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Lebanon - The Earthquake, May 2005


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CHAPTER 1 (length 10:23)

Much of Beirut is unified in grief and horror following the massive car bomb that killed former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in a political assassination the people have dubbed "the earthquake." Reporter Kate Seelye speaks to students camped out in Martyrs' Square and to political allies of Hariri, all of whom blame Syria for Hariri's death.

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CHAPTER 2 (length 11:28)

Seelye travels into the Bekaa Valley to watch the Syrian troops withdrawing and then to the Syrian capital, Damascus, to assess the mood there. She finds the capital strangely calm and unaware of the turmoil next door in Lebanon. Images of the ruling al-Assad family appear all over the capital, as do posters claiming, "Bashar, we are all with you."

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CHAPTER 3 (length 7:42)

In Damascus, Seelye visits an old family friend and former government advisor who tells her that the Syrian regime has been shaken by recent events and is afraid of reprisals from the United States. Seelye also visits with Druze leader Walid Jumblatt and asks the bellwether of Lebanese politics about the most sensitive issue of reform: the disarming of the Islamic militant group Hezbollah.


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