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 two …

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 can …

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 tensions …

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 own …

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 of …

CATCO’s well-intentioned “Columbus Christmas Carol,” directed by new artistic director Leda Hoffmann, transports the Charles Dickens classic to the present, but loses some of its magic along the way. Julianna González’s simplified version of the story, translated from her Detroit-based “Blessed: A Christmas Carol Adaptation” and running in 55 minutes, removes many of the plot …

Here’s a parody based on the Christmas standard “Have a Merry Christmas”: “Treat yourself to a new mortgage refinance. Let your rate be low. From now on, your savings will start to grow. “ Traditionally, the holiday season is a time when the home buying market slows down. That often means lenders have additional capacity …

Redding police investigators have been busy since Christmas Eve gathering details about a crime spree involving a single woman and her fatal shooting by an officer. “We are still actively rebuilding everything on this timeline that we have from the first event to the shooting itself,” Lt. Levi Solada said Wednesday. On Wednesday, the Shasta …

With the holidays just over a month away, you may be wondering how you are going to pay for gifts, especially if your bank account is not full of cash. Here, we will outline some of the ways you can buy gifts without going into debt for the new year. One email a day could …

Bank of America will begin offering small short-term loans to cash-strapped customers, a move that could disrupt the short-term loan market. The loans, called Balance Assist, will be capped at $ 500 and will only be available to people who have had a checking account at the bank for at least one year. The rollout …

The Garage, which specializes in filming TV commercials for food and beverage companies, has seen a rebound since the economy reopened. But he hasn’t booked a single job for January. Sahadi Fine Foods, an imported food wholesale and retail business, is once again full of customers at its stores in Industry City and on Atlantic …

A display is seen as bipartisan members of the Senate and House of Representatives meet to announce a framework for new Covid-19 relief legislation at a press conference on Capitol Hill on December 1, 2020. Kevin Lemarque | Reuters As the debate continues over the next round of coronavirus relief by Congress, additional stimulus checks …

Editorial Note: Forbes Advisor may earn commission on sales made from partner links on this page, but that does not affect our editors’ reviews or ratings. With Black Friday 2020 just around the corner, you may be looking for the best savings of the season on electronics and other holiday gifts. But forget about that …

Dr. Anthony Fauci may break with tradition by not spending Christmas with his children, but millions of Americans are not following his example. Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, earlier this month told CBS News that he would not be spending Christmas holidays with his daughters “for …

An Old Greenwich man unloads his Christmas tree from the trunk of his car before placing it in the recycling pile at Greenwich Point in this file image. Middletown offers free recycling this year. File photo from Hearst Connecticut Media MIDDLETOWN – The city’s Christmas tree collection and recycling program this year will continue as …

Editorial Note: Forbes Advisor may earn commission on sales made from partner links on this page, but that does not affect our editors’ reviews or ratings. The holiday season has traditionally been the best time to do a home deal because people are often too busy with crowded calendars (stretching from Thanksgiving through New Years) …

UK Business and Economic Updates Sign up for myFT Daily Digest to be the first to hear about UK business and economic news. Rishi Sunak has promised more financial aid for UK companies with extensions to his flagship license and emergency loan plans as pandemic restrictions are extended and companies prepare for a potentially disruptive …

Support local journalism Your subscription makes our reports possible. {{Featured_button_text}} Among other findings from The Telegraph’s analysis of regional APP data: »The average forgivable PPP loan in Nebraska’s 22 West Central Counties was $ 49,700, with Lincoln County averaging $ 55,970 and North Platte $ 63,816. »The median loan number for the region, the figure …

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – As COVID-19 restrictions begin to loosen, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is following the lead of governments and healthcare professionals around the world, already which also considers a return to normal operating procedures. According to the Church’s website, officials say the Church is ready to move forward …

Ada’s First United Methodist Church in Oklahoma is the latest church body to jump on one of the coolest church trends in recent years. “Elegant leather jackets for the pastor?” No, the other cool trend. “Imagine the songs of the dragons during worship?” Noel other cool trend. You know, the one where churches partner with …

The flood that occurred in Alexander County on November 12, 2020 will be remembered by many for the tragic loss of life and damage that occurred. The flooding caused the closure of 16 roads for repairs, and 13 roads still closed. The Alexander County Board of Commissioners heard a highway update from Public Information Officer …

HOUSTON – Given that Reports emerged that Joel and Victoria Osteen’s Lakewood Church received $ 4.4 million in loans from the Payroll Protection Program, the Osteens have responded through representatives for Lakewood, saying they initially did not accept help. However, as the pandemic progressed, Lakewood said it requested the assistance to support its employees as …

A controversial church in Rutherford County, which has been accused of abuse by former members, received a loan through the federal government’s small business aid program, records released this week show. The Word of Faith Fellowship, a Spindale-based church, raised between $ 150,000 and $ 350,000 through the Paycheck Protection Program, data from the Small …

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 parties …

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 have …

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 chairman …

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 the …

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 more …

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 4 …

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 clashes …

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 system”. …