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News and Notes, August 25 2011

Greetings from Beirut, and apologies for the brief blogging hiatus: I’ve been busy, and I anticipate that next week will be even busier than this one. Here are some thoughts on the week’s big news items. Blanfordgate I don’t quite understand what all the fuss is about TIME Magazine’s interview with someone claiming to be … Continue reading

Co-Locating with PMPs: An Assessment of the STL Indictment

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) has unsealed its indictment of Mustafa Badreddine, Salim Ayyash, Hussein Oneissi, and Assad Sabra for the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. You can download a copy of the indictment here (PDF, 12.9 megabytes). I’ve read the document once through and there’s a great deal to mull … Continue reading

STL Unseals Indictment for Hariri Murder

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon has unsealed its indictment of four individuals for the murder of Rafik Hariri. The indictment was available on the STL website until it crashed due to high demand. It’s now available on Scribd but takes forever to download, so I thought I’d make it available here.┬áThe document is a PDF … Continue reading

The Last Meeting Between Rafiq al-Hariri and Walid al-Muallim

The Lebanese newspaper al-Joumhouria (recently launched by former Lebanese Defense Minister Elias al-Murr) published a four-part series last week containing an alleged transcript of the final meeting between Rafiq al-Hariri and Walid al-Muallim. The date of the meeting is not specified, but based on a few contextual remarks from within the text, I would guess … Continue reading

Crisis in Syria: A Bloggingheads Diavlog with Michael Young and Elias Muhanna

I recorded a discussion with Michael Young this weekend about the situation in Syria and its impact on Lebanon. You can watch the whole thing at the Bloggingheads website, but be sure to come back and comment. Michael is the opinion editor of the Daily Star, and the author of a very interesting book about … Continue reading

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