Thursday, November 17, 2005


Compiled by Daily Star staff
Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul made a surprise visit to Damascus on Wednesday to push Syria into cooperating with the UN probe into the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
US Advocates for Jailed Syrian
Kamal Labwani was arrested after he returned from Washington.
By Rhonda Roumani Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor
DAMASCUS – Soon after he stepped off the airplane here on his return trip from Washington, Syrian opposition activist Kamal Labwani was promptly arrested.
Hezbollah looks to explain its photo op with a subject of the Mehlis probe.
by Seth Colter Walls
THE LEBANESE militia-cum-political party Hezbollah has been called of a lot of things in its day. To Lebanon's poorest citizens, the Shiite "Party of God" is commendable for its practice of stepping in to provide social services whenever Lebanon's ever-fumbling government drops the ball. (The party's roadside donation boxes are emblazoned with a pair of cupped hands reminiscent of the Allstate logo.) Alternatively, the Bush administration says Hezbollah is a terrorist organization with "American blood on its hands."
Mark LeVine
Syria is under threat more from internal problems than American challenges. Its economy is a mess and ripe for the picking by the relentless forces of globalization, which will exacerbate the rifts within the country's military-merchant complex. Throw in a disenchanted, and frustrated - in more ways than one - youth, and the regime is in trouble.
By Conn Hallinan
In wake of a United Nations investigation implicating a number of Syrian and Lebanese officials in the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, the Bush administration is calling for international sanctions and leaking dark hints of war.

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