"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)

Lübnan Marunîleri / Yasin Atlıoğlu


Monday, February 18, 2008

"Booby-trapping" the Arab Initiative (Zuheir Kseibati- Al-Hayat)

Syria Yet to Invite Lebanon to Arab League Summit Next Month (Massoud A. Derhally- Bloomberg)

Israel 'broke law' with use of cluster bombs Human Rights Watch details 'war crimes'- The Daily Star


Editor's note: The following is the first section of a report issued by Human Rights Watch on Sunday, entitled "Flooding South Lebanon: Israel's Use of Cluster Munitions in Lebanon in July and August 2006." The Daily Star will publish the rest of the report on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Israeli military issued a short statement on December 24, 2007, on the results of an internal inquiry into its controversial use of cluster munitions during the 34-day war in Lebanon in July and August 2006. During that short conflict, the Israeli military rained an estimated 4 million submunitions on South Lebanon, the vast majority over the final three days when Israel knew a settlement was imminent. The inquiry was the second internal Israeli military investigation into the use of the weapon, and like its predecessor it exonerated the armed forces of violating international humanitarian law (IHL). Neither a detailed report nor the evidence supporting conclusions has been made public, however, making it impossible to assess whether the inquiry was carried out with rigor and impartiality, and whether it credibly addressed key issues about targeting and the lasting impact of cluster munition strikes on the civilian population.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Robert Fisk: Bloody end of man who made kidnapping a weapon of war (Robert Fisk- The Independent)

Imad Mughniyeh (Tim Llewellyn- The Guardian)

Car bomb ends life of Hizbullah chief wanted for string of kidnappings and mass murders The Guardian

Hizbullah leader vows to wage 'open war' on Israel The Guardian

Beirut divided in mourning for fallen leaders The Guardian

Bazzi: Who Killed Imad Mugniyah?- Council on Foreign Relations

Photo of The Month (Febuary 2008)

ABD Suriyeli Yetkililere Yaptırım Uyguluyor- VOA

The "Guarantor" and the Conditions for Divorce (Zoheir Kseibati- Al Hayat)

Tension high for Beirut memorials- BBC News

Show of force Lebanon's rivals take to the streets for Beirut memorials BBC News

Hezbollah chief threatens Israel BBC News

Exclusive - Living In The Shadows - Former Mossad Operative Talks Of Muganiyah's Demise (Video)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

"Israel" Accused of Killing Hizbullah Figure- Hizbullah Offical Web Site

Bomb kills top Hezbollah leader- BBC News

Lebanese group Hezbollah says one of its top leaders, Imad Mughniyeh, has died in a bombing in Damascus, and has blamed Israel for assassinating him.

Executive Order: Blocking Property of Additional Persons in Connection with the National Emergency with Respect to Syria- The White House Official Web

Turkey no platform for Israeli strikes -official- Reuters

Turkish diplomat: Ankara may deliver message from Assad to Barak Ha'aretz

Barak visits Turkey to discuss Syria and arms sales Hürriyet

Gönül'den insansız uçaklara övgü CNNTURK

Barak urges Turkey to buy arms, curb Israel's foes Ynetnews

Silencing the Opposition (David Schenker- The Weekly Standard)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Lebanon In Crisis [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service]- Council on Foreign Relations

Assassinations in Lebanon

Assassination of Imad Mughniyeh (12.02.2008)

Assassination of Wissam Eid (25.01.2008)

Assassination of Francois Hajj (12.12.2007)

Assassination of Antoine Ghanem (19.09.2007)

Assassination of Walid Eido (13.06.2007)

Assassination of Pierre Amine Gemayel (21.11.2006)

Assassination of Gebran Tueni (12.12.2005)

Assassination of George Hawi (21.06.2005)

Assassination Samir Kassir (02.06.2005)

Assassination of Rafik Hariri (14.02.2005)

Assassination of Elie Hobeika (24.01.2002)

Assassination of René Moawad (22.11.1989)

Assassination of Rashid Karami (01.06.1987)

Assassination of Bachir Gemayel (14.09.1982)

Assassination of Kamal Jumblatt (16.03.1977)

The Arab Summit ... Stick and Carrot (Mohamed Salah- Al Hayat)

Syria’s FM hopes Lebanon will have a president before the summit- La Libnan

Syrian FM arrives in Yemen- Yemen News Agency (SABA)

Yemeni President Receives Invitation of President al-Assad to participate in Arab Summit of Damascus SANA

Syrian President to invite Saleh to upcoming Arab Summit SABA

Politics & Policies: Peril in Lebanon (Claude Salhani- The Middle East Times)

Army officers charged over Lebanon deadly riots- AFP

Charges over Lebanon riot deaths BBC News

Obama Adviser Leads Delegation to Damascus- The New York Sun