Unprecedented situation in Syria

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Iraq has never witnessed such a situation despite all it has endured. Libya has never experienced it either despite its ongoing chaos. Lebanon, during the worst period of its wars, has also never seen such a reality. The same can be said of Somalia, Afghanistan and other countries whose unity and sovereignty fell victim to foreign meddling.Syria’s story is different and unique. Never before have all these flags, interests, dangers, armies, militias, internal divisions and regional and ...

Ghassan Charbel

Lebanon and Israel: Ominous clouds loom over their border

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Ominous clouds loom over Lebanon and Israel. The two countries are technically still in a state of war, but their common borders have remained without any tension since the 2006 conflict. A UN drawn ‘blue line’ marks their borders both on land and on sea, following Israeli withdrawal from its ‘safe zone’ in southern Lebanon.This demarcation is not definitive and requires signing as part of an eventual peace treaty between Israel and Lebanon and hence is placed under the ...

Christian Chesnot

Leader of the Lebanese Forces Party: The Cedar Revolution continues

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Lebanese Forces Party leader Samir Geagea considered that the State of Lebanon is closely linked to the Cedar Revolution and not to Hezbollah or its associated allies who are tied to regional issues that have nothing to do with Lebanon.He said during his meeting with a delegation representing Akkar region, "We are staying behind the Cedar Revolution and we will continue to uphold it above anything else in this country.""If it is true that the resistance is the only one that can be ...

Tillerson’s visit to Beirut fails to address simmering tensions

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Since Obama’s era, any US statement opposing Hezbollah is invariably followed by praise and support for the Lebanese army and security forces.The reason for this stance does not stem from US support for Israel, but from the fact that US and France were the main promoters of UN Resolutions 1559 and 1701.Hezbollah’s vice-like gripUN Resolution 1559 was issued in 2004 against the presence of Syrian military and of armed militias on Lebanese territory, while UN Resolution 1701 places the ...

Radwan al-Sayed

Lebanon army chief: Will confront Israeli aggression no matter the cost

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The Lebanese army posted on Twitter a clear message stating that it is ready to face any possible Israeli aggression.Lebanon's army will use every available means to confront any potential "Israeli aggression" no matter the cost, its commander said on Monday. "I affirm again our categorical rejection of the Israeli enemy infringing on Lebanon's sovereignty and its sacred right to exploit all its economic resources," the Lebanese army quoted General Joseph Aoun as ...

Lebanese husband and pregnant Syrian wife found murdered in Istanbul

Sunday, 18 February 2018

A Lebanese citizen and his Syrian wife were found murdered and dumped in the Arnavutkoy neighborhood in Istanbul, the Lebanese foreign ministry said in a statement, adding that two Syrian suspects have been arrested. The man was identified as Mohammed Mahmoud Bashir and the wife as Nisrine Kreidy. Both were born in 1978. Kreidy was in her first trimester of pregnancy. The Lebanese consulate in Turkey communicated with Bashir’s brother Bassel to identify the bodies, the statement said. The ...

Tillerson: Growing Hezbollah arsenal a threat to Lebanon

Thursday, 15 February 2018

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday Hezbollah’s growing arsenal and its involvement in regional conflicts threatened the security of Lebanon. He said that Hezbollah "is a terrorist organization" and there is no distinction between its political and military wings." He stressed that "Hezbollah has increased the conflict in Syria and the region" and it must stop its activities abroad. Tillerson, in a Beirut news conference, also urged Lebanese ...

Tillerson considers Hezbollah as ‘part of political process’ in Lebanon

Thursday, 15 February 2018

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday conceded that Iran-backed Hezbollah is part of the “political process” in Lebanon, appearing to soften Washington’s tone ahead of a visit to the country. “We support a free, democratic Lebanon free of influence of others, and we know that Lebanese Hezbollah is influenced by Iran. This is influence that we think is unhelpful in Lebanon’s long-term future,” Tillerson said at a press conference in Jordan. “We ...

Syrian, Lebanese couple investigated over Filipina found in Kuwait freezer

Monday, 12 February 2018

Interpol is tracking the employers of Joanna Daniela Demafelis, a Filipino worker whose body was found in a freezer in Kuwait. The employers were identified as Nader Issam Assaf, Lebanese, and his wife, Mona Hassoun, Syrian. The body of Demafelis, who arrived to work for the couple in Kuwait in 2014, was found in the couple’s freezer at their home in Kuwait’s Hawally. Assaf, his wife and two children fled Kuwait in November 2016. The apartment’s owner only recently got a ...

Lebanese judge orders 3 Muslims to memorize Quran verses hailing Mary, Jesus

Sunday, 11 February 2018

A Lebanese judge ordered three Muslim young men who insulted Christianity to memorize verses from the Quran’s Al-Omran surah which glorifies Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. Instead of handing down a prison sentence over their contempt of religion, Joceline Matta ordered the men to memorize the verses to be released. While reading out the verdict in court in Tripoli, North of Lebanon, last week, Matta noted that her decision aims to teach the young men about Islam’s tolerance and love ...

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