Lebanese president provokes outcry with Hezbollah comment

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem – Appeared first in Al-monitor Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s description of Hezbollah’s weapons as complementary to those of the Lebanese army provoked strong reactions on the part of the United Nations, the March 14 coalition and the Future Movement, which is headed by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. In an interview …

Hezbollah torn between its local and regional roles

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem for Al-monitor– On Jan. 17, the Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc, Hezbollah’s political wing in the Lebanese parliament, held its regular meeting and said in a statement that the meeting was mostly dedicated to discussing the national draft laws, in particular the electoral law. However, the most remarkable thing about the …

Hizbullah and the Politics of Remembrance by Bashir Saade

Cambridge University Press has recently published a book entitled “Hizbullah and the Politics of Remembrance: Writing the Lebanese Nation” by Bashir Saade. Description “Born out of the Israeli occupation of the South of Lebanon, the political armed group Hizbullah is a powerful player within both Lebanon and the wider Middle East. Understanding how Hizbullah has, …

Israel hits Syrian military targets in Damascus

Israeli warplanes were said to have struck the military target in the Syrian capital of Damascus, while the raid on the weapons convoy occurred on the Damascus-Beirut highway, according to the reports. As with past claims of Israeli strikes, Israel did not immediately confirm or deny news of the purported attacks. Since the start of …

Dar Al-Handasah Consultants Celebrates the Diamond Jubilee

Beirut- Dar Al-Handasah Consultants (Shair & Partners) has reached a momentous milestone,celebrating 60 years of ongoing success, innovation, and leadership in planning, design, project management and consultancy. To mark this achievement, a press conference, followed by a luncheon, was held on November 16, at Phoenicia Hotel- Beirut, Lebanon, in the effective presence of the Board …

Just how much can Lebanon change under Aoun?

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — Following the election of Gen. Michel Aoun as president of the Lebanese Republic on Oct. 31 and the appointment of Saad Hariri as prime minister on Nov. 3, the two men will face numerous challenges, starting with forming a national government. Hariri is seeking to form his government before Independence …

Assad aide meets with Lebanese president

BEIRUT: An aide to Syrian President Bashar Assad affirmed “deep” bilateral ties between Damascus and Beirut after meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun Monday. The Syrian Minister of Presidential Affairs Mansour Fadellulah Azam told reporters after the meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun at Baabda Palace to congratulate him on his election on behalf of …