Politics

03-06-2006
Israeli warplanes launched deadly air strikes on pro-Syrian Palestinian and Hezbollah militia targets deep inside Lebanon on May 28 retaliating for rocket attacks against Israeli military targets launched from south Lebanon in the largest escalations of conflict between the two neighbours since 2000.
03-06-2006
The Palestinian Interior Minister of the Hamas-led government Said Siam said on May 23 that Syria was ready to train Palestinian police officers and government employees.
03-06-2006
The Syrian opposition National Salvation Front (NSF) is to hold a conference on June 4 to 5 in London, Levant News, a website close to the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood reported on May 27.
03-06-2006
Amnesty International (AI), the international human rights group, said that human rights defenders are being tortured, ill treated, deported and some are disappearing in Syria in its annual report launched on May 23 covering events in Syria through 2005.
03-06-2006
May closed with further arrests of activists in the wake of a civil society declaration that called on Damascus to improve its relations with Beirut as concerns grew over the health of imprisoned activists, including one of the country’s leading human rights lawyers who has been on hunger strike for two weeks.
03-06-2006
Speculation, mystery and intrigue characterised the reports surfacing in the media and around political circles in Damascus in the lead up to this month’s UN report into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, expected to be released on June 10.
18-05-2006
US President George Bush on May 9 extended for one year the Syria Accountability Act which bans flights between Syria and the US and the export of US goods, including military equipment and dual-use items, but barring food and medicine, and continued to freeze the accounts of Syrians designated by the US Treasury as involved in terrorism and interference in Lebanon.
18-05-2006
One of the two Syrian communist parties in the National Progressive Front (NPF) the Ba’ath-led parliamentary coalition of ten parties, elected on May 5 MP Hanen Nimer as its Secretary General to replace the 82-year-old Youssef Faisal, who led the party for twenty years.
18-05-2006
The Syria Report talks to Hanen Nimer, newly elected leader of Syria’s Communist Party - a member of the Ba’ath-led parliamentary coalition, the National Progressive Front (NPF) - on his opposition to the government’s economic reforms and the potential for greater democracy in next year’s elections.
18-05-2006
The text of George Bush’s executive order freezing the assets of Syrian nationals connected to the assassination of Rafik Hariri.
18-05-2006
The text of the Damascus–Beirut declaration signed by hundreds of Syrian and Lebanese intellectuals.
18-05-2006
Syrian authorities launched the most significant crackdown on civil society activists since the crushing of the pro-democracy movement the Damascus Spring in 2001, arresting two of the country’s highest profile opposition figures, along with at least six others, in the wake of a document signed by some 300 Lebanese and Syrian activists urging Damascus to institutionalise its relations with Beirut.
18-05-2006
Syria’s relations with Jordan continued to deteriorate into May over the two countries’ sharply differing approaches to Hamas, the militant Palestinian group leading the Palestinian Authority (PA).
18-05-2006
The unlikely pairings forged between the foreign opposition to the Syrian state continued into May with a meeting on April 30 between Lebanese Druze leader Waleed Jumblatt and a delegation from the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, Syria's largest Islamic opposition group, at the Lebanese politician’s mountain palace in Lebanon.
18-05-2006
The Syrian Foreign Ministry denied on May 16 reports that Serge Brammertz, head of the UN investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri had visited Syria on May 13.

Events

Damascus Scientific Pharmaceutical Days
Dama Rose Damascus Hotel
First Forum on Eco-friendly products
Tekkiye Sulaymanieh