World watch – Sunday

Saturday GMT


For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.


  1. Gezza

     /  November 19, 2017

    Aljazeera tv news reports

    Saad Hariri, former Sunni Prime Minister of Lebanon, who resigned while in Saudi Arabia, citing concerns about Iran & Hezbollah interference in Lebanon, disrupting a tripartite governance arrangement has arrived with his wife in France to meet with President Macron. Macron has offered to mediate in the crisis his resignation has caused.

    He is reported by commenters on Aljaz to have been seen as a pawn of Saudi Arabia, and concerns were widely expressed in Lebanon, by its President and others, including even his own party, that he had been effectively kidnapped after being summoned to Riyadh, forced to read out a resignation scripted by the Saudis, and was under house arrest.

    A recent appearance on Saudi tv did nothing to dispel this suspicion because his body language and demeanour was said to indicate he was under some duress.

    Aljaz tv’s reporter noted that while Hariri and his wife are in Paris, their two children remain in Saudi Arabia.

    (I note here, of course, that as a Qatari & London based tv channel, Aljaz might not necessarily have the most neutral interpretation of events, although they do try to make a point of having dissenting commenters.)

    • Gezza

       /  November 19, 2017

      Aljaz update
      Hariri has made a brief public statement in Paris that he will return to Beirut on Wednesday & will meet with the Lebanese President. The reporter noted he is accompanied by his wife and eldest son but nothing has said nothing about their two youngest children still in Saudi Arabia.

      Also, that this is being seen by the French as something of a coup for President Macron, who has been trying to resolve the Lebanese political crisis since Hariri resigned two weeks ago. Macron has said that France is not offering Hariri refuge.

  2. Missy

     /  November 19, 2017

    This morning I posted in World Watch Saturday saying the German coalition talks have been extended and are going into the weekend past their self-imposed deadline, they have extended the deadline with the new deadline being 6pm local time Sunday (6am NZ time Monday).

    This is beginning to look like a crisis for Merkel, especially if they can’t break the deadlock, the options if no agreement is met by tomorrow night are to either keep negotiating, or to call a Snap Election.

    The impact of a potential snap election I think go further than just Merkel’s job. Germany – and Merkel in particular – are one of the countries that have influence in the EU, and this could have some potential impact on the Brexit negotiations if Germany have instability in their Government.