Saturday, May 31, 2008
Here we are.
Take a look.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
This has been a wonderful weekend. Even somewhat productive. I started on the couch reading Dave Eggers' How We are Hungry. I am enjoying his writing. That is all I will say for now. Also read a worthwhile piece about the global food crisis thanks to Land and People, a daily read.
Saturated bright color has always inspired me, and today I remembered to bring my camera. My feet made an empty short metallic sound as they met the stairs.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I was asking myself this question when I came home and checked my internet sources for a Lebanon update. An agreement between the various Lebanese entities was reached in Doha. I couldn't believe it. Just yesterday L. sent me an article saying the opposite. Compromise has advantages, namely peace.
Of course, there are limitations. The question of Hezbollah's arms was not addressed. Directing them towards other Lebanese is intolerable, if you ask me. And, of course why does Hezbollah have arms in the first place? To defend themselves against Israel. As long as one group has arms, the others are going to need them too. Hence, Israel's arms need to be brought to the table. You can say I am dreaming. But let's have a real compromise.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Even though less disciplined Amal loyalists are believed to have committed many of these offences and even if Hizbollah might have sought in some places to prevent them, this thuggish behaviour deeply damaged its reputation. Never before had it appeared so clearly as a Shiite militia rather than a resistance movement capable at times of transcending Lebanon’s divides (Page 5).
The answer, in other words, is a settlement that postpones the ultimate disposition of Hizbollah’s weapons while strictly defining and regulating the ways in which they can be employed. As Crisis Group earlier suggested, this should entail, inter alia, the following
a consensual presidential choice (ie, by a two-thirds parliamentary vote), most likely Michel Suleiman;
a national unity government;
adoption of a ministerial declaration that accepts the principle of resistance as a transitional phase leading to implementation of a proper national defence strategy, while restricting Hizbollah’s military capabilities to defensive purposes against an eventual foreign attack and clearly barring their domestic use (I bolded this);
an agreement among all Lebanese parties to freeze any military build-up and de-escalate the war of words, especially in the media; and
a consensual electoral law for the 2009 parliamentary elections based on the smaller district (caza) (Pages 8-9).
Until a broader regional settlement is found – one that deals not only with the Arab-Israeli conflict but also relations between the U.S., Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia in particular – one cannot hope for much more (I bolded this) (page 9).
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Two very different blogs have been keeping me up to date on happenings in Lebanon. I thought I'd share:
Land and People
Marxist from Lebanon
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
What I do know is that whenever I start seriously thinking about visiting the land of my childhood, "troubles" occur. I am beginning to feel that I am not good for Lebanon. Which just makes me obstinate. Statements such as: "I am going as long as I can get in the country," come out of my mouth. I tend not to want to believe. Part of my stubborn idealism. It is still early. Right?
Is it helpful to be pissed? Probably not. I decided that it wasn't helpful a few days ago when I saw Naomi Wolf and so it is no more helpful now. I am sending bad vibes into the world. I will however, allow myself to continue to expect a peaceful Lebanon, oh and let's go all out, world.
Light a candle or something will you?