Friday, February 24, 2006

Catching Up With Lebanon

Remember the people power demos in Lebanon last year, against the Syria-plotted murder of Rafik Hariri? Well, part of that uprising was a little blog called Ya Libnan, to co-ordinate rallies and get word out to the outside world.

In the year since then, Ya Libnan has become a full-featured news portal and online community. Check it out; there's still plenty of heartening developments going on over there.

And it must count as one of the more encouraging trends of recents years, seeing Mediterranean, sophisticated, cosmopolitan Lebanon finally shaking free of hick, beetle-browed Syria. Having Syria rule Lebanon this past quarter-century is as if the Clampetts were dictators of Beverly Hills.

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