Egypt

Do discard the ‘resistance axis’ hoax

By MICHAEL YOUNG

A Syrian regime Russian-made armored personnel carrier destroyed by the Free Syrian Army on Wadi Al Sayeh Street in Homs, Syria.

The notion of a “resistance axis” has been a casualty of the revolts in the Arab world. Using the term displays willful blindness to what has taken place during the past year. Resistance, the way the word is currently understood in the Arab world, implies resistance to injustice and hegemony, principally imposed by the United States and Israel. Yet when Iran and Syria, pillars of the axis, have been at the vanguard in violently and unjustly suppressing freedoms at home, the term “resistance axis” elicits only laughter. And yet there are people who need to keep the term alive, with its moral implications, because their professional agenda is invested in its being taken seriously.

MP Fatfat: I’ll question the government on false passports issued by General Security to Hezbollah

MP Ahmad Fatfat, a member of the Future parliamentary bloc, revealed that he intends to question Lebanon’s government on the false Lebanese passports issued by the General Directorate of General Security, including those related to the issue of the Sami Shihab Hezbollah cell in Egypt and the other Lebanese arrested in Bahrain.
 
In an interview with MTV, Fatfat regretted that the government failed to take appropriate measures in this regard as Lebanese passports would lose their international credibility. He pointed out that the counterfeit passports include several backgrounds, including security and economic. Fatfat added: "If there was not a satisfactory response from the government on this subject, the opposition will transform it into parliamentary questioning and revocation of confidence in the Minister in charge.
 
Fatfat pointed out that the Minister of Interior and Municipalities Marwan Charbel is not responsible for this fraud because he was not running the ministry when the violations occurred. However, Fatfat requested that Charbel clarifies what happened in order to protect Lebanese travel documents.
 
Article source: Lebanon's MTV (Arabic)
 
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