Protesters reject Aoun’s speech, block roads after he urged them to go home

Protesters in Lebanon blocked roads with burning tyres in several parts of the country including the capital Beirut on Tuesday following an interview with President Michel Aoun in which he urged them to go home, the National News Agency reported. During his televised  interview, Aoun called on protesters to go home, saying their demands had been […]

Lebanon’s Aoun claims Hariri hesitant about being PM, warns of an inter-Lebanese clash

Lebanese President Michel Aoun claimed  on Tuesday that he had found outgoing Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri hesitant about taking the job again . “He has personal reasons,” the president said “I met with Hariri and I found him hesitant between yes and no,” Aoun said in a televised interview, adding, without elaborating  that he did not know if […]

Video shows Lebanese bankers refusing local money amid economic crisis

 by Sarra Grira  A recent video posted on Facebook shows a bank in Lebanon refusing to accept a deposit in Lebanese pounds, asking for dollars instead. The video illustrates the economic uncertainty gripping the country, which is one of the grievances that has led to the mass protests ongoing since October 17. Bilal Karami, who […]

Lebanon uprising day 26: Banks, schools go on strike as as protests continue

Banks and schools in Lebanon were closed on Tuesday as protesters tried to prevent employees from clocking in at state institutions nearly one month into an anti-graft street movement  Unprecedented protests erupted across Lebanon on October 17, demanding the ouster of a generation of politicians seen by demonstrators as inefficient and corrupt. The government stepped […]

In their mother’s country, Lebanon protesters clamour for citizenship

Draped in the Lebanese flag, 22-year-old Dana is bursting with pride at taking part in Lebanon’s “revolution” — even if her home country refuses to give her nationality. Standing amongst other demonstrators in the capital, she explains she was born in Beirut to a Lebanese mother and has spent all her life in the country. […]

Uber chief walks back comment about Khashoggi’s murder

Uber chief Dara Khosrowshahi apologized on Monday after he called the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in which Riyadh admitted responsibility, a “mistake.” “There’s no forgiving or forgetting what happened to Jamal Khashoggi & I was wrong to call it a ‘mistake,’” Khosrowshahi tweeted Monday morning as he walked back his remarks Sunday in […]

The West’s left-right battle lines run through Brazil

By Ishaan Tharoor “They did not jail a man,” declared the released prisoner. “They tried to kill an idea, and ideas don’t disappear.” The freed man was Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the former left-wing Brazilian president who was jailed last year on corruption charges that his supporters believe were politically motivated. Lula left office […]

Gorbachev revealed real reason behind Soviet Union’s collapse, wasn’t the Berlin Wall

Gorbachev revealed real reason behind Soviet Union’s collapse was NOT fall of Berlin Wall MIKHAIL GORBACHEV, the former Soviet Premier, believed the real reason for the collapse of the USSR was not specifically the fall of the Berlin Wall, unearthed reports reveal. By CALLUM HOARE Gorbachev, the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union was General Secretary of the Communist Party […]

Assad’s family buys 18 luxury apartments in a Moscow skyscraper, report

Bashar al-Assad‘s family owns 18 luxury apartments in Europe’s second tallest skyscraper in Moscow, according to reports. An investigation by the Financial Times exposed how the Bashar family astutely takes money out from Syria in order to avoid western sanctions and uses it to invest into Russian real-estate. Over the past six years, some family members […]