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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Al-Qaeda in Lebanon

Hazim Al-Amin does some fine reporting on Al-Qaeda’s operations (specifically the Zarqawi franchise) in Lebanon through two pieces published in Al-Hayat Newspaper on January 26 and 27. Although I believe, as Amin himself suggests towards the very end, that he has only managed to scratch the surface, I was fascinated by the new information he brings to light on “Abu Muhammad Al-Lubnani,” who became one of Zarqawi’s chief aides in Iraq and was subsequently killed in late summer 2005.

What caught my interest was that Al-Lubnani, whose real name is Mustafa Ramadhan, is actually an ethnic Kurd from Beirut, with a past as a drunkard and hoodlum. He had married a lady from the conservative Sunni enclave of Mejdel ‘Anjar in Lebanon’s far north in the late 1980s, and immigrated to Denmark. Lubnani returned three years ago in the garb of a zealous Salafist, and advocated for jihad, according to Amin’s reporting. He managed to win over some recruits in Mejdel Anjar, and went off to Iraq with his 16 year-old son, Muhammad, who was killed shortly before his father expired.

People familiar with my writings on the Hariri assassination would know that I’ve had a hard time accepting the scenario of Syrian culpability as laid out in the Mehlis report. My own hypothesis—something completely outside the mainstream it should be noted to people unfamiliar with the details—had been leaning towards suspecting a hand for Al-Qaeda in the murder of the ex-Lebanese PM. Furthermore, at one point I developed a gut instinct that involved Walid Junbulatt in the affair (see intro to blog). This latter suspicion led me to the trail of a group of Lebanese Kurds who did plenty of the dirty work for Junbulatt during the civil war years, and who later joined the jihadists in Afghanistan. I have been unable to find out more about them.

This new information on Abu Mohammad Al-Lubnani’s background, namely that he is a Kurd, offers a tantalizing probable link between ex-PSP thugs and Al-Qaeda in Lebanon. Whoever killed Hariri, and orchestrated the subsequent campaign of terror, must have had insider information on the comings and goings of the various targets. Syria and its acolytes in Lebanon would certainly be privy to such information, but Al-Qaeda wouldn’t. Unless Al-Qaeda was plugged into the Lebanese political elite somehow, either by getting the information indirectly via the Syrians (unlikely, since the whole raison d’etre of Al-Qaeda in Lebanon is to bring down the Syrian regime) or directly from a network of acquaintances who handle security for this political elite.

Those PSP Kurds turned jihadists could be the key to this secret information channel, not to mention terrorist know-how and access to explosives. Interested parries should also look into a possible role, if any, for Syrian terrorist Abul Ghadieh Al-Souri, another Zarqawi aide killed in June 2005. I'd wager that the multi-talented Al-Souri was the mastermind behind establishing Al-Qaeda's recruiting/funding/operations network in Lebanon and Syria.

The recent arrest of an Al-Qaeda ring in Trablous, the northern Lebanese city that figures prominently in the planning phase of the Hariri murder, was also reported with a juicy tidbit: several members (most of whom were not Lebanese) were affiliated with Khalid Taha, a Palestinian jihadist who is cited in the Mehlis report as the person who had escorted suspected suicide bomber Ahmad Abu Ades to Syria two weeks before the Hariri assassination.

There is more here for Mehlis’ successor to investigate.

NB: yet another Mehlis witness had recanted his testimony in the past month, and was placed under arrest for ‘misleading’ the international investigation. Ibrahim Jarjoureh, a Syrian, followed Hosam Hosam’s footsteps and blabbed to New TV, but apparently could not make it over the border in time before his arrest warrant was delivered. Very little has been reported in the US press on this matter, something to ponder as Washington fetes Saad Hariri, and loads up his wagon with empty promises. The Lebanese file is being dealt with very superficially by the Bush administration, which seems oblivious to charged sectarian atmosphere there. But who in this town will take responsibility for the chaos and mess that would follow an Al-Qaeda-Hezbollah flare-up? Sounds outlandish? Well, keep watching.

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Blogger 梁爵 said...

2020.02.20知名酒店工作觀察家日本報導:
日本「酒店上班」知名男公關日前來台遊玩,造成一股旋風,而在日本歌舞伎町有一位酒店打工的酒店小姐,被譽為「第一女帝」,那就是愛澤繪美里(愛沢えみり)。她和其他酒店小姐不同,不靠賣身或是喝酒,滴酒不沾的她竟然年收入超過2億,還被客人評為「平成時代的灰姑娘」。
愛澤繪美里從18歲時開始從事女公關的工作,20歲移藉到酒店兼差歌舞伎町的夜總會,馬上受到客人的歡迎。白天社長工作同時夜晚酒店兼職3年後,她的最高營業額已達到一晚2,800萬日圓(約764萬台幣),但據傳她因體質關係不能喝酒,所以滴酒不沾。但酒店小姐卻不能喝酒,沒有成為他的致命傷,反而她每次陪客人時,營造出「喝了酒」般的氛圍,讓酒客們相當喜歡。她也努力吸收知識與客人聊天,舉凡最新的時事政治、經濟文化、娛樂笑話,她都可以聊,也讓她成為日本第一女帝。現在的她已經從酒店女公關的身分隱退,但她成立自己的時裝品牌,還寫書出自傳和當模特兒上節目,甚至開了醫美診所和夜總會,成為獨當一面的女社長。

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所謂「日式酒店酒店應徵」,50%以上的來客都是日本人,跟「台式酒店」較隨興的台灣客不一樣。日本客人重視細節,連廁所都要整理得非常仔細,裡頭不但有漱口水、牙線、香水、擦手毛巾,還必須插鮮花,席耶娜說:「每一個客人上完化妝室,少爺都會進去把洗手台的水漬擦過一次,捲筒式衛生紙前端也一定要尖尖的,連酒店工作小姐自己上完廁所,都要把所有東西整理一次,所以我們進去不是只有脫褲子尿尿,還要巡一下廁所有沒有乾淨?」
日式酒店連裝潢都很特別,譬如入口一定會有二道門,免得那些喝醉的人誤闖進去。當第一道門打開時,酒店內沙發後面的燈就會發亮,讓酒店工作小姐知道第一道門打開了,接著大家一起喊「歡迎」(日文),隨即小姐們就到第二道門那邊去迎接,而且第二道門是,酒店工作小姐要從裡面推才推得開的門,外面客人是推不進來的。
因此,要是打開第一道門看到的是不認識的客人,她們酒店公關就會小心詢問其目的,所以像《華燈初上》那樣,有一大堆大學生走進去,實際在日式酒店是不可能發生的,因為會在第一道門口就被擋掉了。另外,客人入座之後也有一定的SOP流程:客人進來幫他換好拖鞋,接過他的包包和外套掛起來,冬天給熱毛巾、夏天給冰毛巾,每一家日式酒店甚至都有一台洗衣機,專門洗這些毛巾。而且日式酒店是「公檯制」,台式酒店是「私檯制」。私檯制是像錢櫃那樣有很多小包廂,客人坐進去之後,酒店小姐會排排站讓你選,你點越多小姐、坐的時間越多,買單的金額就越高。但「公檯制」是坐下來算桌面使用費的,也就是「人頭費」,你只要一坐下來就是1200元,酒是另外算,5000元起跳,買單兩個人的話,就是2400+5000元,所以不能不點酒。
席耶娜說:「因此你只要開始喝酒,酒店小姐們就會輪流陪你聊天,如果今天有7個小姐,她們都會輪流坐在你座位5分鐘,所以小姐們的自我介紹必須有趣一點,才能讓客人記住妳。」
「由於大部分的日本客人,都是頂著公司名譽來台灣工作的,所以公司不會派菜鳥出差,都是派有點資歷的人出差到台灣,因此他們不太會為了一個小姐,引起兩國的外交問題,或讓公司知道你在這邊性騷擾小姐之類,搞到警察都來了,那很有可能會丟掉工作,所以喝酒醉打小姐或做不規矩的事情,也比較少發生,日本客來酒店比較是紓壓的。」席耶娜透露,她們跟客人的互動,比較傾向於賣曖昧為主,「我們賣的是一種氛圍,透過酒精讓這些客人覺得,白天有什麼不順心的事,有人站在他們那邊。而賣曖昧又因人而異,像我認識新的客人,可以在30分鐘之內,決定他是戀愛客或朋友客,從眼神和肢體運用,可以看出他有沒有感覺來做分辨。」
因此日式酒店的小姐,跟日本客談戀愛算滿多的,畢竟來的都是日本公司各行各業的菁英,賣曖昧之後,很容易發展出戀情。

10:38 PM, March 10, 2022

 

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