Lebanon

Lebanon: Some Things That Money Can't Buy

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The US's attempt to "democratise" the Middle East - or, to put it bluntly, to create puppet regimes - has had two spectacular failures recently.

In Iraq this democracy has created sectarian chaos, while in Palestine the US-backed elections produced a victory for the Islamic movement Hamas - not exactly what George Bush had in mind when he mapped out his grand plan for democracy in the region.

But the US administration thinks that Lebanon could be the silver lining of some very dark clouds. Last month George Bush stated in a meeting with Lebanese prime minister Faud Siniora that "there is no question in my mind that Lebanon can serve as a great example for what is possible in the broader Middle East".

Lebanon: Talking about a Revolution?

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Beirut-based journalist Jim Quilty questions the Washington-spun imagery of the 'Cedar Revolution' in Lebanon.

Most Lebanese were surprised when prime minister Omar Karami resigned on 28 February, two weeks after the assassination of former premier Rafiq Al Hariri. No one was more startled than house speaker Nabih Berri. At the time the leader of the Shia Muslim Amal movement was presiding over a no-confidence parliamentary session that the government seemed destined to win.

Lebanon: Doves Scatter as Hawks Gather

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It was just before 1pm on Monday 14 February when the sunlight suddenly became sharper, my office building in east Beirut shook and a horrific thundering clapped from west Beirut. Thousands of doves took to a sky already blackened by a massive cloud pluming over the cityscape.

Former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri had been killed along with 16 other people, including his bodyguards and private medical assistant. A hundred more were wounded by the 300-kilo car bomb that tore apart Hariri's travelling motorcade, which made a ten-metre crater in the ground, set 22 cars on fire, ripped apart a hotel and shattered several others.

Strangely enough one bombed-out hotel, left unrepaired since the 15 year long civil war that ended in 1990, still stood its ground, rising up behind the site as a scarred reminder of Lebanon's past.

Losing the Appetite for War

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Simon Assaf reports from Lebanon about the growing unrest in the Middle East.

With the Afghan war still smouldering the US is having difficulties in moving to the next stage of its 'war on terror'. US vice-president Dick Cheney toured the Middle East trying to win Arab support for a full scale invasion of Iraq. The Arab leaders, however, have shown little appetite for a third Gulf War while the Occupied Territories are ablaze.

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