Lebanon Daily News Brief 04/27/2022

Wednesday, April 27, 2022


Minister of Economy and Trade: Lack of Internal Agreement Jeopardizes Full IMF Deal
According to Reuters, Minister of Economy and Trade Amin Salam spoke on the status of the IMF deal with Lebanon saying, “We won’t be able to secure a full IMF deal without the banking restructuring. It’s a major piece of the prior actions . . . You need the government, the central bank and the banking sector to be on the same page. You can’t do it if they’re not all on one page.” The article adds, “The ABL called the plan ‘disastrous’, however, and said it would leave banks and depositors shouldering the ‘major portion’ of what the government says is $72 billion in losses.” [Reuters]

Protesters Block Roads, Tear Down Electoral Posters
According to Naharnet, “Protesters blocked several Beirut roads overnight and removed pictures of parliamentary elections candidates, reportedly over lengthy power cuts, as senior security sources described the move as politicized. Media reports said hundreds of protesters, some of them on motorbikes, blocked the roads of Cola and the Sports City and smashed posters of parliamentary candidates.” [Naharnet]



AP News
Lebanon Vote Holds Little Hope For Change Despite Disasters
AJ Naddaf

Naddaf writes, “In the lead-up to the vote, streets have been festooned with giant billboards and posters of candidates with improbable promises of change. It’s a jarring sign of the money being spent on campaigns as the currency continues to slide and inflation, poverty and hunger grow . . . ‘If they are to be elected again, I would find it a direct insult to all of the country and all of the victims of the blast, to every normal human being left in this country,’ said Paul Naggar, the father of one of the youngest victims of the blast, 3-year-old Alexandra. Naggar, director of the newly formed political advocacy group Kulluna Irada, said the election was a historic opportunity but expressed frustration at the opposition’s failure to unite.”

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New/Lines Magazine
How A Massacre Of Nearly 300 In Syria Was Revealed
Uğur Ümit Üngör and Annsar Shahhoud

Üngör and Shahhoud write, “So far, much of the attention in public debates has gone to the clashes during the war or to the regime’s merciless bombardments and airstrikes on opposition-held territories. But the neighborhoods under regime control, just on the other side of the front lines, have been comparatively neglected. The Tadamon massacre videos, our interviews with perpetrators and survivor testimony demonstrate that there was a full-blown, murderous cleansing operation unfolding. As we deepened our research, we realized that this massacre was a snapshot in a much wider policy of destruction and extermination that the regime enacted in the southern suburbs. The extent of this genocidal microcosm in this area went far beyond this one videotaped massacre and includes at least four forms of violence: systematic mass killings, imprisonment, sexual violence and economic exploitation.”

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