[Imc-beirut] Should Lebanon become a client state of the US
sensenig at cyberia.net.lb
Fri Dec 15 13:36:28 PST 2006
Dear Mary, Dear Tony, et al.,
This is indeed on way of seeing it and I think we all agree just how horrible the current government is. But this is not a decision between good and evil, but between evil and evil!
The most corrupt and bloodthirsty war lords in Lebanon seem to have distributed themselves evenly on both sides, however, Berri is indeed No. 1 as far as being "for sale" is concerned. Hizbollah murdered thousands of Amal fighters during the Civil War, along with hundreds of Palestinians. However, the real crime was the almost complete extermination of the leadership of the Lebanese CP. Why aren't they bringing this up now? They can easily do it again!
Today I had a guest from Amman who told me that the Future Youth are carrying out militia exercises in the Jordanian outback. So I guess we're in for some additional ugliness from both sides.
Finally, lets look at policy, e.g. the May 31 draft election law, which I am attaching for your information, was the product of almost a year of real stakeholder, civil society participation (women, youth, people with disabilities, expats, etc.). The political machines in the South and Beirut (Amal, Hizbollah and Future), along with the Chouf (PSP) are afraid of this law, thus it has been largely ignored since the Summer War. Both sides want to avoid constructive policy discussions and prefer hot air exercises. Just have a look at the TV broadcast media in Lebanon! Just as Fneish was actually going to improve water and power in Lebanon, he resigned. BTW, why does Hizbollah support the privatisation of electricity and water grids?
Get real, and join us in wishing a plague on both their houses. The 8th of March is a reactionary, oppressive, bigoted response to a equally distasteful and bankrupt governing coalition. Mary, where are your leftist eyes, ears and brain??!?!
There is an increasingly large group in Lebanon calling for a neutrality policy along the lines of CH and Austria. France, USA, Germany, Syria, KSA and Iran, Hands Off Lebanon!
Best and Give Peace a Chance, Eugen Dabbous
Prof. Eugène Sensenig-Dabbous, MA PhD; LibanLink Diversity Centre Beirut Bureau
office: +961-9-218950-ext: 2322 / sensenig at cyberia.net.lb or sdabbous at ndu.edu.lb
http://www.libanlink.org/index_lilie.htm; www.ndu.edu.lb ; http://www.base-salzburg.at
BTW: There will be conference in Zürich in mid January on Lebanese neutrality.
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Subject: [Lebanese Issues] EI: Montreal Organizations Call for Fair Coverage of Mass Protests In Lebanon
the Electronic Intifada:
Montreal Organizations Call for Fair Coverage of Mass Protests In Lebanon
MONTREAL: Several Montreal-based organizations are speaking out in defence of the popular protests which have overtaken Lebanon's capital for more than a week. The groups are concerned with a prevailing bias in Canadian media
coverage of the events in Lebanon. This bias misrepresents the purposes of the
protests and the dynamics that underlie them. It also fuels a dangerous
sectarianism that threatens Lebanon.
"Should Lebanon become a client state of the US or does it want a government
that represents its citizens and is responsive to the interests of other people
in the region? Should the government of Lebanon serve all sectors of its
population, regardless of confession and economic status?" asked Mary Foster of Tadamon! Montreal.
"Whatever your opinion of these issues, these are the questions that are
motivating people in the tens and hundreds of thousands to stay out on the
streets in Beirut. The real political choices that people face in Lebanon, with
far-reaching consequences for the entire region, are obscured when the contest
is again and again mis-represented in the Canadian media as the sectarian
manoeuvering of one party and its regional allies to take over the country,"
noted Foster, who returned from a delegation to Lebanon last week.
"In fact, over ten opposition political parties are participating in the
peaceful sit-in, bringing together a very significant portion of the
population, from all religious and confessional camps, with diverse ideological
orientations," explained Mr. Ziad Najjar of the Council of Lebanese Canadian
Many of those present at the sit-in come from social groupings who have been
historically excluded from economic opportunity, political representation,
access to public institutions and services and are among those who have
suffered the most from Israel's attack on the country this summer.
"The symbol of people from the bombed out villages of the south and from the
poor suburbs setting up camp in the richest area of the city, with its Gucci
and Armani shops, couldn't be clearer," added Foster.
The demonstration is a decidedly peaceful and democratic expression of popular will. Far from subverting the democratic process in Lebanon, the non-violent popular expression is working within the country's political framework to address some of the exclusions and disadvantages that are built into the
Lebanese political, economic and social structures. Participants are also
expressing their opposition to western interference in their country and
hegemony in the region.
"When people came out on the streets to demand that the government stand down after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the movement was dubbed the 'Cedar revolution' and welcomed in the West as a movement for democracy. Now these peaceful mass protests, which are demanding a more representative government, are being characterized as a coup attempt," remarked May Hayder of the Al Hidaya Association.
"Could this have something to do with the fact that the protestors are
demanding independence from the US this time, and not only Syria? There appears to be a double-standard in the way that the North American media portrays different events and political actors in Lebanon," noted Hayder.
[Tadamon! [Solidarity!, in Arabic] is a Montreal-based collective of
social-justice organizers & media activists, working to build relationships of
solidarity with grassroots political movements for social and economic justice
between Beirut & Montreal.]
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