Hariri’s resignation withdrawal offers chance to stability in Lebanon: Analysis

By Salah Takieddine Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri withdrew Tuesday his resignation one month after his announcement that he was quitting while on a visit to Saudi Arabia. Hariri made the decision during a cabinet meeting where the cabinet unanimously endorsed a policy of dissociation, or remaining neutral in regional conflicts. According to analysts, Hariri’s […]

Hariri rescinds resignation, drawing line under crisis

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri rescinded his resignation on Tuesday, drawing a line under a month-long crisis triggered when he announced from Riyadh that he was stepping down and remained outside Lebanon for weeks. His coalition government, which includes the Iran-backed Hezbollah group, reaffirmed a state policy of staying out of conflicts in Arab states. […]

Hezbollah promised to abide by Lebanon dissociating policy , report

During meetings with Future  Movement officials, Hezbollah  has reportedly agreed to abide by  Lebanon’s dissociation policy   as   per  the ministerial statement that it had already approved prior to the election of Michel Aoun as president ,” al-Ittihad newspaper reported on Monday. The newspaper said that lengthy consecutive meetings were held recently between Hezbollah secretary-general’s political aide Hussein Khalil […]

Hariri to meet major powers in Paris on Friday and will hold cabinet meeting Tuesday

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri will meet ministers from major powers in Paris on Friday to discuss ways of stabilizing his country a month after his shock resignation plunged it into political turmoil, three diplomats said. The Arab and European diplomats said Hariri would take part in the meeting of the International Lebanon Support Group, […]

How the US and France helped to defuse Saudi Arabia’s dangerous gambit with Lebanon

The recent bizarre episode of Lebanon’s prime minister resigning while in Saudi Arabia and on Saudi TV sparked confusion around the world. But few may have realized how momentous and potentially dangerous the incident actually was. It turned out to be an impulsive power play by one of the Trump administration’s most important allies in […]

Saudi-Iran tensions put Lebanon, Hezbollah back in regional spotlight

In a fluorescent-lit, indoor cemetery on the edge of Beirut’s southern suburbs, Batool Zein al-Din touches her forehead to the stone-cold marble of the grave of her friend, Ali — a Hezbollah fighter. He was killed in Syria three years ago, age 24 — one of an untold number fighting on Bashar al-Assad’s side for […]

Like the “Wonder Women,” “Justice League” is also banned in Lebanon

The newly released  film “Justice League” has been banned in Lebanon, Lebanese media reported This film was banned for the same reasons  “Wonder Women,” was banned in Lebanon when it was released last  June . Israeli actor Gal Gadot who is   featured in both films is the reason for the ban Lebanon’s Interior Ministry banned the  “Wonder Woman” […]

Hezbollah Accused of Funding Hamas Through Algerian Banks

Saudi daily Okaz has accused Hezbollah of funding members of the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement Hamas through Algerian banks. The daily claimed that members of Lebanese Hezbollah, who are living in Algiers, have been laundering money through local bank accounts located in Algeria. A close source to Hamas told the daily that the Lebanese Islamic […]

Why Hezbollah matters so much in a turbulent Middle East

When the prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, suddenly resigned from office while visiting Saudi Arabia on November 4, the Lebanese people and their leaders struggled to make sense of it. First they were shocked when they watched Hariri’s deeply unsettling eight-minute resignation video, which was broadcast on Saudi satellite network al-Arabia instead of being […]

Human Rights Watch: Lebanon choked by burning garbage

Beirut- People and municipalities have resorted to burning garbage in Lebanon as a result of government mismanagement and it may badly damage the health of nearby residents, Human Rights Watch said on Friday. The waste crisis erupted in 2015 when the Lebanese authorities closed the main landfill site near Beirut, having arranged no alternative. Large […]