The Obama Doctrine: AWOL in Bahrain by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
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Dandelion Salad
Beirut, Lebanon
April 15, 2011

Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi passed through Beirut a couple of weeks ago and gave a terrific lecture at AUB entitled “Preliminary  Historical Observations on the Arab Revolutions of 2011.”

In response to a student’s question, Khalidi disputed that there was any “Obama Doctrine” worthy of that label and he predicted the White House would be much more tolerant of human rights abuses in Bahrain than say, in Libya and some other countries whose despotism indexes are no worse than the 200-year ossified Al Khalifa dynasty’s war against its majority Shia population.

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Franklin Lamb Detained

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Friday, 25 February 2011

Franklin Lamb, the guest at the Radio 786 Gala dinner scheduled for tomorrow has been detained in Lebanon. Lamb was arrested earlier this evening by General Security in Lebanon where he was supposed to board a flight for his trip to South Africa.

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Tawtin or Return by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
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Dandelion Salad
Beirut, Lebanon
February 19, 2011

Palestinian refugees making their way to Leban...

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Lebanese opponents of civil rights for Palestinian Refugees often use less objective and more crude wording to define “tawtin” (“settlement”) than is normally employed in civil society discussions. During last summer’s debate in parliament, which failed to enact laws that would allow the world’s oldest and largest refugee community the basic civil right to work and to own a home, the “tawtin or return” discussion took on strident and dark meanings, which were largely effective in frightening much of the Lebanese public from supporting even these modest humanitarian measures.

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President Sleiman: Israel knows well that attacking Lebanon is no longer a walk in the park


compiled by Cem Ertür
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
18 February 2011



1) Lebanese President Sleiman: Israel knows well that attacking Lebanon is no longer a walk in the park (17 February 2011)

2) Hezbollah leader Nasrallah: Resistance Might Occupy Galilee in Future War (16 February 2011)

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Why Hezbollah walked by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
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Dandelion Salad
Beirut, Lebanon
January 13, 2011

“In case no one has noticed, the Obama administration  just gifted Lebanon to Iran.  Washington earlier presented Iraq,  Afghanistan, the Gulf,  and Pakistan. Could it be more clear that Iran’s strategic trump card is America’s  subservience  to Israel?  For Iran, Israel’s strangle hold on the US government is the gift that keeps on giving. ”  With his comment, my neighbor, Lebanese Human Rights Ambassador Ali Khalil, declared American hegemony in the region was on a slippery and descending slope and that yesterday’s political maneuvering in Lebanon likely accelerated American withdrawal.

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2011: The year Lebanon Allows Palestinians Some Elementary Civil Rights? by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
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Dandelion Salad
Shatila Camp, Beirut, Lebanon
January 11, 2011

Entrée du camp de Shatila

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Maybe it was the really loud celebratory Ak-47 Kalashnikov and small arms gunfire and fireworks in my South Beirut neighborhood that triggered the intense New Year’s Eve nightmare.  Or I guess it could have been the seemingly, just below my bedroom window, launched RPG-7’s which followed minutes past midnight on January 1, 2011.

Anyhow, in my News Year’s dream, I was back in my childhood home, Milwaukie, Oregon, nearly half a century ago. Our farming and lumber  town  on the Willamette River had a population of  around 2000 in those much simpler and less crowded days.   Continue reading

Cables expose US-Israeli war talks by Bill Van Auken

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by Bill Van Auken
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5 January 2011

US diplomatic cables quoted by the Norwegian daily newspaper Aftenposten expose discussions between US legislators and Israeli officials on preparations for the next Middle East war.

These documents make clear both Israel’s preparations for another major war in the region and the full support of visiting members of the US Congress, Democratic and Republican, who apparently subordinated themselves to the secrecy demands of the Israeli state.

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Israel to UK: Behind what is happening in Lebanon and Yemen, you will find an Iranian finger



Propaganda Alert

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Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
4 November 2010



1) Israeli President to UK Foreign Minister: Behind what is happening in Lebanon and Yemen, you will find an Iranian finger (3 November 2010)

2) President Obama: Explosive material was found on two US-bound packages from Yemen (28 October 2010)

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Ahmadinejad Galvanizes Lebanon’s Palestinians by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
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Dandelion Salad
Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camp
Beirut, Lebanon
22 October, 2010

“The only solution to the Palestinian issue is for the invaders (Israelis) of the occupied Palestinian land to leave, and give the Palestinians their rights and return all the Palestinian refugees to their original land.  Iran supports Lebanon’s bitter struggle in confronting Israeli assaults. We demand with all seriousness and insistence the liberation of all occupied land in Lebanon and Syria”. — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Bint Jbeil October 15, 2010

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Robert Fisk: Independent Journalism, interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

by Cindy Sheehan
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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
September 27, 2010

Updated: June 26, 2011; added Transcript

Transcript: You Wanna Know What’s What in the Middle East?

The Animated Robert Fisk

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September 26, 2010 (SOAPBOX #74)

Cindy holds a very in-depth interview with British journalist, Robert Fisk, who has been living in the Middle East and reporting from there for decades.  He is an English writer and journalist from Maidstone, Kent and has primarily been based in Beirut for more than 30 years.  He has published a number of books and has reported from the United States’s attack on Afghanistan and the same country’s 2003 invasion of Iraq.  Fisk holds more British and International Journalism awards than any other foreign correspondent.   Continue reading

US to Lebanon: Israel can completely destroy Lebanese Army within four hours


Propaganda Alert

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Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
27 August 2010



1) US to Lebanon: Israel can completely destroy Lebanese Army within four hours (27 August 2010)

2) Lebanon’s president: The Lebanese army is called upon to stand in the face of the lurking Israeli enemy (1 August 2010)

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The Daily Show: The Killing Tree + Clashes kill five in Lebanon

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A deadly gun battle on the border of Israel and Lebanon is sparked by the removal of a tree. (02:59)

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Terror on Wheels: History of the Car Bomb

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Forget about nuclear missiles – the decisive weapon of the twentieth century is the car bomb. After Iraq we now know you can defeat a Superpower, start a civil war or just blow up your own government with a trunk load of homemade explosives and a battered old car. Former CIA agent Robert Baer investigates the hidden history of the car bomb in the 20th century, from the little known but devastating car bomb attack on 1920s Wall Street to the present use of car bombs in Iraq.

Robert Baer was in Lebanon in 1983 when the US embassy and marine barracks were hit by this most inconspicuous yet deadly weapon. Robert Baer’s life was depicted by George Clooney in the Oscar-winning movie Syriana.

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Noam Chomsky: Obama’s Imperialist Policies

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joefriendly June 12, 2010

Following a NY Peace Action Benefit viewing of Karen Malpede’s new play, Prophesy, Noam Chomsky criticizes Obama’s rightwing policies, war making, medical care, coziness with commercial interests . He warns of the coming war in Kandahar and Israel’s possible attack on Iran that could go nuclear. In the Q & A, moderated by Karen, Chomsky comments on BP’s Gulf Oil disaster, the Free Gaza Flotilla incident, urges Guantanamo being returned to Cuba and tortured detainees either being tried or released. June 9, 2010 Camera: Joe Friendly

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