80,000 stateless people in Lebanon and one woman aims to change that

By Mat Nashed There are roughly 80,000 stateless people in Lebanon. They shouldn’t be confused with Syrian refugees born without papers or Palestinians who still don’t have a country. These are the children and husbands of Lebanese women barred by law from passing citizenship to their families. Invisible to the state, they cannot get government […]

Aoun urges UN to keep maritime forces in Lebanon

President Michel Aoun called on the UN Friday to keep maritime forces in Lebanon until the Lebanese army builds its maritime capacity, Lebanon Presidency’s website reported. “It is important to keep the UNIFIL’s maritime forces until we are able to increase our capacities despite our financial difficulties,” Aoun was quoted as saying during his meeting […]

Hezbollah illicit activities involve Lebanon’s airport and seaports, US Treasury reveals

Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea warned that US sanctions on the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah will target anyone that provides material support for the group, regardless of the sectarian or political affiliation. Speaking at the Atlantic Council in Washington on Friday, Mr Billingslea appeared buoyant on the impact of the […]

Israeli president warns Lebanon to rein in Hezbollah or face a war neither side wants

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday warned  the Lebanese government that if it doesn’t stop Hezbollah’s aggression against Israel, the militant  group will drag both countries into war. “Lebanon bears sovereign responsibility for all Hezbollah action,” Rivlin told the incoming French ambassador to Israel, Eric Danon, during a ceremony upon receiving diplomatic credentials from several new ambassadors, […]

Can Lebanon ever get its house in order?

A new conflict would further strain parlous state of Lebanon’s political economy Dire economic situation seen as reflection of the country’s many-sided crisis First, the international ratings agency Fitch downgraded Lebanon’s credit rating. Next, tensions on the border with Israel soared as Hezbollah let loose a barrage of anti-tank missiles. Finally, Lebanon’s political leaders declared […]

Mashnouq: Nasrallah has no right to link Lebanon’s fate to the fate of Iran

Former Lebanese minister of Interior MP Nouhad al-Mashnouq commented on the speech by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah by saying : We demand that Mr  Nasrallah’s defense strategy should be to protect Lebanon alone, and the Lebanese people  in the face of the Israeli enemy, and  not to link  our destiny to the wars and crises of the region” He […]

Hariri to chair meetings on smuggling, electricity and economy

Prime Minister, Saad Hariri will chair a   meeting at 2 pm  that will include   government ministers Ria  Hassan,  Elias Bou Saab  and Hassan Khalil and security  chiefs to discuss the subject of smuggling on the border. At 4 p.m., he chairs a meeting of the Ministerial Committee on electricity and another  meeting  at 6 p.m. on economic issues . Lebanon […]

Lebanon may soon issue one of the highest yielding sovereign Eurobonds in history

By Paul Wallace If Lebanon decides to issue as many as $2 billion of Eurobonds, which the government said it’s considering, they could be the highest yielding dollar notes on record for a sovereign. Average rates on Lebanon’s existing securities have soared more than 500 basis points since February to 14.7% as investors fret over the […]

Hezbollah says it shot down Israeli drone over south Lebanon

Hezbollah said it downed an Israeli drone in southern Lebanon early on Monday, a week after the group’s leader said it would shoot down Israeli drones in Lebanese airspace. The drone is now in Hezbollah’s possession, the group said in a statement. An Israeli military statement said one of its drones “fell inside southern Lebanon […]