BEIRUT — They celebrated the results by gathering their candidates,
volunteers, and supporters at a seaside events hall here in the capital.
Several hundred people sang, cheered, and swayed to the traditional dabke line dance.
And yet Beirut Madinati,
or “Beirut My City,” a group of 24 citizens who had just run in the
city’s municipal elections — many of them young professionals, most of
them secular, half of them women — had actually lost. So what were they
The upstart movement, formed a few short months before the election
and with only a small, underfunded ground operation, had taken on
Lebanon’s entrenched political overlords and sectarian political
establishment and garnered a staggering 40 percent of the vote.
Reuters, Ministers and
members of parliament belonging to Lebanon's Hezbollah could be
sanctioned under a new U.S. law targeting the group's finances, a U.S.
Treasury official said on Friday.
U.S. Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act (HIFPA) passed in
December threatens sanctions against anyone who finances Hezbollah in a
It has ignited an
unprecedented dispute between Lebanon's most powerful group - the
heavily armed Hezbollah - and a central bank widely seen as a pillar of
the otherwise weak and dysfunctional Lebanese state.
Lebanon “commemorates” today the two year anniversary since it last had a President.
Notre Dame University recently marked the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia.
Erasmus thought More’s genius was "such as England never had and never
again will have." But beyond his national importance to my country, I
think Thomas More is relevant to modern-day Lebanon.
is Lebanon’s utopia? Today’s presidential vacuum is an unwelcome
reminder of the blockages in the sectarian system which can paralyse and
weaken the state. Undoubtedly, Lebanon’s utopia must be based on
co-existence. However the key thing is this: those who want to preserve a
form of co-existence should want a strong state.
by ABC news Tara Brown and Stephen Rice (R) were detained in Lebanon for weeks over the story.
The Nine Network today released its report into the bungled child recovery in Lebanon. A
statement from Nine said Rice, the producer of the story about Brisbane
mother Sally Faulkner and her bid to return her children to Australia,
would leave the company immediately.
Nine chief executive Hugh
Marks said the recovery operation exposed the crew to "serious risks"
and "significant reputational damage". "We got too close to the story and suffered damaging consequences," Mr Marks said. "Amongst
other elements of the execution of this story it was inappropriate, and
at odds with our standard procedure, for a payment to be made directly
by 60 Minutes to the recovery agency that had been independently
contracted by Sally Faulkner.
"It was also inappropriate, with the
risks involved for our crew, not to have consulted with Nine's security
advisers before the story was finalised."
Matar called for resolute action, saying that “if Christians in the Middle
East are suffering today, the whole world will be suffering tomorrow”,
adding that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is not like other
“There is no place for Christians in the Islamic State,” the Maronite clergyman said. He came to Poland at the invitation of the Society of Christ for
Poles Living Abroad and its quarterly publication Miłujcie się (Love Thy
Neighbour), which has its Arabic language edition. In his homily, he thanked Polish Catholics for their assistance to
Christians in Lebanon, Syria and other countries of the region From Warsaw, Archbishop Mata goes to Poznań, western Poland, and to
the Black Madonna shrine in the southern city of Częstochowa. (mk/pk)
24 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon welcomed the holding of municipal elections in Lebanon,
which are expected to conclude on 29 May, urging all Lebanese leaders to
act responsibly to elect the country’s President, a post vacant for two
years, without a further delay, his spokesperson said today in a statement.
“[The elections] are a testament to Lebanon’s enduring democratic
tradition and further proof that the people of Lebanon deserve to be
represented at all levels,” the statement said.
“National unity and Lebanon’s standing will remain fragile and
incomplete as long as the vacancy in the presidency persists,” the
Daily Star.com.lb, Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi
reaffirmed his staunch opposition to the naturalization of Syrians in
Lebanon Monday, voicing fears that a delayed solution to Syria's
conflict would prolong the refugee crisis in Lebanon.
afraid of the Syrian refugees remaining in Lebanon, not because of the
UN’s politics or of the report issued by the UN Secretary General [Ban
Ki-moon], but because of the Syrian (refugee) status in Lebanon and the
Syrian war,” Azzi said.
The minister made his remarks during a joint press conference with UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag. He
added that “the obstruction of political and necessary military
solutions in Syria will make the Syrians staying in Lebanon a
possibility, and the Lebanese must work to prevent this, not only to
protect Lebanon but Syria also."
Naharnet, The Interior Ministry announced Monday that the
candidate for the vacant parliamentary seat in Jezzine, Amal Abou Zeid,
has won the by-electionsAbou Zeid, fielded by the Free Patriotic Movement, was
elected for the seat that was left vacant after the death of Change and
Reform local MP Michel Helou.
He was facing other candidates running for the post. Abou Zeid garnered 14,653 votes, Ibrahim Azar 7,759,
Salah Nicolas Jebran 3,162, and Patrick Rizkallah 399, said a ministry
The parliamentary by-elections were held on Sunday in
Jezzine in parallel with municipal and mayoral elections in the district
and entire South Lebanon. Abou Zeid was nominated by the FPM and enjoyed key
support from the Lebanese Forces, which was allied with the FPM in the
municipal polls. His main competitor was Azar, the son of ex-MP Samir
Azar who is close to Speaker Nabih Berri. Azar, who enjoyed the support
of some families, was expected to garner votes from Berri's AMAL
Movement, although it did not officially endorse him.
And now, Al Qaeda is planning to challenge ISIS in its stronghold — Syria.
American and European officials told The New York Times recently
that Al Qaeda has started moving veteran operatives to Syria as the
group plans to escalate its fight with ISIS (also known as the Islamic
State, ISIL, or Daesh), which operated under the Al Qaeda umbrella until
the two groups split off and became rivals.
And though ISIS has been grabbing most headlines with its gruesome propaganda machine
and bold proclamations about building a "caliphate" that will take over
the world, Al Qaeda has been quietly focusing on its strategy to be the
last group standing when the dust settles.
Daily Star.com.lb BEIRUT:
Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai Saturday called on the Lebanese diaspora
to cease the chance to gain the Lebanese citizenship so they can
preserve their ancestry for future generations.
“You must take
the matter of gaining the nationality seriously because it assures you
continuity by getting civil rights-which you might not care about, but
which your kids benefit from, and you will preserve your ancestry,”
state media quoted Rai as saying to a South African-Lebanese community
in the city of Johannesburg. “The Lebanese citizenship is
important because Lebanon is the only country that preserves the
Christian-Muslim coexistence, which separates between religion and
state,” Rai added.
Mary Achkhanian, Staff Reporter Dubai: There’s finally a Lebanese president, but in Brazil not in
Lebanon, Lebanese expats have said after Vice-President Michel Temer
assumed the role of president in Brazil early this month.
As Lebanon marks its
second year without a head of state, Lebanese expatriates in the UAE
commented on the irony of Brazil having a president of Lebanese descent
while Lebanon is still struggling to appoint one.Due to the ongoing political drift in the country, parliamentarians’ efforts to elect a president has remained on hold.The expatriates said the appointment of Temer brought both happiness and sadness to the Lebanese people.
Diana John, 30, a
teacher, said, “I personally felt proud that Lebanese people are
achieving and doing well and are prominent outside their country, but at
the same time it upset me that they have to leave our country to be
able to achieve something,” she said.