THE WORD ON THE LEBANESE BLOGOSPHERE
Posted May 11th, 2008
Beirutspring (http://beirutspring.com/) has uploaded a number of pictures showing masked gunmen waddling through a pool of torn-down posters of Rafik Hariri at the raided al-Mustaqbal offices. Next to them stand newly erected portraits of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. "In case you still believe that this has nothing to do with Syria and Iran," Beirutspring on the photos.
Plus 961 (http://www.plus961.com/) talks about living "under siege" in Ras El-Nabeh, an area straddling the former Green Line that was the target on the initial onslaught by Hezbollah and Amal. "I live in Ras El-Nabeh, where clashes have been raging for the last 2 days. I didn't go to work in fear of not being able to come back. Oh and by the way I really feel like going out and shooting with my camera, I'm sure there will be a lot of scenes that are worth keeping for history, but I am afraid someone might beat me", writes Plus 961.
La Lebanessa (http://lebanessa.blogspot.com/) has more of a political agenda and accuses Hezbollah of cracking down on the country's mass media following the raids on Future TV and newspaper offices, while MarxistfromLebanon (http://marxistfromlebanon
Meanwhile, the writers of the Lebanese Political Journal (http://lebop.blogspot.com/) have been walking around Ras El-Nabeh getting the views on the current situation and those involved in it from neighborhood residents.
Although Beirut is under siege, Torino bar in Gemmazye was still flooded with people until late on Friday night as the rest of Beirut's premier party street Gemmazye laid empty. When two army tanks drove by. Torino patrons raised their glasses, waived, and made the V sign to Beirut's finest. Fink Ployd of blogging beirut (http://www.bloggingbeirut.com/) was there; to him, the atmosphere was a reminder of the July 2006 War.
The Black Smiths of Lebanon (http://blacksmithsoflebanon
From Beirut to the Beltway (http://www.beirutbeltway.com
Those interested in an English translation of Hassan Nasraallah's Wednesday speech can access it at the Tears of Lebanon blog (http://tearsforlebanon.wordpres
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