Lebanon

Lebanon: Seeing the Bigger Picture

Lebanon is in need of urgent economic and political reform. BY Joe Sarrouh The Lebanese banking sector has accumulated, over the years, significant skills in management and operations. This has enabled to it to adapt to the most difficult and often threatening political, economic and security circumstances. Such steadfastness has earned the sector a reputation

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Lebanon Struggles to Help Syrian Refugees With Mental Health Problems

By Dana Halawi BEIRUT, March 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Syrian refugee Fatmeh fled to safety in Lebanon in 2011 after militants raided the family home, beat her up and tried to rape her. But her problems were far from over. Two months after the attack Fatmeh—then aged about 12—developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Iran to Pay Families of Killed Palestinians – Ambassador in Beirut

BEIRUT, Feb 24 – Iran will pay thousands of dollars to families of Palestinians killed in a wave of anti-Israeli protests and violence, or whose homes have been demolished by Israel, Tehran’s ambassador to Lebanon said on Wednesday. Scores of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis have been killed in five months of street violence. Palestinians

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Weaponizing Global Finance

A new U.S. law targets suspicious accounts down to the micro-level By Nicholas Noe Looking back at the American-led response to the 9/11 attacks, it is difficult to find clear-cut successes tied to military intervention. Osama Bin Laden may have been killed, but his organization—and even more brutal successors like Daesh—has expanded. At the same

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Lebanon’s Justice Minister Resigns, Blames Hezbollah over Deadlock, Court Case

BEIRUT, Feb 21 – Lebanese Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi resigned on Sunday, blaming political rivals Hezbollah for the country’s political deadlock and protesting over the release on bail of a former minister sentenced for smuggling explosives from Syria. Lebanon’s political crisis has left it without a president for 21 months with rival factions unable to

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Saudi Arabia Halts $3bn Package to Lebanese Army, Security Aid

DUBAI, Feb 20 – Saudi Arabia said on Friday it suspended a $3 billion aid package for the Lebanese army in what a official called a response to Beirut’s failure to condemn attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran. Saudi Arabia was enraged when Iranians, protesting against the kingdom’s execution of a Shiite Muslim cleric, raided its missions last month –

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Lebanon: Bee Epidemic

By MOSTAPHA RAAD Climate change has shifted the ecology of land and sea. It has affected both fauna and flora, and has harmed hundreds, if not thousands, of living species, including the main insect responsible for our planet’s food security: The bee. But is it really just climate change that is killing our planet and

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Lebanese Army Kill 2, Arrests 27 Militants in Border Town

BEIRUT, Feb 3 – Lebanese soldiers killed two gunmen and arrested at least 27 suspected militants, including a commander from the Daesh group, in a raid in the town of Arsal near the border with Syria, a security source on Wednesday. The source said that among those detained was Abu Bakr Al Raqqawi, a local

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Human vs. Machine

Twelve Lebanese children compute faster than calculators By Mostapha Raad In an era when calculators and smart devices have become the most reliable tools to get fast results—slowing our minds in the process due to lack of motivation and exercise—hope springs with children who can solve the most complicated mathematical problems in a split of a

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A Headless State

Three decades later, Lebanon’s leading Christian rivals finally reconcile, but will that get the country a president? BY Nicholas Noe For most people in the Middle East, the prospect that Lebanon might finally install a president after more than a year and a half of political deadlock probably passed with little notice. After all, there are

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