Naming street after Hariri’s killer Hezbollah’s Mustafa Badreddine, sparks outrage in Lebanon

The naming of a street in the Lebanese capital Beirut after a late military commander of the Hezbollah movement has sparked a political row. Mustafa Badreddine, after whom the street in the suburb of Ghobeiry is named, is alleged to have masterminded the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. The street itself […]

Lebanon FM calls for diaspora to claim their Lebanese nationality

Lebanon Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil  and Free Patriotic Movement chief Saturday called on members of the Lebanese diaspora to claim their Lebanese citizenship as a way to “preserve Lebanon,” in comments made at the third Lebanese Diaspora Energy North America conference, in Montreal, Canada. “The greatest thing about us is that our Lebanese-ness is […]

Will Lebanon parliament look for the country’s missing?

Decades after the civil war in Lebanon, the families of the disappeared, along with activists and artists want answers. Will Lebanon’s parliament look for the country’s missing? Anchal Vohra reports from Beirut. By Anchal Vohra in Beirut Imm Ayman has found it hard to sleep for 36 years. During the day, chores keep her busy […]

The trial of Hariri’s assassins and the future of Lebanon

By Randa Takieddine Listening to the results of the prosecution of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon that’s investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri is painful in respect to the future of this country. The prosecutor confirmed that the court’s evidence shows that when defendants Badreddine, Oneissi and Sabra were indicted, Hezbollah’s general […]

Constitutional dispute emerges over Lebanon parliament functions in absence of cabinet

The persistence of Lebanon’s Speaker Nabih Berri to call for legislative sessions has lately triggered a constitutional dispute over the capacity of the House to convene for legislation in the presence of a caretaker cabinet. Signs of such dispute emerged when the Mustaqbal Movement expressed reservations vis-à-vis the Speaker’s calls, while other blocs refused to […]

23 Lebanese Landmarks are now available on Google Street View

23 Lebanese historic sites and tourist attractions   were added  Thursday to Google Street View’s special collections of global cultural monuments and natural landmarks . With 360-degree views of the world’s most iconic landmarks and monuments, from India’s Taj Mahal to the United States’ Yosemite National Park, Google Street View has become an essential tool for […]

Lebanon beats China’s basketball team in World Cup qualifiers

An intrepid performance saw Lebanon battle to a memorable 92-88, overtime win over mighty China in FIBA World Cup qualification in Zouk Thursday. Ali Haidar sparked Lebanon’s second-half comeback, leading all-scorers with 26 points and nine rebounds. Ahmad Ibrahim added 19 points for the Cedars while Ater Majok contributed 17 points to go along with […]

Judge calls for half of Lebanon’s civil servants to be fired on charges of corruption

A Lebanese judge has hit out at the nation’s endemic corruption, saying half of the public sector employees should be sacked, and admitting that people had tried to solicit bribes from him. Marwan Abboud, who heads a body empowered to fire civil servants, blamed an archaic bureaucratic process and a fear of reporting misdeeds for […]

Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Closing arguments to run from September 11 to September 21

A U.N.-backed court investigating the 2005 assassination of ex-premier Rafik Hariri hears closing arguments this week, with four Hizbullah suspects on trial in absentia for more than four years. Here is a look back at the killing and efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice. – The assassination – A massive bomb tears through Hariri’s […]