The961 https://www.the961.com Leading Lebanon News and Engaging Stories Website Mon, 10 Aug 2020 15:28:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://the961-static.s3.me-south-1.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/04183748/cropped-17523634_1267578906651334_1463201945908864308_n-293x293.png The961 https://www.the961.com 32 32 173853104 Investigation Into Explosion in Beirut Port Supposedly ‘Completed’ https://www.the961.com/investigation-explosion-beirut-port-completed/ Mon, 10 Aug 2020 15:28:01 +0000 https://www.the961.com/?p=66324 The 5-day deadline for the investigation of the Beirut explosion ended on Sunday, August 9th, and the results have reportedly been submitted to the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers. The investigative committee tasked with the probe has submitted its findings to the Cabinet for the country’s officials to review it during the Baabda meeting on Monday, sources told Al-Joumhouria. So far, what’s been revealed is that the probe’s report underlines the administrative responsibilities for the explosion from the date […]

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Investigation Into Explosion in Beirut Port Supposedly ‘Completed’

The 5-day deadline for the investigation of the Beirut explosion ended on Sunday, August 9th, and the results have reportedly been submitted to the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers.

The investigative committee tasked with the probe has submitted its findings to the Cabinet for the country’s officials to review it during the Baabda meeting on Monday, sources told Al-Joumhouria.

So far, what’s been revealed is that the probe’s report underlines the administrative responsibilities for the explosion from the date the ammonium nitrate shipment entered the Port of Beirut until the moment of the blast.

This should facilitate the judiciary’s work in identifying the public employees that are to be held accountable for the catastrophic event.

In this regard, the said source reported that a list of 20 names, including several ministers, has been included in the investigation results for the named officials to be accordingly summoned and questioned.

As for the detainment and interrogation procedures, they are the responsibility of the competent judicial authorities, the report noted.

Notably, during Monday’s Cabinet session, the government referred the case of the explosion to the Judicial Council, as proposed by Justice Minister Marie-Claude Najm, who had announced her resignation in the morning, reportedly without submitting her resignation officially.

Several officials, including Director-General of Lebanese Customs Badri Daher, have been detained and questioned since August 4th, and the interrogations are expected to continue and expand as more information is extracted.

It’s worth mentioning that President Michel Aoun has refused an international probe into the national tragedy, despite the pressing international and local calls to approve it.

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These Restaurants Will Now Pay Taxes To Charities Instead Of Lebanese Govt https://www.the961.com/restaurants-donate-taxes-charities-lebanon/ Mon, 10 Aug 2020 15:22:58 +0000 https://www.the961.com/?p=66310 “Do not donate to the Lebanese government, they have stolen and they will do it again.” This is the cry of every Lebanese to those who wish to send financial assistance to aid Beirut after the massive explosion nearly a week ago. The Lebanese insisted, through social media, that no one should donate to their greedy government to help with the aftermath of the Beirut explosion. Thus, this Lebanon-born restaurant chain took the initiative to donate its taxes to charities […]

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These Restaurants Will Now Pay Taxes To Charities Instead Of Lebanese Govt

“Do not donate to the Lebanese government, they have stolen and they will do it again.” This is the cry of every Lebanese to those who wish to send financial assistance to aid Beirut after the massive explosion nearly a week ago.

The Lebanese insisted, through social media, that no one should donate to their greedy government to help with the aftermath of the Beirut explosion.

Thus, this Lebanon-born restaurant chain took the initiative to donate its taxes to charities instead of the government.

In a post, the restaurant stated:

Em Sherif Restaurants Group announces that, upon opening any of its branches, after restoration, it will pay the 11% TVA, which it will collect, to the following associations:

  • Impact Lebanon
  • Sesobel
  • Lebanese Red Cross
  • Children Cancer Center
  • Lebanon of Tomorrow
  • Lebanese Food Bank
  • Caritas

This includes the Beirut-based Em Sherif Restaurant, Sea Cafe, and Cafe. Em Sherif’s act of power is inspiring!

Local, regional, and international businesses have also joined the cause, donating a portion or all of its profits after the explosion to humanitarian relief in Beirut.

Like Em Sherif, they are not going through the government. Rather, they are donating directly to NGOs in Lebanon to ensure that help goes where it’s needed.

So, if you’re looking for ways to help Beirut, wherever you are, head to places that are donating to Lebanon’s NGOs, and have some good food for charity.

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Maronite Church Calling For International Probe, Gov’t Resignation, And Early Elections https://www.the961.com/maronite-church-probe-resignation-elections/ Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:31:52 +0000 https://www.the961.com/?p=66210 Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi is adding his voice to the ones calling for the resignation of the Lebanese government. In a Sunday sermon, Al-Rahi called on the government to step down following the disastrous explosion that struck Beirut on August 4th, which he said could be described as “a crime against humanity.” In the wake of the shocking blast, “it is not enough for a lawmaker to resign here or a minister to resign there,” the country’s top Christian cleric […]

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Maronite Church Calling For International Probe, Gov’t Resignation, And Early Elections

Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi is adding his voice to the ones calling for the resignation of the Lebanese government.

In a Sunday sermon, Al-Rahi called on the government to step down following the disastrous explosion that struck Beirut on August 4th, which he said could be described as “a crime against humanity.”

In the wake of the shocking blast, “it is not enough for a lawmaker to resign here or a minister to resign there,” the country’s top Christian cleric stated.

Instead, he finds it a necessity for the entire government to resign, “out of sensitivity to the feelings of the Lebanese and the immense responsibility required … because [the government] is incapable of moving the country forward.”

The fate of the government has been hanging by a string ever since Beirut’s sky was dramatically stained by the brownish smoke that once again showed great recklessness on the part of the state.

With resignation apparently looming, the famous call for undergoing early parliamentary elections has stepped back into the spotlightPrime Minister Hassan Diab himself said that such elections were important.

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On his part, Al-Rahi also acknowledges the significance of this demand, which he echoed during his Sunday speech.

Additionally, he supported the ongoing call for an international probe into the explosion to be allowed by the authorities.

This request has been actively pushed forth by various international organizations and world leaders, in addition to the Lebanese people themselves.

Despite that, President Michel Aoun has refused an international investigation, which he said would “dilute the truth” and “waste time.”

The probe will, instead, be conducted by the Lebanese judiciary to determine where the responsibility falls regarding the infamous ammonium nitrate shipment that led to the massive explosion, as well as how the explosion happened.

The961 Foundation is raising funds for the Lebanese Red Cross to help them in their response to this tragic incident. To donate, click here.

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Mia Khalifa Is Auctioning Her Infamous Glasses To Raise Money For Lebanese Red Cross https://www.the961.com/mia-khalifa-auctioning-glasses-for-lebanese-red-cross/ Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:02:56 +0000 https://www.the961.com/?p=66211 Lebanon is undergoing a national emergency after the explosion of its capital’s port. The mushroom-like blast took lives, homes, and businesses of Beirut’s citizens and will take some time to recover. Countries around the world are rushing to help the scarred city, sending donations directly to trusted NGOs. Canada, The United States, The United Kingdom, and many more countries have shown their support through their generous donations. The Lebanese Business Leaders in Canada are currently fundraising, and individuals are also […]

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Mia Khalifa Is Auctioning Her Infamous Glasses To Raise Money For Lebanese Red Cross

Lebanon is undergoing a national emergency after the explosion of its capital’s port. The mushroom-like blast took lives, homes, and businesses of Beirut’s citizens and will take some time to recover.

Countries around the world are rushing to help the scarred city, sending donations directly to trusted NGOs.

Canada, The United States, The United Kingdom, and many more countries have shown their support through their generous donations. The Lebanese Business Leaders in Canada are currently fundraising, and individuals are also contributing their efforts in any way they can.

No one is laying back nor relying on the many countries sending aids. Everybody wants to help.

The people in Lebanon are also pouring their efforts, using their social media platforms.

They’ve been offering their services to aid those severely impacted by the explosion. They are offering shelters, food packages, medical, psychological support, and more.

They even thought of the most crucial action to undertake that the government hasn’t even done yet. They immediately created Instagram accounts for people to help each other find the missing loved ones.

Lebanese-American Mia Khalifa is among those individuals who are pouring efforts to help, raising money to support the Lebanese Red Cross. She’s auctioning on eBay her infamous glasses that were her trademark in her adult film roles.

“Creeps are welcomed, you’re money is as green as ours!” she even captioned her post.

Her feud with the Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, isn’t stopping her from doing a good deed for her country!

Believe it or not, Mia’s eyeglasses are as popular as to have attracted $99,500 in bids so far!

And here is more, she announced that she’ll auction her retainer only if she reaches $100K on her eyeglasses.

The961 Foundation is raising funds for the Lebanese Red Cross to help them in their response to this tragic incident. To donate, click here.

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People Can’t Send Aid From Canada To Lebanon Because Direct Flights Are Banned https://www.the961.com/people-cant-send-aid-canada-lebanon-petition/ Mon, 10 Aug 2020 13:24:08 +0000 https://www.the961.com/?p=66149 The continuous crisis in Lebanon, and most importantly the blast that affected the country and its people, left the Lebanese in need. Many lost their loved ones, many lost their homes, their businesses, their belongings, their investments, etc. A whole city was destroyed, and so many people are now struggling to survive. Everyone in Lebanon or abroad, Lebanese or foreign, rushed to Lebanon’s aid. Canada has been helping, donating $5M in aid, and pledging to match the fundraising efforts of […]

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People Can’t Send Aid From Canada To Lebanon Because Direct Flights Are Banned

The continuous crisis in Lebanon, and most importantly the blast that affected the country and its people, left the Lebanese in need.

Many lost their loved ones, many lost their homes, their businesses, their belongings, their investments, etc. A whole city was destroyed, and so many people are now struggling to survive.

Everyone in Lebanon or abroad, Lebanese or foreign, rushed to Lebanon’s aid. Canada has been helping, donating $5M in aid, and pledging to match the fundraising efforts of the business leaders’ coalition.

However, the Lebanese-Canadians feel helpless that what they can do for their homeland is limited.

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Karen Hanna started a petition to Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, asking “for Canada to approve and deploy a military cargo aircraft for a humanitarian mission, carrying aid from Canada to the people of Lebanon.”

Canadians, according to her, are requesting a humanitarian flight to leave from Canada to Lebanon or via another country.

Canada does not have an air corridor set up between the two countries. So the only way the Canadian-Lebanese can help aid Lebanon during these tough times is through donations and thru providing dollars. However, they want to be able to do more.

Karen wrote: “We also want to feel that genuinely Canada stands with the Lebanese in their time of need. We want Canadians to put pressure on the Government of Canada to allow a direct humanitarian mission to Lebanon to reach our families and loved ones. Canadians want to join in contributing to the relief efforts happening now.”

You can help by signing the petition here.

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President Of Lebanon Just Blocked Mia Khalifa On Instagram & Disabled All Comments https://www.the961.com/lebanon-president-blocked-mia-khalifa-on-ig/ Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:45:00 +0000 https://www.the961.com/?p=66122 The Beirut Port Explosion severely backfired on the Lebanese officials, who were already under the scrutiny of the people’s and the world’s eyes for their great job in bringing the country to collapse. The aftermath of the explosion took away the remaining veiling layer covering their inaptitude to rule, and also their indifference and carelessness towards the citizens they are supposedly responsible for. The explosion isn’t the only crime done unto the citizens. The continuous disregard of the state towards […]

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President Of Lebanon Just Blocked Mia Khalifa On Instagram & Disabled All Comments

The Beirut Port Explosion severely backfired on the Lebanese officials, who were already under the scrutiny of the people’s and the world’s eyes for their great job in bringing the country to collapse.

The aftermath of the explosion took away the remaining veiling layer covering their inaptitude to rule, and also their indifference and carelessness towards the citizens they are supposedly responsible for.

The explosion isn’t the only crime done unto the citizens. The continuous disregard of the state towards them in this aftermath is another one; an ongoing one.

And people are no longer munching their words…

Mia Khalifa is one of the activists who took to social media to stand up for the people of her motherland. She continuously posted about her political opinions and demanded a new Lebanese political regime.

People are eating up her response to the situation and can’t get enough. At some point, her controversial past made it hard for people to take her seriously and for what she is truly capable of, intellectually.

However, the Lebanese people feel that she proved herself to be worthy of their love and support by her standing up for their fallen country so fearlessly and openly.

Their voices have long been smothered and oppressed by a system that claims freedom of expression yet doesn’t honor it, detaining and arresting and imprisoning those who dare it.

So when Mia Khalifa speaks openly about what is boiling in the hearts of the people against the state, she becomes a hero to many.

Not only did she attack the government on Twitter, but she also took to Instagram to share her political opinions, continuously posting stories and IGTV’s regarding the Lebanese situation.

Until it upset the president…

A day after the blast, President Michel Aoun posted on his official Instagram account a picture of the Lebanese flag with a black strip, in mourning for the victims. It didn’t turn out well for him.

Comments blew up on how ridiculous it is and offensive to people’s sorrow, including from Mia.

Many pointed out how he, the president of Lebanon, downloaded a poor quality picture of the Lebanese flag from the internet and posted it on Instagram with no caption whatsoever about the situation, and not a word of sorrow or condolences.

Mia Khalifa continuously commented on the post, only to reportedly have the president’s IG account block her.

She also used her huge platform on TikTok to roast him. Her video pointed out that he’s been “asleep” during the whole catastrophe and is doing nothing to help those in need. She is certainly not holding back.

@miakhalifa

Link in my bio for resources to support the country whos government wont lebanon #beirut #michelaoun #thenleave #baddiewithoutthebad

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The961 conducted on Instagram stories a “Mia Khalifa vs. Michel Aoun” and less than 9% accidentally voted for our own president. If this doesn’t say a lot about our government, I don’t know what will.

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Telecom Minister Said He Will Resign If All Ministers Don’t Resign En Masse https://www.the961.com/telecom-minister-hawat-said-he-will-resign/ Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:10:58 +0000 https://www.the961.com/?p=66152 Beirut Port Explosion caused wrecks, victims, riots, and politicians to start resigning. Paula Yacoubian, Samy Gemayel and his party deputies, Nemat Frem, Michel Moaward, and others have resigned, followed today by the Minister of Justice and so on. Many of these resignations stated that they do not want to partake in a criminal government. Apparently, many others are waiting for all the government to resign instead of taking their individual stance. Telecommunications Minister Talal Hawwat stated via LBCI: “In case […]

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Telecom Minister Said He Will Resign If All Ministers Don’t Resign En Masse

Beirut Port Explosion caused wrecks, victims, riots, and politicians to start resigning.

Paula Yacoubian, Samy Gemayel and his party deputies, Nemat Frem, Michel Moaward, and others have resigned, followed today by the Minister of Justice and so on.

Many of these resignations stated that they do not want to partake in a criminal government.

Apparently, many others are waiting for all the government to resign instead of taking their individual stance.

Telecommunications Minister Talal Hawwat stated via LBCI: “In case the government won’t resign today, I will for sure.”

People rioting on the streets have been demanding the resignation of the government, due to their incompetence. So, far many have complied with their demands.

Rumors are circulating on social media regarding the government’s full resignation today, which could be unlikely considering the powerful grip Iran-backed Hezbollah party has on those remaining…

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What Happens Next If The Government Of Lebanon Gets Dissolved https://www.the961.com/what-happens-lebanese-government/ Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:03:40 +0000 https://www.the961.com/?p=66139 With every hour that passes, it becomes more plausible that the current Lebanese Cabinet is witnessing its last few dayseven hours. So, in case Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigns as he is expected to do soon, what’s next for Lebanon? Lebanon’s current political atmosphere is quite similar to that which prevailed in October 2019. Only, today, a much more powerful variable is putting more serious pressure on the government than are the protests, which were the primary reason behind former […]

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What Happens Next If The Government Of Lebanon Gets Dissolved

With every hour that passes, it becomes more plausible that the current Lebanese Cabinet is witnessing its last few dayseven hours. So, in case Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigns as he is expected to do soon, what’s next for Lebanon?

Lebanon’s current political atmosphere is quite similar to that which prevailed in October 2019.

Only, today, a much more powerful variable is putting more serious pressure on the government than are the protests, which were the primary reason behind former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s resignation last year.

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This variable is the deadly Beirut explosion that has caused many officials to break their involvement in government that is now even more detested by the Lebanese people than before the national tragedy of August 4th.

As this article forms, the Council of Ministers is convened in what he media is referring to as a symbolic “formal meeting” that is only there to precede PM Diab’s announcement of resignation.

If this proves true and Diab does resign on Monday, Lebanon’s political stage will replay the scenario that followed the end of Hariri’s government in October.

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The search for a new prime minister to form a fresh government will ensue after the current government becomes a caretaker one, as per constitutional procedures.

This means that the current ministers will take on limited and mostly administrative roles until a new government is formed and becomes ready to take the helm.

It’s worth noting that, judging by similar past occurrences in Lebanon, the caretaker government may remain in charge for several month if an agreement regarding the new candidate for prime minister is not reached easily.

Whether this happens depends on a plethora of factors, including the street’s pressure, the interests of which are known to – so far – contradict with those of the ruling class.

When eventually forme, the cabinet will then have to earn the Parliament’s vote of confidence before it can be recognized as the current government’s official successor.

Whatever developments surface during the caretaker phase will be pivotal for determining who will represent the Lebanese authority next.

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If the 2019 government resignation scenario is to be taken as a reference, the struggle between the authority and the street will most likely intensify as the latter takes the opportunity to push for the demands that have been echoing for nearly a year.

With all that said, of course, it’s not possible to say with certainty that Hassan Diab’s government will dissolve this week, if not this very day.

Nonetheless, if ministers continue to resign left and right as they have been since the Beirut explosion, and considering the constitutional implications of that, then the Prime Minister cannot evade an inevitable resignation, even if he decides not to initiate it himself.

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Lebanese Justice Minister Just Resigned From Gov’t https://www.the961.com/lebanese-justice-minister-resigned/ Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:00:54 +0000 https://www.the961.com/?p=66109 The series of resignations from both the Lebanese Parliament and government continues, following the Beirut Port explosion that sent a shockwave through the political system as it did through the Lebanese capital. Minister of Justice Marie Claude Najm announced her resignation on Monday morning, explaining that her decision came “because of the Beirut explosion and the protests.” The resigned Minister had previously dismissed the rumors that had been circulating surrounding her potential resignation after Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad stepped […]

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Lebanese Justice Minister Just Resigned From Gov’t

The series of resignations from both the Lebanese Parliament and government continues, following the Beirut Port explosion that sent a shockwave through the political system as it did through the Lebanese capital.

Minister of Justice Marie Claude Najm announced her resignation on Monday morning, explaining that her decision came “because of the Beirut explosion and the protests.”

The resigned Minister had previously dismissed the rumors that had been circulating surrounding her potential resignation after Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad stepped down earlier this week.

“Resigning now is an escape from responsibility,” she had stated, noting the importance of delivering the file of the Beirut Port explosion to the Supreme Judicial Council.

Notably, in the aftermath of the explosion, she went down to the street to help the volunteers who had been cleaning roads in Beirut, only to be slammed by the volunteers who demanded that she leaves their side.

In addition to anti-government chants, the angry crowd hurled water bottles at Najm, forcing her bodyguards to escort her away from the scene.

Marie Claude Najm is the third Lebanese minister to resign after the Beirut explosion.

Earlier, shaken by the tragic incident, Environment Minister Damianos Kattar submitted his resignation, following the footsteps of Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad.

8 MPs have also resigned this week, and the number is expected to increase in the near future.

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This Is What Is Needed For The Government To Dissolve According To The Constitution https://www.the961.com/for-government-to-dissolve-as-per-the-constitution/ Mon, 10 Aug 2020 09:52:07 +0000 https://www.the961.com/?p=66106 According to the Lebanese constitution, there are only six means in which a government can be considered dissolved. They are as follows:

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This Is What Is Needed For The Government To Dissolve According To The Constitution

No amount of logic or cleverness can question the conclusion that the current Lebanese government is, in fact, Hezbollahs creation.

The only question left to answer is: When will it dissolve after the devastating crisis that happened on August 4th?

According to the Lebanese constitution, there are only six means in which a government can be considered dissolved. They are written in Article 69 and are listed as follows:

1. If the Prime Minister resigns

Prime Minister Hassan Diab said in a televised speech on Saturday that he intends to propose early elections and would give all political parties a time frame of two months to work on structural reforms.

Unfortunately, contrary to what common sense would indicate, the possibility of his resignation seems extremely low.

2. If the government loses more than a third of the members specified in the Decree forming it

Lebanons information and environment ministers resigned on Sunday, and the minister of justice just resigned.

Their resignation came in the wake of large protests solely blaming the political ruling class for the corruption and negligence that allowed 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate to be left unsecured near the city’s port for more than six years.

3. If the Prime Minister dies

At this point, seems far like it.

4. At the beginning of the term of the President of the Republic

Michael Aoun has been the president of Lebanon since October 31, 2016. Automatically, this rule is thrown out the window.

5. At the beginning of the term of the Parliament

We’re definitely not currently dealing with a new parliamentary term. However, nine members of parliament have also resigned ever since the explosion that killed 160 people, injured some 6,000 others, and shook the entire country.

6. When it loses the confidence of Parliament…

…based on the Parliament’s initiative or based on the Council’s initiative to gain confidence.

The Environment Minister himself, Demanios Kattar said while resigning late on Sunday that the ruling system was “flaccid and sterile.” What confidence is there exactly?

For citizens dealing and fighting a catastrophic economic collapse, as well as shattered homes, making way for discussions of new political agreements falls incredibly short, to say the least.

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