Monthly Archives: October 2009

Israeli airplanes breaking sound barrier over Beirut

Following the exchange of fire between Israel and ‘groups’ to be determined in South Lebanon, today we have to lessen to the Israeli airplanes overflying Beirut. It was several months since we enjoy the silence of Sky… now it seems it is back… A new-old  psychological arm to feed population fears.

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Rocket from Lebanese Soil to Israel

Since a couple of months, in Lebanese streets and following the tragical mentality inherited from the war experience, runs the rumors that a new war with Israel is close. A war were Nasralah either wil win for ever or will be destroyed. Today people in the south are a bit more alarmed by this episode.

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Rocket fired from Lebanon hits IsraelBEIRUT/JERUSALEM  – A rocket fired from Lebanon hit northern Israel on Tuesday causing no damage or injury, an Israeli police spokesman said.

A Lebanese security source confirmed a rocket had been fired from southern Lebanon from the village of Houla, and another Lebanese security source said Israel returned artillery fire at the area.

Israeli northern military command held an immediate meeting to discuss the incident and retaliation options. The Lebanese government was held responsible.

Micky Rosenfeld, spokesman for Israeli police, said a Katyusha rocket “landed in upper Galilee” after darkness and that there were no reports of damage or injury. An Israeli military spokesman had no immediate comment.

There was no immediate claim made for Tuesday’s rocket which fell in an area near the northern Israeli border town of Kiryat Shmone, an Israeli security source later said.

Meanwhile, Lebanese Army and UNIFIL rushed to the scene and encircled the incident’s zone as their patrols roamed the area.

Reports mentioned that the Israeli jetfighters were roaming densely the sky of the South.

This was the fourth rocket attack this year from Lebanon towards Israel and comes as cross-border tensions have been increasing.

On September 11, at least two rockets fired from the southern village of Al-Qlaileh slammed into Israel without causing casualties but triggering retaliatory artillery fire.

A group linked to Al-Qaida claimed responsibility.

In February, Israeli artillery bombarded Al-Qlaileh in response to a rocket attack. There were no casualties in Lebanon, while a few Israelis were lightly wounded.

In January, during Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip, four rockets fired from Lebanon hit northern Israel, wounding two women. -Agencies

 

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Tunisie : Ben Ali réélu président avec 89,62% des voix, in Jeune Afrique

Rien d’étonnant si l’on tiens en compte la mode au Maghreb de figer les résultats électoraux entre le 80% et le 90%.  Mon professeur au Lycée répétait constamment : “Le 20 sur 20 est pour Dieu, le 19 sur 20 pour le professeur et le 18 sur 20, et en dessous,  pour les étudiants”.

Il parait que cette maxime fonctionne bien avec les dirigeants Maghrébins qui réservent le 100% pour Allah et le 90% pour eux. Encore reste que le peuple ait  un jour ses élections.

Il y eu une période ou changer les résultats électoraux était le modus operandi des dirigeant Maghrébins. Aujourd’hui, devant le manque de candidats crédibles dans les élections (puisque aucun candidat crédible a l’argent pour y participer ou a l’autorisation gouvernementale ou simplement est en prison) les régîmes autoritaires manipulent les résultats en gonflant le pourcentage de participation électorale, comme si ici se tenait la nouvelle bataille pour la légitimité du régime.

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Tunisie : Ben Ali réélu président avec 89,62% des voix

Le meilleur résultat de Ben Ali a été réalisé parmi les électeurs à l’étranger (94,85%)
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Le président tunisien sortant Zine El Abidine Ben Ali a été officiellement réélu pour un 5e mandat avec 89,62% des suffrages exprimés lors de la présidentielle de dimanche, selon les résultats définitifs affichés lundi à l’aube au ministère de l’Intérieur.

Ces résultats portent sur l’ensemble des 26 circonscriptions que compte le pays et incluent le vote des expatriés, le score de M. Ben Ali variant entre 84,16% et 93,88% à Monastir (Est), son meilleur résultat a été réalisé parmi les électeurs à l’étranger (94,85%).

Son score se situe ainsi en dessous de la barre fatidique de 90% réalisés lors des deux premières présidentielles pluralistes de l’histoire de la Tunisie indépendante (1999 et 2004).

Au pouvoir depuis 22 ans, M. Ben Ali a été réélu pour un cinquième mandat de cinq ans à la présidence face à trois candidats de l’opposition parlementaire.

Les scores des deux candidats proches du pouvoir se situent à 5,01% pour Mohamed Bouchiha, du Parti de l’Unité populaire et 3,80% pour Ahmed Inoubli de l’Union démocratique unioniste, selon les chiffres officiels définitifs.

Raz-de-marée du RCD aux législatives

Ahmed Brahim, quatrième candidat se posant en “vrai concurrent” critique à l’égard du régime a réalisé le score le plus faible, soit 1,57% des voix recueillies sous la bannière d’une coalition de gauche autour de son parti Ettajdid (Renouveau, ex-communiste).

Aux législatives, le Rassemblement constitutionnel démocratique (RCD) du président Ben Ali a remporté 161 sièges sur 214 à la Chambre des députés (75%).

Les 53 restants seront départagés à la proportionnelle entre six des huit partis en lice.

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A Presidential Battle without Candidate, in al-Hayat by Mohammad Salah

Just by reading the tittle we could expect an article about Morocco, or Algeria or Tunisia, Syria but unfortunately the list get longer now with the issues of Mubarak succession in Egypt.

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Sun, 25 October 2009
Mohammad Salah

The media and Egyptian political groups insist on busying the public with the names of people it believes are suitable candidates for presidential elections two years from now. Egyptians wake up every day to news of the intention of this or that person to run and compete against the ruling National Democratic Party. This is regardless of whether President Husni Mubarak decides to nominate himself for a sixth term, or whether the expectations are correct, and his son Jamal Mubarak is nominated for the post. The important thing is that the issue has transcended the objections to the extension for Mubarak, something that the Kifaya movement has warned about for years, or the opposition to seeing power pass from father to son, which the No Hereditary Succession movement has now adopted. This group includes leading figures from Kifaya as well. The Egyptian political scene has reached the point of playing up the issue of presidential elections and taking it out of its true context. We should note that none of those whose names have been mentioned in recent days has announced his intention or determination to think about the matter; they always respond to questions posed by the media in press interviews, television programs or quotes on the run with generalities; these include praise of President Mubarak and an affirmation that his son Jamal “and others” have the right to run for office. When it is time for a question requiring a specific answer, such as whether the person intends to run, the answer has more than one meaning. Usually, they are diplomatic answers, and lack a clear denial or confirmation, since the Constitution “guarantees the right of each citizen to be a candidate.”

In general, most of the names that have appeared in the media recently – Dr. Ahmad Zoueil, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Dr. Mohammed El-Baradei, and the secretary general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa – are not allowed by the Constitution to run. It stipulates that the candidate must have been a high-ranking member of a party for at least a full year prior to the poll, and none of the three mentioned above is a party member in the first place. The independents who do not belong to parties are required to receive a big “quota” of votes from members of the People’s Assembly, Shura Council and local councils, where the NDP enjoys a majority. Moreover, two of the three individuals will be around 70 by the time the poll takes place. In fact, the majority of existing parties do not take part in the rush of candidacies, despite their stance on the candidacy of Jamal Mubarak. Perhaps this is because they would be greatly embarrassed; it would appear that a party that courts a well-known figure and convinces him to join, then elevates him to a high post, so that he can be a candidate, lacks people who are good enough to run in the first place. In fact, each segment of the population has come to believe that a public figure occupies a prominent post is an example of the president for the future, irrespective of other qualifications that a president should have, such as residing in the country for a sufficient period of time, so that he can be directly connected to the affairs and issues of citizens.

Despite the amendments to Article 79 of the Constitution, which specify the selection of a president in a free election from among a group of candidates, instead of the previous referendum system, there are constraints that continue to render candidacy for president a monopoly for the same people, whether they are from the NDP or opposition parties. This makes the candidacy of independents nearly impossible. Instead of wasting people’s mental efforts with candidates who do not fulfill the candidacy requirements in the first place, these constraints should be reduced and laws should be set down guaranteeing fair competition among all candidates, even if they include a president or his son. In fact, political circles in Egypt now indicate that football fans – in the event that Egypt defeats Algeria in a match on 14 November, which is being followed much more closely than political issues – will demand that the player Mohammed Abu Treika, who is loved by fans in Egypt and the Arab world, should rule Egypt: “President Abu Treika.”

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“بغداد: مئات القتلى والجرحى بتفجيرين … ودعوات إلى “التدويل

\”بغداد: مئات القتلى والجرحى بتفجيرين … ودعوات إلى \”التدويل

Impossible to keep on taking about peace  or security,even for Obama, while attacks keep on killing hundreds…N.S

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Organic vegetable market each Saturday in Seifi

Despite it does not have anything to do with politics, here just few images about the Organic Vegetable market in Beirut. You will find it every Saturday at Seifi village’s parking, almost facing Gemeyze street. A bunch of farmers producing organic and natural vegetables and products come to offer their food and products. Moreover, the ideologue of the market will be opening soon a restaurant where each one of these farmers will turn to offer their dishes.

Enjoy.

Vegetable Markek-oct09-27

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UNESCO Beirut and the Arab Union for News Agencies launched the new training facility of the Regional Media-Training Center for Journalism and News Agencies in Lebanon

And  more about the Media topic: here are some news from the UNESCO. maybe this new center will help to create a generation of independent journalist? Or maybe we will have Western/UN indoctrinated journalists?

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23-10-2009 (Beirut)
UNESCO opens regional media training center in Beirut
UNESCO media training center
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UNESCO Beirut and the Arab Union for News Agencies launched the new training facility of the Regional Media-Training Center for Journalism and News Agencies in Lebanon on Monday 19th of October 2009.
The training institute was inaugurated by the Lebanese Minister of Information, Tarek Mitri and attending were most of the Arab news agency heads and many journalists. This comes as direct support fromUNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).

The first training seminar was also launched and journalists from Lebanon and the Arab States attended the training sessions. The head of the Arab press union Ramadan Rawashdeh spoke at the opening and hoped that the training center would serve its purpose and lead the way for increased cooperation among the Arab States, and he thanked UNESCO for its contributions which lead to the establishment of this center.

UNESCO hopes that the center would open a door for more development of communication in the Arab region in addition to press freedom and better pluralistic media within the overall scope of the media development that UNESCO aspries to accopmlish all over the world.

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