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The PFI sees itself as a heroic resistance force, but the majority of Muslims in Kerala seem to believe that its militant, sectarian approach will only jeopardize the community’s hard-won gains. Last Saturday, addressing a gigantic gathering of thousands of Popular Front of India (PFI) workers gathered on Kozhikode beach for the “Rally to Save …

In our personal lives we have heroes – those to whom we look for inspiration if not emulation. Some are family, others more distant. Sometimes it’s worth looking back, widening the aperture, thinking bigger, and rethinking why they’re heroes. For me, the founders of the Nation, as well as Lincoln, …

WINDSOR, England (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth’s coffin was lowered into a vault at Windsor Castle, her final resting place, on Monday after a day of inimitable pageantry that drew world leaders to her funeral and crowds huge crowds in the streets to bid farewell to a revered monarch.Hundreds of thousands of well-wishers lined the route …

During a press conference held on September 3 in the historic Sodeco district of Beirut, the parliamentarians (MPs) who make up the “Change” block in the Lebanese parliament announced their program to elect a new head of state. They agreed that anyone running for president must meet a list of standards in order to earn …

Middle Eastern indie rock band Mashrou’ Leila have announced they will be disbanding over online abuse, drawing tributes from fans and rights activists who said it would lead to the loss of a rare public voice for LGBTQ+ rights in the region. Lead singer Hamed Sinno, who is openly gay, told the Lebanese podcast ‘Sarde …

Middle Eastern indie rock band Mashrou’ Leila have announced they are disbanding over online abuse, drawing tributes from fans and rights activists who say it will result in the loss of a voice rare public for LGBTQ+ rights in the region. Lead singer Hamed Sinno, who is openly gay, told the Lebanese podcast ‘Sardinia After …

The attacks on Lebanon’s LGBTQ+ community didn’t stop there during Pride Month. In a statement, Lebanon’s top Sunni religious figure, Mufti Sheikh Abdel Latif Derian, said Dar al-Fatwa, Lebanon’s highest Sunni authority, “would not authorize the legalization of homosexuality or civil marriage. “. A Christian group calling themselves the ‘Soldiers of God’ vandalized a billboard …

I have been on vacation for two weeks. Unlike previous years, this time I cut myself off from work. Over the past few days, I’ve caught up, reading two weeks of news about depressing and familiar developments unfolding (or not) in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine/Israel, and Iraq. Lebanon, still on the brink of collapse, cannot form …

NNA – Information Minister Ziad Al-Makari said that seeing Lebanese expatriates return to their homeland and ensuring the return of displaced Syrians to their country with dignity and humanity are the titles of the next battle. “We all know that the country is not in good condition and this affects all ministries, departments and the …

Lessons from Lebanon: Why it’s too early to announce Iran’s defeat in Iraq A street in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, as calm returns after around 24 hours of deadly violence in Iraq on August 31, 2022. (AFP) Iraq is falling apart and this could lead to a civil war; one that is too complex for …

There is much to admire about the King-Crane Commission of 1919, created by then US President Woodrow Wilson to assess how the peoples of the Arab world wanted to be governed after World War I. The British and French had designs on the Arab world, but Wilson, although arch-segregationist at home, declared that the newly …

Washington watch As someone who polls Arab public opinion, I have long been a fan of the 1919 King-Crane Commission created by President Woodrow Wilson to assess how the peoples of the Arab East wanted to be governed after World War I. world. The British and French had their sights set on the Arab East, …

Supporters of the Amal movement hold up pictures of Imam Musa al-Sadr and wave the green flags of the Shia movement during a ceremony held in the town of Baalbeck, east of the capital Beirut, on August 31, 2018. AFP Dana Hourany A tall man with a striking build and commanding presence, he spoke in …

The granddaughter of a former Lebanese president and ex-diplomat announced her candidacy in the cash-strapped country’s upcoming presidential elections on Monday on a platform critical of the Iran-backed Hezbollah party. The country’s political woes are compounded by its crippling economic crisis, which the World Bank says is the world’s worst in more than a century. …

Some were serious human rights violations; others were seemingly petty but still threatening in a fragile new democracy — “they destroy our signs,” “they hand out money to buy support,” or “they harass our volunteers.” To these last complaints, I replied, “We had this problem in Michigan”, or “In Philadelphia, they call it ‘walking around …

NNA – Interim Minister of Information, Ziad al-Makari, underlined that “the media can confront the disease of sectarianism which threatens the idea of ​​a civilized and diverse homeland in this East”. During his first appearance in the Egyptian media through the daily “October”, Minister al-Makari considered that “weakness and delay in this difficult circumstance that …

The leader of the Hezbollah Resistance Loyalty parliamentary bloc, MP Mohammad Raad, lashed out at the “rotten performance” of the sectarian system in Lebanon, stressing that such a system can neither build nor run a state. In an interview with Al-Manar on Thursday night, MP Raad said sectarianism and corruption in Lebanon are “definitely” supported …

Saad Salloum, founder and president of the Masarat Foundation for Cultural and Media Development, has been involved in many diversity and interfaith initiatives in Iraq. The theme of this year’s award is freedom of religion. The award aims to honor an individual or organization that has contributed to the promotion and protection of religious freedom, …

Policies based on discrimination between religions and the plurality of nationalities in Syria and in the countries of the Middle East have caused deep divisions and successive crises from which nations have long suffered. In the north and east of Syria, ruled by the autonomous administration, an atmosphere of tolerance reigns between the different religious …

Khairallah Khairallah The internal situation in Iraq has imploded. It’s hard to predict what will happen next. But the only certainty is that the fate and the future of the country are now at stake after the failure of the system in place, which was based on sectarianism, quotas and the disruptive capacity of the …

“Hela, hela, hela, ho – Where’s the money, oh Fadlo?” Angry students at the American University of Beirut (AUB), where I served on the faculty for 11 years, have long wanted to know about its controversial president Fadlo Khuri. In April, the AUB administration announced that it would charge a substantial portion of tuition fees …

Don’t the Lebanese people have the right to denounce the non-respect of the constitutional deadlines? Do they not have the right to be surprised that a new president has not been elected at the end of the reign of the occupant of the palace, and to apprehend the long-awaited electoral results, which suddenly suggest a …

The United States paralyzed Lebanon and emptied all the international parties opposed to the United States which parked their assets in Lebanese banks. A story as obvious as this is not even maintained by US-sponsored NGOs. NGO in Lebanon: The new drones of US imperialism It seems that Lebanon is still calling for help; then …

Talk of an Arab NATO ignores many facts on the ground. Such a notion distorts or oversimplifies the realities of the region. The Middle East is now going through one of its worst phases to such an extent that it is difficult to count the number of problems it is facing. Combining the terms “visiting …

Although the group was the largest bloc in last October’s elections, it was unable to form a government due to opposition from rivals in the Coordination Framework, which includes the other Shiite forces who refuse to form a majority parliamentary government with their allies, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK) and the Sunni Alliance for Sovereignty. …

BAGHDAD — Famous YouTubers, including artists, singers and travel enthusiasts, have recently come to Iraq from all over the world, wandering through various cities and regions of the country. In 2021 and the first half of 2022, more than a dozen famous Arab YouTubers and singers visited Iraq and widely posted on their social media …

A Lancaster University-based center that aims to trace religious tensions in Middle Eastern politics has secured a third round of funding to continue its work. SEPAD (the Sectarianism, Proxies and De-Sectarianization Project) based at Lancaster University’s Richardson Institute for Peace Studies, secured $500,000 in funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Running through June …

Lebanon analysts, speaking to a USIP audience, agreed it was a moment of cautious optimism. “The results of these elections gave hope to civil society groups and to a population that, on the eve of the elections, had almost given up hope,” said Paul Salem, president of the Middle East Institute. Nevertheless, this hope should …

The Arab world has not always viewed the Shiite regime in Iran through a sectarian lens, despite the fact that the majority of Muslims around the world are Sunni. Former Iranian Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of the Iranian revolution, was once seen as the leader of the protest against the Shah’s oppression, Western …

Individuals can only learn politics in a political society, just as they can only learn law in a society of laws. So, for example, Cuban opponents in Miami have engaged in all sorts of concerns and activities that are difficult to relate to politics and law. The same goes for the Russians who rose to …

So-called “change MPs,” or lawmakers from the Oct. 17 uprising, on Tuesday imposed elections — rather than the traditional consensus — to choose members of parliamentary committees. The election of members of the finance and justice committees took a long time, the National News Agency said, while President Nabih Berri denounced the lack of “consensus”. …

By Batool Subeiti The 2022 Lebanese elections sealed a victory for Lebanon’s Islamic resistance, similar to the 2006 war, due to the failed US plot. The objective of the 2006 assault was to remove resistance from the military and political equation, to migrate Shiites and to reoccupy southern Lebanon, but the war ended and none …

As the old saying goes, all politics is local. It might seem like a quaint idea in the age of social media and global connectivity. And yet, as a study co-led by an MIT political scientist reveals, it can describe Middle East politics more accurately than many people realize. Specifically, sectarian identity in the Muslim …

As the old saying goes, all politics is local. It might seem like a quaint idea in the age of social media and global connectivity. And yet, as a study co-led by an MIT political scientist reveals, it can describe Middle East politics more accurately than many people realize. Specifically, sectarian identity in the Muslim …

Lebanon’s interim Prime Minister (pm), Najib Mikati, pointed out that the political atmosphere in the country suggests the difficulty of agreeing to quickly form a new government. He felt that most of the talk that has taken place in the last period has focused on the efforts of each political team to display their capabilities. …

Lebanon has just had elections. Its result? Curbing optimism. By David Daoud There is not much to celebrate with the result of the May 15 Lebanese legislative elections. While the results show that an active minority is angry, the low turnout – 41% – in an election described as “decisive” for the future of Lebanon …

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri leads a parliamentary session at the UNESCO Palace in Beirut, Lebanon October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Aziz Taher/File Photo Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIRUT, May 31 (Reuters) – Lebanese Shia Muslim politician Nabih Berri was re-elected speaker of parliament on Tuesday, extending his term in a post …

NNA – The Grand Mufti of the Republic, Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, received on Thursday at his residence in Dar Al-Fatwa the Commander of “UNIFIL”, Aroldo Lazaro, who paid him a ceremonial visit after taking office in Lebanon . The couple discussed the current situation in Lebanon and the region. Derian then received Deputy Ashraf …

The Grand Mufti of the Republic, Sheikh Abdellatif Derian, received on Thursday at his residence in Dar Al-Fatwa the Commander of UNIFIL, Aroldo Lazaro, who paid him a ceremonial visit after taking office in Lebanon. The couple discussed the current situation in Lebanon and the region. Derian then received Deputy Ashraf Rifi, who affirmed to …

Who remembers the decades that preceded the two-year war (1975-1976) in Lebanon? The forces calling for political and social change at the time were neither few nor unpopular, no matter what kind of change they advocated. These forces have left the shell of a single sect and a single region. This is the case of …

The Lebanese parliamentary election is watched with great interest around the world due to the nature of the state and its important strategic location next to Israel. The presence of Hezbollah, one of Iran’s most important proxies in the region, is a key factor given its overwhelming influence in Lebanon. So much so, in fact, …

Lebanese Christian Forces (FL) party leader Samir Geagea has called on the Hezbollah movement to disarm and end its grip on the country. “All strategic decision-making should revert to the Lebanese state…and security and military issues should be handled exclusively by the Lebanese army,” Geagea said. AFP. “No one…should be able to transport missiles from …

The predominantly Sunni Arab and Islamic world has not viewed the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran through a sectarian lens. Ayatollah Khomeini was seen as a leader who opposed the Shah’s oppression, Western domination and Israeli influence. Despite the bitterness of the Iran-Iraq war, Iran’s complicity in the siege and war against Iraq, …

by Naharnet Press Office May 17, 2022, 10:36 PM The Speaker of Parliament and leader of the Amal movement, Nabih Berri, on Tuesday called on all the forces that took part in the legislative elections to “respect the choices of the people” who voted. “Some claim a connection to the principles of independence and sovereignty, …

by Naharnet Press Office May 17, 2022, 1:05 p.m. After driving through the cities chanting “Shiites, Shiites”, a group of young people on scooters descended on Martyrs’ Square during the night and burned the “fist of the revolution”. It was interpreted by the independents as a gesture of spite by Hezbollah, after the election of …

Placeholder while loading article actions BEIRUT – When Lebanon votes in the legislative elections on Sunday, one major party will not be on the ballot: the Future Movement, led by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, with close ties to the United States and Saudi Arabia . In January, Hariri announced his resignation from politics and …

The Lebanese legislative elections on May 15 will be a decisive moment for the country’s political future. Lebanese voters, both at home and abroad, will have the opportunity to vote for new representatives who will tackle the pressing challenges facing Lebanon today. The stakes are high and many eligible Lebanese are rushing to polling stations …

Sunday’s Lebanese elections are unlikely to bring seismic change, despite widespread dissatisfaction with a corrupt political class blamed for a painful economic crisis and deadly catastrophe, experts say. Given Lebanon’s sectarian politics, it is likely to “replicate the political class and give it internal and international legitimacy”, said Rima Majed of the American University of …

Published on: 05/11/2022 – 04:00Amended: 05/11/2022 – 03:58 Beirut (AFP) – Sunday’s Lebanese elections will not produce seismic change despite widespread dissatisfaction with a corrupt political class blamed for a painful economic crisis and deadly catastrophe, experts say. Given Lebanon’s sectarian politics, it is likely to “reproduce the political class and give it internal and …

Despite the momentum of the October 2019 uprisings in Lebanon, there is little hope for progressive alternatives in the upcoming elections, especially with such a weakened trade union movement, writes Joseph Daher. Ballots for the upcoming elections in Lebanon will be cast on May 15. [GETTY] The Lebanese legislative elections in May will take place …

BEIRUT: The vote of Lebanese expats on Friday will inaugurate the first phase of this month’s legislative elections. Expats will vote in 59 countries, but only 10 nations will begin the first phase of voting on Friday. Expats from these countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Syria and Iraq, have a Friday weekend. The second …

DUBAI: Education, it is said, is an investment in the future. This is why the Gulf Arab States have invested heavily in high-quality schools, creating the infrastructure necessary for students to reach their full potential and build careers that are personally satisfying and beneficial to society at large. However, the rapid proliferation of these schools …

By John Wight Henry Kissinger (Dr Death to his many detractors) was a man who approached foreign policy with the lucid realism you might associate with your average hyena. For Mr. Kissinger, the world was a tough, tough place where pragmatism and self-interest ruled. And in the world in which he operated in the 1960s …

A work by Aref El Rayess at the exhibition. Mohammad Yusuf, Feature Writer Beirut and the Golden Sixties: A Manifesto of Fragility, is an exhibition at Gropius Bau, Berlin (March 25 – June 12). It revisits an exhilarating chapter of global modernism in Beirut, from the Lebanese crisis of 1958 to 1975, the year that …

Lebanon was born as a house divided. Today, this division manifests itself in a conflict between an Iranian-backed “resistance camp” that is unilaterally waging war on behalf of the country, and a large part of the population yearning for normality. This weekend, elements of the latter convened a conference in Harissa to call on Lebanon …

Lebanon still seems to be at a crossroads. However, this time it is surely different. Two overlapping crises have made the present moment unique in Lebanon’s recent history. In this seminar, Bassel F. Salloukh from the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies shares his analysis. The first crisis concerns the post-war sectarian political system rooted …

Islamabad: The collapse of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the Iran-Saudi dialogue could forge a new round of tensions for the two countries, said Dr. Hamid Reza Azizi, researcher at the German Institute of International Affairs and security. Dr Azizi was delivering a speech at a webinar on ‘Saudi Arabia-Iran standoff over …

Unlike the rest of the region, Qatar has not recalled its ambassador to Lebanon. Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri met with Qatar’s Ambassador to Beirut as well as other GCC envoys in the country as it aims to strengthen ties with countries in the region. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar (MOFA), …

Sweden hit by Muslim riots after threat to burn Quran Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Time Muslim riots have broken out in Sweden after a far-right politician threatened to burn the Koran (Koran). It is not the first time that riots have broken out over the desecration of the Koran and the …

fast news The blast killed one person in the town of Banaafoul, near the port city of Sidon, and demolished a two-storey municipal building and a scouting center for the Shiite Amal movement. Army personnel cordoned off the building as they searched through the rubble. (Reuters) An explosion destroyed a building in southern Lebanon, killing …

The force used by internal security and others was real. Barricades erected prevented access to parliament and violence was used to deter protesters. But the population decline was not there. The withdrawal has come the time Lebanon (support me here) was attacked. On two fronts. The first, the historical inertia that draws the majority of …

Many today are angry with religion, or at least disappointed in it. Rightly perhaps, since so much violence is perpetrated in the name of God. In the MENA part of the world, anger and disappointment surfaced in the so-called “Arab Spring” protests that began towards the end of 2010, raging like a storm of new …

The future of this country is not in the hands of absolutists from a hard left ideology or a prejudiced extreme right. Fortunately, there is enough room in the middle. Including the immensely frustrated but reasonable protester-turned-politician. Driven by moderation rather than extremism, and ready to reach “across the aisle” and work with the older …

(Ebrahim Noroozi/AP) “As youhe only Western journalist allowed to enter Iran ahead of the 2017 presidential elections, I followed then-candidate Ebrahim Raisi during the election campaign. Whatever illusions I had about Iran and its ambitions have melted away under the brutality of its warlike rhetoric. Sculmination of Jerusalem last week, US Secretary of State Antony …

Under the theme “Partnership for Unity, Justice and Development”, the 48and The Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit was hosted by Pakistan on 22-23 March 2022 in Islamabad. This was the second time that Pakistan had the opportunity to host an OIC ministerial meeting in Islamabad after the …

Former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri withdrew his candidacy for prime minister last July after failing to form a cabinet. In January 2022, he announced that he would retire from politics completely and not run in the next elections, creating a big void in the Lebanese Sunni community, led by Hariri and his father since 1992. …

His music marked a dividing line between Ottoman classical music, with all its know-how, and the spirit of modernity. It paved the way for lyricists on the one hand and listeners on the other to catch up with 20th century music. His successors over the past hundred years, such as Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, Mohamed Fawzi, Baligh …

The Lebanese Prime Minister announced on Monday that he did not plan to stand as a candidate in the legislative elections scheduled for May. Najib Mikati said in a televised speech that he wanted to allow the new generation to express themselves and define their options through the election, and he called on Lebanese citizens …

The last time Lebanon held parliamentary elections, in 2018, Nour’s monthly salary was around $1,000. But as the country heads for another vote, the value of the bank clerk’s paycheck has plunged to $100 – the result of a financial meltdown she and many others blame on the very politicians who are seeking re-election. “It …

One of the many emotions that overwhelmed Darine Dandachly, a full-time activist, as Lebanon was in the wake of a massive uprising against the government in 2019 was fear. She was afraid that the movement would stop at any moment. Along with her fellow organizers and activists, she was continually concerned about maintaining the momentum …

People who follow events in Lebanon clearly understand that the alliances between corrupt political parties and the Hezbollah militia are the reason for the country’s unrest. This system, which covered Hezbollah’s weapons and terrorist activity in Syria and Yemen, supported the militia in order to leverage its power, and managed to rob the Lebanese people …

The peoples of the South are aware of “the responsibility of Hezbollah for having left the state suspended and the interests of Lebanese women and men marginalized in favor of its interests and commitments”. This sentence is not taken from an internal meeting behind closed doors but came at the beginning of a political statement …

by Naharnet Press Office February 26, 2022, 1:27 p.m. Free Patriotic Movement leader Jebran Bassil suggested on Saturday that the Lebanese elect their president in a popular vote as part of ideas he has proposed to reform the political system. “We are allowed here to think seriously about electing the president of the republic directly …

EUROPE/ITALY – “Mediterranean border of peace”. Bishops and mayors gathered in Florence, in the name of Giorgio La Pira Florence (Fid Agency of prophetic intuitions cultivated during the Cold War years by the great Florentine mayor Giorgio La Pira. The meeting begins this afternoon with an introduction by Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti and will end on …

Beirut, Lebanon – The audience burst into laughter – and nearly burst into tears – as 18 youth and young adults from across Lebanon shared their life stories and struggles against identity, bigotry, racism and social marginalization. It was the story of a young Druze man who was bullied for being poor, a Syrian-Lebanese woman …

Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri stressed on Sunday that “Cairo has never stopped helping us”, noting that “487 tonnes of Egyptian aid arrived in Lebanon a few days ago, including 265 tonnes of medicine”. . Berri hailed Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah Al-Sissi’s remarkable achievements in advancing his country, especially in construction and urban development. His words …

LONDON: The Lebanese health system is in a precarious state following successive waves of political and economic crisis. As the country reels from shortages of medical supplies, increases in COVID-19 cases and an exodus of skilled medical professionals, the urgency of the sector’s need for external assistance is no longer a subject of debate. In …

Decades after the bloody Hama massacre, Syrian regime leader Bashar al-Assad has managed to cling to power, like his father, under the distracted gaze of world powers. The Syrian war was a calamity from every point of view. From a brutal crackdown that sparked an insurgency to the entry of two world powers, two regional …

The Qatari official spoke about Iran’s ties to the GCC and the rights of Afghan women. Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani has called for the need to address Lebanon’s political divide to resolve its decades-long crises. It came during an interview with Newsweek’s podcast, The Diplomat, recorded when Sheikh Mohammed was in …

Western powers have realized that removing Syrian Bashar al-Assad from his throne is more costly than assumed when the peaceful uprising began in 2011. After half a million deaths, the vast majority is in the hands of forces loyal to the Assad Regime, tens of thousands of authentic photos documenting the industrial-scale torture in Assad’s …

zenith: The escape attempt at al-Hasaka prison, where many ISIS prisoners are held, was the biggest attack since the end of the caliphate. What exact circumstances allowed this to happen? Fabrice Balanche: IS was able to infiltrate the Arab quarter of al-Hasaka – thanks to a kind of Omerta. ISIS could rent rooms and move …

Editor’s note: The United States has long struggled to separate Baghdad from Tehran, trying to orient Iraq more towards moderate states in the Arab world. Katherine Harvey, the author of “A self-fulfilling prophecy: the Saudi struggle for Iraqasserts that US efforts have failed in part because of Saudi Arabia’s counterproductive policies. Riyadh, she argues, has …

The United Arab Emirates, a small and ambitious country in the Persian Gulf, faces various security threats. Its geographical location places it at the center of instability, sectarianism and regional rivalries in the Middle East, which has led the country to pay particular attention to its security. In recent years, Arab countries in the Persian …

“Where is the investigation?” I, like Monika, Lokman’s sister Rasha al Ameer and her mother Salma Merchak, get asked the same question over and over. “Where is the investigation?” I navigated my response both friendly and frankly, depending on which side of the bed I wake up on. Citizens cannot do justice. It is not …

LONDON: Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian people is a study of the mechanisms and policies through which apartheid systems operate and reproduce oppression, according to a new report by Amnesty International.In its report, released on Tuesday, the human rights watchdog says there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that these legal, technical and …

As if Lebanon needs more chaos, one of the country’s most iconic leaders is ditching politics and taking his Sunni party with him, handing another victory to Iran-backed Hezbollah. Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri made the surprise announcement of his political future from his home on January 24, while urging his Future Movement not to …

Lebanon will be “another failed state dominated by Iran and riddled with corruption” if critical steps are not taken soon to end government corruption in the country, address the economic challenges it faces and resolve the “crippling” problem of Hezbollah violence. That’s the conclusion of a report released Tuesday by two leading Washington-based Middle East …

Lebanese officials hold talks over border dispute amid anger over port blast BEIRUT: Lebanese officials began internal talks on Thursday in preparation for a response to US envoy Amos Hochstein, who urged them to settle a maritime border dispute with Israel. Hochstein passed on ideas to move forward the negotiations, which have been stalled for …

US State Department officials warned in a briefing with reporters on Monday that restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action may be “impossible” due to Iran’s nuclear advances. The senior State Department official also said it was “difficult to imagine” restoring the JCPOA agreement without Iran also releasing four Americans held hostage by Iranian forces. …

Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement said it expected the Mediterranean country’s parliamentary elections to be held on time in May, days after former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said he would would not stand for election. “Everything indicates that the legislative elections will take place on time,” Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy secretary general of Hezbollah, said …

All bets off for Lebanon after Hariri’s withdrawal Lebanese Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib, on his way to the meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Kuwait, said: “I am not going there to hand over the weapons of Hezbollah. If he was going to deliver only flowery language and empty words, it was better that …

The first-ever peace attempt launched by the Gulf neighbors for Lebanon, which is plagued by economic collapse, social unrest and remains determined to establish a viable government bent on rooting out corruption while withdrawing from the old Prime Minister. Gulf Arab states are seeking to mend a stalemate with Lebanon, Kuwait’s foreign minister said during …

This does not mean that the Church has always followed the same line when it comes to Lebanese politics. He sometimes opposed Lebanese Maronite presidents who threatened his agenda. When President Chamoun sought to extend his term in 1958, the Church did not support him. Yet the Church has been consistent on one thing: it …

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the United Arab Emirates (WATER) (69) and Qatar (63) are perhaps the best performing countries in the region, but both have weathered major transnational scandals. The Pandora Papers investigations revealed the use of offshore accounts by the Emir of Qatar and the country’s former prime minister, alongside the vice president and prime minister of the …

In a televised address on Monday afternoon, Hariri, three-time prime minister and the country’s most prominent Sunni politician, announced that he was retiring from political life. He called on all members of his Future Movement party, which is the largest Sunni parliamentary bloc in the country, to do the same. Hariri said neither he nor …

Lebanese leader Saad al-Hariri said yesterday he was retiring from political life and would not stand in parliamentary elections, reversing Lebanon’s sectarian politics as the country grapples with a financial crisis.Three-time prime minister Hariri also called on his party not to field any candidates in the May vote, saying several factors were behind his decision, …

In the Armenian-Catholic Cathedral of St. Elijah and St. Gregory the Illuminator in the Lebanese capital, the Cilicia Patriarch of Armenian Catholics, Raphael Bedros xxi Minassian, invites everyone to overcome differences by turning to Christ the Redeemer and the mystery of the Eucharist. Opening the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Beirut, Lebanon, Cilician …

So why is this the case? Although there are probably myriad reasons, it is very important to focus on the separation of economic development and political dysfunction in Northern Ireland as well as the role of foreign powers in its politics. Peace and stability in Northern Ireland did not necessarily come from the political settlement …

In the past month, there has again been an upsurge in political violence in Iraq. But, instead of the American bases or convoys that are often attacked, there were less usual targets. Last week, grenades were thrown at offices belonging to Sunni Muslim and Iraqi Kurdish political parties in Baghdad. On January 16, grenades were …