The dismissal of the head of the Middle East of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs shocks diplomats – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article. PARIS – It is the dismissal that has French diplomats and their foreign counterparts in Paris puzzled and in an uproar. The head of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) section of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Christophe Farnaud, was suddenly replaced on October 13, without … Read more

Lebanese Urge End “Campaign” Against Beirut Blasting Judge | News of the Beirut explosion

Human rights groups, lawyers and journalists ask the media to inform themselves “honestly” about the deadly investigation of the Beirut port explosion. Beirut, Lebanon – Rights groups, lawyers and journalists condemned the authorities for obstructing the investigation into the Beirut explosion by “undermining the facts,” accusing officials on Tuesday of leaking misinformation and intervening in … Read more

Deadly clashes in Beirut after protests against the port blast judge

Several people were killed in clashes in Beirut during last year’s devastating port explosion. The violence erupted during a protest organized by the militant group Hezbollah and its allies against the chief judge investigating the explosion. At least five people were killed and dozens injured in some of the largest fighting in years, authorities said. … Read more

The Evolution of Armed Non-State Actors in the Middle East

Twenty years after 9/11, armed non-state actors remain powerful forces in world politics and are increasingly linked to regional and geopolitical competition for power. In various parts of the Middle East, they have become deeply ingrained not only in local political systems, but also in national governmental structures. Nor are they a recent phenomenon in … Read more

Beirut in darkness as power plants run out of fuel

Lebanon’s two main power plants were forced to shut down after running out of fuel that plunged the country into darkness on Saturday. Lebanon is grappling with a crippling energy crisis, compounded by its dependence on fuel imports. Erratic power supplies have put hospitals and essential services in crisis mode. The Lebanese are increasingly dependent … Read more

Fuel shortage forces closure of major Lebanese power plants | News

The Deir Ammar and Zahrani power plants shut down as a result of the lack of diesel, sparking sporadic protests. Lebanon’s two main power plants affected by the crisis have been taken out of service, effectively shutting down all of the country’s state electricity. The closure on Saturday of the Deir Ammar and Zahrani plants, … Read more

Iranian Foreign Minister Meets Top Lebanese Officials | Hezbollah News

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says Tehran will continue to support Lebanon as it battles a crippling economic crisis. Beirut, Lebanon – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met with Lebanese President Michel Aoun to express Tehran’s willingness to support the cash-strapped country. Amir-Abdollahian will also meet recently appointed Prime Minister Najib Mikati, President Nabih Berri, Foreign Minister Abdallah … Read more

Interrogation of the director of the play raises fears of censorship in Lebanon | Human rights news

Beirut, Lebanon Millions of cash-strapped Lebanon people continue to struggle with staggering price spikes and power outages – their life savings are trapped in the banks when they need it most. As the Lebanese economy spirals out of control with no solution in sight, much of the general public simply wants to vent. But after … Read more

Pandora Papers: Lebanon’s Prime Minister Mikati Says Family Estate Legal | Pandora Papers News

Najib Mikati says his wealth is legal after the Pandora Papers leak revealed that he owns an offshore firm in Panama. Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s family wealth comes from a communications business that has been audited in the past and is legal, said a statement from his office in response to a giant leak … Read more

Lebanon after the Beirut explosion: one nation stagnant at one point | Beirut explosion

It was a nice quiet afternoon in August. She had just taught a workshop for Lebanese journalists on the rise of hate speech in the Lebanese media and was enjoying summer drinks with three friends at the Commodore hotel in Hamra, in the heart of the Lebanese capital. At around 6pm, we received a message … Read more