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I. September 8,12,13 UN Reports on Lebanon

1. Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of
Security Council resolution 1701 (2006)

2. Letter dated 8 September 2006 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL))

3. Letter dated 13 September 2006 from the President of the Security Council addressed to the Secretary-General (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL))

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United Nations Security Council

PROGRAMME OF MEETINGS AND AGENDA

SCHEDULED MEETINGS

Monday, 18 September 2006

10.30 a.m. Consultations of the whole (closed) - Consultations Room

- Middle East (Lebanon)

The Security Council is scheduled to hold a private meeting this morning for consultations on Lebanon, during which the Secretary-General will brief on resolution 1701.

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October 8, 2006

Breaking News

Debkafile Reporting today that:

Tehran and Damascus are gearing up for a pre-emptive Syrian attack on Israel to ward off a US strike on Iran’s nuclear sites

October 8, 2006, 9:52 AM (GMT+02:00)

Our military and Washington sources read as preparatory justification the Syrian ruler Bashar Asad’s statement Saturday, Oct. 7, that he expects an Israeli attack.

He was speaking in an interview to Kuwaiti paper al-Anba.

Asad’s Iranian-backed war plan would serve the purpose of forcing the Americans to divide their military assets between a strike against Iran and the defense of their allies in the Persia Gulf, Israel and US forces in Iraq. Both are seriously looking at a Syrian attack on the Golan which would escalate into a full-blown Syrian-Israeli war and a second Hizballah assault from Lebanon...

This Story and more in our [ INTEL ] section 

Daily News Briefs
- Berri on Landmark Visit to Saudi Arabia
- Construction Delay Return of Students to Public Schools
- Casualty Toll from Israeli Bomblets on the Rise
- German Mag: Hizbullah's Rockets Could Reach Turkey
- Kassir's Widow Attends Memorial of Bayeux

- Rice Concludes Middle East Tour with Blair Meeting

These and more in our [ News ] section

Commentary / Analysis  
- The Accidental Prime Minister Special Report WSJ
- Inside Hezbollah, Big Miscalculations
- Rice's Tour Yields Little Progress on Key Issues
- Disapp. with Iran Refusal to Halt Uranium Enrichment

These and more in our [ Commentary/Analysis ] section 

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STATEMENTS MADE TODAY IN LEBANON

Siniora & Hariri at an Iftar

Siniora - "NOT ACCEPTABLE THAT LEBANON BE TRANSFORMED INTO AN ARENA OF REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONFLICTS"

Siniora - "LEBANON NO LONGER ACCEPTS SYRIAN TUTELAGE"

Siniora - "SYRIA HAS TO GET USE TO THE IDEA OF A FREE AND SOVEREIGN LEBANON"

Siniora - "ONCE THE SHEBAA FARMS ARE LIBERATED LEBANON WILL GO BACK TO THE TRUCE AGREEMENT WITH ISREAL"

Kabbani - Higher Judicial Islamic Council headed by The spiritual leader of Lebanon’s Sunnis, the Grand Mufti Sheik Mohammed Rashid Kabbani - expressed its support for the Siniora Government.

Hariri - LEBANONS SALVATION IS IN THE TAEF ACCORDS AND THE SINIORA GOVERNMENT - NOT IN THE THREATENING DISCOURSES WHICH AIMS AT OUSTING THE GOVERNMENT.

Hariri - LEBANON IS HOME TO ALL RELIGIONS AND SECTS AND NO ONE SECT COULD DOMINATE THE OTHER

Hariri - POINTED THAT THE SYRIAN REGIME HAD PROBLEMS WITH THE MARCH 14 MOVEMENT'S RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES, BUT THAT SYRIA IS DESPERATE TO MAKE RELATIONS WITH THE US GOVERNMENT.

Hariri - SYRIA DOESN'T WANT AN INTERNATIONAL COURT BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY WERE INVOLVED IN THE RAFIC HARIRI KILLING.

Jumblatt - Al-Sharq Al-Awsat - LAHOUD MUST LEAVE

Jumblatt - ASKING FOR NATIONAL UNITY GOVERNMENT HAD A SOLE AND CLEAR PURPOSE - STOPPING THE CREATION OF AN INTERNATIONAL COURT BECAUSE THE FATE OF THE SYRIAN REGIME DEPENDED ON IT"

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Oct. 8, 2006 - (WCCR) - Speaker of the House Nabih Berri is in Saudi Arabia today on an official visit - meeting with King Abdullah and a number of Saudi officials, seeking to reduce sectarian tensions in Lebanon, improving relations between Muslims in Lebanon and between Lebanon and Syria, also seen by some Arab officials as an opportunity to improve relations with Hezbollah and Saudi Arabia which deteriorated during the month long conflict. Also, the international tribunal and the Government of Siniora - which Saudi Arabia has backed and is pinning its future engagement with on the reconstruction efforts in Lebanon.

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A Hezbollah flag is seen right, as Lebanese soldiers wait for traffic to arrive at checkpoint less than 100 meters (300 feet) from the Lebanese-Israeli border near Kfar Kila, southern Lebanon, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006. The Lebanese army and U.N. peacekeeping forces have been deployed in the south to cement the cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah after the 34-day long war. (AP Photo / Peter Dejong)

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French U.N. peacekeepers with Leclerc tanks are seen at a Lebanese army checkpoint after one of their armoured personel carriers broke down with a mechanical problem while on patrol less than 100 meters (300 feet) from the Lebanese-Israeli border near Kfar Kila, southern Lebanon, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006. The French are patrolling the south of Lebanon as part of the U.N. task monitoring the cease-fire between Hezbollah and Israel. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

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A French U.N. peacekeeper and a Leclerc tank are seen next to a portrait of Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah at a Lebanese army checkpoint after one of the French armoured personel carriers broke down with a mechanical problem while on patrol less than 100 meters (300 feet) from the Lebanese-Israeli border near Kfar Kila, southern Lebanon, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006. The French are patrolling the south of Lebanon as part of the U.N. task monitoring the cease-fire between Hezbollah and Israel. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

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October 7, 2006

Breaking News

U.S. pays to clear cluster bombs
 
The United States is paying $9 million to clear explosives in southern Lebanon, most of them cluster bombs fired by Israel.

Of funds budgeted for munitions clearance since this summer’s Israel-Hezbollah war, $5 million from the Pentagon will go toward “supporting the Lebanese Army Engineer Regiment’s clearing cluster munitions and other unexploded ordinance in south Lebanon,” according to a State Department accounting released Wednesday.

Human rights groups have criticized Israel for using the deadly weapons, which scatter hard-to-find bomblets over a wide area. Some of the cluster-bombs were U.S.-made. Israel has said its actions conformed to international law.

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Daily News Briefs
- Teenage Boy Killed, 14 People Wounded in Clashes
- Aoun: I Will Wear Out Saniora Until He is Gone
- Assad: Political Div in Lebanon Could Lead to an Abyss
- Berri: National Unity Government Requires Harmony
- Fatfat: Al-Qaida is Present in Lebanon
- U.N. War Crimes Prosecutor Hits Out at Doubl Stnds. 
- Malaysian Peacekeepers Preparing for a long Mission
- Palestinian Islamic Extremist Killed in Ein el-Hilweh Camp
- Saniora Urges U.N. over Israeli Airspace Violations
- Israeli Warplanes Overfly Baalbek, Violating Airspace 

- ISF clashes with protesters in Dahiyeh
- Berri: UNIFIL should confine itself to terms of UN 1701
- Aoun vows to 'exhaust' Siniora / making way unity gov
- Army denies report that Turks to train Leb. Soldiers
- Rizk advances prosecution of Al-Akhbar journalists
- Fadlallah warns public to beware of 'hidden plans'
- UN envoy urges Lebanese to 'take ownership of 1701'
- Light at the end of the tunnel for displaced?

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- White House Press Briefing by Dana Perino
- Briefing En Route London, United Kingdom

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- Sec Gen to give Update on UN SCR 1559 on 19 Oct.

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Commentary / Analysis  
- The Iranian Stand-off casts ominous shadow over Beirut
- Rebuilding Lebanon: the human dimension
- Lebanon's 'dialogue' is devoid of any meaningful content

These and more in our [ Commentary/Analysis ] section 

Intelligence News Update  
- Moscow platoons in S. Leb, “to improve Russia’s image”
- Russian Involvement in the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant
- Iran eyes strategic crude flow route 
- Syrian Info Minister says Media Adopts Resistance Way
- Assad: Syria preparing for Israeli attack

These and more in our [ INTEL ] section 

Cedar's Blog Update  
- Elusive unity - Age-old dilemma on Hizbullah's weapons
- Conundrum Raises Wartime Memories of Yom Kippur Past
- Analysis: Syria still holds the key
- Hezbollah's New Mission - aim at the Lebanese Gov
- Assad: Syria preparing for Israeli attack
- Jumblatt: Assad acting like mafia head
- EU body seeks closer ties with Syria

These and more on our [ BLOG ] Site 

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Samir Geagea's Full Speech Exclusively Available on our website [ LINK ]

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The flag of Qatar flies over the bombed center of the southern city of Bint Jbeil, Lebanon, Saturday Oct. 7, 2006. The flags have been put up all over the city in honour of Qatar's engagement in rebuilding efforts. Bint Jbeil's city center and the surrounding villages were heavily bombed by Israeli forces during the recent 34-day war with Hezbollah fighters, U.N. peacekeepers have been deployed in the area to create a buffer zone aimed at cementing the cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

 

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Despite the fact that fields in Lebanon's south are littered with mines and unexploded ordnance women pick olives near the village of Yarine, Lebanon, Friday Oct. 6, 2006. The 34-day long war between Hezbollahand Israel killed hundreds of Lebanese civilians and left part of the country's infrastructure in ruins, causing billions of dollars in damage to the economy. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

 

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Chief UN warcrimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte, seen here on 03 October 2006, hit out at international double standards, saying some serious crimes such as during the Israel-Lebanon were just simply being ignored.(AFP/File/Dimitar Dilkoff)

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Two Lebanese men remove burned garadge, after the Lebanese police clashed with rioters who burned tires, threw stones and fired guns in protest against attempts to demolish illegal housing in a south Beirut neighborhood near the international airport, Lebanon, Friday Oct. 6, 2006. One of the two main roads leading to Beirut airport was closed as several hundred people who were resisting a police raid to remove illegal shacks and structures rioted in the afternoon, but the main road linking the facility with the city itself remained open. Police said at least five people suffered gunshot wounds, but it was not immediately clear whether they were wounded by fire from the rioters or police officers.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

 

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A Lebanese man points to the one of the houses that he says was built illegaly, in a south Beirut neighborhood near the international airport, Lebanon, Friday Oct. 6, 2006. Police clashed with rioters who burned tires, threw stones and fired guns in protest against attempts to demolish illegal housing. Police said at least five people suffered gunshot wounds, but it was not immediately clear whether they were wounded by fire from the rioters or police officers. The rioters blocked one of the two main roads leading to Beirut airport where it passes through the city's southern suburbs. The main highway to the airport remained open, however.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

 

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A Lebanese boy shows empty bullet casings, after shiite Muslim rioters set car tires on fire, threw stones and fired their guns as they clashed with police in a south Beirut neighborhood near the international airport, Lebanon, Friday Oct. 6, 2006. One of the two main roads leading to Beirut airport was closed as several hundred people who were resisting a police raid to remove illegal shacks and structures rioted in the afternoon, but the main road linking the facility with the city itself remained open. Police said at least four people were wounded by gunfire. The neighborhood is a stronghold of Hezbollah but the militant group has stayed out of the clash.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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A United Nations flag flutters as Israeli warplanes fly over the southern Lebanese village of al-Tiri in September 2006. Israeli warplanes were flying low over the Bekaa Valley and its main town of Baalbek, both strongholds of Hezbollah in eastern Lebanon, an AFP correspondent has said.(AFP/File/Hassan Ammar)

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Oct 6, 2006

Breaking News

Johnny Abdo: Former Lebanese Army Intelligence Chief and Ambassador to France says: 'Lebanese Party,' Not Hizbullah, Involved in Bombings

Former Ambassador Johnny Abdo has said a "Lebanese party" and not Hizbullah was involved in the series of bombings and assassinations that struck the country last year.
"A Lebanese party, not Hizbullah, is involved in the bombings that took place after March 14," Abdo, who resides in France, told Giselle Khoury's "Bil Arabi" program on Al Arabiya TV channel on Thursday.

He also warned that Premier Fouad Saniora, Parliament's majority leader Saad Hariri and Druze leader Walid Jumblat were "in the sphere of danger."

About Hizbullah's demands for a national unity government, Abdo said such attempts are aimed at undermining efforts to set up an international tribunal to try ex-Premier Rafik Hariri's assassins.

Such an attempt, Abdo said, "could be summarized in undermining the international tribunal and next year's presidential elections, and aim at creating a vacuum."

He also described Hizbullah's victory as "strategic" and said it was "wrong to talk about the fate of Hizbullah's arms in this period."

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From our Archives - Who is Johnny Abdo?

Thursday, April 28, 2005
Johnny Abdo Says Assad was Aware of Hariri's Murder Beforehand

Lebanon's former Intelligence Chief Johnny Abdo has publicly accused Syria's secret service apparatus and affiliated Lebanese security departments in President Lahoud's regime of assassinating ex-Premier Hariri, asserting that President Assad was aware of the murder beforehand.

Abdo, who headed the army's intelligence apparatus during the 1976-1982 reign of the late President Elias Sarkis in the early years of the civil war and one of the most famous intelligence officers in Lebanon for the last few decades. He was a very close friend to Rafic Hariri and his family, made the charge in an interview aired by Hariri's FUTURE-TV network Wednesday night April 27, 2005. The accusation was highlighted by the Beirut press Thursday morning.

Abdo, who served also as Lebanon's ambassador to France after the civil war and before his retirement, has singled out Brig. Gen. Mustafa Hamadan, Lahoud's closest military aide who commands the army's presidential brigade, had set up with other officers a unit that long shadowed Hariri before the assassination.

Hamdan, Abdo charged, was behind attempts to remove vital evidence from the assassination scene at the St. George beach resort in downtown Beirut, including cars wrecked by the one-ton bomb blast. He also attempted to clean up the location, Abdo said.

"All this suggested that there were executing assassins and others trying to cover up," Abdo said.

Asked by interviewer Ali Hamadeh whether he believed that Syrian President Bashar Assad was aware that these intelligence services have assassinated Hariri, Abdo said "yes

The Presidential Palace on Thursday issued a statement denying Abdo's accusation to Hamdan, saying it was baseless.
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Daily News Briefs
- Saniora 'I'm Prime Minister of all the Lebanese' [ News ] 
- Berri on a U.S. No-Fly List [ News ]
- Berri Warns Israel If Shabaa Not Liberated [ News ] 
- Greenpeace: 2 Million in Lebanon - Toxic Risks [ News ] 
- Turkish Frigate Sets Sail for Lebanon [ News ] 
- Bulgaria Approves Sending Naval Force [ News ]
- Italy's Prime Minister Prodi in Beirut Next Week [ News ] 
- U.N. Force to Reach Half-strength by Mid Oct [ News ]
- Norwegian Red Cross Sends 10 Ambulances [ News ]
- U.N.: ICC Should Investigate Israel War Crimes [ News ] 
- Aoun: Lebanon's Future Not Built in Embassies [ News ]

- Siniora vows to remain in office [ News ] 
- Berri: Lebanon imperiled now [ News ] 
- Lahoud accuses Chirac hampering investigation[ News ]
- Ankara prepares to join UN forces in Lebanon [ News ] 
- Activist asks UN rights panel to help try Israelis [ News ]
- South adjusts to new phase [
News ]

Commentary / Analysis Special

- Lebanon's combustible mix [ Comm/Analy ]
- What Assad needs to do [ Comm/Analy ]
- Charting a path in the Mideast [ Comm/Analy ]
- UNHCR reaches out to families in Bekaa [ Comm/Analy ]
- Left in Lebanon: A million bomblets [ Comm/Analy ]
- In Syria, Converting, Hezbollah's Gains [ Comm/Analy ]
- Syria -U.S. Emb Attack Planned in S.Arab [ Comm/Analy ]
- A choice Christians can't afford to make [ Comm/Analy
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UN Special

- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING Oct 5, 2006 [ UN Docs ]
- UN presence helps stimulate local economy [ UN Docs ]
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING Oct 4, 2006 [ UN Docs ]
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING Oct 3, 2006 [ UN Docs ]
- UN peacekeepers rules of engagement [ UN Docs ]
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING Oct 2, 2006 [ UN Docs ]
- Lebanese army moves into South
[ UN Docs ]

Special Section Sec Rice's Travels
Secretary Condoleezza Rice Travels in the Region

- Briefing En Route Baghdad, Iraq [ US GOV ]
- Democracy Discussion With Print Media [ US GOV ]
- Interview With Amal Hammady Nile TV [ US GOV ]
- Interview With Randa el Azem of Al Arabiya [ US GOV ] 
- Remarks With Egyptian Foreign Minister  [ US GOV ]
- Remarks With Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister [ US GOV ]
- Briefing En Route Shannon, Ireland [ US GOV ]

- Update on United States Aid to Lebanon [ US GOV ]

 

Policy Focus #60
Lessons and Implications of the Israel-Hizballah War: A Preliminary Assessment
David Makovsky and Jeffrey White

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A frigate sails of the coast of south Lebanon, July 2006. Turkey will dispatch a frigate to Lebanon on Friday and deploy a unit of engineers in the south of the country next week as part of its contribution to the enlarged UN peacekeeping operation there, the NTV news channel reported.(AFP/Pool/File/Eric Feferberg)

 

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A picture made available by Greenpeace shows a Greenpeace diver handing his colleague shell fish samples he got from under water near a destroyed Lebanese electricity power plant that was hit by an Israeli raid in the July-August war. Two million residents of Lebanon, about half the population, could face health risks posed by toxic releases from Israeli bombing, Greenpeace warned.(AFP/Greenpeace-HO)

 

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An Egyptian soccer fan flashes a V sign and a poster showing Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah during a friendly soccer match between Egypt and Lebanon to raise money for victims of the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah , in Cairo, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006. (AP Photo)

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Oct 5, 2006

Sections Updated Today

- Latest News [ News ]

Daily News Briefs
- Maronite Bishops Warn of 'Clandestine Motives' [ News ]
- Lebanese Army Warns Hunters [
News ]
- Siddiq: No Value in Lahoud's Amnesty Grant [
News ]
- Cleanup to Start in Days at Byblos Castle [
News ]
- Turkey Reportedly to Deploy Troops [
News ]
- Russian FM: Kidnapped Israeli Soldiers Alive [
News ] 
- Fears Over Lawlessness / Ain el-Hilweh [
News ]
- Rights Experts to UNSC:Violations During War [
News ]
- Irish Government Approves Plans / Troops [
News ] 
- Lebanese Army Prevents Protesting [
News ]
- Two Lebanese Men Wounded by Ordnance [
News ]
- Russia Sends 2 Chechnya Units to Lebanon [
News ]

- Army prevents demonstration at border [ News ]
- Hizbullah intercepted Israeli comm during war [
News ] 
- Bishops' Council ties calls for unity government [
News ]
- Visiting MPs aim to shape Australian policy [
News ]
- Army prevents demonstration at border [
News ] 
- Statement from the Daily Star Publisher [
News ]
- Lahoud requests update on Siddiq extradition  [
News ]
- Vetting process for Constitutional Council  [
News ]
- UN rebuffs criticism from both Israel, Hizbullah [
News ]

- Hizballah Shuts Reoccupied S. Lebanese Bases to Lebanese and UN forces [ INTEL ]

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Swiss Jean Ziegler, UN Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on the Right to Food, gestures during a press briefing after his recent visit to Lebanon and his report to the UN Human Rights Council, at the United Nations building in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006. (AP Photo/Martial Trezzini) 

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Tourists in a boat drive past an ancient fortress at the Phoenician port city of Byblos whose foundations are seen blackened by scum from an oil spill, in this picture taken on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2006. According to UNESCO, three of Lebanon's five World Heritage sites are in need of urgent repairs following this summer's Israel-Hezbollah war. Ruins at Byblos, whose history stretches back 7,000 years, have been stained by a massive oil spill caussed by Israel's bombing of fuel storage tanks at a power plant in mid-July.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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A tourist looks at columns at the Roman ruins of Baalbek in eastern Lebanon, in this picture taken on Thursday Aug. 21, 2006 . According to UNESCO, three of Lebanon's five World Heritage sites are in need of urgent repairs following this summer's Israel-Hezbollah war. Experts said already existing cracks in the temples of Baalbek may have widened because of vibrations from bombings in the area.(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

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A Russian soldier drives a military truck being offloaded from a Russian plane - The Giant Antonov AN-124 Ruslan - at Beirut international airport, Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006, carrying 17 soldiers and 80 tons of equipment. Russia, who began airlifting equipment and troops Tuesday from a military engineering unit to Lebanon to aid the war-battered country's reconstruction, will send about 300 soldiers and 130 tons of equipment. The unit, which will rebuild bridges destroyed during the 34-day war in Lebanon, will not take part in peacekeeping operations. Russia has not contributed troops to the 5,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping contingent in southern Lebanon. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Tawil)

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The body of Lebanese-American Hezbollah fighter Radwan Anwar Saleh is lowered into its grave in Yaroun, southern Lebanon, Tuesday Oct. 3, 2006. Residents said Saleh was killed early on in the July 12 - Aug. 14 fighting but his body was retrieved only after Israeli troops withdrew from the area on Sunday Oct. 1, 2006. Saleh also carried U.S. citizenship and had returned to his native Yaroun from California in 1998. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

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October 4, 2006

Sections Updated Today

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Daily News Briefs
- UNIFIL Will Act 'Forcefully' Against Any Threat [ News ] 
- Rice Calls for Rearming the Lebanese Army [ News ] 
- Saudi Doctors Battle for Hearts/Minds Lebanon [ News ]
- First Russian troops land in capital [ News ]
- Israeli warplanes violate Lebanese airspace [ News ]
- UN faults both sides for 'serious violations' [ News ]
- Politicians call for thaw [ News ] 
- Druze Council candidates for spiritual leader [ News ]

 

October 3, 2006

Sections Updated Today

- Latest News [ News ]

- Cedar's Revolution Blog [ BLOG ]

- Commentary / Analysis [ Commentary/Analysis

Daily News Briefs
- Rice Wants Saudi Involvement in Lebanon [ News ]
- Four U.N. Experts: Israel, Hizbullah Report [ News ]
- U.N. Peacekeepers Set Rules of Engagement [ News ]
- U.N.: Israel Should Face War Crimes Probe [ News ]
- Hizbullah Buries Lebanese-American Fighter [ News ]
- Javier Solana: EU to Help Modernize Leb Army[ News ]
- Russians Arrive in Lebanon [ News ]
- Ghajar & Tension with Israel [ News ]
- Hariri Warns of Internal Strife
  [ News ]

Commentary / Analysis 

- Offer Reform to Hizbullah's Weapons [ Commentary/Analysis ]

Special Sections

- New - Page Samir Geagea's Full Speech Exclusively Available Here [ LINK ]

 

Sept 29, 2006

Brammertz Briefs Security Council on Progress in Hariri Murder Probe

U.N. chief investigator Serge Brammertz on Friday briefed the Security Council on former premier Rafik Hariri's murder, underscoring progress in his probe but calling for continued international backing.

He said his enquiry panel "is satisfied with the progress made so far" but needs help and full support from U.N. member states on technical, legal and judicial matters relevant to the investigation.

Brammertz at the UNSC - Video Here from the UN

29 September 06

Security Council: The situation in the Middle East.
[Webcast: Archived Video - English: 34 minutes]
[Webcast: Archived Video - Original Language: 34 minutes]

 

Sept 28, 2006

New Page Samir Geagea's Full Speech Exclusively Available Here [ LINK ]

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- Lebanon Government Picture News [ GovPictNews ]

- Picture News [ LebPictNews ]

Daily News Briefs
- Lebanon urges EU to pressure US on ME [ News

- Lebanon's premier doing 'all they can' to ensure no armed group [ News

 - Saniora to Israel: End Occupation Immediately [ News ]
- Olmert Doesn't Predict Violent Conflict Soon [ News ]
- Halutz: Israeli Soldiers Can Shoot Throwers [ News ]
- Lahoud Unleashes his Rage on Chirac [ News ]
- Occupiers, peacekeepers disarm hizbullah [ News ]
- Hizbullah number two lashes out at Siniora [ News ]

 

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Lebanon's Prime Minister Fouad Siniora answers questions during a press briefing at the European parliament in Strasbourg, September 27, 2006. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE)

 

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Lebanon's top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hassan Fadlallah speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in the Shiite stronghold suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006. Fadlallah, who recently dubbed President Bush 'the devil's messenger,' launched another blistering attack on the U.S. leader Wednesday, saying his policies have turned the region into a 'hell' of violence and strife. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

 

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Belgian soldiers, who are joining the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), board an aircraft heading for Lebanon at Melsbroek military airport near Brussels September 27, 2006. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir (BELGIUM)

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Sept 27, 2006

Sections Updated Today

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- Cedar's Revolution Blog [ BLOG ]
- Commentary / Analysis [ Commentary/Analysis ]

Daily News Briefs
- Israel Stealing Wazzani River's Waters [ News ]
- Fadlallah Every Sect Except his Wants Leb [ News ]
- Syria, Lebanon praise latest UN report [ News ]
- SAAD HARIRI - BLASTS THE OPPOSITION [ News ]
- Lebanese Army Patrols Syrian Border [ News ]
- Rice Warns of Possible Murder Attempts [ News ]
- Hizbullah moving rockets to Palestinian camps [ News ]
- Former PMs offer formula for Hizbullah to disarm [ News ]
- Exclusive Fifth Brammertz Report [Download]

Commentary / Analysis 

- Analysts: US Image Slipped in Slipped in Lebanon After Israel-Hezbollah War [ Commentary/Analysis ]

Special Sections

- New - State Dept Dina Powell - Just back from Beirut Announces USA Lebanese Partnership Program [Website] 

BREAKING NEWS - SAAD HARIRI

After Geagea, Jumblatt - NOW SAAD HARIRI - BLASTS THE OPPOSITION.


 

"THIS GOVERNMENT REPRESENTS ALL THE LEBANESE"

HARIRI DEMANDED THE RESPECT OF AGREEMENTS WHICH CALLED FOR THE DISARMING OF ALL MILITIAS IN LEBANON

HARIRI SAYS HEZBOLLAH WANTS SENIORA TO PAY THE PRICE FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF LEBANON

HARIRI REJECTS HEZBOLLAH LEADER DENOUNCING BROTHERLY ARAB STATES THAT STOOD BEHIND LEBANON DURING THIS WAR, i.e.Saudi Arabia

- Beirut - The head of the parliamentary majority in Lebanon, MP Saad Hariri, rejected on Tuesday a cabinet change after militant Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah called for a government of national unity.[ News ]

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Lebanese Army Helicopters Patrol Lebanon-Syria Border for 1st Time

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Lebanese army helicopters have started patrolling the Lebanon-Syria border for the first time, Lebanese security officials and witnesses said Wednesday.

Air Force helicopters began over-flights along Lebanon's eastern and northern borders with Syria in an attempt to control the porous frontier and help prevent smuggling operations, said the officials. The move was expected to help meet a key requirement of a U.N.-brokered cease-fire resolution that ended 34 days of fighting between Hizbullah fighters and Israeli troops last month.[ News ]
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Rice Describes Lebanon Situation as 'Very Fragile,' Warns of Possible Murder Attempts
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said the situation in Lebanon was still "very fragile" following the Israeli offensive on Lebanon, and warned of possible assassination attempts of figures associated with the March 14 group and the moderate consensus.

Rice also said that "what really is going on in the Middle East, the kind of sharpening between extremist forces and moderate forces," adding that "what will be interesting and important is how that plays out over the next, now, probably several years."

"But on the one side, clearly, the moderate Arab states, Saudi, Egypt, Jordan, the weak but democratizing moderates in Iraq, Lebanon,– and by that, I mean Maliki, Saniora, Abu Mazen in the Palestinian Territories; and then on the other side, Hizbullah, Hamas, and really supported by Iranian influence and sort of Syrian transit," she said.

Rice's remarks came in three separate interviews with the N.Y. Times, The N.Y. Post and the Washington Post released Monday and Tuesday.[ News ]

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Hizbullah moving rockets to Palestinian camps

Lebanese officials say terror group transporting rockets, heavy weaponry to Palestinian camps in south of country, just few miles from Israeli border
Aaron Klein, WND

Hizbullah has been transporting rockets and heavy weaponry to Palestinian camps in south Lebanon just a few miles from the Israeli border, according to Lebanese officials.

The officials told WND the office of Lebanese Prime Minister Faud Sinora sent a letter last week to Abbas Zakir, the Palestinian Authority's most senior representative in Lebanon, outlining the alleged Hizbullah weapons transfers into Palestinian camps. The letter noted "unusual activity" in and near the Palestinian camps, including the coming and going of trucks suspected of carrying weapons. [ INTEL ]

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Former PMs offer formula for Hizbullah to disarm

Daily Star staff
Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Former PMs offer formula for Hizbullah to disarm

BEIRUT: A gathering of former prime ministers said on Tuesday that Hizbullah would disarm when all occupied Lebanese territory was liberated and all detainees were freed. [ News ]

 

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President Meets with Business Leaders on Lebanon Private Sector Initiative
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Bush Meets Business Leaders On Lebanon Aid
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25 September 2006
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President Bush has met with a group of American business leaders who are raising private funds to help the people of Lebanon. The president says they are working with U.S. government officials to strengthen the Lebanese economy and support Lebanon's young democratically elected government, following the conflict between Israel and Lebanese-based Hezbollah militants [ News ]

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Sept 25, 2006

President Meets with Business Leaders on Lebanon Private Sector Initiative

President George W. Bush addresses the media during a meeting with business leaders on Lebanon Private Sector Initiative in the Oval Office Monday, Sept. 25, 2006. Seated next to President Bush is CEO John Chambers of Cisco Systems. Participants also include Chairman Craig Barret of Intel Corp., CEO Ray Irani of Occidental Petroleum Corp., and Chairman Yousif Ghafari of Ghafari, Inc. "Our goal, and our mission, is to help Lebanese citizens and Lebanese businesses not only recover, but to flourish, because we believe strongly in the concept of a democracy in Lebanon," said President Bush. White House photo by Eric Draper

President George W. Bush addresses the media during a meeting with business leaders on Lebanon Private Sector Initiative in the Oval Office Monday, Sept. 25, 2006. Seated next to President Bush is CEO John Chambers of Cisco Systems. Participants also include Chairman Craig Barret of Intel Corp., CEO Ray Irani of Occidental Petroleum Corp., and Chairman Yousif Ghafari of Ghafari, Inc. "Our goal, and our mission, is to help Lebanese citizens and Lebanese businesses not only recover, but to flourish, because we believe strongly in the concept of a democracy in Lebanon," said President Bush. White House photo by Eric Draper

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LF Mass honors fallen members - LIVE FROM - Harissa Lebanon

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Samir Geagea BLASTS the OPPOSITION - "CHOOSE BETWEEN LOYALTY TO LEBANON OR SYRIA"

"The majority of the Lebanese people don't feel victory"

 "The majority of the Lebanese people feel that a major catastrophe has befallen them, throwing their present and future up in the air" 

"WE ARE THE (true) RESISTANCE (of Lebanon, NOT YOU), WE ARE THE FATHER, MOTHER, and CHILDREN OF THE RESISTANCE"

"BEFORE YOU CLAIM DESIRE FOR ONE UNITED GOVERNMENT - THERE SHOULD ONLY BE ONE GOVERNMENT"

"HEZBOLLAH'S REFUSAL TO DISARM IS THE MAIN CAUSE FOR DIVISIONS IN LEBANON"

"THERE CAN NOT BE A STATE COMPETING WITHIN A STATE" 

"SYRIA STILL DOESN'T RECOGNIZE LEBANON AS A STATE"

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Geagea to Hizbullah: Choose Between Loyalty to Lebanon or Syria
Christian leader Samir Geagea defied Hizbullah and its followers to prove loyalty for Lebanon before demanding a change in government, insisting that allegiance to Syria would not achieve national unity.

In a massive rally that attracted tens of thousands of Christians, almost matching the masses that gathered Friday for Hizbullah's so-called 'divine victory' congregation, Geagea said it was impossible for any Lebanese faction "to act unilaterally and demand a national unity government. They have to first accept national unity and then demand a government of national unity," Geagea said at the rally in the Kisrwan stronghold of Harissa under a giant statue of the virgin Mary.

Several MPs belonging to the March 14 forces attended the rally, which was held to commemorate the Martyrs of the Lebanese forces during the 1975-1990 civil war.

It was the first time that Geagea, a political prisoner freed from jail in 2005, attended the annual mass.

The rally came two days after the Syrian-backed Hizbullah held a massive demonstration in Beirut attended by hundreds of thousands to celebrate its "victory" in the devastating July-August war with Israel.

Geagea send a strong warning to Hizbullah that its refusal to disarm was the main cause of recent divisions in Lebanon, reminiscent of the splits that caused the 1975 civil war. "The nation shall rise only when we find a solution to the weapons … there can not be a state competing with a statelet," he said backing allegations that Hizbullah had evolved into a state within a state challenging national sovereignty.

In an effort to reassure skeptics worried about interference in Lebanon's internal affairs with the influx of international forces to Lebanon under the banner of the United Nations, Geagea said "rest assured UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) will not interfere in our internal affairs nor will we allow it."

Geagea insisted Syria still did not recognize Lebanon as an independent, sovereign country and as such it refuses to demarcate the borders. "To date Syria is still striving to wrest control of Lebanon," Geagea said.

Indirectly referring to Hizbullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah speech on Friday, Geagea said there were factions in Lebanon that are seeking to undermine the 1989 Taef agreement that ended the civil war.

"Before demanding a national unity government they must work to achieve national unity," Geagea said. "They can not take pride in relations with Syria and at the same time claim allegiance to Lebanon."  Naharnet
Beirut, 24 Sep 06, 15:20

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Forces (LF) are celebrating their annual Mass Sunday in commemoration of fallen members for the first time in 11 years in the presence of leader Samir Geagea. The event, which will be honoring 5,000 members of the LF who have died since the party's inception, mainly during the Civil War, with a special speech to be delivered by Geagea, according to sources in the party.

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Geagea scoffs at Hizbullah's claims of 'victory'
Tens of thousands attend rally to honor slain Lebanese Forces members

Compiled by Daily Star staff
Monday, September 25, 2006

Geagea scoffs at Hizbullah's claims of 'victory'

Anti-Syrian Christian leader Samir Geagea scoffed Sunday at Hizbullah's claims of victory in the war with Israel and avowals that it wanted a strong state in Lebanon. "We are the victors, and yet we do not feel it was victory but rather that a real catastrophe befell our country, and that our fate and destiny are at the mercy of the winds," the Lebanese Forces (LF) leader and member of the "March 14" political group told a rally attended by tens of thousands of supporters.

Crowds flocked to the hilltop Maronite cathedral in Harissa north of Beirut, site of a giant statue of the Virgin Mary, for a mass at the rally, which was staged as a memorial for LF "martyrs" who were killed during the 1975-1990 Civil War.

"We are the victors because it was us who were demanding the [Lebanese] Army's deployment [in South Lebanon], backed by UNIFIL [peacekeepers], while they were opposed," said Geagea.

In a reference to Hizbullah, Geagea said: "Some say that they support the formation of a strong, just and capable state while their acts are hampering the creation of such a state."

"They demand a strong state, but how can a strong state be built with a statelet within its midst? How can it be done with arms and ammunition continuing to flow in, when they force the state to follow their own schedule?" asked Geagea.

"We say to them that once we find a solution to the arms, it will be possible to build a strong state," he said, remaining calm throughout his speech.

"Those tears expressed the exact feelings of the people," he said, referring to Nasrallah's criticism of Premier Fouad Siniora, who wept openly while describing destruction during the war.

It was "out of the question to speak of victory," after more than 1,200 people were killed in Lebanon alone, overwhelmingly civilians, and billions of dollars in damage were inflicted on the country, he said.

The annual event, which was held this year for the first time in 11 years in the presence of the LF leader, came two days after Hizbullah held a giant demonstration in Beirut attended by hundreds of thousands to celebrate what it called a victory in the devastating war with Israel.

For the first time in 12 years, Geagea entered Harissa Cathedral accompanied by his wife, Strida, amid the applause of thousands of LF supporters.

"They said the resistance had protected Lebanon from falling into a civil war ... We say that Lebanese leaders and people are the ones who kept Lebanon away from a civil war," Geagea said. "We are the resistance and we will always be. As we were heroes of the military resistance, we will also be heroes of the peaceful political resistance."

Geagea also said that no weapon would stop his party's calls for Hizbullah to disarm.

"They say that there is no army in the world capable of making them drop their weapons ... We say that there is no weapon that can make us accept this fact," he said.

He added that power could not be measured by the arsenal one had but by unity among all Lebanese parties.

The event drew mainly Christian Lebanese from several regions, notably from the North and Beirut. The crowd chanted: "God, Lebanon, and the doctor [Geagea's nickname] only."

Tens of thousands of supporters blocked the roads to the cathedral. MPs and ministers rode in cable cars to get to the hilltop, with reports that Social Affairs Minister Nayla Mouawad hitched a ride on the back of a motorcycle. Justice Minister Charles Rizk was unable to make it due to the heavy traffic on the roads.

With their white LF flags bearing the cedar tree symbol of Lebanon and their shirts stamped with the sharpened cross of the right-wing party, young supporters chanted slogans against both Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and his ally, General Michel Aoun.

Among the attendees were: Archbishop Roland Abu Jaoude representing Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir, as well as Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Michel Pharaon and Future Movement MP Riad Rahal representing Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and Speaker Nabih Berri, respectively.

Prominent March 14 Forces were also present at the event, including former President Amin Gemayel. But, the main two March 14 Forces leaders, parliamentary majority leader MP Saad Hariri and Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt were not present.

During his speech, Geagea praised Hariri and Jumblatt, saying that Lebanon "would not have risen again had the blood of their martyrs not mixed with that of the LF's martyrs."

He also lashed out at Leb-anese officials who have called for a national unity government.

"There is no national unity government without national unity and apart from the Taif Accord," he said.

"They cannot be proud of their relations with Syria because the latter does want in Lebanon a government and national unity," he added.

"Syria does not want to recognize Lebanon. That is why it is refusing to demarcate the border and establish diplomatic relations with Lebanon."

Regarding the presidential post, Geagea said that Lebanon "lacks balance due to the paralysis in the country's top post."

"We will recover this post sooner or later," he added.

After praising the "LF martyrs," the leader addressed the crowd: "Don't let anyone scare you ... They [martyrs] did not die so we can leave our land, and we won't leave it."

Before attending the Mass, Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamade met with Sfeir for talks on the latest political developments.

"The visit was aimed at conveying Jumblatt's salutations to the prelate and exchanging opinions over the situation in Lebanon," Hamade said after the meeting.

"The prelate's viewpoints are 100 percent compatible with ours," the minister added. - The Daily Star, with AFP

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Nayla Moawad Rides at the Back of a Motorcycle in Harissa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Nahar photo shows Social Affairs Minister Nayla Moawad riding at the back of a motorcycle before arriving at the Harissa Cathedral. The huge crowd on Sunday prevented Moawad's vehicle from reaching the mass and rally held in Harissa to commemorate "martyrs" killed during the bloody 1975-1990 civil war.

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Saniora Hits Back at Hizbullah, Says its Actions Resulted in Re-Occupation
In the Spotlight Prime Minister Fouad Saniora has asserted that the Hizbullah-led war with Israel resulted in 'the re-occupation' of Lebanon, insisting now that the army has moved to the south, it would not allow any armed presence along Israel's border.

Saniora was responding to Hizbullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's speech at 'divine victory rally' in the southern suburbs of Beirut Friday in which the resistance leader launched a scathing attack against Saniora and his cabinet demanding its replacement with a national unity government... [ News ]

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Jumblatt takes issues with Nasrallah 
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MUKHTARA: MP Walid Jumblatt had harsh words on Sunday for Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's "Divine Victory" speech on Friday, adding that his main disagreement with the resistance was its "adherence to the Syrian regime." "We are ready to show solidarity with the Syrian people, but we will not do so with the Syrian regime, which is responsible morally, politically and financially for the series of assassinations which Lebanon has witnessed since [Syrian President] Bashar Assad came to power," Jumblatt said during a meeting with members of the Progressive Socialist Party Youth Organization in Mukhtara.

"Sayyed Hassan, rest your mind, I will not reach an agreement with you. When you separate yourself from the Syrian leadership, I will possibly hold a dialogue with you," the Chouf MP said.

Dismissing the hundreds of thousands of supporters who gathered for the Hizbullah rally last Friday, Jumblatt said: "We are also able to gather a large number of people, but our people are different from theirs, and I insist on that."

"Our people are democratic and open to discussions while theirs are stiff. They have one path and one following, to Syria and Iran," he added.

Commenting on Nasrallah's reference to Hizbullah supporters as "most honorable," the Democratic Gathering parliamentary bloc president asked: "Does he consider us traitors?"

"I don't know why a great Arab and international leader such as Nasrallah uses such words," he added. Jumblatt also addressed Nasrallah's insistence that the resistance will not lay down its arms until there is a "strong, just and capable state"

"The strong, just and capable state is the state of law, one law, with weapons in the hands of the Lebanese Army, and the decision of war and peace is that of the Lebanese state," Jumblatt argued.

The PSP leader noted that Nasrallah had not mentioned the Taif Accord in his speech.

"They already wanted to eliminate Taif so the country would be an open arena for the Islamic Republic's ambitions in the region, which also eases the return of the Syrian regime," he said. - The Daily Star
 
 
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Saturday Sept 23, 2006 - SPECIAL WHITE HOUSE BULLETIN

The White House, President George W. Bush

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 23, 2006

Presidential Delegation to Beirut, Lebanon to Discuss Rebuilding Priorities

President George W. Bush today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Beirut, Lebanon, to visit areas affected by the recent conflict and to meet with Prime Minister Siniora and business leaders to discuss rebuilding priorities.

Four distinguished private-sector leaders - Dr. Craig Barrett, chairman, Intel Corporation; Mr. John Chambers, president and CEO, Cisco Systems; Mr. Yousif Ghafari, chairman, GHAFARI, Inc.; Dr. Ray Irani, chairman, CEO and president, Occidential Petroleum Corporation - will launch a nationwide effort to encourage private donations for reconstruction as a result of this conflict. In the coming days, they will ask Americans to donate directly to a fund set up to provide help to the Lebanese people.

The Honorable Dina Powell, Assistant Secretary of State, will lead the delegation.

Accompanying members of the Presidential Delegation:

The Honorable Jeffrey Feltman, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon

Mr. John Chambers, President and CEO, Cisco Systems

Mr. Yousif Ghafari, Chairman, GHAFARI, Inc.

Dr. Ray Irani, Chairman, CEO and President, Occidental Petroleum Corporation

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Fact Sheet
Bureau of Public Affairs

Washington, DC
September 23, 2006

U.S.-Lebanon Partnership

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"America is making a long-term commitment to help the people of Lebanon because we believe
every person deserves to live in a free, open society that respects the rights of all."

--President George W. Bush

U.S.-Lebanon Partnership
President George W. Bush announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Beirut, Lebanon. Four distinguished American private-sector leaders have agreed to launch a nationwide effort to demonstrate U.S. private-sector support for Lebanon's reconstruction and development. In the coming days, they will ask Americans to donate directly to a fund set up to provide help. This effort will highlight the generosity of the American people. The group has established a fund to raise awareness, and encourage private and corporate donations. This fund will complement the over $230 million in aid pledged by the United States Government and will help the Lebanese people rebuild their homes and lives by restoring bridges and roads, repairing damaged schools, and supporting other humanitarian aid efforts. The United States believes it is important that Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and Lebanon’s young democracy succeed.

The four executives leading this effort include:

  • Craig Barrett, Chairman, Intel Corporation
  • John Chambers, President and CEO, Cisco Systems
  • Dr. Ray Irani, Chairman, President and CEO, Occidental Petroleum Corporation
  • Yousif Ghafari, Chairman, Ghafari, Inc.

This group, led by Assistant Secretary of State Dina Habib Powell, will identify ways that we can tap into the generosity of American businesses and non-profits to continue to help the people of Lebanon.

In order to assess where funds are most needed, and how those resources will be most effectively distributed, the delegation will visit affected areas, survey reconstruction efforts, and meet with Prime Minister Siniora and business leaders to discuss rebuilding priorities. Following the trip, the four executives will meet with President Bush to share their observations and outline subsequent plans.

The fund will be administered by Global Impact, a leading U.S. not-for-profit organization. The fund will be led by an advisory committee consisting of the four corporate leaders as well as one representative from the U.S. Government. This advisory committee will ensure that all funds are directed to relief organizations providing support, supplies, and expertise where they are needed most.

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Bush sending delegation to Lebanon

WASHINGTON - President Bush announced Saturday that he is sending a delegation to Lebanon to meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora and discuss ways to help rebuild his nation left in ruins after this summer's 34 days of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah.

Dina Habib Powell, an Egyptian-born former White House official who is now assistant secretary of state for promoting educational and cultural exchange, will lead the five-member delegation.

The other four delegation members are: Jeffrey Feltman, U.S. ambassador to Lebanon; John Chambers, president and chief executive officer of Cisco Systems; Yousif Ghafari, chairman of GHAFARI Inc.; and Ray Irani, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Occidental Petroleum Corp.

In a statement, the White House also announced that Chambers, Ghafari and Irani along with Craig Barrett, chairman of Intel Corp., are launching a nationwide effort to encourage private donations for reconstruction needed as a result of the conflict. In coming days, the group will ask Americans to donate money to a fund set up to help the Lebanese people, the White House said. (AP)

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Conflicting Views by Hizbullah

"We Are Fighting the Battle of the Islamic Nation, Not of Lebanon" Nasrallah July 16, 2006

"These are Lebanese arms. These are the arms of the Muslims and the Christians, here to protect Lebanon." Nasrallah September 22, 2006

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Nasrallah's Speech DANGEROUS

 

True signs of holding present Government Hostage with his Armed Militia.

 

Nasrallah's Reason for being Armed Changes. Hidden Agenda Evident.

 

He Welcomed to the Demonstrations Today NOT ONLY LEBANESE, But Palestinians, Syrians, Iranians, Kuwaitis.

 

- The Hizbullah chief said he will not tolerate any insult to his people
- Nasrallah said Hizbullah is now stronger than it was before July 12 , has more than 20,000 rockets and UNIFIL will not hurt the fighters’ arsenal
- The current government cannot protect, unite and reconstruct Lebanon, Nasrallah said, adding that a strong state is built through the formation of a government of national unity
- Nasrallah said his group will not give up its arms in a weak Lebanese state incapable of defending itself from the threat of Israel
- Nasrallah admitted there is a real political crisis in Lebanon and urged all Lebanese not to transform such a problem into a sectarian crisis
- No army in the world can dismantle Hizbullah, Nasrallah said
- Nasrallah said the resistance is the one that shielded Lebanon from civil war
- Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said he made his first public appearance since the war despite risks to his and the crowd's safety
- Nasrallah declared a "divine, historic and strategic victory" over Israel

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Portions of Nasrallah's speech were "dangerous." Amin Gemayel.

"He is linking giving up Hizbullah's weapons to regime change in Lebanon and ... to drastic changes on the level of the Lebanese government," Gemayel told the Associated Press. "This is very surprising and dangerous, and leads us to ask, what kind of government does Sayyed Hassan want for what kind of Lebanon?"

Gemayel said Nasrallah on the one hand "extended his hand" to various Lebanese parties, but on the other hand was "confrontational and made some very serious statements."

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Butros Harb, a lawmaker who supports Prime Minister Faud Saniora's Western-backed government, said Hizbullah's refusal to disarm was unacceptable and expressed concern about the provocative nature of the rally.

"We can't have an illegal army at the heart of our state, all weapons must be held by the Lebanese government," he said.

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Fares Soueid, a Christian politician and former MP close to Siniora, insisted that the government would not bend to Hizbullah pressure.

"It will not scare the government of Fouad Siniora," he told Al-Arabiyya television. "It will not fall, not in the street and not because of political speeches."

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Meanwhile, Israel responded quickly to Nasrallah's speech, saying he had issued a challenge to the Lebanese government and the international community.

"The international community can't afford to have this Iranian-funded extremist spit in the face of the organized community of nations," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said.

UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which secured the cessation of hostilities put into effect on August 14, calls for Hizbullah to eventually be stripped of its weapons.

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U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which halted the 34-day confrontations between Israel and Hizbullah, demands the group's disarmament.

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Hezbollah and the Foreign Powers Behind the Problems Facing Lebanon Today - Pictured HERE - Nasrallah, Assad, Ahmadinejad.

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A Hezbollah supporter waves a poster showing pictures of Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, right, Syria's President Bashar Assad, center, and Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, during a Hezbollah 'Victory over Israel' rally, in Beirut's bombed-out suburbs, Lebanon, Friday, Sept. 22, 2006. Nasrallah said Friday his guerrilla force would not give up its weapons until Lebanon was 'strong,' demanding changes in the government as he spoke at a rally of hundreds of thousands of supporters in a defiant challenge to Prime Minister Fuad Saniora. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

 

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Hezbollah supporters wave a poster showing U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with Arabic writing reading 'Don't play with fire, the Shiites would burn you...' and posters of Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, during a Hezbollah 'Victory over Israel' rally, in Beirut's bombed-out suburbs, Lebanon, Friday, Sept. 22, 2006. Hezbollah's leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said Friday his guerrilla force would not give up its weapons until Lebanon was 'strong,' demanding changes in the government as he spoke at a rally of hundreds of thousands of supporters in a defiant challenge to Prime Minister Fuad Saniora. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

 

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A Hizbollah supporter holds a poster showing Iranian President Mohamoud Ahmadinejad (L), Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) and Hizbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah during a rally organised by Hizbollah in a Beirut suburb September 22,2006. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)

 

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Hezbollah supporters wave posters showing drawings of Samir Kantar, a Lebanese man imprisoned in Israel for the killing of three Israelis during an attack in 1979, during a Hezbollah 'victory over Israel' rally, in Beirut's bombed-out suburbs, Lebanon, Friday, Sept. 22, 2006. Hezbollah's leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said Friday his guerrilla force would not give up its weapons until Lebanon was 'strong,' demanding changes in the government as he spoke at a rally of hundreds of thousands of supporters in a defiant challenge to Prime Minister Fuad Saniora. Arabic writing on the poster reads: 'With the resistance... the shackles must be broken' (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Shiite Mufti Critizes Hizbullah

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Intelligence Update

Chavez and Ahmadnijad and Castro - Missiles in Venezuela and Cuba to Threaten US HOMELAND!

DEBKAfile Exclusive: Hugo Chavez signs secret anti-US cooperation pacts with Iran providing bases in Venezuela – and later Cuba – for Iranian intelligence-terror agents

September 21, 2006, 1:15 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran is also pushing hard for similar bases in Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.

Venezuelan and Cuban rulers appear to be more wary of allowing the deployment of Iran-made 2,000-km range Shahab-3 ballistic missiles able to reach US targets, for which Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is pressing.

More in Exclusive Report below about Tehran’s successful quest for bases of subversion as a deterrent against a US air attack on its nuclear facilities. [ INTEL ]

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Quick update on Daily News Briefs - This Column, with Link to Full Story

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Sept 22, 2006

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- Hizbullah supporters gear up for victory rally [ News ]
- German warships set sail to police waters [ News ]
- Poorly equipped army struggles with new role [ News ]
- Lahoud questions UN's credibility on 1701 [ News ]
- Cabinet: Victims of war will wait no more [ News ]
- Franjieh summoned for questioning in libel case [ News ]
- Higher Judicial Council proposes new line-up [ News ]
- MPs head for Kuwait to express gratitude [ News ]
- March 14 members lash out at Assad [ News ]
- Hizbullah assails Fatfat over security reform [ News ]

- Hizbullah Supporters to March En Masse [ News ]
- Shabaa Farmers on Regaining Lost Land [
News ]
- Israel Leaves Behind Deadly Traps [
News ]
- Lahoud Accuses Israel [
News ]
- Spanish Military Engineers coming [
News ]

- Iran Warns Israel to Keep Away from Lebanon [ INTEL ]

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President Emile Lahoud of Lebanon holds up a photograph of a child killed in Qana, Lebanon, in July 2006 during the conflict with Israel, as he addresses the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 21, 2006. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES)

 

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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, and Lebanon's President Emile Lahoud talk at a bilateral meeting at UN headquarters, Thursday Sept. 21, 2006. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)

 

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An aerial view shows Beirut's coastline, as seen from a French U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) helicopter September 21, 2006. REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)

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President Bush in his Address to the United Nations Honors Lebanese Charles Malik - coauthor of the first UN Decleration

"The principles of this world beyond terror can be found in the very first sentence of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document declares that the "equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom and justice and peace in the world." One of the authors of this document was a Lebanese diplomat named Charles Malik, who would go on to become President of this Assembly. Mr. Malik insisted that these principles apply equally to all people, of all regions, of all religions, including the men and women of the Arab world that was his home." President Bush, Sep 19,2006 UN

President Bush's Full Address [ HERE ]

 

President George W. Bush addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York City Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006. "Five years ago, Afghanistan was ruled by the brutal Taliban regime, and its seat in this body was contested. Now this seat is held by the freely elected government of Afghanistan, which is represented today by President Karzai, said President Bush." White House photo by Shealah Craighead

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is Charles Malik [ HERE ]


Charles H. Malik was born in Bitirram in the Koura district of north Lebanon in 1906. He earned a doctorate Ph.D., at Harvard University in 1937 on the metaphysics of time in the philosophies of Alfred North Whitehead and Martin Heidegger.
In 1958-59, he was president of the UN General Assembly's thirteenth session

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Dr. Walid Phares testified Sept 20, 06 before a subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, at a hearing titled, "The Homeland Security Implications of Radicalization.” The hearing was at 1 pm ET in room 2212, Rayburn House Building. [Testimony]

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Dr. Walid Phares: Iran Poised to Be 'Mother of All World Threats' 

Congressional Terrorism-Related Hearings Include Testimony by Walid Phares

By Andrew Cochran

This week's open terrorism-related hearings in the the U.S. Congress include a hearing of the U.S. House International Relations Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation on the subject, "Gauging Islamist Terrorism." Walid Phares will testify at that hearing on Thursday, September 7th, at 2 pm in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Details of the other open terrorism-related hearings are as follows:

September 6, 2006
House Judiciary Committee
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Update
Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on "Legislative Proposals to Update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) (H.R.4976, H.R.5223, H.R.5371, H.R.5825, S.2453, and S.2455)."
Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. 1 p.m.

September 8, 2006
House Government Reform Committee
9/11 Public Health and Safety
National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations field hearing on federally funded programs that register, screen, monitor and treat individuals who were in the vicinity of the World Trade Center (WTC) following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Location: District Council 37, 125 Barclay St., auditorium, New York City, 10:30 a.m.

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Aug 11, 2006 "As soon as a cease-fire occurs, the 'Hezbollah Blitzkrieg' will crumble the 'Lebanese Republic of Weimar' and install its own 'Khumeinist Republic' on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean. The consequences of such a development are far beyond imagination for the region and the world. Hezbollah would have paved the way for Iran to create the mother of all world threats since Hitler."

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CALL THE ENEMY BY THE NAME IT CALLS ITSELF

 
The Sun Sentinel
 
Walid Phares
http://aolsearch.aol.com/aol/imageDetails?invocationType=imageDetails&query=walid+phares&img=http://www.floridaisrael.org/walid.jpg&site=www.floridaisrael.org&host=http://www.floridaisrael.org/walid_phares.html&b=image?query=walid+phares&page=2&userid=443bd88b-0021b-06f68-e4960c40&invocationType=imageTab&clickstreamid=5825325351697931650The organized campaign against the use by government of the term "Islamic fascists" is an indication that the War of Ideas is raging in the center of the War on Terror. In this clash of words and ideas, it is the education of the public, as well as the identity of those who do the educating, that will make a difference. The less informed Americans are about the enemy's ideology, the more Islamist pressure groups can attack the president, congressional and world leaders on rhetoric, blurring the public mobilization.

The term used by the president -- "Islamic fascists" -- when referring to the al-Qaida plotters in London, triggered a wave of negative reactions by Islamist lobbies, but also by moderate Muslim groups worldwide. The president most likely meant "Islamo-fascists" when he was attempting to expose the radicals. But Islamist lobbies were quick to "interpret" it as implying that "Muslims are fascists" -- an assumption which would necessarily elicit strong negative feelings from the Muslim community, moderates included. [ Link ]

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Interviews
Aug 13, 2006

Phares in al Muharer:"Cedars Revolution was betrayed by its own politicians

Phares in al Muharer:"Cedars Revolution was betrayed by its own politicians who failed to proceed with political change: Despite an overwhelming mandate by one and a million people on March 14, 2005, the political representatives of the masses stopped short of removing the pro-Syrian President, brought back the pro-Syrian speaker of the Parliament, brought Hezbollah into the Government, and wasted precious time in photo ops with Hassan Nasrallah, while Hezbollah was preparing for a war to suppress the Revolution and crumble the Government."
Aug 13, 2006, 20:02

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Aug 9, 2006

Dr. Walid Phares Interview

'The jihadists are a fascist movement'

Published: Monday 7th August 2006
First published in The Business

Walid Phares, the brilliant scholar of terrorism, lived through the worst of times in Lebanon,

.......read this and more in our Cedars Interviews Section...click here 

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