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Sundown: Heavy Fighting Takes Root in Damascus

Plus one of the stranger response to our BDS piece

Adam Chandler
February 06, 2013
Michael Dell(LATimes)

Michael Dell(LATimes)

• Fighting carried into the Syrian capital of Damascus today as the humanitarian conditions worsen across the country. Over 750,000 refugees have now fled the country and Russia blamed Western countries for not convincing the Syrian opposition to sit down with the Assad regime for negotiations. [Guardian]

• Yair Rosenberg’s piece earlier today spawned this wild response from Ali Abunimah, who support bi-nationalism. It’s quite a feat to take on Yair Rosenberg, Matt Yglesias, Norman Finkelstein, and defend the BDS movement’s opposition to a two-state solution, all while wanting a one-state solution. [Electronic Intifada]

• Dell has taken a $24 billion gamble to make the company private again. Michael Dell, who started the company in his dorm room at the University of Texas, has staked $700 million of his own money to turn around the struggling behemoth, which has slipped in recent years. [NYT]

• Hezbollah has denied any involvement in the Burgas bombing from last July. Earlier this week, the terrorist organization was accused by Bulgarian officials of being responsible for the attack, which killed six people. [JPost]

• Shmuley Boteach is none too pleased with the Super Bowl that featured Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli making out with actor Jesse Heiman. [Times of Israel]

Adam Chandler was previously a staff writer at Tablet. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Slate, Esquire, New York, and elsewhere. He tweets @allmychandler.

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