All posts in category 'Hezbollah'

Photo Essay: Beirut walls speak the language of the past

May 30th, 2008 | Posted in Beirut, Civil-war, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Independent Media, Politics

    Photo Essay from Farah Kobaissy in Beirut.

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Graffiti for Future Movement, founded by the assassinated Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

In May 2008 the streets in Beirut and throughout Lebanon witnessed military clashes between armed forces backing the Lebanese opposition lead by Hezbollah and the former Lebanese government supported by Saudi Arabia and the U.S. In May the walls on the streets of Beirut expressed the level of political split of Lebanon.

Street level graffiti is now common throughout Lebanon’s capital as rival political forces take their political struggle to the city walls in Beirut. This photo essay from Farah Kobaissy documents the writing on Beirut’s walls, featuring images captured at street level within recent weeks.

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Lebanon: Doha Deal | Sectarianism

May 26th, 2008 | Posted in Beirut, Hezbollah, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine, Independent Media, Politics

    Broadcasts from Beirut VI: Nada Bakri reporter with the New York Times.

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    Photo: Beirut from above.

A Tadamon! interview project aiming to highlight progressive voices from the ground in Lebanon on the ongoing conflict, voices independent from major political parties…

An interview with Nada Bakri, correspondent for the New York Times in Lebanon, who comments on the recent political deal reached in Doha, Qatar resulting in an official end to the recent political crisis in Lebanon. As Lebanese leaders have agreed on a power sharing agreement, people on the streets in Beirut remain skeptical that the recent agreement will result in long term stability as it reinforces the sectarian nature of Lebanese politics.

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Canada must reject cluster bomb

    rabble.ca by Raja G. Khouri. May 19th, 2008.

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Photo: Lebanese woman admits Israeli military destruction in south Lebanon 2006.

A cluster bomb dropped on Centre Block on Parliament Hill could also reach in its spread the East Block, Senate, Supreme Court, Sparks Street pedestrian mall, Ottawa Visitors Center, and parts of the Wellington and Metcalfe thoroughfares. Such is the range, and randomness, of the weapon.

Made up of hundreds of “bomblets” that scatter when a bomb is dropped, cluster bombs not only kill and injure civilians during attacks, but “continue to take life, limb and land from them long after the conflict has ended,” according to the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC), a network of over 250 non-government organizations in 70 countries, including Canada, that is calling for a complete end to the use of these weapons.

Such is the case in south Lebanon since the summer war of 2006. The UN estimated that of around four million cluster bomblets dropped by Israel during its war with Hezbollah, up to one million remained unexploded, “contaminating fields, schools, rivers and homes.” These have led to the death or maiming of nearly 200 civilians since the conclusion of the conflict.

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Qatar Negotiations | U.S. on Hezbollah

    Broadcasts from Beirut IV: An interview with journalist Anthony Shadid.

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    Photo: Carole Kerbage. Lebanese military tank on Beirut street May 2008.

A Tadamon! interview project aiming to highlight progressive voices from the ground in Lebanon on the ongoing conflict, voices independent from major political parties…

As negotiations in Doha, Qatar continue between national political leaders in an effort to reach a settlement to the contemporary internal conflict in Lebanon, Tadamon!’s Ola Hajar spoke with veteran journalist Anthony Shadid. This interview focuses on the impacts of U.S.-driven policies in the Middle East within the context of the ‘war on terror’ and their specific impacts on Lebanon, also this interview focuses the U.S. position towards Hezbollah’s role in Lebanese politics.

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Lebanon: Reporter reflections from Beirut

May 15th, 2008 | Posted in Beirut, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Independent Media, Politics, Solidarity

    Lebanon government cancels measures against Hezbollah.

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    Broadcasts from Beirut III Photo: © Zoriah

Interview with Raed Rafei, a Lebanese reporter working with the Los Angeles Times.

On Wednesday, May 14th, Lebanon’s government moved to reverse key decisions taken last week aimed at Hezbollah, including a decision to dismantle Hezbollah’s independent telephone communications system and a controversial move to replace a head security personal at Beirut’s international airport with sympathies towards the Lebanese opposition. Today’s government decision to reverse these decisions was announced minutes prior to this interview, creating a backdrop soundtrack of celebratory gunfire from opposition supporters in Beirut.

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Lebanon: Currents of Conflict

    Broadcasts from Beirut II: An interview with Bilal Elamine.

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    Photo: Al-Akbar, youth protests in Beirut.

A Tadamon! interview project aiming to highlight progressive voices from the ground in Lebanon on the ongoing conflict, voices independent from major political parties…

Conflict in Lebanon has spread this past week beyond Beirut, to mountain areas above the capital city, to Tripoli in Northern Lebanon. Throughout Lebanon a tense political stand-off remains between the U.S.-backed government lead-by Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and a political opposition fronted by the armed Lebanese political party Hezbollah.

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Lebanon: Political, sectarian crisis entrenched

May 13th, 2008 | Posted in Beirut, Civil-war, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Politics, War and Terror

    Beirut, 12 May 2008. IRIN Middle East.

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    Photo: Al-Akbar.

Hezbollah and its allies may have achieved a swift military victory in Beirut and the Druze mountains, but the political battle for Lebanon will be tougher and the consequences long-term, say analysts.

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Tadamon! répond à un article de La Presse

    Tadamon! répond à un article de La Presse.

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L’article de La Presse, paru samedi, le 8 mars 2008, page A24, sur la situation à Gaza, contient une affirmation erronée qu’il est nécessaire de corriger. A la fin de l’article, le collectif montréalais Tadamon! est qualifié par M. Elharrar, porte-parole du Comité Québec-Israël, de “groupe pro-Hezbollah”. A deux reprises, il utilise cette unique formulation pour appuyer, semble-t-il, l’accusation que le collectif ne voudrait pas la paix, alors que celui-ci participait à un regroupement d’ONG et de syndicats québécois s’étant réunis pour demander au Canada de dénoncer l’attaque israélienne contre Gaza.

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Lebanon: Political Crisis Set to Worsen

April 3rd, 2008 | Posted in Beirut, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Palestine, Imperialism, Politics, Solidarity

    IPS. March, 12th. Analysis by Rebecca Murray

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    Photo: Opposition protests in Beirut.

Tyre, Lebanon — Soon after the U.S. destroyer USS Cole was deployed off Lebanon’s shore Feb. 28 to “preserve political stability”, a group of young men gathered around in the embattled agricultural town Qana in south Lebanon, and voiced their fears.

“Everyone feels there is a war coming,” said Salman Ismael, a 22-year-old university student. “Especially after the killing of (Hezbollah commander) Imad Mughniyeh and what is happening in Gaza. And now U.S. ships come to the waters of Lebanon. Israel wants to improve her army in the Middle East after its defeat in 2006, she wants the Arabs to be scared of her.”

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Tadamon! Public Assembly

    open assembly calling for participation in Tadamon!’s current campaigns…

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    SUNDAY, APRIL 6th, 1:30pm
    School of Community & Public Affairs
    Concordia University
    2149 Mackay Street
    (métro Guy-Concordia)

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