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Lebanon’s moment of truth has arrived

By: Dr. Dania Koleilat Khatib  Arab News, Jan. 21, 2020

Lebanese President Michel Aoun gave ordersto the army and internal security forces to restore order in downtown Beirut at the weekend. This resulted in bloody clashes between protesters and the security forces, with 377 reported injured on Saturdaynight. The minister of interior condemned the violence while accusingprotestersof attacking the security forces. However, the scenes we have seen in downtown Beirut …

U.S. seeks big contempt fines against Turkey’s Halkbank

By: Jonathan Stempel; Editing by: Tom Brown. Reuters, Jan. 21, 2020.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government said on Tuesday that Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank (HALKB.IS) should be subjected to escalating fines totaling millions of dollars until it responds in court to criminal charges it helped Iran evade U.S. economic sanctions. In a filing in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors said Halkbank should be fined an initial $1 …

A Texas-Size Defeat for the E.U.: Brexit Is Here

By: Steven ErlangerThe New York Times, Jan. 31, 2020

The European Parliament voted in Brussels on Wednesday to ratify the withdrawal agreement that governs Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, which will formally happen on Friday at midnight Brussels time. The occasion was marked by speechifying and the singing of “Auld Lang Syne.” Some European legislators put up a sign reading, hopefully: “It’s not goodbye, it’s au revoir” — an “until …

Lebanon gets a new Hezbollah-backed government amid mounting unrest

By: Liz Sly and Suzan Haidamous  The Washington post, Jan. 22, 2020

BEIRUT — Lebanon formed a government Tuesday that is controlled exclusively for the first time by Hezbollah and its allies, affirming the Iranian-backed movement’s increasingly powerful role in the country and raising concerns about Lebanon’s ability to halt a spiral of economic and political collapse. Protesters, who have been demanding a government aligned with none of the existing political factions, …