McCain: ‘Syria civil war could have been stopped last year’

The civil war in Syria could have been stopped last year if President Obama had armed the rebels, Republican Senator John McCain told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday. “I always believed that we could provide weapons and training, but I also felt it was important to establish a safe zone,”

Lebanon PM: Civil marriage debate is ‘useless’

Despite President Michel Sleiman’s call for resuming the debate in the Cabinet over legalizing civil marriage in Lebanon , Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Tuesday after returning from Saudi Arabia that such a debate is useless amid the current circumstances in the country. “This issue is not on the table at the moment, since […]

Jumblatt calls for establishing a Senate in Lebanon

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt also jumped on the civil marriage bandwagon and voiced his support for it a day after President Michel Suleiman called for legalizing civil marriage in Lebanon to help build unity in the multi-faith country. In his weekly article in PSP’s al Anbaa newspaper ,Jumblatt lauded Suleiman’s “progressive thinking,”

2 Lebanon ministers jump on civil marriage bandwagon

A day after President Michel Suleiman called for legalizing civil marriage in Lebanon to help build unity in the multi-faith country, 2 cabinet ministers jumped on the civil marriage bandwagon and voiced their support for it as an alternative. Interior Minister Marwan Charbel and Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi

Syria refugee influx a crisis for Lebanon’s Shatila camp

BEIRUT , Lebanon – When clashes between Syrian rebels and government forces spilled into his Palestinian neighborhood outside Damascus, Amir knew where to go: Shatila, a teeming Palestinian camp in Lebanon notorious as the site of a massacre during Lebanon’s civil war.