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Jumblatt distances himself from garbage tenders, calls them ” major scandal”

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt denied any link to any of the companies that submitted Waste management bids describing the prices quoted as “astronomical”. He said in a statement: “The bids are a major scandal and they should be reviewed in accordance with new rules that take into consideration the Lebanese treasury […]

Lebanon news updates for August 21

Here are the latest updates on current issues in Lebanon. You Stink protests Commenting on Wednesday’s You Stink protests, Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblatt denounced the “barbaric” behavior that the security forces used in confronting the protesters assuring that the demonstrations are “righteous and legal.” You Stink, an activist group that was born from […]

Jumblatt says MT. Lebanon areas need to know where to dump the garbage

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt who represents the Shouf region of Mt Lebanon stressed on Sunday that the Minister of Environment is not to blame for the waste management crisis and that those who set the conditions are accountable. “The areas of Metn, Aley and Shouf of Mt Lebanon need to know where […]

Jumblatt offers to help resolve Lebanon garbage crisis

Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblatt has reportedly offered to take responsibility for dumping 80 % of the garbage generated in Beirut and Mt Lebanon on condition that the Christian community will take care of the remaining 20 % that is generated in Metn and Kesraouan regions Al-Akhbar daily reported Thursday that 3,000 tons […]

Jumblatt urges politicians to distance Lebanon army from their disputes

Progressive Socialist Party leader  MP Walid Jumblatt  defended the army on Friday saying it is the “only institution  capable of safeguarding Lebanon,” and called on all political factions to “distance it  it away from any disputes to maintain the morale of the soldiers.” “In light of the current paralysis that the state and its institutions are […]

Palestinians quit medical study in Venezuela over lack of academic rigor

The Palestinian students were greeted like celebrities upon arrival in Caracas. President Nicolas Maduro wore a kaffiyeh headdress and played up their symbolic importance during an address broadcast across the socialist South American country. “Today, Palestine enters the heart of Venezuela,” Maduro declared in November when he greeted the first 119 recipients of a medical […]

Jumblatt rejects paralysis of state institutions as unacceptable

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt said that his main concern is to keep the government functioning to take important decisions and avoid paralysis. “My main concern is for the cabinet to continue its function to take the necessary decisions and open an extraordinary session for the parliament,” said Jumblat told As Safir daily […]

Jumblatt calls the killing of Syrian Druze ‘isolated incident”, seeks calm

Progressive Socialist party leader MP Walid Jumblatt said that the killing of at least 20 Druze civilians in northwest Syria by Islamist militants was an “isolated incident”, incomparable to the atrocities committed by the Syrian regime every day. Following an “emergency meeting” of Lebanese Druze leaders in Beirut, Jumblatt called for calm and reconciliation […]

Geagea, Jumblatt reject terrorism, support stability

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea and Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt called for rejecting  terrorist activities and announced their support for stability, Geagea’s press office announced on Friday. Geagea and his wife MP Sethrida visited Jumblatt in Clemenceau on Thursday night said LF  statement. Show More Summary

Venezuelans mass for year’s largest anti-government protests

Thousands donned white and took to the streets in cities across the country Saturday in the biggest show of frustration with Venezuela’s socialist administration since a wave of bloody anti-government protests a year ago. The day of marches was called less than a week ago by imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. In a video leaked […]

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader goes on hunger strike, calls for protest march

Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has declared himself on hunger strike and called for a protest march next weekend against Venezuela’s socialist government. Lopez, the best-known opposition activist in custody, was jailed more than a year ago for his role in instigating street protests against President Nicolas Maduro that led to violence killing 43 people […]

Popularity of Latin America’s Leftist leaders waning over corruption, scandals

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s socialist government is struggling to put food on the shelves amid runaway inflation. Brazil’s president is facing calls for impeachment. And even Cuba’s communist government, an iconic touchstone for generations of leftists, is embracing closer ties with the U.S. Show More Summary

Jumblatt: Samaha’s Verdict ‘Legalizes Assassinations’

Several Lebanese leaders condemned the the sentence issued by the military court against former Minister Michel Samaha. Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt said the verdict in Samaha’s case legalizes assassinations and explosions. Show More Summary

Jumblatt: “Hariri was murdered for political reasons”

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt completed his testimony at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on Thursday. During his four days of testimony Jumblatt claimed that Bashar Assad was responsible for Hariri’s assassination while simultaneously deflecting blame away from Hezbollah. Show More Summary

Jumblatt : Assad issued Hariri’s death sentence in Aug 2004

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt said Tuesday that the Syrian regime likely decided to assassinate late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri after a tense meeting between the slain Lebanese leader and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Aug. 2004. “I think that when [Hariri] visited… Assad on Aug. 26, 2004, the death sentence was made […]

Jumblatt: Assad’s assassination rampage started with Hamadeh

Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblatt said on Tuesday that the Syrian regime took the failure to abolish political confessionalism in Lebanon as an excuse to remain in the country, adding the bombing that targeted MP Marwan Hamadeh was the first warning to ex-PM Rafik Hariri. “The Taef Accord had called for abolishing the […]

Jumblatt exposes Assad’s obsession with Rafik Hariri

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt began on Monday his testimony at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon that is examining the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri by recounting the nature of the ties between Lebanon and Syria, particularly with the ruling Assad family. He told the trial chamber: “Bashar Assad showed hostility […]

Jumblatt slams Nasrallah’s latest speech as “tense, biased and lacked objectivity ”

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt slammed  on Wednesday Hezbollah chief  Hassan Nasrallah’s latest speech, describing it as “tense,  biased and lacked objectivity.” “I noticed that the Islamic Republic of Iran didn’t comment (on the developments in Yemen) like Nasrallah did,” Jumblatt told As Safir newspaper in comments published  on Wednesday. “I don’t […]

Jumblatt derides Iran’s claim of Lebanon security ties

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt Wednesday ridiculed on his twitter account the remarks made by an Iranian official who tied that security in Lebanon to the security of the Islamic Republic of Iran. “Iran’s Culture Minister Ali Jannati has informed us that Lebanon’s security is tied to Iran’s security,” Jumblatt said “What is this […]

Jumblatt urges Druze in Israel to vote for the Joint Arab List

Progressive Socialist party leader MP Walid Jumblatt urged the Druze Arabs in Israel to participate in the upcoming elections and support the Joint Arab List : “This is the first time that Arab movements and blocs unite in a unified list to run in the elections of the Israeli Knesset and it is a precious […]

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