Why people in Lebanon are turning on their politicians

By Jane Ferguson On a sunny afternoon in mid-June, several hundred students and lecturers from the Lebanese University, in Beirut, gathered in a square outside the Prime Minister’s office. Some stood on top of a pickup truck loaded with loudspeakers, leading chants against proposed government budget cuts to the university. “We want to continue our […]

Hezbollah MP denied shooting his ex son-in-law at police station

A leaked police report says a Lebanese lawmaker from the Hezbollah group and a dozen gunmen attempted to storm a police station in  Damour south of Beirut following a family dispute involving a high-speed car chase. Nawaf Musawi’s daughter and her ex-husband were inside the police station Sunday south of Beirut, following the previous night’s car […]

Hezbollah chief sides with Arslan against Jumblatt

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah  stressed on Friday  that his party “stands by its ally” MP Talal Arslan. As for the relation with Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt: “We did not err against Jumblat; he is the one who started the problem with us when he spoke about the weapons.” , Nasrallah said. He was commenting […]

Hezbollah chief warns Iran could wipe out Israel if war started

BEIRUT: The head of Lebanon’s Tehran-backed Hezbollah said on Friday (Jul 12) that US ally Israel would not be “neutral” if a war broke out between the United States and Iran. And “Iran is able to bombard Israel with ferocity and force,” Hassan Nasrallah said in an interview broadcast on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television. His remarks […]

Tabbara: US does not want political, economic or financial instability in Lebanon

Commenting on the most recent  round of US sanctions against   Hezb0llah , former Lebanese Ambassador to Washington Riad Tabbara said they  are unlikely to have serious consequences on Lebanon, pointing out that  “US policy towards Lebanon, so far, shows that it does not want political, economic or financial instability in Lebanon and a US-Persian war is “unlikely,” al-Joumhouria newspaper  reported […]

Lebanese actor released after blasting Aoun, Hezbollah chief

The judiciary ordered Thursday the release of Lebanese actor Patrick Mubarak, who had been arrested for blasting President Michel Aoun and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Mubarak was released after being evaluated by a specialist who determined the actor suffered from mental disorders. In a leaked recording that made rounds on social media, Mubarak attacked both […]

Marcel Khalife made a statement by refusing to sing the Lebanese national anthem at Baalbeck

The legendary composer says he needs to see his homeland return to its potential before he will sing its anthem Baalbeck – Lebanese music legend Marcel Khalife opened the Baalbeck International Festival this year, with a rousing two-hour-long performance from the steps of the Bacchus Temple in Baalbek on Friday, July 5. But, the fact […]

U.S. sanctions 3 Hezbollah leaders, including 2 members of Lebanon’s Parliament

The U.S. Treasury added three top Hezbollah figures to its list of sanctioned individuals on Tuesday, including two members of the Lebanese Parliament and a security official responsible for coordinating between Hezbollah and Lebanon’s security agencies. It was the first time the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control had designated a member of Lebanon’s […]

Don’t ruin summer, Lebanon tourism minister pleads after shootout

Lebanon’s tourism minister urged politicians on Tuesday not to wreck the country’s best tourist season in years, after a deadly shooting in a popular mountain region stirred fears of strife. Avedis Guidanian said more tourists came to Lebanon in the first half of this year than in the same period any year since 2010. But […]