Politics

03-04-2006
A key Syrian witness in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Mohammed Zuheir Saddiq, said on March 23 that he "never retracted his testimony," which formed a central plank of former chief investigator Detlev Mehlis’ finding of “converging evidence” of the involvement of Syrian security services in the killing.
03-04-2006
The top US military commander for the Middle East, General John Abizaid, offered rare words of praise on March 16 for Syria, saying Damascus has taken steps to stop the movement of foreign fighters over its border into Iraq.
03-04-2006
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met Iranian Minister of Security Gholam Hossein Mohseni on March 20 in Damascus. The visiting Iranian minister, in a separate meeting with Syrian Vice-President Farouk al-Shara, reviewed "regional and international developments which are related to the region, especially in Iraq," the state-run Syria Times reported on March 21.
03-04-2006
Bashar al-Assad met with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuoad Siniora, a man the Syrian president described in November as being a "slave of all masters", for the first time since July for a brief meeting on the sidelines of the Arab Summit being held in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.
03-04-2006
Syria’s recently appointed Information Minister Mohsen Bilal met with the Syrian Private Press Team (SPPT), a coalition of six Syrian private media companies, on March 15 and urged them to adhere to "the tradition of professionalism" in the interest of “public opinion and the homeland.”
03-04-2006
Maher Arar, the Canadian citizen at the centre of a rendition scandal, told an investigative committee of the European Parliament on March 23 that he was kidnapped in New York in September 2002 and deported by US authorities via Rome and Jordan to Syria, where he was tortured for 10 months and questioned about his alleged membership of Al-Qaeda.
03-04-2006
Lebanon’s third round of National Dialogue talks between rival Muslim and Christian leaders ended March deadlocked again over the fate of pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud, who pledged on March 18 he would not cave in to mounting pressure to resign and said that the country's Hezbollah guerrillas should keep their arms.
17-03-2006
The Syria Report talks to Samir Nashar, head of Syria’s Free National Party, a member of the transitional council of the Damascus Declaration and one of Aleppo’s leading business and political figures.
17-03-2006
After fading out of the picture a little over the past month, following his media flurry over the New Year, exiled former Syrian Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam was back in the spotlight, interviewed on the Israeli-Palestinian radio station ‘Voice of Peace’ on March 7.
17-03-2006
The muted celebrations on March 8 that marked the 43rd anniversary of Ba’ath rule in Syria – a few extra party flags hung out, some signs of military brass out for show – were offset the following day as a crowd of several hundred pro-government students violently broke up a peaceful demonstration by activists calling for an end to the country’s emergency laws.
17-03-2006
Syria’s new Foreign Minister Waleed Mualem has initiated an extensive diplomatic and media charm offensive since his promotion in last month’s cabinet re-shuffle, traveling to Cairo and Moscow to bolster support from traditional allies ahead of the  release of the first report by UN investigator Serge Brammertz into the assassination of former Lebanese premiere Rafik Hariri.
17-03-2006
Former MP and opposition activist Riad Seif was arrested on March 14 for the second time since his release from prison in January after he gathered outside the Cabinet building in Damascus with Arab and Kurdish activists to mark the second anniversary of the deaths of at least 30 people, mainly Kurds, in clashes with security forces in the northern city of Qamishli.
17-03-2006
The Damascus correspondent for the Lebanese newspaper An Nahar has been released on bail after being detained by Syrian security services for four days beginning March 2, the day after a report by the journalist on appointments in Syria's intelligence services was published.
17-03-2006
The Syria Report talked to Anwar Rajaa, head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) in Lebanon, at his office in the Borj El Barajneh Palestinian camp south of Beirut.
17-03-2006
The Lebanese army and security services arrested members of a network of Lebanese and Palestinian militants who had established bases across the country, according to a statement from the army published in the Lebanese press on March 11.

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