Stories about Lebanon from June, 2008
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an unannounced, five-hour visit to Lebanon on Monday, June 16. She declared her government’s support for the newly elected Lebanese president, as well as for the Lebanese government, the parliament’s speaker and the democratic system in the country. Rice last visited Lebanon during...
“Last night, three people were killed and four wounded [in Taalbaya and Saadnayel, two tiny villages in the Bekaa] in fighting that lasted from late evening to early morning and included RPGs and mortars…The victims, predictably, are all civilians who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong...
MFL wrote an informative study on the controversial issue of Wilayat el Faqih, that is currently taking up much of the political discussions in Lebanon, in an article he titled “Iran, Wilayat el Faqih, and Historical Facts.”
Bech writes about prostitution in the Palestinian refugee camp of Sabra and elsewhere in Lebanon.
“Is there a game show the Japanese haven’t invented yet?? Japanese Bug Fights is a site with videos of bugs of different species battling out in a small glass arena,” writes Lebanese blogger Mark, who lives in Kuwait.
From Lebanon, AK comments on a decision by new Lebanese President Michel Suleiman to postpone discussing Hizbullah's weapons until further notice.
“When you still elect a murderer to a public office, you can’t really blame the government and its action. When you vote for a war criminal to lead you, don’t expect peace and harmony. When you leave a liar to stay in a government position, don’t blame that government for...
Tantalus blasts the nepotism practised in the formation of the Lebanese cabinet of ministers.
“Almost half of the areas in southern Lebanon contaminated with cluster bombs dropped by Israel in 2006 have been cleared, a UN official said on Wednesday,” reports Sursock.
The four phases of modern history of Lebanon by Bech. “This needs to be thought over more clearly, but it seems to me that “Lebanese” history could be read as divided into four phases,” explains the blogger.
The Lebanese Inner Circle posts a video of the new Lebanese president giving his inaugural address in parliament upon his election.
“He has an Israeli Jewish mother and a Lebanese Muslim father and held Israeli citizenship at the time of his arrest,” reports Sursock about the freeing of Nassim Nissir, who was received in Lebanon.
Friday Lunch Club reports on two terrorist attacks on the Lebanese Army – one in the south of Lebanon being by a suicide bomber and the other was in the north of Lebanon.
“Inciting hate, open communication messages from political camps on air waves. The Lebanese media has done a shame to itself,” states the Lebanese Inner Circle.
“The truth is that Hizbollah and its allies have made peace with the sectarian system, in doing so it has undermined its credibility,” writes Sursock about the re-naming of Mr. Fouad Saniora as prime minister.
“There's one thing that I've noticed since the Doha agreement was reached: both sides seem to feel like they've won. Part of me thinks that this is another example of the Lebanese ‘lick-and-stick’ philosophy that is equally present in the domains of plumbing and politics,” writes Sean on the agreement...