Stories about Lebanon from January, 2008
Lebanon: Did the civil war really end?
French Eagle on the recent terrorist attack in Lebanon writes in a post entitled “Human Stupidity” [Fr]: “Civil war? Did it ever really end? Perhaps the Syrian occupation was a local anesthetic and its end liberated the old demons…”
Lebanon: Deconstructing Hassan Nasrallah
Heuristiques Libanaises muses over an image [Fr] of Hassan Nasrallah‘s raised finger and furrowed expression, wondering if Lebanon is at the sunset of Hezbollah's “divine victory” or merely its dawn.
Tunisia: Four Lebanese Jailed for Facebook Remark
Tunisian Subzero Blue wonders after reading about the arrest of four Lebanese students for making crude remarks on Facebook: “When people get thrown into jail for stuff like this you can't help but feel how long the road ahead still is. Should this really be an issue? Don't these judges...
Lebanon: Demonstrations, Deaths and Specter of Civil War
Here is a random selection of bloggers’ reflections on yesterday’s incidents which started as demonstrations against electricity shortages and against hikes in prices but ended in riots, shootings and deaths.
Lebanese Contestant in Italy's Big Brother
Beirut-born Ali Ayach, 28, is one of the nineteen contestants in the eighth edition of Grande Fratello, Italy's version of Big Brother, reports Lebanese blogger Skylark.
Lebanon: Car Bomb Targets Counter-Terrorism Captain
Yet another terrorist attack targeted Lebanon leaving behind deaths and destruction. Today, at 10am local time, a car bomb killed Lebanon’s active counter–terrorism police officer, Captain Wissam Eid and three others. The explosion along the Hazmieh highway, just on the outskirts of Beirut, also wounded 38 other persons. Moussa Bashir sums up some of Lebanese bloggers’ reactions to the incident.
Syria: Dark Memories of 1982
A television drama takes Syrian Brit back to the horrors of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon. More on this here.
Palestine: Gaza Under Seige
Bloggers around the region are adding their voices to an international outcry as the Gaza Strip falls into darkness. A four-day Israeli blockade on the strip has led to the closure of the territory's only power station because of the lack of fuel.
Lebanon: Ashoora and Hreeseh
From Lebanon, Rami Zurayk, introduces us to Ashoora and a local dish cooked during this occasion – Hreeseh.
Three Die of Cold in Lebanon
Jounoune, from Lebanon, links to a news report which says that at least three people were killed in the latest cold wave to hit the country.
Bahrain: Freezing Weather
From Lebanon, Summer says Bahrain is freezing. She also posts a video of the country she is moving to here.
Lebanon: Nahr al Bared Revisited
From Lebanon, Marcy Newman revisits Nahr Al Bared and brings us to the date with the devastation left in the Palestinian refugee camp after last year's battle between Fateh Al Islam and the Lebanese Internal Security Forces.
Lebanon: Without a President
Lebanon has been without a president since the deadline for the election passed on November 24, 2007. The political bickering continues. A number of foreign initiatives have been launched to resolve the conflict issues but have so far been unsuccessful. The latest is the Arab League initiative, which is in progress this week. Here is a sample of Lebanese bloggers' reflection about the presidential vacuum and about the resulting political situation.
Lebanon: Norman Finkelstein's Visit
Lebanese blogger Ali Hammoud salutes Norman Finkelstein, who visited Lebanon recently.
Lebanon: The Three Little Pigs
Ms Leventine, from Lebanon, adapts The Three Little Pigs to update us on the situation in Lebanon.
Lebanon: Mothers Against Bush
What will calm, peaceful, sweet mothers do if US President George W Bush visits Lebanon? Lebanese blogger Jamal Ghosn has the answer here.
Riemer Brouwer updates us on the political situation in Lebanon in this post.
Lebanon: Bush Not Welcome
Lebanese blogger Mustapha explains why US president George W Bush is not welcome in Lebanon in this post.
Lebanon: Battling Cancer
Lebanese Laila Abu Saba, who is battling cancer, updates us on her situation in this post.
Lebanon: Under the Weather
In Lebanon, blogger Sophia is under the weather.
Arabeyes: Have a Spectacular New Year!
New Year's is the time to reflect on the past and make new resolutions for the future. What are bloggers from the Arab world saying as the world bids 2007 farewell and welcomes 2008?