Few, however, expected his unexpected and controversial selection to survive either the immediate popular backlash that erupted on the streets or the scrutiny of the international community. His appointment not only runs counter to Lebanon’s long tradition of consensual politics. but it appears to affirm that Hezbollah is indeed the most powerful political player in Lebanon,…more: .seattletimes.
]Power corrupts. Is that what happened to Hezbollah, which amassed great influence in Lebanon even as its fighters died in Syria? The bold uprising has brought what were quiet Shiite grumblings into the open….MORE: csmonitor
The Financial Times has appointed its first female editor, announcing that Roula Khalaf will replace Lionel Barber at the top of the business newspaper. Khalaf has served as deputy editor since 2016, with the newspaper emphasising her role in leading its foreign reporting and her work on increasing newsroom diversity ……more: the guardian
From the scene of the uprising in Lebanon, I will try to answer the question that has perplexed everyone: Why do the people revolt and who leads their revolution?
The answer to the second part is simple and clear. The people are leading themselves. A small spark exploded in Beirut, igniting the plains and mountains. Suddenly, the slogans were united around two central slogans: “The people want to overthrow the regime,” and “All means all.”…more: Beirutobserver/googletranslation
Lebanon’s protests are the largest and most ambitious in 15 years. Anthony Elghossain reports on the why, the how, and what went down in Beirut. Lebanon is an impossible—or, an impossibly infuriating and inspiring—place. Over the past nine days, hundreds of thousands of people in Lebanon have been protesting—the largest protests in almost 15 years. And they’ve been partying, although this moment isn’t, and could never have been, just a party….more: roadsandkingdoms.com
“”It was spontaneous,” Jabbour said. “He likes this song. He hears it many times at home and laughs.”
The video quickly spread across Lebanon–so quickly, Jabbour said, that her husband saw the video before she could tell him about it.” ‘…more: CNN
The Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch arrested former MP and cabinet minister Michel Samaha on Thursday morning “for security reasons,” the acting general prosecutor said. Samaha was arrested following raids on his houses in Beirut’s Ashrafiyeh district and the North…