Super Duper Tuesday

8 02 2008

The outcomes of Super Tuesday in the US were as expected: A virtual tie between the two Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama whereas on the Republican camp, a win by John MacCain although Mike Huckabee did better than expected whereas Mitt Romney went home with the most to lose.

Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney are well known for their conservative and traditional ideology. Mike Huckabee manages to win many conservative votes from his rival, Mitt Romney, as well as from many Republicans disgruntled by MacCain’s relatively Liberal views. Hackabee may well go on to claim a political victory for being able to secure many votes over what many had predicted and was able to pocket a sizeable share of delegates even though his two rivals had shared every state save Iowa pre-Super Tuesday states. Even though Huckabees chances of overtaking any of his rivals seem extremely narrow, especially when it comes to MacCain, he as well as Romney are continuing their campaign to obviously secure a ‘running mate’ position as well as being chosen the Vice President – notice how Huckabee and Romney increasingly claim they will reach the White House as opposed to the Presidency.

As for the Democats, Hillary Clinton was the clear, albeit extremely narrow, victor on Tuesday, winning the biggest and most important states on offer and securing more delegates than Obama. She will go on to claim that she faced Obama’s full-throttle momentum accumilated after his victory in Iowa. However, Obama was also pleased, he won more states than Hillary and proved his ‘Beltway’ and nation-wide popularity. He will also be oblied to highlight the fact that his momentum is still in full swing and, even though hindered, was not stopped by even Hillary Clinton – a heavy-weight Democrat whom not-so-long-ago had double digit leads over any of the second-bests in the race.

The Republicans now have a decisive leader for the Presidential election whereas the Democrats don’t. This could prove to be damaging as the General Presidential Elections approach. The Republicans can now focus most of their energy at bashing at the Democratic nominees, while Clinton and Obama continue to bash at each other more ferociously in the days to come.





The Mystery of Fatah Al-Islam

24 01 2008

Fatah Al-Islam has been shrouded by mystery and confusion since the day it officially declared it’s existence. Their story and plight has become politicised by frankly every single party involved in Lebanese politics – this includes outsider party’s as well as national one. Sadly, the misinformation broadcast by every politician, political party, news outles and governments has led to the obstruction of unveiling the truth behind this militant organisation either due to the inaccuracy of information gathered or journalist and freelancers’ fear of being accused of lying and siding by a political party – and in effect have all their research disregarded as well as their record stained – if they dare declare their findings.

We’ll start with the basics. Fatah Al-Islam became known in May 2007 after it officially declared it’s existence and fought the Lebanese National Army in the same month. It’s leader is Shaker Al-Abssi, a notorious criminal and hardcore militant who used to be an ex-Fighter Pilot for the Libyan army, sentenced to death in absentia in Jordan as well as jailed in Syria for smuggling weapons and is now again wanted by the Syrian Authorities.

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The March 14 camp in Lebanon (US/Western-backed) claims that Fatah Al-Islam is a small splinter or sleeper terrorist group in Lebanon under Syrian direction and support (including arms and finances). Meanwhile, the March 8 camp (Syrian/Iranian-backed) claims the contrary. That in fact, Fatah Al-Islam is a group created by the March 14 camp in order to weaken the relatively strong Army – essentially the only barrier to a confrontation with Hezbollah and total control in Lebanon. Read the rest of this entry »





Where Does Your Allegiance Lie?

23 01 2008

A few days back, I was on PalTalk. I started going around different chat rooms until one of them, which was a Lebanese chat forum, caught my eye – or should I say, my ear. The discussion was between two Lebanese natives – one of them living in Brazil and the other in Germany.

The topic was – allegiance. Which of the countries you live in deserves allegiance, the native country or the one you reside in? Read the rest of this entry »





22 01 2008

George Maalouf, an energy analysts told Ya Libnan: “The irony in all this is that neither Hezbollah nor Amal supporters pay for the electricity in Lebanon. Electricity fee collectors are scared to go to the Hezbollah controlled areas for fear for their lives.””

Let me clarify a few things that this comment infers. It infers;

1) If you support a specific political party in Lebanon, in this case Hezbollah or Amal, you automatically do not tend to pay your electricity bills. It is like a virus – once your allegiance is pledged to a specific party, you systematically gain a tendency to evade bills.

2) The comment also infers that all Hezbollah and Amal supporters live exclusively in ‘Hezbollah controlled’ areas of Lebanon. They are autonomous from the rest of the nation and only ever live under the control of their party.

3) Finally, the commentator assumes that fee collectors are afraid to ‘enter’ these areas because they may be at risk – therefore making a connected assumption that there is some kind of common rivalry between a fee collector and Hezbollah supporters, I guess they are both born to hate each other – whereas the rest of Lebanon and Lebanese absolutely love the bill collectors. They are similarly born with a common love for each other. Read the rest of this entry »





Objectiveness of Franjieh

17 01 2008

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The thing I love about Franjieh is his willingness and courage to criticise anything that he doesn’t like. He is honest and straight forward. He does not hide behind political jargon or political correctness to deliver his message. He says it loudly and clearly for everyone to hear. I also salute him for being one of the very few (if not the only one) politicians to criticise both Bkirki and Michelle Suleiman. Read the rest of this entry »





The Forgotten People of Cedar Land

16 01 2008

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Lebanon is a unique country in every aspect. It is amazing. Despite all the problems in my native country – I still love it. I’m not the only one. Despite the wars, corruption, scandalous politicians and awkward parties, many Lebanese – both at home and abroad – are still attached to this small piece of land like no other.

I want to focus on the aspect that fills me with pride. The diversity in Lebanon tops everything I love about this country. Yes, we are extremely liberal and open people. Yes, we are also extremely hospitable and educated. But to see a native Lebanese Jew talking of their concern and love for this country truly touches you. Read the rest of this entry »





Suicide bomb victims on road to recovery

14 01 2008

“Israelis are resilient by nature, so the majority of victims have been able to overcome the post traumatic stress disorder that many suffered. All victims went through the intrusive phase which included flashbacks and nightmares for at least several weeks, i.e. a normal response to an abnormal situation,” explained Eger.

Can someone ask this guy how a nations resilience is measured? While you’re at it, also ask him what response he expects from Lebanese civilians in a war as horrifying as in 2006, or the response of Palestinian civilians, whom are terrorised daily with air-raids, shelling, operations and round-up’s. Oh, and give him a tomato if he answers correctly.