Three Inspiring Peace Stories

On May 18, 2011, in Articles, by admin

Three Inspiring Peace Stories By Jean-Paul Chami (Beirut, Lebanon) Since 2004 the Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue (FDCD), has been carrying out many projects in the Middle East focusing on peace, dialogue, and reconciliation. During the past four years, one pivotal initiative has been a capacity building project for Iraqi NGOs working on conflict resolution […]

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The Goldstone Report does not need correction By David Morrison

On May 18, 2011, in Articles, by admin

The Goldstone Report does not need correction By David Morrison By David Morrison Judge Richard Goldstone headed the Fact-Finding Mission appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate events surrounding Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s military assault on Gaza in December 2008/January 2009.   In an Op-Ed in the Washington Post on 1 April 2011, […]

Protesters shot dead for shouting: Nakba Remembrance Day 2011

On May 17, 2011, in Articles, by admin

Protesters shot dead for shouting: Nakba Remembrance Day 2011 By Brenda Heard   The 15th of May is a day of remembrance.  Around the world, we remember the systematic displacement and massacre of the Palestinian people.  In their honour, we take note of the necessity of safeguarding the sliver of impoverished land that has been […]

Days of Audacity

On May 17, 2011, in blog posts, by admin

Days of Audacity by Brenda Heard   It is a toss-up.  Which deserves the star for ‘audacity of the day’?  On the one hand, we have the Israeli government—on the day after its military shot dead some fifteen unarmed Palestinian protestors in Lebanon and on the border of Syria’s occupied Golan Heights—we have the Israeli […]

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Lebanon’s government formation damaging its Presidency

On May 17, 2011, in Articles, by admin

Lebanon’s government formation damaging its Presidency By Labib Chemali   As Lebanon enters its fourth month without a government questions are being asked as to why Michel Sulieman, Lebanon’s President is being perceived as not only hampering the government formation, but also seeking to further marginalise the Christians (members of his own sect). Lebanon’s complex […]

United we stand

On May 17, 2011, in Articles, by admin

United we stand by Brenda Heard   News during the last couple of weeks has rumbled in to shake an already rickety balance of world order.   Perhaps one of the most disturbing images accompanying those headlines, though, was not that of more bruised and bulleted bodies.  Rather, the image was of what the Associated Press […]

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Egypt and the US: Considering the What and the Why of Things

On May 17, 2011, in Articles, by admin

Egypt and the US: Considering the What and the Why of Things by Lawrence Davidson   Part I – Egypt Last week I was in Egypt, a country presently moved by optimism. The optimism reflects a high state of political consciousness. Almost everyone I met, be they workers (urban and rural), students, shopkeepers, and the […]

Qana: a lesson still unlearned

On May 17, 2011, in Articles, by admin

Qana: a lesson still unlearned By Brenda Heard With his now infamous Washington Post op-ed , Richard Goldstone has publicly swallowed the excuse that has become so trite that it could serve as a tag line for the Israeli military: ‘it was a regrettable mistake’. The Israeli public relations team has cultivated a rhetoric so […]

Welcome To The Friends of Lebanon Official Website

On May 17, 2011, in blog posts, by admin

Welcome to the newly designed website for Friends of Lebanon. It has been nearly five years since the July War that prompted the formation of Friends of Lebanon. Much has happened since then. What has remained constant, though, is the people’s determination to keep working toward a ‘better and more peaceful Lebanon’. People around the […]