Several lawyers demand in a lawsuit the shutting down of an illegal anti-Saudi TV in Lebanon

Several Lebanse lawyers have filed a lawsuit with the Lebanese judiciary, demanding the shutdown of the Saudi opposition Nabaa satellite TV channel, which “broadcasts illegally from Beirut,” Lebanese media reports said. In the lawsuit, the lawyers called for “halting the illegal broadcasting of a channel that spreads sedition and lies, advocates terrorist militias, and harms […]

New focus on Syria and a new opportunity in Lebanon

By Raghida Dergham The journey of regional and international bargaining over the Middle East has kicked off with the emergence of realistic understandings in Syria, far removed from delusions of victory now that the country has been spared from total collapse. Lebanon has also received a fair share of renewed regional and international attention, on […]

Lebanese PM threatens to resign over Hezbollah influence

Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Monday that he will resign if the Hezbollah militant group refuses to accept a new power-sharing arrangement for Lebanon, speaking as consultations got underway in Beirut between political leaders over the government’s future. Hariri made his threat in an interview with the French broadcaster CNews. The Iran-sponsored Hezbollah, which has […]

Hariri says Hezbollah must stop interfering in regional conflicts

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Monday that the political and militant group Hezbollah must stop interfering in regional conflicts and accept a neutral policy to bring an end to Lebanon’s political crisis. The Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which forms part of the Lebanese government, is fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria and in […]

LF won’t quit government, but urges Hezbollah’s withdrawal from regional conflicts

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea announced on Monday that the three Lebanese Forces ministers will not resign from Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s government, but reiterated his call for Hezbollah’s “withdrawal from the regional conflicts.” “Some parties are trying to address the conflicts in a shallow manner and this is wrong, seeing as we all support […]

Is Hariri giving up? Says he can do nothing about Hezbollah arms

Prime Minister Saad Hariri has  given up on trying to disarm Hezbollah and said  he cannot do anything about this matter , stressing there is no “domestic solution” for Hezbollah’s controversial possession of a huge arsenal of weapons. “The solution for Hezbollah ’s arms is regional solution and not a domestic one and we cannot do […]

Jumblatt urges Saudi-Iranian discussions to help Lebanon enforce its dissociation policy

BEIRUT – Progressive Socialist Party chief and the head of the Democratic Gathering Parliamentary bloc MP Walid Jumblatt on Saturday called on Saudi Arabia to enter into dialogue with Iran stressing that such talks will be a great help for Lebanon in implementing its dissociation policy. Lebanon was thrust back onto the frontline of a […]

UN chief warns of risk of a new Israeli-Hezbollah conflict

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned in a new report that unauthorized weapons in the hands of Hezbollah and threatening rhetoric from the Lebanese militant group and Israeli officials “heightens risk of miscalculation and escalation into conflict.” The U.N. chief called on Hezbollah and Israel, who fought a war in 2006, “to exercise restraint at all times” […]

Hariri: Hezbollah positions affecting Arab allies are unacceptable

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Saturday that he will not accept Iran-backed Hezbollah’s positions that “affect our Arab brothers or targets the security and stability of their countries”, a statement from his press office said. Hariri announced his resignation from his post on Nov. 4 in a televised statement from Saudi Arabia, a […]

Saudi Arabia’s tensions with Lebanon

By – Jennifer Hijazi After two weeks of uncertainty, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri returned from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon in time for the country’s independence celebrations Wednesday. He suspended his resignation at the behest of President Michel Auon, pending “further consultation.” Hariri had announced his resignation on Saudi national television on Nov. 4. It […]