UN chief urges Lebanon’s Hezbollah to halt military activity

Thursday, 24 May 2018

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling on Hezbollah not to engage in military activity inside Lebanon and elsewhere in the region, in a report seen by AFP on Wednesday. “The maintenance by Hezbollah of sizeable and sophisticated military capabilities outside the control of the government of Lebanon remains a matter of grave concern,” Guterres said in a report sent to the Security Council on Friday. The UN chief called on the Shiite movement “not to engage in any ...

Can Lebanon’s next government rise to the economic challenge?

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

After Lebanon’s first parliamentary election in nine years, the dire economic situation and unsustainable public debt levels are top priorities for the next government. Before the May 6 vote, leaders from across the deeply divided political establishment sounded the alarm about the state’s finances and economy. They agree a new government, which is expected to contain the main parties, must be formed quickly, although wrangling over cabinet portfolios could take time, even months. ...

Lebanese parliament re-elects Nabih Berri as speaker

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Shiite politician Nabih Berri, a close ally of the Iran-backed Hezbollah group, was re-elected for a sixth term as speaker of Lebanon’s parliament in an uncontested vote on Wednesday. Another Hezbollah ally, Elie Ferzli, was elected deputy speaker, reflecting a shift in Lebanon’s political landscape in favour of the heavily armed Shi’ite group. Hezbollah, and groups and individuals that support its possession of arms, won at least 70 of parliament’s 128 seats in a May 6 ...

Fairuz releases new song about Jerusalem titled ‘Till When God’

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Legendary Lebanese singer Fairuz who has not release a song in years has put out a new song honoring Jerusalem and Palestinians titled “Till When God”. The singer, now 82-years-old, is seen wearing an all-black outfit and veil with a graphic of Jesus behind her. Edited into the video are images of Palestinians in marches and clashes with Israeli soldiers. The song comes amid tensions between Palestinians and Israelis after President Donald Trump announced the opening of a US embassy ...

Hariri speaks at Saudi embassy iftar: ‘Lebanon’s Arabism is a red line’

Sunday, 20 May 2018

The Saudi embassy in Lebanon on Saturday held an iftar (meal to break the Ramadan fast) banquet attended by Lebanon’s diplomats, representing a mix of political parties and all sectarian components in the country. Among the attendees were Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri and Saudi envoy Nizar Al Alula. Saudi Charge d'Affaires in Lebanon Walid al-Bukhari welcomed the invitees, saying: "Welcome to the House of Saudi Arabia in Lebanon, home of all the Lebanese." On the ...

Lebanese director Nadine Labaki bags Cannes jury award for ‘Capharnaum’

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Lebanese director and actress Nadine Labaki took home the Cannes jury award for reality Drama “Capharnaum” at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. The film is set in the slums of Beirut, and follows the life of Zain, a 12-year-old boy trying in vain to prevent his younger sister being married off as she comes into puberty. Also, the actors in the film tipped for prizes at Cannes were not only amateurs plucked from the streets, they were also living lives as precarious as those of their ...

Will Hariri’s next cabinet include Hezbollah members?

Saturday, 19 May 2018

I’ve previously written an article here about Hezbollah that sips at the heart of the Lebanese state. Today, Hezbollah is a blacklisted terrorist group. What can be concluded from this recent Saudi-Emirati-American stance is that there’s no difference this group’s militant wing and its politicians and merchants. It’s on this basis that those funding Hezbollah are being pursued, according to the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center.The members of this anti-terror financing ...

Mashari Althaydi

The new Shakira? Colombian-Lebanese star Widy sings in Beirut

Friday, 18 May 2018

Colombian Lebanese pop singer Widy, a new Latino sensation, landed this week in Lebanon to sing in a special ceremony on the side lines of the Lebanese Diaspora Energy summit. In an interview with Al, the Latino sensation said she is in negotiations with a recording company to release a new song in Arabic. Widy has hits, with her latest song “Ya habibi” a mix of Arabic, English and Spanish reaching 34 mln viewers on Youtube, The singer said that during the ceremony in ...

Hezbollah’s lists

Friday, 18 May 2018

Six Hezbollah leaders are now on the terror lists of six Gulf countries and the US. The background of this issue is also important. In May last year, the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center was inaugurated after the memorandum of understanding was signed between Gulf states and the US in Riyadh while President Donald Trump was visiting. It is true that these six people listed do not have Saudi or Gulf bank accounts and do not visit these countries or the US, but blacklisting them is part of a ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Lebanon’s tragedy: What separating from the system of Arab interests means

Friday, 18 May 2018

Lebanese parliamentary elections did not bring a positive change in the country and seem to show there is no path towards getting Lebanon out of the bottleneck. Political and economic suffocation continues to hold the state by the neck and to worsen the crises that pose an existential threat for the country that’s no longer attractive on the economic, political or media levels.  Elections provided no solutions  These elections have further highlighted the transformation in the ...

Ali Al-Amin

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