Lebanese singer Fadel Shaker waves a Syrian opposition flag as he takes part in a protest organized by Sunni Muslim Salafist leader Ahmad al-Assir, against the Syrian regime in Sidon, southern Lebanon

As the UK struggles to come to terms with the now substantiated allegations surrounding TV Star, Philanthropist and now official Child Rapist Jimmy Savile, Lebanon faces a far more serious predicament in the form of Fadl Shakar.

The heart-throb of the Arabic Hit-Parade who famously renounced his successful singing career in 2011 in favour of Salafism was involved in last month’s gun battle in Sidon with the Lebanese National Army in which 17 Government troops were killed by Ahmed Asir’s Militia.

The National Army, widely regarded as the most neutral instrument of the State is now being seen by some Sunnis as being too sympathetic towards Hezbollah.

A warrant has been issued for the number one singer’s arrest and he has gone into hiding.

This correspondent’s source in Sidon described Shakar as a drug addict, and ‘an asshole’ who is trying to drag the country into a Civil War. “He should have to stuck to singing” she added.

Elsewhere in the Middle East, the music industry is thriving thanks to the welcome victory of Gaza’s Mohammed Ashaf in this year’s Arab Idol. What Mr. Ashaf intends to do with his new found fame remains to be seen.

by Stephen Leece

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