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LEBANON: Residents ready to take up arms against Syrian insurgents | IRIN Middle East

TRIPOLI, 17 November 2011 (IRIN) – In the office of the former general turned self-styled humanitarian, concerned locals and Syrian refugees talk of taking up arms to defend a country they believe the national army will not. “If you do not protect our land, we will create a resistance to protect our land,” said former general Hameed Hamoud, outlining the ...

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In Lebanon, the plot thickens | Opinion – Al Jazeera

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), the UN Security Council-initiated investigation into the February 14, 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, formally unveiled its indictment of four alleged Hezbollah “supporters” last week. There was nothing new in this document. Almost all details had been leaked to various media outlets at separate intervals since 2009. But it is ...

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‘I feel like I’ve saved a life’: the women clearing Lebanon of cluster bombs | The Guardian

Only up close does it become clear that some of the bulky figures in armoured vests scouring the fields of southern Lebanon for unexploded cluster bombs are wearing hijabs under their protective helmets. Once local teachers, nurses and housewives, this group of women are now fully trained to search for mines and make up the only all-female clearance team in ...

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UN security council condemns Syria’s violence against civilians – video | guardian.co.uk

In its first substantive action on the uprising in Syria, the UN security council has condemned human rights violations and use of force against civilians by Syrian authorities. Prompted by an intensification of the three-month-old bloody crackdown against anti-government protests, the statement was agreed after three days of hard bargaining. It ‘condemns widespread violations of human rights and the use ...

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America in Trouble in the Middle East: Obama Understands, But GOP Gloats | James Zogby via Huffington Post

In our survey of over 4,000 Arabs from six countries (Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE), we found that favorable attitudes toward the U.S. had declined sharply since our last poll (which had been conducted in 2009 after Obama’s first 100 days in office). Read more here: James Zogby: America in Trouble in the Middle East: Obama ...

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My Political Rupture With AIPAC: Israel Harms Palestinians (And Itself) | Mike Gravel, CounterPunch

My concern for the Israeli-Arab conflict is a personal one. I was raised in a Jewish neighborhood — three synagogues within three blocks of our home in Springfield, Mass. — which sensitized me to Jewish culture and history. As a young student of world affairs, I closely followed the history of the Holocaust and Israel’s birth in Palestine. On the ...

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LEBANON: Cameras for kids initiative in Palestinian refugee camps | IRIN Middle East

A Beirut-based NGO is training children in Lebanon’s 12 Palestinian refugee camps to take photographs of camp life in the belief that the exercise is cathartic for the children, will benefit the camps financially and lead some of the trainees to work professionally as photographers. The idea of getting children to photograph camp life struck Ramzi Haidar after a visit ...

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Leading Israelis push for two-state solution with new peace initiative | guardian.co.uk

A group of prominent Israelis, including heads of the army and security services, hope to revive the peace initiative by announcing details of possible treaties with the Palestinians, Syria and Lebanon. The Israeli Peace Initiative, a two-page document, states that Israel will withdraw from the land it occupied in 1967 in both the West Bank and the Golan Heights, and ...

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Tens of thousands protest against Hezbollah’s arms deposit | Xinhua, PressTV

Supporters of Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri took to the streets on Sunday to demand the disarmament of the Shiite armed group Hezbollah. Tens of thousands of people gathered in the Martyrs’ Square in downtown Beirut to show support for Hariri, whose national unity government collapsed after the withdrawal of ministers affiliated with Hezbollah over the Special Tribunal for ...

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MIDDLE EAST: Violence hits education | IRIN Middle East

NAIROBI, 3 March 2011 (IRIN) – Several Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq and Yemen are unlikely to achieve the education-for-all Millennium Development Goals by 2015 because of insecurity and conflict, according to a new report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The education-for-all goals were endorsed by more than 160 countries in 2000. But according to ...

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Lebanese government collapse: a history of missed opportunities | Nicholas Noe, guardian.co.uk

With the collapse of Lebanon’s national unity government this week, a media frenzy quickly arose asking whether this country would once again descend into civil war or at least some kind of newsworthy civil conflict. Unfortunately, despite the worrying prospect of yet another political deadlock made worse by forthcoming indictments from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, something far worse than ...

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