Second thoughts

According to a report on France 24, Lebanon’s current Prime Minister Saad Hariri (son of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri who was assassinated by bombing as his car drove in the Lebanese capital Beirut on 14 February 2005), has now admitted, in an interview with the London-based, Saudi-owned “Pan-Arab” newspaper AshSharq al Awsa...

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Meir Javendanfar worries about war, now

After noting that he usually tries “not to get worked up about reports of imminent war in the Middle East”, Iranian-born Israeli analyst Meir Javendanvar has just written, on the Real Clear World website, that “this time I really can’t shake the feeling that something ominous is about to happen, involving Hezbollah.  It will...

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S0 — it wasn't Syria

In advance of the Arab League Summit Meeting — which is being attended by very few heads of state or government — that opened Saturday in Damascus, the UN rushed through several steps in its preparation for the formation of the tribunal to judge those responsible for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq […]

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Hariri Tribunal mandate

After the apparent assassination of Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus this week, a journalist (Benny Avni of the NY Sun, as it happens) asked if the UN will investigate this death, too. Here is the exchange, from 14 February daily noon briefing at UNHQ/NY — after which an clarification is later issued: “Question: As to follow […]

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Hariri Tribunal to have seat in the Netherlands

A spokesperson for UNSG BAN Ki-Moon announced that a headquarters agreement was signed on Friday to establish the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the Netherlands. The SG said, in the statement issued by the spokesperson, that “The Agreement will now be submitted to the Parliament of the Netherlands for ratification. In the meantime, the Unite...

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UNSG BAN visits Lebanon to urge agreement on new President

During his brief visit to Lebanon this week, the BBC reported, UNSG BAN Ki-moon “urged Lebanese MPs to elect a new president on time … [Otherwise] there are fears that the government could split into rival administrations if a candidate cannot be agreed.” The BBC says that SG BAN held talks with politicians across the […]

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Rice: Lebanon expected to uphold UN Security Council resolutions

As a general rule, that’s good — UN member states should uphold UN Security Council resolutions. It’s what U.S. Secretary of State Condolezza Rice said, as she met the son of slain Lebanese politician Rafic Hariri at the State Department in Washington today. Saad Hariri, head of the Future Block in the Lebanese Parliament, was [&h...

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Hariri trial court to be based in Netherlands, not Cyprus

Was it for reasons of economy of scale that the UN decided to base the Hariri trial chambers in the Hague, in the Netherlands? That would put it near the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the International Criminal Court — not to mention the venerable International Court of Justice? Only Rwanda has its […]

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