Lebanon Daily News Brief 10/29/2021

Friday, October 29, 2021


US Imposes Sanctions on Two Lebanese Businessmen and an MP
Yesterday the US Treasury imposed sanctions on two Lebanese businessmen and a member of Parliament. The sanctions are based on contribution to the “break down of good governance and rule of law in Lebanon” under Executive Order 13441. Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control Andrea Gacki said, “Now is the time to implement necessary economic reforms and put an end to the corrupt practices eroding Lebanon’s foundations.” She added that US Treasury “will not hesitate to use its tools to address impunity in Lebanon.” [Department of Treasury]

Former Minister Sues Government over Beirut Port Investigation
Former Minister of Interior and Municipalities Nouhad al-Machnouk sued the government this week over a claim that Judge Tarek Bitar’s Beirut Port probe is violating the constitution by investigating him. The lawsuit was filed just a few days before al-Machnouk’s scheduled questioning today. It means that the investigation into the former minister will have to be paused until a decision on the lawsuit is made. [The 961]

Lebanon Requests Satellite Images from Russia Over Beirut Blast
President Michel Aoun said today that he has asked Russian Ambassador Alexander Rudakov for satellite images from last year’s explosion at the Beirut Port to help with Judge Tarek Bitar’s investigation. [Reuters]

Qatar Announces Halt of Vegetable Imports from Lebanon
This week Qatar announced a ban on several vegetable imports from Lebanon after reports of high levels of pesticides and E.coli were found in samples. The ban follows Saudi Arabia’s indefinite ban issued earlier this year on fruits and vegetables from Lebanon over smugglers use of the imports to bring drugs into the Kingdom. Qatar’s recent decision adds to Lebanese farmers’ difficulties this year. [The 961]


Lebanese Education Sector in Danger of Generational Damage
Jean AbiNader and James McLellan

AbiNader and McLellan write, “The ongoing crises in Lebanon have severely affected its already vulnerable education system. Two immediate results are diminished learning acquisition among students and the shift in K-12 schooling from the private to the public sector. For years, the public education sector has been under-resourced and subject to politics, leading the majority of parents to enroll their children in private schools. The economic collapse of the country has put private education out of reach and those students are crowding into a weakened public system that is overwhelmed, with fewer resources, and poorly regarded…Where to go from here demands a multilayered and comprehensive strategy. Lebanon must attract teachers back from emigration into the education sector and implement a long-term plan to supply adequate financing and other resources for education. Lebanon’s leaders must decide if they will commit to a large-scale generational investment in a generation that is being ill-equipped for the future.”

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