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Feb 20, 2013 Trial Offers Rare Look at Work of Hezbollah in Europe

QUOTE: less than two weeks after he was taken into custody, a bomb blew up alongside a bus at the airport in Burgas, Bulgaria, killing five Israeli tourists and the Bulgarian driver — an attack similar to the one he seemed to be planning, experts say, and one that the Bulgarian authorities later tied to Hezbollah.....significance for the European Union, which has thus far resisted following Washington’s lead in declaring the group a terrorist organization.

New York Times
Dec 13, 2011 Beirut Bank Seen as a Hub of Hezbollah’s Financing

QUOTE: an intricate global money-laundering apparatus that, with the bank as its hub, appeared to let Hezbollah move huge sums of money into the legitimate financial system, despite sanctions aimed at cutting off its economic lifeblood....While law enforcement agencies around the world have long believed that Hezbollah is a passive beneficiary of contributions from loyalists abroad involved in drug trafficking and a grab bag of other criminal enterprises, intelligence from several countries points to the direct involvement of high-level Hezbollah officials in the South American cocaine trade.

New York Times
Jan 25, 2011 Ousted Lebanese Leader Swallows Rivals’ Bitter Pill

QUOTE: Betrayed, he called himself after the choice of Hezbollah, Najib Miqati, was named as the prime minister designate on Tuesday. A victim of his own lies, say his foes, who engineered his ouster by bringing down his government this month. Perhaps it was both, in a place one politician called “a chemical equation, not a country.”

New York Times
Jan 14, 2011 Joy as Tunisian President Flees Offers Lesson to Arab Leaders

QUOTE: The protests’ success gripped a region whose residents have increasingly complained of governments that seem incapable of meeting their demands and are bereft of any ideology except perpetuating power. The combustible mix that inspired them — economic woes and revulsion at corruption and repression — seemed to echo in so many other countries in the Middle East...

New York Times
Jan 13, 2011 For Hezbollah, Claiming Victory Could Be Costly

QUOTE: Hezbollah and its allies acted on longstanding threats Wednesday to bring down Lebanon’s national unity government in a dispute over a United Nations-backed tribunal, which is expected to indict Hezbollah members in the assassination of a former prime minister, Rafik Hariri.

New York Times
Jul 16, 2010 Can We Talk?

QUOTE: On July 7, CNN fired its senior editor of Middle East affairs, Octavia Nasr, after she published a Twitter message saying, “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah,” one of the most prominent Lebanese Shiite spiritual leaders who was involved in the founding of the Hezbollah militia.

New York Times
May 09, 2010 Lebanon claims latest title in 'Hummus War'

QUOTE: Yet, in spite of their shared appreciation, the origin of [hummus] is a source of heated debate with the Lebanese claiming ownership and Israelis denying that they have exclusive rights to the name.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 22, 2009 Spies’ Roots Reach Deep in Lebanon

QUOTE: Hundreds of Lebanese spied for Israel during its 18-year occupation of southern Lebanon, most on a short-term basis. Many felt they had no choice, and they were forgiven, or they served short prison terms after the Israeli withdrawal in 2000. But since then feelings have hardened toward those who spy for Israel, which waged a punishing bombing campaign here during its war with Hezbollah in 2006. Those convicted of spying can face the death penalty under Lebanese law.

New York Times
Dec 21, 2008 Extradition Of Terror Suspects Founders: Al-Qaeda Suspects Remain in Britain Years After Arrests

QUOTE: a decade later, none of the defendants has moved any closer to a U.S. courtroom....Britain and other allies have long complained about Guantanamo, the tribunals and extralegal U.S. tactics used to fight al-Qaeda. At the same time, however, they have often blocked or resisted efforts by the U.S. government to prosecute accused terrorists in federal court.

Washington Post
Jul 17, 2008 Israelis Uneasy Over Prisoner Release: Critics say the deal, which they see as lopsided, could embolden Hezbollah.

QUOTE: "Anyone that kidnaps an Israeli will now know that Israel is willing to pay an extremely high price, totally out of proportion with what the other side will pay"

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 19, 2008 Israel Open to Deal With Lebanon on Disputed Land

QUOTE: Israel offered on Wednesday to start direct peace talks with Lebanon, saying all issues would be negotiable including a tiny piece of Israeli-held land on the countries’ border that Israel has long argued does not belong to Lebanon but that the Lebanese say is theirs....However, in the past the Lebanese government has consistently opposed negotiations with Israel, saying the Israelis must first return the disputed piece of land.

New York Times
Dec 02, 2007 Chilled: Where Living in Fear Starts at the Top

QUOTE: France, once Lebanon’s ruler, left a system that favors the Christians: The president is a Maronite Catholic, the prime minister a Sunni; Parliament’s speaker is a Shiite and seats are allocated by sect. To keep the balance, there has been no census since 1932.

New York Times
Oct 06, 2007 Christian Split in Lebanon Raises Specter of Civil War

QUOTE: Christian youth are signing up for militant factions in the greatest numbers since the end of the civil war, spray painting nationalist symbols on walls and tattooing them on their skin, and proclaiming their willingness to fight in a new civil war — in particular, against fellow Christians.

New York Times
Jan 30, 2007 Israel May Have Misused Cluster Bombs, U.S. Says

QUOTE: The State Department notified Congress yesterday that Israel may have violated U.S. rules prohibiting the use of American-made cluster bombs in civilian areas during last summer's war in Lebanon.

Washington Post
Jan 24, 2007 Hezbollah Leads a Fiery Strike: Lebanon Violence Is Worst Since Start of Protest; At Least 3 Dead

QUOTE: The Hezbollah-led opposition cut roads in Beirut and across Lebanon with burning tires, uprooted trees, incinerated cars and barricades to enforce a strike Tuesday aimed at toppling the government, paralyzing the country....An overextended army, hewing to a policy of neutrality, rarely intervened to break the blockades, effectively ensuring the success of the most dramatic escalation yet in the two-month campaign led by Hezbollah, the militant Shiite organization, to force the resignation of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.

Washington Post
Dec 10, 2006 Lebanon's Shiites Grapple With New Feeling of Power: Despite Gains, Sense of Vulnerability Persists

QUOTE: There is a joke heard in Khiam and elsewhere in Lebanon, itself a bitter critique of the days when the community was rural, marginalized and illiterate, dominated by a traditional elite of reactionary clergy and landowners with feudal Ottoman-era titles. Shiite peasants went to the home of a prominent Shiite clan leader and asked him to build a school. He looked at them, confused and a little surprised. His reply: Wasn't it enough that his own son was going to school and getting an education?

Washington Post
Dec 05, 2006 Offering Video, Israel Answers Critics on War

QUOTE: Israel’s military, which has been accused of abuses in its war against Hezbollah this summer, has declassified photographs, video images and prisoner interrogations to buttress its accusation that Hezbollah systematically fired from civilian neighborhoods in southern Lebanon and took cover in those areas to shield itself from attack.

New York Times
Aug 09, 2006 Muslim Charities Say Fear Is Damming Flow of Money

QUOTE: many people who are inclined to write checks for emergency aid and reconstruction in Lebanon are afraid of ending up in some government database of suspected supporters of terrorism...unintended consequences of the U.S. government's crackdown on charities run by Muslims.

Washington Post
Aug 08, 2006 Lebanon's Proposals Change Dynamics: Arab Delegation to Meet With Security Council as Bush Urges Swift Action

QUOTE: Lebanon's government, including cabinet ministers belonging to Hezbollah, voted unanimously on Monday to deploy 15,000 troops in the south along the border with Israel....Lebanon also proposed that Shebaa Farms, a disputed territory where Hezbollah and Israel have waged their most intense confrontation for six years, be handed over to U.N. custody until the border between Lebanon and Syria can be determined.

Washington Post
Aug 08, 2006 How Hizballah Hijacks the Internet: The group pops up on unwitting Web sites around the world in order to communicate, recruit and fundraise

QUOTE: Hackers from the militant Lebanese group are trolling the Internet for vulnerable sites to communicate with one another and to broadcast messages from Al-Manar television, which is banned in the U.S. In the cyberterrorism trade it is known as "whack-a-mole" — just like the old carnival game, Hizballah sites pop up, get whacked down and then pop up again somewhere else on the World Wide Web.

Time Magazine
Jul 27, 2006 Liberals and Israel

QUOTE: most of the lefty blogs are avoiding the Middle East war...conservatives are ramping up the argument that there's a game of camouflage going on, and the back-and-forth is revealing.

Washington Post
Jul 24, 2006 The War of Images

QUOTE: the very technology that enables reporters to show footage of a Lebanese father soon after his young son has been killed by a bomb blast carries not just an emotional punch but the power to distort the overall picture.

Washington Post
Jul 19, 2006 Arithmetic of Pain

QUOTE: While Israel does everything reasonable to minimize civilian casualties -- not always with success -- Hezbollah and Hamas want to maximize civilian casualties on both sides....This misuse of civilians as shields and swords requires a reassessment of the laws of war. The distinction between combatants and civilians -- easy when combatants were uniformed members of armies that fought on battlefields distant from civilian centers -- is more difficult in the present context.

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
Jan 02, 2006 Mothers Press Issues of War That Lebanese Want to Forget: Loved Ones Still Missing From Years of Conflict

QUOTE: ...Lebanese society has yet to confront, much less resolve, the legacy of the most cataclysmic event in its modern history -- the 1975-90 civil war. Fifteen years later, that conflict is still shrouded in silence. Under a 1991 amnesty law, all but a handful of killings were placed beyond prosecution. History textbooks address nothing more recent than 1975. And many factional warlords serve in government, their portraits staring down on streets they once wrecked.

Washington Post
Dec 13, 2005 Report Says Syria Interfered in Hariri Probe

QUOTE: Syria has interfered with a U.N. probe into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri by burning intelligence archives and intimidating a key witness who had tied senior Syrian officials to the killing...

Washington Post
Sep 23, 2005 Syria Seeking Deal In U.N. Hariri Probe: Investigation Into Killing Deepens

QUOTE: Syria is trying to negotiate a deal to prevent punitive action by the United Nations if the Damascus government is linked to the Feb. 14 assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister...

Washington Post
Sep 22, 2005 Lebanese President Should Resign, Prime Minister Says

QUOTE: Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora said...that President Emile Lahoud had been imposed on Lebanon by Syria, and that the majority of Lebanese, including his own Christian community, now oppose him.

Washington Post
May 22, 2005 Lebanon's Election: Free but Not Fair

QUOTE: With Syria gone, Lebanon's elections will be free, but they won't be fair. In Lebanon, Muslim votes, especially Shiite votes, count less than those of Christians.

Washington Post
Jan 02, 2005 The War Inside the Arab Newsroom

QUOTE: Beyond Al-Rashed's criticism of Islamic fundamentalists, the main target of his wrath is the Arab media....he thinks his competition is not just misguided but actively dangerous. "The region is being filled with inaccuracies and partial truths...I think people will always make good judgments if they have the right information and the whole information. What we lack right now is the truth and information."

New York Times
Jan 24, 2002 Former Lebanese Christian Warlord Killed by Bomb: Apparent Car Bomb Kills Commander of Sabra and Chatila Attack

QUOTE: Former Lebanese Christian warlord Elie Hobeika, commander of forces that slaughtered hundreds of Palestinians at the Sabra and Chatila refugee camps in 1982, died in an explosion near his Beirut home today in a killing reminiscent of Lebanon's 15-year civil war.

Washington Post
Nov 23, 2001 Democracy's Uneasy Steps in the Islamic World

QUOTE: At a time when democracy is new and its institutions untested, and with many Arab societies divided among tribes or sects, or between modernists and traditionalists, there are concerns that majorities might become tyrannical.

New York Times
Nov 10, 2001 Longer Visa Waits for Arabs; Stir Over U.S. Eavesdropping

QUOTE: groups and organizations representing American Muslims said the new requirements amounted to profiling by religion or nationality, a shift to methods they called antithetical to American values....Robert E. Hirshon, the president of the American Bar Association, said that the new eavesdropping regulation clearly violated the Constitution's guarantees...

New York Times
Nov 06, 2001 Fighting Bin Ladenism

QUOTE: After saying that the U.S. was deliberately making humanitarian food drops in areas of Afghanistan full of land mines....This was an editorial written by Egypt's leading editor, personally appointed by President Hosni Mubarak....redirecting their public's anger onto America through their press.

New York Times
Sep 24, 2001 The Mideast is Also Changed

QUOTE: The secular elites among the Palestinians and other Arabs, as well as the political moderates and the middle classes, have too often allowed anger, fear and a sense of helplessness to mute their protest against the horrific suicide bombings that have killed innocent civilians...

New York Times
Sep 21, 2001 Hama Rules

QUOTE: ...a generation of Muslims and Arabs have been raised on such distorted views of America that...America has been vilified as the biggest enemy of Islam.

New York Times
Aug 04, 2001 Kidnap Victim's Family Awarded {$314.6} Million

QUOTE: A federal judge has ordered the government of Iran to pay $314.6 million to the family of the Rev. Lawrence M. Jenco, ruling that Iran was behind the kidnapping of the Roman Catholic priest who was held hostage for 564 days...

Washington Post
Jul 01, 2001 'Jihadistan'


QUOTE: Religious fanaticism.... when it merges with economic and cultural despair....the world's first "virtual nation," perhaps best called "Jihadistan." They recognize no borders save those of the Umma, the Islamic world...

Washington Law & Politics