Lebanon Daily News Brief 12/22/2022

Thursday, December 22, 2022


December 22nd, 2022

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Today, the Middle East Institute (MEI) and the American Task Force on Lebanon (ATFL), with 20 co-authors, released the latest joint policy brief, “US-Lebanon Relations: Setting a New International Framework for a More Responsive Government.”

Read the Full Policy Brief Here

On January 19, ATFL and MEI will co-host a webinar where panelists will discuss the paper’s recommendations and identify areas of action for US policymakers at this crucial juncture in Lebanon’s history.

Register Here


Suspects in UNIFIL Fatality Identified
According to L’Orient Today, “Lebanese security services have identified suspects in an attack on UN soldiers that left one peacekeeper dead, a judicial source told AFP on Thursday, adding that the soldiers were chased by gunmen.”
 [L’Orient Today]

Arab League Secretary General Urges Election of President
According to Naharnet, “Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit said Thursday that Lebanon can not bear a presidential vacuum and that the league is willing to play its role in a Lebanese dialogue. During the Arab Economic Forum in Beirut, Abul Gheit considered that the way to recovery is by electing a new president and making reforms, urging parties to rise above the divisions and to prioritize Lebanon’s interests.” 

Analysis on Remittances During the Holiday Season
According to AP News, “Lebanon will receive roughly $6.8 billion in remittances this year, up from almost $6.4 billion in 2021, as they continue to be a core component of the country’s shrinking and battered economy. The World Bank estimates they are worth almost 38% of the country’s gross domestic product. Apart from the remittances sent from abroad, many of the diaspora return during the holiday season, bringing with them much-needed cash dollars.”
 [AP News]


A Remembrance Of The Holidays In Lebanon
Jean AbiNader

AbiNader writes, “We all have our stories of Lebanon during the holiday season – at least of the end of year celebrations. My first visit was in 1974 as I was returning to Lebanon from North Yemen (at the time), having served as Peace Corps Training Director in Sanaa. And I thought New York knew how to show off during the holidays! Lights, music, comradery, and a waning feeling of better days to come – despite the growing presence of refugees in the country – were the hallmarks of the season, regardless of affiliation.” 

Read More Here

L’Orient Today
Paycheck to Paycheck: The Reality of Lebanese Families Three Years into the Economic Crisis

Ghadir Hamadi

Hamadi writes, “In the span of a decade, Lebanon’s median household income is now roughly a quarter of what it once was. The report, based on a survey of 1,209 households conducted between November 2021 and January 2022, underlines the depths to which Lebanon has sunk amid a three-year economic crisis that the World Bank has called one of the worst globally since the mid-19th century. What does it mean to live with a decimated income? How are people getting by? L’Orient Today interviewed three different people to understand how their lives have changed since the beginning of the crisis.”

Read More Here

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.




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