The Lebanon Bulletin Archive

 

A weekly look at the latest news and developments in Lebanon and the region.

Archives for blog topic “March 14”

Two of the original political pillars of the March 14 alliance, namely former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, reconvened in Paris for the first time in over a year this week. The two appeared more reconciliatory than ever on important matters such as Lebanon's 2013 parliamenatry elections and the challenge of Hezbollah's arms.
 

Filed in Blog Topics: March 14, elections

Members of the March 14 coalition this week announced the formation of a committee to reorganize and rejuvenate the group. The committee called for a new representative body that would grant civil societies and nonparty members a voice in policy decisions.

Filed in Blog Topics: March 14, Cedar Revolution, Arab Spring

The upcoming 2013 parliamentary elections are shaping up to be a confrontation, yet again, between a camp that's supportive of the Syrian regime, consisting of Hezbollah, Christian leader Michael Aoun and pro-Syrian groups, versus the March 14 camp, which supports Syrian protestors and calls for Lebanon's sovereignty and independence.

Filed in Blog Topics: March 14, elections, March 8

Born from the flurry of protests that engulfed the country following the death of late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, the March 14 Alliance celebrated its seventh anniversary this week. Contrary to previous years, politicians chose to take the back seat this year and give civil society leaders the platform to preach values March 14 officials have been supporting for years.

Filed in Blog Topics: Hezbollah, Hariri, March 14, Syria, Arab Spring

Lebanon this week voted against suspending Syria from the Arab League, exacerbating divisions between the Hezbollah-led cabinet and the March 14 alliance, and putting Prime Minister Mikati in a tight spot. This position casts Lebanon with Yemen against the 15 Arab countries who voted in favor of the suspension.

Filed in Blog Topics: Hezbollah, March 14, Bashar Assad, Voting, Arab League, Mikati

The Wikileaks debacle is still unraveling in Lebanon, exposing a level of hypocrisy among many Lebanese politicians and forcing many to do damage control with their own political allies. The latest cables revealed Speaker of the House Nabih Berri's considerable animosity towards Hezbollah.

Filed in Blog Topics: Hezbollah, March 14, Wikileaks, Nabil Berri

"The people want to bring down the arms," hundreds of thousands of Lebanese chanted during a mass rally last Sunday in Downtown Beirut, calling for the disarmament of Shia militant group Hezbollah. The demonstration was held in commemoration of the sixth anniversary of the Cedar Revolution, which ended 30 years of Syrian hegemony over Lebanon.

Filed in Blog Topics: Hezbollah, March 14, Cedar Revolution

Six years after it was first launched and three days before a big rally on the anniversary of the Cedar Revolution, the March 14 coalition released a new political manifesto, recommitting itself to bringing Hezbollah's arms under state authority.

Filed in Blog Topics: Lebanon, Hezbollah, March 14, Special Tribunal