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Lebanon’s former PM Saad Hariri suspends political career (Kareem Chehayeb, Al Jazeera)

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri has announced that he will suspend his involvement in political activities and will not run in upcoming parliamentary elections. The Hariri family has dominated Lebanon’s Sunni political landscape for more than three decades since the end of the country’s civil war in 1990. In Lebanon’s sectarian system, where parliamentary seats […]

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Lebanon: Callous Disregard for Rights (Human Rights Watch)

The corrupt and incompetent Lebanese authorities have deliberately plunged the country into one of the worst economic crises in modern times, demonstrating a callous disregard for the rights of the population, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2022. Lebanon: Callous Disregard for Rights | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Cash-strapped Lebanese drivers block roads in ‘Day of rage’ (Kareem Chehayeb, Al Jazeera)

Truck and bus drivers across Lebanon have blocked roads and highways with their vehicles, urging the government to help them cope with skyrocketing fuel prices. Lebanon’s transportation unions called for a “Day of rage” on Thursday to paralyse the country and pressure authorities into subsidising fuel prices and providing financial compensation to help them cope […]

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Lebanon’s central bank chief Salameh slapped with travel ban (Kareem Chehayeb, Al Jazeera)

A Lebanese judge slapped a travel ban on Banque du Liban Governor Riad Salameh on Tuesday, as the once-vaunted steward of the country’s economy faces probes for financial misconduct at home and abroad. “He is scheduled for a questioning on Thursday, based on the clear evidence we have,” Judge Ghada Aoun, who has been investigating […]

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Economic meltdown revives forgotten occupations in Lebanon (Rabih Damaj, Al Monitor)

Clothing stores, including some international businesses that withdrew from the market after losing confidence in Lebanon’s ability to get out of its crisis anytime soon, have been shutting down one after another since early 2020. Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Christmas Eve that “the country needs six or seven years” to recover. Economic meltdown revives forgotten occupations […]

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Lebanon’s crippled economy hobbles into new year (Kareem Chehayeb, Al Jazeera)

For more than two years, people in Lebanon with United States dollar accounts in the country’s banks have faced severe restrictions on withdrawals, as hard currency dried up and the value of the Lebanese pound plummeted. So when Lebanon’s central bank issued a directive last month more than doubling the exchange rate for Lebanese pound […]

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How Turkey Can Be a True Ally to Lebanon (Adnan Nasser, The National Interest)

If Turkey wants to be a true ally to the Lebanese people, rather than another cynical actor exploiting those in need, it must ensure any support given goes to its intended destination, without it predicated on geopolitics. How Turkey Can Be a True Ally to Lebanon | The National Interest

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How Turkey Can Be a True Ally to Lebanon (Adnan Nasser, The National Interest)

If Turkey wants to be a true ally to the Lebanese people, rather than another cynical actor exploiting those in need, it must ensure any support given goes to its intended destination, without it predicated on geopolitics. How Turkey Can Be a True Ally to Lebanon | The National Interest

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UN’s Guterres calls on Lebanese leaders to respond to grievances (Kareem Chehayeb, Al Jazeera)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged Lebanese leaders to listen and respond to their population’s grievances, as the country’s economy continues to spiral. “I am gravely concerned of the impact of the economic and financial crisis in the country, causing evermore people to need humanitarian assistance,” Guterres said at a news conference in Beirut on […]

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A Jihadi Resurrection? (Mohanad Hage Ali, Carnegie Middle East Center)

In recent weeks, Lebanese media reports, mostly based on security sources, have expressed concern about the prospect of attacks by the Islamic State group. In the past year, young men, estimated at 35–40, have left their homes in northern Lebanon to join the ranks of the jihadi group in Syria and Iraq, where they’ve received training and are sending […]

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Lebanese general: Special forces must overcome significant challenges (Fadi Makhoul, Defense News)

The Lebanese armed forces are assigned defensive, security and developmental tasks under the Lebanese National Defense Law. Therefore, they must (1) defend the Lebanese territories against every form of aggression, (2) maintain internal security, and (3) assist in social and developmental fields. However, due to many reasons that cannot be mentioned in this article, the […]

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Lebanese president, PM and parliament speaker express satisfaction with Saudi-French agreement (Najia Houssari, Arab News)

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati has affirmed his government’s commitment to honoring its undertakings for reform. Mikati said that his joint phone call on Saturday with Saudi and French leaders was “an important step toward restoring historic brotherly relations with Riyadh.” Lebanese president, PM and parliament speaker express satisfaction with Saudi-French agreement (arabnews.com)