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Hezballah's Coalition Partner Meets President Obama


On Monday, Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri will visit Washington for a meeting with President Obama. In announcing the meeting, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called it "a symbol of the close and historic relationship between Lebanon and the United States." Indeed, between 2005 and 2009, bilateral ties were never closer or more consequential, with the Cedar Revolution ending nearly three decades of Syrian suzerainty in the country. Over the past year, however, Hariri has had to govern in coalition with Hizballah. The Iranian-Syrian backed Shiite militia will be the elephant in the Oval Office during Monday's meeting.
 

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Missed Engagement by Congressman Gary Acherman


Almost five years to the day after George W. Bush's administration withdrew America's ambassador to Syria in response to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, President Barack Obama this February announced the appointment of Robert Ford as his envoy to Damascus. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a confirmation hearing for Ford, a respected former deputy chief of mission in Iraq, in March. On Friday, Senate Republicans blocked a motion to confirm Ford by unanimous consent.

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S&P Upgrades Lebanon on Bank System


Standard  & Poor's Ratings Services raised Lebanon's sovereign-credit
ratings and gave  them a positive outlook because of banking resilience and the
expectation of  political stability in the medium term.

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The Murdered Fathers Club (David Schenker) Weekly Standard


On Saturday, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri traveled to Damascus for a meeting with Syrian president Bashar Asad, the man widely believed to have ordered the assassination of his father, former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri. The 2005 murder sparked the Cedar Revolution, a mass protest movement that resulted in the end of the thirty-year Syrian military occupation of Lebanon, and swept the pro-West March 14th coalition to power. Although March 14 again triumphed over the Iranian and Syrian-backed Hizballah-led opposition in elections this past June, Washington's allies in Beirut are now facing a crisis. Hariri's trip to Damascus represents the return of Syrian influence to Lebanon, and perhaps, the end of the Cedar Revolution.
 

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INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP - NEW REPORT Reshuffling the Cards? (II): Syria’s New Hand


Damascus/Brussels, 16 December 2009: U.S. diplomatic engagement with Syria risks losing momentum if it fails to build upon several potentially promising changes in Damascus’s policy.
 

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INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP - NEW REPORT Reshuffling the Cards? (I): Syria’s Evolving Strategy


Damascus/Washington/Brussels, 14 December 2009: Syria’s foreign policy has long been a contradictory mix of militancy and pragmatism, but new dynamics create opportunities for the U.S. if it does more to deepen its engagement.

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Readout of Vice President Biden's Meeting with President Sleiman of Lebanon


Earlier today, Vice President Biden met with Lebanese President Michel Sleiman at the White House. During the meeting, Vice President Biden expressed his appreciation for President Sleiman’s efforts during the formation of the new Lebanese government and welcomed the opportunity to work with the new government on a broad range of security, economic, and political issues.

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Remarks by President Obama and President Sleiman of Lebanon after Meeting


PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you very much, everybody.  I want to welcome President Sleiman and his delegation for the excellent visit that we've had. 

I thought that this meeting was critical because the relationship between the United States and Lebanon is critical.  We have a strong friendship between the two countries.  Part of that results from the fact that we have 2 million Lebanese Americans who have made extraordinary contributions to the life of the United States, and continue to do so.  Obviously Lebanon is a critical country in a critical region, and we want to do everything that we can to encourage a strong, independent, and democratic Lebanon.

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New Ambassador could be on the road to Damascus


It's been half a year since the Obama administration pledged to send an ambassador to Damascus after four years' absence and now we are seeing movement.

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REMARKS FOR THE RECORD AMBASSADOR JEFFREY D. FELTMAN ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR NEAR EASTERN AFFAIRS MIDDLE EAST AND SOUTH ASIA OCTOBER 28, 2009


Chief among our goals in the Middle East is to bring about peace in a region that has faced decades of conflict. While cognizant of the challenges ah...

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Statement by the President on the anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon


We remember today the 241 American Marines, soldiers, and sailors who lost their lives 26 years ago as the result of a horrific terrorist attack that destroyed the Marine

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The Regional Challenge in Lebanon


The American initiative in the Middle East, commenced as the Greater Middle Eastern Initiative, and adopted as the Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative by the G-8 at the Sea Island Summit of June 8-10, 2004, serves as the context and cornerstone for the democratic movements fostered by the United States in the region ever since.[1] International efforts in Afghanistan which resulted in an elected president; efforts in Iraq which have resulted in a popularly adopted constitution and a popularly elected Parliament; elections Lebanon in May-June 2005 for a new Parliament and election

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Status of the Other Middle Eastern Experiment in Self Government


In the past year, Lebanon has undergone a major transformation of the basic operating assumptions, which have underpinned the establishment of orde...

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Past, Present and Future


We all take enormous pride in our glorious past. We go out of our way to talk about the accomplishments of our great ancestors, detailing their contributions to civilization, their innovations and ingenious inventions, etc.

We also tend speak very highly of ourselves as a nation. Adamant in pointing out our magnificent attributes, which set us apart from those around us. Persistent in establishing beyond a shadow of a doubt our unique national identity.

The proof for all we say was in seeing how Lebanon rose so quickly from its colonial post WWII ruins to a first class, ultra-modern society in less than two decades, greatly distinguishing us from all others.

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The Truth About Lebanon


Lebanese Americans realize that the tragic events in Lebanon have been confusing to everyone. Misinformation, bias reporting and narrow political interests have left most Americans at a loss as to the reality of the Lebanese Tragedy and whether they should even care. 

The purpose of this pamphlet is to clarify the events surrounding Lebanon in digest form. It presents the facts pertaining to the major milestone events from 1943 to the current date.  

One of the basic misconceptions surrounding Lebanon is that it is a French creation, which did not exist prior to 1920. The truth is that the Lebanese have one of the oldest continuous histories in the world, having existed in an independent or autonomous form for thousands of years, since the beginning of documented history. In fact Western Civilization had its roots in Lebanon long before the Greeks and Romans adopted it. Ever since and throughout the centuries the Lebanese have been constant contributors to Western Civilization and Culture.

 

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Who are the Lebabese?


Lebanese. What does it mean? Who are they? Where do they come from? What makes them a Nation? 

Every Lebanese will staunchly assert with absolute certainty that the Lebanese are a unique identifiable nation. However, ask a Lebanese to specify that identity, and you would find yourself asking the "million dollar" question. 

The answers vary from region to region, religion to religion, even person to person. Most will probably define the term Lebanese the way they tend to view themselves. Some, however, will attempt to be more objective, they will define the people around them. Not quit as objective as they would like to be, since they neither know all the Lebanese, nor can they truly be objective when dealing with such a subjective like defining themselves. 

The definition of a Lebanese has become the closest thing to the "chicken and egg" debate. It has been debated for ever and a day, and continues to produce more questions than answers. 

The most commonly debated issue is absolutely the Arab-Phoenician question. It has been the subject of intense debates, and often the cause of serious conflicts. But is that truly a valid question, and does it have an answer? NOT QUITE. 

Why is it not a valid question?

 

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To Be or Not To Be


"To be or not to be," so eloquently stated by William Shakespeare, is precisely the existential question facing the Lebanese today.

As Lebanon slips further down the road of political non-existence, we find ourselves pondering our future and wondering what will become of us. Will our national identity survive? Will our children and grand children be Lebanese? Or, will their identity be so distant from ours that they will not even comprehend our present dilemma?

In pondering our national survival we find ourselves tackling a more fundamental tenet of life. Namely, what does it take for a nation to survive?

As for all nations a distinctive cultural identity lies at the core of Lebanon. This melange of history, traditions, descendency and social character serves as the beating heart which sustains our national existence.

Our national character is a result of a multitude of historical events and developments, which over the millennia shaped our national psych into what it is today. Our social characteristics, values and beliefs all derive directly from the experiences of our forefathers through the ages.

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Hariri: Lebanon's Trojan Horse


In ancient Troy, when repetitive military assaults failed to bring the city to submission, the invading armies faked a truce and made a peace offering...

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The Lebanon Factor


Within the historical context of the region, Lebanon had maintained a precarious balance between membership in the Arab league with a pro-Soviet polic...

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Democracy, Freedom, Human Rights...


We are all proud to be AMERICANS. We are proud, not because of the geographical location of our country. Not because we ethnically superior to others ...

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