Thursday, August 31, 2006

Stockholm Conference: Siniora's Impassioned Plea for $500m



















Leb
anon's Prime minister has made an 'impassioned plea' for help today - 31.08.06. Fuad Siniora told delegates at an international donors' conference in Sweden that 'Lebanon's recovery from its civil war had been "wiped out in days".'

Jihad Azour, the finance minister, told the Financial Times that 'Lebanon needed between $400m (€314m,
£212m) and $500m in short-term assistance for the quick rehabilitation of infrastructure and schools, social projects for vulnerable groups, and assistance in de-mining border areas where Israeli-fired cluster bombs are preventing farmers from returning to their land'.

According to the Government of Lebanon report (see in pdf) to the conference. 'The main objective of the national early recovery process is to establish the critical
elements for Lebanon to resume its progress towards sustainable growth and development. In particular, the national early recovery process seeks to:
(a) Provide the conditions for the return of the displaced, including temporary shelter and safety from the immediate threat of unexploded ordnances; and
(b) Restore minimum capacity in terms of infrastructure, access to basic social services and income generating activities, pending full reconstruction
.

NO... the siege will not be lifted!




Israel will not lift its sea and air blockade of Lebanon unless Lebanese and international forces deploy at all border crossings, including those on the Lebanese-Syrian frontier to enforce an arms embargo on Hezbollah militants.

Syria objects to UN troups on it's borders with Lebanon and threatens to close it if UN peacekeepers are deployed along the frontier.

UN humanitarian chief expresses shock at the "completely immoral" use of cluster bombs in Lebanon













"Israel faced a stinging rebuke from the UN yesterday when the world body's humanitarian chief expressed shock at the "completely immoral" use of cluster bombs in Lebanon ...
"What's shocking - and I would say to me completely immoral - is that 90% of the cluster bomb strikes occurred in the last 72 hours of the conflict, when we knew there would be a resolution," Mr Egeland said.

Read article

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Suggestions for UNIFIL Menu. Recipe 1: Spaghetti with Tahini




Does anyone notice how slow the UN and EU are in their actions? I mean it took them 33 days to reach a cease-fire that could have been reached in 1 week. And now it is taking ages to deploy peacekeepers.
A friend of mine reflected that ‘it is the food stupid!’. Europeans want to make sure their soldiers are well-fed. So, I decided to start a series of menu suggestions that mix local and European recipes. Sahtein!

  • 1/2 cup Tahini
  • 3/4 Cups Lemon Juice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 Cloves garlic
  • Salt to Taste
  • Olive oil
  • Wild Thyme (abundant in South Lebanon)
  • Pasta

Mince garlic.
Add Tahini, Garlic, Lemon Juice and water. Mix well

Cook pasta.

Add tahini sauce to pasta and garnish with wild thyme and olive oil.

Serves: 6. Preparation time: 10-15mins

Best eaten on the ruins of Bint Jbeil.


At last different pictures of the war




Produced by Magnum photos, "War in Lebanon" exposes a series of poignant black and white pictures taken by photographer Christopher Anderson.




click here to view the slideshow.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Nasrallah: From the new leader Maximo to Aoun’s new PR manager













Sayyed Nasrallah’s speech, last night, shifted the crux of the problem from the external dimension to the domestic one. After freezing Hezbollah’s military activities against Israel, Nasrallah turned to the domestic situation and ‘declared’ war on the government and parliamentary majority.
Regarding the causes of the war, Nasrallah’s contradicting statements point to the fact that he is trying to exonerate himself from this war. On one hand, he did not expect the Israeli’s retaliation and attempted to justify himself by portraying Hezbollah’s abduction of the two Israelis soldiers as ‘business as usual’. On the other hand, he had information that the Israelis were planning a major attack in September. So, he had information of a major attack in September, yet he did not anticipate such a retaliation in July.
Regarding the results of the war, Nasrallah distributed good and bad points to everyone in Lebanon, the Arab world and the world in general. The result boils down to the ‘8th of March’ alliance, Syria and Iran as the winner with the rest being not only traitors but also losers. Being a Lebanese citizen does not qualify one automatically to the status of winner: Nasrallah keeps to himself the right to decide and has a set of criteria according to which he can discriminate between winners and traitors. As expected, it fits perfectly his previous allies and none of its previous opponents.
But the most important point is the domestic implication of Nasrallah’s new speech. Since the end of the war, we have been bombarded last week by the ‘new apologists’ of the Hezbollah that this historical victory will have tremendous political implications. For days, propagandists allied to the Hezbollah have been warning that the political translation of this victory is going to be far-reaching. Today, Nasrallah just unveiled what these implications are going to be: a ministerial post to General Aoun. The political translation of our historical victory, our 1000 martyrs and our destroyed country boils down to a change in a couple of ministerial posts.
Nasrallah played tonight a very dangerous game. In his speech, he attempted to instigate a Christian sectarian tension by claiming that 75% of the Christian are not represented politically due to the dictatorial majority, i.e. the Sunnis. His attempt to instigate this sectarian tension is twofold. First, if it succeeds, it will take some of the pressure of his back, and weapons, by creating a source of tension between the Christians and the Sunnis and by altering the political priority from the disarmament of the Hezbollah to the representation of the Christians. Second, if Nasrallah succeeds in changing the government, he will have with his allies more than a third of the government, thus allowing him to block completely its functioning. This will allow him to block any Lebanese cooperation with the U.N. be it on the front of the UNSCR 1701 or 1559, thus returning us to pre-14 of February 2005.

Friday, August 25, 2006

State-in-the-state




Two recurrent motifs structure the debate on the future of Lebanon. The first is the series of opposition used to characterize the situation: Hong Kong or Hanoi, Paris or Mogadishu, Riviera or Citadel, International Community or Iran, etc. This series of opposition is grafted on the problem of the state-in-the-state, used to describe Hezbollah’s apparatus and monopoly on vital functions of the state.
The main argument is based on a classic reading of state’s prerogatives. After the ‘discovery’ of Hezbollah’s apparatus, it has been argued that the Lebanese state cannot coexist with a non-state actor competing with it and monopolizing the decision of war and peace while regulating the access of the state to a large part of the population. This situation of state-in-the-state cannot last; the notion of the duality of the state and the resistance, used by the Hezbollah to justify its position, has reached its limits.
The problem with this reading relates to the identity of the state: which state is in which? Which state is tolerating the other? Who should be integrated in the other? The latest developments shed some doubts on the usual reading. Increasingly, it seems that the Hezbollah is the one tolerating the Lebanese state, while delegating, willingly or not, part of its sovereign functions to the government.
On a number of accounts, Hezbollah is emerging as the main player in the Lebanese polity, while the state is recessing. One of the attributes of a state is its international recognition; the international system’s exclusive recognition of state actors was one of the main impetuses behind the survival of weak states. Today, two principles of international recognition are competing in Lebanon. The international legitimacy of Hezbollah is supported by the Arab masses and a number of countries while the Lebanese state is relying on the Arab regimes and international community. These two loci of recognition are competing today, with the latest development improving the, still minor, position of the former.
On the level of institutions and popular mobilization, Hezbollah has proven to be more efficient, being able to mobilize in short time impressive resources, both human and financial. The Lebanese state, torn between its historical weakness and the haplessness of its backers, resembles a provincial local government. Moreover, it has consistently failed to mobilize its constituency. Hezbollah managed to harness the power of a modern state while the official state looks like a remnant of feudal power.
Lastly, regarding the legitimation discourse, the competition between two worldviews is reaching its apex. The Lebanese state has adopted a ‘reform-and-democracy’ discourse, as opposed to Hezbollah’s ‘Arab-Israeli conflict’ discourse. The failure of the former discourse, both on a regional and domestic level, with the recognition of the potency of the Israeli-Arab conflicts tipped the balance toward Hezbollah’s vision.
The current developments illustrate the idea that the Hezbollah has turned into the main source of authority while the state is trying to eat away from its prerogatives. Yet, the Hezbollah is still not the sole source of authority. The state is still needed in Lebanon. As with the latest wave of privatization of the state, the state will survive but in an even more diminished form. It will become the sectarian and social safety net for a non-state economic and political project. In the same way that the Neo-Liberal project of the 1990s needed the state to ensure a modicum of social and political stability, Hezbollah will need the state to deal with the rest of the political actors and to ensure the social and economic requirements of the country.

Interactive map




The New York Times published an interactive map based on the number of strikes and the number of killed in each village.













click here and scroll down to see the map

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Amnesty Report: Deliberate destruction or 'collateral damage'? Israeli attacks against civilian infrastructure




“The evidence strongly suggests that the extensive destruction of public works, power systems, civilian homes and industry was deliberate and an integral part of the military strategy, rather than "collateral damage" – incidental damage to civilians or civilian property resulting from targeting military objectives.”

“The widespread destruction of apartments, houses, electricity and water services, roads, bridges, factories and ports, in addition to several statements by Israeli officials, suggests a policy of punishing both the Lebanese government and the civilian population in an effort to get them to turn against Hizbullah. Israeli attacks did not diminish, nor did their pattern appear to change, even when it became clear that the victims of the bombardment were predominantly civilians, which was the case from the first days of the conflict.”

For the report, click here
For the press release, click here

Media Excerpts




Reconstruction has turned into a contest for the loyalty of the Lebanese. The first round has been won by Hezbollah with its impressive, systematic and efficient handing of cash, according to Robert Fisk.
U.S. aid is coming under political pressures by Hezbollah, notes the Financial Times.
As for the Lebanese government, a controversy was sparked with the resignation of the head of the Council for Development and Reconstruction, the main body responsible for the reconstruction.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Media Excerpts




The law of unintended consequences or just bad policymaking? “Iran's influence in Iraq has superseded that of the US, and it is increasingly rivalling the US as the main actor at the crossroads between the Middle East and Asia”, writes a new report from the Chatham House.
For the press release, click here
For the full report in pdf format, click here

How will this affect Lebanon? In a revival of Jumblat famous quote “Hanoi vs. Hong Kong”, Nadim Shehadi investigates the future of Lebanon torn between the Riviera and the Citadel.

Fragile truce, strong blockade




Lebanon continues to be subject to a sea and air blockade imposed by Israel, with the exception of a limited number of flights, including aid and diplomatic missions.
Even Middle East Airlines, Lebanon's national carrier, which resumed some of it's commercial flights to and from Beirut, has to stop in Amman for a security check, imposed by the Israelis.

Israel confirmed that the war on Lebanon has not ended .

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

USD 46.3 million needed for urgent recovery by UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme is appealing for USD 46.3 million for urgent recovery projects in Lebanon. Projects for the post ceasefire period labeled 'The Quick Delivery – High Impact Initiative' are 'designed to jump start Lebanon’s recovery pending the completion of all assessments and the formulation of a comprehensive recovery programme. These projects will help restore the development trajectory immediately after the ceasefire and to arrest any further deterioration of environmental and human resources.'

Read report with maps (pdf)

Media Excerpts




Fred Halliday, on the regional implication of the war in Lebanon.

New York Time, on how the West should compete with Hezbollah regarding aid.

New York Time again and Alain Gresh, on the rise of Islamism.

A very interesting analysis of Hezbollah, for those still interested (in French).

Lastly, the coup against the Lebanese state as seen by Hazem Saghyeh (in Arabic).

Monday, August 21, 2006

tough days ahead




A tough week is ahead for the Lebanese Government to sustain the ceasefire. The Israeli raid in Baalbeck area in Eastern Lebanon last Saturday proved that the ceasefire was indeed very fragile. Fearing escalations and with blurred objectives of its mission, the Lebanese Army halted its deployment in the South. The Army will probably continue to deploy in accord with a gentleman’s agreement with Hezbollah to go underground for the time-being until further dialogue is initiated to achieve Siniora’s objective of one government one gun’.

The French withdrawal from participating and leading the peacekeeping force in South Lebanon has also added to the fragility of the situation. France will only participate in 600 soldiers - mostly engineers - a symbolic gesture compared to Chirac’s earlier pledge of sending thousands of troops. It is apparent that not agreeing on clear ‘rules of engagement’ for this peacekeeping force halted the French participation as well as other European states. This could definitely risk the implementation of 1701 resolution and could lead to renewed violence. Among the European states, only Italy is sending a large number of troops and will most probably lead the force.

The next few days are decisive to show if the ceasefire will go in effect or it was only a recess to prepare for ths second round.

Meantime, people of South Lebanon, get used to pronouncing tagliatelle.

Enter Syria



Some developments might appear in the Syria-Israel front. Israel’s Public Security Minister Avi Dichter said that returning Golan Heights to Syria could be a price Israel is ready to pay “in return for a true peace with Syria or with Lebanon.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Hezbollah and the privatization of the state















Hezbollah’s handing in cash in the southern suburbs of Beirut and the South was hailed by its new apologists as a sign of its efficiency, as opposed to the long delays, inefficient bureaucracies, endless queues and widespread corruption characterizing the Lebanese state. If such a position can be warranted both in terms of its accurate description of the Lebanese state and the exceptional urgency of the situation, it contains a dangerous twist in the argument, a twist that relinquish the rights of these ‘supporters’ to make any criticisms of the political system.

The argument of efficiency used to justify Hezbollah’s practices mirrors the Neo-Liberal demonizing of the state in developing countries. Using corruption and inefficiency as the main deconstructive argument, the state has been dismantled, reformed and reduced in a way that fits the right-wing discourse. Hezbollah’s apologists used the same argument to justify their rejection of the state. It is curious to note that they seemed to have been influenced by the right-wing radical proposal to replace the welfare state by direct cash transfer.

Adopting such a discourse leads these new apologists to relinquish the right to criticize the reconstruction plan with all its shady deals and the past economic practices. The corruption, shady deals and redistribution that accompanied the reconstruction plan, in its public or private forms, were all justified by the need to speed things up and avoid the inefficiencies involved in state procedures. The state and the law were stepped upon by the need to reconstruct in the 1990’s and are being stepped upon again in 2006. Those who accept the latest wave of privatization of the state cannot ethically criticize the earlier wave.

Moreover, these apologists just relinquished their right to criticize clientelism, political redistribution and the accompanying corruption. There are no differences between money spent during elections or routinely spent by politicians and the handing in of cash by Hezbollah. Both aim at securing a political base, both transcend the state and both replace the political process by a process of buying votes. Those who find themselves today supporting such practices must also accept the justification of the whole Lebanese political system.

As for those who justify such practices by the needs of the population or the fact that this money is being distributed to the poor, think again. The whole Neo-Liberal discourse, as the voice of the silent majority squeezed by the state, and the whole clientelist framework are justified by the need to redistribute to the poor. As for those who would like to portray the Hezbollah as a grassroots movement distributing to the poor while the rest of the politicians distribute to themselves, just take a step back and look at where these blocks of dollars comes from. Deepening the financial openness of Lebanon, the country has become an open market for recycling petrodollars for political gains.

And why stop here? Since we privatized most of the state’s sovereign, economic and social functions, let’s continue this process. The legal system is noteworthy for its delays, corruption and inefficiency, let’s take the matters in our own hand. Next time anyone has a legal problem, go solve it yourself.

As for the argument that this was always the case in Lebanon, this is true. But this does not justify the practice. The recourse to this argument has been used regarding any reforms of the Lebanese system, be it regarding sectarianism, the privatization of the economy or of defence. The subtle difference, one that might sound hypocritical, yet that contains a crux of truth relates to the shamefulness with which it has been done. The state, as Beydoun writes, has its theoretical basis in the prudishness felt by the confessional communities toward the regime of political confessionalism. The way Hezbollah just handed in money was a direct affront to the state, an affront which is not unique in the last 15 years, yet which cannot be justified based on such a claim.

Neo-Liberalism in developing countries comes under the guise of clientelist network connected to international economic networks. The late Hariri and its reconstruction project embodied this alliance. Hezbollah today revived it in a more radical form. All those who constructed their political position and career on attacking the former, mourning the loss of the state, the notion of the public, the rise of sectarianism, etc. today joined the trend of the privatization of the state.

In (the Party of) God We Trust

















Photo of a Lebanese resident of South Beirut counts crisp U.S. dollar bills that he received from Hezbollah (literally Party of God in Arabic) on Friday 18.08.2006 as a compensation for losing his house during the Israeli bombing of South Beirut. Hezbollah began distributing US$12,000 (Euros 9,300) in crisp cash bills on Friday 18.08.2006 to those who lost their homes in the one-month war between Israel and Hezbollah (Courtesy of AP Photo/Hussein Malla).

Friday, August 18, 2006

School?




AFP

After housing questions, the next issue is education... What will be the fate of the children in the destructed villages in the coming academic year?

Housing Crisis




Resolving Lebanon's post-war housing crisis
Nasser Yassin, Electronic Lebanon, 16 August 2006
..
"Whatever options the Lebanese government adopt, it has to come out with exceptional policies and sound practices and to employ an exceptionally rapid response to this crisis. Foremost need is the formulation of the right governance structure that would framework the post-conflict reconstruction process. From the beginning the government should set-up a mechanism to ensure transparency and accountability. Information-sharing and openness to the public should be paramount. In each reconstruction step, it is vital to involve local authorities such as municipalities, community representatives and civil society organisations as well as the private sector. The activities of international organisations, whether in lending or in implementing, should be properly channelled through one central body to avoid duplication and poor practices. "

Read full aticle on Elec
tronic Lebanon


South Beirut, AP

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Change in Blog

The end of the July 2006 war on Lebanon would have normally brought an end to this blog. The initial aim of the blog was to run a modest campaign to voice the realities of Lebanon's destruction, oppose media biases and participate in the international campaign pressing for a cease-fire. Throughout this period, blog contributors pulled together their various amateur and professional writing, design and research skills to achieve this purpose. Our special thanks go to our unsung dispatcher, Zeina h., who is returning to the U.S. and to her international fans whose encouragements kept her going until the end. Also big thanks to Zahra, Zainab, Fouad and their families who have by now returned to their homes, or what’s left of them.

But the end of the July 2006 war on Lebanon brings with it Lebanon’s second post-war period in less than two decades. Yet, this time, the hopeful mood that accompanied the early part of the first post-war period has given place to feelings of apprehensions about the future. The tensions, sectarian and political, left by the recent war, are signs of the troubled times ahead.

The blog will continue albeit it will be transformed to address some of the post-war challenges. The focus will shift from the over-mediatized Israeli-Lebanese aspect of the current period to the less covered, more complex, domestic situation and its coming developments. From a media and awareness tool to a more analytical sphere, this blog hopes to become a space for debate.

This shift in focus implies a shift in the political message of this blog. With the end of the Israeli aggressions on Lebanon came the end of the Lebanese consensus: if we all agree that Israel is the enemy, we disagree, as Lebanese, on where to go from here. And as any piece of writings, this blog will represent our political positions on where we would like our country to head.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006



Monday, August 14, 2006

going home

















"Fouad and Miss Gyps"


The last shot was at 7:55 AM. The night before was intense with both parties wanting to say their last word and there was a full conversation falling on our heads. But this morning was different.

I went to the school and looked for Zainab but she and her family had left early this morning back to Tyre. They have lost their house in Maroun Ras but they're going farthest south they can drive and will wait for the Israelis to leave their town so they can go back and rebuild their home. Among all school residents, only Zainab's family lost their house in the South. All the others have places to go back to.

People were getting ready to leave. The mood was like the end of a summer camp, children and adults were exchanging phone numbers. But some of them don't have telephone lines so they were giving the number of their next door neighbor or the neighborhood's grocer. Some families were settling month-old feuds before they leave. Teenage boys and girls seemed a bit anxious as they may not have the same opportunity to spend time together under the same roof.

The other good news is that Miss Gyps' is now gypless. She had been taking a shower early this morning and suddenly the gyps slid from her arm as if the gyps wanted to leave her alone.

Fouad looked angelic today. He told me that he went back home to their house in the Suburbs and swiped the broken glass from his room. His parents thought they'd wait another night until the remains of the cluster bombs are removed from their neighborhood. He told me that five kids died this morning in the South after playing with remains of cluster bombs that looked like toys. Fouad was wearing new bright orange outfit and was very shy. He made the whole school look different.

back home







Thousands of displaced families are driving back to their towns and villages in South Lebanon after the ceasefire became effective today at 8:00 AM Beirut-time. Destroyed bridges and broken roads are hampering people's journeys. The Lebanese Army warned that many unused bombs and left landmines may be very dangerous.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

something falling from the sky
















Israeli planes have been dropping leaflets from Apache helicopters on the southern suburbs of Beirut telling residents to leave ahead of new military operations against Hezbollah. The last leaflets warned residents of seven neighborhoods of the Southern suburbs to evacuate them. The last attack was almost ten minutes ago.

Ceasefire Monday 6:00 GMT



doves, hawks and owls




'Israel's belligerent doves should pause to ponder one small question: if they – the famous peace lovers – have become doves of prey after the death of 100 Israelis, then what do they suppose is going through the minds of those doves and hawks alike who have suffered 1,000 deaths, hundreds of thousands of displaced persons, and scores of villages almost wiped off the face of the earth.'
'But how dare I compare? We are the chosen people, and they are just Arabs.'


Some tough questions that B. Michael poses to the Israeli society

Read article from Israel's Ynet News.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

miracles




The news about a possible ceasefire on Monday gave some people perspective about the length of their stay at the school. The ceasefire came as good news to the volunteers who are worn out as well, especially the younger ones.

Today's national hero is Fouad (6). For the past month his routine can be summarized as the following: waking up at dawn, waking the entire school up, waiting at the entrance for the volunteers to come, jumping on them, and asking them to throw him in the air, running after the ladies, pulling them from their ponytails, falling on the ground, bleeding, not caring, and repeating until he falls asleep.

Today was the test though: there is a new family from South Lebanon who has rented a small apartment in the neighborhood, they came looking for some prescription medicine that is available in the school. But the new family's kids didn’t have toys and we ran out of all toys that were donated to the school. I went to Fouad and asked him slowly and calmy whether he can share some of his toys with the new kids. With the usual sparkle in his eyes, he runs off to his room and gets a whole bag of toys and gives it to the new kid.

I hold him and take him around the school telling everybody what a great deed he had done. Adults applaude him, volunteers kiss him. Not wanting to waste any bit of attention he's receiving, Fouad looks at me and says: "I have more where the toys came from".

Friday, August 11, 2006

on needing and wanting




Diana, the sister of the Rabbit Killer, is renowned for her claws. She has left scars on the back of an older boy and has left him with swollen eyes: "he got on my nerves", she justifies. Her mom overlooks the entire scene from the school windows and has given specific instructions to the Rabbit Killer, the Cat and their brothers to hit back at anyone who pisses them off. And they're following instructions.

The mood around the school is a bit tense. With some families leaving and others settling in, there is constant tension between adults over space and resources. The kids feel the tension between the adults and manage to take advantage of it sometimes. Little 4 year-old Mohammad who spends his time biting off other kids and crying for being hit back, complained to his mom that his friend got a bigger toy than he did. The mother, in all confidence, takes the friend's toy and breaks it to pieces: "Now, honey, yours is bigger".

Miss Gyps is still hanging on to the gyps. Her mom thinks that her arm has not yet healed because the four year old is so thin that she still needs more time with the gyps. I wasn't sure of the medical justification, but looking at Miss Gyps, it made perfect sense.

But it's official: I have succeeded at spoiling the kids as much I wanted and as much as the other volunteers warned me not to. As soon as the kids see me, they hold my hand and lead me out to the ice cream shop. They twist, they crawl, and with their –not so credible – big tearful eyes, they cry: "I need some ice cream", the difference between needing and wanting being a bit unclear.

Israel asks U.S. to ship rockets with wide blast














By David S. Cloud, The New York Times, August 11, 2006

"Israel has asked the Bush administration to speed delivery of short-range antipersonnel rockets armed with cluster munitions, which it could use to strike Hezbollah missile sites in Lebanon, two American officials said Thursday.
The request for M-26 artillery rockets, which are fired in barrages and carry hundreds of grenade-like bomblets that scatter and explode over a broad area, is likely to be approved shortly, along with other arms, a senior official said.

... The rockets, while they would be very effective against hidden missile launchers, officials say, are fired by the dozen and could be expected to cause civilian casualties if used against targets in populated areas.

... The United States had approved the sale of M-26’s to Israel some time ago, but the weapons had not yet been delivered when the crisis in Lebanon erupted. If the shipment is approved, Israel may be told that it must be especially careful about firing the rockets into populated areas, the senior official said.

... While Bush administration officials have criticized Israeli strikes that have caused civilian casualties, they have also backed the offensive against Hezbollah by rushing arms shipments to the region. Last month the administration approved a shipment of precision-guided munitions, which one senior official said this week included at least 25 of the 5,000-pound “bunker-buster” bombs.
Israel has recently asked for another shipment of precision-guided munitions, which is likely to be approved, the senior official said.

... The M-26 “is a particularly deadly weapon,” Bonnie Docherty, a researcher with Human Rights Watch, who helped write a study of the United States’ use of the weapons in the 2003 Iraq invasion. “They were used widely by U.S. forces in Iraq and caused hundreds of civilian casualties.”

Read article

Maps of locations bombed: a comparison




The blue circles represent yesterday's hits (August 10) ONLY.














Developed by Samidoun media team.
Daily updates are available on: maps.samidoun.org

Thursday, August 10, 2006




No dispatches today, I couldn't leave the house. But I leave you with Zahra.

Israeli helicopter rockets old radio tower in Beirut




BEIRUT, Aug 10 (Reuters) - An Israeli helicopter fired at least two rockets at a disused radio broadcast tower in the heart of Beirut on Thursday, lightly wounding two people and damaging a number of cars, Lebanese security sources said.
Minutes later, Israeli helicopters rocketed old antennas belonging to Lebanon's official radio station in the coastal village of Amsheet, north of Beirut. The attack on the tower in Ras Beirut is the deepest Israeli strike into the Lebanese capital in a month-old campaign against Hizbollah guerrillas. The tower, next to the Lebanese American University, had not been in use for many years.

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