How Many Violations of US Arms Laws are Too Many? by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Beirut, Lebanon
March 18, 2012

On March 6, 2012, the US Congressional Research Service released a report to the US Congress concerning Restrictions on the use of American weapons by recipient countries. For those who have followed the subject there was not a whole lot new in the CRS study, yet it is instructive in identifying Israel once again as far and away the most  egregious violator of virtually every provision of every US law which purports to regulate how American weapons are used.

Continue reading

Franklin Lamb: Majority of Syrians supportive of Assad + Perceptions of the Syrian Uprising from Shatila Camp

by Franklin Lamb
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Beirut, Lebanon
March 15, 2012

on Mar 15, 2012

A distinguished international lawyer says a Libyan-like foreign intervention against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government would be a ‘complete disaster’.

Press TV has conducted an interview with international lawyer Franklin Lamb to further discuss the issue.

Continue reading

The haunting of Daniel Pipes by Poe’s “Tell Tale Heart” by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Beirut, Lebanon
March 4, 2012

Daniel Pipes, the anti-Arab Islamophobe, is reportedly spooked these days. “Actually he has become an almost terrified man”; so says a colleague at Pipes’ Islamophobic Middle East Forum (MEF) and the McCarthyesque Campus Watch (CW) organization.

MEF was founded by Pipes in 1986, and the witch hunting anti-Arab McCarthyesque Campus Watch in 2001. CW’s function is to hound and intimidate faculty and students at colleges who are critical of the Zionist occupation of Palestine. Pipes and CW create “dossiers” on professors, students and university administrations thought hostile to Israel. Continue reading

What Iran Can Do for Lebanon’s Palestinians by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Beirut, Lebanon
February 18, 2012

“My friends and I like Iran. Maybe they will ask their friends in Lebanon to help baba (daddy) to be allowed to work and our family allowed to own a home outside the camps.” Hanadi, a precocious youngster at Shatila Camp’s Shabiba center on learning last week from her teacher that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khameneiand President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warmly welcomed Palestinian leaders to Tehran during the33rdanniversary celebrations of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and that both committed Iran to a “religious and moral duty to alleviate the effects on Palestinian refugees of the Nakba’s ethnic cleansing.”

Continue reading

Honoring Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, An Advocate for the Deprived by Franklin Lamb

English: Image of Sayed Mohammad Hussein Fadlullah

Image via Wikipedia

by Franklin Lamb
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Dahiyeh, South Beirut, Lebanon
February 14, 2012

Rushing to an appointment last Saturday I passed the Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah Hassaniyeh (Mosque), which for many in my immediate Dahiyeh neighborhood is the religious institution we feel most connected to because of its long and continuing history of social and religious work in our community.

Nearly 18 months after the July 4th, 2010 death of Lebanon’s preeminent Islamic scholar, the Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, but seeming more like three months ago, the ‘Fadlallah Hassaniyeh’ is an ever active beehive of social work and religious study and truly a working people’s institution.

Continue reading

Why Did Palestinian Refugees Come to Lebanon? by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Beirut, Lebanon
February 10, 2012

During a workshop at the American University of Beirut last year on the subject of the right to  work and to purchase a home for Palestinian refugees, a young business major from the Christian village of  Bikerki posed a question that surprised some in the audience:   “Why if Palestinian don’t like it in Lebanon do they not go home?  Why did they even bother coming here in the first place?”

Continue reading

Rumor and Anger Mount in Libya by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Tripoli, Libya
January 14, 2012

This observer was stunned late last week when during a meeting in a Maghreb country with three high ranking former Libyan officials, among hundreds currently in hiding, and some organizing, in countries bordering Libya, one of them, in all earnest,  asked me,   “Do you believe there be a counter revolution  soon in the “Jamarariya [state of the masses, ie Libya]?”

Continue reading

A Tale of Two Squares and Two Movements by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Cairo, Egypt
December 27, 2011

11-02-25-Tahrir-Sqare-0715

Image by Erik - parked in Cairo these days via Flickr

This observer spent a good part of Christmas Eve divided between two main Cairo Squares, Tahir and Abassiya, while waiting for a Visa from the Libyan Embassy.

It is evident here that the “blue bra girl” or “Tahrir Woman” whose assault by the Egyptian army has brought intense wrath upon the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) and similar attacks are much on the minds of protestors in both Squares. But in Abassiya Square, the participants focus more on the provocative demonstrators in Tahrir Square, many of whom they claim are “baltagiy” (hoods or thugs).  Tahrir Square demonstrators feel about the same way regarding the pro- SCAF (Supreme Council of Armed Forces) demonstrators over in Tahrir Square.

Continue reading

Return to Sorman – Anatomy of a NATO war crime by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Sorman, Libya
December 18, 2011

It was a warm early Monday morning along the Libyan coast on June 20, 2011.

At approximately 0200 GMT the next day in NATO Headquarters in Brussels and 30 minutes later in its media center in Naples, staffers finished tabulating NATO’s 92nd day of aerial attacks on Libya and began to post the data on its website (www.nato.int).

Continue reading

On the 64th Anniversary of UN Resolution 181 Lebanon’s Palestinians Continue Their Descent by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Embassy of Palestine, Tripoli, Libya
November 29, 2011

Every year on November 29, as part of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Palestinians in Libya as well as approximately a quarter million Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, the descendants of more than 129,000 who were forced into Lebanon during the 1947-48 Nakba, commemorate the infamous United Nations Resolution 181.

Continue reading

The Troubling Case of Saif Gadhafi by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Zintan, Libya
November 25, 2011

Despite the claims of the National Transitional Council of Libya (NTC)  that  Saif al Islam Gadhafi, the apprehended subject of an International Criminal Court arrest warrant that ordered his transport to The Hague, is in a secure hidden location near Zintan, Libya, a town approximately 85 miles southwest of Tripoli, this is not the case.

Continue reading

Will the UN insist on Fair Trials for Ex-Regime Loyalists in Libya? by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Benghazi, Libya
November 22, 2011

An affable gentleman, “Mahmoud” ushered this observer into the Benghazi People’s Court (Mahkamat al-Sha’b) and showed me the freshly painted courtroom where on December 19, 2006, the current NTC leader and long term CIA favorite, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, twice upheld death sentences by firing squad against a Palestinian doctor, Ashraf al-Hujuj, and five Bulgarian nurses Kristiyana Valtcheva, Nasya Nenova, Valentina Siropulo, Valya Chervenyashka, and Snezhana Dimitrova. The death sentences were requested by the Libyan prosecutor in his opening statement four months earlier, in the final appeal in the fake HIV show trial case # 607/2003 held at the criminal court in Benghazi.

Continue reading

Bad Moon Rising Over Great Sirte Bay by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Sirte, Libya
November 18, 2011

This observer, with his sandaled feet comfortably dug into the sand of a chilly Mediterranean beach and huddled next to a camp fire with a congenial and bright group of still heavily armed “NATO rebels,” is learning that the past eight months’ experiences for many Libyans who fought with or for NATO were rather different from what the western mainstream media portrayed. And what many of us who spent last summer in the Western Libya Gadhafi stronghold were inclined to believe about them.

Continue reading

Terror and Revenge Engulfs NATO’s Libya by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Benghazi, Libya
November 11, 2011

The “new Libya” has entered its own “Terror” which is spreading inexorably, aided by NATO member states including American, French and British SAS units known locally as “disappearance squads”. This is one of the rapidly developing consequences of the UN’s rush to “protect Libya’s civilian population” last spring.

And it is why human rights investigators are arriving in Benghazi, Libya this week.

Continue reading

Amnesty International’s Flawed Syrian Hospitals “Investigation” by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
November 1, 2011

This observer counts himself among Amnesty International’s more than 3 million supporters and members in more than 150 countries and territories who also strongly endorse AI’s campaigns to end grave abuses of human rights. I share AI’s vision for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

Continue reading