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Sayyed Nasrallah’s Appearance Still on Top, Release of the Abducted Manager

Sayyed Nasrallah’s Appearance Still on Top, Release of the Abducted Manager
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Zeinab Essa

As 2011 year is gathering up its remains announcing the near of its end, the Lebanese politics reels in its place with few surprises.

After the resistance revealed some of the hidden facts about the CIA activity in Lebanon and the transformation of US Embassy in Awkar to a den of espionage, Lebanese woke on the news of releasing some of "Israel's" agents in Lebanon.

Instead of moving angrily towards US embassy in Lebanon requesting the investigation of all facts declared by the resistance, a Lebanese judge ordered that six "Israeli" agents to be released.

It is politics in my country that exonerates the offender and unjust the oppressed.

Release of "Israeli" Agents:

Serving a little more than a month of their 5 to 10-year sentences, the Lebanese
 military tribunal judge Alice Shabtini's decided to release six convicted "Israeli" spies.

As doubts are raised concerning the purpose of the release, the judge's motives, and the timing of the incident, "al-Akhbar" Lebanese daily wondered "has the merciful judge been subjected to pressure or it is just a jurisprudence opinion?"

In an interview with "al-Akhbar", the Attorney General of the Cassation Court of Judge Said Mirza stressed that "we are fighting to stop one "Israeli" enemy agent and not to release them after a short time."

Announcing that "he was shocked when he received the news," Mirza called to "let justice take its course and the agents to receive his punishment."

Meanwhile, the appearance of the Secretary General of Hizbullah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is still occupying the interest of Lebanese local press.

Under the title, "Nasrallah's Influence on "Israel's" Control", "al-Akhbar" reported that "the "Israeli" action over the appearance was notable."

"The "Israeli" reading to Sayyed Nasrallah's public appearance "is dedicated to the "Israeli" public in particular."

"A huge effort was made in the Hebrew media so that it reached the level of lying and distortion of the facts, in order to prevent the awareness of the "Israeli" to establish a different image than the dug one in the picture as I "Israeli" consciousness regarding Hizbullah and Nasrallah," the paper emphasized.

Wage Adjustment or Strike

At another internal level, the wage adjustment issue is still open to all possibilities.

The week end dialogue between Prime Minister Najib Mikati and the Union Coordination Committee didn't reach an agreement.

A statement issued by the UCC later Sunday said they have rejected the wage increase decision because it fell short of meeting labor demands.

"The increase on the minimum wage came 50 percent lower than the increase proposed by the government last October while increases on wages under LL1 million came less than the last October's proposed LL200, 000," the statement clarified.

As the strike announced by the Union for next Thursday is still on, the Labor's Union final decision is to be announced Monday following the meeting of its executive council.

Meanwhile, head of Labors' Union Ghassan Ghosn said in remarks published in "an- Nahar" that "the executive council will adopt during Monday's meeting the decision to stage a general strike."

He stressed that the dates of the strikes will be set between the Christmas and New Year holidays.

"As-Safir" Lebanese daily quoted a ministerial source as saying that "based on the government's decision; the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers will finish wording the wage adjustment decree Monday."

For his part, Central bank Governor Riad Salameh predicted in an interview with "as-Safir" that the announced wage increase will result in a 2% rise in the inflation rate.

Ahmad Zeidan into Freedom

At another security level, Lebanese army was able to liberate the manager of dairy company Liban Lait Ahmad Zeidan who was freed Sunday in the Bekaa Valley after a 4-day kidnap ordeal.

House Speaker Nabih Berri noted Sunday that "there's an attempt to depict some towns in the Bekaa as dens for criminals."

During a meeting with Zeidan, Berri said some "major and brave towns" are being labeled as criminal, although "these towns are home to honorable people and decent tribes, but unfortunately a few individuals are tarnishing the image of these towns."

"We cooperated with the Lebanese army, and we are not a separate legitimacy. We are a legitimacy led by the state and the security forces are performing their duty and there is coordination," he confirmed.

Denying that any random had been paid to the kidnappers, Berri warned that "this act will leave negative repercussions; especially amid these circumstances."

Source: Lebanese newspapers, Translated and Edited by