Syrian state run television announced yesterday that Hekmat Shehabi, the former chief of staff of the nation's armed forces, had died. The Syrian army's general command gave few details surrounding the circumstances of his passing. He was 82 years-old and residing in Orange County at the time of his ... More >>
See Update No. 3 at the end of page 3 of this post on leaders of UCI's Associated Students signing the resolution urging the university to divest from named companies for human rights abuses in Palestine. See Update Nos. 1-2 on ASUCI's legislative council unanimously passing the resolution urging di ... More >>
UPDATE: May 30, 1:13 P.M.: Hazem Chehabi, longtime Syrian honorary consul general, is the first diplomat to defect from President Bashar Al-Assad's government, according to the Syrian American Council. The national pro-revolutionary group lauded Chehabi's resignation from his 18-year-long post as c ... More >>
The Newport Beach doctor is a UC Irvine philanthropist, Syria's honorary consul general—and the target of activists who call him an apologist for a brutal regime
The Year on Navel Gazing and Beyond!
UPDATE, JULY 8, 5:25 P.M.: Syrian freedom activists say that when they protested at UC Irvine the morning of June 9, a campus official promised a future meeting with an associate chancellor to discuss what they consider a troubling relationship between Syria's brutal regime and Dr. Hazem Chehabi, ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 9, 4:31 P.M.: This morning's rally at UC Irvine targeting Dr. Hazem H. Chehabi--the UCI Foundation's president-elect, Syria's honorary consul general in Newport Beach and a prominent Orange County philanthropist and nuclear medicine specialist--went "smooth," according to an organize ... More >>
ChehabiUPDATE, MAY 30, 10:37 A.M.: The Syrian Emergency Task Force-Greater LA has rallied outside the Syria Consulate office in Newport Beach and asked Dr. Hazem H. Chehabi to step down as honorary consul general (or for the UC Irvine Foundation to drop him from its board if he doesn't) over hum ... More >>