Lebanon Daily News Brief 05/05/21

DAILY NEWS


Port Blast Investigator Requests Satellite Images
Associated Press

President Aoun’s Response to Yesterday’s Maritime Talks
Reuters

Unclear Future for Hariri Ahead of Le Drian’s Visit
The Daily Star

OPINION & ANALYSIS


‘We Want a Nation’
Kim Ghattas
The Atlantic

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Lebanon Daily News Brief 05/06/21

DAILY NEWS


French FM Le Drian Meets with President Aoun and Speaker Berri
Al Jazeera

59 Containers of Chemical Waste Shipped From Port of Beirut
The Daily Star

Lebanese Judge Orders Asset Freeze of 14 People Connected to Major Banks
Reuters

OPINION & ANALYSIS


Freedom of Speech in Lebanon is Under Attack
Aya Majzoub
Human Rights Watch

Martitime Border Negotiations – Is It A Family Business?
Tracy Chamoun

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Lebanon Daily News Brief 05/04/21

DAILY NEWS


Diab Calls On Parliament to Pass Draft Law on Ration Card Funding
The Daily Star

French FM Le Drian to Arrive in Beirut Tomorrow
Naharnet

Locust Swarms Now Under Control
The 961

Lebanon and Israel Resume Maritime Border Talks
Reuters

OPINION & ANALYSIS


We Want a Nation’
Kim Ghattas
The Atlantic

As Lebanese Cry for Justice, Politics Paralyzes the System
Bassem Mroue
Associated Press

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Lebanon Daily News Brief 05/03/21

DAILY NEWS


Two Brothers Suspected in Smuggling Attempt Arrested
Al Arabiya

NGO Submits Legal Complaint Against BDL Governor
France 24

Maritime Border Talks Set to Resume Tomorrow
Reuters

OPINION & ANALYSIS


Breaking the Cycle: A New American Approach to Lebanon
Nicholas Noe
European University Institute

A Failing State: What’s Next For Lebanon?
JINSA National Security Digest Podcast

Lebanon’s Disabled Community is Dying
Adam Nasser
Diplomatic Courier

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the American Task Force on Lebanon, a non-profit, nonpartisan leadership organization of Lebanese-Americans.

This Week in Lebanon

April 25, 2021
Maronite Patriarch Calls for International Conference
New Plan to Rebuild the Port of Beirut
UK Signs MOU with Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces

Maronite Patriarch Calls for International Conference
In an interview with CNBC, Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi emphasized his call for an international conference in addition to asking the Security Council for resolutions on arms and militias in Lebanon. The request for a UN-sponsered conference is actively denounced by Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah. The patriarch further requested a meeting with Hezbollah to discuss Lebanon’s neutrality. [CNBC]

ANALYSIS

“In recent meetings with political leaders in Lebanon, the Maronite Catholic Patriarch stated that “The issue of Lebanon’s sovereignty over its full territory, put forward at the UN in previous resolutions, should be addressed on a multilateral level.” He called for an international conference and challenged Hezbollah to embrace the concept of neutrality, a worthwhile idea which echoes the dissociation policy of former PM Najib Mikati. An international conference, while a solid idea, should be preceded by the US, France, and other countries, including Russia, the Gulf, and Iran, working in collaboration to formulate a workable plan that has multi-stakeholder buy-in. An international conference would then have a better chance of producing a successful outcome.”
-ATFL President Edward M. Gabriel


New Plan to Rebuild the Port of Beirut
On Tuesday Lebanese contractors proposed a plan to redevelop the Port of Beirut in a project titled, “Amatouri – Helou for the Reconstruction of the Port of Beirut.” It is meant to be a three-year plan that would not cost the state any expense, but be funded by the Port’s income. [The 961]

ANALYSIS

“Love it. A home-grown solution to rebuild Beirut Port. If this can be done in a transparent and open process, it can set the standard for how the government does business and how public-private partnerships can lead to the revitalization of the capital. There is plenty of talent in Lebanon, with the right environmental and human-centered development values to make this work. Hope a strategy to make this a reality as a reform-based business showcase happens.”
-ATFL Policy Director Jean AbiNader


UK Signs MOU with Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces
On Thursday the British Embassy in Lebanon announced the signing of an MOU with Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (ISF) which confirmed the UK’s support for the forces including continued cooperation through the British Policing Support Program worth 18.5 million euros. [Naharnet]

ANALYSIS

“Although the UK has cut its overall assistance to Lebanon, the government will maintain its special relationship with the ISF and its training efforts to build ‘a modern, transparent and accountable police force.’ Given the increasing pressure on human rights and disproportionate responses to protestors by some security services this is welcome news. Lebanon can ill-afford to punish those who demonstrate for reforms while coddling those who have created this mess in the first place.”
-ATFL Policy Director Jean AbiNader

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Lebanon Daily News Brief 04/28/21

DAILY NEWS


BDL Unveils New Currency Exchange Platform
L’Orient Today

Soaring Food Prices During Ramadan
Al Jazeera

Calls for the US and EU to Impose Sanctions
Voice of America

Lebanese Composer Reportedly Missing
Reuters

OPINION & ANALYSIS


Three Reasons the US Must Help Lebanon Avoid Total Collapse
Edward M. Gabriel
The Hill

Why Beirut Beckons
Michael Young
Carnegie Middle East Center

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Lebanon Daily News Brief 04/27/21

DAILY NEWS


Letter Surrounding Switzerland’s Salameh Investigation is Leaked
Financial Times

Security Forces Detain Drug Smuggler at Beirut Airport
Al Arabiya

Swarms of Locusts in Northeast Lebanon May Drift South
Reuters

Pope Francis Urges ‘Lebanon Cannot Lose Its Identity”
Naharnet

OPINION & ANALYSIS


Tracking Volatility – Is Lebanon’s Collapse Inevitable?
Jean AbiNader

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Lebanon Daily News Brief 04/26/21

DAILY NEWS


Lebanon Tasks Interior Minister to Coordinate with Saudi Arabia on Drug Smuggling
Reuters

Maronite Patriarch Al Rai Meets with President Aoun
In addition to discussing Saudi Arabia’s newly imposed ban, Patriarch Al Rai met with President Aoun to also emphasize the necessity of forming a government, noting the growing hunger and poverty in Lebanon. [The Daily Star] The patriarch added, “there is no important justification for the failure to form a government amid the current situation.” [Naharnet]

Lebanese Army Halts Attempt to Smuggle Syrians to Cyprus
Associated Press

OPINION & ANALYSIS


Alternative Labor Unions in Lebanon: Comparative Reflections and Lessons
Nadim El-Kak
The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies

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Lebanon Daily News Brief 04/21/12

DAILY NEWS


Government Formation Deadlock Persists
Naharnet

Government Risks Delaying Transfer of $246M World Bank Loan
Rosabel Crean
The Daily Star

Lebanese Contractors Have Plan to Rebuild Beirut Port Without State Expenses
Hussein Yassine
The 961

Lebanon-Syria: Smuggling and Sanctions, the New Front Line
James Andre
France 24

OPINION & ANALYSIS


Let’s Imagine – A Fantasy About Lebanon’s Resurrection 1.0
Jean AbiNader

The Christian Priest Who Wants to Redeem Lebanon’s Sins
Amir-Hussein Radjy
Foreign Policy

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Lebanon Daily News Brief 04/21/21

DAILY NEWS


Lebanese Church Patriarch Wants Direct Talks With Hezbollah On Making Country ‘Neutral’
Natasha Turak
CNBC

EU Preparing Sanctions Mechanism Against Government Formation Obstructers
Hussein Dakroub
The Daily Star

Aoun Says ‘State Must Preserve Justice For All’ After Judicial Storm
Naharnet

OPINION & ANALYSIS


The Christian Priest Who Wants to Redeem Lebanon’s Sins
Amir-Hussein Radjy
Foreign Policy

The Five Wildcards of Lebanese Military Capability Development
Aram Nerguizian
Tawazun

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the American Task Force on Lebanon, a non-profit, nonpartisan leadership organization of Lebanese-Americans.