Beirut

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.

Nasrallah's appearance and al-Assad’s interview

There seems to be a number of things connecting the sudden public appearance of Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah in the midst of his supporters in Beirut, marking the religious festival of Ashoura, after years of confining his public appearances to video-links from unknown locations, and the televised interview conducted by ABC with Syrian President al-Assad, which represents the first interview given by the Syrian leader with an American media outlet since the start of the protests in Syria.

Hassan Nasrallah says building up weapons, backs Syria

BEIRUT - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah, whose backers Syria and Iran are at the centre of heightened regional tension, made a rare public appearance on Tuesday marking the Shi'ite Muslim festival of Ashura and said his group was building up its arsenal.

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