LEBANON’S CARETAKER PM WARNS OF CHAOS AS CURRENCY PLUNGES

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Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab threatened to suspend his responsibilities in the hope of prompting the establishment of a new Cabinet. On Saturday 6 March, he addressed the nation, appealing to Lebanese politicians whose differences have stalled the formation of a government since his resignation seven months ago. Mr Diab stepped down from his…

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LEBANON CRISIS DEEPENS AS LEADERS FAIL TO FORM GOVERNMENT

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Lebanese leaders have failed to form a cabinet as the French-given deadline to do so passed in mid-September. Current president Michel Aoun has expressed deep concern if a government is not formed soon. He proposed annulling sectarian quotas in the main cabinet ministries, a legacy of Lebanon’s unique confessional power-sharing system. However, this suggestion has…

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12 AUGUST ’20 | PRAY FOR LEBANON

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Dear prayer partners, On Tuesday 4 August, two explosions in the port of Lebanon’s capital city, Beirut, resulted in at least 158 deaths, 6,000 injuries, and many people missing. The blast devastated neighbourhoods and has left at least 300,000 people homeless and caused an estimated US$10–15 billion in property damage.  It comes at a time…

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FURY GROWS IN WAKE OF HORRIFIC BEIRUT BLAST

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By Donnelly McCleland Some Lebanese called on Sunday [9 August] for a sustained uprising to topple their leaders amid public fury over this week’s [4 August] devastating explosion in Beirut, and the country’s top Christian Maronite cleric said the cabinet should resign. Dozens of people were injured in Saturday’s protests, the biggest since October when…

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24 JUNE ’20 | PRAY FOR THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

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Dear prayer partners, The COVID-19 pandemic has spread globally, at a rapid rate, and infected millions. It has had a huge impact on the world as we knew it; there have been thousands of deaths, it has disrupted our ways of life, and led to huge job losses.  According to the World Bank’s special report…

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LEBANON REELS UNDER DOUBLE BLOW OF COVID-19 AND ECONOMIC CRISIS

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By Alex Pollock The past six months have brought hardships unseen in Lebanon even during the bitter days of its 15-year civil conflict that ended in 1990. Already ravaged livelihoods are now buckling under the economic disruptions of the coronavirus pandemic. While the anti-establishment protests that erupted last year called for freedom, secularism and unity,…

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MORE PROTESTS IN LEBANON DESPITE NEW GOVERNMENT

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On Monday 27th of January, the new Lebanese government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Hassan Diab, met to debate a budget first drafted by the previous Saad al-Hariri-led government.  Some parties boycotted the session, arguing that the Diab government should have presented its policy statement, won a vote of confidence in parliament and then…

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SEASON OF DISCONTENT: PROTESTS FLARE AROUND THE WORLD

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By Andrew Richards, Alex Pollock and Donnelly McCleland Protests have flared around the world in 2019. Each has had its own trigger, but many of the underlying frustrations are similar. According to Declan Walsh and Max Fisher (New York Times): “In many of the restive countries, experts discern a pattern: a louder-than-usual howl against elites…

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