Lebanese government approved a much needed economic rescue plan for the country to exit the crisis which has been worsened due to coronavirus lockdown. The announcement came after dozens of protesters took to the streets in northern Lebanon.
The country, hit by a severe liquidity crunch and months of anti-government protests, was due on March 9 to repay a $1.2-billion Eurobond, while another $700 million matures in April, and a further $600 million matures in June.
Members of the European Union parliament are starting to get a whiff that EU waste management schemes in Lebanon are bogus, and the former EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is in the firing line.
Lebanon is deep in the throes of an economic crisis that has shaken confidence in the country's banks and worsened since the protests erupted on October 17.
Migrants and refugees in Lebanon work under extremely tough, and often cruel, conditions. Now, the government has added to their misery by clamping down on their status in the country.
Following a government demand, Syrians have had to demolish more than half of the ‘semi -permanent’ refugee homes they had constructed in what many see as mounting pressure to leave the country
In an interview with TRT World, Middle East expert Joe Macaron says Donald Trump's bullying tactics against Lebanon, including sanctioning its politicians, could have a negative impact on US leverage and priorities in the Muslim-majority country.
With three fronts potentially encroaching on its oil and gas-rich waters, Lebanon has few options for international arbitration.
Amid Saudi offers of economic help and Iran’s military support, it might be harder than ever for Lebanon to insulate itself from regional conflict.
The economic and political crises facing Lebanon will not be solved until the political structure is overhauled.
Hezbollah should be careful what it wishes for because if the stalemate continues, then chaos could be the perfect setting for a potential Israeli strike.
Syrian refugees are heading back from Lebanon in very low numbers. Many are exhausted with the UN and the dehumanising living conditions in Lebanon, forcing them to risk their lives. But their fate is still a mystery in Assad’s Syria.
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