Friday, November 17, 2006

Stop Sectarianism Campaign

found this ... hope you get the idea behind it and how it can sometimes saves us from harming one another by spitting the truth out loud and living with it....

quite intelligent o5amam...

Stop Sectarianism Campaign
Awareness campaign on sectarianism


Since 1920, Lebanese society has been structured according to religious confessions or sects. Within a country of 10,000 km², we have over 17 official religious sects.

Sectarianism is intertwined in our daily life, and has been so for years, officially and in society. Most official positions are based on religious denominations.

Sectarianism was one of the main factors leading to the civil war, but even today, everybody still thinks along religious lines and divides people into sectarian groups.

The topic was always a taboo subject, until the “Spring Revolution” of 2005. With this movement, the creation of civil society groups brought together people from every religion, and made it clear to many that civil society-led initiatives could effectively make a difference.

The campaign:

The campaign focuses on the ridiculous/harmful side of sectarianism/confessionalism and its excesses in our every day life.

Generously conceived for AMAM by a multi-confessional creative team of like-minded people from the H&C Leo Burnett agency, the campaign is bound to make you both laugh and think. The tone, which is innovative, provocative, funny and straight to the point, will most certainly generate debate and provoke much-needed thinking about the reality of how far confessionalism dictates our every day social behaviour.

Like us, you think confessionalism is a plague which has been eating away at this country for as long as one can remember. Like us, you also think this country, despite all its flaws and complexities, remains a place like no other, one we should cherish, support & believe in. Like us, you have surrendered to the Lebanese spell, and have vowed to always keep trying, in your own way, to make things better. Like us, you are a believer in the unique richness and potential found in the Lebanese pluri-confessional make-up. We hope you like this campaign. If you do, and wish to support us for other citizenship-building awareness campaigns of this kind, please get in touch. Thank you.

you can check their site for more pics and billboards etc..
here is a teaser :

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

well i hope so...

BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) -- Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said Wednesday his government will survive despite the resignations of six Cabinet ministers this week.

"I know that some are saying that it's on the verge of collapse," Siniora said. "But there are many others who are definitely saying that this government is quite representative of the people and has the majority of the members of parliament."

All five Shiite Muslim ministers and one Christian in the 24-member Cabinet resigned in advance of Monday's vote that approved the creation of an international tribunal to probe the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. (Full story)

The remaining 18 ministers unanimously backed the creation of the tribunal over the objections of pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud and the Syrian- and the political arm of Iranian-backed Hezbollah, whose four ministers were among those who resigned.

U.N. investigators have linked Syria to the death of Hariri and 22 other people on February, 14, 2005, when an explosion was set off near his motorcade. Damascus denies any involvement, and Hezbollah says Syria's accusers have no evidence to back up their claims.

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

An msn conversation about the situation

XXX says: (01:10:36)
what's happened?

Dana says: (01:11:20)
the shias in lebanon
hizballah and amal ministers resigned from the governement.... u did not read the news???

XXX says: (01:12:29)

don't worry about Lebanon
except if you want to die of a heart attack and verybitter
because that country will have no end of troubles

Dana says: (01:15:20)
ya allah ya zalami .... leish heik ...
come on have faith in it ... it is mental but unique...

XXX says: (01:16:09)
and it is also doomed to have such goings on
the one doesn't exclude the other

Dana says: (01:17:03)
thanks for your positivity, cheers

XXX says: (01:17:12)
realism :)


Saturday, November 11, 2006

Hezbollah ministers quit cabinet

All five Shia Muslim pro-Syrian ministers in the Lebanese government have resigned,
Hezbollah has said.
Meeting of Lebanese political leaders

Hezbollah asked for power of veto at the multi-party talks... read all article>>>

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Lebanese leaders resume crisis talks on government

it makes me sick , our politics back home is like Heat magazine in london...our celebrities in lebanon are our lovely politicians....

the sun page 3 ...

stop the gossip,(deep respect to the below article in retires) but why all this medoia hype and the celebrity like paparazzi news... the politics have taken over haifa... why????

i hope this will end soon , and show the world that the whole of lebanon is one and is great by its diversity but not stupid....
the news coming out of home are stupid and lame and people are fed up....


BEIRUT (Reuters) - Anti-Syrian leaders in Lebanon were set on Thursday to reject a Hezbollah demand for more cabinet seats for its allies that would give the opposition effective veto power over the Western-backed government.Rival Lebanese factions, resuming crisis talks that began on Monday, were expected to debate a proposal to reshuffle the government to give Hezbollah and its allies nine ministers in a 26-seat cabinet, political sources said.

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French nearly fired at Israelis

November 9, 2006
French troops serving in Lebanon have been only seconds away from firing on Israeli aircraft, the French defence minister says.
Michele Alliot-Marie told parliament the jets dived towards UN positions in October and were perceived as a threat. read article>>>

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Norway warns outsiders to leave Lebanon alone

Siniora, in a statement released by his office on Monday, accused the Jewish state of "producing false news in a bid to undermine Lebanon's unity." read whole article>>>

Monday, November 06, 2006

Indian regiment in Lebanon celebrates Guru Purab

Jerusalem, Nov. 6 (PTI): The Indian battalion in United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), 4 Sikh regiment, has celebrated the Guru Purab with prayers for enduring peace in Lebanon.

The Priest of the battalion delivered a holy sermon yesterday during the celebrations in which he prayed for permanent peace in Lebanon, a release from the regiment said.

Hundreds of people from all segments of the society turned up for the 'Langar' (community kitchen). The entire Indian community of UNIFIL got together at the INDBATT Headquarters to celebrate the 537th birthday Guru Nanak Dev.

The event ended on a social harmonious note which was displayed to the august gathering in true Indian tradition and spirit, the release said.

The Indian contingent was awarded the Force Commander's Unit Citation for its commendable service during the war in southern Lebanon recently.

Seventythree officers and soldiers from the regiment were given Force Commander's Commendation Card for their good work.

Friday, November 03, 2006

You Open For Business?

Time Out Beirut is back in the market after stopping during the war
that's an interesting article in it today , that talks about the orange house, remember it?

Picking up the Pieces
Southern Lebanon made the headlines for all the wrong reasons this summer. We went back to find out what life is like for people now the news agenda has moved on.
‘I don’t suppose you’re open for business again yet?’ I ask Mona Khalil over the phone. She and her associate, Habiba Syed were trapped in their Orange House bed and breakfast on the Tyre-Naqqoura road for the first weeks of the war, as Israel bombarded the south. “We only lost one bedroom and one bathroom, so we’re still open, yes,” she answers. You have to love the Lebanese in times of hardship.

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US' Lebanon plot claim rejected

Syria and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah have rejected US accusations that they are seeking to topple the Lebanese government with Iran's help.

Damascus denounced US "rumours", while Hezbollah accused the US of using Lebanon as a tool against its enemies.
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Thursday, November 02, 2006

US: Syria, Iran planning to topple Lebanese gov't

please guys easy tigers..
take it easy ya 3azizi...

if anything gets very very messed up in lebanon soon , ie , walid jumblatt and nasrallah showing their muscles to each other, this will only mean that israel has won the war again over lebanon...

This is worse than cluster bombs , or destroyed bridges or F&*$#ed infrastructure... this is the people of the same blood and place fighting ...cain and abel ....why ???

youhooo... we do not want people to go to the streets from both sides and we do not want to show the whole world that we can slide easily into chaos because they distabilised us wether it is syria, iran , the US , france , the world ... please God ! arghhhhh it makes me sick! very sick ...

The following is from Ynet the israeli source, but still i have been hearing very bad news out from lebanon...aiib....
US: Syria, Iran planning to topple Lebanese gov't

US says has evidence, Syria, Iran and Hizbullah are plotting to topple democratically elected Lebanese government

Associated Press

Published: 11.01.06, 20:50

The White House charged Wednesday that "mounting evidence" shows Syria and Iran are joining with Hizbullah in plans to topple the Lebanese government.



Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Low times for pot smokers

Lebanon war causes pot prices to spike

Pot prices rise eightfold due to shortage caused by heightened security on northern and southern borders

Low times for pot smokers: A newspaper report in Israel indicates that the war in Lebanon during the summer between Israel and Hizbullah has dramatically raised the prices of cannabis in Israel, sending pot smokers everywhere into a frenzy.

According to a report in Yedioth Ahronoth Tuesday, the prices of cannabis have increased eight-fold since the beginning of the war.

The high price of the narcotic is estimated to be a direct result of supply shortages due to heightened security on Israel's northern border with Lebanon. For many years the border with Lebanon has been fertile ground for drug trafficking into Israel, many times with full cooperation between Israeli citizens and Hizbullah terrorists from across the border.

Last month, Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter visited the village of Ghajar on the northern border and received a security briefing on the security and narcotics situation in the village which is split between Israel and Lebanon.

A senior officer said during the briefing that "while we are sitting here, dozens of kilos of drugs are making their way into Israel through the village." He explained that local citizens of the village are used by Hizbullah terrorists to gather intelligence about Israel in return for drugs coming in from Lebanon and called it "an equation of drugs for terrorism and intelligence."

The security situation in the southern border with Egypt has also hampered the efforts of smugglers to bring pot into Israel. The IDF's efforts to prevent weapons and explosives from reaching the Gaza Strip have also resulted in a shortage of drugs for the consumers in Israel.

Mystery of Israel's secret uranium bomb

Alarm over radioactive legacy left by attack on Lebanon
Published: 28 October 2006

Did Israel use a secret new uranium-based weapon in southern Lebanon this summer in the 34-day assault that cost more than 1,300 Lebanese lives, most of them civilians?

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Olmert apologizes to Germany's Merkel for Lebanon plane incident

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert phoned German Chancellor Angela Merkel Sunday to apologize for the incident that took place last week between Israel Air Force planes and a German naval vessel off the coast of Lebanon. Olmert made the call to strengthen Merkel's position, government sources in Jerusalem said. The sources added that Merkel had been been roundly criticized by her political opposition, which is against the deployment of troops in Lebanon due to the risk to German forces, as well as the risk of impairing the special relationship between Germany and Israel.

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