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#1 User is offline   LoisFaith2000 

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Posted 09 November 2008 - 09:16 AM

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O's new Plan: Free College Tuition

The Obama Administration will call on Americans to serve in order to meet the nation’s challenges. President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and will create a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in underserved schools, as well as a new Health Corps, Clean Energy Corps, and Veterans Corps. Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by setting a goal that all middle school and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year and by developing a plan so that all college students who conduct 100 hours of community service receive a universal and fully refundable tax credit ensuring that the first $4,000 of their college education is completely free. Obama will encourage retiring Americans to serve by improving programs available for individuals over age 55, while at the same time promoting youth programs such as Youth Build and Head Start.


I can see all the minorities (who don't already get free tuition) receiving the free tuition, while dodging their service.


I am giving Obama the benefit of the doubt, initially. He's got a great chance to make a huge difference for the better, since both the Senate and Congress are both controlled by the Democrats. When I went through college, it was extremely expensive and that was with my Veterans assistance too. I am really not looking forward to the cost when my daughter goes to college.

No one is in power, without God allowing them to be in their position. Let's not forget that God has not lost control. Also, no matter how bad or good it could ever get for any of us, we have a purpose to serve Him and our time here is temporary.

How is he going to pay for all of this? Socialist plans are not cheap!

Just add this to his ever expanding list of policies to further bankrupt the country.

The only thing free is our salvation from the Lord.

Nothing is free in this world. Everything has strings and conditions attached. There will be a high spiritual, moral, and financial (to our country) cost to Obama's "free college tuition."

They'll probably want to hang a big portrait of Obama in the building of every college campus across this country.


Anybody care to guess what Obama may decide to offer up next? The sky is the limit!

I am giving Obama the benefit of the doubt, initially.

The benefit of what doubt?

He's got a great chance to make a huge difference for the better, since both the Senate and Congress are both controlled by the Democrats.

You're either awfully young or awfully naive.

Are higher taxes better? You liked the Fannie Mae-Freddie Mac debacle?

He's got a great chance to make a huge difference - but it definitely will not be better.

I am really not looking forward to the cost when my daughter goes to college.

If you're relying on the government, I wouldn't count on her going to college.

No one is in power, without God allowing them to be in their position. Let's not forget that God has not lost control.

Did He lose control during the Great Depression? How Germany in the 1930's? China since WWII? Cuba? Those all came about by people expecting something for themselves.

God being in control doesn't have a lot to do with what we allow to happen to ourselves - other than suffering the consequences.

Also, no matter how bad or good it could ever get for any of us, we have a purpose to serve Him and our time here is temporary.

That - we agree on.

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Posted 09 November 2008 - 09:19 AM

09 Nov 08

Hamas Leader Says He's Ready to Talk to Obama
Jerusalem Post- Might Israel strike at Iran before Obama takes over?
Egyptian FM calls on Obama push forward Mideast peace process
'Obama will be a great friend to Israel'
Livni's Obama strategy
1 Ton of explosives found in Sinai
IDF Completes Border War Simulation
Rice returns to Israel!
Obama raises risk of Iran's nukes

Int'l Quartet meeting kicks off in Egypt's Red Sea resort

The meeting of the international Quartet opened Sunday morning in Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Mideast peace process.The international Quartet, which groups the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia, will evaluate development of the Mideast peace process, particularly peace negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel.

Sudan announces preparations for building nuclear reactor
The minister of state, Issa Bushra, speaking at a local workshop on the Sudanese nuclear efforts, said a delegation of the Internatonal Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had arrived in the country to train national cadres and design the infrastructure of the project.

Fears over north-south Sudan military build-up
3yrs since the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ended 21 years of north-south civil war, the former bush fighters parade in smart-cut uniforms and polished boots.-The US State Dept. funds training to help transform the SPLA from a rebel army into a "professional military" protecting a civilian government.But analysts fear the two former enemies are also stockpiling weapons, perhaps with an eye on an historic referendum scheduled under the CPA for 2011, which could see the south of Africa's largest nation separate from the north.

Monks brawl at Church of Holy Sepulcher

A brawl erupted in Jerusalem Sunday between rival monks at one of Christianity's holiest sites, and police have detained two clergymen for questioning.

China announces $586 billion stimulus plan
China announced a $586 billion stimulus package Sunday in its biggest move to stop the global financial crisis from hitting the world's fourth-largest economy. A statement on the government's Web site said China's Cabinet had approved a plan to invest the amount in infrastructure and social welfare by the end of 2010.

Web faux pas: Plan leaked for 'civilian security force'?
The official website of President-Elect Barack Obama,, originally announced that Obama would "require" all middle school through college students to participate in community service programs; but after a flurry of blogs protested children being drafted into Obama's proposed youth corps, the website's wording was softened.

Moscow to host Mid-East meeting
The Quartet of Middle East mediators say they will hold a conference in Moscow early next year to push forward the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

US, EU officials meet with Arab representatives on Iran
US and European representatives on Sunday met with representatives from Arab countries worried about Iran's influence in the Mideast, a senior US official said.

Powerful Paloma roars ashore in Cuba, then weakens
A ferocious Hurricane Paloma roared ashore in Cuba on Sunday, downing power lines, flooding the coast and forcing hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate on an island still recovering from two other devastating storms.

Russia: 20 suffocate in nuclear sub accident
A new Russian submarine's fire safety system malfunctioned as the nuclear-powered vessel took a test run in the Sea of Japan, suffocating 20 people and sending 21 others to the hospital, officials said Sunday.

Lockheed touts jets to Israel, flush with U.S. aid
Lockheed Martin Corp, the U.S. maker of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter are lobbying Israel, which has largely weathered the global financial crisis and has ample U.S. defense aid, to close a deal for the jet.

Assad: Israel not genuine about peace
Syrian president says Jewish state must prove it wants peace by withdrawing from all Arab territory


Obama raises risk of Iran's nukes

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Posted 09 November 2008 - 09:24 AM

I have been wondering what capitalism would be replaced with.

Hoping it would be turning back to God, Christianity.... it is hard to see it being replaced with a foreboding of totalitarianism.
Replacing free will with mandatory duty leaves no room for choosing God. I don't think God will like that?

Spiritual growth is not stimulated when told what to do, where and how long. And still people are under this Obamafatuation.

Or am I misinterpreting something here?

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Is this your way of saying that as long as they present things "nicely" they can blaspheme?

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Posted 09 November 2008 - 12:47 PM

Israel attack on Iran very soon now that Hussein has been elected by the dump and ignorant sheep.

Does anyone think it will happen before Bush leaves or soon after Hussein gets in the power?

If so what possible implications will it have on the start of Tribulation??

I can't see the liar pacifist socialist communist Hussein accomplishing anything except getting impeach for depraved corruption.

I see Isarel having no choice but to act, otherwise a weak no-expericence antiChrist like Hussein will only aid his Islam friends.

I don't think it will happen sometime in June after Obama shows up and demonstrates what an absolute incompetent and corrupt evil person he really is.

Nov 6, 2008 22:47 | Updated Nov 7, 2008 17:15
Might Israel strike at Iran before Obama takes over?

What's this?


Excellent must see

On December 8, 1988, under the cover of night, IDF warplanes, helicopters, guided-missile frigates and an elite force of Flotilla 13 naval commandos and Golani Brigade reconnaissance fighters infiltrated Lebanon.

An IAF jet.
Photo: AP [file]

Slideshow: Pictures of the week Their target was a cave-based headquarters 20 km. south of Beirut, serving the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, headed by Ahmed Jibril.

The raid, code-named Operation Blue and Brown, involved the first known use of the IDF's secretive Oketz K9 dog unit.

Four soldiers found themselves left behind, forcing the air force to conduct a dramatic helicopter rescue. The soldiers clung to the helicopters' railings as they choppers took off, with Palestinian gunmen in pursuit.

Editorial: Obama must sideline Iran
Lt.-Col. Amir Meital, commander of Golani reconnaissance unit, was killed by enemy fire during the raid.

The operation took place one month after US President George H. Bush was voted into office, and a month before he was sworn in, replacing the popular Ronald Reagan, a leader widely viewed as a staunch ally of Israel.

Operation Blue and Brown says nothing about the likelihood of an Israeli strike on Iran today. But it does show that IDF operations have been ordered in the interim period between the election of a new American president and his inauguration.

And it is this same period in 2008/09 that provides an "attractive date" for Israel to strike Iran's nuclear program, according to historian Benny Morris.

In June, Morris wrote an op-ed for The New York Times in which he theorized that Israel would likely strike Iran between November 5 and January 19, the day before Obama is sworn in.

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post this week, Morris said he continued to believe that time period was a "reasonable" one for Israeli action.

"There is certainly a friendly president in the White House until January 20. There is no certainty over what will happen after that, in which direction the wind will blow.

The second thing is the advancement by the Iranians in creating the bomb," Morris said, speaking from his home in Li'on, southwest of Beit Shemesh. Morris said the Iranian regime was guided by messianic clerics who could not be trusted to act logically in a state of mutually assured destruction (MAD).

"These men are not rational like the men who ruled America and Russia during the Cold War. When [President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad talks about destroying Israel and denies the Holocaust, we hear no contrary voices from the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei saying that Ahmadinejad is crazy," Morris said.

"So long as Iran makes progress, we are under pressure, if we plan on doing something. Iran is supposed to purchase advanced anti-aircraft guns from Russia at the start of 2009. All of these point to the fact that if the US provides support, an Israeli strike is reasonable," he said.

Acknowledging the lame-duck nature of the Olmert administration, Morris said the difficulties posed by a weak government could be overcome by notifying the leaders of the major political parties in advance of the attack. He even raised the possibility that a date had already been chosen.

But Morris's views were challenged by a number of Israeli defense experts, such as Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland, former national security adviser and former head of the IDF's Planning and Operation branches.

"I don't agree that Bush has given us a green light to attack in the next three months. Israel can't attack without US approval, which is vital both tactically and strategically. At the moment, we don't have that approval," he said.

Eiland provided an alternative forecast, according to which Obama will spend some months assembling an international front aimed at applying real pressure on Teheran to ends its nuclear program, something Bush had so far failed to do.

"To make the pressure on Iran effective, you have to cooperate with states like Russia. But the Russians say, 'Our main problem is that you [the Americans] are deliberately harming our interests by criticizing our internal policies, our actions in Chechnya, and with your attempts to drag neighbors like Georgia and Ukraine into NATO. So long as that's the case, don't expect us to help on Iran.'"

Noting that Russia is continuing to supply Teheran with nuclear technology and economic ties, Eiland said it would be impossible to isolate Iran without Russian assistance. This was all the more true in light of the fact that China and India had signaled that they would follow Russia's guidance over Iran, Eiland added.

"So I assume that the Obama government will correctly recognize the Iranian threat, but it will try to construct an international front," he said.

If, however, that policy failed, Obama could seriously consider using force, or support an Israeli strike several months from now, Eiland said.

Col. (res.) Ephraim Kam, formerly of Military Intelligence's Research Division and currently the deputy head of Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies, said a number of questions needed to be answered before determining whether a strike could go ahead.

"We don't know what Bush wants. In order to know whether the time is right for an attack, the government must know the stance of the Americans, and the state of our intelligence. Do we have the precise information that we need? What is the evaluation of an Iranian response? Is the Iranian threat existential?" Kam asked.

The government did not have those answers at this time, "hence the decision to attack cannot be made," he said.

Dr. Emily Landau, director of the Arms Control and Regional Security Project at the Institute for National Security Studies, said that aside from the diplomatic situation that altered with Obama's election, she could see no changes in "terms of the pros and cons of Israel taking some kind of action."

"Iran is advancing its program all the time. Where is the exact window of opportunity? I don't think the timing can be so fine-tuned as to give an exact date. It all boils down to the larger question of what you want to gain through military action. And this is the situation we've been faced with for the past few years," she said.


i believe it will be done before bush leaves office. once obama gets in officie he will not be keen on attackin iran, since he's friends with islamic/muslim terrorists.

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Posted 09 November 2008 - 01:03 PM


Iran Challenges Obama

Iran Challenges Obama by Hiking Tensions on Israel’s Borders

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis

November 8, 2008

The strategy the Islamic regime has charted for the new US president hinges on fanning tensions on Israel’s northern and southern borders while putting a damper on the various Middle East peace initiatives. Syria was therefore discouraged from returning to its indirect peace track with Israel and Hamas ordered to boycott Egypt’s bid to patch up the quarrel between the Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah.Tehran’s object is to show Barack Obama who holds the whip hand in the Middle East and force him to seek urgent talks to defuse rising tensions.

At his first news conference as president elect, Obama said Friday, Nov. 7, that Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons was “unacceptable” and its support for terrorist organizations “must cease.” He ducked a reporter’s question about whether he had read the letter of congratulation sent him by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and when he would answer.

But Iran had already laid out its strategy for the incoming president, jumping in the day before the US presidential election.
Foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki arrived in Damascus on Nov. 3 with a briefing for Syrian president Bashar Assad. According to our Middle East sources, Mottaki said Tehran would enter into dialogue with the new US president only from a position of political and military strength and did not propose to await Obama’s convenience until he took office in the White House on Jan. 20.
Iran’s rulers want to force the new US president to seek them out for a back-door channel of communications, in the same way as Ronald Reagan did while Jimmy Carter was still president to solve the 1980 hostage crisis in Tehran. They plan to make him come to them by raising tensions to crisis level.
While avoiding an explicit order to halt the Syrian-Israel talks, Mottaki gave Assad to understand that he must keep Tehran in the picture on their progress and goals. Better they should lead nowhere. This would fit in with Iran’s intention of putting on the table an impressive crisis package including Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinians and so force the new US administration to accept the Islamic republic as the prime power in the region.
To drive this home, they are stirring the pot wherever they can.

DEBKAfile’s Exclusive military sources disclose that Iranian agents, aided by Hizballah, are enlisting Palestinian militias in the big Lebanese Ain Hilwa refugee camp near Sidon and other camps for terrorist missions on Israel’s northern border.
The Israeli government has watched what was going on but done nothing. But US military and intelligence were concerned enough to warn Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that he had better act fast before his Fatah faction lost Ain Hilwa. This happened shortly before US Secretary of state Condoleezza Rice departed for the Middle East Quartet’s Sharm el-Sheikh meeting Sunday, Nov. 9.

Abbas reacted by sacking Sultan Abu Al Aynayn, the veteran Fatah chief for all the refugee camps in Lebanon, and appointing the Palestinian general Kemal Midhath in his stead. But our counter-terror sources strongly doubt that the new man can stem the defections of Palestinian militias from Fatah and halt Iran’s and Hizballah’s takeover of the Ain Hilwa camp – especially since, according to the latest US intelligence information, Col. Al Aynayn had already been bought.
In Gaza, Israeli forces last week pre-empted in the nick of time a Hamas cross-border kidnap operation by means of a tunnel leading under the border fence. Hizballah’s abduction of two Israeli soldiers, the late Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev in July 2006 triggered a full-scale war with Israel. The tunnel was destroyed but Hamas and Jihad Islami have maintained a four-day missile barrage against Israel.

In the diplomatic arena, Saturday, Nov. 8, Hamas suddenly announced a boycott of the oft-postponed Egyptian bid. It had been finally scheduled to take place in Cairo Monday, Nov. 9, to bring Hamas and Fatah together in Cairo for a power-sharing deal to bury the hatchet after three years.
This event was also intended to demonstrate to the Middle East Quartet that Egypt was back at center stage in the Middle East and had succeeded in drawing Hamas out of the radical Iranian orbit to embrace Palestinian unity and give the Quartet’s peace effort a major boost.

But Tehran was ahead of Cairo. Last Tuesday, Hamas leaders, including Khaled Meshaal, were given their orders from the Iranian foreign minister to boycott the Cairo talks. Following his script, a smiling Meshaal told a Sky interviewer: “If the new US president wants a role in the Middle East, he has no choice but to talk to us because we are the real force on the ground.”
By Saturday, Nov. 8, therefore, with missiles already flying from Gaza, Tehran had managed to spoil the last Middle East journey to be undertaken by Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state, and tip over Egypt’s Palestinian mediation bid and the prospects of Syrian-Israel talks. Still to come is a Lebanese-Israeli border flare-up - for which Tehran has already enlisted Hizballah and Lebanese Palestinian militias.

Nov 9, 2008 14:41
US, EU officials meet with Arab representatives on Iran

US and European representatives on Sunday met with representatives from Arab countries worried about Iran's influence in the Mideast, a senior US official said.

The official said foreign ministers from several Arab countries met with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner at the Red Sea resort of Sharm e-Sheikh.

A participant in Sunday's meeting said Arabs are worried about any potential deal on Iran's nuclear program that would give the country more power in the Middle East.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were confidential.

Speaker: Obama needs to make strategic changes 2008-11-09 20:49:18

Special Report: Iran Nuclear Crisis
TEHRAN, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani said here on Sunday that U.S. president-elect Barack Obama needs to make "strategic changes," the official IRNA news agency reported.

"If they (U.S. next government officials) want to get rid of the existing public hatred of America both in the region and on the international scene, they have to make a series of strategic changes," Larijani was quoted as saying.

Reiterating his earlier remarks on Saturday, he said that Obama had to have a more careful look into the regional situation and reconsider the U.S. wrong policies in the region.

Larijani also said on Saturday that Obama's words on Iran's nuclear issue is "unacceptable."

"This is the same erroneous policy of them (Westerners) in the past," Larijani had said, adding that "Obama must send true signals of change to the people of the region."

Addressing his first press conference since Nov. 4 election, Obama also said in Chicago on Friday that Iran's development of nuclear weapon is "unacceptable."

The United States and its allies have accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Iran's president Mahmood Ahmadinejad sent a congratulatory letter to Obama following his historic victory over Republican John McCain on Tuesday.

Obama confirmed that he had received the letter from Iran's President and said that "I am aware that the letter. I will be reviewing the letter from President Ahmadinejad and we will respond appropriately."

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Posted 09 November 2008 - 01:05 PM


EU Leaders: World Has 100 Days to Fix System

EU Leaders: World Has 100 Days to Fix System

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BRUSSELS, Belgium -- European Union leaders backed a 100-day deadline by which the world's leading economies should decide urgent global finance reforms, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday.

Sarkozy, who chaired a special meeting of EU nations, said the financial crisis and economic downturn required a quick deal on an overhaul at a Nov. 15 summit in Washington bringing together leaders of the world's 20 largest industrialized nations and emerging economies.

"We are in an economic crisis. We have to take this into account," Sarkozy said. "We have to react and we have no time to lose."

"I'm not going to take part in a summit where there is just talk for talk's sake," Sarkozy told reporters after talks between the heads of the EU's 27 nations.

The EU is calling for a second global summit next spring to flesh out changes to the way the world economy is governed. They want to see far more supervision of big financial companies and are urging governments to jointly monitor them.

They want to prevent a repeat of the Wall Street excesses that caused havoc in markets worldwide _ and are bringing emerging economies China, India and Brazil on board for talks on shaping a new world economic order.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the Washington talks should be a "decisive moment for the world economy."

A text agreed by EU leaders says they want an early warning system that would watch for financial bubbles and prevent "world imbalances" _ such as the swelling U.S. trade deficit.

They also suggest making the International Monetary Fund the world's financial watchdog, suggesting it be given more power to curb financial crises and give more money to aid countries in trouble.

The Europeans also want to close loopholes that allow some financial institutions to evade regulation, and ensure supervision for all major financial players, including ratings agencies or funds carrying high amounts of debt.

The leaders in a declaration called for greater transparency in markets that would no longer omit "vast swathes of financial activity from auditable, certifiable accounts." It also said "excessive risk-taking must be overhauled," a reference to the sale of high-risk debt securities and executive pay that may reward risk-taking.

EU leaders will call on the Nov. 15 summit to agree immediately on five principles: submit ratings agencies to more surveillance; align accounting standards; close loopholes; set banking codes of conduct to reduce excessive risk-taking; and ask the International Monetary Fund to suggest ways of calming the turmoil.

To date, European governments alone have committed some 2 trillion euros ($2.6 trillion) in cash injections, bank deposit guarantees, interbank loan coverage and partial or full nationalization to prop up consumer and business confidence.

The damage done worldwide is fueling a search for a "new Bretton Woods" _ a reference to the post-World War II conference that shaped the international financial system.

In Washington, there is little desire in the waning days of the Bush administration for a major overhaul of financial regulations.

But the United States and European nations are no longer the only players. China and Brazil and India are jumping at the chance to join a major international effort.

G-20 finance officials nations will meet this weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to prepare next week's summit. This may pave the way for emerging economies to play a larger role in global finance talks. France is suggesting bring them on board as members of the exclusive world club of G-8 industrialized nations which regularly meets to discuss the global economy.

Please catch all the ref. to global in this statement:

Javier SOLA9A,
EU High Representative for the CFSP,
congratulates Barack Obama on his election as
President of the United States of America
Javier SOLA9A, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy
(CFSP), made the following statement today following the Presidential elections in the United
States of America :
"I want to congratulate Barack Obama on his impressive election victory. Elections are about
political renewal. The campaign has been exciting and uplifting and the turnout impressive.
The sense of renewal also applies to the transatlantic relations. Europeans and Americans are
keen to open a new chapter in their relations.
President-elect Obama ran on a ticket of change. This is most welcome since many things in
the world today need changing. Let us do that together.
Europe is willing and able to help. There is a high number of very complex global problems:
from the Middle-East to Iran and Afghanistan and Pakistan, from climate change to nonproliferation.
We need to address those problems together with determination and creativity.
President-elect Obama personifies what is good and impressive about America. He also
personifies today's complex and globalized world where change is a constant. As we grapple
with these problems, it is good to have someone who put change, empathy and good
judgement at the heart of his campaign.
I am looking forward to working with President Obama and his administration."

Another burb from his speech, don't understand the big hurry:

Let me also say a few words about the Middle East. There will be a Quartet ministerialmeeting in Egypt next weekend. It will provide an opportunity to analyse the situation in view of the US elections and to see how we can move the process forward. We have a complex
picture with elections in Israel in February and a change in the US administration. But we do not have time to waste and I hope that the new administration will not spare a day in helping
to find a solution.

Last week I visited the Gulf region and Syria. I have been in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Syria. The economic and political context in which we are living, makes it necessary to construct deep relations with the countries of the region.
In Syria there are signs of change and signs of hope after the decisions taken by the President.
We hope that this will continue and have an impact on the overall region, in particular
Lebanon, where elections are to be held in 2009.

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