To backdrop of his people’s empty fridges, dark homes, and numerous suicides on account of devastating poverty… whilst Lebanese youth waste their days slaving at jobs they have stopped getting paid for months back, PM Hassan Diab believes he deserves to be paid his salary, in fresh money, five years in advance.
“My daughter and I live together happily and freely thousands of miles away from Iran. As for Mansouri, he was also thousands of miles away from Iran, but he died alone, miserable and humiliated. This does not mean that I am satisfied with the way his life ended, for I would have preferred to see him subjected to a fair trial, with me as a witness”.
Many questions remain unanswered by the “Caesar Act”, the one supposedly directed against the Syrian regime. Among the most significant ones is: “Does the Caesar Act have the ability to disturb the Syrian Regime’s military machinery and its security grip, since it has been labelled the Civilians Protection Law?”
These are the facts of an incident narrated to me by a former employee of one of the companies owned by Rami Makhlouf; the maternal cousin of President Bashar al-Assad. The former employee refused to reveal his identity for personal reasons.
The spoiled fuel scandal is a result of the commercial practices of the “Sonatrach” executives in collusion with Lebanese merchants, both of which were condoned by the relevant authorities in both Algeria and Lebanon.