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راغب علامه – سنين رايحه / Ragheb Alama – sneen ray7a in miss lebanon 2011

راغب علامه – سنين رايحه / Ragheb Alama – sneen ray7a in miss lebanon 2011

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راغب علامه – سنين رايحه / Ragheb Alama – sneen ray7a in miss lebanon 2011 راغب علامه في مسابقات ملكة جمال لبنان 2011.

A Proxy War in Lebanon Against Israel and the United States, Iran Waged?

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In the Cold War, the Superpowers never engaged in direct head-on conflict with one another. To have worked like that, might well have led to a chain of escalation that ultimately culminated a nuclear exchange. Then, the outcome, even in victory, might well have resembled a “lose-lose” proposition, given the extent of devastation and loss of human life involved. Instead, when the ideological confrontation grew “hot,” it did so in the more limited context of proxy wars, some of which were formidable in their own right, in Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America.     The ongoing conflict being fought between Hezbollah and Israel, on a battlefield that extends across northern Israel’s civilian centers and throughout most of Lebanon, may well be an early proxy war waged on behalf of a rising Iranian power. According to the May 11, 2006 edition of Al-Sharq Al-Awsat Iran views Hezbollah as “one of the mainstays of its strategic security.” Hezbollah is one of the strategic and tactical weapons Iran employs against its enemies, namely the United States, Israel, and the West. Former Hezbollah Secretary-General Subhi Al-Tufeili explained as much when he revealed that Hezbollah’s “real leadership is ‘the rule of the jurisprudent’ – in other words, Khamenei.”     The developments leading up to Hezbollah’s highly provocative step of abducting two Israeli soldiers from Israeli soil suggest that Iran might well have had at least an indirect role in initiating the act that led to the ongoing hostilities. On June 16, 2006, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported, “Well-informed sources in Tehran have told Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that the talks held in Tehran between Syrian Defense Minister Hassan Turkmani and his Iranian counterpart Mustafa Mohammad Najjar did not only deal with military and security aspects of the strategic cooperation between the two countries, but also with the situation in Lebanon.” At the time, there was no Israeli presence on Lebanese soil. The newspaper also noted, “Syria, on its part, has renewed its previous agreements with Iran which allow Iranian ammunition trucks to pass [through Syria] into Lebanon” to resupply Hezbollah. In short, at a time when the Lebanon-Israel border was quiet, Iran was discussing “the situation in Lebanon” with Syria and facilitating the supply of arms to Hezbollah.     Then, on July 8, multiple news organizations reported that President Ahmadinejad urged the Islamic world to take action to destroy Israel. Voice of America reported, “President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke Saturday in Tehran at the opening of a regional conference of Islamic nations. He said the basic problem in the Islamic world is the existence of what he called the Zionist regime. He said the Islamic world must mobilize to remove the problem.” Arguably, that was the “green light” for Tehran that Hezbollah was awaiting.     Following Hezbollah’s act of aggression, Edward N. Luttwak, senior fellow at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the Toronto Globe & Mail, “Iran’s leaders have apparently decided to reject the Western offer to peacefully settle the dispute over its weapons-grade uranium-enrichment program… Evidently, Sheik Nasrallah felt compelled to serve Iran’s strategy. Aside from the multimillion-dollar monthly subsidy it provides, Iran is the spiritual homeland of Hezbollah leaders, some of whom have studied in Iranian religious schools.”     Since the onset of fighting, Iranian media organizations having close ties to its ruling conservative clerics have used the outcomes to date to validate perceptions of Israeli and American weakness. Such commentary has argued that Israeli “invincibility” has ceased to exist, Israel is weaker than it was 40 years ago, and that Israelis are abandoning Israel.     On July 13, Jomhuri-yi Eslami wrote of Hezbollah’s raid, “Israel’s security network is now damaged and this will lead to more pressure on Israel’s government.” Five days later, it proclaimed, “[N]ow that the Hezbollah has shown its military superiority it proves that all of America’s plans have been nothing more than a mirage and they have to tolerate the bitter taste of defeat again.” On July 20, Resalat claimed, “Following the inefficiency of the Zionist regime in dealing with Hezbollah’s activities the myth of Israel’s invincibility has come to an end… Shelling Israel’s cities by Hezbollah has started a trend of reverse immigration from Israel and the people are leaving the occupied lands.”     Such commentary has also attempted to elevate Iran’s role vis-à-vis the rest of the Middle East as spokesman for the “world of Islam” and to proclaim the birth of a new Middle Eastern order arrayed against the United States and Israel. On July 20, pro-Khamenei daily Kayhan dismissed Saudi Arabian and Egyptian criticism of Hezbollah stating, “The rulers of Saudi Arabia and Egypt can talk on behalf of themselves and their people but not on behalf of the world of Islam or even Arab people.”   Separately, the Kayhan explained what it saw as a new emerging geopolitical order in the Middle East:   American and Israeli groups are furiously confused. They have understood very well that their big Middle East plan has turned into a series of explosive traps against themselves. If Iran was alone in the past, gradually the triangle of Iran, Syria and Lebanon was formed. Now Hamas has turned this triangle into a square. And after the establishment of the principle-ist government in Iraq it has turned into a pentagon. This pentagon represents the new coordinates of the Middle East.   Iran’s geopolitical calculations suggest that the stakes in the outcome in Lebanon are too great for Iran to allow Hezbollah to be defeated. Therefore, if Iran is involved in any part of the ceasefire/peace process Iran will likely insist on a ceasefire from which Hezbollah would gain, whether it would be Hezbollah’s retaining its ability to function as an armed group in Lebanon or realizing its initial demand for a “prisoner swap.” At the same time, it would likely seek to thwart any deal if it cannot leverage gains for its nuclear weapons program.     Such backing will likely embolden Hezbollah and preclude its backers within Lebanon from accepting compromises that would diminish Hezbollah’s capabilities. Hence, if Iran has its way, a ceasefire would preserve Hezbollah, if not allow it to make gains, while failing to meet Israel’s core need for security. After all, why would Iran seek to accommodate Israel’s core needs when, according to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Israel is a “fake state” that should be eliminated. In fact, Iran’s commentary views the outcome in Lebanon as a potential downpayment toward that end with Keyhan, another Khamenei-affiliated periodical, describing it as “a big opportunity to demolish Israel.”     All said, the ongoing fighting between Israel and Hezbollah might well mark Iran’s first proxy war with Israel and the United States. Given the geopolitical ramifications involved, it probably won’t be the last such conflict and future ones could be even deadlier as more powerful weapons and technologies are injected into the mix. Therefore, if the international community seeks regional stability and peace, it will need to work toward a decisive settlement with Lebanon’s leaders to eliminate Hezbollah as an armed element. It will also need to work energetically toward translating any ceasefire agreement into a full peace treaty between Israel and Lebanon. Otherwise, Lebanon will all but certainly become the host of combat in future proxy wars waged on behalf of Iran, and its people will experienced renewed suffering as a consequence. Don Sutherland has researched and written on a wide range of geopolitical issues. Related Lebanon Articles

Flowers Shop Lebanon: A one stop solution for customers to get wonderful service

Flowers Shop Lebanon: A one stop solution for customers to get wonderful service

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There are different events which are very important in your lives but marriage ceremony is very crucial because it turns the course of your life. You should make proper arrangements because it is a huge occasion and you must take certain steps to make it memorable. Flowers Lebanon provides a great opportunity for you to offer gifts to the bride and bride groom on this event. Many guests arrive at the venue therefore you need to make sure that your gift is wonderful and would help to attract the attention of the recipient. Flowers Shop Lebanon offers enormous range of products that would mesmerize customers in a great manner. You can use different sets of flowers offers offered by various companies to the users. They look amazing and are renowned for exemplary quality which would help to get the best options. They are arranged in exquisite and innovative manner which attracts customers to the website in great numbers. It is a well known fact that Lebanon Florist has a galaxy of experts that use fresh roses from the gardens to provide unmatched customer service. They consist of different varieties that captivate imagination of people in an effective manner.  Apart from above numerous companies are experts to Send Flowers to Lebanon. In past users did not have many options but advent of internet has completely transformed the scenario. They can login to various websites and scan different assortments that provide a comprehensive view of products. Gifts Lebanon comprises of sweets and chocolates exquisitely packaged to provide a great look and style to the product. You can buy various types of items that could be ideal gifts for this occasion. It is a well known fact that jewelry can prove to be a very powerful element that can be gifted to impress bride and bridegrooms. Rings and necklaces are quite popular which are generally offered by various guests who are attending marriage celebrations. You can be innovative and offer jewelry box that would provide impeccable service to the couple. Different types of products which are offered during the wedding are as follows. Taking imagination to new heights by offering 24 in a box: You can use the option of above gift to offer blessings to the couple on this wonderful day. It consists of 24 roses which are packaged in to a single vase and look very attractive to the customers. They are one of the most exclusive creations from Flowers Lebanon which have captured the hearts and minds of people. Romantic red bouquet: Romantic red bouquet is a great gift which you can purchase for the wedding ceremony or reception. It has an amazing design that reminds you of the local culture prevalent in the region. Red bouquet offered by Flowers Shop Lebanon comprises of leaves that are wonderful and bind the roses in a unique embrace. They emanate fragrance which is quite remarkable and would attract guests in huge numbers at the wedding ceremony. Newly married couple would like it because it symbolizes love and passion. Gifts Lebanon has plethora of options for gifts and one of them is antique frame which is nice and wonderful. Couple can put their photo inside it to impress their friends and family members. It can prove to be a great memory for couples. Lebanon Florist also offers different types of paintings and pictures that could act as a decorative material for your wall. If you want to order gifts you can use the services of online websites wherein it is easy to find details about booking and ways to Send Flowers to Lebanon through the vast network of various organizations. Looking to send flowers to Lebanon and searching for a trusted Flowers Shop Lebanon online, we guys at All Best Ideas can help  http://www.allbestideas.com/ . My neighbour, my enemy: The Lebanese fight against sectarian ethnic cleansing Subscribe to journeyman for more: http://www.youtube.com/journeymanpictures For… More Lebanon Articles

Shipping to Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Nigeria, Iraq, Libya and other major countries

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Transportation of goods using marine services has been one of the major channels which have boosted the trade revenues of many countries. Shipping companies which provide services all over the world are preferred by suppliers and companies for their transparency and agile services. We are also one of the major shipping services provider and help individual and companies to transport cargo and other bulk items from United States of America to other countries. Our wide coverage of shipping network encompasses countries from Middle East like Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and African countries like Libya, Nigeria, and Cairo. Our network also covers other countries like Turkey, Philippines and South Korea which have emerged as new markets for trade. Our rich experience in the field of shipping services not only helps us to deliver these cargos on time but also helps us to tackle difficult situations which arise in these regions frequently.  Shipping services also includes marine Insurance for safety of the goods and facilities such as full container and less container loads for cargos are available as per the requirement. The expertise in stuffing these cargos in container is done by a team of experts who take care of all the basic necessities which ensures the safety of the cargo. Our network of agents and allied service professional helps in easy clearance of the goods without any delay. Shipping to Libya services to these nations is always a tough task to handle and these are handled and monitored by expert team members who track down cargo status from time to time. We have gained repute in the field of supplying automotive consignments to these nations and also offer services for household shifting, individual shifting and bulk cargo shipment. Our services can be availed by both companies and individuals. Shipping services not only relates to transport of goods from one place to another but it denotes the level of consistency shown by a company each time. Our time bound delivery processes which are optimized to meet the deadlines and qualified personnel who undertake the monitoring always strive to cut down the delivery time to ensure safe landing of the goods at its destination. Cost effective solutions for individuals and companies which are unmatchable from competitors also helps us to garner huge clients. Our agents and service professional always help out our customers to chart out better routes and plan to ensure that the budget does not over shoot. These competitive freight rates always help us to reap rich dividends. Safety of the cargo also comes under our purview and we take all the necessary steps to eliminate any chance of loss or damage of goods. Our company follows the international shipping  safety standards to ensure the delivery of goods safely to its destination. Our services to transport goods from ports to major cities and other destination using road transport and other mediums can also be availed by customers. We always work ahead to minimize time delays in shipping goods from one place to another throughout the world. The author is working in a professionally managed Shipping to Saudi Arabia company and managing  Shipping to Libya shipping services to host of countries. Related Lebanon Articles

Customized Closets Company In The Hanover & Lebanon, Nh Area

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In a recent interview, Mike Cota from New England Closet Design described his use of Social Media Marketing in the customized closets industry. New England Closet Design is located in the Hanover and Lebanon area of NH and has over 15 years of experience designing customized closets. They always strive to deliver a quality product that will produce complete customer satisfaction. Mike was interviewed by Derek Tsakiris of 910 Web Traffic as part of the Best Internet Marketing series. Be it closets, entertainment systems, office furniture, laundry rooms or pantries, New England Closet Design will maximize your space with expert, innovative designs and quality installations. New England Closet Design has a strong commitment to their customers. Through their valued customer relationships they have become the industry leader for quality and personalized service. All of their systems are custom made in their own factory and specifically design for their customer’s unique storage requirements. New England Closet Design recently announced its latest product offering, Hunter Douglas custom window treatments. Hunter Douglas custom window treatments are the finest in quality, beauty and function. As of June 2010, the only way to access the Hunter Douglas product line is through an authorized dealer/installer, like New England Closet Design. With Hunter Douglass installed by New England Closet Design, you can get started today on the road to elegant window treatments made specifically for you and installed by professionals that care about every detail of the project. When selecting a company to install your customized closets, New England Closet Design President Mike Cota recommends you consider the following: 1). Always check for references from previous customers. At New England Closet Design we are happy to furnish potential customers with list of very satisfied customers (Many of them repeat customers). This is always a true test of a solid company. 2.) Is your “Custom Closet” custom built? Many “Custom Closet Companies” are not really custom at all. They purchase their products from an online company and simply do the install. Many times, this leads to sub-par quality. They use a 5/8″ thick material with inferior hardware and a sub-standard installation process. New England Closet Design will provide a true customized closet solution every time! 3.) Quality vs Price is important. Always make sure your closet designer uses only the best materials, the best installation practices and backs them up with an unconditional lifetime guarantee. We Do! When you build it right the first time, it will last forever. At New England Closet Design, you are guaranteed to get true quality at a great price. 4.) Check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) as a reference. This will tell you if the company is reputable and has a good rating in the industry. Not all companies are members of the BBB, but you still may be able to obtain information about them from this great resource. Any company that is registered to do work in their home state should be in the BBB data base. 5.) Make sure the company is insured. All workers, including contract workers, need to have coverage. In the event of a problem you will glad that you checked on this detail. 6.) What will my home look like after? The installation process will probably be a few hours to one day in length. After the install comes the cleanup. At New England Closet Design we believe that not only are you hiring the best company, but you are purchasing an experience. With that in mind, all of our installers will make sure that your home looks as good or better after we have left. This includes the use of slippers or booties when we are in your home and a final vacuum after the last shelf is installed. New England Closet Design can be contacted at http://www.newenglandclosetdesign.com If you need customized closets, contact Mike at New England Closet Design; If you need the Best Internet Marketing, contact Derek Tsakiris at 910 Web Traffic! 910 Web Traffic is an internet marketing company owned by Derek Tsakiris that will help you get traffic, build a list and close sales. We use social marketing, video marketing, link building, SEO and many other direct response marketing methods. We specialize in promoting small and medium sized businesses, but are not limited to that. Get all 20 videos in the Best Internet Marketing series plus a Web Video Guide & Social Media Marketing Guide for free at http://www.910webtraffic.com/bestinternetmarketing More Lebanon Articles