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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 […]

Venezuela replaces Cuba as U.S.’ primary adversary in Latin America

The United States on Monday declared Venezuela a national security threat and ordered sanctions against seven officials in the worst diplomatic dispute with the oil-rich country since socialist President Nicolas Maduro took office in 2013. President Barack Obama issued and signed the executive order, which senior administration officials said did not target the energy sector […]

Venezuelan supermarket owner fights state takeover

The U.S.-based owner of a supermarket chain taken over by Venezuela’s socialist government hopes to recover his business despite accusations of hoarding goods to inflate shopping lines. State food company Pdval took temporary control of the 35-store “Dia Dia” (Day by Day) chain earlier this month as part of a crackdown by President Nicolas Maduro’s […]

Socialists win France’s 1st vote since Paris attacks

The candidate of the governing Socialist Party won a narrow victory in Sunday’s critical election to fill a vacant parliamentary seat, and denounced the far-right National Front party of his opponent as a “peril for our democracy.” All eyes were on the vote in France’s eastern Doubs region which served as an electoral test after […]

Jumblatt admits sheltering Cold War spy Stig Bergling in Lebanon for 4 years , report

Within days  from the announcement of the death of  the  famous Cold War spy known  for his escape,   Progressive Socialist party leader  MP Walid Jumblatt unraveled   the mystery of the escape. Stig Bergling, one of Sweden’s most notorious Cold War spies, who escaped from prison in 1987 during a conjugal visit, died Jan. 24 in Stockholm. He […]

Jumblatt is ready to pass the torch of Shouf leadership to his son

According to local media reports Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) leader MP Walid Jumblatt (65) has decided to resign his parliamentary post and get his son Taymour more “involved” in politics. Some politicians reportedly welcomed the step warmly, while others, such as Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berri, voiced reservations and asked Jumblatt to postpone his […]

Jumblatt distances himself from Hariri , Geagea over ISIS threats

In responding to a Friday threat from the Islamic State group, Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt distanced himself from former Lebanese PM ( Future movement leader) Saad Hariri and Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea. This comes after ISIS held him along with the two other top Lebanese leaders responsible for the possible […]

Lebanon Agriculture Minister calls for legalization of cannabis farming

Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb, who represents Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt in the cabinet called Friday for the legalization of cannabis farming to allow the state to benefit from its export revenue. “We are conducting studies on how to adminster this type of agriculture to allow the state to buy the […]

No Solution in Syria With Assad in Power, Jumblatt

If there’s a name to be given to Walid Jumblatt, one of Lebanon’s veteran politicians and once a warlord during the 1975-90 civil war, he might be called the survivor. Jumblatt, head of the Progressive Socialist Party, is known in Lebanon for being the joker of politics — unpredictable, yet acceptable to his rivals, at […]

STL: Jumblatt, Ali Hamadeh to testify as witnesses in the Hariri murder

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s Trial Chamber decided on Tuesday to ask Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt and journalist Ali Mohammed Hamadeh to testify as witnesses in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The president of the trial chamber, reportedly ruled that Jumblatt’s evidence, which will cover the breakdown of relations […]

Food Scandal: Lebanon PM , Jumblatt, back Health minister’s effort

Progressive Socialist Party( PSP) leader MP Walid Jumblatt told As-Safir newspaper in remarks published on Wednesday that Health Minister Wael Abu Faour has his full backing in fighting food corruption in Lebanon and urged him “to keep up the fight till the end because people’s health is in danger” Abu Faour who represents PSP in […]

Jumblatt urges Syria’s Druze to join the revolution

.Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt urged Syria’s Druze to join the revolution and relinquish all links with Bashar Assad’s regime “It is time to make the bold decision of moving from under the umbrella of this regime, which is destined to fall sooner or later,” Jumblatt said in his weekly comments published in […]

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