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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Hezbollah Wants Veto In Lebanon

This really caught my eye:
The leaders, Christian and Muslim, pro- and anti-Syrian, met Thursday for their third session this week in a bid to avert a showdown on the streets over the demand by militant group Hezbollah for an expansion of the Cabinet that would give it veto power.
Lebanon has witnessed a series of bombings in recent weeks, and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has threatened to bring down the government of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora unless his group and its allies receive a third of the seats in the 24-member Cabinet -- effectively gaining veto power.
It's a pretty good article. They are threatening "peaceful demonstrations". I don't know whether anyone else remembers any of the melodramatics just a few months ago about the Lebanese government having no control over and no relationship with Hezbollah.

Read the whole thing for background and then spend some time on The Ouwet Front. See this in particular about the UN (international court) trial proposed over Hariri's murder:
In recent weeks, the UN Security Council has decided to set up a special tribunal on the murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The decision makes it clear not only that the time for impunity is over, but more importantly that chief UN investigator Serge Brammertz believes he has enough evidence to put someone on trial.
The court needs approval from the Lebanese government concerning several points, and this issue is raising a lot of tensions in Lebanon, specially with Lahoud refusing to sign the papers and Hezbollah pressuring and Syrians throwing bombs and threatening the government.
The Lebanese Forces Official Web Site also is worth following.

Less seriously, Ouwet has posted several cartoons lately, including Pope cartoons.

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