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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Good Luck to the Lebanese

With the resignation of the Syrian-loyalist Lebanese government in the wake of massive street protests, these are exciting times for that long-troubled country. Hopefully, this is the start of a real return for Lebanon to the economic and cultural success it enjoyed in the years before the civil war.

I highly recommend reading the guide to Lebanese politics that Johnathan Edelstein has begun writing. Part one is a general overview, while part two is a guide to Lebanese political parties. He promises us that there's more coming up, which I am eagerly looking forward to reading. If you are interested in the subject, I also think it's well worth reading the Across the Bay blog by Tony, a Lebanese-American.

Update, 3/3/2005 12am: The third part of Johnathan Edelstein's series, this time on Lebanese political personalities, has just been posted.

Update 2, 3/3/2005 3:55pm: Joshua Landis has a post up about the reaction on the Syrian street to events in Beirut.

Update 3, 3/3/2005 6:45pm: Roy Saad, of the Think of That blog has posted some photos from the heart of Monday's protest that he took on his mobile phone. Via Dove's Eye View.

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