On a pedestrianized street in central Beirut, there are nine silver footprints set in the pavement. They mark the steps of Rafik Hariri after he left one of his favorite cafes opposite Lebanon's parliament on February 14, 2005.
I'm in the northern end of Lebanon's infamous Bekaa Valley (as in terrorists and drugs) in the city of Baalbeck about to enter its dramatic Roman ruins. Near the entrance of the site I see a large colorful tent set up, with music pouring out. I walk in, not realizing that what I've stumbled upon is a Hezbollah fundraising exhibition. But with the photos of smashed Israeli army tanks, weeping Palestinian children and triumphant jihadists that becomes apparent pretty quickly. And if that's not enough, then there's the backroom with the coffin in the center surrounded by photos of dozens of martyrs, as in suicide bombers.
The Cedars of Lebanon A priceless commodity; they symbolize a nation, and once even sparked a revolution. They are the Cedars of Lebanon -- a protected species of tree under constant threat from man and the environment.
Hundreds of thousands packed Martyrs Square in Beirut on Thursday to honor slain Lebanese Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel, cheering speeches by his supporters who turned the funeral into a show of defiance against Hezbollah and its Syrian backers.
Crowds of people snaked through the streets of Pierre Gemayel's Christian hometown to mourn the Lebanese industry minister suspected by his supporters of being assassinated by those intent on weakening Lebanon's anti-Syrian government.
A meeting of Lebanese opposition leaders has ended with a list of demands calling for the immediate resignation of Lebanese security chiefs and the immediate withdrawal of Syrian troops and intelligence assets from Lebanon.