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 …

Democracy, the “Great Debates,” and China

by Graham E. Fuller — The “Great Debates” between candidates Clinton and Trump encapsulate what is wrong with the US political process. There’s been little substance; it’s all about personalities and sound-bytes and gotcha. Never mind the grand issues of our time and how they should be handled—income inequality, corporate control of media, corporate-dominated electoral …

Corruption scandals dominating media and business tycoons in Pakistan

THE LEVANT NEWS — By Muhammad Zamir Assadi* — Islamabad: Corruption cases against a leading business tycoon and an owner of commercial bank in Pakistan are heaping up day by day but the pending investigations against the influential banker of putting these inquiries to logical conclusion are either hampered by the investigators of going slow …

Crise des déchets : Sukleen s’explique sur la revalorisation de ses contrats avec l’État Libanais

Le Levant — La société Sukleen, chargée du ramassage des ordures au Liban, a justifié jeudi la revalorisation de ses contrats avec l’État. “La revalorisation des contrats de Sukleen et de (sa compagnie-sœur) Sukomi s’explique par l’élargissement de la zone géographique dont les sociétés ont désormais la charge dans le cadre du plan de gestion …

Corruption charges against 96 people are drop – Erdogan’ son walks free

THE LEVANT – The Turkish public prosecution office decided on Monday to drop corruption charges previously levelled against 96 individuals including son of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The 96 defendants will be no longer wanted for the prosecutors. Thirty-three police officials were being sought in the early hours today on charges, inter alia, of wiretapping, …

President Gül bows out under pressure

THE LEVANT – Faced with a smear campaign aimed at discrediting him, outgoing President Abdullah Gül has bowed to the pressure from circles close to President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and has withdrawn invitations to an upcoming reception that were extended to independent journalists who are critical of the government. Gül’s giving in to the pressure …