January 19, 1986 |
BLACK SMOKE BILLOWS from the seaside neighborhood in Beirut where Elie Hobeika's Lebanese Forces have been based. During bloody fighting Wednesday, Hobeika's forces were ousted from most of their positions in and around Beirut by rival Christian forces loyal to President Amin Gemayel. At least 120 were killed in the day-long battle.
July 31, 1989 |
On October 30, 1986, Lt. Col. Oliver North helicoptered into Beirut on a doomed mission to free the six Americans then held hostage in Lebanon by Shiite militants. Three days later the administration's sale of arms to Iran in exchange for hostages was revealed. Only later would the full story be told how North and other members of the National Security Council and an assortment of arms dealers and international middlemen tried to use profits from the Iran arms sale to fund Contra rebels battling the Nicaraguan government.
March 25, 1987
At his press conference last week, President Reagan declared, "I happen to believe that when an American citizen, any place in the world, is unjustly denied their constitutional rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it is the responsibility of this government to restore those rights. " He might have added, for the sake of honesty, that the government also has a responsibility to stand firm against terrorists' unacceptable demands and that that higher responsibility makes it impossible to help the eight American hostages in Beirut.
February 6, 1986 |
"Golfing in Beirut," a multi-media revue written by Jimmy Clark, Richard DiDio, Gary Grissom and Peter Muller, and directed by Michael Ladenson. Films directed and edited by Michael Bailey. Presented by The No Respect for the Human Condition Players and DMK Productions, Inc., at the Walnut Theatre 5, 9th and Walnut streets, Wed.-Sun. through Feb. 16. Let us credit The No Respect for the Human Condition Players for sustaining a certain grace under fire. Not only was their original title, "Teachers in Space," wiped out by the dire events of last week at Cape Canaveral, but a good portion of their current topical revue as well.
August 8, 2004 |
Business travel is second nature to lawyer Murray Levin, but his recent trip to an international lawyers' meeting in Lebanon was a first for him. "It was a unique experience from a lot of points of view," said Levin (pronounced le-VIN), who lives in Wynnewood and is a partner with the Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton. Although several Americans were scheduled to attend the meeting of the Union Internationale des Avocats in late June in Beirut, Levin said he was the only one to show up. As such, he served as a lightning rod for many of his colleagues' opinions about the United States.
November 10, 2015 |
It's hard to know whether composer-singer Zach Condon has forever made Beirut - be it the large Gulag Orkestar of his initial albums or the small ensemble that is 2015's No No No - in his own image; whether he, as a person, is more insular or less expansive now than in his broad band's past. What is definably still true, as witnessed during Beirut's Friday night showcase at Upper Darby's Tower Theater, is that Condon & Co. still imbue his cranky yet ethereal brand of alterna-folk with the tones of French chanson; Balkan skronk; Bacharach-ian bachelor-pad balladry and synth-pop; and, of course, grandeur.
January 23, 1987 |
The kidnappings of two West Germans in Beirut were planned by the brother of the Lebanese man accused in the 1985 hijacking of a TWA flight, a radio station reported last night. Meanwhile, the government confirmed that officials were willing to talk with the kidnappers, who apparently seized the men to stop West Germany from going through with its plans to extradite Mohammed Ali Hamadi to the United States to face murder and air piracy charges. In his first public comment on the crisis, Chancellor Helmut Kohl said: "We are in the process of building up lines of contact, lines of negotiation.
June 11, 1991 |
The last time Antoine Nader saw Martyrs Square, the heart of old Beirut, he was looking at it down the barrel of a gun. That was 13 years ago, when Nader was a Christian militiaman. Now he's a middle-aged engineer, taking aim at the square through the viewfinder on his video camera. Wearing plaid Bermuda shorts and a golf-club T-shirt, he was giving his wife and young son a tour of his old battleground. "This used to be a symbol of all Lebanon," Nader said, regarding the devastation around him. "I guess it still is. " Martyrs Square, symbol of all Lebanon, is in smithereens.
February 2, 1988 |
Gunmen in a speeding car today killed a Frenchman as he drove his own automobile in a residential neighborhood of Christian east Beirut, radio stations reported. The Voice of Lebanon identified the victim as Jacques Moran. The station, based in east Beirut and run by Christian militiamen who control the streets of that sector, did not give other information about the victim. It said three gunmen in a blue Peugeot fired at Moran with a silencer- equipped weapon. He was hit by three bullets.
May 10, 1988 |
Rival Shiite Moslem militias took advantage of a lull in fighting today to fortify their positions or bring in reinforcements, after fierce battles that killed 65 people and wounded 50 yesterday. The fighting, which had simmered down to sporadic gunfire by this morning, has killed 154 people and wounded 367 since it broke out Friday. Police said no casualties were reported overnight from the confrontations in the slums of south Beirut. Police said 36 Syrian officers moved into the area with six committees in an effort to implement a truce in fighting between the pro-Syrian Amal militia and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, or Party of God. The battle for control of Beirut's southern slums, where an estimated 250,000 Shiites live, raised fears about the fate of 18 foreign hostages.