Saad Hariri

Saudi Arabia May Get $100 Billion From Jailed Princes and Officials Paying Their Way Out of Prison Time

Saudi Arabia may receive up to $100 billion in settlements from detained princes and officials accused of corruption and looking to avoid serious …

Middle East

Garbage on the beach: Flood of waste stirs uproar in Lebanon

Lebanon's festering trash crisis came crashing ashore this week, after residents woke up to find a powerful winter storm had laid a mantle of waste …

Recycling

Whither Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ‘moderate’ Islam?

Prominent US constitutional lawyer and scholar Alan M. Dershowitz raised eyebrows when he described Qatar as “the Israel of the Gulf states.”<p>Known …

Middle East

Treasury official in Lebanon as US probes Hezbollah

A senior US Treasury official met Monday in Lebanon with President Michel Aoun on a visit that comes after Washington announced a probe into …

Middle East

U.S. Continues to Play Diminished Role in Mideast

If you were getting whiplash from the Middle East last year, brace for more in 2018.<p>The region has always possessed a unique capacity to surprise, in part because so many of its decision makers are autocrats or absolute monarchs who can enact major policy changes without the long deliberations and …

Middle East

Nasrallah warns Israel against continued construction of border wall

Israel has begun construction of upgraded border fence in order to prevent Hezbollah infiltration.<p>A poster of Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan …

Israel

Lebanon: Aoun Says Israeli Wall Threatens Stability

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon Commander Major General Michael Beary held separate meetings in Beirut on Friday with Lebanese officials, …

Middle East

Macron finds his feet on the international stage

Author: ARAB NEWSFri, 2018-01-19 03:00ID: 1516305636218306600LONDON: He may have entered the Elysée with almost no diplomatic experience, but …

Emmanuel Macron

Macron proves a modern master of diplomatic gesture

Loan of Bayeux tapestry to UK is latest example of French president’s use of symbolism to raise France’s global profile<p>Ever since the Norman era, the fine art of the meaningful gift has been at the heart of statecraft.<p>They have ranged from a menagerie of exotic animals to fabulous jewels, but …

Emmanuel Macron

In Lebanon's Long-Delayed Election, Hopes for Fresh Faces

BEIRUT—After years of delays, Lebanon is gearing up for its first national election since 2009—a vote that will test the strength of traditional leaders who have represented the country’s fractious communities for decades.<p>Nobody expects the parliamentary election scheduled for May 6, a rare …

Middle East

Hariri Seeks Formula to Overcome Aoun-Berri Decree Feud

Member of the Future parliamentary bloc MP Samir al-Jisr said that Prime Minister Saad Hariri had a “strong will” to resolve the dispute between …

Middle East

Lebanese Prime Minister Steps In to Overrule Ban on ‘The Post’

A ban in Lebanon on Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” was overruled Wednesday by Prime Minister Saad Hariri in what appears to be the first time a film …

Middle East

Lebanon’s Hariri overrules ban on ‘The Post’ after public uproar

BEIRUT — Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri personally intervened to override a ban on screening the movie “The Post” after an outcry among many Lebanese, government officials said Wednesday.<p>The reversal of the ban represented a rare contradiction by the government of a ruling by Lebanon’s …

World News

World Digest: Jan. 17, 2018

SPAIN<p>Catalan lawmakers pick separatist speaker<p>Catalonia’s new parliament on Wednesday elected a pro-secession speaker, virtually guaranteeing that the push for independence for Spain’s northeastern region will continue as its lawmakers prepare to elect<br>a new government.<p>The opening session of the …

Carles Puigdemont

U.S. Should Seek Gulf Balance Instead of Empowering Aggressive Saudi Arabia

President Donald Trump once was skeptical of the totalitarian dictatorship commonly known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He complained, correctly, that Saudis had funded terrorism against America and wondered why the U.S. subsidized protection of a wealthy petro-state.<p>However, after taking office …

Middle East

Lebanon: Electoral Confrontations Between Mustaqbal, Rifi Kicks Off from Tripoli

A political conflict between the Future Movement, led by Prime Minister Saad Hariri and former Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi has reached a no return …

Middle East

U.A.E. Says Qatari Fighter Jet Intercepts Airliner Amid Feud

The United Arab Emirates said Qatari fighter jets intercepted one of its commercial planes in what would mark an escalation in the feud straining …

Middle East

Women allowed to attend football in Saudi Arabia for first time

A Saudi Arabian football stadium will open its doors to women on Friday for the first time in the nation's history. DW finds out what this means to a …

Middle East

Lebanon’s energy promise could be regional game changer

Three interconnected developments that occurred in December 2017 will have a lasting impact on Lebanon. The Lebanese government made two long overdue …

Middle East

What's Behind the 'Disappearance' Of 420,000 Palestinians in Lebanon?

- Advertisement -<p>Liberate Palestine<br>(Image by Pedro Fanega) Permission Details DMCA<p>[First Published by Counter Punch, January 5, 2018]<p>Rashidieh …

Liberal View

Lebanon’s Hariri Rules out Possibility of Postponing Parliamentary Polls

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri stressed on Thursday that the parliamentary elections scheduled for May 6 would be held on time, adding that …

Middle East

Hariri Wants Lebanon Kept Out of the Saudi-Iranian Conflict

BEIRUT—Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri called for Lebanon to be left out of the regional clash between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and praised the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia for doing its part to de-escalate the tensions.<p>In his first interview with a U.S. news organization since withdrawing …

Middle East

Saudi Arabia’s Mideast Power Plays Have Their Allies on Alert

Trending on Saudi social media last week was a clip of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman promising to go on the offensive against his country’s …

Middle East

Political Differences in Lebanon Undermine Electoral Reforms

Members of the ministerial committee charged with examining the implementation of the new electoral law have admitted that it was impossible to apply …

Middle East

The Uim President Raffaele Chiulli Meets Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

UIM President Dr. Raffaele Chiulli met with the Prime Minister of Lebanon Mr. Saad Hariri in Beirut. The meeting was attended by Admiral Edmond …

Middle East

Rates, Reserves and Perhaps a Float: A Guide to MENA Central Banks

After a year of rising U.S. interest rates and political volatility that drove up borrowing costs in much of the Middle East and North Africa, the …

Economy

Hariri, Zasypkin Discuss Improvement of Lebanese-Russian Ties

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has met with the Russian Ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkin, in the presence of his adviser for Russian …

Middle East

Our World: The Palestinians’ race to the bottom

The problem for the PLO/PA is that the world has changed fundamentally while they were busy embracing terrorists and getting away with it.<p>Palestinian …

Israel

France’s Macron visits China to talk fairer trade and the future

BERLIN — As French President Emmanuel Macron began his three-day visit to China on Monday, he arrived with a bold message. “Europe is back,” he said.<p>“I came here to tell China my determination to get the Europe-China partnership into the 21st century,” Macron said.<p>Even on foreign soil, the …

World News

Analysis: Cutting UNRWA aid will not cause a humanitarian crisis

<i>Yochanan Visser is an independent journalist/analyst who worked for many years as Middle East correspondent for Western Journalism.com in Arizona and</i> …

Israel