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

Woman found dead in Beirut with millions of cash earned through begging

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A photo of a woman found dead in her makeshift car-turned-home in Beirut’s Basta neighborhood has been making the rounds on social media. Local media reported that the woman, identified as Fatima Mohammed Othman, caught the attention of both the authorities as well as the public after nearly 1.7 billion Lebanese pounds were found on her person. Future TV website reported that Fatima originally hails from the Ain el Dahab trail of Lebanon’s northern Akkar region. Her family claimed ...

Three kids later, Barcelona star Fàbregas marries long-term Lebanese girlfriend

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Barcelona’s football star Cesc Fàbregas has tied the knot with his long-term Lebanese girlfriend Daniella Semaan after having three children with her. On Fàbregas’ Facebook page, the footballer shared a picture of him and his new bride along with a caption that read “Just married to the woman of my dreams.” The duo had first met in 2010 while Semaan was still married to her now-former-husband Lebanese businessman Elie Taktouk. Taktouk worked in real estates ...

Lebanon’s Sunni resurgence

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The Lebanese Sunni community has traditionally acquired a reputation of political timidness, usually preferring to stick to mainstream politics and more often than not shy away from confrontation. Naturally, this tendency is attributed to the fact that the Lebanese Sunnis are predominately an urban coastal community heavily invested in merchant pursuits, and thus conflict is ultimately counterproductive and destructive for their economy. Recently, however, the Lebanese parliamentary elections ...

Makram Rabah

Lebanon’s elections and the threat of war

Monday, 14 May 2018

As Lebanon neared the end of its elections and the announcement of its results, it was hit with two storms. The first was the storm of armed Hezbollah and Amal Movement supporters who took to the streets of Beirut under the pretext of celebrating the victory achieved by the “Shiite duo”, and the second was the US president backing out of the nuclear deal with Iran. Hezbollah and its weapons were the biggest victors in the battle as 26 Shiites out of 27 on Hezbollah and Amal electoral ...

Radwan al-Sayed

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