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[ad_1] In 2015, when the garbage crisis erupted in Lebanon, we found ourselves in a strange situation: all Lebanese, without sectarian or regional affiliations, were suffering from the problem. At the same time, many villages and towns shouted: do not bury “foreign” garbage in our region. The “foreigners” were none other than the sons of …

[ad_1] The Taliban’s rapid takeover and the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan have sounded alarm bells in neighboring Iraq, the other “eternal war” the United States plans to emerge from by this year. Parallels and differences between Baghdad and Kabul have been voiced by Iraqi politicians and pundits in recent days, with many expressing shock …

[ad_1] In the afternoon of August 1, just days before the one-year memorial of the Beirut explosion, clashes erupted on the South Highway, around a district of Khalde, a mixed-use neighborhood. by Lebanese belonging to different sects. The background to the clashes may seem surprising to many, but it is something Lebanon is familiar with, …

[ad_1] Iraq is entering a new era with Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. In the process that began with the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, the country plans to play an active role in Saudi-Iranian relations, Daily sabah writing. On July 26, a meeting was held between US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister …

[ad_1] On July 26, a meeting was held between US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi at the White House. Biden has announced that he will end the combat mission in Iraq this year. Currently, there are 2,500 troops in Iraq, and this withdrawal will not change the de facto influence of …

[ad_1] A woman carrying a toddler leaves a bakery with a bag of bread as people wait their turn, in the Nabaa neighborhood on the southern outskirts of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, amid a wave of food shortages. commodities due to a severe economic crisis. Image credit: AFP Lebanon’s problems are expected to worsen as …

[ad_1] Like the youth in most Arab countries, Tunisians are indifferent to political life in their country and elsewhere. This indifference is the result of old policies and new successive disappointments, which have generated in them ignorance and coldness vis-à-vis what is happening on the Tunisian political scene. Although they played a key role in …

[ad_1] The Lebanese military arrested two men in an attack on Shia mourners at the funeral of a Hezbollah commander where at least two people were killed, a security source reported by Reuters said. . The funeral was held in the Lebanese town of Khaldeh for the Hezbollah commander who was killed a day earlier, …

[ad_1] WWhen we were younger, my older sister Heba kept a picture on her dresser in our bedroom that always caught my eye. She said I was the redhead girl in the picture, but I was born with blonde curls and had light brown hair at the time. The girl in the photo was named …

[ad_1] Twelve months after the catastrophic explosion of the port which left more than 200 dead, thousands injured and left around 300,000 people homeless, Lebanon’s dramatic descent into the economic and political crisis is worsening. Lebanon’s economic collapse was so severe that the World Bank ranked it among the three most severe on record since …

[ad_1] WASHINGTON – The House Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and Global Counterterrorism met on Thursday to discuss the “political paralysis of Lebanon, the economic crisis and the challenges of American politics. Representative Ted Deutch (D-Florida), chairman of the committee, said that the resignation of Prime Minister designate Saad Hariri two weeks ago …

[ad_1] The Lebanese Saad Hariri finally apologized for not having formed the government until nine months after President Michel Aoun entrusted him with this mission. However, Aoun rejected the ministers proposed by Hariri, especially with regard to the selection of Christians, which the president considers his specialty. Aoun also wants to keep a third party …

[ad_1] Once envied by the Arab world, Lebanon has become a hopeless case with no end in sight. Its political system is deadlocked, as its economy perishes with each passing day, forcing its leaders to advocate for emergency foreign aid to stay afloat, including food for its starving army. But the Lebanese, a shrewd people …

[ad_1] The attention of politicians is on the elections next year “No plan B has yet been agreed,” said a source close to the presidency “Slow death” if we just wait for the vote – opposition figure BEIRUT, July 16 (Reuters) – France on Friday urged Lebanon to appoint a prime minister as soon as …

[ad_1] After nearly nine months of feuds between ruling parties in Lebanon over government shares as the country’s economy and the lives of its people fell into disrepair, Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri declared his decision to step down after failing to form a new government. Saad is the son of the former Prime Minister …

[ad_1] Lebanon hit by severe power cuts, pharmacy strike Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern times of Tokyo The multi-religious crown jewel of the Middle East is crumbling under the pressure of internal political cronyism. Equally damaging, the weight of endless power games by Iran, Israel, Syria and the Palestinians have all abused Lebanon. …

[ad_1] Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai stressed Thursday that Saudi Arabia “has never violated the sovereignty and independence of Lebanon”. He never “violated his borders nor involved in wars. He did not hinder his democracy or ignore his state, ”he added. On the contrary, the Kingdom “has long supported Lebanon in the Arab and international …

[ad_1] Washington watch Ten years ago, we were in the throes of what Western observers called the “Arab Spring”. An evaluation is now required. Because Western analysts first assumed that these uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen were organically linked, mirroring the revolutions that toppled communist regimes that had operated under the protective cover …

[ad_1] Few will dispute that the way out of Lebanon’s crippling political and economic crisis is to change the identity priorities of its leaders. Instead of being Shiite or Maronite first and then Lebanese, the Lebanese identity must prevail and take precedence over any sectarian or confessional identity. The disease that is hitting Lebanon hard …

[ad_1] The relationship once shared between the late Syrian and Iraqi leaders, Hafez al-Assad and Saddam Hussein, can be described as both complicated and intertwined. So was the story between Damascus and Baghdad. Many factors, such as politics, bigotry, ideology, and geography, have defined the hallmarks of Iraq-Syria ties and the race for leadership in …

[ad_1] Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said on Friday that some Lebanese parties unfairly insist on accusing Hezbollah of obstructing cabinet formation in Lebanon and blaming it on false assumptions related to the Iran nuclear deal. Delivering a televised speech to address the latest developments in Lebanon, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Iran has consistently …

[ad_1] Credit: cottonbro from Pexels Three quarters of women journalists said they had experienced some form of violence online, in a global survey conducted by UNESCO and the International Center of Journalists (ICFJ). The report, The Chilling: Global Trends in Online Violence Against Women Journalists, indicates that threats of physical and sexual violence were the …

[ad_1] Amid strong speculation about Iran’s approach to a renewed deal with world powers over its nuclear program, the country elected its new president, Ebrahim Raisi. The new head of government will have the opportunity to revive the Iranian economy, improve diplomatic relations and strengthen geopolitical reach in the Middle East and beyond. Governing is …

[ad_1] The 2021 class of the National Evangelical School of Nabatieh (NESN) is entirely Shia Muslim. While this is certainly not the image of a typical Christian school in the United States, it is hardly an exception in Lebanon, where 35 evangelical schools have an average of two-thirds Muslim students. Located 35 miles south of …

[ad_1] Bridging the generational gap Civil society initially failed to deal with what we lost when we surrendered our independence to regional warfare. An open warning of Hezbollah’s sensibilities was, in retrospect, misguided. But they are the only group capable of bridging the generational gap. Citizens who have spent years reflecting, writing and giving lectures …

[ad_1] Twenty-five years ago, on June 25, 1996, a huge truck bomb exploded in the Khobar Towers building complex near Dhahran in Saudi Arabia, home to 2,000 US military personnel. The bomb killed 19 American airmen and injured more than 500 other American and non-American citizens, most of whom were responsible for enforcing Saddam Hussein’s …

[ad_1] Much of the world seems to have forgotten about Syria’s savage 10-year-old civil war still capable of igniting and wreaking havoc across the Middle East – and Europe. The international appeasement that took hold after the defeat of Isis is misplaced. The same goes for the idea that fragile neighboring states such as Lebanon, …

[ad_1] Lebanon’s endless political crisis continues. He has not had a government since Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigned last year after the Beirut port explosion. Since then, the country has gone from crisis to crisis, with Hezbollah being the main benefactor of these crises. Lebanese President Michel Aoun met with Saad Hariri, the Prime Minister …

[ad_1] “War was the only life I have known since childhood, and the experience of the left was outside that life and its struggles.” Fadi Bardawil Author of “Revolution and disenchantment: Arab Marxism and the bonds of emancipation”. Bardawil’s education during the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) and the development of his political consciousness during the …

[ad_1] Protesters block access to the Ring Bridge in Beirut, October 26, 2019. Photo: Nadim Kobeissi (Creative Commons) On October 17, 2019, the Lebanese cabinet met amid a rapidly deteriorating financial situation and catastrophic forest fires ravaging the country. During this now infamous meeting, the government decided to impose a number of new tax measures, …

[ad_1] Ten years later, it is easy to see the Arab uprisings only as a failure. Democracy remains elusive in the Middle East, dictators are even more entrenched and wars have devastated entire countries. But amidst desperation and fear, a new cohort of protesters and activists has taken to the streets since 2019, in places …

[ad_1] In a speech from the balcony of his limestone residence in the city of Bkerké, Lebanon, in late February, Lebanon’s leading Catholic prelate, Cardinal Bechara al-Rai, made it clear that he believed his country was on the verge of collapse – and the key to saving it is to disarm Hezbollah. “There are not …

[ad_1] The attitudes of Christian religious leaders in the Middle East and North Africa towards the Arab Spring have differed since its eruption in 2011. While these religious leaders in Egypt and Syria opposed the uprisings of 2011, their counterparts in Iraq and Lebanon have supported the second wave of protests underway since 2019. They …

[ad_1] Amid persistent economic deterioration and government collapse, Lebanon is increasingly experiencing a disturbing trend of civic unrest and political violence. While the collapse shows no sign of abating, public dismay at the elite leads to riots which are brutally suppressed by the Lebanese authorities. At the same time, we are witnessing a rise in …

[ad_1] The civic uprising against Bashar al-Assad’s hereditary tyranny in Syria, which has turned into a savage civil war that still rages and radiates chaos in the Middle East and Europe, began 10 years ago this week . Syria is really three conflicts: the minority Assad regime which is waging an all-out war against its …

[ad_1] Shortly after Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq ten days ago, the Iraqi Prime Minister called for national dialogue, in “the papal spirit of love and tolerance”. This has been hailed by various groups, including – a few days ago – by the right-wing Shiite nationalist leader Moqtada al-Sadr. A strange reaction to the words …

[ad_1] Economic distress, rampant corruption, a selfish ruling elite and the ever-looming fear of armed militias – little goes their way, but protesters in Iraq and Lebanon have found a reason to smile. In the university elections in Lebanon, they turned into candidates and gave a beating to opposing student groups backed by traditional political …

[ad_1] BEIRUT — Unsolved or unpunished assassinations are the norm in Lebanon. The murder last week of publisher and activist Lokman Slim, found by gunshot in his car, is unlikely to be the exception. Slim’s family and friends gathered at his home for a memorial service on February 11, with some speculating that Hezbollah may …

[ad_1] As the peace talks in Afghanistan stalled until Joe Biden’s administration takes further action, calls for more power-sharing mechanisms to represent many groups in the political system are gaining momentum. ‘magnitude. It’s a tempting idea, and Afghans have had a taste of power-sharing in recent years, starting with the appointment of Hamid Karzai as …

[ad_1] Nothing has changed and everything has changed. In Mar Mikhael, one of the neighborhoods in Beirut most damaged by the explosion last August, there were more signs of reconstruction than destruction when I visited last month. New glass cases were mounted; inside the pubs, furniture has been put in place for the reopening. Across …

[ad_1] BESA Center Perspectives Paper n ° 1 831, November 26, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Despite their desire to oust bigotry from the corrupt government of their country, Lebanese civilians are likely to see heightened tensions across religious lines. Iran will continue to support Hezbollah despite its regional weakening, while Turkey and Qatar will play a …

[ad_1] Thu Oct 1, 2020 A reform scenario for Lebanon Source MENA through Nabeel Khoury Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri leads a general legislative session at the UNESCO Palace in Beirut, Lebanon, September 30, 2020. REUTERS / Mohamed Azakir It is now universally accepted that there is something rotten in the Lebanese state. The August …

[ad_1] Gunfire erupted Tuesday in a town south of Beirut, where clashes last week left two people dead and increased the risk of sectarian strife in Lebanon, the state news agency (ANI) said. ANI said an army patrol had deployed to the Khaldeh area to calm the situation, but gave no further details. Last week’s …

[ad_1] BEIRUT Following the deadly blast at the port this month, the speaker of the Lebanese parliament called on Monday for an end to the country’s sectarian political system. Calling for “the total collapse of the political and economic structure”, Nabih Berri said in a televised speech “there must be a change in this sectarian …