Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Mideastwire.com - An extraordinary service. Thank Nicholas Noe

Nicholas Noe, the Editor in Chief of Mideastwire.com based in Lebanon has just written to ask if I would help get the word out about "MideastWire.com." I get many requests like this and often hem and haw over whether it is worth boring my readers with another advertisement.

But this is the real deal. Mideast Wire aggregates all the news about the Middle East from major papers - translating the Arabic papers into English - in an easy and accessible format. WOW! This is what we have all dreamed of. For those of us who don't have the thousands of dollars to subscribe to FBIS, the Foreign Broadcasting Information Service, here is the answer to our dreams.

Nicholas Noe and his team, backers, and whomever else have invested the gobs of money and time that this service obviously requires, are to be thanked and loved! For now the service is free. God knows how they plan to make money - but I hope it is trough advertising and not future subscriptions. All the same, this is an amazing new source that should put blogs like "Syria Comment" out of business.

God Bless Mideastwire.com. Here is their section on Syria for today, in which we learn that Syria’s new policy to be part of “the war on terrorism” has led to many arrests of foreigners suspected of terrorism or wanting to join the Iraqi mujahidiin. This news supports the notion that Bashar - who claims to now "be in power" in Damascus after consolidating his leadership during early June - is caring out a dialogue with Washington, which in turn has moderated its stand toward Syria. The two are testing each other to see how serious each is about delivering on promises and rebuilding a working relationship.

Syria
"Assad: I am preparing for the day when Syrians may vote for someone else" (Ahsharq Alawsat)

Terror arrests in Syria near Iraq border

Asharq Alawsat, a Saudi owned, pan Arab newspaper, reported on July 12 that

“security forces in Syria arrested yesterday a terrorist group of 11 members, from different Arab nationalities, among whom are Saudis, Yemenis, Libyans and Tunisians, while they were attempting to head to Iraq.” The information Asharq Alawsat received indicated that the chase occurred in the Abu Shamat desert, on the route to Iraq. The security forces said that the whole group was captured at once, and they turned out to be extremists who were planning to carry out terrorist attacks in Iraq.

Meanwhile, Asharq Alawsat reported that a Syrian source said that Iraqi officials did not provide a Syrian diplomatic delegation with any proof or documents showing that terrorists are crossing from Syria. The newspaper said the Iraqi discussions, “were marked with generalities and the usual talk about the necessity to control the borders and arrest members of the old regime.” The source said that the Syrian delegation “explained to the Iraqi side that Syria put in a lot of effort to control the borders with Iraq by setting more than 500 checkpoints along these borders.” - Asharq Al Awsat, Pan Arab


A campaign of random arrests hits Syria; targets include Jordanian students

Al Quds Al Arabi, an independent pan Arab newspaper based in London, reported on July 12,
that “human rights organizations in Syria said that security forces in Homs arrested 50 people on July 6.” The organization said that the security forces were looking for Jordanian students and that most of the arrested were between the ages of 16 and 20. The NGOs called on the security forces to stop random arrests and to free all political prisoners held in its jails, lift the state of emergency and reform the judicial system.

The newspaper reported that other organizations also have loged complaints about people being randomly arrested such as the 150 Algerians that were deported for their suspected links with armed groups. The newspapers claimed that, “the Syrian government in collaboration with the Algerian ministry of interior has adopted a new policy whereby it will deport anyone it suspects of having ties with armed groups, or those attempting to get to Iraq to join the Iraqi armed resistance.”

Lebanese officials confirmed that up to 1,300 people from the Arab Gulf and Africa have been deported back to their countries from Syria. This is part of a campaign where raids have been conducted all over the capital Damascus, targeting alleged terrorists, Al Quds Al Arabi said. Political analysts say that this maybe part of Syria’s new policy to be part of “the war on terrorism” to ease the pressures that the US is exerting on Syria. - Al Quds Al Arabi, United Kingdom

5 Comments:

At 7/13/2005 03:13:00 AM, Blogger Tolerant Damascene said...

Everything is becoming more confusing as times passes. I don't know what is behind these arrests, especially for the Jordanian students. Maybe after they arrest someone, they should explain the facts behind the arrest!

 
At 7/13/2005 06:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 to 3 stories per country is hardly an "extraordinary" service. And several of these stories have already been covered in english.

It is surprising that your fine blog succombs to such a "commercial" announcement.

 
At 7/13/2005 08:53:00 AM, Anonymous Mohammed said...

This regime will survive even if it has to chop off more heads of its own very loyal members who served it with distinction, and abided by its rules, the priciple rule being: Expand corruption in every possible way so that the Assad family can stay in power, and the reward is certainly good for you in terms of financial richess.

The regime has proven how genius it is time after time. This regime will, once again, ride this difficult wave, and Bashar will meet the 49th US president in the furture while he is still the president of Syria. His father survived Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush the first, and Clinton combined.

The regime will do anything because its sole reason to stay in power is to be in power, so do not be surprised if it will even cause the few of its loyal members to commit suicide if needed as did the stupid corrupt Zou'bi in 2000 to boost the image of the young inheritor to be, the actual dictator, Bashar Hafez Assad.

Pitty on Syria.
America: Show us for once that you are not behind this criminal regime's survival.

Thank you.
Mohammed, The Allawi

 
At 7/13/2005 03:17:00 PM, Anonymous kingcrane said...

Josh,
I agree with those who are not swept off their feet by Mideastwire.com; were you being ironic?

 
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