Thought for the day

"When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control." -- Theodore Dalrymple

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The Lebanese parliament on Thursday failed for the eighth consecutive time to elect a new president, as a majority of lawmakers continue to oppose the options laid on the table.

During the first round of voting on Thursday, 111 votes were cast in the 128-seat parliament, with 52 lawmakers casting blank votes, while 37 voted in support of Michel Moawad, the son of the late president René Moawad

Two newly elected Lebanese lawmakers, including an activist who had pledged to fight corruption, lost their parliament seats on Thursday following an appeals process before the country's Constitutional Council.

The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah rebuked statements made by US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Barbara Leaf, and took aim at the US for its destructive role in Lebanon in a speech commemorating Martyrs’ Day.

During his live TV address on 11 November, Nasrallah called the US “the curse, plague, and epidemic” that afflicts Lebanon.

The Lebanese army has conducted training preparing itself to stop bank robberies and hostage situations, seemingly in response to the series of depositors freeing their own savings by force.

At a forum organized on 4 November at Wilson Center, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Barbara Leaf, and the former US ambassador to Lebanon, David Hale, discussed the US foreign policy in Lebanon and the grim future that awaits it.

Lebanon has received requests from Germany and France to allow judges from the two countries to travel to Lebanon and launch a direct investigation into Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh, according to information obtained by 

UNIFIL ship

Lebanon has secured "American guarantees" that its maritime border deal with Israel cannot be easily scrapped should Benjamin Netanyahu return to the Israeli prime minister's office, Beirut's chief negotiator said on Wednesday.