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Entries from December 2006

British government ends investigation into Lebanese minister’s corruption

December 14th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The British government has made a surprise announcement that it is discontinuing its corruption investigation into Saudi-UK bribes. It involves a contract for british fighter planes. The UK’s Serious Fraud Office was looking into claims that a senior member of the Lebanese government had bribed a British company on behalf of Saudi. Saudi gave the […]

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Hariri militia stokes the fire of war

December 13th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

A Sunni warlord, and veteran of the Lebanese Civil War says he’s preparing to fight the country’s Shias. Abu Ahmed is a militant extremist and supporter of Saad Al Hariri. It could be a message from the Hariri militia that they will not surrender power without a fight, being the supporters of democracy that they […]

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Gisele Khoury: the peasants have invaded Beirut

December 12th, 2006 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

Gisele Khoury, right-wing propogandist and chat show host on Al-Arabiyah, has criticised the demonstrators in Beirut. She says it’s an invasion of the peasants (Southerners) – and a triumph of backwardness over moderity. (March 14th/Hariri apparently represents modernity). In a wide-ranging attack, she mocked Hizbollah’s liberation of the south of Lebanon in 2000 – saying […]

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More than a million shout "Siniora out!"

December 11th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The Lebanese Army says today’s protest in Beirut was “unprecedented”, meaning more than one million marched on the streets for the first time in the country’s history. That also makes it one of the world’s largest ever protests (in proportion to a country’s population). The army sent 20,000 troops into the capital. The opposition is […]

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What Motivates Syria? – Washington Post

December 10th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The Washington Post has given space to Syria’s Ambassador to the US. He writes an interesting piece on Syrian-US relations – mainly around the Iraq issue – it’s the kind of view that’s not often seen in the US press. What Motivates Syria?By Imad Moustapha, Washington PostSunday, December 10, 2006; Page B07 U.S. engagement — […]

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Hizbollah leader: Siniora collaborated with Israel

December 8th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah, the leader of Hizbollah, says Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora collaborated with Israel and the US during Israel’s war on Lebanon this summer. Siniora is accused of prolonging the war in order to destroy Hizbollah. Siniora’s Interior Minister Ahmed Fatfat is accused of ordering a chief of the Lebanese army to invite […]

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Lebanese Army chief: the country is on the verge of violence

December 6th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The head of the Lebanese Army says politicians have got to find a solution to the standoff in Beirut. Thousands of protestors have been camping outside Parliament demanding the Prime Minister resign. He is trapped inside the building with a few ministers. Now, protestors have started using a new technique: shining very powerful floodlights into […]

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US encourages Iraq to talk to Syria

December 6th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The US has backed Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki’s plans to talk to Syria. Today, the US Iraq Study Group report is expected to recommend that President Bush himself talks to Syria. Yesterday, the new Secretary of Defence ruled out military action against Syria. And the day before, one of the world’s most anti-Syrian diplomats, […]

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SNAP: America says no to war with Syria

December 5th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

President George W Bush’s choice to be the next Defence Secretary has ruled out military action against Syria. Robert Gates says an attack on Syria would have dramatic consequences for the whole region. Gates is due to replace chief war hawk Donald Rumsfeld.

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Demonstrator killed in Beirut

December 4th, 2006 · No Comments · Uncategorized

A Shia demonstrator has been shot dead in a Sunni area of Beirut. He was travelling home from the protest camp when the attack happened. 20 other people have been injured.

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