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  • Jumblatt urges countries to end support for Assad

    07/03/2012 6:52:20 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | Tuesday, July 03, 2012 | unattributed
    Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt said he wished that countries still supporting the Syrian regime would draw lessons from the "civilized event" in Egypt and allow their own people to practice democracy. "Egypt and the Arab world have lived extraordinary historic moments in the past two days with President Mohammad Mursi taking the presidency, ushering in a new era and a new stage," Jumblatt said in his weekly article to be published by the PSP's weekly newspaper Al-Anbaa. "If a lesson is to be drawn from this it is that injustice cannot last indefinitely. I wish that some states...
  • Jumblatt: Sectarian rancor cannot resolve Hezbollah arms issue

    06/30/2012 6:21:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | Saturday, June 30, 2012 | unattributed
    Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt said the issue of Hezbollah's arms can only be resolved via the National Dialogue and without resorting to sectarian partisanship, in remarks published Saturday. Commenting on the Sidon sit-in demanding the demilitarization of the resistance party, Jumblatt told An-Nahar: "The defense strategy should be formulated in a stable atmosphere away from tensions and sectarian partisanship." "This issue [Hezbollah's arms] cannot be resolved by blocking roads and disrupting people's lives in Sidon, the south and other areas," he added. On Wednesday, Sheikh Ahmad Assir, a Sidon-based Islamist and critic of Hezbollah's arsenal, blocked the...
  • Another grenade exploded in Tripoli, N.Lebanon

    01/23/2011 6:11:07 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Yalibnan.com ^ | Sunday, January 23, 2011 | unattributed
    Another grenade exploded Saturday in the Tripoli wheat market of Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood in the northern Lebanon city of Tripoli , according to local reports... This is the second such incident in the same district within 2 days. Nobody was reportedly injured, but some property was damaged. A grenade exploded outside a Sunni Muslim cemetery in the same impoverished district on Friday evening, without causing any casualties or damage. Some reports pointed to Hezbollah as being behind a terror campaign to assume power in Lebanon. Hezbollah reportedly is exerting pressure on the Tripoli MPs to support its candidate for the...
  • Heroes and villains in Lebanon

    10/15/2010 12:33:10 PM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 2 replies
    Asia Times Online ^ | Robert Tait
    Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad arrived in Lebanon on Wednesday to a hero's welcome and blaze of fanfare that belied the country's rising intercommunal tensions and Western misgivings about his visit. Shouts of "khosh amadi" ("welcome" in Persian) and showers of rice, sweets and petals greeted the Iranian leader as he waved to crowds from an open-topped car after arriving in Beirut at the beginning of a two-day trip. It's Ahmadinejad's first visit to Lebanon, where Iran has cultivated close relationship with Hezbollah, the Shi'ite Islamist group that fought a bitter five-week conflict with Israel in 2006. He was expected to...
  • Lebanon - Jumblatt accuses Hizbullah of bid to take over Beirut airport

    05/04/2008 9:45:49 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 260+ views
    Daily Star (Beirut) ^ | May 4, 2008 | Hussein Abdallah
    BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt called over the weekend for a ban on flights from Iran to Beirut's airport, accusing Hizbullah of flying in arms from the Islamic Republic. At a news conference on Saturday, the outspoken MP also called for the expulsion of Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Reza Shibani and the sacking of the head of security at the airport, General Ayman Shoucair, over his alleged links to Hizbullah During the press conference at his residence in Mukhtara, Jumblatt showed reporters what he said was an exchange of mail between Defense Minister Elias Murr and army intelligence...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 21 October 2007

    10/21/2007 5:06:19 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 362 replies · 2,793+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 21 October 2007 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, October 21st, 2007 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., presidential candidates.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Comedian Stephen Colbert; Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian; Sally Bedell Smith, author of "For Love of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton: The White House Years."FACE THE NATION (CBS): Former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., presidential candidate.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., presidential candidate.LATE EDITION (CNN) : Reps. Jane Harman, D-Calif., and Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich.; World Bank President Robert Zoellick; Walid Jumblatt, Lebanese parliamentarian;...
  • Anti-Syrian leader warns of more Lebanon violence

    11/22/2006 7:03:54 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 545+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | November 22, 2006 | Nadim Ladki
    Hundreds of Lebanese mourners pressed on Wednesday to touch the coffin of minister Pierre Gemayel whose assassination, blamed by his allies on Syria, stoked fears of more killings and a surge in factional violence.Fear and anger gripped the country as it prepared to bury Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel, a Christian, who was gunned down as he drove through a Beirut suburb on Tuesday. He was the sixth anti-Syrian politician to be killed in nearly two years.Several prominent anti-Syrian leaders said the killing was the work of Damascus and they expected the murders of more politicians who had spearheaded protests that...
  • Anti-Syria protests erupt in Lebanon

    11/23/2006 8:42:55 AM PST · by TexKat · 34 replies · 798+ views
    AP | 11/23/06 | ZEINA KARAM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese turned the funeral Thursday for a slain Christian government minister into a massive demonstration of anger against Syria and its allies. The sprawling funeral for Pierre Gemayel reinvigorated suporters of the U.S.-backed government in a power struggle with Syrian-backed Hezbollah and its allies threatening to split this small Mideast nations along sectarian lines. Police estimated some 800,000 people participated in the rally and funeral. "The second independence uprising was launched today for change and it will not stop," Gemayel's father, former President Amin Gemayel, told the crowd in downtown Beirut, speaking from...
  • Coup d'etat underway in Lebanon?

    11/21/2006 3:20:34 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 40 replies · 1,767+ views
    yalibnan.com ^ | November 21, 2006 | Omar Raad
    Beirut - The assassination of Pierre Gemayel means that two more ministers need to resign or be killed in order to bring down the anti-Syrian government. As if one assassination were not enough bloodshed for one day, the murderers proceeded to target another anti-Syrian Member of Parliament - Michel Pharaon. Syria's allies in Lebanon are planning to take the streets on Thursday to demand the government resign. The pro-Syrian allies in Lebanon include Hezbollah, Michel Aoun's political party and Nabih Berri's Amal movement. Syria behind violent overthrow? As documented in the U.N. investigation, Syria has openly threatened Lebanese politicians...
  • Jumblat: Lebanon on Verge of Coup as Nasrallah Gears Up for Mass Protests

    11/19/2006 11:40:43 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 584+ views
    an-Nahar (Beirut) ^ | November 20, 2006
    Druze leader Walid Jumblat has warned that Lebanon was on the verge of a coup d'état as Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah urged his followers to prepare for mass street protests to topple the anti-Syrian government. "We are on the verge of a coup … through gradual street protests and possible collective resignations from (public) sections and from parliament … then riots and civil disobedience," Jumblat warned in a speech published by Lebanese newspapers on Monday. His remarks came shortly before a speech by Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah was broadcast Sunday afternoon. Nasrallah, who did not set a...
  • Jumblatt: Syrian regime responsible for assassination-US Iraqi withdrawal will cause 'chaos'

    11/22/2006 11:03:08 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies · 493+ views
    YNet ^ | 11-22-06 | Aaron Klein
    Jumblatt: Syrian regime responsible for assassination Druze leader in Lebanon fears Damascus will carry out more killings, warns US Iraqi withdrawal will cause 'chaos' Aaron Klein, WND Published:  11.22.06, 18:20 P{margin:0;} UL{margin-bottom:0;margin-top:0;margin-right: 16; padding-right:0;} OL{margin-bottom:0;margin-top:0;margin-right: 32; padding-right:0;} P.pHeader {margin-bottom:3px;COLOR: #192862;font-size: 16px;font-weight: bold;} The Syrian government was responsible for the assassination  Tuesday of Lebanon's Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel and will likely attempt more killings with the goal of destabilizing Lebanon, the country's Druze Leader Walid Jumblatt told WorldNetDaily in an interview today. Jumblatt is head of Lebanon's Progressive Socialist Party and is widely considered the most prominent anti-Syrian Lebanese politician.   "The...
  • Jumblatt accuses Syria over killing

    11/22/2006 6:24:32 AM PST · by Valin · 205+ views
    Gulf News ^ | 11/22/06
    Beirut: The leader of the anti-Syrian Druze’s in Lebanon has blamed Damascus for the assassination of Pierre Gemayel. Walid Jumblatt also said he expected more killings which he claims are aimed at undermining the parliament’s small ruling majority. Speaking on Wednesday, he said: "It seems the Syrian regime will continue with the assassinations. I expect more assassinations but no matter what they do, we are here and we will be victorious.” Jumblatt said Syria was trying to derail an international court to try suspects in the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. He also reiterated his accusation that Syrian...
  • Lebanon: The opposition announces the "insurrection for independence "

    02/18/2005 9:35:02 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 142 replies · 4,073+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | February 18, 2005
    ALARM - Lebanon: the opposition announces the "insurrection for independence " BEIRUT - the Lebanese opposition antisyrienne, joined together at a plenary sitting, announced Friday evening the "insurrection for independence "and claimed a" government of transition "to supervise the Syrian withdrawal. MORE...
  • Lebanon Faces Political Crisis in Aftermath of War

    11/05/2006 7:43:32 PM PST · by Valin · 3 replies · 385+ views
    memri ^ | 11/3/06 | H. Avraham
    Lebanon Faces Political Crisis in Aftermath of War: Tensions Escalate Between 'March 14 Forces' and Hizbullah, Pro-Syrian Camp Introduction In the aftermath of the July-August 2006 war, political tension between Hizbullah and the "March 14 Forces" [1] is increasing - to the point that street clashes may break out by November 13. Once the war ended, Hizbullah, together with other pro-Syria elements in Lebanon such as General Michel Aoun, launched a scathing campaign against the current Lebanese government under Prime Minister Fuad Al-Siniora, and particularly against the majority in the Lebanese parliament, that is, the March 14 Forces. On October...
  • Lebanese Forces and Druze say no to Hezbollah’s demands

    09/25/2006 2:48:40 PM PDT · by Traianus · 8 replies · 891+ views
    Asia News ^ | 09-25-2006 | Asia News
    25 September, 2006 LEBANON Lebanese Forces and Druze say no to Hezbollah’s demands Geagea and Jumblatt say a national unity government cannot be created as long as Hezbollah’s is aligned on Syria’s positions. Patriarch Sfeir slams those who place their own partisan interests above those of the nation. Beirut (AsiaNews) – The Samir Geagea and his Maronite-dominated Lebanese Forces’ and Walid Jumblatt and his predominantly Druze Progressive Socialist Party have said no to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s “victory over Israel” speech in which he demanded a national unity government that would give his party a greater place.For Samir Geagea,...
  • Syria on the Move in Lebanon and Iraq (US pressures Israel to give up Golan)

    11/19/2006 12:51:38 PM PST · by Esther Ruth · 35 replies · 962+ views
    www.israelnationalnews.com ^ | 20:11 Nov 19, '06 / 28 Cheshvan 5767 | Ezra HaLevi
    Syria on the Move in Lebanon and Iraq 20:11 Nov 19, '06 / 28 Cheshvan 5767 by Ezra HaLevi Syrian-backed Hizbullah may be poised to stage a revolution in Lebanon as back-room negotiations between the US and Syria may result in Israel being pressured to give up the Golan Heights. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem began a visit to Iraq on Sunday. The visit will include meetings with US officials in Iraq at which Moallem will relay Syria’s demand that Israel retreat from the Golan Heights in return for Syrian cooperation in Iraq. The insurgents that have plagued US troops...
  • Lebanese Druze Leader Walid Jumblatt on Al-Arabiya TV ...Challenges Nasrallah's Heroism

    07/25/2006 6:56:08 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 11 replies · 1,097+ views
    MEMRI ^ | July 26, 2006
    July 26, 2006 No.1213 Lebanese Druze Leader Walid Jumblatt on Al-Arabiya TV: Do Lebanese Really Agree That the Battle of the [Islamic] Nation Should Be Launched From Lebanon?; I Was First to Warn of the Iranian-Syrian Alliance; I Have the Right to Challenge Nasrallah's Heroism The following are excerpts from an interview with Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, which aired on Al-Arabiya TV on July 20, 2006 [1]. TO VIEW THIS CLIP, VISIT: http://www.memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=1201. Walid Jumblatt: "Hassan Nasrallah made the decision to go to war without consulting anyone." [...] "Today, the Lebanese state has become a kind of Red...
  • Dangerous liaisons: covert "love affair" between Russia and Hezbollah

    01/09/2006 5:20:47 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 1,191+ views
    AIA ^ | Michel Elbaz
    The relations between Russia and the Shiite's religious leadership in Lebanon started to develop in the beginning of the seventies. The spiritual leader of the Lebanese Shia community, Imam Moussa Al-Sadr, visited Moscow in 1972 and asked Soviet authorities to issue humanitarian aid to his people. At the same time cooperation between the Marxist factions of the PLO that were active in Lebanon and Soviet military intelligence – GRU, intensified greatly. Several soviet officers (speaking fluent Arabic) even visited Palestinian terrorist training camps in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon between 1972-1975. Using their connections in PLO they managed to establish...
  • Lebanon opposition leader calls Al Qaeda claim “Syrian game”

    12/30/2005 8:25:39 AM PST · by Valin · 171+ views
    Khaleej Times ^ | 12/30/05
    BEIRUT - Lebanese anti-Syrian opposition leader Walid Jumblatt said on Friday that the claim of responsibility by the Al Qaeda terror network for rockets fired from Lebanon into Israel is “a silly Syrian game.” “The aim of throwing Al Qaeda’s name into the rocket firing is that Syria wants to tell the world community that you asked us to leave Lebanon, look now Lebanon is becoming a base for Al Qaeda,” Jumblatt was quoted as saying. On Thursday, a statement by Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility for a missile attack on Israel from Lebanon as part of a “new...
  • Druze chief urges security chiefs to quit

    03/26/2005 7:27:11 AM PST · by Valin · 130+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/26/05 | Lin Noueihed
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A leading Lebanese opposition figure has urged the country's Syrian-backed security chiefs to resign to make way for an international probe into the killing of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri. "It is not possible to carry out a just, serious, clear and transparent investigation if the heads of the agencies remain in their place," Druze chieftain Walid Jumblatt told reporters on Saturday. "We warned against a security state over and over." A U.N. fact-finding team said in a report released on Thursday that Lebanon's own inquiry into Hariri's February 14 killing was seriously flawed and called for...
  • Lebanese Defy Protest Ban as Debate on Hariri Rages

    02/28/2005 7:00:00 AM PST · by GulfBreeze · 5 replies · 464+ views
    reuters ^ | Mon Feb 28, 2005 08:31 AM ET | Lucy Fielder
    Lebanese Defy Protest Ban as Debate on Hariri Rages Mon Feb 28, 2005 08:31 AM ET By Lucy Fielder BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Syrian-backed government came under fire in parliament Monday over the assassination of ex-premier Rafik al-Hariri, while streets away thousands defied a protest ban to demand it stand down. The debate, which looked certain to roll on to Tuesday, was expected to close with a no-confidence vote. But the government has a sound majority and was expected to win. Banks, schools and businesses closed in a general strike the opposition called to coincide with the debate on Hariri's...
  • Lebanon's Jumblatt Fears He May Be Target

    02/27/2005 9:38:40 PM PST · by Righty_McRight · 9 replies · 465+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sun, Feb 27, 2005 | Zeina Karam
    MUKHTARA, Lebanon - Walid Jumblatt, the most prominent anti-Syrian voice in Lebanon, is holed up in his ancestral mountain palace, planning strategy with his allies behind its high gates, out of fear he may be marked for assassination like his late ally, the former prime minister killed in a bomb blast. Jumblatt, a Druse warlord turned politician, is even reported to have packed off his 22-year-old son to France to ensure a survivor from his immediate family to carry his mantle if he is killed. He denies that's his motive, saying his son, Taymoor, is just finishing his studies. "I...
  • Why Not Here? (Brooks on Middle East)

    02/25/2005 9:13:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 816+ views
    NY TIMES ^ | February 26, 2005 | DAVID BROOKS
    OP-ED COLUMNIST this is the most powerful question in the world today: Why not here? People in Eastern Europe looked at people in Western Europe and asked, Why not here? People in Ukraine looked at people in Georgia and asked, Why not here? People around the Arab world look at voters in Iraq and ask, Why not here? Thomas Kuhn famously argued that science advances not gradually but in jolts, through a series of raw and jagged paradigm shifts. Somebody sees a problem differently, and suddenly everybody's vantage point changes. "Why not here?" is a Kuhnian question, and as you...
  • Arab leader reverses view of Iraq war

    02/25/2005 12:28:48 PM PST · by abu afak · 38 replies · 1,255+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 2/24/05
    February 24, 2005 The leader of the Lebanese opposition, a sharp critic of Washington foreign policy, says he's changed his view of the U.S. war in Iraq, seeing it now as a catalyst for democratic change across the Arab world. Walid Jumblatt Druze Muslim leader Walid Jumblatt, who is calling for an uprising against Lebanon's Syrian occupiers, is almost sounding like a neoconservative, says Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, who interviewed him in Beirut Monday. "It's strange for me to say it, but this process of change has started because of the American invasion of Iraq," Jumblatt told the Post...
  • Ex-Lebanese PM knew he'd be killed

    02/22/2005 12:42:21 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 12 replies · 574+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, February 22, 2005 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – Lebanese security officials backed by Syria carried out the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, who knew his life was in danger, a Lebanese opposition leader told WorldNetDaily in an exclusive interview today. "Lebanese security services handled by Syrian security were behind the assassination of Hariri," said Walid Jumblatt, a leading opposition figure in Lebanon. He said in a meeting with Hariri two weeks ago the former prime minister said he felt he was in danger. "Hariri said something bad was going to happen and that it is either going to be you or me." Hariri, along...
  • Lebanese MP: 'The Fall of One Jew, Whether Soldier or Civilian, Is a Great Accomplishment'

    01/23/2004 9:00:20 AM PST · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 167+ views
    Walid Jumblatt, chairman of the (Druze) Socialist Progressive Party and member of the Lebanese parliament, praised the January 14, 2004 suicide bombing by a Palestinian woman in Gaza. The following are excerpts from his statements:(1) "Yesterday, the Palestinian mother Reem Al-Riyashi sacrificed herself, and by so doing joined the columns of the brave Jihad warriors and broke the atrocious and troublesome Arab silence, the helplessness, and the retreat that precede failure and disintegration. She offered hope in a sea of complacency, indecisiveness, and fear. It is a new Intifada. It is the Intifada of the revolutionary Palestinian woman and of...
  • Druze Chief Rues Rockets Missed Wolfowitz in Iraq

    10/27/2003 6:21:14 PM PST · by TexKat · 5 replies · 197+ views
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A top Lebanese politician enraged the American embassy in Beirut Monday by saying he hoped the next attack on the number two in the Defense Department would prove fatal. Druze leader Walid Jumblatt described Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz as a "virus" who needed to be destroyed, a day after the American emerged unscathed from a guerrilla rocket attack on the fortified Baghdad hotel where he was staying. The U.S. embassy described Jumblatt's remarks as "outrageous." The Druze chief and head of Lebanon's Progressive Socialist Party said in a statement he hoped Wolfowitz, who he criticized as...