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cluster bombs
hrw.org

Israeli Bombing ‘Broke U.S. Arms Deal Terms’

A preliminary investigation by the State Department has found that Israel’s cluster bombing of civilian areas of Lebanon violated terms of an arms agreement with the United States.  Israel receives roughly $2 billion annually in military assistance from the U.S., but Washington places classified conditions on how American munitions can be used.

Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


Lebanon
news.bbc.co.uk

U.S. Pledges Support for Lebanon

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced a $770-million aid package to help with Lebanon’s reconstruction. The war-ravaged nation is hoping to raise $9 billion in aid. Meanwhile, a Hezbollah-backed general strike and mass protests continue to threaten the tenure of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.

Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


Israeli Defense Chief Resigns Amid Lebanon War Investigations

Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, has resigned amid ongoing investigations into Israel’s botched invasion of Lebanon. Imagine, someone in government actually taking responsibility for a failed military adventure. What a concept!

Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Authorizes Secret CIA Action in Lebanon

President Bush has authorized the CIA to take covert action in Lebanon against Hezbollah, according to a secret presidential finding obtained by The Daily Telegraph. As part of the policy, the CIA and other intelligence groups will subvert Hezbollah’s influence by funding activists who are supportive of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora’s government.
(h/t: Largest Minority)

Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


Nasrallah
rotten.com

Hezbollah Blocked Fatah Attacks

The head of Fatah in Lebanon told a local newspaper that Hezbollah had prevented several of the group’s planned attacks along the Israeli border—in some cases going so far as to turn the militants over to Lebanese authorities.

Posted on Dec 30, 2006 READ MORE


Beirut demonstrations
news.yahoo.com

Lebanon on the Brink

Hezbollah has threatened an escalation in its campaign against Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora unless he resigns.  Hundreds of thousands of Hezbollah supporters took to the streets on Sunday, but Christian and Sunni leaders appear unlikely to bow to the pressure.

Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE


Nightmare: Iraq

  • A classified Marine Corps report says that the U.S. cannot defeat the insurgency in western Iraq.
  • Iran-backed Hezbollah is training Shiite militia members in Iraq, according to a U.S. official.

  • Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Triple Cross
    Huffington Post

    ‘The Most Dangerous Man Alive’

    Read an excerpt of the explosive new book “Triple Cross,” which tells the story of Ali Abdel Saoud Mohamed, Osama bin Laden’s most trusted security adviser, who infiltrated the U.S. Army Special Forces and served as an FBI informant—all the while overseeing some of the most infamous Al Qaeda terror strikes of the last decade. (Excerpt, and more info).

    Posted on Nov 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Chris Hedges: Bush and Israel, Midwives to Radical Islam

    The former New York Times Mideast bureau chief argues that America’s failure in Iraq and Israel’s humiliation in Lebanon have emboldened and empowered those in the Arab world who seek to topple U.S.-backed regimes in the Middle East and cripple the Jewish state.

    Posted on Nov 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Hezbollah in Talks With Israel

    Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, said he is in talks with Israel via a U.N. mediator to negotiate a prisoner swap.  The U.N. Security Council resolution that ended the monthlong conflict in Lebanon, during which more that 1,200 people died, called for the unconditional release of the soldiers whose capture ignited the war.

    Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Lebanese girls
    Courtesy Nir Rosen

    Hizb Allah, Party of God

    In the wake of Israel’s 33-day war with Hizballah, the 24-year-old Islamic movement has become the most popular political party in the Middle East. Here’s why that shouldn’t worry us.

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


    A Warm Welcome Back for Nasrallah

    Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Beirut to celebrate what Hezbollah has called a “divine victory” over Israel. It was Sheik Hassan Nasrallah’s first public appearance since July.

    Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Lebanon Pledge Drive a Major Success

    Donors attending a conference in Sweden have pledged $940 million for Lebanon’s reconstruction, almost twice as much aid as organizers had hoped for.  Although he said his country had sustained billions of dollars in damage, Lebanese Prime Minister Siniora expressed his “great appreciation” of the donors’ support.

    Posted on Aug 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Hassan Nasrallah
    flickr.com/panafnewswire

    Hezbollah Leader Regrets War

    Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, said in a Lebanese TV interview that he would not have ordered the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers had he known the scale of violence that was to follow.  If he had it to do all over again, Nasrallah said, with a 1% chance that Israel would respond as it did, he would say: “No, definitely not, for humanitarian, moral, social, security, military and political reasons.”

    Posted on Aug 27, 2006 READ MORE


    FBI Arrests U.S. ‘Hezbollah TV’ Provider

    The New York City resident was offering customers satellite broadcasts of a TV station owned by Hezbollah, and it’s a crime to engage in business transactions with that group. (More…)

    Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Jordanian peacekeepers
    Fickr/mdot

    French Offer More Troops

    Not to be outdone by the Italians, France has raised its troop commitment to 2,000, hoping to retain its leadership role in the peacekeeping effort in Lebanon.  Kofi Annan was initially displeased with Europe’s response to the call for a peacekeeping force. 

    Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Italy Bails Out France

    Italy’s prime minister has tentatively offered to take the leadership role in Lebanon’s peacekeeping mission with a deployment of 3,000 troops.  France, which was to lead the mission, has offered only 200 troops after expressing concern over the force’s mandate.

    Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Hezbollah's perceived victory gives a boost to Islamist groups throughout the region
    Illustration by Peter Scheer

    Hezbollah ‘Victory’ Boosts Islamism in Mideast

    In the search for a sense of dignity, basic services and honesty, Arabs from all walks of life are turning to fundamentalist groups that have succeeded where their own governments have failed.  ?I have more faith in Islam than in my state; I have more faith in Allah than in Hosni Mubarak,? said one educated middle-class Egyptian woman.

    Posted on Aug 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Israeli Attack Threatens Cease-Fire

    Despite the tenuous cease-fire, Israel has launched an attack some 60 miles north of its border in Lebanon.  Israeli officials said they were trying to halt a weapons transfer to Hezbollah, and will continue to engage targets until a peacekeeping force can take its place to prevent Hezbollah’s rearming.

    Posted on Aug 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart

    Jon Stewart Rips Into Tony Snow on Israel

    The White House spokesman claimed that people wouldn’t forget that Hezbollah sent rockets into people’s living rooms. Stewart countered: “Tony, we were the ones putting rockets in their living rooms. We sold them to Israel and they were the ones who shot ‘em.”

    Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Hezbollah rebuilds

    ‘Daily Show’—Hezbollah’s Next Project: Rebuilding New Orleans

    “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver reports that the militant organization has had so much success rebuilding Lebanon that it’s eager to take on the reconstruction of New Orleans. Louisiana residents are hopeful. Hey, at least Hezbollah’s not FEMA.

    Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Hezbollah Leads Lebanon Reconstruction

    Hezbollah, flush with cash from Iran, has already begun the work of reconstruction in Lebanon, enhancing its reputation in the country.  Hezbollah?s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, promised a year?s rent to anyone who lost their home during the conflict, and hundreds of Hezbollah members have been spotted surveying and clearing damaged property.

    Posted on Aug 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Lebanon Postpones Crucial Cease-Fire Meeting

    The Lebanese cabinet has indefinitely postponed talks on the implementation of the impending cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah.  According to the BBC, ?the issue of Hezbollah’s disarmament and its military presence in southern Lebanon continues to cause major tensions within the fragile government.?

    Posted on Aug 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Lebanon Cease-Fire to Start Monday

    The cease-fire in Lebanon will take effect Monday morning, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has announced.  Israel and Lebanon agreed to the timing during a meeting with Annan on Saturday.

    Posted on Aug 12, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Ambassador: Iran Inciting Iraq Attacks

    “Iran is pressing Shiite militias here to step up attacks against the American-led forces in retaliation for the Israeli assault on Lebanon, the American ambassador to Iraq said Friday,” according to the N.Y. Times.
    It remains to be seen whether the peace deal between Israel and Hezbollah will blunt Iran’s alleged fomentation of violence.

    Posted on Aug 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Hassan Nasrallah
    From interet-general.info

    Breakthrough! Hezbollah Sets Conditions for Agreement

    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah (above) said his Islamic militant group (and political party) will abide by the U.N. cease-fire resolution but will continue fighting as long as Israeli troops remain in south Lebanon.
    With the U.S., the U.N., Israel’s Olmert, Lebanon’s parliament and now Hezbollah’s leader all on board, all the pieces of the peace puzzle seem to be in place.

    Posted on Aug 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Israel Nearly Triples Troops Ahead of Cease-Fire

    Rather than ramping down in advance of the just-agreed-upon U.N. peace deal, Israel and Hezbollah have instead continued slaughtering each other.

    Posted on Aug 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Rice and Brown
    AP / Frank Franklin

    U.N. and Israel OK Peace Deal; Lebanon in Favor

    The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution that calls for an end to the war between Israel and Hezbollah and authorizes 15,000 U.N. peacekeepers to help Lebanese troops take control of south Lebanon as Israel withdraws. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert endorsed the deal, and the Lebanese cabinet looks set to do so as well.

    Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE


    galloway_debate

    ‘What a Preposterous First Question’

    George Galloway, the Scottish MP who came to international prominence for his outspoken opposition to the war in Iraq, engages in a heated (and abusive) debate with a Sky News anchor over the morality of the Israel-Hezbollah conflict. We don’t agree with Galloway on everything, but this is the rare shouting match with substance.
    NOTE: Broken link to video is now working

    Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


    In a First, Bush Directs Criticism at Israel

    Bush said neither Israel nor Hezbollah should escalate the month-old war. Despite Bush’s comments, Israel today decided to launch a massive ground attack into southern Lebanon.

  • Israel lost 15 soldiers on Wednesday—its deadliest day of the war; Lebanon’s deadliest was Monday (link—scroll down).

  • Posted on Aug 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Dousing the Mideast

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    Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Now Hezbollah Stands Accused of War Crimes

    Just a few days after reporting that Israel was committing war crimes against Lebanese civilians, the watchdog group Human Rights Watch has accused Hezbollah of similar crimes inflicted upon Israeli noncombatants.

    Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Lebanese PM Rejects U.N. Cease-Fire Plan

    From the AP: “Lebanon’s government rejected a U.N. cease-fire plan backed by President Bush on Monday, demanding Israel immediately withdraw even before a peacekeeping force arrives and promising to send 15,000 troops to take control of the Hezbollah stronghold along the border.”

    Posted on Aug 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Democracy Now

    Juan Cole on ‘Democracy Now’

    On Friday’s “Democracy Now,” the radio program’s host, Amy Goodman, spoke with Mideast expert and Truthdig contributor Juan Cole, whom she asked about the recent protests in Iraq over Israel’s incursion into Lebanon.

    Posted on Aug 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Killing As Many As Possible Before the Cease-Fire

    The brutal logic that Israel and Hezbollah are following goes like this: Inflict as many deaths on the enemy as possible in the next few days—in order to strengthen your hand before sitting down at the bargaining table.

    Posted on Aug 6, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. and France Agree on Mideast Cease-Fire Plan

    The draft Security Council resolution seeks an immediate halt to fighting in Lebanon, and calls for the mobilization of international peacekeepers.

    Posted on Aug 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Holding a Gun, Hezbollah Lends a Hand

    Want to know some of the main reasons Hezbollah commands so much respect in Lebanon? “They cover medical bills, offer health insurance, pay school fees and make seed money available for small businesses. They are invisible but omnipresent, providing essential services that the Lebanese government through years of war was incapable of offering.”

    Posted on Aug 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Human Rights Watch: Israel Has Committed War Crimes

    The watchdog group released a 50-page report detailing Israel’s failure to distinguish between combatants and civilians in Lebanon, in one case wiping out an entire 12-person family because one member was merely suspected of being sympathetic to Hezbollah.

    Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Christian Lebanese Rage Over Israeli Bombardment

    After Israel pounded a Christian community in north Beirut, the historical allies of the Israelis are now lining up in support of Hezbollah. ?Public opinion is 100% against Israel from this area,? said a prominent Christian Lebanese woman.

    Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


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    Iraqi Shiites Rally: ‘Death to Israel, Death to America’

    Over 100,000 protesters filled the streets of Baghdad to show support for Hezbollah. Attendees burned American and Israeli flags, and pledged their willingness to die for Hezbollah. (WashPo, NYT)

    Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


    a ray of hope
    From amazon.com

    Condi Signals Possible Lebanon Compromise

    It may be the first ray of hope: Secretary of State Rice told Larry King that the U.S. would accept an immediate cease-fire in Lebanon as the first phase in ending the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah. (more…)

    Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Jordan Lashes Out at U.S. and Israel

    The king of Jordan, a U.S. ally, has publicly criticized America and Israel over the fighting in Lebanon, and said the only way to achieve peace is to end Israeli occupation of Arab lands.
    Apparently the entire Mideast is against America and Israel

    Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Violence Rages in Mideast, Diplomacy Sputters at U.N.

    Hezbollah rockets killed at least six in Israel; almost 10,000 Israeli troops have crossed in Lebanon; and a U.S. veto is blocking the U.N. Security Council from demanding an immediate cease-fire.

    Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


    AP: ‘No End in Sight’ for Mideast War

    As 8,000 Israeli troops pour over the Lebanese border and Hezbollah militants launch a record 230 rockets into Israel, the studiously neutral Associated Press concludes that there is no hope for a short-term cessation to the hostilities.

    Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Hamas Detainees Accuse Israel of Abuses

    Two Hamas leaders recently released from detention in the West Bank say the Israelis mistreated them while in custody. Israel says they got the same treatment as other prisoners. Also, the allegations—being forced to sit for long stretches in backless chairs and living in squalid conditions—don’t appear to rise to near Abu Ghraib or Gitmo levels.

    Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


    CNN anchor
    From CNN via YouTube

    CNN Host Gets Heated With Israeli Spokeswoman

    Interviewing a flack for the Israeli government about the killing of women and children at Qana in Lebanon, this CNN anchor channels Anderson Cooper with her refusal to meekly accept meaningless government platitudes. Watch the sparks fly.

    Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Israel’s Dependency on the Drug of Militarism

    The Jewish state’s die-hard supporters in the White House, Congress and the media seem unable to understand that Israel will never be able to bomb its way to security.

    Posted on Aug 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Mideast Conflict a Setback for Iran Reform Movement

    As the Islamic world rallies to the support of the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah militia, Iran is feeling more and more emboldened to press its confrontational foreign policy and efforts to silence political opposition at home.

    Posted on Aug 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Hezbollah's suburban strategy
    From The Herald Sun (Australia)

    The Photos That Damn Hezbollah

    An Australian newspaper published this picture of Hezbollah members manning an antiaircraft gun in a Lebanese suburb—proof that Hezbollah is using the cover of residential areas to wage its attacks on Israel and in effect using innocent civilians as human shields. Story and more photos (h/t: BuzzFlash)

    Posted on Aug 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Hezbollah’s New Ordnance

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