Tag Archives: Líbano/Lebanon

De riñas entre fronteras

Por si les falataba poco a los soldados de UNIFIL en el sur de Líbano con la crisis de los misiles sirios, los rumores de una guerra entre Hezbolá e Israel y los avisos con explosivos sin detonadores en un coche de un trabajador civil de la base Miguel de Cervantes…ahora les toca lidiar con las riñas entre pastores libaneses y soldados israelies y recuperar a 185 rehenes que marchan sobre cuatro patas y berrean.

Israel Kidnaps Lebanese Goats!

Israeli moves to arrest Lebanese shepherds have now taken a new turn after army units crossed the Israeli pullout line in the south and “kidnapped” 185 goats in the area of al-Shahel on the outskirts of the town of Shebaa.
A Lebanese army communiqué said Wednesday the Israeli soldiers took the goats to the occupied Palestinian territories.

However, after contacts between the army command and U.N. peacekeepers stationed in the south, Israel returned the goats to Lebanon.

Israel usually detains Lebanese shepherds in the border area of Ghajar claiming they have crossed the Blue Line separating the two countries.


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¿Violación de fronteras o no?

El incidente en la frontera Israelo-Libanesa está sirviendo a más de uno para provocar un encontronazo largamente debatido y esperado por algunos. Si bien habitualmente los soldados israelíes se pasean entre los escasos metros de nomand’s land que separan las verjas fronterizas entre Líbano e Israel para realizar pequeñas reparaciones en la verja, de cámaras y demás sistemas de vigilancia, ésta vez parece que se han adentrado algo más en territorio Libanés.

De cualquier manera e imagino que por precaución, en los últimos dos días se han desplazado durante la noche varios camiones con soldados libaneses y un par de tanques del ejercito libanés hacia el sur.

Aquí queda el debate y el texto de Lebanon Wire con su inminente guerra (http://www.lebanonwire.com/1004MLN/10041601TGR.asp) …

Fears that war between Israel and Hizbollah is ‘imminent’

King Abdullah of Jordan has warned the US that there were fears in Lebanon that a war between Israel and Hizbollah was “imminent” amid high tensions in the region.

By Alex Spillius in Washington, Richard Spencer and Adrian Blomfield, Telegraph

The king, in Washington for President Barack Obama’s nuclear summit, gave his warning after Israel claimed that Syria had handed over Scud missiles in its armoury to the Lebanon-based Hizbollah.

His comments, which were made to private meeting of the US Congressional Friends of Jordan caucus were said to be “sobering”. 

Pope Benedict XVI visits Jordan mosque in effort to heal Vatican’s rift with IslamSyria yesterday denied the allegation that it has provided Hizbollah with long-range Scud missiles, which would allowing them to target Israel’s cities. The country’s foreign ministry said the claims would be used as a pretext by Israel to raise tension prior to a possible attack on Hizbollah.

“For some time now, Israel has been running a campaign claiming that Syria has been supplying Hizbollah with Scud missiles in Lebanon ,” a foreign ministry statement released yesterday said.

” Syria strongly denies these allegations which are an attempt by Israel to raise tensions in the region.”

However, the statement did not appear to rule out an alternative possibility being raised by defence sources, that Damascus has allowed Hizbollah control of or access to Scud missiles still currently in Syria .

Similar sources say that Syria has trained Hizbollah operatives on advanced anti-aircraft batteries, possibly a more useful tool since Hizbollah – and the Lebanese army – fears the overwhelming air superiority enjoyed by Israeli jets.

The Obama administration voiced alarm, though one source said it was still not certain whether the transfer had yet physically taken place.

“We are obviously increasingly concerned about the sophisticated weaponry that is allegedly being transferred,” said Robert Gibbs, the White House spokesman. “We have expressed our concerns to those governments and believe that steps should be taken to reduce any risk and any danger.”

Allegations of the Scud transfer have continued to cause unease at a time when many other political issues in the Middle East are at an impasse.

Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, said that the alleged transfer would alter the strategic balance of power between Hizbollah and Israel, which fought a short but bloody war in 2006.

An aide to Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said that the pace of Hizbollah’s re-armament and Syria’s role in it was causing growing alarm in the Jewish state.

“We are very conscious of the build-up of Hizbollah’s military machine,” the aide said. “We have unfortunately seen new types and greater quality of missiles. The Syrian role in passing those weapons to Hizbollah is ongoing and is dangerous.”

Al-Rai, the Kuwaiti newspaper which first raised the allegations, said a Hizbollah source had confirmed it had access to Scuds but that they were old and unusable. The source said the issue was being blown out of proportion by Israel in order to create a media frenzy.

The newspaper did, however, link the claims to Hizbollah’s threat that if Lebanese infrastructure, such as Beirut Airport , came under attack in the event of conflict, Israel would be hit in turn, including towns at the edge of the range of Hizbollah’s known missile arsenal.

What is undisputed is that all sides are raising the stakes in the absence of negotiations between Israel and either Palestinian factions or Syria .

The Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, has balanced overtures to Washington with reassurances that his alliances with both Hizbollah and Iran remain strong.

He held a high-profile meeting in Damascus with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and the Hizbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in February.

Officials in Syria have warned that it would join in any war involving Israel , Lebanon and Hizbollah.

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Mubarak’s image after Gaza

With elections approaching Mubarak will have to cope with the burden of  the Israel’s war on Gaza impact in regional perceptions of politics.

Here a couple of images in a wall in Hamra, close to the American University of Beirut.

Here if you want to check the group who did the “Graffity”: Falatinehorra – Free Palestine

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Hogar entre otros

Por alguna razón esta imagen representa para mi numerosos hogares en los que he estado. Esta fotografía la tomé en una gasolinera de regreso a Beirut en Tariq al jadid al matar  (la nueva carretera del aeropuerto de Beirut) hace casi un par de años , regresando de la última liberación  de presos libaneses en Israel. Es la sala interior de una gasolinera, donde vive la familia del dueño. El póster de Hussein al más puro estilo iraní, nieto de Mahoma, hijo de Ali y mártir en el imaginario chiíta, junto con el bebé durmiendo placidamente en el colchón bajo la foto de boda de sus padres y junto a una pila de mantas es realmente una imagen que describe el interior de muchos hogares en este barrio.

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El festín de los Dioses

Realmente este país es un festín para los dioses, ya sea Allah, God  y …bueno tal vez Yaveh no ya que no se permite la entrada en Líbano a aquellos con estampa de haber pasado por Israel. En cualquier caso, todos tienen numerosos altares, monumentos, mezquitas , iglesias, e incluso una sinagoga en reforma en su nombre. Mas vistosos son los cristos ya que la creencia musulmana se opone a la representación icónica de las figuras religiosas, y no así la mayoría de cristianos.

En fin, de camino a Fanar, pueblecito cistiano a media hora hacia el noreste de Beirut, me topé de frente con La Cruz y con Jesucristo apostado detrás de un semáforo en rojo.

Sin ánimo de burla sino más bien de sorpresa aquí remito las pruebas graficas.


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The last war?

I have the impression that many in Lebanon are certain about the inevitable last war. For some it is even the necessary last war. Thus making the war of the wars that will solve the awkward current status of not defeated and not victor of Hezbollah and Tsahal armies.

Who will throw the first stone? Who will light the spark? Do we even need a provocation to make a war ? To justify what?

Anyway, I do not believe in the total destruction neither of Hezbollah neither of Israel. Both were created in the rage of defending their land and both will be constantly replaced by other men and women willing to defend the most than honorable believe that one should defend its land. Will a same goal bring both to total destruction? I doubt.

As for the war to come, I also do not believe in the war of the wars. Not if is not nuclear.


Here f Nicholas Noe’s piece in Asia Times:

Hezbollah: Craving war, not wanting it

By Nicholas Noe

BEIRUT – Almost five years after the George W Bush administration was handed a potentially game-changing opportunity to peacefully declaw the militant Shi’ite movement Hezbollah, Washington is finally waking up to the grim reality of its ill-conceived “Cedar Revolution” policy in Lebanon: the prospect of a renewed war involving a sophisticated actor whose hybrid military power has only grown exponentially.

Setting aside, for the moment, the contentious argument over who is indeed responsible for these developments – which, it should be noted, quickly followed the forced exit of Syrian troops in April 2005 – the truly pressing issue for concerned policymakers and citizens alike is that both opposing axes, but especially the “resistance axis” of Iran-Syria-Hezbollah-Hamas, now seem to believe that the next war can and should be the last one between Israel and its enemies.

Unfortunately, this ideological certainty only helps to further grease the wheels of conflict – since the perception is that there will (finally) be no more “winning by not losing” or “winning, but the loser as “we know him’ remains” – while virtually guaranteeing that, should war come to pass, the costs will be truly awful for all those touched by it.

Keep reading at: Hezbollah: Craving war, not wanting it

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Driving in Beirut mon amour….

Driving is a very risky sport in Lebanon. Since I started practicing it one month ago, I have seeing many deadly accidents. This is the image I encounter on my way to work in the south road.

Be safe,


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