Lebanon: Thousands Rally to Support President

On Sunday Lebanon experienced different demonstrations that are the direct opposite of what the nation had been used to in recent days. In the previous days’ demonstrations, the demonstrators graced the streets to oppose the Lebanese government and the country’s political system however; thousands were on the streets today in support of the President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun.

Lеbаnеѕе President Open to Dialogue with Protesters

Lеbаnеѕе President Michel Aоun оn Thursday еxрrеѕѕеd his readiness for dіаlоguе wіth рrоtеѕtеrѕ tо fіnd thе bеѕt solutions tо ѕаvе thе country from fіnаnсіаl соllарѕе. “My call to demonstrators,” he said was, “I am ready to meet your representatives that carry your concerns to listen to your specific demands. You will hear from us about our fears over financial collapse.” He added, “dialogue is always the best for salvation. I am waiting for you.”

Lebanon: Christian Party Pulls Ministers from Government

Protesters demanding political reform in Lebanon have been given an unexpected boost. The head of Lebanese Forces, a Maronite Christian party, Samir Geagea, has asked his ministers to resign from the government. Crowds of demonstrators celebrated the announcement, but are demanding deeper political change. “We are now convinced that the government is unable to take the necessary steps to save the situation,” said Geagea. “Therefore, the bloc decided to ask its ministers to resign from the government.”

“WhatsApp Revolution” Sweeps Through Lebanon

Hundreds of people have taken to the streets in Lebanon, in what’s being called the “WhatsApp Revolution.” The trigger for the demonstrations was the announcement of new taxes on, among other things, telephone calls through voice services over the internet. Political parties and the rest of the population reacted immediately. Just over 24 hours of protests have put the Lebanese Government between a rock and a hard place, and have led Prime Minister Saad Hariri to give a 72-hour ultimatum to political parties to resolve the country’s economic crisis.

Is Facebook Too Powerful?

It was another wild week for Facebook. Dueling editorials in The New York Times debated the social network’s very existence. The right is still in an uproar over Facebook’s censorship of conservative viewpoints, users and scientific issues. Meanwhile, on the left, the website— or is it a utility?— has become a campaign issue on its own. Differing Democrats have begun to split on whether stringent regulation of the tech giant will be sufficient, or whether Facebook has become too big to allow to survive.

On Thursday, Chris Hughes tore in to his co-creation, and co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg, in The Times. “Mark alone can decide how to configure Facebook’s algorithms to determine what people see in their News Feeds, what privacy settings they can use and even which messages get delivered,” he said. This, Hughes argues, gives Zuckerberg “unilateral control over speech.