FIRST CAME PRESIDENT BUSH’S DECLARATION OF WAR AGAINST TYRANNY
“So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world….
All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.
Democratic reformers facing repression, prison, or exile can know: America sees you for who you are: the future leaders of your free country….
By our efforts, we have lit a fire as well – a fire in the minds of men. It warms those who feel its power, it burns those who fight its progress, and one day this untamed fire of freedom will reach the darkest corners of our world.”
–President Bush’s Second Inaugural Address —January 20, 2005
This is the new Beirut Central District Master Plan–
By May 10, 2008, Hariri was pushing to eliminate the Hezbollah network, prompting the Resistance forces to take control of the airport and sections of West Beirut. Bitter fighting between Hariri’s Future forces and Hezbollah ended with Hariri neutered and his own Future communications network shut-down.
By: Hassan Illeik
Published Saturday, May 19, 2012
Scene One: Saad Hariri put a piece of property up for sale in the Barbir area. According to sources close to the Saudi embassy in Beirut, the property forms part of a plot of land the Saudis want to turn into housing projects for the people of Beirut.
The sale of the land is not particularly noteworthy. Its value is merely pocket change for Hariri. The surprise lies in the names of those who stepped in to buy it.
They are the president of Riyadi (Sporting) Club, Hisham Jaroudi, the “republic’s contractor” and businessman, Jihad al-Arab (brother of the head of Hariri’s personal security detail), and the former head of Future TV, Nadim al-Munla.
All three had built or expanded their wealth under the Hariri family mantle. Ultimately, the land went to al-Arab for around US$37 million.
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