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Analysing Lebanon’s multiple crises

The United States on September 8 slapped sanctions on two former cabinet ministers in Lebanon over support for Hezbollah as it vowed to isolate the resistance movement.

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Press TV interviews Saeb Shaath, Author and Middle East Affairs Expert to analyse Lebanon’s multiple crises, and Mariam Saleh, Press TV’s Lebanon correspondent.

President Michel Aoun accepted the resignation of PM-designate Mustafa Adib and was set to “take the appropriate measures according to the requirements of the constitution”, the president’s office said Saturday. Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib has announced his resignation amid a deadlock over government formation in the crisis-hit country.

In a televised address on Saturday, Adib said he was stepping down from “the task of forming the government” following a meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun. He also noted that the kind of cabinet that he wanted to establish “was bound to fail” and that he was keen on protecting national unity. “I apologize to the Lebanese people,” he added.

The announcement came almost a month after Adib, former Lebanese ambassador to Berlin, was appointed by the president to form a new government. Lebanon is currently mired in the country’s worst economic and financial crisis in its modern history.

It has been waiting for a new administration since outgoing Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigned on August 10, a few days after a powerful explosion in the capital killed more than nearly 200 people, injured thousands and caused losses worth billions of dollars. The blast took place in Beirut port warehouses storing highly explosive material, specifically ammonium nitrate, commonly used in both fertiliser and bombs. The explosion — one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions the world has ever seen — flattened much of the strategic port and left buildings in ruin. Following the blast, the US and European countries have been mounting pressure on Lebanese officials to form a government that secures the West’s interests.

The United States on September 8 slapped sanctions on two former cabinet ministers in Lebanon over support for Hezbollah as it vowed to isolate the resistance movement. French President Emmanuel Macron paid two visits to Lebanon, where he called for a “new political pact” among Lebanese political factions and said he had proposed a roadmap to authorities to unlock billions of dollars in funds from the international community.

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In defence of Jerusalem al-Quds and ‎al Aqsa mosque

When over 100 thousand Palestinians men and women insisted on praying in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and in its surroundings, they prevented according to Zionist press reports, more than 30,000 extremist Zionist settlers from storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque

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Saeb Shaath told Press TV “When over 100 thousand Palestinians men and women insisted on praying in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and in its surroundings, they prevented according to Zionist press reports, more than 30,000 extremist Zionist settlers from storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in an imitation of what Ariel Sharon did in 2000, which triggered the second armed Al-Aqsa Intifada that shocked the Zionist entity and its western backers.

Shaath added “This is a heroic challenge to the Zionist occupation, by Palestinians in defence of Jerusalem al-Quds, assertion and confirmation of their Arab and Islamic identity In Jerusalem al-Quds , to erase with their resistance the decision of the United States and the Zionists to Judaize Jerusalem”.
Shaath explained ” there is a unity and cohesion between the resistance factions in the Gaza Strip and with the Al-Aqsa intifada, the Morabitoon (civilians protecting aAl-Aqsa Mosque) , and all Palestinians within historic Palestine.”…
Shaath added “Thousands of Palestinians in the 48 areas of occoupied Palestine, which the Zionist occupation calls “Israel”, went out in massive demonstrations in support of Jerusalem al-Quds, it took place in all the cities and regions with Arab communities.”….he addeded “There have been many pictures and clips showing hundreds of Palestinian youths in Palestine 48 replacing the Zionist occupation flag with the Palestinian flag, and they set fire to dozens of cars and installations in this Palestinian city of Lod, which was annexed by the Zionist occupation in 1948.”

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Iran’s ‘logical path’ to saving JCPOA

Press TV talkes to Dr Saeb Shaath about his take on roadmap that leads the US to return to its commitment and lift the sanctions imposed on Iran.

Tehran has never severed ties with the IAEA

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran is proposing a logical path to the US for its full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. Zarif said the United States should first return to the full compliance and then Iran will reciprocate after rapid verification of Washington’s compliance. Zarif also stressed that all sanctions imposed by Former President Donald Trump must be removed. This comes as Iran and the remaining signatories to the nuclear deal end another round of talks aimed at reviving the agreement. More negotiations are set to be held next Wednesday.

Press TV talkes to Dr Saeb Shaath about his take on roadmap that leads the US to return to its commitment and lift the sanctions imposed on Iran.

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Thousands of political prisoners in Bahrain are facing deaths

Most of the prisoners were imprisoned as part ‎of a crackdown on a 2011 uprising… they are ‎detained in prisons that are known to be ‎overcrowded and lacking proper sanitation…its ‎done to break the spirt of the activists through ‎dehumanising and humiliation

Saeb Shaath Said “Thousands of political activists, political ‎dissidents, opposition figures, women and even ‎children in Bahraini prisons are facing deaths ‎
cleric …Sheikh Isa Qassim …has warned of that ‎and demanded their immediate release ,,,,,, he ‎called on the Al khalifa regime to choose between ‎the deaths of the dissident inmates and their ‎release…‎

Most of the prisoners were imprisoned as part ‎of a crackdown on a 2011 uprising… they are ‎detained in prisons that are known to be ‎overcrowded and lacking proper sanitation…its ‎done to break the spirt of the activists through ‎dehumanising and humiliation …‎”

Shaath explained

“That is to force them to stop demanding Al ‎Khalifah regime to allow reforms for ‎establishing of a just and fair system that ‎reflects and represents the people interests .‎
On April 6 2020, 21 International ‎human rights organisations among ‎them were Amnesty international and ‎human rights first
‎ called on the Bahraini regime to release ‎all political prisoners ….as the release of ‎‎1,486 prisoners on 17 March 2020 only ‎included 394 prisoners sentenced on ‎political charges….‎
‎While the western governments applause ‎Bahrain’s so called great amnesty .‎”
‎ Saeb Shaath noted that “Most political opponents, activists, ‎human rights defenders, and journalists ‎remain incarcerated.‎
‎ Among them are influential members of ‎Al Wefaq party such as former ‎secretary-general Hassan Mushaima, ‎and Sheikh Ali Salman, ‎
as well as human rights activists ‎Abdulhadi Al Khawaja and Nabeel ‎Rajab”.‎
‎ Shaath added ” the hypocrisy of the west shines by keeping ‎closed eyes over atrocities committed by the ‎Bahraini regime against the prisoners … All ‎are well aware that Bahrain carries out ‎the execution of political prisoners. ‎
Bahraini authorities habitually diluting ‎human rights abuses by sentencing or ‎executing prisoners during holidays or ‎on days of religious celebrations to ‎prevent any reaction from international ‎institutions or media.‎”

Shaath concluded by saying ” Its well documented that the actions of ‎the Bahraini regime violate ‎international law and Bahrain’s ‎international human rights obligations, ‎
including the UN Convention Against ‎Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or ‎Degrading Treatment or Punishment, ‎
the International Covenant on Civil and ‎Political Rights, the International ‎Covenant on Economic, Social, and ‎Cultural Rights along with the Arab ‎Charter of Human Rights “..‎

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