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The Rap Music of Lebanon's 'You Stink' Movement. Ever since a garbage crisis lifted the lid on a myriad of longstanding grievances brought about by endemic corruption and ineptitude, Lebanon has been in a whirl of mass movement and mobilisation reminiscent of those early, heady days of the Arab Spring.

The Rap Music of Lebanon's 'You Stink' Movement

Through its ebbs and flows, the turbulence has provided a platform for Lebanese citizens to express their dissatisfaction with how their country is run. This has also translated into music, with many Levantine rap artists not only heavily involved with events on the ground, but also reflecting it through their music.

El Rass has been one of the biggest proponents of this grassroots campaign to hold the country’s politicians to account, and in wake of the events released two collaborations with Naserdayn Touffar titled Nahnu Wl Zabl Jeeran ‘We and the Rubbish are neighbours’ and Bein El’Asa Wl Skeen ‘Between the stick and the knife’. The Republic of Procrastination. I wanted to add a picture of Aoun using his Constitutional powers to postpone the parliamentary extension session, but this image seems somehow more representative of the debate on the new electoral law during the months of April and May 2017.

The Republic of Procrastination

Welcome to the month of April 2017 in Lebanese politics. The theoretical deadline to vote a new electoral law and call for elections was the 20th of February (with elections scheduled theoreticall on the 21st of May), but Lebanese politicians – who are too cool and chill to believe in deadlines – had decided that it was still too early for them to do the only job they postponed parliamentary elections 4 years ago for: Instead of actually discussing elections in the Parliament and the Council of Ministers, they pulled the oldest trick in the book of Lebanese political maneuvers: They changed the subject. Recap “Today, if you go around most of the host communities, there is huge tension between the Lebanese and the Syrians … I fear civil unrest.”

Hariri: Nasrallah Speeches Don't Benefit Lebanon, Govts. Can't be Formed without Hizbullah. إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية by Naharnet Newsdesk23 hours ago Prime Minister Saad Hariri stressed Friday that the anti-Gulf statements of Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah “do not benefit Lebanon in any way whatsoever,” as he noted that any government in Lebanon cannot be formed without Hizbullah's participation.

Hariri: Nasrallah Speeches Don't Benefit Lebanon, Govts. Can't be Formed without Hizbullah

“Hizbullah represents large segments of our Shiite brothers and so does the AMAL Movement, and those blaming us for taking part in the same government with them must shut up,” Hariri said in an interview on the pan-Arab Rotana Khalijia TV network, pointing out that any prime minister will be obliged to form a government with Hizbullah. And emphasizing that he rejects all of Hizbullah's “regional policies,” Hariri said he has a responsibility to push the country forward. Nasrallah had lashed out Thursday at Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the latter's latest anti-Iran stances.

Lebanon tax law: Protesters turn on PM Saad al-Hariri. Protesters during a demonstration against proposed tax increase in Beirut on 19 March (Anadolu) Demonstrators in central Beirut hurled empty water bottles at Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Sunday when he tried to calm hundreds of people protesting against proposed tax hikes.

Lebanon tax law: Protesters turn on PM Saad al-Hariri

Carrying placards and banners, around 2,000 people flooded Riad al-Solh square to protest against tax hikes that parliament is considering in order to fund public sector pay rises. "The road will be long ... and we will be by your side and will fight corruption," Hariri vowed. But protesters shouted "thief" and threw plastic bottles at the premier, who left soon after. On Twitter, Hariri later urged organizers to form a committee "to raise their demands and discuss them positively". Scores of policemen barricaded the entrances to the government headquarters and parliament during the protest, which followed three days of smaller demonstrations in Beirut.

Assad will stay and refugees must go, says Lebanon president. Lebanese President Michel Aoun waves to the crowd during a rally celebrating his election on 6 November, 2016, at the presidential palace in Baabda (AFP) Lebanon's president has insisted that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria will remain in office, saying he wants Syrian refugees currently in his country to go home.

Assad will stay and refugees must go, says Lebanon president

“President Assad will stay, and those who are asking for his departure are ignoring Syria,” newly elected Lebanese President Michel Aoun told French TV channel LCI on Monday. Saad Hariri officially becomes Prime Minister of Lebanon – Middle East Monitor. Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri officially assumes premiership BEIRUT, LEBANON – DECEMBER 20: Soldiers are seen during a take over ceremony at the government palace where newly-appointed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri formally assumed his prime ministerial responsibilities on December 20, 2016 in Beirut, Lebanon. ( Ratib Al Safadi – Anadolu Agency ) BEIRUT, LEBANON – DECEMBER 20: Newly-appointed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri attends the take over ceremony at the government palace where he formally assumed his prime ministerial responsibilities on December 20, 2016 in Beirut, Lebanon. ( Ratib Al Safadi – Anadolu Agency ) Related Qatar stresses its support for the Lebanon army Qatar confirmed its support for the Lebanese Army yesterday as the Qatari foreign minister arrived in Beirut to congratulate President Michel Aoun on his election and to invite him to Doha.

Saad Hariri officially becomes Prime Minister of Lebanon – Middle East Monitor

Lebanon, China sign army aid agreement. Can Lebanon’s Old Guard forge new social contract? Lebanese President Michel Aoun gestures to his supporters during an event celebrating his presidency, at the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut, Nov. 6, 2016.

Can Lebanon’s Old Guard forge new social contract?

(photo by REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir) Author: Week in Review Posted November 6, 2016 Michel Aoun, the leader of the Free Patriotic Movement and Lebanon’s new president, has done what many might have considered impossible until the moment it happened — gaining the acquiescence of Hezbollah to form a new Lebanese government with Saad Hariri as prime minister. Summary⎙ Print Lebanese citizens hope for greater accountability, independence and distance from foreign conflicts after Michel Aoun engineers breakthrough by forming a new government.

An Infographic: A decade into the Cedar Revolution. How Michel Aoun Became the President. On the 31st of October, Michel Aoun has been declared Lebanon’s 13th president after gaining a simple majority in the second round of voting in Monday’s highly-anticipated presidential election in Parliament, putting an end to the country’s 2-1/2 year vacuum.

How Michel Aoun Became the President

The Change and Reform bloc leader and founder of the Free Patriotic Movement initially received 84 votes, only two less needed to win the first round to become president. In the second round, he secured 83 votes in his favor, 18 more than the 65 votes needed for a simple majority. The second round was repeated twice after an extra vote – 128 instead of 127 – appeared for a second time in the counting process. Three years ago, If anyone had said that the Lebanese parliament was going to elect the FPM founder, Michel Aoun, as Lebanese president, he would have been called either an enthusiastic Aounist or a bad mathematician. Michel Aoun elected president. In Libano la partita presidenziale finisce con Teheran 1 e Ryad quasi 0.

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In Libano la partita presidenziale finisce con Teheran 1 e Ryad quasi 0

Live coverage: Lebanon elects Michel Aoun president. Michel Aoun elected as president of Lebanon. Lebanese MPs have elected a staunch ally of Iran as president, ending a paralysing two-year standoff rooted in a broader rivalry between Tehran and Saudi Arabia.

Michel Aoun elected as president of Lebanon

The appointment of retired general Michel Aoun, 81, came after he gained the backing of the former Lebanese prime minister Saad al-Hariri, Riyadh’s preferred leader, and further edges the balance of power in the region towards Iran and its allies. The pact also politically legitimises Hezbollah as a nationalist group with cross-sectarian support – a landmark moment for an organisation that had largely been defined by its sectarian origins. Demonstrations in support of Aoun were held in the Hezbollah-dominated southern suburbs of Beirut, and on the streets of Damascus, where the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad had also strongly backed the new president’s candidacy. However, over the past year Saudi confidence in Hariri had waned, as had his efforts to draft a rival candidate, Sleiman Frangieh, as president. Hezbollah's fate in Syria linked to Iran. BEIRUT, Lebanon -- When Hezbollah en­gaged in the Syria war, it was in a bat­tle for its own exist­ence.

The collapse of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would result in Hez­bollah losing a major ally that se­cured a much-needed supply route from its sponsor, Iran. More than five years later, Assad is still in power due to Russia's di­rect military intervention in the war but Iran's influence in Syria — like that of all the other regional players — seems in decline, with Moscow and Washington emerging as the major actors. A political settlement will be needed to end the war in Syria. Al­though it is premature to speculate how and when it will be implement­ed, the day will come for Hezbollah to pull its fighters back to Lebanon and this is a major concern. The heavily armed Shia Hezbol­lah is the most powerful group in Lebanon, with a strong military structure, well-established social institutions and representatives in the parliament and Cabinet.

One year after Lebanon's #YouStink movement: popular uprising imm. Comment: The momentum that brought thousands onto the streets of Beirut may have slowed, but it dealt a blow to the sectarian system that rules Lebanon, writes Kareem Chehayeb. Lebanon's recent popular uprising, dubbed "You Stink", was at its peak around this time a year ago. Thousands of people protested almost daily, and for the first time in recent memory, politics was the conversational focus of young people in Lebanon - a generation which had appeared to have taken an oath of silence to politics, much to the delight of Lebanon's establishment. Lebanon's ruling political alliances, the pro-GCC/West March 14 and pro-Iran/Russia/Syria March 8 movements, were struggling to quash the grassroots campaign using brute force, overt about their interest - or lack thereof - in any progress or development in a country that, since its inception, has been on the verge of being a failed state.

Sounds awe-inspiring, doesn't it? Lebanese Cabinet holds meeting without FPM. Lebanese ministers discussed several issues during a Cabinet meeting at the Grand Serail on Thursday, defying a boycott by the Free Patriotic Movement over the extension of senior military posts. The next session will take place September 8, in the hope that all ministers will be present at the Cabinet meeting, Joreige added. Ministers belonging to the FPM, namely Education Minister Elias Bou Saab and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil were absent from the session, along with ministers from the Tashnag and Kataeb parties. Energy Minister Arthur Nazarian, from the Tashnag Party, was the only other minister to boycott the meeting in support of Bassil and Bou Saab.

Following Pharaon's withdrawal from the meeting, resigned Economy Minister Alain Hakim tweeted that the Cabinet no longer is based on the National Charter, which calls for a fair Christian and Muslim representation. Will Lebanon’s municipal elections lead to election of a president? A woman dips her finger in ink after casting her vote at a polling station during Choueifat's municipal elections, south of Beirut, May 15, 2016.

(photo by REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir) Author: Jean Aziz Posted June 26, 2016 Unlike Jacques Chirac of France, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Ehud Olmert of Israel and other presidents, no head of a municipality in Lebanon has moved on to a senior-level national government position, let alone the presidency. Today, more than two years into the Lebanese presidential void, could the recent municipal elections ironically lead to the election of a president of the republic. Lebanon deserves proportional representation in elections. Hezbollah’s leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is correct. An election governed by proportional representation is a more accurate gauge of popular will.

But make no mistake. Nasrallah is not as fair as he claims. If he were, he would have put his armed militia under the command of the elected government, instead of maintaining a private army that undermines Lebanon’s sovereignty and deforms its democracy. Lebanese Municipal Elections Overview: 4 Weeks Later. Elections. We haven’t had those in quite a while, huh? But, for all their imperfections, outdated law and slow and questionable counting process, they were extremely important. Why change in Lebanon is impossible. 20.14% Voting Turnout in Beirut: Beirutis Don’t Want Change … Yet. Reuters - Hariri-backed list wins Beirut vote: leader, local media. How Lebanon’s Constitutional Council Shamed the Parliament. Speaker Nabih Berri during Press Conference. إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية. Arab League Designates Hezbollah as a Terrorist Organization.

Raad Accuses Saudi of Obstructing Presidential Vote, Ties to Bombings. Diseases? What diseases? Can Hariri Co-exist with a Strong Christian President in Lebanon? In potentially the most abrupt U-turn in Lebanese politics since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in February 2006 between Hizbullah's Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and the Free Patriotic Movement's former-PM General Michel Aoun, Lebanese Forces leader Dr. Aounist unease as Hezbollah fails to rally partners. LIBANO. Pace di interessi tra i due nemici Aoun e Geagea.

Solution for the ongoing garbage crisis in Lebanon. Report: Aoun Forms Small Cell to Follow up on Presidential Initiative. LIBANO. Tutti pazzi per Frangiyeh. A potential breakup. Au Liban, sur les pavés, l'ordure. Twin blasts rock Beirut suburb, at least 37 killed. Another round of Hezbollah - Future Movement tension. WikiLeaks, Drugs and Lebanese Politicians. Live Coverage: Lebanon protesters enraged by arrests, beatings. WikiLeaks and 40 Years of National Dialogues. Lebanon approves plan to end garbage crisis Anadolu Agency. Lebanese government agrees on plan to end trash crisis. My Beirut Chronicles: A couple of questions before today’s demonstration. A Fair Electoral Law For Lebanon. Latest Lebanon protests fail to attract large crowds. Trois questions au romancier Élias Khoury sur la crise des déchets - Propos recueillis par Anne-Marie EL-HAGE. “Sisi scenario” for Lebanon “is now almost certain”: report.

Is Iran behind Iraq and Lebanon’s ‘Awakening?’ - Al Arabiya News. “You Stink”: il Libano ai libanesi. Taking Out the Trash: Lebanon’s Garbage Politics - Syria in Crisis - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Beirut Protests: 'Way out is to follow the constitution and elect a president' - Mario Abou Zeid by Radio Sputnik. Lebanon, August 2015: Notes on Paralysis, Protests, and Hope. In Libano non è guerra ai rifiuti, ma scontro politico.

Untitled. #YouStink: Recycling 'cornerstone' of solution to Lebanon garbage woes. Lebanon budget crisis puts employees’ wages at risk: Khalil. Lebanon, August 2015: Notes on Paralysis, Protests, and Hope. Beirut close to striking deal with Jabhat al-Nusra for release of servicemen. Hezbollah Weighs In On Lebanon Rubbish Row. Cracks within Hezbollah? The People Want Ziad Baroud (and some Radical Change) #YouStink postpones protest following Sunday chaos. Libano, i “rifiuti” del sistema. Foreign powers scramble to prop up Lebanon government. Governo Libano: 72 ore per rispondere a quattro richieste! "Nous voulons que la classe politique libanaise nous rende des comptes !" - Rita Sassine et rédaction. The groups protesting in Beirut. Une « révolution des ordures » au Liban ? Stay Unhuman: da Yarmouk a Shatila. Lebanon government approves trash plan.