Sunday, February 28, 2016

Video: The history of Druze religious leadership in Lebanon

Very interesting and profound lecture by Alex Henley, the first American Druze Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at Georgetown University. Readers might remember that Lebanese Druze leader Walid Junblat had publicly opposed the establishment of this rather normal academic fellowship program for not really clear reasons.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

by AlbinSzakola and Ullin Hope, Now
(...)The Men of Dignity—which considers itself independent of both the Bashar al-Assad government and the opposition—announced Tuesday morning that Sheikh Anas Abu Hala had been detained the day before “at the Al-Masmiyeh checkpoint by the Military Intelligence [Directorate].” 
“As a result security elements have been detained by the Men of Dignity [and will remain in our custody] until he is released,” the paramilitary group added.
According to the statement, a prisoner swap will take place later Tuesday between the regime and the Men of Dignity. 
The administration of the Men of Dignity’s Facebook page issued a clear warning to the regime not to detain any figures linked to the faction, which the regime’s Suweida security chief said he wanted to destroy in a leaked video late last year. (...)