The exposure of a non-Christian housing ban in the Lebanese municipality of Hadat last week caused controversy over Lebanon’s religious coexistence. Supporters of the ban, spearheaded by President Michel Aoun, are promoting a dangerous cause.
Lebanese national Nizar Zakka, whose trip to Tehran following an official invitation by the Iranian government in September 2015 ended with his arrest and imprisonment, is being released after almost four years in Tehran’s central prison. His release comes during a time of heightened tension for Iran’s proxy Lebanese Hezbollah both locally and internationally
The Persians have a saying, that “a doctor must first cure his own balding head”. The phrase refers to the human propensity of preaching virtues to others, while personally disregarding them. This idiom seemed particularly applicable to Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif
After nine months of a serious deadlock, Lebanon’s political elite finally ironed out a new Faustian deal, one that gave Hezbollah and its ally President Michael Aoun a clear majority. More seriously, this cabinet saw Hezbollah clinch the portfolio of Public Health-MOH with the group’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah’s personal physician, Jamil Jabak, appointed as health minister.
The Arab Economic Summit, taking place in Lebanon over the weekend, is in its own right an Assad 10-Year Challenge as his were desperately scrambling to turn this venue into an occasion to normalize Syria’s relations with its Arab neighbors.