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Nabad Al Horriye: A Lebanese Freedom blog

BY Jan Frel | Wednesday, April 20 2005

Nabil Abou-Charaf and Jad Ghostine, two Lebanese political activists counting down the Syrian withdrawal, have set up a really nice blog on the events in Beirut called Pulse of Freedom.

The blog is displays photos from of the "Cedar Revolution" in progress, uses a comments tool, recent news updates, and asks visitors for cell phone numbers -- ostensibly for text messaging.

The site has the feel of something cooked up in an IRI or NDI cubicle (see the "about" section). And the only news site Pulse of Freedom refers to is the the Daily Star, an English paper printed in Lebanon and other Middle East countries affiliated with the International Herald Tribune.

I was pointed to Pulse of Freedom by Spirit of America (via Truth Laid Bear), a cause supported by private businesses that aides U.S. war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. In its own words: "We contributed equipment to Iraqi-owned television stations to establish a better alternative to Al Jazeera. We helped Iraqi men whose arms were amputated by Saddam Hussein get a new start on life." And they "contribute charitable goods that can have a positive, practical and timely impact in the local communities where American personnel are involved." Who says "personnel" other than personnel?

[UPDATE] What do you know? The folks who are doing the tech work for Pulse of Freedom are none other than... EchoDitto, a cast of former Dean web staffers (former fellow coworkers).