Hariri Trial Escape: Kushner Sorrowful

“The Jews of Syria,” By Robert Tuttle

News Round Up (7 April 2008)

“Damascus Summit Attendance was Close to Average Despite US Pressure,” by Gary Gambill

Jewish Fundraiser to Support Syrian Children with Cancer

News Roundup (6 April 2008)

“Syrian Economy in Downturn,” by Ehsani

“Major Breakthrough in Hariri Investigation” by Jacob Tafnis

Economic War: Syria’s New Struggle

President Assad’s Speech to the Arab Summit

UN Investigator Bellemare says ‘Criminal Network’ killed Hariri

Summitry 3: Can the Effort to Isolate Syria Hold?

Jonah Hutton Firas Landis is born

Rami Makhlouf Speaks to the WSJ

Summitry 2

Summitry (26 March 2008)

News Round Up (23 March 2008)

The Peace Canal Plan – Peace plan/water import project from Turkey to the Middle East

Syrians and Lebanese Respond to Statement that “Syria Needs to Articulate a Clear Lebanon Policy”

The Iraqi refugee view from Syria and Lebanon

“Shaping Lebanon’s Future,” by Bilal Saab

“Lessons of the Franco-Syrian Fiasco” by Peter Harling

News Round Up (March 18 2008)

What is Behind Israeli Offers of Peace Negotiations?

News Roundup (15 March 2008)

Can the International Tribunal Change Syrian Policy?

News Round Up (12 March 2008)

News Round Up (11 March 2008)

“Syria’s Economy Tsar Says the Middle Class is Reviving” by Ibrahim Hamidi

The United States presents Cinerama in Damascus, 1954

News Roundup (8 March 2008)

Analyst: US sent destroyer to keep lebanon under its ‘wing’

Syria to invite Lebanon, Saudi Arabia to summit

“The Gaza Bombshell,” by David Rose

‘Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East’ by Robin Wright

Saudi Arabia Calls on its nationals to leave Lebanon

Syria Pooh Poohs U.S.-Saudi Effort to End Influence of Syria and over 50% of Lebanese

News Roundup (28 February 2008)

Syria’s Stand on Lebanon: Saudi Arabia Withdraws Ambassador From Damascus

Can Israel and Syria Break the Middle East Deadlock?

“The New Middle East,” by Carnegie Endowment Staff

Syria sees no chance for peace this year

Sanctions on Businessman Target Syria’s Inner Sanctum

Diagnosing Failure: The Case of Lebanon

Foreign Militants Crossing Syria-Iraq Border Drop to 40-50 a Month

Will Sanctions and the Mughniyah Killing Make Syria Blink?

Hizbullah and Syria Threaten Revenge in Kind

Mughnieh: Liberator of Lebanon or Opportunistic Terrorist ?

Imad Mughniyeh, Hezbollah Commander, Assassinated in Damascus

Ibrahim Hamidi Interviews Austrian FM Ursula Plassnik

Explosion Kills 1 in Syria’s Capital

The Missed opportunity in Lebanon

It’s Not About Nukes: Stopping Missile Tranfer from N. Korea to Syria

The Eighth Gate of Damascus

“Once-Socialist Damascus Displays New Wealth, Glitz,” by Deborah Amos

“Exuding confidence, Syria’s Assad targets opposition,” by Oweis

“Syria: The Opposition and its Troubled Relationship with Washington,” by Joe Macaron

“Al-Qaida in Lebanon,” by Fidaa Itani

Britain’s Treachery, France’s revenge / Photos

“Britain’s treachery, France’s revenge” by Meir Zamir

“Sy Hersh: Syrian Facility Bombed by Israel not Nuclear”

Israeli-Syrian Peace: From Dialogue… to Details & Diplomacy

“Lebanese diva arouses emotion, controversy in Syria,” by Oweis

News Roundup (23 January 2008)

A letter from Alon Liel / Chairman of the Israeli-Syrian Peace Society

Damascus, capital of Arab culture for 2008

“t_desco” Comments on “Al-Qaeda in Lebanon,” by Nir Rosen

(Saudi) Money can’t buy you love … or success

“Al-Qaeda in Lebanon,” by Nir Rosen

“Syria’s policy, post-Annapolis,” by H. Cobban

News Roundup (15 Jan. 2008)

Electoral math: The history of a failing formula

Arab League Mediation in Lebanon Fails

“Al-Qaida in Lebanon,” by T-desco

“U.S. Wary of Warming Syrian-Turkish Ties,” by Deborah Amos on NPR

The Day After Tomorrow… / by Qifa Nabki

Who is at Fault in Lebanon? The Blame Game Heats Up

Lebanese Skeptical Deal for New Gov. Will Fly

The Regional Lebanon Deal: What Does it Mean?

Economist: Syrian Economic Outlook for 2008-09

“President Bush to make first trip to Syria,” by Alex

The soldiers of truth are back

Hamidi on Franco-Syrian Relations and Lebanon