Inside the Middle East
January 25, 2010
Posted: 1008 GMT


Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) - An Ethiopian airliner with 90 people aboard crashed into the Mediterranean Sea minutes after takeoff from Lebanon early Monday, authorities said.
The Lebanese army and the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon were scouring the area off the Lebanese coast where the Boeing aircraft was thought to have gone down.

Lebanese rescuers scan the sea as search operations continued off the Lebanese coast south of the capital Beirut on Monday.
Lebanese rescuers scan the sea as search operations continued off the Lebanese coast south of the capital Beirut on Monday.

Rescue crews had not found the wreckage, said Ghazi El Aridi, Lebanon's minister of public works and transportation.

The Ethiopian Airlines flight left Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut at 2:27 a.m. and was headed to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

It disappeared from radar a few minutes after takeoff, El Aridi said.

The Boeing 737-800 had 83 passengers: 54 Lebanese nationals, 22 Ethiopians, two British-Lebanese, an Iraqi, a Syrian, a Lebanese-Canadian, a Russian-Lebanese and a person from France, the minister said.

Among them was the wife of the French ambassador to Lebanon, said Anne Charlotte of the French embassy.

The plane also had seven crew members.

Authorities did not immediately know the cause of the crash.

The plane crashed about 3.5 km (2.1 miles) west of the town of Na'ameh. Naa'meh is 15 km (9 miles) south of Beirut.

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Charles E Sedgley   January 25th, 2010 1:14 pm ET

I really would like to have a time and money graph that show how much is wasted on the War and what kind of benifit will Americans have by our efforts to solve thier problems. I feel that more things need being done here in the USA and take care of our own problems first.

Robert   January 29th, 2010 3:37 pm ET

In another measure of how what the establishment labels “conspiracy theory” is quickly becoming mainstream, Bloomberg News carries a story today acknowledging that those derided as “crazy” for warning that the world is run by a secret banking cabal have largely been proven right in light of the AIG cover-up.

“The idea of secret banking cabals that control the country and global economy are a given among conspiracy theorists who stockpile ammo, bottled water and peanut butter. After this week’s congressional hearing into the bailout of American International Group Inc., you have to wonder if those folks are crazy after all,” writes Bloomberg’s David Reilly today.

“Wednesday’s hearing described a secretive group deploying billions of dollars to favored banks, operating with little oversight by the public or elected officials.”

Reilly goes on to describe how the New York Fed conducted a backdoor bailout (or in plainer terms a wholesale looting of the taxpayer) of banks like Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co., Societe Generale and Deutsche Bank AG, and then sought to keep it secret from the public.

Reilly also highlights another telling quote by Representative Marcy Kaptur during the hearing on Wednesday, when she told Geithner, “A lot of people think that the president of the New York Fed works for the U.S. government. But in fact you work for the private banks that elected you.”

Reilly savages Tim Geithner’s denial of any involvement in the scandal and concludes with stating, “When unelected and unaccountable agencies pick banking winners while trying to end-run Congress, even as taxpayers are forced to lend, spend and guarantee about $8 trillion to prop up the financial system, our collective blood should boil.”

As we have constantly emphasized, as the global government and the financial takeover accelerates, it’s becoming harder and harder for the elite to hide the true intention of what they are doing, which is centralizing power into fewer hands, destroying sovereignty and creating a one world order run by an unelected, undemocratic authoritarian system.

So whereas “conspiracy theorists” were once sidelined as paranoid kooks, as more and more of what they warned about comes to fruition, they gain more credibility and the establishment finds it more difficult to neutralize what they are saying by means of character assassination.

The Bloomberg writer’s admission that the “conspiracy theorists” were probably right reminds us of former Clinton advisor Dick Morris’ appearance on Fox News last year, when he pointed out that people who have been sounding the alarm bells over a global government takeover for decades have also been vindicated.

“Those people who have been yelling ‘oh the UN’s gonna take over, global government’, they’ve been crazy but now – they’re right!,” stated Morris on Sean Hannity’s show.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 30th, 2010 7:49 pm ET

How many passengers on this crashed jetliner with Muslim Names?

Penelope   January 31st, 2010 2:28 am ET

I got one word SLEEP. I'd probbly crash a plane to if I was up that early in the morning!

Filipe   January 31st, 2010 8:20 pm ET


The blog is about a plane crash !!

What is your mindless dithering about ??? Do you have an ADD problem??

Penelope   February 1st, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Well Robert a distinctly remember using the subjest in my sentence. So you can just mind your own buisness. And I dont think I'm the one with ADD.

Penelope   February 1st, 2010 9:58 pm ET

sorry Filipe I thought you were talking to me. (-:

heesiammirm   February 9th, 2010 4:58 pm ET

Hi everyone! I don't know where to start but hope this place will be useful for me.
In first steps it's very good if somebody supports you, so hope to meet friendly and helpful people here. Let me know if I can help you.
Thanks in advance and good luck! :)

Bill   February 10th, 2010 5:34 pm ET

Hi heesiammirm and welcome to the blog.

Here things are the same as everywhere else. The Zionists hate the Muslims and if you remind Zionists that hate is wrong, you will be labeled anti Semitic.

Same old same old.... full of BS Zionist manipulation of truth. Its transparent to everyone else, but always denied by them.

miriam   February 12th, 2010 12:51 pm ET


Welcome, from a Zionist.
We look forward to reading and discussing any point of view.

Bill   February 13th, 2010 7:03 pm ET

heesiammirm, miriam looks forward to "discussing" your point of view.

Here is a tip, your views will be placed into a box. They will claim you are correct if you agree with zionists and if you dont agree with all their points you will be an anti semitic terror supporter.

Thats the way it goes, things are very simple in the simple minded world of zionists. Good luck!!

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What amount does your agency charge when a person would like to end and how much pressure do you use to continue them?
What are some tips something like that we can say if our consumer has many months left on his current automobile plan? Surely, all of us are not going to wait until his renewal comes due each time.

MikeGarber   January 3rd, 2012 5:37 pm ET

Hi peeps

Though it would be nice to wish you all a Successful New Year!

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