khazen.org pays tribute to the Gemayel family & remember today the seventh commemoration of the minister’s assassination the Martyr Cheikh Pierre Gemayel. We demand the international community and Lebanese Justice to find as quick as possible the murderers and bring them to Justice.
U.S. President Barack Obama congratulated the Lebanese people on Friday on the occasion of Lebanon's 71st Independence Day, lamenting on the anniversary the current vacuum in the presidency.
He said in a message to Lebanon: “As a friend of the Lebanese people, the United States regrets this anniversary day passes without an elected president of the Lebanese Republic, an important but missing symbol of the unity of the nation and a key factor in promoting Lebanese sovereignty and stability.”
BEIRUT: Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel announced Tuesday that an academy and a public park will be built in honor of his son, Pierre, who was assassinated in 2006.
“We have launched the inauguration of a university called ‘The Pierre Amin Gemayel Academy’ on land donated by Bekfaya’s municipality,” the former president announced during a church mass commemorating the 8th anniversary of the assassination.
In August, the kingdom granted the Lebanese army an additional $1 billion in aid to "fortify security", alarabiya.net reported.
The $3 billion Saudi grant is being used to purchase French weapons for the Lebanese army, after Saudi, Lebanese and French officials met in Riyadh November 4th to sign a purchase deal, while the $1 billion in aid was granted after gunmen linked to extremists in Syria launched an attack on Arsal.
BEIRUT: The Cabinet is not expected to agree on any major issues, including the food scandal and telecom file, ministers said Thursday before their meeting got underway at the Grand Serail in downtown Beirut.
Thursday's Cabinet session may look at failure of Lebanon's infrastructure to prevent flooding, and licensing for universities to build new campuses.
Prime Minister Tammam Salam called on Thursday on rival parties to resume dialogue and prioritize the national interest after urging Arab and Lebanese bankers to help Lebanon confront the crisis of Syrian refugees and hoped that politicians would be “infected” with the success of the banking sector.
“We should prioritize national interests and resume dialogue to end political deadlock,” Salam said in a speech at the Grand Serail on the occasion of Independence Day.
(Reuters) - So many bullet holes cover the apartment blocks and shops in the Bab al-Tabbeneh district of northern Lebanon's main city Tripoli that you can hardly tell which conflict they are from any more.
"The area is dying," Sheikh Omar al-Rifai, a local Sunni Muslim cleric, shouted over the roar of hammers repairing damaged storefronts and men dragging debris from gutted homes.Last month gunmen including supporters of the hardline Islamic State group fought the Lebanese army here for three days, a battle that killed several soldiers and damaged some of the largely Sunni port city's most famous historic sites.
To outsiders, it may have seemed like a natural consequence of the dramatic rise of hardline Sunni groups from Iraq to Algeria. But for residents the conflict was rooted more in poverty, joblessness and frustrations over years of what they see as political marginalisation and economic mismanagement.