Janoubia’s Jan. 8 highlights on Lebanon and the region

Janoubia offers a variety of topics and articles for its readers, including political, social, economic themes and entertainment. Among this week's topics, were the dialogue between Lebanon's two major Christian parties, the Lebanese Forces and the Free Patriotic Movement.

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Ever since its establishment, the website tried to preserve its own identity and to bring to light restricted topics that were scarcely tackled. Topics in Janoubia are usually highlighted in an objective criticism tonality.

On weekly basis, the website offers a variety of topics and articles for its readers, including political, social, economic themes and entertainment. This week, the website offered its audience highlights on the most controversial topics domestically, such as the dialogue between Lebanon’s two major Christian parties, the Lebanese Forces and the Free Patriotic Movement, how the Lebanese celebrated the New Year as well as the effects of the storm that hit Lebanon this week on both nationals and Syrian refugees in the country.

Fayza Diab wrote a report  about the preparations for the preparation for the New Year eve and revealed statistics showing that only 7% of the Lebanese in 2014 were able to afford going out and spending the New Year eve out to celebrate.

Salwa Fadel also wrote a report  detailing the new procedures and the regulations of the Visa enabling Syrians to enter Lebanon. The new regulations require Syrians traveling to Lebanon to obtain visas, and this is expected to reduce the number of Syrians in the country. The controversial measure which went into effect Monday requires Syrians to obtain one of six visa types – tourist, business, student, transit, short stay or medical.

In another report , Salwa Fadel wrote about the thefts of properties in south Lebanon by people affiliated with political parties. These thefts have provoked ire in many villages and led activists to submit petitions for municipalities and relevant authorities. The petitions carried the signatures of affected citizens.

In a separate report , Suha Jaffal addressed the electricity crisis in the southern suburbs of Beirut, a Hezbollah stronghold. In her report, Jaffal addressed the problem of high fees imposed on residents  by the owners of the power generators despite a decision by the Energy Ministry determining unified fees in exchange of electricity.

Janoubia also wrote about the expected meeting  between the leaders of the two major Christian parties in the country, Head of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea. FPM lawmaker Ibrahim Kanaan said the meeting is “soon” but refused to disclose a specific date for the gathering.

Meanwhile, the storm called “Zeina” arrived to Lebanon, causing several damages in various areas such as Ouzai Road where streets flooded with water as well as Mount Lebanon’s Jbeil where several sites were threatened by the storm.

Under the title “A letter from a Syrian Refugee to God,” Jana Elhassan wrote an article describing the misfortune, misery and suffering of Syrian refugees throughout the storm that hit Lebanon, especially that they lack resources and essentials to keep them warm and safe.

Imad Kumayha also wrote an article  about the reasons why Hezbollah showed sudden openness toward the Future Movement and accepted dialogue with its rival party. According to Kumayha’s  opinion, Hezbollah addresses all files in Lebanon in a way that allows it to remain the dominating party, and since there are several signs of major breakthroughs in the region, especially regarding the Syrian crisis, Hezbollah believes it is the right time to open up to other domestic parties.

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