It's not safe to insult Erdogan, even from Lebanon

Ankara has successfully pressured Beirut into prosecuting a Lebanese talk show host for criticizing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his own country.

Amberin Zaman | Press freedom | Jul 13, 2020
al-monitor Armenian-Lebanese TV show host Nishan Der-Haroutounian is pictured in this undated photo. Photo by Nishan Der-Haroutounian.

Lebanon's Baalbeck Festival moves world audience with dramatic online performance

Lebanon's beloved Baalbeck Festival has survived various challenging times, and this year was no exception.

Marita Kassis | Music | Jul 8, 2020

How Caesar Act could hurt Lebanon's Tripoli

With residents of Tripoli already suffering shortages under Lebanon’s mounting system-wide collapse, the US Caesar Act promises to both hinder investment in Tripoli and increase cross-border smuggling.

Michal Kranz | | Jul 8, 2020

Israel approves exploration, bidding on disputed offshore field

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz announced June 23 the opening of bidding for drilling in Block 72, off Israel’s northern shores, which Lebanon says is adjacent to its own fields.

Rina Bassist | Oil and gas | Jul 6, 2020

Lebanese banks raise exchange rate to dollars as crisis worsens

A member of the government's IMF negotiations team also resigned in opposition to the government's handling of the worst financial crisis in decades.

Al-Monitor Staff | Banking and Finance | Jun 29, 2020