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Salem-News.com (Feb-08-2014 20:53)

Pacific Power Crews Set to Work Through Night to Restore Power to mid-Willamette Valley Area

Pacific Power crews set to work through night to restore power to mid-Willamette Valley area; Lebanon area hardest hit by serious combination of snow, ice and wind.

(ALBANY) - Power pole Pacific Power crews are entering their second night of battling the elements to restore electrical service to customers in the mid-Willamette Valley.

More than 7,000 customers are without power in the area due to outages caused by snow and ice covered trees dropping on power lines.

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Salem-News.com (Jan-23-2014 12:40)

Deadly Blast at Haret Hreik Leaves Neighborhood Devastated

LBCI TV in Beirut reported that, "the group of the Palestinian Ahmed Taha has links to the suicide bombing." However reliable sources told Salem-News that this is not true, adding that no Palestinians were involved.

(SALEM / BEIRUT) - Ali Bashir's body coming home Naharnet Newsdesk in Beirut, reports that the booby-trapped Kia car that exploded Tuesday in Haret Hreik came from the Sabra Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, on the outskirts of the southern suburbs.

Dr. Franklin Lamb, an international attorney and observer who lives in the area, adds that the car originated from an area near the Cola intersection leading to Fakhani, the former "Security Zone" of the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) where one can catch a van ride to the Masnaa border crossing.

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Salem-News.com (Jan-21-2014 19:28)

PRESS TV: Blast at Haret Hreik Claims Promising Young Lives

Teen in Dahieh who escaped three bombings dies in blast. Salem-News.com writer Franklin Lamb knew two of the victims.

(SALEM / BEIRUT) - Maria Jawhari and Ali Hasan Khadra Naharnet News began their article about the death of Maria Jawhari, a teen girl in Beirut, with her quote, "This is the third bombing that I escape, I don't know if the fourth will kill me – feeling sad."

18-year-old Maria Hussein al-Jawhari wrote those words on her Facebook page on 02 January 2014, in the wake of the deadly blast that rocked al-Arid Street in Haret Hreik.

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Salem-News.com (Jan-10-2014 11:41)

Pressures Mounting... A Palestinian-Hezbollah War in Lebanon?

The Sunni and the Shia just as with the Palestinians and Hezbollah need each other for many reasons including to confront growing Islamophobia...

(AIN EL HELWEH CAMP, Lebanon) - Fatah member stands guard at the entrance of the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh It’s not just the leadership of the Zionist regime still occupying Palestine, six decades after the 1948 Nakba, that appears to be salivating at the current stoking of current tensions between the Palestinian Resistance and in some respects, its historic off-spring Hezbollah.

From Tel Aviv, to Amman, Riyadh, the Gulf Kingdoms to Washington DC and beyond, the forces allied against the Tehran-Damascus-Hezbollah-Palestinian Resistance are working on yet another project to weaken and hopefully destroy all four.

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Salem-News.com (Jan-03-2014 12:37)

Will Lebanon Survive 2014? Should it?

The latest information this morning comes from Hezbollah security guys who guard our building (and my motorcycle—bless them for both favors!) and who have been visibly present throughout Dahiyeh for the past six months, ever since the spate of neighborhood bombings began.

(BEIRUT) - Flames rise from burning cars at the site of a car bomb that targeted Beirut's southern suburb of Haret Hreik on January 2, 2014 (AFP) Another week, another terrorist bombing. It’s beginning to look a lot like that here in Lebanon these days. Another apparent suicide bomber detonated a car rigged with explosives in the southern suburbs yesterday killing at least five people and injuring at least 77.

The health ministry released a statement just a short while ago reporting that an additional 67 people were treated in hospitals for wounds and released, while 10 people remained hospitalized with more severe injuries.

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Salem-News.com (Dec-23-2013 02:38)

Santa is Not Coming to Palestine

What is it that makes our leaders tread the same path over and over and over again, knowing that it can only lead to disaster?

(LONDON) - Santa in Palestine It’s the Sunday before Christmas. London is wearing its party frock; the lights are glittering, the bells are chiming; the throng of shoppers are streaming up and down the streets. Happy and joyous are they all. And here I am, a Palestinian exile, a grandfather, a father and a husband, trying to bring some of this happy mood into a corner of London that I call my little Palestine.

Amongst all this, my heart and thoughts are with my people back home, going through the most arduous winter on record. Snow has covered the entire Middle East in the last week or so. Palestinians inside Palestine, in the refugee camps dotted around the Arab world are all at the mercy of the elements.

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Salem-News.com (Dec-05-2013 09:10)

Lebanon: Criminalize Torture

Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes Said Torture is widespread in the Lebanon.

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Lebanon LBGT protest The police torture and ill-treatment are grounded in inadequate or badly implemented legal protection, a judicial emphasis on confessions over other types of evidence, a culture of impunity, and lack of proper oversight mechanisms.

Lebanese authorities should establish an independent complaints mechanism to investigate torture allegations, and donor countries should ensure that aid to the Internal Security Forces supports the establishment of real accountability mechanisms.

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Salem-News.com (Nov-19-2013 11:40)

US, UN Security Council Silent on Iran Embassy Attack (VIDEO)

The United States and the UN Security Council have yet to condemn the terrorist attacks on the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, which killed a senior Iranian diplomat.

(TEHRAN Press TV) - Iranian embassy in Beirut Several hours following Tuesday’s deadly attacks, which killed and injured scores of people, Washington and the UN Security Council are still tight-lipped.

Iran has blamed Israel for the attack which killed more than 23 people and injured over 140 near the Iranian Embassy in the southern neighborhood of Janah. Iran's cultural attaché to Beirut Ebrahim Ansari was reportedly among the dead.

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Salem-News.com (Nov-15-2013 15:38)

Because it Exists
Why Ain al Hilweh?

Most of the apartments in Ein al Helwih are currently sheltering four to six families.

(BEIRUT) - Ain al Hilweh A modest tempest is brewing in Lebanon among some supporters of Palestine and the US State Department.

It centers around the decision by the Sabra-Shatila Scholarship Program (SSSP), the newly founded, and American donor-funded, higher education initiative, which intends to grant an additional 150-200 tuition scholarships to Palestinian students for spring semester enrolled in Lebanon’s dozen colleges and universities.

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Salem-News.com (Sep-22-2013 22:37)

31 Years on Sabra-Shatila Massacre: Justice Delayed but Gaining Ground

“If you don’t want the Lebanese to kill them, we will kill them.” - Ariel Sharon

(SHATILA CAMP, Beirut) - Sabra-Shatila refugee camp massacre Each year, during the third week of September, Lebanon and this region, as well as international supporters, pause to reflect upon and commemorate the victims one of the twentieth century’s most horrific and cynical crimes perpetrated by a member state of the United Nations.

The Sabra-Shatila massacre took place September 16-19th in Beirut, a well-documented 48 hours of slaughter that saw the Shatila Palestinian refugee camp surrounded and sealed off by the occupying Israeli army, whose intent was to block and force back inside the killing field anyone seeking to escape...

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