The Fuel, Sayyed Nasrallah’s Equation and the Ungrateful, Contingent People

September 16, 2021

The Fuel, Sayyed Nasrallah’s Equation and the Ungrateful, Contingent People

By Charles Abi Nader

Now that the Iranian fuel has arrived to Lebanon via Syria – under the care, sponsorship and protection of Hezbollah – and now that it is available in the Lebanese market at the preferences identified by His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah as free or low-cost and to be distributed according to clear standards, it is the duty of every observer whether concerned or not [the unconcerned is definitely concerned but prefers not show it] to say what should be said neutrally. He should express his opinion objectively, if he could, about this achievement that has neither been fulfilled by Lebanon nor any other state with the challenges it carries. Of course, the challenges are not intended for internal parties who are completely ineffective and their words are nothing more than mere dust. But rather, the challenges confront regional and international parties which have been and still are laying a siege and pressuring major countries, and are somehow succeeding in that.

At first and foremost, the challenge facing the United States – which bet, through unprecedented economic and political pressure – that Lebanon and its entire component would surrender, in such a way that the Lebanese would yell at Hezbollah: “Enough! Yield to what the Americans want and engage in the game of subservience, normalization and surrender. Withdraw from the regional equations that you support or you had shaped, and have mercy on your people who are on the verge of collapse and have entered the tunnel of hunger, thirst and disease”.

The second challenge faced “Israel”, which also bet on Hezbollah’s reluctance to dare to transport the Iranian fuel, not only because that’s against Washington’s will, but also in transporting it via a sensitive sea route fraught with high risks, where “Israel” and its allies militarily control a large section of it to some extent, between the Arabian Sea, Bab al-Mandab, the Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea. “Israel” thought that Hezbollah would be afraid of launching even one ship in this sea route where it has frequently assaulted many Iranian ships. It was surprised by Hezbollah’s boldness, and what shocked it even more was when Hezbollah considered the ship or the ships that will transport Iranian fuel to Lebanon as a “Lebanese Territory” and the rules of engagement will apply to it just as they apply to the Lebanese land and facilities; asserting that any attack on it after it is loaded with fuel even if it is still docked in Iranian ports are tantamount to an attack on Lebanese territory.

The other challenge, despite lacking the importance and influence and does not pose any military danger such as the challenges confronting Washington or “Israel”, is the challenge facing some internal parties who bet – as usual – on the stances of Washington and “Israel”, believing that both would at least impede the transport of the Iranian fuel to Lebanon and ease the siege on the country. These parties remained at ease until they were certain that Iranian fuel had started flowing to Lebanon via the Syrian tankers. As they gasped its sweet scent, they were dumbfounded, silenced and tongue-tied, after being vocal and bold about the impossibility of Iranian fuel arriving.

It’s normal for these tongue-tied parties – after smelling the scent of Iranian fuel and hearing Sayyed Nasrallah’s detailed plan of fuel distribution to all the Lebanese; surely, those who desire and not by force, because oil by force has huge health and psychological repercussions – to keep their mouths shut, not to react positively with the event and never thank Hezbollah for this achievement. It’s typical of them because these people with their masters in the region and in the west attacked and conspired against Hezbollah when the latter was shedding blood in confronting the “Israeli” occupation or Takfiri terrorism in order to defend and protect the sons of these contingent and ungrateful people.

What’s worth noting in the reaction of these ungrateful parties is that their media refrained from reacting and appropriately reporting this event. Rather, they abided by the orders of their masters, benefactors and sponsors and overlooked broadcasting Sayyed Nasrallah’s speech regarding the details of transfer and distribution.

Last but not least, the event of the Iranian fuel will end soon and may stay for a little longer if the new government delays in carrying out its basic duties, but Hezbollah will always remain Lebanon’s safety valve and right hand to its legitimate military forces, if the political authorities fail to carry out their duties in protecting the country and its economic security. Accordingly, part of the contingent and ungrateful Lebanese will remain pawns and mouthpieces of their foreign masters, just the way we are used to them being.

Hezbollah Foes Desperately Tried to Underestimate Its Fuel Import Plan, Propaganda Failed: Video

September 15, 2021

Since Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah announced in his Ashura speech that the first fuel ship set off from Iran, the opponents of the Resistance Party in Lebanon, the region, and the whole world desperately tried to underestimate its fuel import plan.

Anti-Hezbollah forces launched a propaganda that depreciates the Resistance endeavor to confront the US siege by importing the Iranian fuel. That propaganda was based on misleading information about Hezbollah intentions and Iran’s ability to provide Lebanon with diesel and gasoline.

After Sayyed Nasrallah announced the arrival of the first oil ship, all the efforts of Hezbollah foes went in vain.

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Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Sayyed Nasrallah Calls for Avoiding Popular Gatherings during Passage of Fuel Convoy in Baalbek-Hermel Area

September 15, 2021

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah called Wednesday for avoiding popular gatherings in Baalbek-Hermel area during the passage of the fuel cisterns convoy.

In a statement, Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that his eminence checked out the ongoing media and popular preparations in Baalbek-Hermel area to welcome the fuel cisterns convoy on Thursday, appreciating the sincere interaction of the inexorable people with this step.

Sayyed Nasrallah thanked the Baalbek-Hermel locals for this interactions and embrace over decades, urging the residents, especially Hezbollah commanders in the area, to avoid the popular gatherings during the passage of the fuel cisterns convoy to preserve locals’ safety and facilitate its movement.

Upon Sayyed Nasralla’s orders, Hezbollah command in Bekaa canceled all celebrations which had been scheduled to be held.

Sayyed Nasrallah announced on Monday that the first fuel ship, which Hezbollah decided to import from Iran, arrived in Banyas seaport early Sunday finished unloading its cargo, adding that the cisterns transferring the diesel load will enter Lebanon on Thursday.

The diesel will be stored in specific tanks in Baalbeck city before distributing it over the various Lebanese areas, Sayyed Nasralalh said.

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“I’ve Seen the Horrific Toll Western Sanctions are Having On the People of Syria and Lebanon”

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Daniel Kovalik

Millions hungry… no fuel or electricity… worthless currency… I witnessed all of this in Lebanon and Syria. And the greatest tragedy is this needless suffering is caused by the West’s desire to introduce ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’.

I have just returned from my second trip to Lebanon and Syria this year. I previously visited in May, and in the course of a few months I have witnessed a precipitous decline in the wellbeing of the people of both of these countries.

Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, seemed rather normal and tranquil in May but is now completely dark at night, due to a lack of electricity. There are only a few hours of sporadic electricity a day throughout the city. Meanwhile, fuel is nearly impossible to come by, with lines of cars spanning at least a kilometer waiting for gas. A number of my friends told me that they could not drive to meet me because they had no fuel for their vehicles.

There is also little to no garbage service, and so the streets and sidewalks are lined with trash. In what was once dubbed the ‘Paris of the East’, I witnessed goats roaming the streets in search of garbage to eat on the side of the road. The Lebanese lira has tumbled in value daily, with menus at restaurants that were still able to operate displaying prices written in pencil so they could be changed every morning. As I write these words, the lira is now worth 0.00066 US dollars. A number of truly exasperated people stated – with a swoosh of the hand in the air – that “Lebanon is finished.” And it certainly feels that way.

Everyone in Lebanon I talked to wants out of the country; some even asked if I could take them with me. The possible exception is the mass of Syrian people who have fled the war in their own country.  Many of these Syrians now live on the streets in Beirut. It is very common to see Syrian women with their children sleeping on the dark city sidewalks.  According to UNICEF, there are nearly 1.5 million Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, putting further strain on a social system which is unable to take care of its own people.

Syria is also suffering from a lack of electricity, with power for only a few hours a day, and food and vital medicines are hard to come by as well.  Personal protective materials necessary to protect against Covid – such as masks and hand sanitizer – are almost non-existent.


The families I stayed with would be at the ready with their laundry and food to cook for the odd occasion that the electricity would turn on for an hour. Most people are without air-conditioning or refrigeration in the sultry climate. The Syrian pound is also relatively valueless, with $100 buying bags of the currency, as I myself have experienced. Meanwhile, huge swathes of cities like Homs remain largely in rubble as post-war reconstruction has ground to a halt.

All of this is, of course, according to the plan of the Western ‘humanitarians’ who claim their suffocating economic sanctions on Syria – once Lebanon’s biggest trading partner and largest source of fuel – are intended to somehow bring democracy and freedom to the region. As we well know, these sanctions hurt civilians first and foremost, and disproportionately injure women and children in every country upon which they have been imposed.

As an article in Foreign Affairs explains, the example of Iraq shows that sanctions do nothing but create human misery. It reads, “US sanctions killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. Their effect was gendered, disproportionately punishing women and children. The notion that sanctions work is a pitiless illusion.” 

And it goes into great detail about the humanitarian toll of the sanctions first imposed upon Syria by President Trump. “The Trump administration designed the sanctions it has now imposed on Syria to make reconstruction impossible. The sanctions target the construction, electricity and oil sectors, which are essential to getting Syria back on its feet. Although the United States says it is ‘protecting’ Syria’s oil fields in the northeast, it has not given the Syrian government access to repair them, and US sanctions prohibit any firm of any nationality from repairing them – unless the administration wishes to make an exception…”

The article goes on to point out that these restrictions mean the country faces “mass starvation or another mass exodus,” according to the World Food Program. This is backed up by alarming statistics which show that 10 years ago, abject poverty in Syria affected less than one percent of the population. By 2015, this had risen to 35 percent of the population. The rise in food prices – up 209 percent in the last year – is also noted, as is the fact that according to the World Food Program, there are now 9.3 million “food insecure” Syrians.
There is also criticism of the requirements the Syrian government must meet to secure relief from the sanctions. These are described as “deliberately vague” – a ploy, it is said, to deter investors who might be able to assist Syria, but are unprepared to do so because they are not certain they are free to help.

The UK humanitarian organization, the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART), echoes these concerns, explaining that “[t]he sanctions that have been placed on Syria by the EU (including the UK) and USA have caused dire humanitarian consequences for Syrian citizens in Government controlled areas (which is 70% of the country) who are seeking to rebuild their lives…”

“Of the huge amounts of humanitarian aid that western governments are sending ‘to Syria’, the vast majority reaches either refugees who have fled the country, or only those areas of Syria occupied by militant groups opposed to the Syrian government. Most Syrian people are therefore deliberately left unsupported; indeed, even their own effort to help themselves and re-build their lives are hampered by sanctions.”

The despair being brought about by Western sanctions is palpable. Syrians and Lebanese, whose fates are inextricably tied to each other, have little hope for a happy and prosperous future. Once again, the West’s claims to ‘civilize’ the world have brought only misery, sorrow and destruction.

But I would be remiss if I did not end on this note: that, still, despite it all, the incredible hospitality and kindness of the Syrians and Lebanese have yet to be destroyed by the cruelty visited upon them.  Everywhere my companions and I went, including in the most modest homes of places like Maaloula, Homs or Latakia, Syria, or in Lebanon, families were quick to offer us coffee, water, and snacks.

Despite the fact that they are being denied the basic amenities of life by sanctions as targeted as a nuclear weapon, these people still know how to share the little that they have. This, I will always carry with me and be grateful for.

Daniel Kovalik teaches International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and is author of the recently-released No More War: How the West Violates International Law by Using “Humanitarian” Intervention to Advance Economic and Strategic Interests.

Nasrallah: ‘1st Iran fuel ship has arrived, for all Lebanese’

September 14, 2021

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Below are breaking news items from a speech delivered by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on 13-09-2021, in which he provided extensive details about his movement’s ongoing efforts to import much-needed fuel shipments from Iran to Lebanon aimed at breaking what Nasrallah says is a US-led economic siege on Lebanon.

Source: Al-Manar TV (Website)

Date: September 14, 2021

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Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s Secretary General:

–  So as not to embarrass the Lebanese government (and certain parties), we went for the second option, which is sending the (Iranian fuel) ship to the Syrian Baniyas Port, and Syria (who accepted receiving the ship) has facilitated (the ship’s) movement at the Baniyas Port and secured fuel tanks for the transportation process of the oil derivatives (across the Lebanese-Syrian border).

– Our sincere thanks goes to the Syrian leadership for their support and facilitation (of the process), and their understanding and contribution to the success of this step so far and for the next stages (as well).

– The first ship arrived at the Baniyas Port, Sunday night at 2:30 a.m., and the unloading of its cargo will be finished today (Monday), and the transfer of this material is supposed to begin this Thursday to specific reservoirs in the Baalbek region (in Lebanon), from where it will be distributed to the rest of the regions of Lebanon

– There were some (sides who) considered (i.e. framed) our promise to import oil derivatives from Iran as mere media talk, (which is) an effort that has failed.

– The existing deterrence equation (imposed by Hezbollah that protects) Lebanon, (also protects) the fuel ships and allowed the safe arrival of the first ship and (will ensure) the other ships (arrive safely too God willing).

– The ship that arrived carries diesel oil and the second ship that will arrive in a few days to Baniyas Port will be carrying diesel too.

– All the administrative prerequisites have been completed to begin the transport of the third ship (from Iran), which will be carrying gasoline (petrol).

-The fourth ship, which will be sent later, will carry diesel due to the coming winter seasons

– As for the method of delivery, we have adopted the following mechanism: for one month, starting September 16 till October 16, oil derivatives will be made available as donations to the following entities (in Lebanon): public hospitals, retirement homes (for the elderly), orphanages, special needs facilities, water institutions, and (poor) municipalities (local government councils) that use water wells.

– Civil Defence regiments and the Lebanese Red Cross will be receiving (diesel in the form of) donations too.

– A month after the arrival of the first ship, (the second category to be provided with diesel) will be pharmaceutical factories, serum laboratories, bakeries, (local) markets/shopping centres, as well as private power companies providing people with electricity through (private) power generators.

– In selling oil derivatives for private power companies at a price lower than the cost, we will reach an agreement to (ensure) the lowering of the (currently) exaggerated (artificially inflated) prices that are set for citizens.

– Our (great) concern is that the diesel oil is utilised for the sake of easing the suffering of the Lebanese people and (not to be sold) in the black market.

– We stress that the oil derivatives will be sold at less than the cost price, and we will consider the losses as an aid and gift from the Islamic Republic of Iran and Hezbollah.

– The main focus in terms of distributing (the diesel to Lebanese organisations/entites) will primarily occur via the US-sanctioned Al-Amanah Company (since it is already sanctioned!), while other (distribution) companies will be considered later on.

– My advice to the new government – which would not want (to bear the consequences of) lifting (government) subsidies – is to ensure that subsidised oil derivatives reach the citizens so that traders and monopolists won’t monopolise and sell them at (higher) new prices next month.

– Initially we (Hezbollah) were able to organise a a convoy of ships (from Iran), but we did not want to provoke (and antagonise) anybody because our goal is to alleviate (the Lebanese people’s) suffering, and so we used minimum media coverage in order to allow the process to actualise and achieve its intended purpose.

– We must thank the Islamic Republic of Iran, the leader Imam Khamenei (may his life be prolonged), President Ibrahim Raisi, and the Iranian officials.

– We thank Syria’s leadership and government for the facilitation, understanding, and cooperation it has shown and will show during the next stage.

– One of the blessings of this course (of organising fuel shipments from Iran), was that it opened new doors, especially after the immediate American actions following our move (i.e. suddenly allowing Lebanese officials to meet some of Lebanon’s electricity needs from Egypt & Jordan via Syria)

– We welcomed the visit of the official Lebanese delegation to Syria, and (thank Syria’s government) for handling the situation with openness and love despite the delicacy of the matter. 

– Iraqi fuel is supposed to arrive soon by the end of September (too), which will (contribute to) alleviating (the Lebanese) people’s suffering, and we reiterate our thanks to the Iraqi government for their efforts.

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Hezbollah Finalizes Preparations to Receive Iranian Fuel in Baalbeck

Lebanon Fuel Crisis

 September 14, 2021

Hezbollah has finalized preparations to receive Iranian fuel in the northeastern city of Baalbeck, local media reported on Tuesday.

Hezbollah’s Al-Bekaa command has finalized logistic and technical preparations to receive tanker carrying the Iranian fuel oil, which will arrive in Baalbeck this week.

Mass ceremony will be held in the Lebanese city when the tankers will arrive next Thursday, local media reported.

Between70 to 80 tankers carrying fuel oil are on their way to Baalbeck from the Syrian port of Baniyas, where the first Iranian vessel docked in the past days.

The tankers are carrying nearly three million liters of fuel oil, according to local media.

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah announced on Monday that the Iranian fuel oil will arrive in Lebanon on Thursday.

His eminence said that Hezbollah will be distributing the fuel oil on governmental hospitals and other vital facilities for free.

The fuel oil will also be distributed for low cost on other institutions across the country, according to Sayyed Nasrallah.

Hezbollah S.G. said a second ship with fuel oil would arrive in Baniyas in a few days, with a third and fourth, respectively carrying gasoline and fuel oil, also due.

Daily life has been almost paralyzed in Lebanon as fuel dries up because the country lacks the dollars to pay for it.

The state-owned power company is generating only minimal electricity, leaving businesses and households almost entirely dependent on small, private generators that run on fuel oil.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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من الظلم والإجحاف حصر أسباب عدم تمكن حكومة الرئيس حسان دياب من النهوض بأعباء الأزمة بتحميله المسؤولية، والكلّ يعلم أنّ الحصار الخارجي والداخلي قطع على الحكومة أغلب الطرق التي يجب اعتمادها، وان الدفع لتصعيد الأزمة حتى بلوغ الإنهيار كان أكبر من طاقة ايّ حكومة في ظلّ حجم الاستنفار الخارجي والداخلي لأخذ لبنان إلى القعر أملاً بخروج اللبنانيين على المقاومة يحمّلونها مسؤولية الانهيار، وليس خافياً انّ هذا الاستنفار شكّل سبب منع قيام حكومة لأكثر من سنة، ولولا التبدّل الناجم عن قواعد الإشتباك الجديدة التي فرضتها سفن الحرية التي أطلقتها المقاومة لنقل المحروقات من إيران لما تبدّل الموقف وفتح طريق ولادة الحكومة.

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Sayyed Nasrallah: Diesel to Arrive in Lebanon Thursday… The American Conspiracies Will Fail as They Always Did

September 13, 2021

Sayyed Nasrallah: Diesel to Arrive in Lebanon Thursday… The American Conspiracies Will Fail as They Always Did

By Al-Ahed News

Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a televised speech on Monday evening in which he tackled the latest political developments in Lebanon and the region.

At the beginning of his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah mourned the demise of prominent cleric Sayyed Mohammad Said al-Hakim in Iraq and the Head of the Supreme Shia Council in Lebanon Sheikh Abdul Amir Qabalan.

Moving to politics, Sayyed Nasrallah welcomed the formation of the Lebanese government that was announced on Friday and thanked all those who contributed to this achievement. His eminence didn’t forget to thank the caretaker prime minister Hassan Diab for his patience and patriotism and shouldering the responsibility over the period of caretaking the responsibilities of the already resigned government.

Highlighting that the current government’s priorities must be to save the nation from the heart of the downfall, carry out reforms, and take care of people’s livelihood, the resistance leader also voiced support for getting prepared to hold the municipal elections in the due time, and insisted on this issue.

Also on the governmental level, Sayyed Nasrallah called for finishing the ministerial statement as soon as possible for the government to gain confidence and drive the country out of the crises, urging everybody to stand in solidarity to grant the government the sufficient time before judging it.

Fuel bound to Lebanon

In key notes that were the reason for delivering Monday’s speech, Sayyed Nasrallah commented on the fuel shipments heading for Lebanon, explaining that Hezbollah had two choices regarding the destination where the ship docks, one was Lebanon and the other was Syria.

“Not to embarrass certain parties inside Lebanon, we decided to send the ship to Syria, which agreed on the matter of receiving the ship at one of its ports,” His Eminence stated, adding that Syria facilitated the movement in Baniyas Port for the storage and transferring the oil via the borders, and it also provided the cisterns in which the oil will be transferred.

Sayyed Nasrallah announced that the first ship carrying oil derivatives docked at the Syrian Port of Baniyas on Sunday evening, and today [Monday] unloading its cargo will be finished.

His Eminence further declared that transferring the oil derivatives to Beqaa area will start on Thursday and will be stored in certain reservoirs in Baalbek.

Lashing out at some bets that considered the promise to send the ships is just for media consumption, the resistance leader said the matter is left behind as the ship already arrived.

“The ‘Israeli’ was in trouble as the equation of deterrence was set, and it is the one that protected and allowed the arrival of the first ship,” Sayyed Nasrallah underlined, slamming those who betted on the Americans who failed to prevent the arrival of the ships despite the pressures and threats.

Additionally, His Eminence noted that betting on causing a trouble between Hezbollah and the Lebanese state has also collapsed thanks to the cooperation of the Syrian state: “All bets have collapsed and serious work has started although we expected setting new gamblings.”

The Hezbollah leader elaborated that the ship that has already arrived was carrying diesel oil, and the second ship will arrive at the Baniyas Port within a few days. Meanwhile, all administrative measures to send the third ship have been finished, and it will carry gas oil from Iran.

The fourth ship will later be carrying diesel oil to be used for heating as winter approaches, Sayyed Nasrallah made clear.

Elsewhere in comments on the same issue, the Hezbollah leader mentioned that based on the new government’s track and the given data, the destination of other ships would be decided.

Ruling out any intention of making profits, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah doesn’t seek trade or benefits from such ships, and it only aims at easing the suffering of the people. “The cargo that will arrive will be handed to all classes in Lebanon and is not limited to certain people,” His Eminence assured.

“We prepared a specific mechanism to deliver the oil derivatives, and we don’t aim at competing with others,” Sayyed Nasrallah said. “As per distribution, we adopted several divisions; the first of which is a donation that will be sent for a one-month supply for several sides.”

Those sides are public hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, and centers that take care of people with special needs, Sayyed Nasrallah said. Additionally, water facilities and poor municipalities that has water wells, the civil firefighting centers, and the Lebanese Red Cross will be considered in this donation.

According to Sayyed Nasrallah, the second section that will receive those derivatives with appropriate prices – and there are priorities in this regard – are the private hospitals, serology laboratories, bakeries, and supermarkets, the food industry, and the agricultural equipment.

“We will sell the oil derivatives to the second section with prices that are lower than the costs at the market and there will be no oil that will be sold to individuals,” the resistance leader underscored.

In the phase of distribution, Hezbollah will depend in the first place on the Al-Amana company that is already blacklisted by the US and will deal with other companies later. The quantities will be distributed gradually to increase the amount of the beneficiaries and Hezbollah will focus mainly on the municipal unions, according to Sayyed Nasrallah.

His Eminence underscored that the important point for Hezbollah is that the material reaches the due recipients and not the black market. “We will shoulder a big amount of the costs against the greed and monopoly found in Lebanon.”

The resistance group will sell the material in prices that are less than their expenses as it doesn’t seek profits and will consider the losses as an aid from Hezbollah and Iran, its leader added.

The official price for selling the diesel oil will be either announced on Wednesday or on Thursday, and it will be less than the expenses. The material will be sold in exchange for the Lebanese pound and Hezbollah will not cost the country’s treasury anything, Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized.

“We aim at breaking the black market and the greed of the monopolists,” His Eminence reiterated.

Sayyed Nasrallah called on the new government to have the Lebanese Army as the guarantor in the process of delivering subsidies to the people.

In clear remarks highlighting Hezbollah’s capabilities, Sayyed Nasrallah said the party was able to get a convoy of ships at once with a media coverage, but it didn’t do so because it didn’t want to incite anybody and it is why Hezbollah achieved the matter with the minimum of media coverage.

“We don’t aim at any political employment of what happened,” His Eminence noted, affirming that among the blessings of what happened is that it opened new doors to Lebanon, especially after the direct US move to bring Egyptian gas through Jordan and Syria.

On the same level, Sayyed Nasrallah welcomed the official visit of the Lebanese delegation to Syria that was open and loving despite the critical situation.

Regarding the agreement of exchanging Iraqi fuel, Sayyed Nasrallah said it is supposed to arrive in Lebanon and thanked the Iraqi government for its efforts in this respect.

Also on the local level, Sayyed Nasrallah warned that the ration card might open another door to stealing, corruption, and politicization and called on the Lebanese to adhere to the law related to the ration card without any fraud: “Those who don’t meet the restrictions should leave the money offered by this card to other people in need.”

Gilboa Heroic Op

Hailing the operation of Gilboa Prison break, Sayyed Nasrallah described the “Tunnel of Freedom” Operation that was carried out by Palestinian heroes and resistance men as an event with major and very important significances.

“The “Tunnel of Freedom” Operation expresses the creativity of those heroes and it is a source of pride for every honorable man, it also expresses the Palestinian insistence on freedom,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

Additionally, His Eminence ruled out that detaining four of the six escapees would undermine the success of the operation and underscored that the responsibility of protecting the two remaining escapees should be shouldered by all Palestinians.

July 13 Events: Gaza Liberation, Airport Massacre, Jabal al-Rafei Confrontation

As today marks the 16th anniversary of liberating the Gaza Strip, Sayyed Nasrallah commented on this “major victory the resistance has scored and it emphasized the benefit of the choice of resistance”, noting that liberating the Gaza Strip led to turning it into a main base for resistance and a source of hope for all the people of Palestine.

July 13 also marks the day when the Lebanese Army opened fire at the heads of people protesting against the Oslo Agreement, in comments on the tragic massacre, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that “We were very patient on this calamity to ward off sedition some sides wanted to create against the Lebanese Army.”

“Nobody in Dahiyeh has opened fire against the security forces although they were killing their sons and daughters. Our people blocked the road in front of the sedition that was desired and later, the blood of our martyrs blended with that of the army’s martyrs,” Sayyed Nasrallah underlined, in reference to the martyrdom of a group of resistance men, including his own son, martyr Hadi Hassan Nasrallah, and a group of Lebanese Army soldiers on July 13, 1997 while combatting an ‘Israeli’ commando unit in Jabal al-Rafei, south Lebanon.

“The blood of our resistance men blended with the blood of the Lebanese Army officers, which led to victory,” the Hezbollah leader.

US will always fail

Sayyed Nasrallah concluded his speech by assuring the Americans that they will fail in every conspiracy they hatch against Lebanon: “Just as your hopes and conspiracies failed, you will fail once again and the golden equation [of Army, People, and Resistance in Lebanon] will persist.

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Hezbollah Deputy SG: Iranian Fuel Shipments to Lebanon A Political Achievement against US Injustice

September 11, 2021

Hezbollah Deputy SG: Iranian Fuel Shipments to Lebanon A Political Achievement against US Injustice

By Staff, Agencies

The fact that Iranian ships transport fuel for Lebanon is a political, social and moral achievement in the face of the US oppression and its crimes against humanity, Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General His Eminence Sheikh Naim Qassem said.

Addressing the Arab Forum, United for Lebanon Resisting Siege, Monopoly, and Corruption on Friday, Sheikh Qassem said the developments in the country are in stark contrast to the US-‘Israeli’ project.

He said the Americans were surprised to see that the fuel-laden ships – coming from Iran – have broken the siege of Lebanon and provided the Lebanese with the vital product.

Hezbollah has confronted the ‘Israeli’ occupiers and would be able to counter the US siege in appropriate ways, the deputy secretary general emphasized.

Sheikh Qassem also called for cooperation and solidarity among Arab countries, particularly among Lebanon’s neighbors, saying Beirut welcomes any unconditional support.

The first ship carrying Iranian fuel reportedly entered Syria’s territorial waters on September 2 to unload its cargo, which will be then transferred to Lebanon via tankers. Informed sources said that two other Iranian ships will also deliver their cargo to Lebanon through the same mechanism.

Fuel shortages in Lebanon have forced businesses and government offices to close, threatening to cause blackouts at hospitals and halt transportation and other vital sectors in the Arab country.

The plan to buy Iranian fuel, announced by Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in August, is seen as a watershed in the US sanctions, which have severely affected Lebanon and Iran alike.

Hezbollah Continues to Dismay the US By Changing Every Threat into An Opportunity

September 10, 2021

Hezbollah Continues to Dismay the US By Changing Every Threat into An Opportunity

By Mohammad Youssef

Hezbollah’s initiative to bring ships of Iranian fuel to Lebanon has prompted Washington and its allies to kick start actions to sabotage the step or to lessen its positive effects on Lebanon and the Lebanese.

The US administration is heavily involved in the Lebanese affairs and following up attentively daily politics in the country, yet all this to no avail.

The US Congress delegation to Lebanon last week expressed dismay over the Iranian fuel supplies saying that Lebanon is not in need for Iranian petroleum and provoking Saudi Arabia to play a role in blocking Tehran’s help and replacing it by a Saudi one.

In another position, the delegation described Hezbollah as a cancer that should be eradicated. This reflects Washington rage and frustration from the resistance group…

The ship that will change the face of Lebanon

Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s decision to import petroleum from Iran has prompted a series of reactions that positively impacted the critical situation in Lebanon.

In an effort to break the US blockade and sanctions against Lebanon and alleviate the suffering of the Lebanese people came the party’s initiative, yet it is to be considered a step in the course of events that will follow later.

The decision is not an isolated step, nor it is an emotional reaction to the miserable situation; it rather reflects a sober policy, a deeply pondered decision to change the course of events and begin to break this chain of US sanctions.

Lebanon has been suffering for centuries from the continuous aggressions of Washington allies and tools, namely the ‘Israeli’ enemy occupation and recently the takfiri groups; to this effect Hezbollah has dearly sacrificed thousands of his leaders and fighters protecting Lebanon and liberating its territories. Thus, logically speaking, it would be easier for a party that sacrificed blood and lives which are the most precious to spend things of less importance and value to help people.

When our resistance against the ‘Israeli’ occupation started back in 1982, few people believed in it, fewer believed it can make real achievements against one of the mightiest armies in the world; but nowadays, after all the military achievements and victories against the ‘Israeli’ occupation, whether they like it or not, many admit the balance equation that the resistance has been able to build.

The Axis of Resistance is a real strong force that has its say in determining the course of events in the region. A real trustworthy force that our enemy has to make consideration before it dares to attack or carry on with its malicious plans and conspiracies.

Now the resistance in Lebanon kick-starts a new bold initiative which will definitely face skepticism and doubts about its effectiveness. The party has been prudent from the beginning as not to boast, but in reality this is a course of events that will bring lots of positive developments where by the Lebanese depend on themselves and start to build a real productive economy that can endure and stand the sanctions and siege and surmount their negative impact.

One of the most important things that the ship has brought to Lebanon was the newly formed government yesterday and not the petroleum oil.

The ship, upon its arrival, has sent a strong alarm to the American and their Western allies that they better handle the situation as the game they have started is backfiring on them and taking a course of action beneficial to Hezbollah. The party has successfully been able to reverse the tide, to contain its consequences and to start a counter initiative that made the US plea to devoid of its content. Again and again, to Washington’s dismal, Hezbollah changes the threat into an opportunity.

There will pass not a long time before Washington realizes again how mistaken it was to impose siege and sanctions against Lebanon, as this is going to usher in a new era of changes that will bring Lebanon closer to its economic independence, to a new equation where Lebanon is of more control and Washington of less influence.

A new promising hope is looming, thanks to the US arrogance and shortsightedness.

Syria and Lebanon’s Unbreakable Brotherhood: Against All Odds!

September 9, 2021

Syria and Lebanon’s Unbreakable Brotherhood: Against All Odds!

By Mohammad Sleem

Beirut – Unique of its kind, Hermel’s Al Assi river in north Lebanon, flows upwards towards Syria opposing the logical direction of any river and links between the Syrian and Lebanese borders. The link between the two neighbors is fed with social and political factors that has long bonded both countries for hundred years to date.

Since the 2011 Syrian crisis and the most recent Lebanese crises, the first official Lebanese delegation visited the Syrian capital last week to discuss the possibility of importing gas from Egypt through the Syrian territories in a bid to solve the fuel shortages in power plants, which has affected Lebanon’s economy and day-to-day life.

After a 10-year cut in diplomatic ties between the two governments and amid the ensuing calamities in Lebanon as the worst monetary inflation taking place, the Lebanese government has no time for any additional delays to enhance the country’s economy to a better level as much as possible.

In the light of the aforementioned, an official delegation including Lebanon’s Deputy Prime Minister Zeina Akar, Minister of Energy and Water Raymond Ghajar, Finance Minister Ghazi Wazne, Secretary-General of the Lebanese Syrian Higher Council Nasri khoury and General Security Director General Abbas Ibrahim headed to Syria on September 4 in the highest level visit in years to ask Syria to allow the passage of Egyptian gas through the Syrian territories.

The 4-hour meeting concluded with a declaration on behalf of the Syrian side of full assistance and cooperation and an agreement on the technical procedures to implement the move immediately.

The next day, Syrian President Bashar Assad met with a Lebanese Druze delegation at the Syrian Presidential Palace.

Head of the Lebanese Democratic Party MP Talal Arslan and head of the Arab Unitarian Party and former minister Wiam Wahhab asserted the importance of the strong ties between the two countries in face of any challenge.

The delegation also presented a warm greeting by Sheikh Nasseredine al-Gharib, the spiritual leader of the Druze community in Lebanon, congratulating Syria for its latest victories against terrorism, confirming that the Druze community will always be loyal to Syria and its people.

Forty-eight  hours were enough to put things back on track between the two neighbors, proving that no matter how vicious the battles and struggles both nations may face, given the boundless US-“Israel” meddling via political and military policies such as the Caesar Act and the backing of terrorist groups. Hence, Syrian-Lebanese cooperation has a direct beneficial impact for both countries, it struck US proxies in Lebanon calling for a full cut of ties with Syria in the heart revealing how wrong their visions and decisions are.

A whole decade of a conspiring to split Syria and Lebanon, reinforced by a brutal war led by the US and its proxies has failed, and all the facts lead to the reality that Syria is the only gateway for Lebanon and its true ally for better or worse, taking in consideration the recent crisis in Lebanon.

The brotherhood between Lebanon and Syria is as the Al Assi River, facing the calamities and all the struggles together, with a one-of-a-kind link, standing side by side at every precise moment, even when opposing nature itself – against all odds!

SLHC SG Nasri Khoury: A ’Silent Effort’ By the Lebanese-Syrian Higher Council

 SEPTEMBER 8, 2021

SLHC SG Nasri Khoury: A ’Silent Effort’ By the Lebanese-Syrian Higher Council

By Mohammed Eid

The Secretary-General of the Syrian-Lebanese Higher Council [SLHC] Nasri Khoury underscored the importance of Syria’s response to the Lebanese request to bring in Egyptian gas and Jordanian electricity through its territory. The response highlights the eagerness of the Syrian state to build close relations with neighboring Lebanon. In doing so, it rises above the many abuses committed against it by some Lebanese forces and parties. This is based on its belief in joint action, which is beneficial to all.

Mutual feasibility

In an exclusive interview with al-Ahed News, Khoury expressed his hope that the Lebanese have realized that it is in the interest of their country to coordinate and consult with the Syrian state, at least from an economic standpoint. This provides great benefit to both countries, especially Lebanon that suffers from great economic and financial distress amid deep political divisions.

According to Khoury, Syria continually rises above the wounds and fires unleashed upon it by some Lebanese factions. It focuses on the importance of openness and the positive results that this openness has on both sides.

He also indicated that Syria’s production capabilities are widely available, which serves as a major asset to Lebanon. Syria also needs Lebanon’s many capabilities, as well as strong ties with Jordan and Egypt, which will lead to overcoming crises imposed by unjust decisions, such as the US blockade on Syria that had negative effects on Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq.

Khoury drew attention to the role played by the SLHC in arranging a visit to Damascus by a high-ranking Lebanese delegation and the accompanying silent effort to reach positive conclusions. This happened more than ten years after the Lebanese government prevented its delegations from consulting and coordinating with Damascus.

Agreement to maintain lines of communication and networks

According to the Secretary-General of the SLHC, Syria always acts according to the logic of a state that knows its interests and preserves the interests of others. Therefore, it is not surprising that it took the initiative to agree to the request of the Lebanese side to bring Egyptian gas to Lebanon through its territory, and in doing so it complies with all that is required of it in this context.

Meanwhile, others still have to abide by their duties within the framework of activating the agreement to get Egyptian gas to Lebanon through Syria and Jordan, which was signed in 2009 and applied for two years before Egypt stopped pumping gas.

Khoury explained to Al-Ahed that the Syrian side, represented by Oil Minister Bassam Tohme, had discussed with the Lebanese side, represented by Energy Minister Raymond Ghajar, all technical issues related to the maintenance of networks and power transmission lines that extend over long distances inside the Syrian and Lebanese territories, especially since some of them have been subjected to systematic sabotage by terrorist groups located in southern Syria.

He expressed his hope that the agreement to get Egyptian gas and Jordanian electricity to Lebanon through Syrian territory will be reactivated again, and that it will be a prelude to signing new agreements between Lebanon and Syria that take into account the broader interests of the two countries and the entire region.

صفي الدين: بضربة واحدة كسرنا حصار 3 دول

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أكد رئيس المجلس التنفيذي في حزب الله، السيد هاشم صفي الدين، أن «إنجازات المقاومة أكبر من لبنان بكثير، ولكن البعض لا يستوعب هذا الأمر رغم اعتراف الأميركي والإسرائيلي».

وقال خلال حفل تأبيني في بلدة قعقعية الجسر الجنوبية «إذا كان هدف الأميركي الضغط على المقاومة في لبنان لنخلي الساحة، فنقول للأميركي إننا سنكون حاضرين بشكل  أكبر وأقوى».

ورأى أن «المشكلة الأساسية في لبنان هي النظام، يُضاف إليها الضغط الأميركي لتتخلى المقاومة عن سلاحها»، مشيراً إلى أن «غباء السفيرة الأميركية كان في مسارعتها لردة الفعل التي فضحت النيّات الأميركية». وتابع «بضربة واحدة كسرنا حصار ثلاث دول، حيث اشترينا المازوت من إيران، وعبرنا به من سورية واستفاد منه لبنان المحاصر وهذه خطوة أولى وسنستكملها بخطوات».

وفي الشأن الحكومي، قال «طالبنا بتشكيل سريع للحكومة وأن يتخلى المسؤولون عن بعض الخصوصيات كي لا نقول  أنانية ويعتب البعض، لمصلحة لبنان»، قائلاً «إن شاء الله لا يأتي اليوم الذي سنقول فيه للذين خربوا وعرقلوا ودمروا لبنان أنكم أدوات أميركية سواء كنتم تعلمون أو لا تعلمون».

اسئلة لا يجرؤ جماعة أميركا على طرحها حول العلاقة بسورية


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يخبرنا جماعة أميركا في لبنان عن كونهم جماعة السيادة الأقحاح، وحماة الاستقلال، ويقدمون علاقاتهم الخارجية وفي طليعتها العلاقة بواشنطن بصفتها ركيزة في ترجمة هذا التوجه السيادي، ولسنا هنا لمحاكمة مدى انطباق مفاهيم السيادة والاستقلال على مزاعم هذا الفريق وعلاقته بالأميركيين وغير الأميركيين، بل للتساؤل في ضوء الموقف الأميركي المستجدّ من العلاقة اللبنانية السورية عما إذا كان هؤلاء السياديون والاستقلاليون يجرؤون على توجيه أسئلة بنكهة سيادية للسفارة الأميركية والمسؤولين الأميركيين.

طوال سنوات كان يخبرنا هؤلاء ما يقوله الأميركيون عن وجوب تحريم أيّ علاقة بسورية، سورية الرئيس بشار الأسد التي نعرفها ويعرفونها، والتي لم يتغيّر شيء فيها منذ  عشر سنوات أرادوا خلالها للبنان قطع شرايين علاقته بسورية، وهي سورية التي كنا نقول منذ بدء مسار الانهيار اللبناني قبل سنتين انّ استعادة العلاقة الأخوية معها تشكل ركيزة لمعالجة أزمات لبنان، وكنا نقول انّ الحصار الأميركي على سورية يستهدف لبنان كما يستهدفها، كانوا يردّدون ما يقوله الأميركيون انّ سورية والمقاومة مصدر للأزمة ويفبركون الأخبار عن مسؤوليتها عن التهريب الذي كانوا ولا يزالون، كما تقول الوقائع اليوم، أسياده، فهل يسألون الأميركي اليوم ما هو الذي تغيّر؟

انْ كانت العلاقة بسورية خير للبنان وحاجة لا غنى عنها خصوصاً في ظلّ الأزمات الصعبة، وكلّ حلول لهذه الأزمات يجب ان تمرّ بسورية، فلماذا حرمنا الأميركيون من هذا الخير طويلاً حتى كدنا نموت اختناقاً، وهم يقولون لنا انه يمكن مع القطيعة مع سورية مواجهة المشكلات، بل عبر القطيعة نفسها؟

انْ كانت العلاقة بسورية تؤذي لبنان كما قالوا، وهم اليوم يوافقون عليها لتفادي ظهور المقاومة بصورة المنقذ للبنان واللبنانيين، فهذا يعني انّ لبنان لا يعنيهم ولا مصالحه تهمهم، وكلّ ما يعنيهم لعبتهم السياسية ولا يرون لبنان وشعبه إلا وقوداً لهذه اللعبة.

انْ كانت العلاقة بسورية في الماضي ممنوعة  كجزء من الرهان الأميركي على إسقاطها، وقد سقط هذا الرهان فباتت العلاقة خارج المحرمات،  فلماذا تمّ استعمال لبنان الصغير كمجرد ساحة وأداة لخوض الصراعات لحساب مصالح دولة كبرى تدّعي الصداقة والحرص زوراً.

انْ كانت العلاقة مع سورية أصبحت حلالاً فهل هذا يشمل المحروقات الإيرانية عبر سورية، خصوصاً انّ المحروقات الإيرانية التي لا تستنزف العملات الصعبة يمكن ان تشكل مخرجاً مناسباً من الأزمات الضاغطة على لبنان.

طالما أنّ العلاقة مع سورية لم تعد من المحرمات وطالما بات مشرعاً استجرار الكهرباء من الأردن والغاز من مصر عبرها فهل يشمل ذلك النفط العراقي الذي يضخه أنبوب ضخم إلى لبنان منذ عقود طويلة ولا يحتاج إلا لبعض التصليحات ويتكفل بتغطية حاجات لبنان وتشغيل مصفاة طرابلس.نحب ان نتفاءل بأن تصحو روح السيادة لدى هؤلاء اللبنانيين فهل نحلم؟

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Hezbollah’s Deterrence Equation in Place: US-“Israeli” Maritime Siege Has Been Broken

SEPTEMBER 5, 2021

Hezbollah’s Deterrence Equation in Place: US-“Israeli” Maritime Siege Has Been Broken

By Mohammad Slim

Beirut – On the 16th of February 2018, Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah announced the first direct threat regarding the maritime dispute between Lebanon and “Israel”.

He stated that the conflict concerning Block 9 in the Lebanese maritime borders is the battle of all the Lebanese nation. His Eminence issued a warning on any drilling by the “Israeli” occupation regime concerning the disputed borders.

Since then and on several occasions, Hezbollah emphasized on the importance of the maritime borders dispute, taking in consideration the “Israeli” ambitions concerning oil and gas sources in the disputed waters.

Considering the full support of the United States to “Israel” regarding the maritime dispute, and with the US government vetoing oil and gas extraction from the Lebanese water, the latter faced a heavy siege on several aspects especially on the fuel and gasoline sources, which caused a severe crisis in the power plants and transportation sectors, leading to an immense shortage on both parts.

The US-“Israeli” message has been delivered to all the Lebanese parties and public, as any government backed by Hezbollah and its allies will face sanctions affecting the country’s efficiency and life concerns; in the light of this, the resulting crisis will be attributed to Hezbollah’s policy.

Amid the severe crisis taking place, Hezbollah had to deal with it in a matter of short time, and a very precise act to face the sanctions and the siege imposed on the country.

The Caesar Act imposed lately on Syria by the US government, is an additional method that made a crystal clear image of the American siege, which might put a lot of obstacles and barriers towards any step forward to solve the current social and economic issues resulting from it.

Hezbollah’s political council and Sayyed Nasrallah on different occasions tackled the issue of the US-imposed Caesar Act, accusing it of being the direct cause of the current crisis. They demanded a quick lift of this act and all other sanctions related to Lebanon and Syria together, plus the American prohibition on any international aid to Lebanon, be it financial or social.

To rub salt into the wound, the currency inflammation caused by the governor of Lebanon’s central bank Riad Salameh, a US ally, as he collaborated mostly with the latter government in the severe drop of the dollar exchange rate, made things even worse.

The more tightened the US siege is, the more badly the Lebanese society is affected, especially with the 80% decrease in economic security.

In the light of Hezbollah’s long lasting patience, Sayyed Nasrallah announced the finalized deterrence equation in Lebanon on the 10th of Muharram, through receiving a fuel tanker from Iran, breaking the American siege. Moreover, His Eminence confirmed that the ship will be considered a Lebanese land, in a step forward to deter the “Israeli” occupation from attacking or besieging the ship itself.

Following the Ashura commemoration, Sayyed Nasrallah declared the arrival of 3 other fuel tankers, in addition to several others as long as the current circumstances circle the Lebanese people in a bid to earn financial security – which Hezbollah has successfully earned given all the political reactions to the His Eminence’s announcement – most importantly, the deterrence equation in Lebanon by land, air and sea has been successfully accomplished.

Three Quarters of Lebanon’s Residents Plunge into Poverty

SEPTEMBER 5, 2021

Three Quarters of Lebanon’s Residents Plunge into Poverty

By UN ESCWA

Poverty in Lebanon has drastically increased over the past year, now affecting about 74% of the total population, warns a new policy brief on “Multidimensional Poverty in Lebanon: Painful Reality and Uncertain Prospects” issued today by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia [ESCWA].

Taking into account dimensions other than income, such as access to health, education and public utilities, increases the rate to 82% of the population living in multidimensional poverty.

This new policy brief comes one year after a previous ESCWA publication on poverty in Lebanon, which had found that between 2019 and 2020, the headcount poverty rate had already jumped from 28% to 55%. According to today’s updates, the multidimensional poverty rate in Lebanon has nearly doubled from 42% in 2019 to 82% in 2021.

Against this backdrop, ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti reiterated her call for the establishment of a social solidarity fund to alleviate the country’s humanitarian crisis. She recalled that, in 2020, ESCWA put forward a proposal: the 10% richest decile in Lebanon, who held nearly $91 billion of wealth at the time, could bridge the funding gap for poverty eradication by making annual contributions of 1% of their net wealth.

According to the study, interlinked shocks exposed the Lebanese pound exchange rate, which has been fixed since the beginning of the century, to tremendous pressures, causing currency depreciation. Inflation soared to 281% between June 2019 and June 2021. These combined shocks have led to a significant decrease in the living standards of both Lebanese and non-Lebanese, and to rampant deprivation.

Moreover, extreme multidimensional poverty, which refers to deprivation in two or more dimensions of poverty, affects 34% of the population today, exceeding half in some areas of the country.

Given that the unprecedented socioeconomic crisis in Lebanon afflicts all segments of society, population groups with highest and lowest levels of educational attainment now register similar poverty rates. The study also highlights that the share of households deprived of healthcare increased to 33%, and the share of those unable to obtain medicines has also increased to more than half.

“Mitigating the impact of the crisis requires solidarity and cooperation between all segments of the Lebanese society,” Dashti stressed, while urging the development of effective social protection schemes that are more responsive to the needs of the poor, especially those living in extreme multidimensional poverty, and the expansion of their scope to include the unemployed.

It is worth to note that, with the progress of development research and the availability of more detailed surveys, the concept of poverty expanded to take into account living conditions and various aspects of deprivation not limited to income. This new concept has become known as “multidimensional poverty”, measured by six key dimensions, namely education, health, public utilities, housing, assets and property, and employment and income.

The Dogs Bark But the Flotilla Embarks For Lebanon: US Fails To Harm Hezbollah’s Reputation

SEPTEMBER 5, 2021

The Dogs Bark But the Flotilla Embarks For Lebanon: US Fails To Harm Hezbollah’s Reputation

By Mohammad Youssef

Hezbollah’s initiative to bring ships of Iranian fuel to Lebanon has prompted Washington and its allies to kick start actions to sabotage the step or to lessen its positive effects on Lebanon and the Lebanese.

The US administration is heavily involved in the Lebanese affairs and following up attentively daily politics in the country, yet all this to no avail.

The US Congress delegation to Lebanon last week expressed dismay over the Iranian fuel supplies saying that Lebanon is not in need for Iranian petroleum and provoking Saudi Arabia to play a role in blocking Tehran’s help and replacing it by a Saudi one.

In another position, the delegation described Hezbollah as a cancer that should be eradicated. This reflects Washington’s rage and frustration from the influential role the party is playing in Lebanon as well as in the region.

First, the US ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea has mocked the step and did not take it seriously when Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah announced it. The head of American diplomacy made consultations and wrongly concluded this is not serious enough, but when Sayyed Nasrallah announced the shipment was on its way she was heavily shocked about her hasty calculations.

Second, the American delegation in an arrogant blackmail threatened there will be sanctions against those who deal with Iran to import oil, and some Lebanese parties mistakenly, or with bad intentions, started to talk about international sanctions though they know for a fact it is only Washington, due to its animosity to the Resistance, and complete bias to ‘Israel’, may impose such sanctions.

Third, the American embassy in Lebanon has become a kind of oil agency that dictates on the distributors the directives on when, where and what quantities of gasoline they would distribute to the stations. According to reports, lists of distributors and distribution places would first arrive to and be approved by the embassy before the process of distribution takes place.

Fourth, the American embassy has recently and repeatedly scorned many of the pro US NGO’S for their failure to confront Hezbollah or to gain influence in the party’s areas. Dorothy Shea expressed her resentment and frustration that not much has been done so far, and it is not enough at all to influence the party followers or supporters.

Fifth, the black propaganda that is being orchestrated and designed in the embassy to distort the party’s reputation, to tarnish its image, and to demonize it in the eyes of the Lebanese and to hold it responsible for all what Lebanon and the Lebanese are going through has come into a complete failure. New plans and more campaigns are in the making now to make up for previous failures.

Sixth, in the same vein, Washington is urging its gulf allies especially Saudi Arabia and UAE to take the initiative from Hezbollah and send supplies to the tormented country so they would earn good reputation that could be later translated into political influence and thus ballots to be casted during the next parliamentary elections.

Seventh, the pro-US gulf countries that are heavily involved in Lebanon and the Lebanese politics are not encouraged enough to send money and supplies because they are not pretty sure this would reach to their proper receivers. In Lebanon, the pro-West, pro-Gulf camp is very notorious for its corruption, malfunction, and its trust unworthiness.

Meanwhile, Hezbollah continues, as planned, its efforts on many levels to alleviate the suffering of the people. Aside from the fuel shipments coming from Iran, the party has launched a series of many vital and very important projects that make people life easier; this includes electricity, water, health and medical facilities, along with streets repair and educational services.

To sum up, Washington with all its tools in the region and the country are waging a relentless war against all those who oppose its hegemony and its imperialist colonialist policies. Thankfully and hopefully, it is losing, and they are winning.

This is going to show us, sooner or later the writing of a new chapter where the US hegemony loses and our people achieve more independence, prosperity and freedom away from Washington sinister plans and conspiracies.

Lebanon to Import Gas from Egypt and Electricity from Jordan via Syria

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Lebanon ministerial visit to Damascus to seek approval for transmit of gas and electricity via Syria

Lebanon will be importing its needs of gas and electric power from Egypt and Jordan respectively via Syria after a Lebanese top delegate obtained Syria’s approval during a visit to Damascus by a top ministerial delegation, a first of its kind in more than 10 years.

The Lebanese delegation was headed by Zeina Akar, acting minister of defense and minister of foreign affairs, and included Minister of Finance Ghazi Wazni and Energy Raymond Ghajar, and Director General of Public Security Major General Abbas Ibrahim.

Both Lebanon and Syria suffer massive shortages in fuel and electricity due to US and EU sanctions on Syria dubbed the Caesar Act, the US instructions to its satellite states not to export gas and gasoline to both countries, and the US occupation of Syria’s main oil and gas fields in northeastern Syria.

Syrian Government Rations Distribution of Fuel Amid NATO Blockade

Prior to the US-led war of terror and war of attrition against Syria that started in March 2011, Syria was self-sufficient in its petroleum and energy needs and was exporting excesses to Lebanon and other countries providing 24 hours full supply of electricity to the last remote village in Syria and in Lebanon. Now, the people in both countries barely get a couple of hours of electricity per day due to the aforementioned reasons.

Lebanon, spearheaded by a number of corrupt officials working against the interests of their own country, has effectively contributed to the US-led war of terror against Syria to find itself years later a victim of its own evil deeds which harmed millions of Syrians by terrorists smuggled from and through Lebanon into Syria along with massive quantities of weapons and munition.

Syria will be benefiting from the transit deal, if it goes through after addressing the technical issues, financially from transit tariffs or by taking a share from imports to satisfy the country’s needs until the Biden forces occupying Syria’s oil and gas fields finish their task in ‘democratizing’ those fields and go home on the other side of the planet.

This top Lebanese ministerial visit to Syria and asking Syria’s approval to allow the transit of these imports of gas from Egypt and electricity from Jordan was at the orders of the US ambassador to Lebanon who instructed the Lebanese President MicMichel Aoun to import the country’s needs of gas and electricity in a cheap and futile attempt to circumvent the solution provided by Sayyed Hasan Nasr Allah, the chief of Hezb Allah, who started importing fuel from Iran challenging the US, EU, and Gulfies embargo on his country. The US ambassador who tried to show her country as caring for the Lebanese people during times of crisis has instead exposed her country’s direct responsibility for the economic woes in Lebanon.

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الوفد الوزاري في دمشق… أخيراً

وفد لبناني رسمي غداً في دمشق: ما هو جدول أعمال الزيارة؟

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أبلغت وزارة الإعلام السورية صحافيين في دمشق اليوم أن وزير الخارجية السورية فيصل المقداد سيستقبل غداً السبت وفداً رسمياً لبنانياً، عند معبر المصنع ـــ جديدة يابوس الحدودي.

وسيكون الوفد اللبناني برئاسة نائبة رئيس حكومة تصريف الأعمال زينة عكر (وزيرة الدفاع ووزيرة الخارجية بالوكالة)، وسيضمّ وزير المالية غازي وزني، وزير الطاقة ريمون غجر والمدير العام للأمن العام عباس إبراهيم.

وعن مضمون زيارة الوفد اللبناني إلى دمشق، أوضح مصدر في وزارة الطاقة اللبنانية لوكالة «فرانس برس» أنها «تندرج في إطار التأكد من قدرة الدولة السورية على السير في مشروع استجرار الغاز المصري عبر الأردن ثم سوريا، وصولاً إلى لبنان»، متوقّعاً «إعادة إحياء اتفاقية موقعة في عام 2009 تتضمن نقل الغاز المصري إلى لبنان عبر سوريا».

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التعليق السياسي

بعد طول انتظار نحن أمام وفد حكومي، وليس وزيراً يُقال إنه زار دمشق بصفته الشخصية ولا يلزم الحكومة أو يمثلها، فالوفد الحكومي مكلف بمهمة ولديه جدول أعمال وطلب مواعيد رسمية بناء عليه، والاستجابة السورية هي فتح باب لمحادثات بين الحكومتين تنتظرها الكثير من القضايا والملفات التي يحتاجها لبنان، وتنتظر تنسيقاً حكومياً، بمعزل عن حال الحكومة الدستوري ووضعية تصريف الأعمال، فلا شيء في لبنان يحتمل الانتظار الذي قد يطول لحين ولادة حكومة جديدة.

السؤال الذي يواجه الوفد الحكومي هو، هل هو بداية متأخرة لمسار كان يجب ان يبدأ، أم أنّ المهمة محصورة بالنطاق الذي منحته السفيرة الأميركية الضوء الأخضر، بكلامها عن الاستعداد للمساعدة في استجرار الغاز المصري والكهرباء الأردنية؟

إذا تجرأ الوفد الحكومي على تأكيد منطلقاته الوطنية السيادية في فتح المسار التعاوني بين البلدين والحكومتين، كتعبير عن المصالح المشتركة، فسيكون خطا خطوة مهمة في حلّ الكثير من الأزمات التي لا يحلها إلا التعاون اللبناني السوري، وسينظر المسؤولون السوريون للطلبات اللبنانية كجزء من مسار تعاون متعدّد المجالات، وإذا اقتصرت مهمة الوفد الحكومي على حدود المسموح أميركياً فسيلقى أصغاء المسؤولين السوريين وانفتاحهم على دراسة الطلبات اللبنانية وفقاً لطبيعتها والظروف المحيطة بها.

المهمّ يبقى في مجرد حدوث الزيارة مهما كان الإطار لأنه بات معيباً بحق لبنان أن يدور الدنيا طلباً للعون، وينتظر إشارة أميركية كي يتوجه الى سورية.

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The Americans Retreat: We Failed to Harm Hezbollah الأميركيون «يتراجعون»: فشِلنا في الإضرار بحزب الله

September 04, 2021

The Americans Retreat: We Failed to Harm Hezbollah

By Hiam al-Qusaify – Al-Akhbar Newspaper

Translated by staff

Following a period of radical American posturing, some signs of change are beginning to appear from Washington as the situation deteriorates and these policies take their toll on Lebanon. Recent American messages seem to be pushing for quick government formation and a move towards elections.

According to reliable American sources, a serious discussion has begun about the feasibility of the pressure exerted by Washington on Hezbollah, its allies, and its sources of funding since 2017 as well as the impact of this pressure on the group and Lebanon as a whole. The discussions concluded that while the financial and economic sanctions affected Hezbollah, the effects weren’t at the level that the Americans had hoped or expected. Rather, it was the other political forces and the Lebanese in general who have been the hardest hit by the unprecedented collapse at all levels.

A reevaluation of the American position is morphing into a new approach, the features of which appeared in the form of direct messages about the formation of a [Lebanese] government. The messages indicate that the Americans are pressing for the formation of a government as soon as possible, in order to avoid further collapse. This collapse is gradually becoming dangerous and severe, to the extent that the Lebanese situation may become a costly bargaining chip for the American side during negotiations with Iran. What Washington wants in Lebanon is for the situation not to collapse completely since it’s still “Israel’s” neighbor, with all that this means. It is also Syria’s neighbor, which Washington still views as an arena of tension. In addition, a complete collapse will only fuel fears in the region that terrorists will infiltrate to the outside world from Syria, in light of the current circumstances in Afghanistan.

According to the latest information, Washington is showing noticeable resentment and despair over the inability of its allies in Beirut to put pressure on Hezbollah and the Covenant [the Lebanese President]. But its allies remained reluctant to engage in an actual confrontation, regardless of their affiliations and positions [except for a very limited number of them], as if they wanted Washington to fight their battles for them.

But Washington isn’t in the process of initiating any such intervention. Instead, it’s opting for a different approach, which involves sending messages of pressure to form the government without any conditions. Washington is no longer concerned with any provisions related to the representation of Hezbollah and its allies, and it’s certainly not concerned with the dispute over the quotas for the representation of Christians or the one-third guarantor. It is concerned about the formation of a government and then holding elections.

Perhaps the second point has become more important for the U.S. because the expected government is a turning point to prevent the collapse. The elections mean more time (because the region’s negotiation stages are long) and the prospects of a new government emerging will help more in the rescue process. From here, the pressure will go towards accepting a government that does not resemble the government of Premiere Hassan Diab. It may not mind a government in which the President has a blocking third, even if it does not publicly give its blessing.

In addition, Washington tried to pressure the Lebanese President to distance himself from Hezbollah to the point of turning against it. But this did not happen, and for various reasons, some of which are about principles and others practical. It’s worth mentioning that at some stages there was noticeable tension in the relationship between the Free Patriotic Movement and Hezbollah – when there was a lot of talk about restoring the relationship and updating the understanding paper, until the issue was finally withdrawn from deliberations by both parties. Note that President Michel Aoun did not go to extremes in this matter.

Hence, Washington’s new roadmap is directed more towards encouraging everyone, including the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister-designate, to expedite the formation of the government at a time when there was fear that Hezbollah and Aoun would seek to take advantage of the new American atmosphere and be strict in forming a government closer to the same color. But judging by Hezbollah’s actions, this seems unlikely as long as the party is represented by someone close to it.

In parallel, there are assurances that all this has nothing to do with any Gulf or Saudi position. Saudi Arabia, unlike Washington, maintains a completely negative posture towards Lebanon and is not concerned with any new American position that helps buy time by forming a government and holding elections. Riyadh withdrew from Lebanon and won’t have any role in the near future.

Finally, the paradox lies in the different approaches of Hezbollah and Aoun to what happened in recent months. Aoun burned bridges with all the allied political forces, the opposition, and the Christian forces, and he is likely to invest these in what will happen next to confront them, as he usually does. As for Hezbollah, it did the exact opposite and tried to understand the reactions of others. It did not turn against any party, first of which is the Sunni group, including previous heads of government and individuals, and other political forces. Rather, it was in favor of the entry of the Lebanese Forces into the government in its pursuit of solving the problem of government representation. Therefore, the question remains: How will they act today regarding the repercussions of forming a government, after the emergence of the new American vision in Lebanon?

الأميركيون «يتراجعون»: فشِلنا في الإضرار بحزب الله

أعضاء من لجنة الشؤون الخارجية في مجلس الشيوخ الأميركي قبيل مغادرتهم مطار بيروت أمس (دالاتي ونهرا)
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بعد تدهور الأوضاع وانعكاس هذا التشدد على حال البلاد. الرسائل الأميركية الأخيرة ضاغطة لجهة أن الوقت قد حان لتأليف حكومة سريعاً والانتقال إلى مرحلة التحضير للانتخاباتفي معلومات مصادر أميركية موثوقة أن نقاشاً جدياً بدأ يأخذ طابعاً متقدماً حول جدوى الضغوط التي مارستها واشنطن منذ عام 2017 على حزب الله وحلفائه ومصادر تمويله وانعكاسها عليه وعلى لبنان ككل. خلاصة النقاش أن الضغوط التي جرت منذ ما قبل العقوبات على بنك «جمّال» والعقوبات والتطويق المالي والاقتصادي، أظهرت حتى الآن أن حزب الله تأثر بطبيعة الحال، بكل ما سبق ذكره، لكن الإصابات لم تكن على المستوى الذي كان يتوقعه الأميركيون. لا بل إن القوى السياسية الأخرى واللبنانيين عموماً هم الذين تأثروا وأصيبوا إصابات فادحة ومباشرة في ظل انهيار غير مسبوق على كافة المستويات الحياتية.

إعادة قراءة الموقف الأميركي، بدأت تأخذ شكلاً مغايراً ظهرت معالمه في رسائل مباشرة حول تشكيل الحكومة. تفيد الرسائل بأن الأميركيين يضغطون لتأليف الحكومة في أسرع وقت ممكن، تفادياً لمزيد من الانهيار. هذا الانهيار يتحول، تدريجاً، خطِراً وقاسياً، إلى الحد الذي قد يصبح فيه الوضع اللبناني ورقة مكلفة في الحوار التفاوضي مع إيران وتضطر معه واشنطن إلى دفع أثمان باهظة في لبنان. وما يعني واشنطن من لبنان عدم ذهاب الوضع إلى الانهيار التام، فهو لا يزال بالنسبة إليها «جار إسرائيل»، مع كل ما يعني ذلك، وهو جار سوريا التي لا تزال تنظر واشنطن إليها كساحة توتر قائمة، إضافة إلى أن أي انهيار تام يعيد في ظل الظروف الحالية من أفغانستان إلى المنطقة، حالة خوف من تسرب إرهابيين عبره إلى الخارج.

واشنطن تبدي استياء ملحوظاً ويأساً من حلفائها في بيروت، لعدم قيامهم بما يواكب ضغوطها على حزب الله وعون


وبحسب المعلومات فإن واشنطن تبدي استياء ملحوظاً ويأساً من حلفائها في بيروت، لعدم قيامهم بما يتقاطع مع ما فعلته منذ سنوات طويلة للضغط على حزب الله والعهد. لكن حلفاءها ظلوا متقاعسين عن المواجهة الفعلية، على كافة انتماءاتهم ومواقعهم، (ما عدا قلة محدودة جداً منهم)، وكأنهم يريدون أن تقوم واشنطن بمعاركهم بدلاً عنهم. وواشنطن «ليست في وارد أي تدخل من هذا النوع». لذا كان الانتقال إلى مقاربة مختلفة، وهي توجيه رسائل ضغط لتشكيل الحكومة من دون أي شروط. فواشنطن لم تعد معنية بأي بنود تتعلق بتمثيل حزب الله وحلفائه، ولا قطعاً بالخلاف حول حصص تمثيل المسيحيين أو الثلث الضامن. ما يعنيها تشكيل الحكومة، ومن ثم إجراء الانتخابات. ولعل النقطة الثانية بالنسبة إليها أصبحت أكثر أهمية، لأن الحكومة المتوقعة هي المعبر لوقف الانهيار، والانتخابات تعني مزيداً من كسب الوقت (لأن مراحل مفاوضات المنطقة طويلة) واحتمال إعادة إنتاج سلطة وحكومة جديدة منبثقة منها تساعد أكثر في عملية الإنقاذ. من هنا سيذهب الضغط نحو القبول بحكومة لا تشبه حكومة الرئيس حسان دياب، وقد لا تمانع بحكومة فيها ثلث معطل لرئيس الجمهورية، ولو لم تباركها علناً.

النقطة الثانية هي أن واشنطن بحسب المعلومات حاولت الضغط على رئيس الجمهورية لدفعه نحو الابتعاد عن حزب الله، إلى حد الانقلاب عليه، لكن هذا الأمر لم يحصل، ولأسباب متنوعة بعضها مبدئي وبعضها عملي. علماً أنه كان لافتاً في بعض المراحل وجود توتر في العلاقة بين التيار الوطني الحر كحزب وقيادة وحزب الله، حين كثر الحديث عن ترميم العلاقة وتحديث ورقة التفاهم، إلى أن سُحب الموضوع نهائياً من التداول من جانب الطرفين. علماً أن عون لم يذهب في هذا الموضوع إلى الحد الأقصى.

فشلت الضغوط الأميركية على رئيس الجمهورية بدفعه نحو الابتعاد عن حزب الله، إلى حد الانقلاب عليه


من هنا فإن خريطة عمل واشنطن الجديدة تتجه أكثر نحو تشجيع الجميع بمن فيهم رئيس الجمهورية والرئيس المكلف على الإسراع في تشكيل الحكومة. في وقت كان ثمة تخوف من أن يسعى حزب الله وعون إلى الاستفادة من الجو الأميركي المستجد، فيتشددان في تشكيل حكومة أقرب إلى اللون الواحد، لكن هذا الأمر يبدو مستبعداً كما يظهر من أداء حزب الله، ما دام تمثيل الأحزاب بشخصيات قريبة لم يعد محرماً ولا الثلث المعطل الضمني.

في موازاة ذلك ثمة تأكيدات أن كل هذه الإحاطة لا علاقة لها بأي موقف خليجي ولا سعودي. السعودية وبخلاف واشنطن، لا تزال على موقفها السلبي تماماً تجاه لبنان، ولا يعنيها أي موقف أميركي مستجد يساعد على كسب الوقت من خلال تشكيل حكومة وإجراء الانتخابات. الرياض ستظل معتكفة عن لبنان، وعن أي دور لها في المستقبل القريب.
يبقى أخيراً أن المفارقة تكمن في اختلاف مقاربة حزب الله وعون لما جرى في الأشهر الأخيرة. فعون كسر الجرة مع جميع القوى السياسية الحليفة والمعارضة والقوى المسيحية قاطبة، ومن المرجّح أن يستثمر في ما سيجري لاحقاً لمواجهتهم، كما هي عادته. أما حزب الله ففعل العكس تماماً، وحاول استيعاب ردود الفعل، ولم ينقلب على أي طرف وأولهم الفريق السني بكل ما يمثله رؤساء الحكومات السابقين مجتمعين أو فرادى، ولا مع القوى السياسية الأخرى، لا بل كان مؤيداً لدخول القوات اللبنانية إلى الحكومة في إطار السعي لحل مشكلة التمثيل الحكومي. لذا سيكون السؤال كيف سيتصرفان اليوم، كل من موقعه، إزاء انعكاسات تشكيل حكومة، بعد ظهور «الرؤية الأميركية» الجديدة للواقع في لبنان.

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