The organization Bush condemns as so-called "terrorists" - Who is Hizbullah? The party that welcomes outside aid but is no one's puppet!

Hizbullah has gained growing support in the Middle East, well beyond its base among Shia Muslims in Lebanon--for the simple reason that it is, in the words of Aijaz Ahmad, writing in Frontline magazine in India, "the only entity which has, through armed resistance, forced the 'Israelis' to relinquish any territory that the Jewish (Zionist) state has ever


Source:, 15 to 22-9-2006  Date: 20/09/2006  Time: 03:13  Hits:  812

Resistance 'never hid plan to snatch "Israeli" troops'

Hizbullah dismissed on Tuesday a report in an "Israeli" daily which said that the capture of two "Israeli" soldiers on July 12 was the resistance group's fifth attempt since October 2000. A Hizbullah official told The Daily Star that it is "irrelevant" whether the July operation was "the fifth or the 10th attempt at capturing an 'Israeli'


Source: Daily Star, 20-9-2006  Date: 20/09/2006  Time: 02:51  Hits:  473

"Israelis" use bulldozers to wreck crops in South

SOUTH LEBANON: "Israeli" bulldozers started to level the soil and cut down olive trees in Yarin in the Tyre region on Monday, spoiling several cultivated fields and preventing farmers from inspecting their lands. "'Israeli' bulldozers have spoiled my land, cutting down the fruit trees I've planted," said farmer Shaker Afleh on Tuesday, as he and his daughter watched the bulldozers on his land from a kilometer


Source: Daily Star, 20-9-2006  Date: 20/09/2006  Time: 02:32  Hits:  228

The pope's racist rant about Islam

POPE BENEDICT XVI angered Muslims around the world when he used a recent address at the University of Regensburg to publicly attack Islam. The pope quoted 14th-century Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel II Paleologus: "Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached


Source:, 22-9-2006  Date: 20/09/2006  Time: 02:19  Hits:  354

"Israeli" strike hits Gaza home

"Israel" has carried out an air strike on a house in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.An "Israeli" military spokeswoman said: "There was an aerial attack on a house which was used as a facility to store weapons."She added that residents had been warned in advance to leave the building.


Source: Aljazeera, 20-9-2006  Date: 20/09/2006  Time: 01:57  Hits:  328

UN condemns "Israeli" cluster bomb use calling it 'outrageous'

The United Nations has called on "Israel" to provide more detailed information about the cluster bombs it dropped on Lebanon during the month long conflict there.The UN says it estimates that 350,000 unexploded cluster bomblets remain in southern Lebanon, leaving a deadly legacy for civilians.A leading Jewish group has also called on the UN's top human rights forum to


Source: Aljazeera, 19-9-2006  Date: 20/09/2006  Time: 01:53  Hits:  354

Ex-PMs draw up new political pact, Elder statesmen discuss 'situation' in light of local, regional events

BEIRUT: Any interested political power is welcome to sign a new memorandum of understanding initiated by Lebanon's former premiers due to be signed next Tuesday, according to former Premier Salim Hoss. Speaking to The Daily Star Tuesday following a meeting of four of the country's former premiers, Hoss said that this memorandum "is similar to the memorandum of


Source: Daily Star, 20-9-2006  Date: 20/09/2006  Time: 01:47  Hits:  507

The Bush Administration: Judge, jury, and torturer

``TRUST US. You're guilty. We're going to execute you, but we can't tell you why." That is how Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, characterized the Bush administration's recent proposal for a draconian new trial system to deal with accused terrorists. The plan includes a reinterpretation of prisoner protections guaranteed by the Geneva Conventions. Graham was joined in


Source:, 18-09-2006  Date: 20/09/2006  Time: 01:42  Hits:  283

"Israel" Says It Will Complete Lebanon Withdrawal by Friday

"Israel's" military chief says the last "Israeli" troops in Lebanon will leave that country by Friday. A member of the "Israeli" parliament Knesset, quotes Lieutenant-General Dan Halutz as telling members of a parliamentary committee that all remaining troops will likely leave Lebanon by the start of the Jewish New Year at sundown on Friday.The "Israeli" government has said its troops will leave southern Lebanon once a


Source: VOA News, 19-9-2006  Date: 20/09/2006  Time: 01:34  Hits:  369

Study shows growing divide in life expectancy for Zionists, Palestinians - In apartheid state, non-Zionists live shorter lives on average

The Central Bureau of Statistics annual report on the "Israeli" population, issued Tuesday, shows a widening gap between the life expectancies of Jews and Arabs in "Israel".The life expectancy of an Arab male in 2005 was 3.1 years shorter than that of a Jewish (Zionist) male, as opposed to a two-year difference in 1999.


Source: Haaretz, 19-9-2006  Date: 20/09/2006  Time: 00:47  Hits:  257

Nasrallah calls for rally to celebrate the divine and historic victory over the Zionists

In a speech broadcast on Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV station on Sunday, Nasrallah said the rally would show the group's "absolute commitment to our right to recover our land and prisoners and defend our nation, its dignity, freedom, sovereignty and real and full independence in the face of occupation".


Source: Aljazeera, 18-9-2006  Date: 19/09/2006  Time: 05:37  Hits:  421

UN peacekeepers will not disarm Hizbullah, commander says

BEIRUT -- The French general commanding UN peacekeeping forces in Lebanon said yesterday his troops would not intervene to disarm Hizbullah, even as President Jacques Chirac of France said the militant group should not keep a military wing.Major General Alain Pelligrini told reporters the main task of his UN force is to ensure southern Lebanon cannot be used as a base for attacks on "Israel".


Source: AP, 19-9-2006  Date: 19/09/2006  Time: 04:49  Hits:  458

"Israeli" Military Intelligence claims knew about Hizbullah capture plans

Military Intelligence had clear information about an impending capture attempt by Hizbullah shortly before the Lebanese group carried out its border raid on July 12, according to an internal inquiry conducted by the "Israeli" Army. The information - which could, if properly handled, have prevented the capture of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser - was not analyzed and passed on to the troops in time, the report indicated.


Source: Haaretz, 18-09-2006  Date: 19/09/2006  Time: 04:34  Hits:  333

Supreme Leader: Jihad is not imposing religious belief on others

Tehran - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Jihad, a principle of Islam is not for imposing religious belief on others, it is a liberation movement and campaign against slavery. In a meeting with members of the headquarters in charge of organizing prayers congregations


Source: IRNA, 18-9-2006  Date: 19/09/2006  Time: 04:29  Hits:  387

UNESCO: Lebanon's Ancient Ruins Damaged by "Israeli" raids

The United Nations' cultural organization, UNESCO, says Lebanon's most important ancient ruins have sustained damage by "Israel's" war on Lebanon. In a mission to Lebanon earlier this month, a UNESCO team found that ancient sites in the cities of Byblos, Tyre and Baalbek need to be restored. The team determined that the ruins in Byblos, along the Mediterranean coast north


Source: VOA News, 18-9-2006  Date: 19/09/2006  Time: 04:25  Hits:  367

Beirut Airport buzzes with activity as thousands of Lebanese return home

BEIRUT: Rafik Hariri International Airport has resumed its normal activities, with thousands of Lebanese who fled the country during the recent fighting with "Israel" returning home. "I can say that 90 percent of the passengers coming to Beirut's airport are Lebanese and the rest are from


Source: Daily Star, 16-9-2006  Date: 19/09/2006  Time: 04:22  Hits:  535

Environmental Party criticizes government's failure in oil-spill response

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Environmental Party on Thursday criticized what it called the government's failure to deal with heavy beach pollution resulting from the leakage of more than 10,000 tons of heavy fuel oil from the Jiyye power plant, which suffered repeated air strikes by "Israeli" warplanes in July. The party said the Environment Ministry had "failed to coordinate with the associations


Source: Daily Star, 15-9-2006  Date: 19/09/2006  Time: 04:10  Hits:  301

Zionist state kidnappers tortured Palestinian ministers

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - A government minister in the Palestinian Authority, who was arrested and held by "Israeli" authorities for more than six weeks this summer, says that during his interrogation he was tied for hours in a painful position known as the shabah. The technique, which "Israeli" security officials had argued was an effective way to put pressure on a suspect, was banned by "Israel's" Supreme Court in 1999.


Source: The Christian Science Monitor (CSM), 18-9-2006  Date: 19/09/2006  Time: 04:03  Hits:  399

Non-Aligned summit raps Zionist state over war

HAVANA: Representatives of 118 Non-Aligned Movement nations condemned "Israel's" attacks on Lebanon and supported a peaceful resolution to the US-Iran nuclear dispute in the final declaration Sunday of a summit that brought together some of America's staunchest foes. The 92-page declaration also broadly condemned


Source: Daily Star, 18-9-2006  Date: 19/09/2006  Time: 07:53  Hits:  289

Deadly harvest: The Lebanese fields sown with cluster bombs

The war in Lebanon has not ended. Every day, some of the million bomblets which were fired by "Israeli" artillery during the last three days of the conflict kill four people in southern Lebanon and wound many more. The casualty figures will rise sharply in the next month as villagers begin the harvest, picking olives from trees whose leaves and branches hide bombs that explode at the smallest movement. Lebanon's farmers are caught in a deadly dilemma


Source: The Independent, 18-9-2006  Date: 18/09/2006  Time: 05:47  Hits:  283

Popular resistance from Caracas to Cairo "Israel's" defeat in Lebanon is a defeat also for Washington and London

The struggle for justice and prosperity in the Arab world and everywhere depends upon popular resistance to US imperialism and its local clients."Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!" reads the eponymous statue's inscription in Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem Ozymandias. But it is the boastful tyrant's monument, not the


Source: Al-Ahram, 17-9-2006  Date: 18/09/2006  Time: 05:42  Hits:  361

A French general in UN force twists 1701 - wants to disarm Hizbullah; Hizbullah sends back veiled warning

TYRE, Lebanon - Hizbullah said it would have no problem with UN peacekeepers as long as they stick to defending Lebanon against "Israel", two days after the French general who leads the troops hinted they would disarm the occupation-resistance group if the Lebanese army does not. The UN Interim Force in Lebanon "is here to


Source: AFP, 16-9-2006  Date: 18/09/2006  Time: 05:37  Hits:  374

Remembering Sabra and Shatila

Robert Fisk was one of the first journalists to be present at the scene of the horrific murders in Lebanon, September 17th, 1982. He has published a number of different books and currently writes columns for The Independent newspaper. The following is extracted from his book, "Pity the Nation."What


Source: Informationclearinghouse, 18-9-2006  Date: 18/09/2006  Time: 05:29  Hits:  798

"Israel" army in disarray over Lebanon failures

JERUSALEM (AL-QUDS) - A general resigns, a colonel is disciplined and a military command battered by an unrelenting storm of criticism: the "Israeli" army is in disarray as it struggles to cope with the failures of the war in Lebanon.A month after the 34-day war against Lebanese occupation-resistance group Hizbullah ended, nothing has halted the flood of criticism against the military and


Source: AFP, 15-9-2006  Date: 18/09/2006  Time: 05:25  Hits:  282

Members of Knesset: "Israel" could attack Syria "in order to overcome the internal crisis it faces"

National Democratic Assembly MKs return to "Israel" following visit to Syria, Lebanon. They are soon to be investigated for illegally visiting enemy state Roee NahmiasKnesset members of the National Democratic Assembly, returned to "Israel" Saturday evening, without MK Azmi Bishara, from a trip to Syria and Lebanon. The


Source:, 17-9-2006  Date: 18/09/2006  Time: 05:21  Hits:  341

Hizbullah says "Israel" only captured 2 of its fighters

BEIRUT: Hizbullah said on Sunday that two of its fighters were detained in "Israel" following the war, not three as the International Red Cross claimed. Hizbullah media officer Hussein Rahhal told The Daily Star on Sunday that the party's initial information was "that two Hizbullah fighters were captured by the 'Israelis'" during the 34-day "Israeli" offensive against Lebanon.


Source: Daily Star, 18-9-2006  Date: 18/09/2006  Time: 05:18  Hits:  365

Reactions vary as pope offers partial apology to Muslims

Pope Benedict tried on Sunday to calm Muslim anger at his remarks on Islam, saying he was "deeply sorry" about the reaction and that medieval quotes he used on holy war did not reflect his personal views. The head of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics stopped short of the full apology or retraction demanded by some Muslims for a speech they say portrayed Islam as tainted by violence. It was


Source: Daily Star, 18-9-2006 & The Guardian, 16-9-2006  Date: 18/09/2006  Time: 02:59  Hits:  401

Politicians plan new version of national dialogue

BEIRUT: Amid mounting political squabbling between the Lebanese government and its critics - Hizbullah and the Free Patriotic Movement - attempts to revive the national dialogue have emerged. However, given the security restraints dictating Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's movements, the new rounds of talks will be held in different stages, sources


Source: Daily Star, 18-9-2006  Date: 18/09/2006  Time: 02:48  Hits:  424

Qatar set to start rebuilding - and compensating

BEIRUT: Qatar is to start paying compensation to residents of four Southern villages whose homes were partially or completely damaged by the end of this week, Qatari engineer Mohammad Rashid al-Ali announced on Sunday. Speaking during a press conference at Beirut's Phoenicia InterContinental Hotel, Ali said that as for the payment mechanism and sums of money to be given to those who suffered


Source: Daily Star, 18-9-2006  Date: 18/09/2006  Time: 02:16  Hits:  289

"Israeli" Cabinet authorizes inquiry into Lebanon war with a committee adjusted for public support

The "Israeli" Cabinet voted Sunday to set up a beefed-up government inquiry into the conduct of the Lebanon war after widespread public pressure to investigate the 34-day offensive that failed to achieve its main objectives. But the decision seemed to have come too late, as residents of north "Israel" took a hard line against the Cabinet, saying they wanted to "see heads rolling."


Source: Daily Star, 18-9-2006  Date: 18/09/2006  Time: 02:03  Hits:  347

Hizbullah: Vatican to review its declared position that leads to division in the world, benefiting enemies of humanity only

Hizbullah issued the following statement: "we are bewildered by the reported statements of the Vatican Pope, describing the faith and teachings of Islam together with the lord of humanity the Prophet of mercy Muhammad peace be upon him (Pbuh) with qualities that removed from the clear and pristine truth of the straightforward religion. Jihad is both a duty given by God to defend and liberate land from occupation and to confront terrorism that assaults humanity. It is


Source: Hizbullah, 16-09-2006  Date: 18/09/2006  Time: 07:12  Hits:  382

Who started ‘terrorism' in the Arab-"Israeli" conflict?

• Bombs in Cafes: first used by Zionists in Palestine on March 17th, 1937 in Jaffa.• Bombs on Buses: first used by Zionists in Palestine Aug. 20th-Sep. 26, 1937.• Bombs in Market Places: first used by Zionists on July 6th, 1938 in Haifa.• Bombing of Hotels: first used by Zionists on July 22nd, 1946 in Jerusalem (al-Quds).• Bombing of Foreign Embassies: first used by Zionists on October 1st, 1946 in Rome (against the British).


Source: The Angry Arab News Service, 21-8-2006  Date: 16/09/2006  Time: 06:40  Hits:  629

"Israeli" account of UN bombing `far-fetched': Finnish major

London - A senior Finnish military officer Friday rejected an "Israeli" regime's report on its killing of four UN peace observers in Khiam, southern Lebanon on July 25. Major Torsti Siren of Finland's National Defence College told the Finnish News Agency (STT) that he regarded "Israel's" account of the destruction of the post with suspicion. "Israel's" explanation of the destruction of the post, which killed Finnish, Austrian,


Source: IRNA, 15-9-2006  Date: 16/09/2006  Time: 06:20  Hits:  349

Lessons of Lebanon

In Lebanon, a little-honoured truce remains in effect - yet another in a decades-long series of cease-fires between "Israel" and its adversaries in a cycle that, as if inevitably, returns to warfare, carnage and human misery.Let's describe the current crisis for what it is: a US- "Israeli" invasion of Lebanon, with only a cynical pretense to legitimacy. Amid all the charges and countercharges, the most immediate factor behind the assault is the "Israeli"-


Source:, 12-9-2006  Date: 16/09/2006  Time: 06:14  Hits:  360

Collective punishment: "Israel's" use of American-made cluster bombs poses greater threat than expected to South Lebanese

As the initial assessment and clean-up of American cluster bombs - estimated to number more than 130,000 unexploded bomblets across the South of Lebanon - gets under way, unanticipated findings are emerging. The breadth and depth of the problem with cluster bombs found in 498 locations in scores of villages as of September 9 was not expected. So far less than 4 percent have been disposed of, and none of the villages in the


Source: Daily Star, 16-9-2006  Date: 16/09/2006  Time: 06:08  Hits:  312

UN rapporteur ends mission to probe "Israeli" violations of right to food

BEIRUT: "Intentionally destroying civilian infrastructure, including factories which produce food, is a war crime under international law," the UN Human Rights Commission's special rapporteur for the right to food said Friday as he ended a five-day fact-finding mission to Lebanon. Jean Zeigler, an independent human rights expert who is consulting for the world body, arrived in Lebanon on Monday to gather first-hand information, establish facts


Source: Daily Star, 16-9-2006  Date: 16/09/2006  Time: 06:04  Hits:  312