Plagued by Cuts, Lebanon Survives on Floating Power Plants

Lebanon has for decades struggled with daily power cuts that leave residents sweating through their shirts summer after sticky summer.   The bankrupt national power company, unable to build new power plants, has been buying electricity from Turkish barges docked off-shore. Last week, Lebanon received its third floating power station – the 235-megawatt Esra Sultan, …

Plagued by Cuts, Lebanon Survives on Floating Power Plants

Lebanon has for decades struggled with daily power cuts that leave residents sweating through their shirts summer after sticky summer.   The bankrupt national power company, unable to build new power plants, has been buying electricity from Turkish barges docked off-shore. Last week, Lebanon received its third floating power station – the 235-megawatt Esra Sultan, …

Cuba Cabinet, Largely Unchanged, Gets Lawmakers’ OK

Cuban lawmakers on Saturday approved the Cabinet named by new President Miguel Diaz-Canel, keeping most of the ministers from Raul’s Castro government in place, except for in the key post of economic reform. Cuba’s national assembly was also considering a proposed reform of its 1976 constitution that would reshape its government, courts and economy, creating …

Democratic Socialism Rising in the Age of Trump

A week ago, Maine Democrat Zak Ringelstein wasn’t quite ready to consider himself a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, even if he appreciated the organization’s values and endorsement in his bid to become a U.S. senator. Three days later, he told The Associated Press it was time to join up. He’s now the …

Russia, France Cooperate on Aid to Syria’s Civilians

The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone on Saturday to discuss joint humanitarian efforts in Syria, a day after France sent 50 tons of medical aid. France sent the aid after Russia agreed to facilitate transport of the aid to government-controlled eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus …