The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.
Tripoli escalation after Eid
The Muslim Scholars Committee is expected to escalate protests after Eid al-Fitr to press for the release of detainees rounded up in Tripoli’s crackdown. According to sources within the committee no demonstrations will take place in the last days of Ramadan and during Eid. Post-eid protests will follow three rules: No confrontation with the Army and other security forces, no road blocking and no actions that would reflect adversely on Tripoli’s security.
Budget reserve enough for August
Budget reserves, used to pay salaries of public employees, are sufficient to pay wages until the end of August only. This “legitimate” spending mechanism devised to pay July salaries can only secure some LL1500 billion more, which is just enough to fund the salaries for one more month.
The reserves-funded salaries essentially mean there will be no money left for ministries in the treasury reserves to spend.
Jumblatt blasts UK’s new FM over Gaza
MP Walid Jumblatt, blasted new British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond, accusing him of taking sides with Israel in its unabated offensive against Gaza. Jumblatt, head of the Progressive Socialist Party, said Hammond copied his predecessor and Western counterparts by accusing Hamas of provoking the violence, notwithstanding the fact that Israel’s occupation is the core of the problem.
Jumblatt argued that the kidnapping of Jewish settlers, a main cause for triggering the violence, was a legitimate act.
List abolishing ends trace of Syria tutelage
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said the Cabinet’s decision to abolish lists of wanted people based on material gathered from informants erased the last trace of Syria’s tutelage over Lebanon. Machnouk was quoted as saying the decision “propagated a feeling of public relief” because it removed injustice done to Lebanese youth who were victimized under Syria’s security control.
The lists were drawn during Syria’s tutelage over Lebanon, when security agencies would collect information about individuals via informants. The move is said to have ended scrutiny over some 60,000 people.