Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Saudi Role in Hariri's Mysterious Departure

Did the Saudis Force Lebanese PM to Resign?


November 6, 2017

Scholar Rania Masri says it's clear from a number of factors -- from the dialect of his resignation speech to the location where delivered it -- that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was forced by the Saudi Arabian government to resign.

Rania Masri is an academic, environmental science professor and social-justice activist, and has been living in Lebanon since 2005. Masri was Associate Director of the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at AUB (2014-2017), after nine years as professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Balamand (2005-2014). Before that, she served as the Environment and Energy Policy Specialist at the UNDP-Regional Office in Cairo (2012-2013). Prior to her move to Lebanon in 2005, she was the Director of the Southern Peace Research and Education Center at the Institute for Southern Studies in North Carolina, USA (2002-2005).

Her writings and activism have centered on the occupation of Palestine, and the struggle against apartheid and racism. She has also written and organized extensively against the sanctions on Iraq, and for civil and environmental rights.

She can be reached on Facebook

A partial listing of her writings and talks can be found on her personal website

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