Thursday, May 24, 2018

Tag: Lebanon

Iranian politicians hail election of Lebanon’s new president

Iranian politicians from across the spectrum have praised the election of a new president in Lebanon. The Lebanese parliament elected Michel Aoun Oct. 31, ending a more than two-year presidential vacuum in the country. In Tehran, the move was warmly welcomed. President Hassan Rouhani called Aoun and congratulated him on...

Europe Wishes to Inform You That the Refugee Crisis Is Over

Greece - Skala Sikaminias is a little beach town on the northern coast of the Greek island of Lesbos. A year ago, rickety wooden boats and dinghies packed with Syrian refugees began plowing into the narrow stretch of beach next to the taverna in the town square. Within days, the flotilla had swelled to vast proportions; as many as 7,000 Syrian refugees were landing on Lesbos every day.

It’s Time to Negotiate With Iran Over Syria

The war won’t end until Assad’s most powerful backer has a seat at the table — and that isn’t Putin. Whenever there has been a glimmer of light in the Syrian war, it has always been quickly extinguished. Take the cease-fire agreement reached in September by Washington and Moscow. After...

EU’s secret ultimatum to Afghanistan: accept 80,000 deportees or lose aid

Memo leaked in advance of Brussels aid summit reveals EU plans to make assistance to Afghanistan ‘migration sensitive’ despite security concerns. When international donors and the Afghan government convene in Brussels next week, the EU secretly plans to threaten Afghanistan with a reduction in aid if the war-torn country does...

Israeli think tank: Don’t destroy ISIS; it’s a useful tool against Iran, Hezbollah, Syria

Head of a right-wing think tank says the existence of ISIS serves a "strategic purpose" in the West's interests. According to a think tank that does contract work for NATO and the Israeli government, the West should not destroy ISIS, the fascist Islamist extremist group that is committing genocide and...

The NSA Leak Is Real, Snowden Documents Confirm

On Monday, a hacking group calling itself the “ShadowBrokers” announced an auction for what it claimed were “cyber weapons” made by the NSA. Based on never-before-published documents provided by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, The Intercept can confirm that the arsenal contains authentic NSA software, part of a powerful constellation of tools used to covertly...

Syria’s Refugee Children Have Lost All Hope

Young Syrians living in Lebanon are attempting suicide in ever greater numbers. TRIPOLI, Lebanon — At a makeshift refugee camp just south of this northern city, a 12-year-old Syrian girl named Khowla sits on a dirty mattress in her tent. The roof is made of blue plastic tarp that does...

The Real Reasons for the IDF’s Break with Netanyahu

The Political Utility of Military Restraint. In recent years, Israel's military leadership has appeared to be more dovish than the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. From 2009 to 2012, for example, the Israel Defense Force’s top brass helped block the Netanyahu government’s plan to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities,...

Al Qaeda Is About to Establish an Emirate in Northern Syria

After years on the back foot, the Nusra Front is laying the groundwork for al Qaeda's first sovereign state. Al Qaeda has big ambitions in Syria. For the past three years, an unprecedented number of veteran figures belonging to the group have arrived in the country, in what can only...

Why Iraqi-Saudi ties are backsliding yet again

Iraq is facing a new crisis with Saudi Arabia as a result of their differing points of view regarding regional issues, most notably those related to Lebanon-based Hezbollah, which was recently classified by the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as a terrorist organization. The crisis started March...

Refugees and The Economy: Lessons from History

What can we learn from the Vietnamese, Cuban, Rwandan, and Syrian refugees crisis? As Syrian refugees started to reach the European continent, discussions about the “influx of migrants” dominated media outlets, with very little attention paid to the crisis of the refugees instead of the “refugees crisis.” Some cite national security...

The global refugee crisis: humanity’s last call for a culture of sharing and cooperation

The real crisis is not the influx of refugees to Europe per se but a toxic combination of destabilising foreign policy agendas, economic austerity and the rise of right-wing nationalism, which is likely to push the world further into social and political chaos in the months ahead. Razor-wire fences, detention...

U.N. Refugee Chief: Western Leaders Stir Up Hatred for the Stranger, for the Immigrant

In 2011, as the world focused on Egypt’s revolution and looming foreign military strikes in Libya, Syria was but a burgeoning bit of unrest in an otherwise chaotic Middle East. Five years later, the ongoing civil war between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the rebels seeking to oust him...

How Saudi Arabia Turned Its Greatest Weapon on Itself

For the past half-century, the world economy has been held hostage by just one country: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Vast petroleum reserves and untapped production allowed the kingdom to play an outsize role as swing producer, filling or draining the global system at will. The 1973-74 oil embargo was...

Politics, economics still stifle Eastern Mediterranean gas

Since 2009, international interest in the Eastern Mediterranean’s offshore oil and gas resources has followed a cycle from widespread excitement, to a stall in activity, to disappointment and back to excitement again. The Levant Basin has seen several discoveries that could have a big impact on domestic economies. However,...

Legality of deal struck between the EU and Turkey over refugees questioned

A senior United Nations official has questioned the legality of the recent deal struck between the European Union and Turkey in keeping refugees away from the bloc. The deal is not only contrary to international law but also puts the refugees at risk of being sent back to a...

Netanyahu: Gulf States’ decision to blacklist Hezbollah a sign of improving ties with Israel

PM pans Israeli Arab MKs' condemnation of Hezbollah terror listing. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday praised the Gulf states that declared Hezbollah a terrorist organization, hours after Balad and Hadash, two of the parties in the Joint List, condemned the decision because, for among other reasons, it is good...

Saudis, Turks Bid to Open Lebanon Front

With a series of blatant measures, Saudi Arabia and its regional allies are evidently trying to destabilize Lebanon. The development is apiece with how Saudi Arabia and Turkey have both sought to undermine the ceasefire in Syria and to escalate that conflict to a region-wide level. A New York Times report this week...

Will US restrictions on Hezbollah lead to collapse of Lebanon?

BEIRUT - A Lebanese parliamentary delegation met in Washington on Feb. 23-27 with numerous members of Congress, administration officials and various lobbies to discuss the potential consequences for Lebanon of the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015. The act, which US President Barack Obama signed into law Dec. 18, authorizes the president to apply sanctions...

After terrorist label, what is GCC’s next move against Hezbollah?

Iranian officials and media have condemned the recent decision by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to designate the Lebanese group Hezbollah a terrorist organization. GCC Secretary-General Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani said March 2 that the designation was the result of Hezbollah’s “hostile acts” in Syria, Yemen and Iraq. He...

Israel to launch one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world,...

TEL AVIV — A joint exercise now being conducted between thousands of Israeli troops and the U.S. European Command represents a final test before Israel begins to deploy one of the most sophisticated missile defense systems in the world. When it is complete, Israel's multibillion-dollar rocket and missile air defense...

Saudi Arabia Cuts Billions in Aid to Lebanon, Opening Door for Iran

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Even as Iran and Saudi Arabia supported opposite sides in a bitter and bloody proxy war in Syria, the two adversaries managed to preserve a tense calm just over the border in Lebanon, where they have long competed for influence. Now, suddenly, it looks as if Saudi...

The Battle of Aleppo Is the Center of the Syrian Chessboard

With ample Russian and Iranian help, regime forces have cut the rebels' main lifeline in the north, and they will likely steer their relentless steamroller to the west unless outside powers take action. On February 2, the Syrian army and its allies succeeded in cutting the northern road between Aleppo...

Oil prices and the Syrian civil war

Most watch in disbelief as hordes of Middle Eastern migrants enter Europe with little to no resistance from border control. Whereas refugees are normally women and children, these migrants are for the most part young males of fighting age leaving a war zone. That prompts concerns on their true...

Migrant Crisis & Syria War Fueled By Competing Gas Pipelines

Don’t let anyone fool you: Sectarian strife in Syria has been engineered to provide cover for a war for access to oil and gas, and the power and money that come along with it. Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect recent Wikileaks revelations of US State Department...

Refugee Crisis and Syria War Fueled By Competing Gas Pipelines

Don’t let anyone fool you: Sectarian strife in Syria has been engineered to provide cover for a war for access to oil and gas, and the power and money that come along with it. Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect recent Wikileaks revelations of US State Department...

Obstacles Trump Optimism for the Eastern Mediterranean Energy Corridor

The leaders of Israel and Cyprus agreed on July 28 to cooperate on energy issues in an effort to accelerate development of offshore natural gas reserves spanning both countries’ territorial waters. “There is palpably renewed energy in our relationship, I mean that figuratively and literally,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

If Syria and Iraq Become Fractured, So Too Will Tripoli and North Lebanon

BEIRUT -- The talk now is all about whether Syria and Iraq will end up as divided states. The impetus for such speculation derives firstly from the latest Saudi, Qatari and Turkish joint resolve to mount huge numbers of jihadists on Syria's borders. According to two senior political figures...

Major deal: Israel to purchase four patrol ships from Germany to defend gas rigs

Germany will provide Israeli navy with ships at cost of NIS 1.8 billion and finance third of costs; deal announced day before Israel and Germany mark 50 years of diplomatic relations. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen signed a contract Monday under which Israel...

France provides first weapons to Lebanon paid for by Saudi Arabia

A $3 billion programme funded by Saudi Arabia seen as an attempt to counter Iranian influence in the Mediterranean country. The first French weapons from a $3 billion Saudi-funded programme will arrive in Lebanon on Monday. Anti-tank guided missiles are set to arrive at an air force base in Beirut, overseen...

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