Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dietary Victory!

Let me be the first to declare Lebanon's "dietary victory" over the [imperialist] Zionist attempt to invade, occupy and annex the culinary terrain of the brave Lebanese nation.

Behold the internationally recognized achievement we have attained.

Read it and weep vile enemy, not one but two Guinness World Book of Records-setting dishes of savory goodness. Double-dip you shall not in the bowl of our righteousness!

Let this be a warning, any arm outstretched towards our falafel - or any other honorable dish - will meet the same shredded fate of the parsley laid before you.

Consider yourselves and your delirious claims annihilated!!

Photos courtesy of Full story at Babylon & Beyond, background post here and here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Breaking News: Rocket Exchange in South

Update: Lebanese Army units along with UNIFIL forces have cordoned off the area of the rocket launch and have launched an investigation into the incident.

NOWLebanon reports that the Israeli army has held the Lebanese government responsible for the rocket launch and has confirmed retaliatory shelling of the launch site. Sources in Lebanon have confirmed Israeli shelling of the area.

Update: Lebanese officials have reported that 8 Israeli artillery shells landed in the Wadi Sallouqa valley near the village of al Houla in southern Lebanon at approximately 7:45 pm.

Update:Israeli officials have reportedly denied an Israeli artillery response to a rocket attack from southern Lebanon. The officials stated that a 107mm Katyusha rocket landed in an open field near the town of Kiryat Shmona at approximately 7:20 pm local time, causing no damage or casualties.

Update: Israeli police reported no casualties from a single rocket which landed in the north of that country. Meanwhile Lebanese security officials reported Israeli jet incursions into Lebanese airspace over the south of that country.

Reports are emerging of a rocket launch from South Lebanon towards Israel followed by an artillery attack by the IDF on the Lebanese village of al Houla.

The attack comes in the aftermath of a visit by Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, to the Lebanese-Israeli border in which he declared that his army was "getting ready for any military confrontation that may erupt with Lebanon", adding "Israel is ready to deal with every situation including the probability of a new confrontation with Hizbullah".

Monday, October 26, 2009

Code Sharing from Montreal to Beirut

From Marketwire, with a very big H/T to Jad over at Lebanon News: Under Rug Swept:
Today the Honourable Jason Kenney, Canada's Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, announced that the Government of Canada has taken action to improve travel options for passengers wishing to fly from Canada to Lebanon.

Effective immediately, the change will allow Canadian air carriers to make arrangements to sell seats on flights of partner airlines (code-sharing) to and from Beirut, Lebanon. Code-sharing will make it easier for customers and businesses to plan and book their trips. Minister Kenney made the announcement while meeting with Lebanese-Canadians in Montreal, which is home to Canada's largest Lebanese community.

"By enabling this easier travel option between Canada and Lebanon, we are accomplishing some important goals: We are responding to the economic growth that has flourished in recent years between the two countries and we are making it easier for families and friends to plan travel and maintain strong ties," said Kenney. "Today's announcement builds on important action this government has taken to positively impact the Lebanese-Canadian community."

"Since 2006, our government has taken significant action to expand air travel choices for Canadians and open the doors wider to more tourism and business in Canada," said Canada's Transport Minister John Baird. "We believe it is a win-win situation to expand consumer choice in air travel, which is why we have signed or updated air agreements with nearly 50 countries."

Code-sharing opportunities will be available to Canadian carriers designated by the Minister of Transport and authorized by the Canadian Transportation Agency. This is the first time that code-sharing services between Canada and Lebanon by a Canadian carrier will move forward.
Canada has one of the largest Lebanese ex-patriot populations in the world but has hitherto not permitted direct flights from/to Beirut due to security concerns and political pressure from the U.S.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Lebanon On UN Security Council

Informal comments to the Media by the Permanent Representative of Lebanon, H.E. Mr. Nawaf Salam, following the election of the five non-permanent members of the Security Council.

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