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 […]

Prominent Lebanese actor arrested over spying for Israel

Lebanese actor Ziad Itani was arrested  by Lebanon’s  State Security over  spying and collaborating with Israel. A statement released by State Security said that Itani  42 , was believed to have been providing information to and communicating with Israel. Itani, a comedian and playwright, was arrested on Thursday evening on his way  home in the Ain Al-Rammaneh […]

Jumblatt rejects Iran’s interference in Lebanon internal affairs. “We don’t take dictations”

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt Friday denounced  Iran’s interference in Lebanon’s affairs  , a day after Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps head said that Hezbollah weapons were non-negotiable and disarming Hezbollah was out of the question . In a tweet early morning, Jumblatt responded to IRGC chief commander Mohammad Ali Jafari, who said Thursday that Hezbollah’s […]

PM Hariri urges Lebanese to put country first . ” Look for Lebanon’s interests”

Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Thursday Lebanon’s political crisis was “a wake-up call” for Lebanese with different loyalties to put their country ahead of regional issues. Hariri was referring to the crisis ignited by his shock announcement on Nov. 4 that he was resigning. He made it from Saudi Arabia, a Sunni monarchy and […]

15 fascinating facts about Lebanon as it celebrates its independence day

By Chris Leadbeater, travel writer It is not so long – perhaps 30 years – since Lebanon was a destination to which no-one with any common sense would have ventured without good cause. It was a civil-war-torn hell-hole, a regular tattered house guest stumbling onto the evening news bulletins – an emblem of destruction whose capital, […]