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Has the Countdown to War in Lebanon Begun?

The dangerous escalation of military operations on the southern Lebanese front, with Israeli raids to hitting targets around 40 km from the border as to US mediation efforts of Amos Hochstein, have instigated the countdown to an Israeli war on Lebanon that threatens to demolish the country. War…

When Authorities are Reassured By the Maintenance of 'Rules of Engagement'

It is though Israel's criminal war on Gaza and Hezbollah turning south into a "base of support," has given the officials running the country an open-ended vacation and exempted them of the responsibilities theoretically on their shoulders... It has given them excuses to ignore the critical…

‘The Battlefield Speaks’... But What About Lebanon and The Lebanese

More than ever, Lebanese citizens, especially those in the south, want to see United Nations Resolution 1701 implemented. They want to see it respected and complied with, rather than the government trying to be shrewd and taking face-saving measures. They are alarmed by the escalation in the…

The War In Gaza… What About the Day After?

In his speech at the 78th United Nations General Assembly held around two weeks ago, Netanyahu presented a map of what is called the "new Middle East." In this map, Israel controls all of historic Palestine, including the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The map that grants Israel total control from…

Distraction Plan!

A criminal plot from hell has taken hold of Lebanon. Recently, all sides have sought to politically exploit the rising number of refugees arriving in Lebanon. In addition to doing nothing to address the influx, the government is also turning a blind eye to the alarming promotion of racism. Hassan…

On the Mafia that Propelled Lebanon Back to the Stone Age!

Israeli Minister of War Yoav Gallant, who threatened to take Lebanon to the Stone Age, missed something. The mafia-militia coalition imposing its grip on Lebanon has beaten him to it. The sectarian-quota-based spoil-sharing regime, both those “in government” and “the opposition.” Indeed, the March…

The Lebanese Facing the Moment of Truth

In a normal country, an official like Riad Salameh, whom "The Economist" has labeled "the worst central bank governor in the world," would not have ended his tenure as Lebanon's Central Bank governor to the cheers of associates, who met him in the back door. Salameh, whom the French and German…

Hezbollah’s War: Taking Control of the Constitution!

Despite two positive developments, Qatar taking the initiative and calling for a “Quintet Meeting” and reports of the French President’s Envoy Jean-Yves Le Drian making a second visit, Lebanon remains without a president. This vacuum, which twelve parliamentary sessions could not fill, seems like…

Lebanese Presidency: Negative Status Quo Revealed the Hidden!

Lebanon’s presidential vacuum has almost completed its eighth month. The “loyalty” group, as well as the “opposition” bloc and those who joined its ranks from the “intersection” with the Aounist movement, succeeded in falsifying the real division in the country that emerged from the “October 17”…

May 16: The Stranglehold Around Salameh’s Neck Tightens

May 16 is just a few days away. In just a few days, Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh is scheduled to appear before the French judge Aude Buresi in Paris as part of the investigation into corruption and money laundering charges. Many questions about the great Lebanese theft could be answered that…