Peace of a kind (4)



 
PART 4 of MENASSAT's news blog about the crisis in Lebanon.
 
BY MENASSAT.COM STAFF
 
Naji Ali still watching.jpg
© Naji Ali / AFP

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POSTED AT 6:34 P.M. ON TUESDAY MAY 27, 2008

PHOTOGRAPHERS BEATEN UP AT HAIFA CONCERT

Several photographers were beaten up by security forces during Monday night's celebration of the election of Michel Sleiman as President, the National News Agency reports.

"We received information from our colleagues photographers Anwar Aamro (AFP), Bilal Kabalan (Assafir), Izzat Al Attar (Al Shabakah), Marwan Bou Haidar (Al Akhbar), Ibrahim Bakar (Al Mustakbal), Radwan Matar (Rotana), Atef Al Asadi (Asharq) and Ghassan Zoghbi (Laha magazine) that they were beaten up while covering the ceremony which was held [Monday] evening in downtown Beirut, to commemorate the birth of a new Lebanon.

"Photographers reported that 'while doing their job, trying to get closer to the artist Haifa Wehbeh, the security forces intervened to exclude people from the theater and disperse them, and because of the chaos that dominated the concert’s arena, we were beaten up by the security forces, and some of us were transferred to the nearest hospital.''

"The photographers addressed a direct appeal to the General Director of the Internal Security Forces, Major Ashraf Rifi, 'Not to consider photographers and journalists as a target for the security forces, in both peace and war."


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POSTED AT 1.13 P.M. ON MONDAY MAY 26, 2008

AFTER THE MEDIA WAR

Lebanon, Future TV.jpgRarely have the media played such an important part in a war. When Hezbollah and allies launched their armed offensive in Beirut two weeks ago, the first targets were the pro-government media. Last week in Doha, one of the first agenda points was to call for an end to the vicious propaganda on the airwaves. Media expert Habib Battah looks back at Lebanon's media war. READ MORE




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POSTED AT 5:54 P.M. ON MONDAY MAY 26, 2008

ALL HAIL TO THE CHIEF...

© ALEXANDRA SANDELS / MENASSAT

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POSTED AT 5:26 P.M. ON THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2008

AFTER DOHA, WHAT'S NEXT?

The past 24 hours have brought about some drastic developments both on the national and regional level. MENASSAT spoke to a few Lebanon-based journalists and experts to get their views and thoughts on the Doha agreement and the announcement of indirect Israeli-Syrian peace talks. READ MORE


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POSTED AT 17:14 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY MAY 21, 2008


CLEANING UP AFTER HEZBOLLAH


A new and powerful force invaded downtown Beirut yesterday – they were the ubiquitous green men of Sukleen, Lebanon's cleaning and waste management company. Even as Hezbollah supporters were still busy dismantling the tent city with which it has beleaguered the government for the past 18 months, Sukleen's mainly Syrian and South Asian workers arrived in their hundreds to clean up the downtown area and restore it to its former glory. READ MORE




'THE CAMP HAS SERVED ITS PURPOSE'
MENASSAT's Layal Abu Rahhal walked among the opposition demonstrators while they were breaking up their protest camp in downtown Beirut. READ MORE
Beirut end of the sitting May 21 2008. © George Eid / iLoubnan.info
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POSTED ON 12:14 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY MAY 21, 2008

BREAKTHROUGH IN DOHA

Lebanese government and opposition leaders have reached an historic agreement in Qatar:

- Army commander General Michel Sleiman will be elected as President on Thursday or Friday; the Presidency has been vacant since November 2007;
- A national unity government will be formed giving 16 seats to the majority, 11 to the opposition and 3 to be chosen by the new President, effectively giving the opposition veto power over any government decisions;
- Parliament speaker Nabih Berri has announced the removal of the opposition's tent city which has been blocking downtown Beirut for the past eighteen months.



(Photo: Opposition supporters in downtown Beirut start dismantling their protest camp on May 21. REUTERS)



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POSTED 5:51 PM ON TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2008

LEBANON BRACES FOR FAILURE OF TALKS

Andrew Lee Butters sums things up nicely in this piece for Time magazine. By the way, those handicapped protesters (PHOTO: AFP) were back on the airport road today reminding Lebanon's leaders that they're still not welcome unless they reach an agreement.

"Almost as soon as Lebanon's leaders boarded planes for Qatar on Friday for talks to resolve their most dangerous political showdown since the end of the civil war, the Lebanese took a collective sigh of relief. Not because anyone thinks that peace is about to break out, but because Lebanon is arguably safer as long as most of the top men are out of town. "Don't come back until you've reached an agreement," read signs carried by disabled civil society protesters rallying in wheelchairs along the airport road.

"Unfortunately for the Lebanese, their leaders are almost certainly coming back soon, and probably without a workable agreement."

READ MORE



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POSTED 4:37 PM ON TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2008


DEADLINE EXTENDED IN LEBANON TALKS

Arab mediators have extended a deadline for rival Lebanese leaders to agree on one of two proposals put forward to end the political crisis, amid talks in Qatar. Lebanese leaders have yet to respond to the proposals and one side had asked for more time, Ahmad Abdullah al-Mahmood, Qatari Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, told reporters. "The committee approved [that request] giving until [Wednesday]," he said without disclosing details of the proposals. (AL-JAZEERA)



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POSTED 6:37 PM ON MONDAY, MAY 19, 2008

CAMERA PHONE FOOTAGE A NEW FACTOR IN LEBANON FIGHTING

Footage from camera phones is playing an increasingly important role in reporting events in Lebanon. But if some of the footage qualifies as citizen journalism, other videos merely help to exacerbate sectarian strife, MENASSAT reports.










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POSTED AT 4:46 PM ON MONDAY, MAY 19, 2008

MEDIA DIALOGUE GOES WAY OF DOHA

Some of Lebanon's media players gathered in Beirut on Saturday to discuss media responsibility for the violence which has consumed Lebanon over the last two weeks. But two of the main TV networks, Future and LBC, were conspicuously absent, MENASSAT reports.






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