Speaker Berri wages ‘fiercest campaign’ against FM Bassil over electoral system

Lebanon Speaker Nabih Berri “waged the fiercest campaign” against Foreign Minister Jebarn Bassil and his request to amend the electoral system. Berri stressed that  he won’t allow any changes and assured  the people that the country will stage timely polls, al-Joumhouria daily reported Saturday. Berri was quoted  by his visitors as emphasizing he “won’t open […]

Turkey aims to create 30km ‘secure zone’ in Syria, says PM

Turkish troops and Syrian opposition forces attacked a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria on Sunday in their bid to drive a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia from the region.  Turkish officials said the troops entered the enclave of Afrin a day after dozens of Turkish jets and Turkish artillery units at the border pounded Syrian Kurdish targets […]

Jordan’s king tells Pence U.S. must rebuild trust after Trump’s Jerusalem decision

Jordan’s King Abdullah told U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday he looked to Washington to rebuild “trust and confidence” in moving towards a two-state solution in Israel after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the country’s capital. With Pence sitting across from him in the royal palace, King Abdullah said Jordan viewed the Israel-Palestinian […]

First anniversary: Trump has not made America great again. The country is more deeply divided

After one year in office, President Donald Trump has not made America great again. Instead, he has presided over a country that is more deeply divided along partisan lines, proposed staggeringly racist reforms to the immigration system, supported a tax bill that will see economic inequality grow, pulled the US out of the Paris Accord, […]

HRW launches a campaign to end Lebanon waste crisis

Beirut, Lebanon – Human Rights Watch will launch a billboard and online campaign on January 19, 2018, to end the waste management crisis in Lebanon, Human Rights Watch said today. The campaign calls for an end to the dangerous practice of open burning of waste and for parliament and the cabinet to adopt a national […]

Spy scam: Lebanon Interior Minister does not deny espionage reports

Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq did not deny on Friday claims that the country’s General Security had carried out cyber-espionage through hacking smartphone applications. He announced after a Higher Defense Council meeting that the CIA report on the spy claims “was exaggerated, but that does not mean that it is not true.” Mobile security firm […]

For Russia, the sweet taste of Trump’s victory has turned sour

On the night of Donald Trump’s inauguration as US President, champagne corks popped in Moscow. Literally, on the floor of the Russian parliament, MPs cracked open bottles of sparkling wine and toasted his victory. The thing is, they saw Trump’s victory as their victory, too. And why wouldn’t they? As presidential candidate, Trump promised to […]