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  • Lebanon's President Emile Lahoud declares a state of emergency and orders the army to take over.

    11/23/2007 10:44:03 AM PST · by Abathar · 90 replies · 332+ views
    AP via CNN ^ | 11/23/07
    AP: Lebanon's President Emile Lahoud declares a state of emergency and orders the army to take over, hours before his terms ends. Breaking news, headline only.
  • Political crisis deepens in Lebanon (a "state of emergency" exists, President Lahoud steps down)

    11/23/2007 3:12:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 45+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/23/07 | Sam F. Ghattas - ap
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Lebanon's political tumult intensified as President Emile Lahoud said the country is in a "state of emergency" and handed security powers to the army before he left office Friday without a successor. The rival, pro-Western Cabinet rejected the declaration. Lahoud's final announcement created new confusion in an already unsettled situation, which many Lebanese fear could explode into violence between supporters of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora's Western-backed government and the pro-Syria opposition led by the Shiite militant group Hezbollah. The departure of Lahoud, a staunch ally of the Syrian regime during nine years in office, was a long-sought...
  • Lebanon president flags army chief as successor (Suleiman)

    09/01/2007 7:49:11 PM PDT · by RDTF · 2 replies · 165+ views
    Middle East Online ^ | 8/31/2007 | Rana Mossaoui
    Lahoud says would name Suleiman as provisional successor if camps fail to agree on permanent one. BEIRUT - Lebanese President Emile Lahoud said Thursday he would name army chief General Michel Suleiman as his provisional successor if the country's competing political camps fail to agree on a permanent one. He was speaking ahead of a planned parliamentary vote this autumn to elect a new president, with the country's pro- and anti-Syrian blocs in a deadlock that threatens to exacerbate ongoing political paralysis. A successful vote requires the 128-seat house to muster a quorum of 86 MPs but this will require...
  • Lebanon - Hezbollah Calls For Mass Protests At 3 p.m. Friday in Downtown Beirut

    11/30/2006 1:55:09 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 330+ views
    an-Nahar (Beirut) ^ | November 30, 2006
    Opposition Mass Protests as of 3 p.m. Friday in Downtown Beirut Hizbullah and allied forces called for mass protests as of 3 p.m. Friday in downtown Beirut in a bid to topple Premier Fouad Saniora's government amid heavy security in the capital to prevent chaos. "The opposition forces, on the basis of their constitutional rights, call on all Lebanese, whatever their religious confession, to demonstrate peacefully in an open-ended sit-in as of 3 p.m. Friday for a national unity government," said a statement released by the opposition leadership and carried by Hizbullah's Al-Manar television. The statement said the main...
  • Lebanon - Nasrallah: Be 'Psychologically' Ready for Street Protests

    11/19/2006 2:56:44 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 525+ views
    an-Nahar (Beirut) ^ | November 19, 2006
    Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in a speech aired Sunday urged his supporters and anti-Syrian allies to be "psychologically" ready for street protests to demand for a national unity government. But Nasrallah, who did not set a date for the demonstrations, warned that the protests should be peaceful and avoid riots. "We have to be psychologically prepared to take to the streets because we may send for you 24 hours ahead or 12 hours or even 6 hours (in advance)," Nasrallah threatened. "There has to be a patriotic opposition in the street … our action is peaceful and civilized,"...
  • Lebanon - Government Approves Hariri Tribunal Despite Resignation of 6 Ministers

    11/13/2006 12:55:21 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 267+ views
    an-Nahar (Beirut) ^ | November 13, 2006
    The Lebanese cabinet approved on Monday a U.N. draft text setting up an international tribunal to try former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's suspected assassins. "We unanimously approved the draft," Saniora told a news conference after the three-hour meeting. "With this decision we tell the murderers that we will not give up our rights no matter what the difficulties and obstacles are," he said. "Our only aim is to achieve justice and only justice. Without it and without knowing the truth, the Lebanese will not rest and we cannot protect our democratic system and political freedom now and in the...
  • Fauxtography in Search of a Point [Emile Lahoud vying to enter the Axis of Evil?]

    09/21/2006 11:42:57 AM PDT · by Brian C. Ledbetter · 2 replies · 422+ views
    Snapped Shot | September 21, 2006 | Snapped Shot
    "It was da joos!"Lebanese President Emile Lahoud is using a photograph from Qana to illustrate a point in his address to the UnTIed Nations. I'll do my best to pull a transcript of his speech to find out what the context in which he's using it is, but needless to say, I doubt he's saying, "This illustrates the cynical nature of the activist press." This does appear to be "an historic" moment in the eyes of the press. The wires are flooded with various angles of this exact same pose, sent across by two of the major agencies so far....
  • Syrian witness claims Assad, Lahoud ordered Hariri killing

    09/10/2006 11:47:45 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 11 replies · 393+ views
    al Bawaba ^ | September 10 2006
    A Syrian national suspected of involvement in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri said that Syrian President Bashar Assad and his Lebanese counterpart Emile Lahoud ordered the killing, the Lebanese Media reported Sunday. Mohammed Zuhair Siddiq, the witness in the massive bombing that killed Hariri and 21 others in central Beirut on Feb. 14, 2005, accused Assad and Lahoud of giving the orders to assassinate Hariri, An Nahar daily newspaper said. In a live interview with Al-Arabiya channel late on Saturday from his residence in Paris, Siddiq said that he saw the car used in the assassination with...
  • Lebanese president: We defeated Israel and plans for state's partition

    08/18/2006 2:30:24 PM PDT · by Piranha · 61 replies · 2,102+ views
    Ynet News ^ | August 18, 2006 | Roee Nahmias
    Lebanese President Emile Lahoud said that "Lebanon has not only defeated Israel, but also the plans for the state's partition." Lahoud made the statement during a speech to the nation that was broadcast on Lebanese media channels. (Roee Nahmias)
  • Why a Multinational Force is Essential in Lebanon

    08/04/2006 10:20:24 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 357+ views
    The Washington Institute for Near East Policy ^ | August 4, 2006 | Robert Rabil
    As Lebanon plunges deeper into ruin and chaos as a result of Hizballah’s “gang war” tactics against Israel’s expanded military campaign to degrade the power of the Islamist party, Hizballah, Syria, and its allies in Lebanon are devising plans to subvert an international agreement on a multinational force to guard the Israel-Lebanon border. They are also preparing for a political comeback in a postconflict Lebanon by riding the wave of the victory Hizballah is sure to claim whatever the outcome—a supposed triumph that in reality will be at best a Pyrrhic victory. Hizballah’s Political Offensive From the time the...
  • Lebanese President: I Support Hizbullah

    07/26/2006 11:38:11 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 91 replies · 2,578+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | July 26, 2006
    Lebanese President Emil Lahoud said today that he supports the Hizbullah terrorist organization. "I support the Hizbullah because they liberated our land," Lahoud said, adding that the Lebanese army does not have the wherewithal to confront the IDF, but that it will defend Lebanon as much as it can. Hizbullah is a part of the current Lebanese government, with one of its members serving as Lebanon's minister of energy. Lahoud is widely regarded by Lebanese citizens as a Syrian agent in the country's regime.
  • Hezbollah Appears in Control of Lebanon

    07/16/2006 1:40:23 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 49 replies · 1,471+ views
    Hezbollah and its backers, not the government, now appear in control of Lebanon's fate. After moderating their stance in recent years, the guerrillas surged back to the war front with a surprise attack on Israel and a sophisticated arsenal, leaving Lebanon's politicians and army looking nearly powerless. The government seems paralyzed over how to deal with Hezbollah, whose Shiite Muslim fighters have had near autonomy in the south for more than a decade. Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah acted Sunday like the man holding Lebanon's reins, though he looked tired and stressed as he vowed that his group had...
  • Beirut - Rice Visits Lebanon Amid a Stepped-up Campaign to Overthrow Lahoud

    02/23/2006 1:07:36 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 320+ views ^ | February 23, 2006
    U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Beirut Thursday on a surprise visit aimed to support efforts by anti-Syrian groups to oust President Emile Lahoud. Rice, who is on a regional tour, has met with Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh at Rafik Hariri International Airport. She will also hold talks with Prime Minister Fouad Saniora and other Lebanese officials during the visit that will last for only several hours. "The sole purpose of this trip is to express support for the Lebanese people and for the Lebanese government as they try to recover fully their sovereignty," Rice said upon...
  • Khaddam’s Bombshell Tightens Noose Around Syria: Experts

    12/31/2005 12:53:00 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 25 replies · 1,390+ views ^ | December 31, 2005 | Ahmed Fathy
    CAIRO , December 31, 2005 ( - The bombshell dropped by former Syrian vice-president Abdel Halim Khaddam on a possible Syrian role in the assassination of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri has sent seismic waves in Damascus and would tighten the noose around the Arab country, experts agreed on Saturday, December 31. “Khaddam’s testimony at this critical juncture in Syrian history has, in effect, sent shock waves across the country’s political landscape and ushered in grave consequences,” Syrian opposition writer Akram Al-Beni told Speaking from Paris, where he has lived since resigning as vice-president in June, Khaddam said in...
  • Lebanon looks to Patriarch Sfeir during rough patch

    10/31/2005 12:50:05 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 378+ views
    Asia News ^ | October 31, 2005
    Beirut (AsiaNews) – The Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir is fast becoming a point of reference not only for Christians but for the entire nation. This is increasingly felt as Lebanon lives through a difficult time, thanks to internal repercussions of the Mehlis report and debate surrounding the future of the President of the Republic Emile Lahoud. Yesterday, in his homily, the Patriarch once again underlined the need of a spiritual revival based on values of faith in the Eucharist, and he expressed concern about the current state of affairs: there is a prevalent “perplexity which has gripped the minds of...
  • President linked to Hariri blast

    10/23/2005 8:46:23 AM PDT · by Valin · 2 replies · 258+ views
    The Australian ^ | 10/23/05 | Martin Chulov
    SECURITY forces yesterday arrested a pro-Syrian militant alleged to have telephoned Lebanese President Emile Lahoud minutes before the country's former prime minister Rafik Hariri was killed by a car bomb in February. The arrest of Mahmoud Abdel-Al intensifies pressure on Mr Lahoud to resign in the face of a damning UN report that accuses Syrian and Lebanese officials aligned to him of conspiring to kill Hariri. Mr Lahoud, a staunchly pro-Syrian head of state, has denied receiving the call, and has appealed for calm across Lebanon in the wake of the report, which is set to reshape the political destinies...
  • Lebanon: Lahoud spoke at UN but few listened (Pro-Syrian president dissed!)

    09/18/2005 8:18:39 AM PDT · by Stultis · 6 replies · 347+ views
    Ya Libnan ^ | 18 September 2005
    Lebanon: Lahoud spoke at UN but few listened Sunday, 18 September, 2005 @ 12:44 PM New York, NY - Lebanese president General Emile Lahoud has addressed the U.N. General Assembly in New York, but few listened to his speech, since all world leaders who count left their seats at the hall when the Lebanese president took the floor... the Beirut press reported on Saturday." The hall was empty from heavyweights and the president drew warm applause only from members of the Lebanese delegation that accompanied him ," according to An Nahar newspaper, that described the cold shoulder treatment Lahoud got...
  • Bush Invites Lebanon PM, Not Pro-Syrian President To Reception

    09/09/2005 12:54:01 PM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 2 replies · 232+ views
    BEIRUT (AP)--U.S. President George W. Bush has invited Lebanon's prime minister, but not its president, to a reception in New York next week, a sign that President Emile Lahoud is being isolated internationally as calls rise for his resignation. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has also left Lahoud off the guest list for her reception on the sidelines of next week's U.N. summit, despite her meeting the Lebanese president when she visited Beirut in July, diplomats said. Lebanon's leading newspaper An-Nahar, which opposes the pro-Syrian Lahoud, reported Friday that the Bush administration had withdrawn an invitation to Lahoud. But...
  • Hariri assassination: Chief investigator - President Lahoud's closest military aide is prime suspect

    07/20/2005 2:25:40 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 283+ views
    The chief of a UN investigation of the assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri has named presidential guard chief, Mustafa Hamdan, as a suspect in the case. "On the basis of evidence gathered, we have a suspect, Mustafa Hamdan," Detlev Mehlis told the French newspaper Le Figaro in an interview published on Wednesday. Brig. Gen. Mustafa Hamdan is considered President Lahoud's closest military aide. Following Hariri's killing the Lebanese opposition demanded that Hamdan be sacked. "He was one of the first persons questioned because we had information that he is one of those who gave orders to change the...
  • Lebanon - New government formed, Hezbollah member named Energy Minister

    07/19/2005 11:13:03 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 558+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | July 19, 2005
    Formation of a Lebanese government with the 1st participation of Hezbollah BEIRUT - Lebanese the Prime Minister indicated Fouad Siniora formed Tuesday a government of 24 members, which obtained the downstream of president Emile Lahoud and in which the movement Shiite of Hezbollah takes part for the first time. The composition of the government was announced with the press with the presidential palate of Baabda, close to Beirut, after the second maintenance in the day between MISTERS Lahoud and Siniora. Mohammad Fneich, member of Hezbollah, saw themselves allotting the wallet of Energy and Faouzi Saloukh, an independent Shiite, the...
  • WSJ: Condi in Cairo - In the heart of the Arab world, a call for democracy.

    06/22/2005 5:15:29 AM PDT · by OESY · 316+ views ^ | June 22, 2005 | Editorial
    ...Ever since President Bush settled on a policy of promoting democracy in the Middle East, he has been repeatedly lambasted for his alleged hypocrisy: Why advocate democracy for Iraq and Lebanon, say the critics, but not for autocratic U.S. allies such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia? In this telling, "democracy" is said to be just an alibi for the pursuit of narrow U.S. interests, especially a steady supply of oil. Well, so much for that view. On Monday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice traveled to Cairo and then Riyadh and, in soft tones, delivered a stark message: America would no...
  • Lebanese President Won't Resign, Aide Says

    03/20/2005 8:19:49 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 252+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 20, 2005 at 17:13:59 PST | HUSSEIN DAKROUB
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - President Emile Lahoud will not bow to pressure from the anti-Syrian opposition to resign, a senior aide said Sunday as the crisis in Lebanon deepens since the Feb. 14 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Lahoud's media adviser stressed the president can be forced to step down only if he is impeached by Parliament for either violation of the constitution or high treason. "Since these two matters have not occurred ... this issue is out of the question for the president," Rafik Shalala told The Associated Press. Lahoud, Shalala said, "will not relinquish power and...
  • Lebanon Leader Pulls Out of Arab Summit

    03/19/2005 12:44:51 PM PST · by El Conservador · 2 replies · 266+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 19, 2005 | JOSEPH PANOSSIAN
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Lebanon's pro-Syria president said Saturday that he will not attend an Arab summit due to political turmoil in his country as investigators searched for clues to a car bomb that rocked a largely Christian neighborhood in Beirut, injuring nine people. President Emile Lahoud did not elaborate on his decision not to participate in Monday's summit in Algeria, but it came as Syria withdraws troops from Lebanon after facing heavy pressure from the United States and fellow Arab countries to end a three decade presence. The attack devastated an eight-story apartment building in the largely Christian New Jdeideh...
  • Lebanon: Lahoud's Police Regime Seen Crumbling with Syria's Exit

    03/18/2005 11:47:22 AM PST · by Stoat · 12 replies · 1,559+ views
    Naharnet (Lebanon) ^ | March 18, 2005
    Lahoud's Police Regime Seen Crumbling with Syria's ExitPresident Lahoud's Syrian-sponsored regime is desperately fighting for survival amid a snowballing opposition drive to oust him before the spring elections in the explosive aftermath of ex-Premier Rafik Hariri's assassination.The embattled president tried to defuse the nation's turbulence by asserting that a military government was "out of the question as far as I am concerned." But the opposition remained adamant that his police state must be dismembered and all his hand-picked commanders of the nation's major security services fired. The crisis climbed to a new zenith Thursday when Surete Generale chief Brig....
  • Pro-Syria PM Set to Return, Seek Lebanon Unity Govt

    03/10/2005 12:59:26 AM PST · by BigSkyFreeper · 1 replies · 286+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 10, 2005 | Lin Noueihed
    BEIRUT - Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister who was forced to resign last week was set to return to his job on Thursday, faced with the daunting task of forming a government with pro-Damascus allies and anti-Syrian opponents. More Syrian troops pulled back to eastern Lebanon, with some crossing the border, in the start of a two-phase withdrawal, and President Bush piled pressure on Damascus to end the "heavy-handed" influence of Syrian intelligence in Lebanon. But pro-Syrian rallies that drew hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets of Beirut and Damascus in the last two days dwarfed previous protests in...
  • Lebanese government resigns (Updates!)

    02/28/2005 12:57:48 PM PST · by IAF ThunderPilot · 59 replies · 1,619+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 28, 2005 | JPOST STAFF AND AP
    A historic moment in the Middle East occurred Monday evening when Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karami announced his government's resignation Monday, prompting a cheer from more than 25,000 flag-waving opposition demonstrators protesting against the government and its Syrian backers near parliament. "I am keen that the government will not be a hurdle in front of those who want the good for this country. I declare the resignation of the government that I had the honor to head. May God preserve Lebanon," Karami said. The resignation was a huge victory for the opposition and the most dramatic moment yet in the...
  • Lebanon Loses Again

    09/05/2004 11:58:14 AM PDT · by forty_years · 543+ views ^ | September 5, 2004
    Ah, the travails of a tiny country caught at the crossroads of greater powers. Sound familiar? Lithuania? Armenia? Israel? There have been so many holocausts that we could easily pick one out of a hat and discuss it. But because of recent developments in Damascus and Beirut, we’ll discuss Lebanon today. In a move I found quite surprising, the U.N. Security Council voted Friday in, support for a free and fair electoral process in Lebanon's upcoming presidential election, conducted according to Lebanese constitutional rules devised without foreign interference or influence. The new U.N. resolution also called for, the restoration of...
  • U.S. wants Syria to withdraw from Lebanon

    08/31/2004 9:37:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 640+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/31/04 | Edith M. Lederer - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United States is calling for the immediate withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon, according to a a draft resolution circulated in the U.N. Security Council late Tuesday. The new measure also offers support for elections under the current Lebanese constitution, which would rule out a second term for pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud. The United States decided to press for a resolution - with the support of France, Lebanon's former colonial ruler - after what many saw as a Syrian-engineered move to change the constitution to extend Lahoud's term. The resolution calls on the council "to...
  • Lebanon's free fall

    04/17/2004 4:11:04 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies · 389+ views
    Straits Times ^ | By Pranay Gupte
    Political bickering, poor governance and economic woes - with foreign debt of $53.7b - weigh down the country THERE'S much about Beirut that recalls Singapore: the greenery, the lively, urban lifestyle, good schools and eating places, a colourful port, low crime. But look again. One in four passers-by is not Lebanese, but Syrian - about a million of them in a nation of barely four million native Lebanese. Some 30,000 Syrian troops man roadblocks. Other Syrians work as labourers in the booming construction business. Some beg. And some - installed in Lebanon's intelligence service - help monitor the movements of...
  • Lebanon, Syria agree on response to 'enemy'; Hezbollah shells IDF posts

    10/27/2003 2:06:19 PM PST · by anotherview · 5 replies · 149+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 27 October 2003 | Uri Ash, Haaretz Service, and Reuters
    Lebanon, Syria agree on response to 'enemy'; Hezbollah shells IDF posts Smoke rising from the area near Kfar Shouba, in southern Lebanon, after an Israeli air strike on Monday. (AP) Last Update: 27/10/2003 23:20 Hezbollah fires shells at IDF positions on Lebanese border By Uri Ash, Haaretz Correspondent, Haaretz Service and Reuters The Lebanese army said on Monday it had agreed with Syria on ways to confront "enemy" threats, hours after Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas traded fire. Earlier in the day, one Israel Defense Forces soldier was lightly wounded Monday when Hezbollah attacked IDF positions in the Har Dov...
  • Palestinian Praises Iran's Leader for His Key Anti-Israel Stances (and more)

    06/01/2002 10:37:36 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 298+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | June 01 2002
    TEHRAN -- Secretary-General of the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Ahmad Jibril praised on Wednesday Iran's Leader for his key anti-Israel stances. In an interview with IRNA in Damascus, Jibril commented on a message by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and said the Leader's message was the most valuable and, in Fact, a decoration of honor for the Palestinian nation. Ayatollah Khamenei in a message on the occasion of the martyrdom of Ahmad Jibril's son recently said his martyrdom would reinforce the already firm resolve of the Palestinians in their resistance and struggle...