Independence Intifada – Cedar Revolution

Andy’s Beirut Blog is a now defunct but interesting blog by an American student at AUB who happened to be around in Beirut when the intifadat al-istiqlal (later renamed the Cedar Revolution by the Bush administration) of 2005 was in full swing – he describes in a lively style the events he witnessed and took part in. It gives you a good idea of the exciting and excited atmosphere of the demonstrations and political pressure which succeeded in ending the 30-odd year Syrian occupation of Lebanon. Start here with the February archive (and start reading from the bottom upwards, obviously), which opens the day after the Hariri assassination which sparked it all off, and follow it through chronologically up to June, when it ends.

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