September 05, 2005
Lebanese Media: Al Safir, September 5
Jumblatt Calls for Succession in the Presidential Portfolio: Lahoud will remain as long as he will [translation very very shaky]
Council of Ministers returns without redistributing portfolios [trans. very shaky], and three detainees are transferred to the military police
Basically a roundup of the current state of the Mehlis investigation into Hariri's death - Mehlis is in New York meeting with Annan, and various different accusations are being laid against him by different parties in Lebanon (see this asad abukhalil post for a (longwinded) example of the kind of skepticism). Also, on the political level, various people are meeting with other people - today it was (Druze leader and current majority-party honcho) Walid Jumblatt with Hizbollah head Hassan Nasrallah, who are apparently in a preliminary stage of coming to some sort of terms on replacing President Emile Lahoud, who will be in a very tricky situation indeed if four of his closest aides are on trial for murdering Hariri.
Also, three of the four suspects have been transferred from the jurisdiction of the civil to that of the military police. Why this is newsworthy, I don't know, but it's in the headline.
Editorial (by Talal Sulman): The Bitter Fruit of a Year after the Extension
The extension of Emile Lahoud's presidency, of course: "The truth is not born from error, and mistaken political decisions can lead to national disasters..."
He argues that the extension of Lahoud's term has led to a disaster for both Lebanon and Syria: for Lebanon, it has made the country a de facto international protectorate, while for Syria "the tab is still running, but it will be large."
Below the fold: Egyptian elections, Syria invites Hariri Inquiry, Katrina
Egyptian Presidential Contest Too Narrow, According to Candidates
Election campaign closes amid disputes over supervision of balloting
Damascus, fearing "Politicization", Invites Mehlis Next Saturday
The Syrian Government finally, after a long exchange of letters, has agreed with the international investigator of the murder of Rafiq Hariri, Detlef Mehlis, on an appointment for his visit, which will be on the tenth of this month in Damascus, where he will meet with heads of national intelligence and Member of the Political Committee of the Foreign Ministry, Riyad alDawudi.
Hurricane Katrina: Americans Think Bush's Leadership is in the Wrong Direction
Arabs offer Generous Aid to Washington: 650 Million Dollars
The city of New Orleans looked like a ghost town yesterday as work continued to evacuate the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which struck three southern states of the US, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. The majority of Americans say that the leadership of President Bush has been in the wrong direction, and he has begun a PR campaign to lighten the criticism that focused on the shortcomings of the aid to afflicted regions.
Front-page mention of the problems of hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming into Texas, and of the aid offered by Kuwait (500 million) and by Qatar (100 million), plus a description of the scene in the streets of NO. There's a long continuation of the front-page article on p. 16, plus what looks like a think-piece on the opposite page, but frankly I'm reading Arabic to get away from Katrina coverage for a bit, so I'm not going to translate them.
Back page, as per usual, has gratuitous shots of good-looking female celebrities, this time focusing on a Muslim woman of Iraqi ancestry who won "Miss England" in some beauty pageant.
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a Muslim woman of Iraqi ancestry who won "Miss England" in some beauty pageant.
Was favored to win. A Muslim woman of Uzbek ancestry won in the end. My paper has run multiple stories on this, probably because it's an excuse to let them print pictures of beautiful women. Accompanying the story, however, were reports of Muslim leaders who were unhappy about these women not being veiled.
Posted by: Dubaiwalla at September 5, 2005 11:41 PM