Saturday, February 19, 2005

This is another laudatory article on Hariri in Washington Post by Lebanese ultra-nationalist Noura Bustany who works at the Post, writing on the fluff facets of diplomatic life in DC.
At least she mentioned that in "the mid-'90s, he introduced a law barring journalists from criticizing "Lebanese allies," a reference not only to Syria but to Saudi Arabia." There are several inaccuracies in the article but I do not have time to correct for you. Would you like a beverage too, dear reader? She mentions, for example, that Hariri helped win passage of a new electoral law in Lebanon. 1) A new electoral law has NOT yet passed in the Lebanese parliament. 2) Hariri was the fiercest critic of the electoral law that she mentions. This is but a small version of the kind of coverage in the pro-Saudi Arabic media. I am suffocating. But here, in the Guardian, there is a really important and balanced article on Hariri's "many enemies."