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Twitterati Report: Syria Trip Mixes Work With Play ^ | Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:26 PM | Posted by Josh Rogin

Posted on 06/18/2010 2:51:34 AM PDT by Cindy

"Twitterati report: Syria trip mixes work with play"

Posted By Josh Rogin Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:26 PM

SNIPPET: "The State Department's two leading Twitterati, Special Advisor on Innovation Alec J. Ross (@alecjross) and Policy Planning staffer Jared Cohen (@jaredcohen), are in Syria this week leading a delegation of tech companies hoping to, as the Wall Street Journal's Jay Solomon puts it, "woo President Bashar al-Assad away from his strategic alliance with Iran" with offers of networking equipment, computer software, and the like."

SNIPPET: "In between drinking frappuccinos and touring such places as the Souk al-Hamadiye, the famous covered marketplace in Damascus, Cohen and Ross did find time to hold substantive meetings with Syrian students, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, government officials, and Assad himself."

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Food; History; Reference
KEYWORDS: assad; cake; computersoftware; democrats; entrepreneurs; impeachobama; innovation; iran; networkingequipment; obama; statedepartment; statedept; syria; techcompanies; technology

1 posted on 06/18/2010 2:51:34 AM PDT by Cindy
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Hat Tip:

“Ten years of the Dorktator”
Filed under: Syria, The One — Soccerdad @ 11:00 am

2 posted on 06/18/2010 2:53:03 AM PDT by Cindy
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All this talk of cake and about a song to go with it.

“The Three Terrors”

3 posted on 06/18/2010 2:57:31 AM PDT by Cindy
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4 posted on 06/18/2010 2:59:09 AM PDT by Cindy
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...and in other news:

“Assad: War likely after flotilla raid” ^ | 6/17/10 | staff
Posted on June 17, 2010 9:24:39 AM PDT by Nachum



“Russia supplying Syria with combat jets”
Space War ^ | 6/9/2010 | UPI via Space War
Posted on June 9, 2010 9:41:08 PM PDT by sonofstrangelove

5 posted on 06/18/2010 3:03:33 AM PDT by Cindy
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Speaking of entrepreneurs...


Note: The following text is a quote:

Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 26, 2010
A New Beginning: Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship

In his June 2009 “A New Beginning” speech in Cairo, President Obama announced that the U.S. would host a Summit on Entrepreneurship to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations, and entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world. The Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, held in Washington, D.C., today and Tuesday, April 27, at the Ronald Reagan Building, follows through on President Obama’s commitment. It represents an opportunity to highlight the importance of social and economic entrepreneurship, and strengthen mutually-beneficial relationships with entrepreneurs in Muslim-majority countries and Muslim communities around the world. The Summit emphasizes the President’s broader aims of supporting entrepreneurship, innovation, and opportunity at home and abroad.


Participants have been selected from around the world to represent their home countries, regions, and sectors at the Summit. They hail from over fifty countries on five continents and include successful entrepreneurs, investors, academics, and leaders of entrepreneurship networks, non-profit organizations, foundations, and businesses who are invested in promoting entrepreneurship. (Submitted biographies attached.)

Participants hail from: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, China, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyz, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, Paraguay, the Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Uganda, United Kingdom, the United States, and Yemen.


A complete agenda can be found at

The plenary sessions will be OPEN press, and the State Department will provide live coverage at The President’s remarks will also be livestreamed at

ATTACHED are 1) a fact sheet on the Summit, 2) biographies of Summit participants, and 3) select press clips.

6 posted on 06/18/2010 3:14:41 AM PDT by Cindy
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