Dialogue is the hot issue in Lebanon

While war is raging  in  neighboring Syria and Iraq, in Lebanon the hot issue is the upcoming dialogue talks between Hezbollah and Future Movement that are  expected to lead to peace between the Shiites and the Sunnis in Lebanon. Almost all the Lebanese politicians from the two rival camps ( M8 and M14) have welcomed the anticipated […]

M8 praises Hariri’s support for dialogue with Hezbollah

March 8 officials praised former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s support for a dialogue with Hezbollah Friday, with the hope that  the talks between the two rival parties would help defuse the Sunni-Shiite tensions. In an interview with LBCI TV at his Paris residence Thursday night, Hariri said he was serious about a dialogue between his Future Movement […]

Assad told Hariri: “I will destroy Lebanon on your and Jumblatt’s head”, Update 2

  After testifying Tuesday at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon about Syria’s hegemony over Lebanon and revealed some the factors that led to the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, MP Marwan Hamadeh resumed on Wednesday his testimony before STL , focusing  on the pressure that Syrian president Bashar al Assad exerted […]

Syrian regime forced Hariri to sell his An Nahar shares

After testifying Monday  at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon that the conflict over the Syrian presence in Lebanon had paved the way for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005,  MP Marwan Hamadeh resumed on Tuesday his testimony before STL , focusing on Syria’s hegemony over Lebanon, according to Lebanese media reports . […]

STL pointing to Syria as being ultimately behind Hariri assassination

The defense lawyers at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, said they had received evidence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad ‘s phone to the 2005 bombing that killed former PM Rafik Hariri . Similarly Lebanon’s interior minister Nouhad Mashnouk directly linked Assad to Hariri’s assassination , during a speech on Friday. “Bashar Assad had direct contact […]

Mikati says is committed to holding elections on time

Lebanon Prime Minister Najib Mikati reiterated on Friday that the government is committed to the draft electoral law that it referred to parliament, but at the same time it is also committed to staging the elections before the term of the parliament expires and if no agreement is reached over a new electoral law then […]

Patriarch Rai’s visit to Syria draws mixed reactions

Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai’s visit to Syria this Sunday drew mixed reactions in Lebanon. While president Michel Suleiman praised it and urged against politicizing it , March 14 General Secretariat coordinator Fares Soueid rejected it on the basis that it could subject the Christians of Syria to danger.

Hezbollah official slams Hariri’s initiative

A key Hezbollah official slammed former Lebanese PM and Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri’s political initiative on Friday by saying that the best electoral law that provides the best representation is the one based on proportionality . Agriculture Minister Hussein al-Hajj Hassan who represents Hezbollah in the cabinet said on Friday (in response to […]

Hariri: The Orthodox law is a crime against Lebanon

In a TV interview with Marcel Ghanem Thursday evening which was broadcasted live from Paris on LBC’s “Kalam Ennass” program , former Lebanese Prime minister and the leader of the largest parliamentary bloc Saad Hariri rejected the proposed Orthodox electoral law ” because it divides the Christians and Muslims and this is a crime against […]

Hamadeh denounces Al-Akhbar threats against his life

March 14 MP Marwan Hamadeh denounced on Monday the threats against his life by the Al-Akhbar , a pro Hezbollah led March 8 alliance newspaper . Hamadeh’s remarks come after Ibrahim al-Amin the editor-in-chief of the Al-Akhbar commented in his editorial column published earlier in the day “your [Hamadeh’s] days are numbered”.