Tag: Lebanon

Iran Is Crushing Freedom One Country at a Time

Having covered the Middle East my entire adult life, I’m seeing some trends emerging there that I’ve never seen before. One is from the streets of Beirut to the streets of Baghdad to streets all across Iran, Middle Easterners are demanding to be treated as citizens with rights, and not just members of a sect […]

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To Make Sense of Lebanon’s Protests, Follow the Garbage

BEIRUT, Lebanon — In Lebanon, its people like to boast, you can take in pristine mountain villages and swim in the shimmering sea all in one day. But the country’s blond-sand beaches are now scarred with plastic bottles and its mountain streams befouled by open dumps. The Mediterranean gurgles with toxic runoff from rotting garbage. […]

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What Happened to Peter Daou?

In November, the liberal activist and Twitter personality Peter Daou got into a spat with an unlikely adversary: Neera Tanden, the head of the Center for American Progress and Daou’s erstwhile ally in the fight to elect Hillary Clinton president in 2016. After she called his criticism of Obamacare from the left “enraging and the […]

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White House Lifts Mysterious Hold on Military Aid to Lebanon

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration told Congress on Monday that it had lifted a hold last week on $105 million of military aid to Lebanon that budget officials had imposed without explanation. In recent weeks, lawmakers and reporters had asked administration officials about the mysterious monthslong hold, which echoed the freeze of military aid to […]

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The Great Lebanese Ponzi Scheme

BEIRUT, Lebanon — After a nearly two-hour wait at his bank, in early November, Fadi Aziz, a freelance web designer in Beirut, asked the teller to withdraw $1,000 from his account. The teller was courteous but firm: “You can’t withdraw more than $300 per week.” Mr. Aziz, who was traveling out of the country, protested […]

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Lebanon Protesters Shut Down Parliament and Clash With Police

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Protesters on Tuesday stopped Parliament from convening to discuss a package of controversial laws that critics fear could provide amnesty for past corruption, as crowds blocked roads leading to government buildings and skirmishes broke out with the riot police. The action comes on the 34th day of widespread antigovernment protests that have […]

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The New Middle East of a Post-Sectarian Generation

BEIRUT — Her voice broke. Tears overcame Zeinab Mirza, a political studies lecturer at the American University of Beirut. She was crying for Lebanon’s awakening. “In a way,” she said, “We were in a coma before.” Something is going on in the Middle East. People from Beirut to Baghdad are in the streets clamoring for […]

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In Lebanon, the Hyena’s Main Fear Is Fear Itself

KFAR TOUN, Lebanon — Close to midnight, Mounir Abi-Said sat on the roof of his bright yellow Land Rover and shined a spotlight across the landscape, looking for striped hyenas. Warm fog swirled in the headlights. A bat detector crackled as it picked up sonar. Some years ago, when Dr. Abi-Said, a conservation biologist and […]

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How a Protest Movement Took Down Lebanon’s Prime Minister

Lebanon’s prime minister presented his resignation on Tuesday, bowing to demands by protestors who have paralyzed the country for 13 straight days. “I’ve been trying to find a way out and to listen to the people’s voices, and protect the country from security and economic perils,” Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said in a televised speech. […]

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Lebanon’s Prime Minister Stepping Down

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Prime Minister Saad Hariri of Lebanon said on Tuesday that he and his cabinet would resign, bowing to one basic demand of the enormous antigovernment protests that have consumed the country and suspended daily life for nearly two weeks. “I’m at a dead end,” Mr. Hariri said in a televised speech. “Jobs […]

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Lebanon ‘days’ away from economic collapse if no political solution to protests found, says central bank governor

Lebanon is on the verge of economic collapse unless an “immediate solution” can be found to end days of nationwide protests that have paralyzed the country, Central Bank Governor Riad Salame told CNN in an exclusive interview Monday. Lebanon is on the verge of economic collapse unless an “immediate solution” can be found to end days […]

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Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ Look Is Popping Up At Protests Like The ‘V For Vendetta’ Guy Fawkes Mask Before It

Not only is Joker now the highest-grossing R-rated film ever, but none of its competition over the past few weeks has been able to surpass its top spot at the box office. This alone should be enough to appease Warner Bros. executives who nervously took a chance on Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix’s heavily-discoursed comic […]

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Lebanon Protests Unite Sects in Demanding New Government

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The two new protesters smiled for the camera on a rooftop over downtown Beirut, marking what felt like history with a selfie. The view was new to them: Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese of every sectarian affiliation danced and chanted in the street below, the little-seen Lebanese flag suddenly everywhere. “The politicians […]

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Lebanon’s Prime Minister Gave $16 Million to South African Model

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The prime minister of Lebanon gave more than $16 million to a South African bikini model who said they had a romantic relationship after they met at a luxury resort in the Seychelles, according to South African court documents obtained by The New York Times. The prime minister, Saad Hariri, was not […]

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Hezbollah Hits Back at Israeli Army, but Doesn’t Draw Blood

JERUSALEM — The Lebanese militia Hezbollah fired missiles at an Israeli military border post on Sunday in what it called payback for an Israeli airstrike a week earlier that killed two Lebanese operatives in Syria and a drone strike that damaged Hezbollah infrastructure in the Beirut suburbs. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel suffered no […]

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Harvard Freshman Says He Was Barred From U.S. Over His Friends’ Social Media Posts

A Palestinian student from Lebanon who was set to begin his freshman year at Harvard was denied entry to the United States after immigration officials objected to his friends’ social media posts, he said this week, prompting furor among free-speech advocates. The student, Ismail B. Ajjawi, 17, landed at Logan International Airport in Boston on […]

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Lebanon Accuses Israel of 2nd Attack in 2 Days

BEIRUT, Lebanon — An Israeli drone struck a Palestinian militia base in eastern Lebanon on Monday, Lebanon’s National News Agency said, the fourth time in three days that Israel has been accused of attacking Iranian-backed forces across the Middle East. The string of attacks — only one of which Israel has claimed responsibility for — […]

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Hezbollah Says Two Israeli Drones Damaged Its Office Near Beirut

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Two Israeli drones crashed in the southern suburbs of Beirut overnight, and one damaged a media office belonging to Hezbollah, a spokesman for the Lebanese militant group and political party said on Sunday. The spokesman, Mohammed Afif, said the first drone crashed on the roof of an apartment building that houses the […]

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