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  • Wash Post nails Pelosi: Pratfall in Damascus

    04/05/2007 2:50:29 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 420 replies · 16,064+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 5, 2007 | Editorial Staff
    HOUSE SPEAKER Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offered an excellent demonstration yesterday of why members of Congress should not attempt to supplant the secretary of state when traveling abroad...
  • Caption Pelosi in Damascus

    04/03/2007 1:18:22 PM PDT · by PajamaTruthMafia · 83 replies · 3,032+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/3/07 | Yahoo News
    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, wears a scarf inside Ommayad Mosque during her tour at a popular market in downtown Damascus, Syria, Tuesday April 3, 2007. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Syria on Tuesday, the highest-ranking American politician to visit the country since relations began to deteriorate four years ago. President George W. Bush criticized the trip, saying it sends mixed signals to President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
  • Pelosi will visit Syria next week

    03/30/2007 9:06:23 AM PDT · by rjp2005 · 86 replies · 348+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | March 30 2007 | AP
    "U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Damascus next week for talks with Syrian officials, a U.S. Embassy official said Friday, making her the highest-ranking American politician to come to Syria since relations began souring in 2003. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said Pelosi would be leading a delegation of members of Congress and would arrive on Tuesday and leave Wednesday."
  • Jumblatt - most fierce liberal in Lebanon (& on Syrian, Palestinian crimes)

    02/15/2007 12:20:23 AM PST · by Posting · 4 replies · 406+ views
    YaLibnan ^ | 02,14,07 | M. Tottem
    Walid Jumblatt - the most fierce liberal in Lebanon Jumblatt’s history with the imperial Baath government is a long and twisting one. His father Kamal was assassinated by Syrian agents during the civil war in 1977. The details of the assassination are shrouded in mystery even today. In the most common version Baath-aligned terrorists in the Syrian Social Nationalist Party pulled the trigger. Another (unreliable) version of the story goes like this, as told to me by a young Druze friend while we stood on the murder site in the Chouf: Kamal Jumblatt was ambushed on the forested road by...
  • Why Did Our Tax Dollars Send Kerry to Damascus?

    12/22/2006 2:21:59 PM PST · by jdm · 19 replies · 486+ views
    BC Magazine ^ | Dec 22, 2006 | Uncredited
    I noticed (in the press photos) that Sen. John Kerry (and Sen. Christopher Dodd D-Conn) used military aircraft to travel to Damascus, Syria, to meet with President Assad. Kerry arriving at Damascus Is this a routine thing? I mean, for a Senator to use military transport for a private meeting with the Head of State of a nation we have accused of sponsoring terrorism, ordering political assassinations and the supporting of those killing American troops in Iraq? Kerry & Dodd meet with Assad in Damascus I always thought that foreign policy was the responsibility of the President/Executive Branch of government...
  • Why Did Our Tax Dollars Send Kerry to Damascus?

    12/22/2006 6:22:49 AM PST · by Hadean · 47 replies · 1,351+ views
    Blogcritics Magazine ^ | December 22, 2006 | Bird of Paradise
    I noticed (in the press photos) that Sen. John Kerry (and Sen. Christopher Dodd D-Conn) used military aircraft to travel to Damascus, Syria, to meet with President Assad. Is this a routine thing? I mean, for a Senator to use military transport for a private meeting with the Head of State of a nation we have accused of accused of sponsoring terrorism, ordering political assassinations and the supporting those killing American troops in Iraq? I always thought that foreign policy was the responsibility of the President/Executive Branch of government through the Department of State. News reports describe Kerry's journey...
  • Iran and Syria Helping Hizballah Rearm

    11/24/2006 9:41:54 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 598+ views
    TIME.com (excerpt) ^ | November 24, 2006 | Elaine Shannon and Tim McGirk
    Excerpt - Iran is smuggling weapons through Syria to re-arm Lebanese allies Hizballah, despite renewed efforts by United Nations peacekeepers and the Lebanese army to seal off the mountain borders with Syria in the wake of last summer's war between the Shi'ite militia and Israel, according to reports by Saudi and Israeli intelligence sources that have been confirmed by western diplomats in Beirut. ~ snip ~
  • Megapastor Rick Warren blasts Iraq war, praises Syria

    11/22/2006 7:13:43 PM PST · by Tim Long · 157 replies · 4,412+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 15, 2006 8:34 p.m. Eastern
    Official state news report quotes 'Purpose-Driven' author criticizing U.S. Syria's Grand Mufti Sheik Badr al-Din Hassoun and Rick Warren California mega-church pastor Rick Warren, author of the best-selling "Purpose-Driven Life," reportedly told a Syrian-controlled news agency the U.S. should have been holding dialogues with Damascus; Syrian Muslims and Christians co-exist peacefully; and the Syrian leadership is responsible for the nation's tolerance and stability. That's according to the news agency SANA, which has issued a number of reports this week as Warren visits Syria and meets various leaders and officials, much to the dismay of many in the U.S. "We at...
  • Lebanon - Nasrallah: Be 'Psychologically' Ready for Street Protests

    11/19/2006 2:56:44 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 525+ views
    an-Nahar (Beirut) ^ | November 19, 2006
    Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in a speech aired Sunday urged his supporters and anti-Syrian allies to be "psychologically" ready for street protests to demand for a national unity government. But Nasrallah, who did not set a date for the demonstrations, warned that the protests should be peaceful and avoid riots. "We have to be psychologically prepared to take to the streets because we may send for you 24 hours ahead or 12 hours or even 6 hours (in advance)," Nasrallah threatened. "There has to be a patriotic opposition in the street … our action is peaceful and civilized,"...
  • Carbon nanotubes: Saladin’s secret weapon

    11/17/2006 2:38:03 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 50 replies · 1,602+ views
    Royal Society of Chemistry ^ | 11/15/06 | Lionel Milgrom
    Carbon nanotubes are no longer the proud boast of 21st century materials scientists. It appears their discovery was unwittingly pre-empted by mediaeval Muslim sword-smiths whose tough Damascus blades taught the Crusaders the true meaning of cold steel when they fought over the Holy Land. Peter Paufler and colleagues at Dresden’s Technical University discovered carbon nanotubes in the microstructure of a 17th century Damascus sabre. Intriguingly, the nanotubes could have encapsulated iron-carbide nanowires that might give clues to the mechanical strength and sharpness of these swords. To Europeans, Damascus steel blades seemed magical. Not only could they cut a piece of...
  • Sharpest cut from nanotube sword-Carbon nanotech may have given swords of Damascus their edge

    11/16/2006 1:26:06 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 9 replies · 1,939+ views
    Nature ^ | 15 Nov 2006 | Katharine Sanderson
    Think carbon nanotubes are new-fangled? Think again. The Crusaders felt the might of the tube when they fought against the Muslims and their distinctive, patterned Damascus blades. Sabres from Damascus, now in Syria, date back as far as 900 AD. Strong and sharp, they are made from a type of steel called wootz. Their blades bear a banded pattern thought to have been created as the sword was annealed and forged. But the secret of the swords' manufacture was lost in the eighteenth century. Materials researcher Peter Paufler and his colleagues at Dresden University, Germany, have taken electron-microscope pictures of...
  • US arrests two Hamas 'racketeers'

    08/20/2004 2:30:50 PM PDT · by anonymoussierra · 351+ views
    BBC News ^ | BBC News
    The US authorities have arrested two alleged members of Palestinian militant group Hamas on racketeering and terrorism charges. Officials said Muhammed Hamid Khalil Salah and Abdelhaleem Hasan Abdelraziq Ashqar were arrested on Thursday in Chicago and in northern Virginia. A warrant was also issued for an alleged senior Hamas leader in Syria. The US attorney general said the trio "allegedly ran a US-based terrorist and financing cell" associated with Hamas. They "were indicted for their roles in a 15-year racketing conspiracy in the US and abroad", said US Attorney General John Ashcroft, quoted by the Associated Press. "The cell allegedly...
  • Secret's Out For Saracens Sabres (Damascus Steel)

    11/15/2006 11:04:58 AM PST · by blam · 109 replies · 3,070+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 11-15-2006
    Secret's out for Saracen sabres 15 November 2006 NewScientist.com news service DURING the middle ages, the Muslims who fought crusaders with swords of Damascus steel had an edge - a very high-tech one. Their sabres contained carbon nanotubes. From about AD 900 to AD 1750, Damascus sabres were forged from Indian steel called wootz. Peter Paufler of the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, and colleagues studied samples of a 17th-century sword under an electron microscope and found clear evidence of carbon nanotubes and even nanowires. The researchers think that the sophisticated process of forging and annealing the steel formed the...
  • Stock Advisor with prior knowledge of 9-11's press release "don't exploit our fellow Americans"

    05/24/2002 8:59:02 PM PDT · by Registered · 37 replies · 2,948+ views
    Googled ^ | 09-12-01 | Tony
    To read entire article click text: In a court hearing in San Diego, Kenneth Breen, an assistant United States attorney, said the adviser, Amr Ibrahim Elgindy, tried to sell $300,000 in stock on the afternoon of Sept. 10 and told his broker that the stock market would soon plunge. "Perhaps Mr. Elgindy had preknowledge of Sept. 11, and rather than report it he attempted to profit from it," Mr. Breen said. So, what did Mr. Elgindy, who was trying to sell $300k in stock, tell the financial world the day after 9-11?  Read it for yourself! Immediate release InsideTruth.com...
  • US thanks Syria over embassy raid

    09/12/2006 1:05:26 PM PDT · by Mark Felton · 25 replies · 1,091+ views
    BBC ^ | 9/12/06 | BBC
    The US has thanked Syria for foiling an attack on its embassy in Damascus. Syria said three attackers were killed and a fourth captured as they tried to drive two cars at the compound. One security officer was killed. Syrian media blamed Islamic extremists but no-one has said they carried out the attack. One car went up in flames but the second bomb failed. The US, which lists Syria as a sponsor of terrorism, said it was grateful that the embassy staff's safety was ensured. There were no reports of US casualties. There is currently no US ambassador to Damascus...
  • MK Bishara warns Syria of Israeli attack

    09/09/2006 12:04:26 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 2 replies · 390+ views
    Ynet ^ | 09.09.06, 19:46 | Roee Nahmias
    MK Bishara warns Syria of Israeli attack Arab MK arrives in Damascus with his party members, sends alarming message that 'Israel may launch onslaught in bid to restore deterrence' Roee Nahmias Published: 09.09.06, 19:46 National Democratic Assembly chairman, Knesset Member Azmi Bishara, arrived in Damascus on Friday and immediately began making public statements condemning the Israeli occupation of the territories. Bishara joined his party members, MKs Jamal Zahalka and Wasil Taha, as well as former MKs Muhammad Kanan and Mohammed Miari, who have been in the city since Thursday. In the course of his meeting with senior members of the...
  • Chávez Rolls Into Damascus To Charm Another US Foe

    08/31/2006 7:38:43 AM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 260+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-31-2006 | Albert Aji
    Chávez rolls into Damascus to charm another US foe Albert Aji in Damascus Thursday August 31, 2006 The Guardian (UK) The president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, said yesterday he and Syria would "build a new world" free from US domination. "We have decided to be free. We want to cooperate to build a new world where states' and people's self-determination are respected," Mr Chávez said after a two-and-a-half-hour meeting with the Syrian president, Bashar Assad, at his presidential palace in Damascus. "Imperialism's concern is to control the world, but we will not let them despite the pressure and aggression," the...
  • Officials: U.S. blocked missiles to Hezbollah

    08/18/2006 12:15:02 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 42 replies · 1,659+ views
    The United States blocked an Iranian cargo plane's flight to Syria last month after intelligence analysts concluded it was carrying sophisticated missiles and launchers to resupply Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, two U.S. intelligence officials say. (Related: How the U.S. found the missiles) Eight days after Hezbollah's war with Israel began, U.S. diplomats persuaded Turkey and Iraq to deny the plane permission to cross their territory to Damascus, a transfer point for arms to Hezbollah, the officials said. The episode was detailed by one U.S. intelligence official who saw a report on the incident. It was confirmed by a U.S. official...
  • Xinhua - Mossad fails to kill Hamas chief in Syria: sources

    08/16/2006 5:42:46 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 19 replies · 928+ views
    Mosad fails to kill Hamas chief in Syria: sources GAZA, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- The external Israeli security intelligence service, better know as Mosad, has failed to assassinate Damascus-based Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal, sources in the movement revealed Wednesday. The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, were quoted bya Palestinian independent news agency as saying that the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) knew about the Israeli attempt to kill Meshaal through a Western intelligence security service. They added that several Mosad agents arrived in Damascus in mid-July during the Israeli military offensives on Lebanon, disguising as foreign relief volunteers...
  • Exclusive: Iran was behind Hezbollah-Israel war

    08/16/2006 2:58:50 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 643+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | August 16, 2006
    London, Aug. 16 – Iran masterminded the July 12 attack on an Israeli military squad by the Lebanese militia Hezbollah which ignited a major military offensive against the group by the Jewish state, Iran Focus has learnt. A well-placed source inside the clerical establishment told Iran Focus that prior to the start of hostilities Tehran dispatched several top officials including the chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to attend a summit in Syria which took place on July 4 and focused on ways to upset the regional balance in the Middle East. Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of...