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Archive for 'Lebanon'

In the shadow of his father

Guest post by DaveM
Lebanese journalist Hussein Abdul Hussein has written an excellent article in Asharq Alawsat. It’s about how most of us have misunderstood how totalitarian regimes work. The assumption has been that as they’re based on secure institutions and powerful security and intelligence networks, it doesn’t really matter who the leader is; the system [...]

Weaker than a spider’s web

Guest post by DaveM
On 26 May 2000, shortly after Ehud Barak withdrew the Israeli army from Lebanon’s south, Heznbollah’s general secretary Hassan Nasrallah gave a speech where he uttered these words:

“This Israel which possesses nuclear weapons and has the most powerful air force in the region, by God it is weaker than a spider’s web! [...]

Kafranbel tries sarcasm

The neocons of the Syrian town of Kafranbel express their bitterness at the Obama administration’s pathetic calls for Iran and Hezbollah to withdraw their fighters from Syria.
Well, they’ve tried everything else.
(I’d love to see counter-demonstrators show up at the next Stopper protest with pictures from Kafranbel.)
Hezbollah isn’t winning popularity contests among Palestinian refugees in Lebanon [...]

Only one logical suspect

In the wake of the car bomb blast Friday in Beirut that killed Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan– a top Lebanese security official– and several others, the question naturally arises: who is responsible?
Let’s consider the evidence:
Hassan was close to former PM Saad Hariri, who is hostile to the regime in Syria. He had been tipped to [...]