Allbritton, who files regularly for Time and the S.F. Chronicle, is a freelance journalist who has won my admiration with his solid, independent reporting from the Middle East over the past few years.
He is posting updates on his current dispatches from Beirut on his blog, Back to Iraq.
Its true — Lebanon was growing into a jewel of the Mediterranean — apparently hundreds of tourists were airlifted out today by Italian airlines.
But Haifa and Tiberias in Israel hadn’t seen attacks of this sort in over 30 years, probably not since the Yom Kippur war of 1973 when Israel was a wee 25 years young.
This sign was spotted amid several others protesting Hezbollah and questioning global response to this conflict. A group of men who said they were Black Hebrews bandied about Venice Beach boardwalk for about an hour this afternoon, signs raised high.
Miss the news of the past 5 days? BBC News has this comprehensive timeline of the recent conflict.
Ha’aretz has a solid breaking news ticker (Israel time is PDT +10).
U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney joins Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as the second high-ranking Bush administration official to be sued this week, as former CIA officer Valerie Plane and her husband, former U.S. ambassador Joseph Wilson have filed suit accusing Cheney, Karl Rove and Scooter Libby with revealing Plame’s CIA classified identity in response to Wilson’s criticism of the Bush administration’s Iraq shenanigans…
The official complaint can be viewed here (.pdf). [thanks, OTB]
Very complete coverage, with updates, here.
More craziness in the world of law:
The EU has annulled the 2004 merger of Sony and BMG. Finally the sabertoothed music industry juggernauts have been rattled, as EMI, Warner Music Group and Vivendi’s Universal Music Group are all in for a wake-up call on this news.
Finally, after nearly 4 years as an “enemy combatant,” one-time American dirty bomb suspect Jose Padilla has been allowed to view “classified” documents and video detailing his statements when he was detained in a maximum security brig by the DoD.
EVEN MORE on This day in The Law:
AP reports: “President Bush has agreed conditionally to let a court review his eavesdropping operations under a deal that, for the first time, would open an important part of his once-secret terrorism surveillance to a constitutional test.”
Wow, is justice making a comeback or is it just my ‘magination?
Pioneertown, created out of high desert dust as an on-location Western movie town for the likes of Gene Autry and the Cisco Kid in the 1940s, is under siege! The home of the Sunday afternoon shootout reenactment, complete with “Amazing Grace” may never be the same. The fire blazes on with minimal containment — and pray it doesn’t threaten Joshua Tree NP.