What's Next for Lebanon? Examining the Implications of Current Protests, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, First Session, November 19, 2019 [open pdf - 3MB]
This is the November 19, 2019 hearing on "What's Next for Lebanon? Examining the Implications of Current Protests," held before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Theodore E. Deutch: "The subcommittee is meeting today to hear testimony on the political, economic, and security environment in Lebanon in light of the ongoing public protests and calls for reform. [...] Since mid-October, massive protests have spread throughout Lebanon and brought more than a million people into the streets. Although triggered by a proposed tax on the messaging service WhatsApp, the demonstrations rapidly expanded to criticize government corruption and to question the pillars of the Lebanese political system. In the last few months, major protests have also developed in Iraq, Egypt, Algeria, and Iran. Although driven by country-specific and local issues, these demonstrations share a common theme-- frustration with unemployment, corruption, and a lack of political and economic opportunity. In Iran, the regime has responded with violence, reportedly killing at least a dozen people and injuring approximately a thousand and by shutting down the internet. This repression is shameful, and Congress stands with all of those peacefully protesting in Iran and throughout the region and condemns violent crackdowns on peaceful free expression." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Carla E. Humud, Mona Yacoubian, Jeffrey Feltman, and Hanin Ghaddar.
Serial No. 116-81
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